Today, dear readers,
Is All Saint's Day. Thursday, Oct. 31 commenced the celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico. Not associated with Halloween, but based upon Aztec and Mesoamerican faiths, the day honors the lives of deceased friends and family members, celebrating the continuity of life and is celebrated by Mexican-Americans. Traditionally, children are honored on Nov. 1 – Dia de los Angelitos (Day of the little Angels) and adults on Nov. 2.
Tonight (Friday) is a first Fridays celebration, 5 to 9 p.m. at the merchants and restaurants in downtown Havre de Grace.
Every fourth Sunday of the month (Nov. 24) the American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John St., Havre de Grace will present a Sunday breakfast for kings and queens 8 to 11 a.m. for $6. Phone 410-939-0234 for details.
Welcome to Native American/Indian Heritage Month in November. Learn about the Susquehannocks and Indians of Havre de Grace on a Havre de Grace historic walking tour, with costumed guide, by appointment, 410-939-0565.
Fair warning! Daylight savings time ends Sunday. Make sure you set back your clocks one hour Sunday morning. Otherwise, you will be an hour early to the church pews!
Circle the wagons at Grace Place Serving Center for a free, hot luncheon Nov. 5 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107. The regular Tuesday lunch is served to those in need.
Get your stingers out. Some fellow Scorpios have birthdays this week: Pam Walker (Nov. 1); my neighbors on Union Avenue, Jim and Ridge Pilcher, will celebrate their combined November birthdays, right along with mine (Nov. 3); and Rick Holloway Jr. (Nov. 4). Oops! Wanda Schaffer was Oct. 21. Anniversary celebrants are David and Courtney Tramontana (Nov. 4). Best wishes to all.
The First of Muharram begins at sundown Nov. 4, beginning Islamic New Year.
Have fun by celebrating Guy Fawkes Day like they do in Great Britain. Remember, remember the 5th of November! Celebrated in England with fireworks and bonfires, this popular holiday recalls the foiling of a plot to blow up Parliament in 1605, at the beginning of King James I reign.
Nov. 7 is Marie Curie's birthday, born in Warsaw, Poland in 1867. Madame Curie earned degrees in physics and mathematics at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1911, Curie won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for her work in radioactivity.
Havre de Grace Main Street held the 6th Graw Days Oct. 12. Between the arrival and departure of guests at the B&B, I was able to venture through the festival – quickly. Many were familiar faces: organizer Bill Price scooting through in his golf cart overseeing; Bill Watson in costume at the Speakeasy; Steve Formwalt at Simplicity Antiques Boutique and Simply Grand Events; Ellie Mencer behind the counter at Doodad's Boutique; Scott Wallace at the Wonder Toys Store; Melissa Horton and Liz in costume for tours; Bruce Campbell performing Dixieland jazz; the performance of Camay Calloway Murphy's play, "Born to Ride," at St. John's Church about Negro jockey Tyke Barnes; and Helen Cayer manning the Concord Point Lighthouse booth. Though cloudy skies, the event was a delight for residents, tourists and families, and the speakeasy and fun continued far into Saturday eve.
Drop by the Havre de Grace Visitor Center to 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.
Mary Boehly told me about the Havre de Grace Arts Commission's Harford Choral Society "Songs from Broadway Musicals" performance on Sunday, Nov. 10, 3:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., Havre de Grace. Free and open to the public, the concert is directed by Dr. William Spencer. The society is in its 59th year of performing classical choral music. For information, phone 410-734-7974 or visit http://www.harofrdchoralsociety.org.
Arts by the Bay Gallery, Warren Street. Havre de Grace will celebrate its first five years with a catered gala artist reception Nov. 15. Tickets are $20, 410-409-1336.
Like a big pile of raked leaves, there's another column for you to jump into. Keep me notified of your events and happenings at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!