Beware the Ides of March, then celebrate luck o' the Irish

Uh, oh, dear readers!

Unlike Julius Caesar, beware of the Ides of March on Saturday, March 15!

March is Read Across America Month. Check out a book from our local public library, 120 N. Union Ave., 410-939-6700.

Happy St. Patrick's Day on Monday, March 17. Remember to wear something green and declare your "Irishness." March is Irish-American Heritage Month. Erin go bragh! March is a time to remember the many ways that America is enriched and strengthened by contributions from people of Irish heritage.

How about an Irish toast at Coakley's Pub, 406 St. John St., 410-939-8888, where they keep a countdown calendar to St. Patrick's Day! Cead mile failte!

Green gelatin anyone? Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal March 18 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace. Phone 410-939-2107 for details. Volunteers will provide the luncheon to anyone in need who comes through the doors.

It may not be the Irish peat bogs or rolling Shannon River through green pastures but a fabulous walk of the North Park Trail is planned for Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Susquehanna Museum at the Lockhouse. The 90-minute guided tour is free.

Also sponsored by the Susquehanna Museum is the Ellsworth Shank lecture series, March 20, 7 p.m. in Havre de Grace City Hall featuring authoress, Cathy Gohlke, who wrote two Civil War novels, "William Henry is a Fine Name" and "I Have Seen Him in the Watch Fires." For information about either event, contact 410-939-5780, or

Plant a potato! Carol Zimmerman, 410-939-2770, told me about Havre de Grace Community Gardens. The Havre de Grace Green Team with the City of Havre de Grace invites you to garden with them (email: by picking up an application form at City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., 410-939-1800. Each community garden features your own plot, a shared water supply and other common resources and a modest $35 annual fee.

March 18 is National Bio-Diesel Day. With gasoline prices on the rise, are you in the market for a new car that fumes and exhaust smell like cooking oil?

Yum, yum! A trip to Bomboy's Home Made Candies, 322 Market St., 410-939-2924, must be planned, since March 18 is National Chocolate Caramel Day!

It's not too early to collect those items for the community-wide yard sale, April 26 (raindate April 27). Contact me for details, 410-939-6562. Note: businesses downtown, how about a sidewalk sale?? Spaces available $10.

March 20 is the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere, when days grow long and life and warmth return to the land. On March 21, spring officially arrives. International Earth Day is observed March 20.

St. Joseph's Day is March 19, honored in Italy and Spain.

An Irish toast with green birthday cake to: Susie Atkinson (March 2); Carolyn Shrader (March 4); Leola Leffler and Paula Casagrande (March 10); George E. Leedom (March 14); Lovie Jane Pierce (March 16); Jason Hartsfield (March 17); and Michael Transparenti Jr. (March 20).

A national holiday in Mexico is the birthday of President Bentio Juarez on March 21. Ole'!

March Boyle informed me about the Havre de Grace Lions Club bull, shrimp and oyster roast on Saturday, 5:30 to 10 p.m. at the Havre de Grace Community Center, 100 Lagaret Lane. Tickets cost $45 at 443-417-4839. Fast Eddie's will cater the foods; with Bruster's providing free ice cream. Proceeds benefit the Lions charities.

Brigitte Peters and the Havre de Grace Office of Tourism are pleased with the new 2014 Destination Guide and Calendar of Events for the City of Havre de Grace, "Where it happens." Copies are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100 or visit Check the Facebook page "Explore Havre de Grace" – hey, become a member for up-to-date events, etc. and it is free!

That's it, folks! So grab your shillelagh walking stick and Irish derby. Accompanying your favorite leprechaun and spouting your finest Gaelic, jig through McHavre O' Grace looking for lucky shamrocks and that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. What an Irish impression you should inspire for St. Patrick's Day. Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or drop a note at 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!

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