Hello dear readers,
Saturday is the 10th Havre de Grace Community Yard Sale (April 27 – raindate April 28). Spaces are available by phoning 410-939-6562, to benefit the Havre de Grace Historic Preservations Commission. A final comprehensive list is available at the visitor center, 450 Pennington Ave. or 226 N. Union Ave. Otherwise, this will get you started: 414 Azra Court; 305 Bounding Home Court; 324, 325 and 330 Cigar Loop; 504, 532 and 534 Counterpoint Circle; 114 Deputed Testamony Place; 100 and 119 Flying Ebony Place; 409 Granville Court; 403, 450 and 507 Majestic Prince Circle; 305 and 306 Master Derby Drive; 313 and 314 Native Dancer Circle; 315 Seattle Slew Place; 214 Smarty Jones Terrace; 146 Snow Chief Drive; 540 Temperance Hill Way; 126 and 136 Touch of Gold Drive; 318 and 319 Victory Gallop Court; 207 War Admiral Way; 234 Whirlaway Lane. Also 709 Monarchos in the Paddocks at Bulle Rock. Go downtown, old town for: 226 N. Union Ave. ($10 spaces available); 567 Green St. at Stokes; 710 and 716 Green St.; 316 Fountain St.; 355 Girard St.; 463 Commerce St., in the business district – Bayside Antiques, 230-232 N. Washington St., multiple tables at Havre de Grace United Methodist Church, Union and Congress avenues; 114 N. Union Ave., tables at St. John Church. Huge community sale will also be at the Woods at Bayview: Tidewater Drive; Anchor Court; Willow Way; Whitney Court; 107 Hutchins Court (Bayview Estates) and 601 Chapel Heights Drive. One of the best yard sales ever. Shop until you drop.
Take a guided historical walking tour every first weekend through November, Saturday 10 a.m., Sunday 2 p.m. or schedule a tour by appointment. Enjoy a 1 1/2 hour walking tour through tree-lined streets. Tickets available online http://www.mainstreethdg.com or phone 410-459-3840 or 410-939-0565 or email email@example.com.
Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal to those in need April 30 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.
Preparations are being made for the huge "Attack on Havre de Grace" celebration May 3, 4 and 5 with drum corps, encampments, visiting ships, concert, costumed reenactors and fireworks. Call 1-800-851-7756 or visit http://www.hdgtourism.com.
Celebrate the War of 1812 bicentennial by buying and flying your 15 stars and stripes flag from Haxel Flags, Route 40, $20.
Fourth of July T-shirts are for sale at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100 for $7 to benefit the Havre de Grace Independence celebration. This year's parade is Saturday, July 6.
The Havre de Grace Independence Committee will hold its 4th fundraiser at the Vandiver Inn, South Union Avenue, May 9. Tickets are $30, available at and the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Avenue, 410-939-2100.
The Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission has a quiz for students in kindergarten through fifth grades and sixth through 12th grades to win an oval sticker "I Walked the Lafayette Trail." Quiz copies are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, a great family project!
May 1 is celebrated worldwide with great fanfare in France and Russia with parades and speeches. May 1 is Labor Day in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland. May Day is celebrated with a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. May 1 is Lei Day in Hawaii and Law Day in Nevada.
How about a twirl around a maypole on May Day? The maypole's origins may be traced to pagan rituals celebrated by the Romans, who settled the British Isles and who worshiped the goddess Flora (goddess of flowers) on May 1.
Buy your flora at the downtown Havre de Grace Farmers Market at Washington Street and Pennington Avenue, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays starting May 4. For info, call Rory, 443-250-5443.
First Fridays will resume May 3, 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Havre de Grace.
The Susquehanna Ministerium will host a National Day of Prayer, noon to 1 p.m. at Havre de Grace City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., May 2. Details 410-939-2464.
The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum presents its 32nd Decoy and Wildlife Art Festival, May 3 to 5, Friday 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See 125 decoy carvers, artists, commercial outfitters and guide services. Enjoy live and silent auctions and retriever dog demonstrations. Held at three locations including the museum, Giles Street. Admission, 410-939-3739 or visit http://www.decoymuseum.com.
May 4 is Free Comic Book Day at Washington Street Books and Music, 131 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone 410-939-6215 or visit http://www.washingtonstreetbooksandmusic.com. Also visit Just for Fun Shop, 464 Franklin St., 443-502-2798, http://www.justforfunmd.com.
It was April 30, 1803 that Napoleon of France sold to the USA for $15 million the real estate called the Louisiana Purchase. At approximately 2 cents per acre, that territory included the Mississippi River basin west, the Missouri River basin and the French ports of New Orleans and St. Louis. What a land deal!
The historic commission announced its historic preservation awards for 2013 at the City Council meeting, Ron and Carolyn Mathias accepted an award for the Hall House, 227 S. Union Ave., built 1835. This large Greek revival brick home is perhaps on the site of the original home of city founder, Robert Young Stokes. Gale Carriere accepted an award for the Terraces (Carriere House) built in 1931 at 410 Commerce St. This English cottage-style house sits looking over the Chesapeake Bay. Congratulations to these wonderfully preserved historic homes.
The Humane Society of Harford County invites you to the Bow Wow Boogie, May 3, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Richlin Ballroom, 1700 Van Bibber Road, Edgewood. Tickets are $50. Call 410-836-1090 ext. 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.harfordshelter.org.
Denise Wilson told me of the 5K run May 11 to support Havre de Grace High School music program. Call 410-939-6585 or email email@example.com.
Happy birthday wishes to Gloria Cannizzaro, Bayou Restaurant owner Lou Ward (April 28); and John Margan and "Captain" Jim Mahan (April 30). Best anniversary wishes to Jim and Irene Rudolph (April 28).
Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!