Bring on the fall harvest at HdG First Fridays

Tonight (Friday) is First Fridays, dear readers,

From 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Havre de Grace, the theme is "Harvest in Havre de Grace." Phone 410-939-1811 for details. Live music will be there, too. Dance in the streets!

See the fall harvest and buy a pumpkin at the Saturday morning farmers market from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave.

Oct. 5 is traditionally World Teacher's Day. Thank your child's teacher; share an apple.

This week is National Metric Week and National School Lunch Week. A big thank you to all those folks in our schools who prepare nutritious lunches for our students.

Ever see a pink lighthouse? The Concord Point Lighthouse will glimmer in pink lights for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this October.

Ein Prosit! Oct. 6 is German-American Day when we recognize the culture, achievements and contributions of American citizens of German ancestry. Pretzels and beer, anyone?

Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot meal luncheon, Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107 to anyone in need who enters.

The Havre de Grace Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Sept. 21 beat the heavy rains that evening. More than 35 households participated with large groups of shoppers. Did you miss the bargains? The Office of Tourism will again host community-wide yard sales in April 26 and Sept. 20, 2014. Plan ahead, to join us.

When visiting 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.

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

Laurie Dawson reminded me about Havre de Grace Clean-up Day Oct. 21, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Havre de Grace residents with proof of residency at the Havre de Grace Community Center, 100 Lagaret Lane, 410-939-1800.

Haunted history and ghost tours of Havre de Grace will be conducted Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween at 7 and 8:30 p.m. For Havre de Grace Main Street, tours begin at Wonder Toys, 315 St. John St., through Oct. 26. For tickets, contact 410-939-1811, or

Havre de Haunts tours are also available, 7 and 8:30 p.m. at Concord Point Coffee, 217 N. Washington St. Prices range from $10 military to $14 adult. Contact 410-939-4598, or

Historical tours continue to be available by contacting 410-939-0565.

Cathy Vincenti reminded me about the Oct. 10 Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Bayou Restaurant, Route 40 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guest speaker Glenn Arrington will address health care reform "know your benefits." Cost is $18.

The chamber's bull and oyster roast is Oct. 11, 6 to 10:30 p.m., at the Havre de Grace Community Center, catered by Fast Eddie's, Bomboy's, Bruster's and Kona Ice. For tickets ($50), contact 410-939-3303 or

The 6th Graw Days Festival is Saturday, Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in downtown Havre de Grace. This is a day-long family fun event celebrating the historic period in the city when the Havre de Grace "Graw" Race Track was king (1912 to 1952) sponsored by Havre de Grace Main Street. The event is free to the public. Contact 410-939-1811.

The last of the used book sale by Friends of the Library at the Havre de Grace branch, 120 North Union Avenue, 410-939-6700 is today and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., will hold a Fall Festival Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with children's activities. Contact 410-939-2107 or

A bull and oyster roast to support the Center for Infant and Child Loss (SIDS) will be held Oct. 12 at the Level Volunteer Fire Company. For tickets, call 443-987-4290 or 410-688-3819.

Madelyn and Ellsworth Shank celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 12 at the Bayou Restaurant attended by guests and family members. Grandson Drew Shank read proclamations from both Harford County Executive David Craig and Havre de Grace Mayor Wayne Dougherty, and a letter from Jeriah David Shank in Iowa. A special coconut cake with purple icing and more than 60 cards and flower arrangements were received by the happy couple. Congratulations!

Plan your costume! The Havre de Grace Halloween Parade is Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. downtown Havre de Grace.

Keep me in touch at 410-939-6562 or by note at 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!

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