Pick up some spring flowers in HdG on Floral Design Day [Havre de Grace]

Hello dear readers,

Feb. 27 is National Polar Bear Day. The Susquehanna Hose Company volunteers successfully sponsored a Havre de Grace/Chesapeake Bay equivalent polar bear/Duck Dunk on Jan. 19. Let's hope it continues as a fun, frigid tradition in Havre de Grace. Nonetheless, you can celebrate the upcoming day by hugging and snuggling with your own favorite polar bear, but make sure it's plush and lovable; the real bears are not prone to snuggling!

Feb. 28 is Floral Design Day, so stop by Amanda's Florists, 203 North Washington St., 410-939-5403, to treat yourself to a bouquet of daffodils for the Welsh, St. David's Day, March 1.

February is snack food month. Anyone in need may snack at Grace Place Serving Center at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107 for its regular Tuesday luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Volunteers will provide a free, hot meal to those who enter their doors.

Happy birthday to Joyce Irwin (Feb. 26), Frank Russo (March 1) and Carol Nemeth of the Spencer-Silver Mansion Bed and Breakfast (March 2).

Join the Shamrocks youth group for a family game night, Feb. 24, 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Patrick Hall. Dinner will be served. All middle and high school youth and their families are welcome. Please reserve at stpatricks.shamrocks@gmail.com by Feb. 22.

Havre de Grace held its Mardi Gras Parade Feb. 12, Fat Tuesday. More than 4,000 beads were tossed to waiting crowds of more than 3,000 watching 300 participants comprising 28 units in the parade. Local newspapers and television covered the event. A fun night celebration was had by all and many, many thanks go to the participants and organizers, especially Lauri Orzewica and Brigitte Peters, Havre de Grace Office of Tourism. Merci beaucoup. Laissez les bons temps roulez. Mardi Gras is March 4, 2014.

It's not too early to collect those items for the community-wide yard sale April 27 (raindate April 28). Contact me for details, 410-939-6562.

Celebrate the War of 1812 bicentennial by buying and flying your 15 stars/15 stripes flag from Haxel Flags, Route 40, $20.

A newly expanded Havre de Grace Office of Tourism and Visitor Center at 450 Pennington Ave. was dedicated Jan. 31, including a special War of 1812 miniaturized map of Havre de Grace on the morning of May 3, 1813 before the British landed, seized and burned the city. Come see this sight and sound spectacular.

Terri Glenn wanted you to know that the Havre de Grace Senior Activity Center, Lewis Lane, 410-939-5121 will host: Lighthouse Cafe continental breakfast (Feb. 25, 9:30 a.m.); and blood pressure screening provided by the nurses of Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to noon).

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with John O'Neill, Havre de Grace's 1813 defender and hero on March 16, 2 to 5 p.m. at Coakley's Irish Pub, 406 St. John St., 410-939-8888, http://www.coakleyspub.com. Enjoy a full, traditional, Irish fare buffet with non-alcoholic drinks ($35) and music, prizes, giveaways, raffles and souvenirs. Sponsored by the Concord Point Lighthouse Friends and the O'Neill Cannon Battery, tickets for this War of 1812 Bicentennial fundraiser are available at 410-939-3213, concordpointlighhouse@verizon.net, the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 410-939-2100 or 410-939-5544, mhcayerhdg@yahoo.com. Donations are welcome.

St. Patrick's Irish dinner will be held March 17, 2 to 5 p.m. at St. Patrick Hall, on Pennington Avenue, Havre de Grace. Enjoy Irish music, spectacular Irish dancers and a traditional Irish meal with beer, wine, Irish whiskey and raffles available. Tickets are $16, children 6 to 12 $8; none will be sold at the door. Contact Judy, 410-939-6318, by March 3.

That's the scoop! Contact me at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!

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