May the luck of the Irish be in Havre de Grace

Uh, oh, dear readers!

Unlike Julius Caesar, beware of the Ides of March, today, March 15.

March is Read Across America Month. Check out a book from our local public library, 120 N. Union Ave., 410-939-6700.

Happy St. Patrick's Day on Sunday, March 17. Remember to wear something green and declare your "Irishness." March is Irish-American Heritage Month. Erin go bragh! March is a time to remember the many ways that America is enriched and strengthened by contributions from people of Irish heritage.

How about an Irish toast at Coakley's Pub, 406 St. John St., 410-939-8888, where they keep a count down calendar to St. Patrick's Day? Cead mile failte!

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day, March 17, with a traditional Irish dinner ($10 plate) of corned beef or ham, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, bread and assorted desserts, 2 to 6 p.m., at the VFW Post 8126, Lodge Lane, Havre de Grace. Dinner is available to the public, as eat-in or carryout. For details, phone 410-939-4578.

The defender and hero of McHavre O'Grace in the May 3, 1813 British attack, John O'Neill will greet you at a St. Patrick's Day celebration March 16, 2 to 5 p.m. at Coakley's Irish Pub, Enjoy a full traditional, Irish fare buffet with non-alcoholic drinks ($35 tickets) and music, prizes, getaways, raffles and souvenirs. Sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse and the O'Neill Cannon Battery, tickets for this War of 1812 Bicentennial fundraiser are available at 410-939-3213; the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 410-939-2100 or 410-939-5544, Donations are welcome.

A Lenten fish fry will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus each Friday during Lent at Good Shepherd School from 4 to 7 p.m., 800 Aiken Ave., Perryville. Eat in or carry out. Come and enjoy good food and good company. 410-642-6265.

Thanks Marita O'Connell for the photos from the Havre de Grace Mardi Gras Parade. Very funny.

Green gelatin anyone? Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal March 19 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace. Phone 410-939-2107 for details. Volunteers will provide the lunch to anyone in need who comes through their doors.

It may not be Dublin's theatre, but come to the Havre de Grace Opera House, 121 N. Union Ave., to see Tidewater Players' performance of "Proof" this weekend, Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $13. For reservations, visit or call 410-939-8433.

Plant a potato! Stacy Keysor, 410-939-3332, told me about Havre de Grace Community Gardens. The Havre de Grace Green Team with the City of Havre de Grace invite you to garden with them (email: by picking up an application form at City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., 410-939-1800. Each community garden features your own plot, a shared water supply and other common resources and a modest $35 annual fee.

Go green! – bicycle through Havre de Grace. Biller's Bikes opens its seventh season in March at the corner of Green Street and Juniata Street near the post office, 443-502-2377,

March 18 is National Bio-Diesel Day. With gasoline prices on the rise, are you in the market for a new car that fumes and exhaust smell like cooking oil?

Yum, yum! A trip to Bomboy's Home Made Candies, 322 Market St., 410-939-2924 must be planned, since March 18 is National Chocolate Caramel Day!

It's not too early to collect those items for the community-wide yard sale April 27 (raindate April 28). Contact me for details, 410-939-6562. Note: businesses downtown, how about a sidewalk sale?? Spaces available $10.

Celebrate the War of 1812 bicentennial by buying and flying your 15 stars, 15 stripes flag from Haxel Flags, Route 40, $20.

Cindi Beane is excited about the Martha Lewis raffle, 410-939-4078. Raffle tickets are available at Flicker Scents or Bahoukas, both on Union Avenue at $5 each or three for $10.

March 20 is the vernal equinox in the northern hemisphere, when days grow long and life and warmth return to the land. On March 21, spring officially arrives. International Earth Day is observed March 20.

St. Joseph's Day is March 19, honored in Italy and Spain.

An Irish toast with green birthday cake to: Susie Atkinson (March 2); Carolyn Shrader (March 4); Leola Leffler and Doris Palmer (March 7); Melissa Allingham (March 8); Paula Casagrande (March 10); Emily Shrader (March 11); Gene Rakes (March 12); George E. Leedom (March 14); Lovie Jane Pierce (March 16); Jason Hartsfield (March 17); and Michael Transparenti, Jr. (March 20).

A national holiday in Mexico is the birthday of President Benito Juarez, March 21. Olé!

Attend the Havre de Grace High School music department's arts and craft festival at the school gym, March 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with pit beef, music, silent auction and festivities. For details, 443-752-1589.

That's it, folks! So grab your shillelagh walking stick and Irish derby. Accompanying your favorite leprechaun and spouting your finest Gaelic, jig through McHavre O'Grace looking for lucky shamrocks and that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. What an Irish impression you should inspire for St. Patrick's Day. Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or drop a note at 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!

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