Havre de Grace won't be the only happening spot in Harford County this weekend. Events are planned throughout the county, beginning with First Fridays in Bel Air and Havre de Grace, an American Civil War Day at Southampton Middle School, a 5K benefit run at Harford Community College and a handful of high school plays.
The first First Friday of the season in Bel Air is this week, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the corner of Office and Main streets. Admission is free for visitors to enjoy live local music, a beer and wine garden and food.
Havre de Grace kicked off its First Fridays in April but will return again this Friday for another round of festivities. Washington, St. John and Franklin streets are closed to traffic, market stalls line the streets and the stores stay open late.
"Enjoy our city, meet friends and enjoy or cafes and restaurants," the website announces.
Civil War Day
On Saturday, students and teachers at Southampton Middle School in Bel Air will host Our American Civil War Day from 2:45 to 8 p.m.
Presentations include David Jahnke of Harford Technical High School describing the life and experiences of a Civil War soldier from 3:25 to 3:55 p.m.; Monocacy Battlefield Park Ranger Tracy Evans talking about the Battle of Monocacy in Frederick from 4 to 4:15 p.m.; Scott Mingus discussing his Civil War books, including "Flames Beyond Gettysburg: The Confederate Expedition, June 1863" from 4:20 to 4:50 p.m.; Dr. Lawrence E. Keener-Farley talking about the roles of women in the Civil War from 5 to 5:30 p.m.; Timothy Ertel and Tyler Mink talking about the music of the Civil War from 5:40 to 6:10 p.m., Roderick Howard from the Maryland Historical Society talking about black soldiers in the Civil War from 6:20 to 6:50 p.m.; Steve Stanley, a Civil War book writer, talking about map-making and photos from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and Jim Chrismer of the Harford County Historical Society discussing black soldiers during the Civil War.
Throughout the day, the Southampton Middle School Orchestra and Chorus will perform Civil War era songs.
Research projects will be on display and several digital displays will include interviews with several historians, authors, local organizations and former Southampton Students. An American Civil War collage created by Southampton students also will be on display.
Southampton Middle is at 1200 Moores Mill Road in Bel Air. For more information about program sponsor and social studies teacher Bob Rinehart, visit http://www.civilwar.org/education/teachers/teacher-feature/bob-rinehart.html.
Adam Thompson 5K
The third annual Adam Thompson 5K Run/Walk will be Saturday at 8 a.m. at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air.
The race, on a USA Track and Field Certified Course, honors the memory of Adam Thompson, a first-year Harford Community College student who was killed in an automobile accident in 2011. The race is hosted by the Thompson Family, Harford Community College Foundation and the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation.
On-site race registration takes place in the Susquehanna Center Auxiliary Gymnasium beginning at 6:30 a.m., with the race starting at 8 a.m. Participants may run as individuals or organize themselves as part of a team.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three men and women finishers as well as for the first to cross the finish line in various age categories: 19 and under; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59 and 60 and older. Prizes also will be awarded to the top fundraisers and the largest team. Each pre-registered participant will receive a T-shirt and refreshments after the race.
Proceeds will benefit The Adam Thompson Memorial Nursing Scholarship at Harford Community College and The Adam Thompson Memorial Education Scholarship at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. Both scholarships support students attending Harford Community College.
The cost is $25 per person for advance registration or $35 on the day of the race. Online registration is available in advance at http://www.harford.edu/adam. For more information, call 443-412-2449.
The goals for this year's race are to register 500 participants and to raise $25,000 for scholarships. Last year, 350 runners and walkers raised $20,000.
High school plays
Aberdeen High School will stage "Just Another High School Musical" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 and at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3 at the school, 251 Paradise Road, Aberdeen. Tickets are $5 students, $10 for adults in advance and $12 at door. Call 410-273-5500.
At C. Milton Wright High School, "Romeo and Juliet" will be performed Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the school, 1301 N. Fountain Green Road, Bel Air. Tickets are $10. Call 410-638-4110.
"Addicted" will be staged at 7 p.m. at North Harford High School, 211 Pylesville Road, Pylesville. The play is focused on friends and families torn apart by their addictions to alcohol, pills and heroin. Suitable for grades 7 to 12. Call 410-638-3650.