HdG celebrates Halloween with annual parade Wednesday

Happy Halloween, dear readers,

Coming Thursday, Oct. 31. In celebration, the annual Havre de Grace Halloween Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Washington Street and Congress Avenue. Dress in costume and register by 6 p.m. with the sponsor, Havre de Grace Recreation Committee. Contact 410-939-6724 or hdgactivityctr@harfordcountymd.gov.

Trick-or-treat will be held in Havre de Grace Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Have a happy and safe Halloween, everyone!

Find your Halloween pumpkin at the Saturday Havre de Grace Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon. Stands are set up near the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave.

Spook yourself tonight (Friday) or Saturday and check out 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 Saturday. For tickets, contact 410-939-1811, admin@mainstreethdg.com or 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 from $10 military to $14 adult. Contact 410-939-4598, http://www.havredehaunts.com or havredehaunts@hotmail.com. Historical tours continue to be available at 410-939-0565.

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

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?

Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot meal luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 29 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.

Congratulations to Camay Calloway Murphy, playwright for the performance of her play "Born to Ride," the story of Tyke Barnes, Negro jockey, in 1915 Havre de Grace on Oct. 12 at St. John's Episcopal Church under the direction of Randolph Smith. Perhaps the play may be performed at future Graw Days.

Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Michael Dean Smith, who passed Oct. 11. His wife, Billee Smith, operates Distinctive Decor, 322 St. John St.

October is GLBT History Month (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender).

Birthday wishes to Ray Astor Jr. (Oct. 25); Mary Ernst (Oct. 26); and Tara Werkheiser and Caleb Hartsfield (Oct. 28). Congratulations to anniversary celebrants Raymond and Joan Astor (Oct. 24).

To all our Czech-American readers, nazdravi! October is Czech-Heritage Month. Celebrate the culture and language of Americans of Czech descent. Visit the Czech and Slovak Museum and Library at http://www.ncsml.org or http://www.bohemia.com or http://www.czech.cz for more information.

Do you love candy corn, the tricolored confection that some of us love to find in our trick-or-treat bags? Candy Corn has been around since the 1880s and is made of sugar, corn syrup and water with marshmallows and fondant added for texture. The super-sweet confection was cooked in large kettles and hand-poured into kernel-shaped molds by men called stringers. The stringers passed over each tray three times, each time adding one of three colors: white, orange or yellow. The corn-inspired candy was an instant hit with farmers, and not much has changed since the candy's invention, except machines have replaced the stringers. About 35 million pounds of candy corn (or 9 billion pieces) are produced yearly. Celebrate National Candy Corn Day, Oct. 30, with a few kernels of your own.

OK, my Polish-American friends want you to know that October is Polish-American Heritage Month. Join millions of Polish-Americans to celebrate their special month at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/polish-american. Our senator, Barbara Milkulski, would be proud!

Thanks for reading. Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!

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