Fall into fun in Dun­dalk this sea­son!

The Dundalk Eagle - - OPINION - By NI­COLE RODMAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

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 casim­mons1@ver­i­zon.net 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 jvmo-gush27@com­cast.net.

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY FORT HOWARD HAUNTED DUN­GEONS

The Fort Howard Haunted Dun­geons will haunt the park begin­ning Fri­day, Sept. 29.

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