Happy Independence Day, dear readers!
Flags, banners and bunting throughout Havre de Grace shout red, white and blue as we prepare for our nation's birthday and our Independence Day. The Havre de Grace carnival will operate in Tydings Park July 2 to 6. On July 6 (Saturday) at 2 p.m., the traditional parade will traverse Union Avenue from Lafayette Square (Legion Square) to Tydings Park. A concert will commence in Tydings Park at 7 p.m. followed by a spectacular fireworks display at dark (about 9:15 p.m.). Plan your celebration. Contact 410-939-2100 for information.
T-shirts for the independence celebration are available at the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave. for $7. War of 1812 T-shirts are also there for $10. Have a blast! Phone 410-939-3303.
Let's celebrate early by going to this evening's (Friday's) free concert in Tydings Park at 7:30 p.m. Bring chairs and picnics. There is no rain location for the Larry Brown Quintet, a five-piece jazz group. (www.larrybrownjazz.com). No concert is scheduled July 5.
As we gear up for our Independence Day celebrations here in the USA, our Canadian neighbors will celebrate their Confederation Day (unification of the provinces) on July 1. Happy birthday, Canada!
Happy birthday USA on July 4, will be celebrated at Grace Place Serving Center, Tuesday, July 2 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will serve a free, hot meal luncheon to anyone in need who enters St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave., 410-939-2107.
Kathy Keen of the Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission noticed that the dates on the many pewter historical plaques denoting historical properties throughout Havre de Grace are fading. Owners may wish to color in the date with a black Sharpie pen and it will be like new. Thanks, Kathy.
June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Havre de Grace is fortunate to have a new Caribbean cuisine restaurant, Kairi Lele, at 109 N. Washington St., 443-502-5250, for takeout or sit-in. Visit http://www.kairilele.com. Wife and husband team, Rhonda and Willis, are originally from Trinidad and share its exotic Indian, Chinese, African cuisine with Havre de Grace. With 25 years in catering and training in New York, Rhonda brings the Caribbean to your table. Friends and I feasted upon curry boneless chicken, doubles, peas and rice and fried plantains. Delicious!
Happy belated birthday greetings: Jackson Transparenti and Dustin Werkheiser (June 7); Keith Testerman (June 9); Paul Leedom (June 11); Sandy Matthews and Carlie Hopps (June 12); David Redding and Linda Kirkendall (June 15); Jeremiah Seepersad and my aunt, Irma Harding (June 16); former city councilman Richard Tome (June 17); receptionist at City Hall Phyllis Fenwick (June 18); and Elizabeth Nemeth (June 19).
July is National Ice Cream Month. Ice cream and cake will be the fare in red, white and blue at the birthdays of Ceili Guldenzopf (June 29); Peggy St. Amour (July 4); Katie Klisavage (July 5); and Earl Cullum (July 6).
Today, June 28, get out your Babe the Blue Ox; it's time to celebrate Paul Bunyan Day. Don't laugh; it's a big deal to my friends in Minnesota!
Frank is cooking up his famous spaghetti and meatballs tonight at 5 p.m. Plate $10. VFW Lodge, 300 N. Lodge Lane, 410-939-4578.
Here's the buzz. What is the only food item that does not spoil, even in June and July's warm weather? You can purchase that food item along with fresh farm produce, flowers and potting plants, baked goods and homemade soaps at the Havre de Grace Farmers Market, every Saturday through October from 9 a.m. to noon. Stalls set up at 450 Pennington Ave., the visitor center. Contact Main Street, 410-939-1811 form more information. Oh yes, the one food that does not spoil is honey, Honey!
First Friday will be held in downtown Havre de Grace, July 5, 5 to 9 p.m.
Charlie Mike stated the Independence celebration committee is raffling a signed, framed photo of Ravens Ray Lewis sacking "Big Ben." This fantastic Ravens memorabilia comes with authentication tag and a Ravens logo. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5 with drawing July 6. To purchase tickets, contact Charlie, 443-206-8482 or 410-939-0385.
Stop by the visitor center, too, for the student quiz of the Lafayette Trail, created by the Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and sixth through 12th grades to win an oval sticker "I Walked the Lafayette Trail." Lafayette Trail T-shirts are available for $10 at the Spencer-Silver Mansion B&B, 200 S. Union Ave., 410-939-1485. A great family fun project!
Take a guided historical walking tour every first weekend through November, Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. or schedule a tour by streets. Tickets are available at http://www.mainstreethdg.com, 410-459-3840 or 410-939-0565 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or drop by 226 N. Union Ave. It is always great to hear from you.
While we prepare for our most patriotic holiday of all – that of our independence, let us always remember those who have fought in many ways and wars to maintain that independence and those liberties for us. Happy birthday, America! See ya!