It's Graw Days, dear readers,
On Saturday in downtown Havre de Grace. The sixth Graw Days Festival sponsored by Havre de Grace Main Street Inc. will run 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. as a day-long family fun event celebrating the historic period in the city when Havre de Grace "Graw" Race Track was king (1912 to 1952). The event is free to the public. Ya'll come!
If you didn't know, Tom Fitzpatrick told me about the Graw Days trolley rides from $1, all day transportation Saturday. Visit various stops in our historic Havre de Grace. 410-939-1811 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seek out the autumn harvest at the Saturday Farmers Market running simultaneously with Graw Days from 9 a.m. to noon. Stands will set up near the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave. Find your Halloween pumpkin there.
Likewise, end Saturday evening with or take a tour tonight (Friday) of Haunted Havre de Grace, 7 p.m. 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, phone 410-939-1811; contact email@example.com or visit http://www.mainstreethdg.com.
Havre de Haunts tours are also available, 7 and 8:30 p.m. at Concord Point Coffee, 217 N. Washington St. Prices range form $10 military to $14 adult. Contact 410-939-4598, http://www.havredehaunts.com firstname.lastname@example.org. Historical tours continue to be available, 410-939-0565.
Ever see a pink lighthouse? The Concord Point Lighthouse is glimmering in pink lights this month for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Happy Columbus Day. This weekend marks a holiday surprise of an extended weekend for some of my readers. Monday is recognized as Columbus Day or Discovers Day (officially Oct. 12), when Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492 and discovered the American continents at San Salvador Island (also called Watling Island) in the Bahamas archipelago – and you thought it was Havre de Grace he discovered?
Remembering that Columbus was from Genoa, Italy, October is Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month. Honor the many achievements, contributions and successes of Americans of Italian descent, perhaps with a local excursion to La Cucina Restaurant, 103 N. Washington St., 410-939-1401, or Chiapparelli's Italian Restaurant, 400 N. Union Ave., 410-939-5440.
Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot meal luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 15, 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.
World Food Day is Oct. 16. Established by the United Nations in 1979, World Food Day focuses awareness upon the problems of hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Visit worldfoodday.usa.org.
Listen up! Oct. 16 is National Boss's Day. Either suck up or give him/her what they deserve.
October is National Cookie Month. Stop by Goll's Bakery, 234 N. Washington St. to award yourself a sweet surprise. Goll's is the longest-running bakery to remain in one family in Havre de Grace. Their structure (51 on the newly repainted blue Lafayette Walking Trail through the Havre de Grace historic district - thank you Havre de Grace Department of Public Works) was originally built by James Fahey as a hotel in 1907. Pohl's Bakery followed and then in the early 1930s, it became Goll's Bakery. Got cookies?
Plan your costume! The Havre de Grace Halloween Parade is Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. in downtown, 410-939-6724.
St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. will hold a fall festival Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with children's activities. Contact 410-939-2107 or email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laurie Dawson reminded me about Havre de Grace clean-up day Saturday, 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.
Happy birthday wishes Diane Smith and Mike Favor (Oct. 3).
Rosie Deal informed me that the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 8126 will hold a pork roast dinner ($10) with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, peas, apple sauce, roll and dessert, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the VFW Lodge, 300 N. Lodge Lane, 410-939-4578.
Arts by the Bay Gallery, 500 Warren St. will hold a workshop with renowned artist Lee Alban, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($85). 410-409-1336, 410-939-4441, 410-939-1818.
That's a wrap. Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!