Havre de Grace: HdG welcomes Christmas with parade Friday

The Day of Infamy, dear readers,

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


Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free hot meal Dec. 11 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, by volunteers at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107 to anyone in need who enters.

Join the American Legion Post 347, 501 St. John Street for Pizza Nights on Mondays, 6 to 9 p.m. with made to order pizzas for $5 to $7 each. Wings nights are held on Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m. For details, phone Chris Heintz at the Legion, 410-939-0234.


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

Sunday, Dec. 9, marks the first day of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, the eight-day Jewish celebration commemorating the retaking of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Maccabees in the 2nd century BCE. In remembrance, Jews light a menorah and eat potato pancakes called latkes. Hanukkah continues until Dec. 16.

Christmas is coming to Havre de Grace faster than the Polar Express to the North Pole. 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 tonight (Friday).

Dec. 7: Tonight, 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. 8 and 9: Lockhouse Ladies Christmas Boutique (Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday noon to 8 p.m.) at Susquehanna Lockhouse Museum, 410-939-5780, hand crafts, jewelry, gourmet foods, fresh greens, arrangements, framed Thai silk prints.

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. 9: Come Ye Faithful for Christmas carols by the adult choir under direction of Richard Allen, 3 p.m., Church of St. Patrick, 615 Congress Ave., Havre de Grace. Free.

Dec. 9: 2 to 6 p.m., Havre de Grace Decoy Museum hosts decoy carver Leonard Burcham carving his beautiful decoys for sale, (during candlelight tour).

Dec. 13: Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party Luncheon, 410-939-3303 or

Dec. 14 and 15 – the Havre de Grace Drama Guild presents a Cafe 351 Dinner 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. 21 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, 800-851-7756

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Duck Drop, 12 midnight, Havre de Grace Middle School grounds, 451 Lewis Lane, 410-939-2000.

The Havre de Grace United Methodist Church, 101 S. Union Ave, 410-939-2464 will host several Christmas events: Dec. 15: 9 a.m. to noon, Christmas cookie sale, sold by the pound; Dec. 16, 11 a.m., service includes Children's Christmas Pageant; Dec. 22: 3 p.m., Christmas cantata "Noel" presentation; Dec. 23: 11 a.m. service includes Christmas cantata "Noel."

Terri Glenn at the Havre de Grace Senior Activity Center, Lewis Lane, 410-939-5121 recapped for me events at the center: Dec. 10, 9 a.m., Holiday Breakfast bingo; Dec. 11, 11 a.m., Havre de Grace High School Jazz Ensemble; Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 12 to 14, center closed; Dec. 17, 10 a.m., Christmas Movie Day, "Radio City Rockettes," and popcorn.

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 Avenue. See ya at Winter Wonderland tonight!