Hello dear readers,

June is National Iced Tea Month, so pack up the cooler with sweet tea to take to the Friday concert in Tydings Park, tonight (Friday) at 7:30 p.m. Bring chairs, tea and picnics to brighten the day's end with the six piece group The Klassix, performing classic top 40 and current hits. No rain location. Summer concerts are sponsored by the Havre de Grace Arts Commission. Next up July 11 is EWABO Caribbean steel drums music.


If in doubt, find out. Today, June 27, is National HIV Testing Day.

Grace Place Serving Center will host a free, hot luncheon to anyone in need July 1 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107.

Let's go to the Saturday Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to noon, 450 Pennington Ave. near the visitor center.

Independence Day T-shirts are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100 for $8 or $9 to benefit the Havre de Grace Independence Celebration July 5.

The 65th Havre de Grace Independence Parade is July 5 at 2 p.m. along Union Avenue. The carnival runs July 1 to July 5 in Tydings Park. A concert will be held in Tydings Park at 7 p.m. July 5 followed by fireworks at dusk, 9:15 p.m. 410-939-2100 or visit http://www.havredegracejuly4.org.

Havre de Grace Main Street presents First Fridays in downtown Havre de Grace, July 4, 5 to 9 p.m.

The Joseph L. Davis Post 47, American Legion, 501 St. John St., will host a pavilion party July 4, 5 to 8 p.m. Public is welcome to hear live music. Pit beef, ham, turkey and steamed shrimp are on the menu. Yum.

Steppingstone Museum hosts Summer Fun Day with lawnmower races and car show July 6, 11 to 4 p.m. Contact 410-939-2299, 888-419-1762 or visit http://www.steppingstonemuseum.org.

Tom Lofland of the Office of Economic Development for Havre de Grace announced the 2014 Economic Development Award Winners: 2014 Good Neighbor Award to Elementary Design by Bill Watson; 2014 Regional Awareness Award to Chuck and Lori Maslin with the Havre de Grace Seafood Festival; 2014 Best Property Rehabilitation Award to Jin Lin, Chong Lin and the Lin Family of Lins Hibachi in Harbor Shopping Center, Route 40; 2014 Business of the Year Award to John and Kathy Klisavage of Washington Street Books and Music, in downtown Havre de Grace. Congratulations!

Join St. Patrick's Church youth group, the Shamrocks, for a trip to Baltimore's Inner Harbor and the Maryland Science Center June 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thirty seats are available, contact st.patricks.shamrocks@gmail.com.

Thank you local radio station WXCY. By being a member of the Loyal Listener Club, I won a Randy Houser CD and met owner Bob Bloom. It was a pleasure.

July is National Ice Cream Month. Ice cream and cake will be the fare in red, white and blue at the birthdays of Ceili Guldenzopf (June 29); Peggy St. Amour (July 4); Katie Klisavage (July 5); and Earl Cullum (July 6).

Joe and Carole Rice celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 21. Congratulations.

Jane Cook phoned to say her mom, Emily, turned 99 on June 15. Emily lives in assisted living quarters in Annapolis and Jane would love to hear from Havre de Grace friends of her mother, 410-768-2597.


On Saturday, awake Babe the Blue Ox; it's time to celebrate Paul Bunyon Day. Don't laugh, it's a big deal to my friends in Minnesota.

Thanks, that's all folks. Please keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or drop by 226 N. Union Ave. (or drop a note). It is always a pleasure to chat with you. See ya!