It's here, dear readers,

What a weekend in Havre de Grace! First Fridays begins this eve in downtown Havre de Grace, sponsored by Havre de Grace Main Street. In conjunction, the Joseph L. Davis Post 47 American Legion, 501 St. John St., hosts a pavilion party this evening (Friday), 5 to 8 p.m. with live music and eats – pit beef, ham, or turkey $6, steamed shrimp $12 a pound, boardwalk fries for $2 and beverages.

The Havre de Grace Farmers Market begins for the season Saturdays starting this week, 9 a.m. to noon at Washington Street and Pennington Avenue near the Visitor Center. The market is sponsored by Havre de Grace Main Street.

The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum presents its 33rd Decoy and Wildlife Art Festival 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 several locations including the museum, Giles Street. Admission. 410-939-3739 or visit http://www.decoymuseum.com.

Saturday 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.washingtonstreetbookandmusic.com. Also visit Just for Fun Shop, 464 Franklin St., 443-502-2798, http://www.justforfunmd.com.

The Havre de Grace War of 1812 weekend involves the Concord Point Lighthouse and Keeper's House with African-American re-enactors presenting naval and maritime weaponry (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Check concordpointlighhouse.org. The Havre de Grace Maritime Museum will feature on May 3, stitching history: recreating the "Star Spangled Banner" presented by the Maryland Historical Society.

The Pride of Baltimore II clipper ship will be in port in Havre de Grace for visitation Saturday ad Sunday. Admission is charged.

The Steppingstone Farm Museum, steppinstonemuseum.org sponsors "Grace under fire historical ball" Saturday, 7 to 11 p.m. and a "dinner before the ball" from 5 to 7 p.m. On Sunday, a "regency era ladies tea" will be held with seatings 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For tickets, contact the museum.

The Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., features re-enactor demonstrations, a Fort McHenry Star Spangled Banner presentation, music by Kaydence and 1812 games. Admission charged. Visit thelockhousemuseum.org.

Charlie Mike told me that the Havre de Grace Independence Celebration Committee will hold this year's parade on Saturday, July 5. Fourth of July 2014 T-shirts are available at the Havre de Grace Office of Tourism. Cost $8 and $9 for 2X or 3X. The design was created by Havre de Grace High School Senior Hugh McFarland. 410-939-4362.

Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal May 6 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 enters.

Take advantage of Clean-Up Day Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored by the Havre de Grace Department of Public Works, 410-939-1800, ext. 1107.

The Havre de Grace Independence Day Celebration fundraiser will be held at the Vandiver Inn, 301 S. Union Ave., May 8, 6 to 9 p.m. Price is $30 per person in advance; $35 at door. Tickets at Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 410-939-3303 or 410-939-4362, 410-939-0385.

Havre de Grace Cadette Girl Scout Troop 2816 will host a Mother's Day Tea on Saturday, May 10 at Tidewater Marina, 100 Bourbon St., 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 including tea, sandwiches and sweets. Contact smhitchings@yahoo.com or 410-939-5053.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Gloria Cannizaro (April 28). Birthday wishes to my aunt, Daisy Cruz, Gail Ruley (May 8) and Tom Fitzpatrick (May 10).

Saturday is Teacher Appreciation Day. Learn more at Marylandeducators.org/teacherappreciation2014. Take an apple to school!

The Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission announced its historic preservation awards for 2014 at the city council meeting April 21. Congratulations to Alice and Michael Boyd, who own the Sappington House, dated 1838, at 212 S. Union Ave.; to Wanda and Ronald Hirshey and Paul Gravenhorst of Mallard Point Associates LLC, owners of the John O'Neill House, dated 1868, 218 S. Washington St.; to Blue and Lance Arnold, who rehabbed the McKinley House, circa 1845 at 718 N. Stokes St.; and the Henry Harrison Hopkins House, dated 1868 at 226 N. Union Ave. Congratulations to these wonderfully preserved historic homes in Havre de Grace. Look for a yellow and black sign to highlight these homes through October.

Havre de Grace registered voters! Don't forget Tuesday, May 6 is our local election from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Patrick's Hall, Pennington Avenue. As always, your vote does count. Remember, if only by one vote in the U.S. Congress in 1790, Havre de Grace would have triumphed over Georgetown, Md., as the U.S. capital city. And you might be sitting, right now, in the midst of the Treasury Building, Pentagon or Smithsonian.

Likewise, if only by one vote in another Congressional vote, we would be speaking German instead of English in America. Wollen sie deutsch sprechen? Anyone?

Medieval Days is at Steppingstone Farm Museum, May 10 and 11; 410-939-2299.

Have a son or daughter? Celebrate May 5 as Children's Day as they do in Japan.

May 4 to 11 is National Music Week. Strum up the mariachi band to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (May 5), a national holiday in Mexico that is celebrated in U.S. Hispanic communities. On May 5,1862, 2,000 Mexican troops were victorious over a French invasion force of 6,000 by Napoleon III at the Battle of Puebla, Mexico. Celebrate your own Cinco de Mayo at Bill Bateman's Bistro restaurants, Route 40, 2621-H Pulaski Highway, 410-939-7667, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cathey Robertson informed me that the United Methodist Women of the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church will host a presentation about living wills Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. in the church social hall, North Union Avenue at Congress Avenue. This is a free discussion open to the community.

Keep me informed at 226 N. Union Ave. or 410-939-6562. See you at the voting booths Tuesday, May 6.