Havre de Grace: More cake for HdG birthday celebrants

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

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,

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,, 410-939-1811,


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,

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,

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

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, 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!