Fall into fun in Dundalk this season!
Feel that? There’s a slight crispness to the air, kids are back in the classroom and pumpkin spice products have started cropping up on store shelves across the country.
While maybe not officially fall (at least not astrologically), we are right on the cusp of autumn, that glorious time of year that brings colorful foliage, cozy sweaters, apple cider and pumpkins by the ton.
And, while Halloween and all of its associated haunts are still a bit away, there is plenty to keep residents of all ages busy this September and beyond.
On Saturday, Sept. 23, Dundalk Police Explorer Post #9912 will host a murder mystery spaghetti dinner at the Patapsco Masonic Lodge at 2 Trading Place at the Dundalk Village Shopping Center. Tickets are $40 each and proceeds benefit the Explorer Post. More information is available at 410746-9252.
The next day, Sunday, Sept. 24, Phillips Inn, at 7018 Holabird Ave., will host a relief benefit to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. The event, which includes a $10 cover earmarked for the American Red Cross, will feature a variety of musical acts, including local favorite Dean Crawford and the Dunns River Band.
That day will prove to be especially busy in the area as the Dundalk-Eastfield Rec Council will sponsor a Jazz & Blues Concert at Chesterwood Park, 2200 Chesterwood Road. Proceeds will benefit rec council programs. For more, call 443-322-4670.
Meanwhile, also on Sept. 24, the Woman’s Club of Dundalk will raise funds for its local philanthropic efforts with a Soup for the Soul fundraiser at the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Department, 214 Wise Ave. Attendees will get the chance to sample soups from local eateries, including Costas, Poplar Inn and more for just $7 per bowl. For more, call 443-286-7467.
On Monday, Sept. 25, you can work off all of that soup at the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce’s annual Golf Tournament at the Sparrows Point Country Club, 919 Wise Ave. Registration begins at 10 a.m. for an 11 a.m. tee-off. Proceeds will go toward the chamber’s CCBC scholarship fund. For more, call 443-840-3548.
Take a breather, for at least a day, but be ready on Wednesday, Sept. 27, as Art Night comes to Dundalk American Legion Post 38, 3300 Dundalk Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $35. For more, call 410-7900603.
As September winds down, one of the area’s premier annual attractions gears up as the Edgemere-Sparrows Point Rec Council’s Fort Howard Haunted Dungeons opens for the season at dusk on Friday, Sept. 29. The beloved local haunted attraction will run every Friday and Saturday night through October at Fort Howard Park, 9500 North Point Road.
I took a tour of the Haunted Dungeons for a story in last year’s Eagle — a DAYLIGHT tour I should add — and that itself was scary. For the full effect, be sure to check out the Dungeons when they open later this month, and prepare to be scared silly. Proceeds benefit the ESP rec council. Fore more, visit haunteddungeons.com.
Looking ahead into October, the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group hosts its annual luncheon on Friday, Oct. 6, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Fleming Senior Center, 641 Main Street. Tickets are $50 each and proceeds support the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group in its mission to promote the legacy of HeLa cell donor Lacks and historic Turner Station. For more, email email@example.com or call 443- 857-9279.
Makers Market will wrap up its season on Center Place in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center with a vendor/ street fair on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free festivities include music, kids crafts, refreshments for sale and a variety of vendors selling handmade wares just in time for the holidays. For more, call 410-282-0261.
Oct. 7 will prove to be another busy day for Dundalk families as the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company holds their 75th Anniversary Celebration beginning with a parade from Wise Avenue and Grays Road at 9 a.m. The parade will progress to Church Road for activities at the North Point Government Center at Wise Avenue and Merritt Boulevard until 3 p.m. In addition to the parade, the event will include apparatus displays and demonstrations and a flea market. For more, contact 410-284-2469 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And, of course, the Dundalk Farmers Market continues to offer fresh produce each Saturday through November from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dundalk Village Shopping Center behind the Dundalk Post Office.
And just over the bridge, our neighbors to the north will celebrate Essex Day on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the 400 to 500 block of Eastern Boulevard. For more on those festivities, including musical acts, vendors and much, much more, check out this week’s special Essex Day supplement in our sister paper, the Avenue News.
So get out there and start having fun. It’s going to be a busy autumn!
Opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not represent the opinion of The Dundalk Eagle or Adams Publishing Group.
A variety of colorful crafts were available for sale at the Makers Market on Center Place.
The Fort Howard Haunted Dungeons will haunt the park beginning Friday, Sept. 29.