Let the music play, dear readers!
Mary Boehly informed me about a free, open to the public concert by the USAF Heritage Ramblers Saturday at 3 p.m. in Havre de Grace United Methodist Church, 101 S. Union Ave., Havre de Grace. Sponsored by the Havre de Grace Arts Commission, the Heritage Ramblers are six members of the USAF Heritage of America Band from Langley, Va., known for their brilliant brass sound and precision. For information, visit http://www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil or phone 410-939-2100.
And may the peace be with you – Saturday is Nirvana Day, named for the Buddhist state of peace and contentment.
Today, Feb. 7, is the anniversary of the tragic Baltimore fire in 1904 which decimated 70 city blocks in the business district.
In reflection, can you believe that Valentine's Day looms in the calendar, next Friday, Feb. 14? Visit our local stores – Bomboy's Home Made Candies, 322 Market St. (410-939-2924) and Lyon's Pharmacy (328 St. John St., 410-939-4545) – embellished with red and pink hearts, chocolates and valentines! Don't forget your sweetheart!
February is Snack Food Month. Anyone in need may snack at Grace Place Serving Center at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107 for its regular Tuesday luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Feb.11. Volunteers will provide a free, hot meal to those in need who enter.
Happy February birthday wishes to: Priscilla Richardson (Feb. 8); Jack Schaffer (Feb. 9); Madelyn Shank (Feb. 10); Patrick Sypolt (Feb. 13); and Mary McLhinney (Feb. 14). Feb. 12, 1809 is the official birthdate of President Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin.
February is International Friendship Month. Our city is linked with Sillamae, Estonia, and Le Havre (de Grace), France in friendship.
February is Black History (African-American) Month. Begun in 1926 by black scholar and historian Carter B. Woodson, Black History was originally celebrated as a weeklong event. In 1976, Congress expanded the observance to the entire month of February. African-American resources include http://www.visionaryproject.com, http://www.inmotionaame.org and http://www.thebannekerinstitutue.org.
We were sorry to learn that Elizabeth "Betty" Coakley died Jan. 15. Betty served Havre de Grace on the City Council and on various civic commissions. Deepest regrets to her family and friends.
Pat Fair, director of Arts by the Bay Gallery, and all the gallery artists and artisans would like to express their gratitude to all who attended the fundraising gala Martinis with Monet on Saturday. The evening was a complete success and because of participants' kindness and generosity, the gallery will be able to showcase the work of its very talented co-op artists at 500B Warren St., Havre de Grace, 410-939-1818, http://www.artsbythebaygallery.com.
Cathy Vincenti informed me about the next Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bayou Restaurant, Route 40. Sponsored by Freedom Federal Credit Union, the luncheon costs $18. The guest speaker will be Harford County Executive David Craig with an update on new county businesses. Make reservations at 410-939-3303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brigitte Peters, at the Office of Tourism, and I are making the parade list for the March 4 Mardi Gras Parade, 6:30 p.m. down Bourbon Street from the high school, to Washington Street into downtown, ending on St. John and Warren streets at Legion Square and David Craig Park at Lafayette's Statue. Laissez les bons temps roulez. Grab some beads. The party continues at downtown restaurants and taverns. Groups interested in joining the parade should contact Brigitte, 410-939-2100, or myself at the phone listed here.
Havre de Grace has a poet and may not know it! Phyllis Weidown Fenwick, the receptionist extraordinaire at the front desk in Havre de Grace City Hall, shared some of her poetry with me, from her collection "Mirror of the Mind." Here is one entitled "My Cup Runneth Over."
The love that God vies
Shows in so many ways.
It starts the moment we are born,
And flows freely every day.
His love is always sure;
More so on days that we're not.
Just resting in His arms
Brings comfort to us a lot.
So love the Lord Jesus
With all of your heart.
He will come into your life,
And will never depart.
That's a wrap, folks. Keep me in touch at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!