Hello dear readers,
Happy birthday wishes to Debbie Jobes and Drew Shank (Dec. 2); Jean Mentzer (Dec. 3); Tina Mike, Tina L. Ripken and Harford County Director of Tourism Wini Roche (Dec. 4); Julie Baker (Dec. 5); Casey Jobes and Michi Shank (Dec. 6); and Karole Rimel (Dec. 7). Congratulations!
Several friends with HIV asked me to state that Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. An opportunity to promote AIDS education, this day is also a time to commemorate those whose lives have been lost or affected by AIDS. For more information, see http://www.worldaidsday.org.
On a more historical note, Dec. 1 is known as Rosa Parks Day when the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott began in 1955. Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger. Led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., community leaders organized a bus boycott that lasted until 1956, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Alabama's bus segregation laws were unconstitutional.
Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal Dec. 4 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107, to anyone in need who comes through the doors.
Join the American Legion Post 47, 501 St. John St., for Pizza Nights on Mondays, 6 to 9 p.m. with made to order pizzas for $5 to $7 each. Wing nights are sponsored on Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m. For details, phone Chris Heintz at the legion, 410-939-0234.
Christmas is coming to Havre de Grace faster than the Polar Express. Here's the rundown:
Stop into Simplicity Antique Boutique for their Christmas Wonderland, 456 Franklin St., 410-939-6129 or email Stephen Formwalt, email@example.com
Mary Boehly informed me that the Havre de Grace Arts Commission's Graw Days ceramic horse medallions (Christmas ornaments) are available at the HDG Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100 for purchase. The 2012 medallion features "War Admiral;" $10. Past medallions are $15 each.
Additionally, look for the raffle of the Havre de Grace police child's pedal car. Tickets are $5, available at the Visitor Center, to benefit the activities of the HdG Arts Commission. The drawing is Dec. 7.
Dec. 1: Aberdeen will host "What Christmas Means to Me" in its 2012 Christmas Street Celebration: 7 to 11 a.m., breakfast with Santa at Grace United Methodist Church; Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aberdeen Fire Hall 410-272-7585; Aberdeen Room Museum, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 18 Howard St.; Nativity, 1 to 2 p.m. Grace United Methodist Church; parade on West Belair Avenue, 3 p.m,. with tree lighting and visits with Santa afterward in Festival Park.
Dec. 7: Winter Wonderland in Havre de Grace. First Fridays Christmas Parade and Light Up the Night with Santa. 6 p.m, downtown Havre de Grace. 410-939-2100, hdgtourism.com, 410-939-1811, http://www.mainstreethdg.org.
Dec. 8 and 9: Christmas Open House at Steppingstone Farm Museum. Decorated farmhouse, parlor music, cider and cookies, museum shop open noon to 4 p.m. 410-939-2299, 888-419-1792, http://www.steppingstonemuseum.org
Dec. 9: 40th Candlelight Tour of historic Havre de Grace sponsored by the Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace at the Lock House. 4 to 8 p.m. Contact 410-939-5780, http://www.thelockhousemuseum.org.
Dec. 8 and 9: Lockhouse Ladies Christmas Boutique (Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m.)
Dec. 13: Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce holiday party luncheon, 410-939-333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 14 & 15 – the Havre de Grace Drama Guild presents a cafe 351 Diner Theatre production of Steel Magnolias, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 at noon and 5:30 p.m. Tickets $22 to $15 are available at http://www.hdgdramatroop.com, Havre de Grace Activity Center or Havre de Grace Visitors Center, catering by Bill Bateman's Bistro of Havre de Grace.
Dec. 16 to 24: Susquehanna Ministerium 14th outdoor nativity scene challenge. Register by calling 410-939-5233 by Dec. 14 to be recognized for a residential or business award.
Dec. 30: Susquehanna Ministerium open house of Havre de Grace churches, 2 to 4 p.m. 410-939-2464.
Dec. 31: New Years Eve Duck Drop, midnight, Havre de Grace Middle School grounds, 451 Lewis Lane, 410-939-2000.
Ray Astor notified me about live Jesus Scripture Study programs with the Rev. Paul Henry on Comcast Channel 21, Armstrong Channel 7, Verizon FIOS Channel 31. Specials air Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.; Dec. 2, Advent and Christmas; Dec. 5 and 9, Hanukkah; Dec. 12, 16, 19 and 23, The Birth of Jesus.
Tammy Brinkman, 410-939-6105, will open the gift shop of Concord Point Lighthouse by appointment for souvenirs, lighthouses and special dog collars and leashes.
Please keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!