Hello dear readers,
A very sad note is that today (Friday, Nov. 22) is the 50th anniversary of the President John F. Kennedy assassination in 1963 while he was riding in a presidential motorcade through Dallas' Dealey Plaza. Are you old enough to remember? I sure do.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Turkey Day, too, Thursday, Nov. 28. I pray that your Thanksgiving celebration is a delightful affair and one for which you have much to be thankful. To all you travelers or folks who have family and friends who will be traveling, safe trips to all!
Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot luncheon Nov. 26 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107. Volunteers will serve the regular Tuesday lunch to those in need.
The Susquehanna Ministerium will hold a Thanksgiving Eve ecumenical worship Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 410-939-2464.
Happy birthday wishes Ana Marie Smith, Charlotte Gregory and Julie Ducharme (Nov. 22); Ann Lohsen and fellow columnist Joanne Bierly (Nov. 23); Perry Shaffer (Nov. 24); Autumn Brown (Nov. 26); Sarah Weitzel (Nov. 28); Gary Kirkendall (Nov. 29); and Bill Barker (Nov. 29).
November 28 marks the first day of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, the eight-day Jewish celebration commemorating the retaking of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Maccabees in the second century BCE. In remembrance, Jews light a menorah and eat potato pancakes called latkes.
Also as you plan for Christmas, the Lockhouse holiday boutique is Dec. 7, noon to 3 p.m.; Dec. 8, noon to 6 p.m. and the 41st candlelight tour of selected homes and historic Havre de Grace sites is Dec. 8, 4 to 8 p.m. Early birds get tickets for $15 until Dec. 1.
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.
Plan on First Fridays "Light up the Night" Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade in Havre de Grace, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. Aberdeen will host "Christmas Dreams" Christmas events and parade (3 p.m.) Dec. 7. Harford Memorial Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary hosts "Lights of Life" holiday tree lighting Dec. 5, 4 p.m. in the hospital main lobby. Refreshments and entertainment follow.
St. Patrick's Church, 615 Congress Ave., 410-939-2525, will host Mass at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. A community Thanksgiving dinner will be served in the Parish Hall. Volunteers are needed to serve and deliver meals. For more information, contact Don Osman, 410-939-5412.
November is Native American/Indian Heritage Month. Learn about the Susquehannocks and Indians of Havre de Grace on a Havre de Grace historic walking tour, with costumed guides, by appointment, 410-939-0565.
November is Native American (Indian) Heritage Month. North American Indian Tribes have had an important influence upon the world's cuisines. Experts say that an incredible 60 percent of the foods eaten around the globe were derived from plants originally domesticated by Native Americans, including tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, corn, pumpkins, squash, pineapples, peanuts and cacao beans.
Tribes people developed a strong working knowledge of herbal medicines. For example, they treated minor aches with a substance in willow bark; later, found to be salicylic acid, a main ingredient in aspirin.
Stephen A. Runkle, with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, recently compiled a report listing the meanings of Native American names for more than 300 water bodies and places in the region, including Chesapeake Bay, which stems from an Algonquian word meaning "great shellfish bay;" Susquehanna, from the Delaware tribes (also called Lenni-Lenape) for the "long reach river," "muddy river" or "winding river;" and Juniata, from the Seneca tribes for a "projecting rock" or "standing stone," a reference to a geologic formation near Huntingdon, Pa., where several Native American trials intersected.
Runkle's full document is available on the SRBC's website, http://www.srbc.net/nativeamerican.htm.
Thanks, readers! Contact me at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave.