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Havre de Grace increasingly a wedding destination [Havre de Grace]

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Today, dear readers,

Is World No-Tobacco Day (May 31) but June is on the horizon. "Come on June" is the chant at schools and colleges to end the academic year. Congratulations to the Class of 2013.

June brings graduates, June bugs and June brides. Many June brides have chosen Havre de Grace as the locale for their weddings thanks to promotion by the Havre de Grace Office of Tourism. Brigitte Peters, director of tourism and the friendly, volunteer staff at the tourism office, 450 Pennington Avenue, 410-939-2100, http://www.hdgtourism.com will assist with simple wedding plans. Last week, I hosted guests who attended weddings at Swan Harbor Farm. Other venues include the Concord Point Lighthouse and Promenade, the Vandiver Inn at 301 South Union Avenue, 410-939-5200 or Spencer-Silver Mansion B&B, 200 South Union Avenue, 410-939-1485. Havre de Grace is now "the wedding place."

Mary Boehly informed me about the first concert in the park for this summer, June 7, 7:30 p.m. at Tydings Park. Free and open to the public, Dean Sapp and the Harford Express will offer bluegrass music through the four-piece group. Bring chairs and picnics. No rain location . Summer concerts are sponsored by the Havre de Grace Arts Commission. Next up June 14, The Klassix with classic top 40 and current hits.

Another bluegrass concert is available June 2, 6 p.m. at the Historic Jerusalem Mill Village. An admission is charged. Contact 410-877-3560.

Grace Place Serving Center at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 North Union Avenue in Havre de Grace, 410-939-2107, will host a free, hot lunch to those in need June 4 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This Saturday (June 1) stroll the Havre de Grace Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to noon, near the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Avenue. Sponsored by Havre de Grace Main Street, the market features fresh produce and flowers, potting plants, honey, jams and jellies, fresh meats, baked goods, herbs and handcrafted soaps. For information, contact 410-939-1811 or http://www.mainstreethdg.com.

Cathy Vincenti and Charlie Mike reminded me that Independence Day t-shirts are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Avenue, 410-939-2100 for $7 to benefit the Havre de Grace Independence Celebration, July 6.

Charlie also said the Independence Celebration committee is raffling a signed, framed photo of Ray Lewis sacking "Big Ben." This fantastic, Ravens memorabilia comes with authentication tag and a Ravens logo. Tickets are $3 each or 2 for $5 with drawing July 6. To purchase contact Charlie, 443-206-8482 or 410-939-0385.

Cathy also said the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce and City of Havre de Grace Economic Development Awards luncheon will be held June 13, 11:30 a.m at the Bayou Restaurant on Route 40. Tickets are $17.

Also War of 1812 t-shirts have been reduced to $10, now available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center.

Stop by the visitor center, too, for the student quiz of the Lafayette Trail, created by the Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission for students K-5th grade/grades 6-12 to win an oval sticker "I walked the Lafayette Trail". Lafayette Trail t-shirts are available now for $10 at the Spencer-Silver Mansion B&B, 200 South Union Avenue, 410-939-1485. A great family fun project!

Take a guided historical walking tour every first weekend through November, Saturday 10 a.m. and 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: hdgmainstreet@vierzon.net.

Tammy told me about the third River City "Smoke on the Water" car and truck show, June 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. by the American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John Street. For vehicles, there is a $12 registration fee, 410-939-0234. For flea market tables at $10 each, phone 443-655-6595. Music by Tom Patterson and plenty of pit beef, ham, turkey, chicken, hot dogs and sausages will be on hand.

Carole Andrews showed me the new "Trees of Tydings Park" publication by the Havre de Grace Municipal Tree Commission, now available at City Hall and the Havre de Grace Visitor Center.

First Fridays will be held in downtown Havre de Grace, June 7, 5-9 p.m. Upper Chesapeake Hospice Regatta is June 8, 6-10 p.m. Call 443-643-3460 or email: dtlenzer@uchs.org for tickets.

The American Cancer Society sponsors it Relay for Life of Havre de Grace, June 7-8, 7 p.m.-7 a.m. with opening ceremony at 7 p.m. The overnight event raises funds to support the society and celebrate cancer survivors. For info, check http://www.relayforlife.org/havredegrace.

Steppingstone Farm Museum will host the Celtic Festival, June 8 and 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring bagpipe music, Celtic music, dancing, singing, sheepherding, clan gatherings, vendors, military regiment, food and tours! Admission is charged. For details, phone 410-939-2299 or email: steppingstonemuseum@msn.com or view http://www.steppingstonemuseum.org.

June 3 is Repeat Day. Got that? It's Repeat Day and Meow! To all my pet-loving readers, June 3 is Hug Your Cat Day, followed by June 4 as Dog Appreciation Day.

On Thursday, June 6, the world celebrates the 69th anniversary (1944) of the Allied D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France during World War II. In part, this military action lead to the eventual defeat of Nazism and fascism in Europe and the end of World War II. Thank a veteran.

Happy 55th anniversary wishes to Dick and Jane Gottwald (June 5).

Please keep me notified at 226 North Union Avenue or 410-939-6562. See ya!

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