Spring brings Easter egg hunts in Havre de Grace

Happy Easter, dear readers!

Today, Good Friday, the Susquehanna Ministerium will sponsor the Good Friday Way of the Cross beginning at Jean Roberts Park (railroad bridge), 503 St. John St., from noon to 1 p.m. For details, phone 410-939-2464.

Havre de Grace Parks and Recreation will host its annual Easter egg hunt Saturday at noon in Tydings Park. Free. 410-939-6724.

The Shamrocks youth group of St. Patrick's Church in Havre de Grace will host an Easter egg hunt Saturday 10 a.m. (rain or shine) in the church courtyard or school. Please bring individually wrapped candy donations to St. Patrick's Church office on Congress Avenue beforehand.

Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal April 2 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 who enters in need.

It's not too early to collect those items for the community yard sale April 27 (raindate April 28). Spaces are available for $10. Contact me for details, 410-939-6562 or the visitor center, 410-939-2100 to be listed as a participant. Come on downtown businesses – Bayside Antiques, 230-232 N. Washington Street is participating, won't you? Also already, 13 residences in Bulle Rock are signed up and several in downtown Havre de Grace.

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

Brigitte Peters and the Havre de Grace Office of Tourism are pleased with the new 2013 Destination Guide and Calendar of Events for the Havre de Grace Bicentennial of the War of 1812 (May 3, 1813, British attack upon Havre de Grace). Also available is a breakdown calendar for May 3 to 5, the commemoration weekend. Copies are available at the Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100 or visit hdgtourism.com. Check the Facebook page "Explore Havre de Grace," – hey, become a member for up-to-date events, etc. and it's free!

Happy April Fool's Day, April 1. I hope you are not an April Fool, or a victim of someone's tomfoolery. Beware! Fair warning!

April, traditionally, brings us showers to produce May flowers – at least, that's what my maternal grandmother would tell me.

Anniversary best wishes are expressed to Cecil Sr. and Kathryn Hill (April 4) and Joe and Janet Cullum (April 7).

Happy retirement to my sister, Jeanette Browning, (April 1) from Maryland state government service.

Maryland celebrates Arbor Day! Plant a tree!

The Knights of Columbus will host a Spring Fling buffet dinner April 6 from 5 to 10 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church Hall, on Pennington Avenue, Havre de Grace. Beer and wine available. Tickets are $25; children under 12, $10, in advance call 410-939-2525 (the church office) or buy at the door.

Curves is collecting via a food drive for "Feed the Need" through the end of March. Food supports Grace Place and Martha's Meal. Drop off donations or a monetary donation to Curves, 1037 Pulaski Highway, 410-939-3555.

The Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission has a quiz for students in kindergarten through fifth grades and sixth through 12 grades to win an oval sticker "I walked the Lafayette Trail." Quiz copies are available at the visitor center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100. A great family project!

April 2 is International Children's Book Day, a day to promote books and reading around the world. This event is celebrated on Danish author Hans Christian Andersen's birthday. For more information, go to http://www.usbby.org.

Born April 2, 1805 of a sickly shoemaker (age 22) and a younger wife, Hans ceased attending school at age 11 when his father died. He built a toy theatre and sat at home making clothes for his puppets and dolls, reading all the plays he could find, and acting them out.

Danish King Frederick VI took an interest in Hans and sent him to grammar school in 1822. Andersen published most of his tales during the 1830s through 1840s. Two of his favorite tales for children are "The Ugly Duckling;" (remember the ugly duck becomes a swan and no, it is not a Havre de Grace/decoy thing) and "The Little Mermaid" (though a bronze statue to the mermaid sits in Copenhagen harbor since 1913, she won't be showing up in Havre de Grace, either via the Chesapeake or Susquehanna). Hans died Aug. 4, 1875 near Copenhagen.

Please contact me about your events and happenings at 410-939-6562, or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!

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