Uh, oh, dear readers,
It's Friday the 13th. Beware of black cats, broken mirrors and traversing under ladders!
December is National Tie Month. Could a tie be lurking in the birthday gifts of: Ella Renee Stratton (Dec. 6); Makayla Hopps (Dec. 9); Steiner Pierce (Dec. 10); Margaret Perry (Dec. 11); Jane Martin (Dec. 13); Bryan Dawson (Dec. 16); George McClaskey (one year old), Roberta Hessler (Dec. 17) or the anniversary presents of Scott and Linda Kirkendall (Dec. 1) or Bud and Kathy Webb (Dec. 10)? Congratulations, all.
If you are feeling a little bit badgered this holiday season, cheer-up and make Dec. 19 (Thursday) your special reward which is National Underdog Day.
Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal Dec. 17 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 North Union Avenue, 410-939-2107, to anyone in need who comes through the doors. The organizer extraordinaire, Mary Wettig, has retired from her position and Don Osman will become the contact person for Grace Place. Thank you for your service Mary, and welcome Don.
Dec. 15 to 25 is the Susquehanna Ministerium's 15th outdoor Nativity scene challenge. Register by calling 410-939-5233, by Dec. 14 to be recognized for a residential or business award.
St. Patrick Catholic Church has a giving tree in the church vestibule, which was put in place Thanksgiving Day, 615 Congress Avenue. Gifts may be placed under the tree or dropped off at the parish office 410-939-2525. A sign up sheet for food donations will be posted on the door in the vestibule. Gift and food donations are due Dec. 15 (Sunday).
The Church also delivers Christmas dinners to seniors, shut-ins and anyone in need of a delicious meal on Christmas Day. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals on Christmas Day.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will return to Santa Land, Washington Street in Havre de Grace, on Saturday, Dec. 14 and again for his last visit before returning to the North Pole on Saturday, Dec. 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m. There will be a drawing for two new bicycles and accessories on Dec. 21.
Also on Dec. 21, the Winter Wonderland group will be touring the town and caroling from 6 to 8 p.m., so listen for the sweet sounds of Christmas as we roll through town!
Cathey Robertson told us the Havre de Grace United Methodist Women will be having their annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 14 in the social hall of the church, 101 S. Union Ave. Cookies, brownies and fudge will be available for all to enjoy and purchase for the holiday. They will also be offering some carts, candy baskets, origami Owl jewelry and Vera Bradley items for purchase. The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Just in time for this holiday season, the Havre de Grace Arts Commission is announcing the 2013 Citation medallion for $10. Citation, a Triple Crown winner and a Graw winner in 1947, is the sixth in the series. Each year since 2008 the Havre de Grace Arts Commission has been honoring thoroughbred racing in Havre de Grace. Previous year medallions War Admiral, Man O'War and Sea Biscuit. Bulle Rock and The GRAW are offered for $15 each while supplies last.
The Arts Commission has also issued two special edition medallions. In 2012, the first special edition was issued to honor the thoroughbred named Havre de Grace. The second special edition medallion was issued to commemorate the battle of Havre de Grace during the War of 1812. These editions are available for $10 each while supplies last.
For those who wish to collect the complete set, all eight medallions are boxed and gift wrapped for $100.
All medallions are on sale at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100, and the Residence Club at Bulle Rock, 410-939-8700. Some medallions are available at the Havre de Grace Activity Center, 410-939-6724, and the gift shops at the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, 410-939-5780, and the Concord Point Lighthouse, 410-939-3213.
Proceeds from sales help to fund public cultural arts events in our community. Medallions make an excellent gift for any occasion.
Happy holidays! Please keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 North Union Avenue. See ya!