Summertime and the living is busy [Havre de Grace]

Happy summer, dear readers!

Summer officially began with the summer solstice today (Friday) at 2:46 a.m. in Havre de Grace (and all along the East Coast, USA, of course). Visit Susquehanna State Park or the North Park – Joe K. Trail for a little of William Shakespeare's "Midsummer's Night Dream" madness!

Aha, June 23 is Let It Go Day. Let's celebrate by going to this evening's free concert in Tydings Park at 7:30 p.m. Bring chairs and picnics. There is no rain location for the Gloucester City String Band, a mixture of mummers music and other selections by this 30 piece group. Next up is the Larry Brown Quintet, June 28.

Then let's go to Saturday's Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon, 450 Pennington Avenue near the visitor center.

While there let's go into the visitor center for War of 1812 t-shirts, now $10. Fourth of July t-shirts are also for sale for $7, 410-939-2100 or 410-939-3303.

Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot luncheon to anyone in need June 25 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 North Union Avenue, 410-939-2107.

Rainbows will color June, which is Gay Pride Month, but blue is the color for the Steppingstone Blues Festival, Saturday (June 22) 2-8 p.m. at the Steppingstone Farm Museum, 410-939-2299 or Cost is $20 advance or $25 at the gate. Bands performing include: Strong Persuader, Nate Myers and the Aces, The Andy Poxon Band, The Chris O'Leary Band, and In a Bad Way. Coolers allowed. No alcohol or glass. Serving beer, wines and food.

As the school year ends, my best wishes go out to all my fellow teachers and school support staff for another school year completed and a very relaxing and enjoyable summer "vacation."

Charlie Mike also stated the Independence Celebration committee is raffling a signed, framed photo of Ravens 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 tickets, contact Charlie, 443-206-8482 or 410-939-0385.

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 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: or phone 410-459-3840 or 410-939-0565 or email:

June is National Dairy Month, so get your ice cream fix celebrating the birthdays of Neil Willoughby (June 26); Greg Hebding (June 27); Pam Mason (June 28). Let there be cake at the wedding anniversary celebrations of Mitch and Jessica Shank and David and Laurie Dawson (June 25); Jason and Jill Hartsfield (June 26); Todd and Laura Starkey (June 27); Mike and Sheila Smith and Chad and Amy Deal (June 28).

This weekend (June 22 and 23) celebrates a historic re-enactment at historic Jerusalem Mill Village of Harry Gilmor's Raid, 410-877-3560 or

On July 10, 1864, Major Harry Gilmor's Confederate Cavalry camped in a building (an old stage coach headquarters that still stands) at Mountain Road and Old Joppa Road. The cavalry raided nearby villages such as Jerusalem Mill for provisions, on its way to burn the PWB (Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore) Railroad Bridge across the Gunpowder River, where Gilmor captured Union General W.B. Franklin. This railroad route connected Havre de Grace to Baltimore, so the attack on this bridge, disrupted rail service between Havre de Grace and points south during the Civil War.

Practice your French on June 24, which is St. Jean Baptiste Day in Quebec, Canada! Mais oui!

If in doubt, find out. June 27 is National HIV Testing Day.

Terri Glenn informed me about a plethora of events at the Havre de Grace Senior Activity Center, 351 Lewis Lane, 410-939-5121: June 21: bingo (1 p.m., 25 cent card); June 24: National Pink and Crazy Sunglasses Day (Have your photo taken wearing pink and/or sunglasses); June 26: Blood Pressure screening (10 a.m. to noon); June 28: Popcorn and movie "The Joy of Stress" with Loretta LaRoche (1 p.m.).

Frank is cooking up his famous spaghetti and meatballs, June 28, 5 p.m. Plate $10. American Legion Post 47. 501 St. John Street, 410-939-0234.

Enjoy your Midsummer madness and keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 North Union Avenue. See ya!

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