Happy Mother's Day dear readers,
If you are a mom or a grandmother, you hopefully will celebrate Sunday surrounded by loved ones. Mother's Day is the single most popular day to dine out – how about a Havre de Grace restaurant – or make long-distance telephone calls. It is the third most popular holiday to send greeting cards.
Anna Jarvis, a 45-year-old Philadelphian spinster and insurance clerk, was inspired to create Mother's Day after the death of her mother. With the financial backing by Philadelphia department store tycoon, John Wanamaker in 1907, Anna dedicated her life to fulfill her mother's dream of a national holiday to honor mothers everywhere. She embarked upon a seven-year speaking and letter-writing campaign, culminating in a two week lobbying blitz in Washington, D.C.Thanks to Jarvis' efforts, Congress passed a joint resolution in 1914 to establish the holiday of Mother's Day, which President Woodrow Wilson signed into law.
The Havre de Grace Farmer's Market continues on Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, at 450 Pennington Ave.
Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace, May 15 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Phone 410-939-2107 for details. Volunteers will serve the luncheon to anyone in need who enters.
Cathy Vincenti and Charlie Mike reminded me that Independence Day T-shirts are available at the Havre de Grace Visitors Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100, for $7.
Congratulations to the winners in Tuesday's city-wide election. May you serve our community wisely.
Birthday blasts! Congratulations Nathan Brown (May 5); Bud Webb (May 8); Jessica Edwards-Smith (May 9); Dawn Hebding (May 10); Mike Smith (May 11); Valeri Phythyon (May 14); Marcus Stansbury Sr. jotted a note about his 92nd birthday May 14 – he is still gardening; Jane Kirkendall and Heather Willoughby (May 15); Bryan Hebding (May 16); and Rebecca McClaskey and Cody Parks (May 17).
Happy anniversary wishes to Michael and Tracy Transparenti and Chris and Renee Mentzer (May 15).
I conducted a historic walking tour of downtown Havre de Grace to visitors from the United Kingdom. They were good, understanding sports when I recounted the burning and ransacking of Havre de Grace by the British on May 3, 1813. Tours are happening on First Fridays, or even by appointment. Phone 410-939-0565 or 410-939-1811, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April Jolley phoned me about the Spring Fling Dance Saturday, 8 p.m. to midnight at the Havre de Grace American Legion Post 47 with the Out of Order band. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at door. To reserve, phone 410-939-0234 or 443-987-5979.
Mary Poughkeepsie and Stephen Formwalt told me about the May 19 artists reception with wine and light hors 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 email@example.com.
Cheryl Clelland wrote me about National Curves Day May 17 with an open house at 1037 Pulaski Highway, 410-939-3555. To celebrate National Women's Health Week, May 14 to 19, Curves will host activities, educational programs, giveaways and refreshments.
Steppingstone Farm Museum will present Medieval Days Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Visit a medieval encampment with fighting and fencing demonstrations, period crafts, music and dance, games, food and tours. For tickets, phone 410-939-2299 or 888-419-1762; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.steppingstonemuseum.org.
The VFW 8126 Lodge will serve a fried chicken dinner May 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the lodge, 300 Lodge Lane in Havre de Grace, 410-939-4578 for $10, eat-in or $11 carry-out.
Don Lay is enthusiastic about the Roundabouts performance May 19, 8 p.m. to midnight at the Havre de Grace Community Center, 100 Lagaret Lane. Tickets are $25 at the Visitors Center (410-939-2100), Vincenti Decoys (410-734-7709) or Java by the Bay coffee shoppe (410-939-0227).
Celebrating May as Older American's Month – "You're never to old to play," the Havre de Grace Senior Activity Center on Lewis Lane, 410-939-5121 sponsors fitness orientation (May 18, 11:30 a.m., $5 fee); jewelry workshop (May 22, 1 p.m., $15 fee); blood pressure and stroke risk assessment (May 23, 10 a.m.-noon); and popcorn and movie day viewing "War Horse" (May 24, 1 p.m.).
A historic nature walk on the North Park Trail will start May 19 at 10 a.m. Meet for the free, one-hour tour at the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, 410-939-5780; email email@example.com or visit http://www.thelockhousemuseum.org.
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month to honor the history and accomplishments of Asian-Americans Pacific Islanders, a group of diverse histories, languages and cultures, 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.
Did you see the article "Flatland" by John Page Williams in Chesapeake Bay magazine, March, 2012 about his visit with Jim Garrett to Garrett Island and Havre de Grace? Yes, Jim's great-great grandfather Garrett was the island's namesake, once president of the B & O Railroad.
A combined Ellsworth B. Shank Lecture Series, War of 1812, Havre de Grace under fire lecture will take place at City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., 7 p.m. Christopher George, author of Terror on the Chesapeake, and Jeff Korman will address "The British attack on Havre de Grace, May 3, 1813." Free admission.
Mozart's Don Giovanni will be performed May 19, 7 p.m. and May 20, 2:30 p.m. at Perryville High School auditorium. For tickets, visit http://www.stjohnshdg.org or call Sarah 410-939-2107.
That's a wrap! Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!