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 of 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 Ms. Jarvis' efforts, Congress passed a joint resolution in 1914 to establish the holiday of Mother's Day, which President Woodrow Wilson signed into law.
Take Mom to the Arts By the Bay Gallery summer reception Friday, 7 to 9 p.m., at 500B Warren St., 410-939-1818 or 410-409-1336. Hors d'oeuvres will be served with a cash bar of beer and wine. Gallery hours otherwise are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Help Mom pick out a bouquet at the Havre de Grace Farmers Market at Washington Street and Pennington Avenue, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For info, phone Main Street, 410-939-1811.
An athletic mom? Join her in the 5K run Saturday to support Havre de Grace High School music program. Call 410-939-6585 or email organizer Denise Wilson, email@example.com.
Buy Mom a 4th of July T-shirt, for sale at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100 for $7 to benefit the Havre de Grace Independence celebration. That's an inexpensive gift, but get the correct size. This year's Independence Parade is July 6.
Take Mom to the theatre. Tidewater Players presents "Avenue Q," the musical by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, at the Opera House, 121 N. Union Ave., Havre de Grace, through May 19, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18; call 410-939-8433 or visit http://www.tidewaterplayers.com.
Let Mom be the Queen of the May, as Steppingstone Farm Museum hosts Medieval Days, Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 410-939-2299. Look for a medieval encampment with fighting and fencing demonstrations, period crafts, music and dance, children's games, food, tours and more. For information, visit http://www.steppingstonemuseum.org.
Take Mom to a free lecture of the Ellsworth B. Shank lecture series, sponsored by the Susquehanna Lock House Museum, 7 p.m. at Havre de Grace City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave. on May 16. Jeff Smart, the RDECOM Command historian, will speak about historical APG (Aberdeen Proving Ground). For details, phone 410-919-5780, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.thelockhousemuseum.org.
Buy Mom a ticket for a guided historical walking tour of Havre de Grace, every first weekend through November, Saturday, 10 a.m., Sunday 2 p.m., or schedule a tour by appointment. Enjoy with Mom a leisurely 1 1/2 hour walking tour through tree-lined streets. Tickets are available online at http://www.mainstreethdg.com or phone 410-459-3840 or 410-939-0565, email: email@example.com.
Does Mom have children in school? A fun family project awaits you at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100. The Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission has a quiz for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and grades six to 12, to win an oval sticker, "I walked the Lafayette Trail." Quiz copies are at the visitor center. ($15)
Does Mom love gardens? Buy tickets for the Havre de Grace Secret Garden Tour, May 18, noon to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Accompany Mom through lovely gardens both large and small in historic Havre de Grace. For tickets, contact 410-939-4800, http://www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org, 410-652-9757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In conjunction with the garden tour, a garden mart of plants, herbs, artisans, tools and exhibitors will be conducted at the maritime museum, May 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, sponsored by the Gardens de Grace Club of Havre de Grace. Thanks, Ellen Eltgroth.
Mary Boehly of the Havre de Grace Arts Commission suggests tickets ($20, children under 12, $12) for Mother's Day to "An American Salute: Music of Our Nation," May 18, 7:30 p.m. in the Havre de Grace High School auditorium. Featured singer Carolyn Black-Sotir, Washington National Opera Baritone Thomas Beard and the Greenspring Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Robert Suggs will perform "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "Was My Brother in the Battle," and other patriotic songs of 19th century America. Tickets are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 410-939-2100.
The Havre de Grace Senior Activity Center on Lewis Lane, 410-939-5121 celebrates May as Older American's Month with Mother's Day Tea Party (May 14, 1 p.m.); healthy restaurant eating with Andrea Pomilla (May 15, 9 a.m.); bingo (May 17, 1 p.m., 25 cents per card); fitness orientation (May 17, 11:30 a.m.); Lighthouse cafe, continental breakfast and coffee (May 20, 9:30 a.m.); osteoporosis presentation with Dr. DeMuth (May 20, 10 a.m.); screenings (May 20, 9 to 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. to noon); and white elephant sale (May 20-22).
Congratulations to the winners in Tuesday's city-wide elections. May you serve our community wisely.
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 14 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.
Birthday blasts! Tom Fitzpatrick (May 10) and Jane Kirkendall (May 15). Happy anniversary Chris and Renee Mentzer (May 15).
The Havre de Grace Community Yard Sale on April 27 was the best one yet (#10). A gorgeous, ideal Saturday hosted more than 50 yard sales throughout the town, especially the Bulle Rock community. At the guesthouse, 226 N. Union Ave., the combined vendors sold more than $800 worth of merchandise to more than 180 yard sale shoppers. If you did not join the yard sale or were a downtown merchant not holding a sidewalk sale, you missed a tremendous opportunity. Several New Jerseyites at the Currier House B&B specifically were in town for the yard sales. Plan for our next Havre de Grace community-wide yard sale, Sept. 21 (raindate Sept. 22). And don't tell me I didn't inform you so either!
As more than 80 to 100 trains a day pass through Havre de Grace, remember May 10 is a big hoopla in Utah. On May 10, 1869, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory Point outside Salt Lake City. Considered one of the greatest American technological feats of the 19th century, the rails connected the Atlantic and Pacific coasts for the first time. The prodigious labor was largely provided by Civil War army veterans and Irish and Chinese immigrants.
"Choo-choo" the next time a train crosses the Susquehanna Bridges and keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. Next week: a new tree brochure! See ya!