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Winter Wonderland lights up Havre de Grace beginning tonight

It's Winter Wonderland, dear readers,

In downtown Havre de Grace this eve (Friday) at 6 p.m. with a parade followed by meeting Santa Claus at 115 N. Washington St.


There will also be a Pizza With Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7 at LaBanc (St. John Street) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $1 for a slice of pizza, a drink and a visit with Santa. All family members eating pizza will need a ticket. Tickets are limited to the first 200 and are on sale at Java by the Bay on North Washington Street.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will return to Santa Land on Saturday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m. for his last visit before returning to the North Pole. There will be a drawing for two new bicycles and accessories on Dec. 21.


Also on Dec. 21, the Winter Wonderland group will be touring the town and caroling from 6 to 8 p.m. so listen for the sweet sounds of Christmas as we roll through town!

A Christmas concert will be presented by the choir of the Church of Saint Patrick Catholic Church under the direction of organist Richard Allen and assistant Gregory Bittle and Rev. William J. O'Brien III, pastor, at 615 Congress Ave., on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.

Grace Place Serving will serve a free, hot meal Dec. 10 from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107, to anyone in need who comes through the doors.

St. Patrick Catholic Church also delivers Christmas dinners to seniors, shut-ins and anyone in need of a delicious meal on Christmas Day. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals on Christmas Day.

The Lock House holiday boutique is Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8, noon to 6 p.m. and the 41st candlelight tour of selected homes and historic Havre de Grace sites is Dec. 8, 4 to 8 p.m.

Aberdeen will host "Christmas Dreams" events and parade, at 3 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Dec. 15 to 25 is the Susquehanna Ministerium 15th outdoor nativity scene challenge. Register by calling 410-939-5233, by Dec. 14 to be recognized for a residential or business award.

Happy birthday Margaret Perry (Dec. 11); Jane Martin (Dec. 13); and Shelly Jobes (Dec. 14).


The Day of Infamy is what president Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941, with the Japanese attack upon Hawaii. Now called Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, it is embedded in our national psyche and recounted by our veterans in remembrance with flags at half-staff.

Cathey Robertson told us the Havre de Grace United Methodist Women will be having their annual Christmas Cookie Sale on Saturday, Dec. 14 in the social hall of the church, 101 S. Union Ave. Cookies, brownies and fudge will be available for all to enjoy and purchase for the holiday. They will also be offering some carts, candy baskets, origami Owl jewelry and Vera Bradley items for purchase. The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Joe Kochendorfer informed that 40 people participated in the Nov. 16 North Park Trail hike. A huge turnout.

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With all the holidays festivities, two important and meaningful days may be overlooked. Dec. 10 is national Human Rights Day, which commences Human Rights/Civil Rights Week. Dec. 15 is Bill of Rights Day when the first 10 amendments to our U.S. Constitution were added in 1791, after several states vowed to retract ratification of our Constitution if there were no provisions to protect our individual liberties and rights. These protected rights compose some of our greatest freedoms: religion, press, speech, assembly, petition, to bear arms and of those accused and standing trial. Ratifiers of the Bill of Rights guaranteed for us many of the rights that we enjoy this holiday season, as well as daily.

Just in time for this holiday season, the Havre de Grace Arts Commission is announcing the 2013 Citation medallion for $10. Citation, a Triple Crown winner and a Graw winner in 1947, is the sixth in the series. Each year since 2008 the Havre de Grace Arts Commission has been honoring thoroughbred racing in Havre de Grace. Previous year medallions "War Admiral," "Man O'War" and "Sea Biscuit." "Bulle Rock" and "The GRAW" are offered for $15 each while supplies last.

The Arts Commission has also issued two special edition medallions. In 2012, the first special edition was issued to honor the thoroughbred named "Havre de Grace." The second special edition medallion was issued to commemorate the battle of Havre de Grace during the War of 1812. These editions are available for $10 each while supplies last.


For those who wish to collect the complete set, all eight medallions are boxed and gift wrapped for $100.

All medallions are on sale at Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100, and the Residence Club at Bulle Rock, 410-939-8700. Some medallions are available at the Havre de Grace Activity Center, 410-939-6724, and the gift shops at the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, 410-939-5780, and the Concord Point Lighthouse, 410-939-3213.

Proceeds from sales help to fund public cultural arts events in our community. Medallions make an excellent gift for any occasion.

Happy holidays! Please keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!