First Fridays participation expands in Havre de Grace, as Harford liquor board approves event licenses

The Harford County Liquor Control Board recently approved several outside event and one-day licenses for local businesses holding upcoming events, including restaurants in Havre de Grace, who want to get in on the city's First Fridays action.

Laurrapin Grille, Rodgers House Tavern and MacGregor's, all in Havre de Grace, will participate in the city's next First Fridays event on June 1, as the liquor board approved their participation during its meeting in Bel Air on May 16.

Board Chief Administrative Officer Kathryn Thess said because of Laurrapin's success last year more restaurants are interested in participating.

"They saw the success Laurrapin had and decided to jump on that bandwagon," Thess said.

Dark Horse Saloon in Bel Air also received approval for the second of its Triple Crown events, the third year it has highlighted the horse racing series. The outdoor event already celebrated the Kentucky Derby earlier this month and last week's approval covered Saturday's Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.

Coming up is the Belmont Stakes on June 9, and this year Dark House patrons will get the opportunity to root for what could be the first Triple Crown champion in 34 years, as the colt I'll Have Another has won the first two legs of the championship.

Thess commented that Dark Horse does "an excellent job with their carding" of patrons at the establishment's Triple Crown events.

Another event license was approved for Otter Point Yacht Club in Abingdon which, for its second year, will hold festivities to commemorate a new commodore on May 25, 26 and 27.

Half Pints Sports Pub and Grill in Bel Air will have a classic car and bike show May 26 with some of the proceeds going toward cancer awareness.

Thess explained that the pub will have a fenced-in area for the expected 300 visitors.

Seven one-day beer and wine licenses also were approved by the liquor board last week:

St. Mark Roman Catholic Church reception at The McCall Center in Fallston on May 19;

Bel Air Downtown Alliance requested its license for the First Fridays event, on the corner of Office and Main streets, June 1;

Four separate soccer games at Cedar Lane Park were approved for June 5, 16, 20 and 24; and

The Harford Leadership Academy dinner at the Chesapeake Dining Room at Harford Community College on June 13.

A one-day beer, wine and liquor license was approved for the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation's regatta/shore party at Concord Point Lighthouse Park on June 2.

VFW Post 10028 in Aberdeen paid a $500 fine stemming from an April 18 show cause hearing before the liquor board.

The post was charged with selling to a minor and selling to someone who is not a member of the club in April as a result of a compliance test on Feb. 23.

The post previously had its liquor license suspended in March 2010 for 45 days after the organization allowed a promoter to rent its hall on more than one occasion, after being told doing so was illegal.

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