Havre de Grace: Celebrate Memorial Day with services, Mass

A pleasant Memorial Day weekend, dear readers!

Memorial Day observances will be conducted Monday, at 9 a.m. at Angel Hill Cemetery and then at 11 a.m. at Tydings Memorial Park. Contact the America Legion Post 47, 410-939-0234.

Memorial Day honors deceased veterans of all wars. On Monday, a memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Patrick on Congress Avenue, sponsored by the Catholic War Veterans and the Knights of Columbus. For details, phone 410-939-2525.

Everyone is invited to participate in placing flags on veterans' graves at Mt. Erin Cemetery Saturday at 1 p.m.

Catholic War Veterans of the USA is recruiting. If interested, contact Ray Astor, 443-690-6068. Dues are $20.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 28. Many of us may gather at picnic celebrations to commence our summer festivities. Still, do not let slip the true meaning and purpose of Memorial Day. Begun as a tribute to Civil War dead, it now pays tribute to all our war heroes. Falling as it does with our country involved in a major military conflict in Afghanistan, let this be patriotic inspiration to us all. As we honor our fallen heroes, some very recent, may we remember and cherish the freedoms and liberties for which they fought to defend. A peaceful Memorial Day is wished to all my readers and their families.

Cathy Vincenti and Charlie Mike reminded me that Independence Day T-shirts are available for $7 at the Havre de Grace Visitors Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100.

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Let's play ball!

This Saturday, stroll the Havre de Grace Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to noon, near the Havre de Grace Visitor Center. Sponsored by Main Street Inc., the market features fresh produce and flowers, potting plants, honey, jams and jellies, fresh meats, baked goods, herbs and handcrafted soaps. For information, contact Rory White, 410-939-5270.

Since May 25 is National Wine Day, let's visit Mt. Felix vineyard and winery, 2000 Level Road, Route 155, 410-939-0913. Relax and enjoy their wines; http://www.mountfelix.com.

If your week has been a bummer, tell everyone about it May 26 which is Great American Grump Out Day. Bah humbug!

Birthdays loom for Victor Petrosino and Linda Noll (May 25); Dianna Rakes (May 26); Carol Gatto and Tracy Transparenti (May 27); and Heather Fox (May 30). Congratulations to you all!

Terri Glenn notified me about Havre de Grace Senior Center activities, 410-939-5121 at Lewis Lane: the center is closed Monday; Lighthouse Cafe and Coffee Talk with Suzanne (May 29, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.).

May 31 is World No-Tobacco Day.

Grace Place Serving Center at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace will host a free, hot lunch to those in need May 29 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Phone 410-939-2107 for information.

Mary Boehly informed me about the first concert in the park for this summer, June 1, 7:30 p.m. Tydings Park. Free and open to the public; the Lou Natale Jazz Band will offer a variety of jazz selections; http://www.projectnatale.com. Bring chairs and picnics. No rain location. Summer concerts are sponsored by the Havre de Grace Arts Commission. Next up June 8, Dean Sapp and Harford Express with bluegrass music.

"Come on June" is the chant at schools and colleges to end the academic year. Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2012.

June brings June graduates, June bugs and June brides. Many June brides have chosen Havre de Grace as the locale for their weddings thanks to the "Guide to Weddings, Havre de Grace Style" brochure, published by the Havre de Grace Office of Tourism. Brigitte Peters, director of tourism, and the friendly volunteer staff at the tourism office, 410-939-2100, http://www.hdgtourism.com, will assist with simple wedding plans. At the guesthouse, I have hosted guests who attended weddings at Swan Harbor Farm. Other venues are the Concord Point Lighthouse; the Vandiver Inn, 301 S. Union Ave., 410-939-5200; or Spencer-Silver Mansion B&B, 200 S. Union Ave., 410-939-1485. Havre de Grace is now "the wedding place."

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month to honor the history and accomplishments of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, a group of diverse histories, languages and culture, like my Uncle Charlie, born of Filippino and Samoan parents in Hawaii, retired from government service in Pearl harbor and able to perform and play the ukulele like Don Ho; he turned 91 on May 3.

First Fridays will be held in downtown Havre de Grace, June 1, 5 to 9 p.m. Havre de Grace Historic Walk Tours, 410-939-0565.

Mary Poughkeepsie and Stephen Formwalt told me that the May 19 artists reception has been postponed until June 1, 6 to 9 p.m. with wine and light hours d'oeuvres at the Simply Art and Gift Gallery, 456 Franklin St. from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Artists are from the local area. Contact 410-939-6129; visit http://www.simplyart.vpweb.com or email formwalt1@comcast.net.

Rosie Deal gave me a flyer about the Elvis Tribute Show featuring Steve Benden, June 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Havre de Grace VFW Post 8126, 300 N. Lodge Lane in Havre de Grace, 410-939-4578.

On June 2 and 3, historic Jerusalem Mill Village will host a Civil War raid reenactment of Harry Gilmor's Raid, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 410-877-3560 http://www.jerusalemmill.org.

Upper Chesapeake Residential Hospice 13th Regatta is June 2, 5 to 10 p.m. Call 443-643-3460 or email dtlenzer@uchs.org for tickets.

Celebrate with the Friends of the Concord Point Lighthouse, June 3 at 5:30 p.m. for light refreshments and a program at the lighthouse under the tent. Members and donors at no cost; guests $20. Call 410-939-3213 or email concordpoint.lighthouse@verizon.net.

That's the final touch to this column! Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!

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