Ahoy! Pirates have invaded Susquehanna Museum in HdG

Ahoy dear readers, ye swash bucklers and mates,

Pirates have invaded Havre de Grace and encamped at the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, this weekend, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discover where the first act of piracy occurred in 1635 in Maryland, by visiting the pirate encampment, complete with cannon fire skirmishes, period clothing and demonstrations. Children's activities, guided tours and musical entertainment by "Scales and Crosstones" are also included. Admission is $3; kids under 12 are free.


More adventurous folks might celebrate July as American Beer Month with a pirates pub crawl tonight (Friday) at 6 p.m. Cost is $10. Pickup for booty bags and treasure maps will be at 311 St. John St. Participating pubs include Coakley's Irish Pub, Laurrapin Grille, MacGregor's Restaurant, Rodgers House Tavern and Tidewater Grille. Cheers!

Since July is National Recreation Month, begin Saturday with the Pirate Fest 5K run at 8 a.m. Register at 7 a.m. Cost is $15 in advance or $20 on day of event. Runners follow the Lafayette Trail blue line.


A pirate's evening gala will be hosted by the museum Saturday 7 to 11 p.m. You'll discover that no one parties like the pirates when you attend the gala of the summer! Come in your best pirate finery and expect an evening filled with live music, vittles and grog. Admission is $50.

For any of the pirate events call the Susquehanna Museum, 410-939-5780; email or visit to preregister.

From the Pirate Fest 5K run, jog over to the Havre de Grace Farmers Market, Saturday morning, 9 a.m. to noon, at 450 Pennington Ave. It is a treasure chest of locally produced farm goods, sponsored by Main Street Inc.

July is National Hot Day Month. It is also national blueberry, lasagna, pickle, baked beans and cell phone courtesy month. Phone friends and family to organize a picnic (yes, July is National Picnic Month) at the Havre de Grace Arts Commission sponsored concert in Tydings Park tonight (Friday) at 7:30 p.m. Relax and sway to the steel drums lilting music with a Caribbean flavor. Free and open to the public, bring chairs and picnics to the concert. No rain date. On July 20, the Chesapeake Brass Band will perform.

Since July is National Ice Cream Month, after the concert stroll to Bomboy's Ice Cream parlor on Market Street or visit Bruster's (open until 10 p.m.) on Route 40 for the frozen treat. Friends and I visited Bruster's after touring the Havre de Grace carnival for shakes and cones. The pistachio ice cream contained a handful of nuts - delicious - and that was a small cone!

Buy that ice cream cake at Bruster's for the birthday celebrations of Scott Kirkendall (July 13), Taylor Lynch (July 14) and my mother, Grace Browning (July 17 – her 90th). Wedding anniversaries will be remembered by Mark and Rosie Deal (July 18); as well as Rosie's birthday (July 18).

Volunteers will serve a free, hot luncheon at Grace Place Serving Place, St. John's Episcopal Church, 410-939-2107 on July 17 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to those in need.

Guided historic walking tours of Havre de Grace are available ($12 ticket) on the third weekend of the month (July 21 and 22), Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. or by appointment, 410-939-0565. Start the 1 1/2 hour tour at Jana's Java Coffeehouse, 217 N. Washington St. Reservations are required – buy tickets at


The Cal Ripken World Series Parade will be held in downtown Aberdeen Aug. 11. Entries for the parade are due by July 30. Call Caroline, 410-272-5242, or Betty, 410-272-4981, for details and applications.

The Jerusalem Mill Village will host a summer concert Sunday at 6 p.m. "Teachers for sale" is the featured musical group. For details, phone 410-877-3560 or visit

Did you know that our sister city, Le Havre (de Grace) along with the whole nation of France, will honor Bastille Day Saturday? The French equivalent of our Independence Day is even in the French tri-colors of red, white and blue. Vive la France!

Oh, la, la ! July 14 is also National Nudity Day. It's not officially celebrated in Havre de Grace yet, but if you are a trendsetter, wear plenty of sunscreen.

That's all to this column but uh, oh beware dear readers! It's Friday the 13th. Look out for black cats, broken mirrors and walking under ladders. Still, keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or drop by 226 N. Union Ave. (or drop a note). Yohoho and a bottle of rum! See ya!