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Another First Friday extravaganza in Havre de Grace [Havre de Grace]

6:00 AM EDT, September 6, 2013

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It's First Fridays, dear readers: Tonight in downtown Havre de Grace, 5-9 p.m. Be there!

Saturday morning (Sept. 7) rise and shine to the Havre de Grace Farmer's Market, 450 Pennington Avenue. Booths set up 9 a.m. to noon.

The 25th Children's Art Festival and Contests runs 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. for children ages 3-10. Sponsored by the Havre de Grace Arts Commission, Saturday in Tydings Park, Havre de Grace.

Saturday, (Sept. 7), Boy Scout Troop 967 hosts its spaghetti dinner and bake sale at the Havre de Grace United Methodist Church, Congress and Union Avenues, 4-7 p.m. Dinner of pasta, salad, bread dessert and beverage costs $7 adults, $6 seniors $4 children.

Sept. 8 is Grandparent's Day. congratulations to all my readers who happen to be grandparents! Remember yours.

Sept. 11 is Patriot's Day and the National Day of Remembrance.

The Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot meal luncheon, Sept. 10 (Tuesday) from 11:15 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 North Union Avenue, 410-939-2107, to anyone in need who enters.

Carol Zimmerman and George Wagner at Bahoukas Antique Mall, 408 North Union Avenue (410-942-1290) are excited about the Golden Tomato Contest (ends, Oct. 5). An entry must be a tomato, cucumber and zucchini grown in Havre de Grace. Weigh them at Bahoukas. Phone 410-939-2790 or email hdggreenteam@gmail.com or bahoukas@verizon.net.

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 at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 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@verizon.net. Haunted tours available on all Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and 8:30. Tickets $14 or $10 each for a group of 10 or more. Email for reservations: hdgmainstreet@verizon.net.

While at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, purchase your special edition 2013 John O'Neill medallion, commemorating the War of 1812 local hero, to benefit the Havre de Grace Arts Commission. Medallions cost $10; reserve yours at 410-939-2100.

Alla Bradley informed me that Bill Braun will teach line dancing at the American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John Street, 410-939-0234, on Thursdays, 6-10 p.m. A donation of $10 includes instruction, dancing, beer and water.

Lady luck smiles! The Knights of Columbus are selling raffle tickets ($1 each) for a grand prize, 2014 Ford Mustang. Phone St. Patrick Church, 410-939-2525 for details.

The Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse have a new fundraising venture to purchase a brick on the legacy walkway leading from the lighthouse to the O'Neill cannon, commemorating family, friends or loved ones ($100). Call 410-939-3213 or email concordpointlighthouse@verizon.net.

The Havre de Grace Community Yard Sale is coming Sept. 21 (rain date Sept. 22). This is our 11th sale. Let us know if you wish to participate at 410-939-6562 or 410-939-2100 and we will help advertise the event for free. Spaces are also available in a central location downtown for $10. Participants in Bulle Rock: 1107, 1113, 1118, 1119 Oak Tree Drive; 556 Ferdinand Drive; 413 Grandville Court; 403 Azra Court; 119 Flying Ebony Place; 220, 242 Smarty Jones Terrace; 337 Snow Chief Drive; 223 Prescott Court; 301 Tecumseh Way; 303 Native Dancer Circle; 225 Thunder Gulch Circle. Downtown look for 226 North Union Avenue; 1100 South Adams; 700 Market Street.

Happy Birthday with bouquets of asters and sapphire birthstones to Lilma Huntley (Sept. 11); Zac Orzewicz (Sept. 12); Stevie Ferguson Jr. and Laurel Mathias (Sept. 15); Carolyn Mathias (Sept. 16).

Happy anniversary whishes to Allan and Robin Burke (Sept. 6); my brother and sister-in-law Robert and Jean Browning (Sept. 8); Bill and Pam Smart (Sept. 11); Ellsworth and Madelyn Shank, Richard and JoAnne Collins (Sept. 12). Congratulations all.

Sept. 12 marks the Maryland state holiday of Defender's Day when Baltimoreans defended the city from British attack in the War of 1812; the bicentennial of the war is being celebrated nationwide; the bicentennial of the attack on Havre de Grace was this year, May 3 (1813).

British Admiral Alexander Cochrane and General Robert Ross landed troops at Fort Howard, and the Battle of North Point ensued (1814). Repulsed, the British Navy sailed to Fort McHenry where the bombardment and heroic American defense resulted in Francis Scott Key penning the famous "Star Spangled Banner," our national anthem. That's something to be proud of.

Wage earners may wish to celebrate National Payroll Week, this first week of September, which honors the hard work of America's 156 million wage earners. Together, through the payroll withholding system, employees and employers contribute, collect, deposit and report more than $1.7 trillion or 64.2 percent of the annual revenue of the U.S. Treasury (IRS Databook. Table 1).

Keep me informed at 410-939-6562. See ya!