Grab your backpack and books — it’s back to school time! Opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not represent the opinion of The Dundalk Eagle or Adams Publishing Group.
You may have noticed the absence of this column for the past few weeks. Or maybe your event or announcement didn’t make it into last week’s paper. Whatever the case may be, I would like to take this chance to apologize. I have been out sick for the past week or so. But I am back at my desk and ready to take your news tips, calls, emails and photos. Send them all to nrodman@ chespub.com.
And now that I am back at my desk, I am already getting excited for all of the fun that the impending autumn has in store.
I know, I know. It doesn’t feel like fall. But the start of school is just days away (whether that is a good thing or not depends largely on whether you are a kid or a parent) and, around the area, schedules are already filling up.
My household has been a flurry of activity as we prepare to send our daughter to kindergarten on Sept. 4. It feels like just yesterday that my predecessor, Steve Matrazzo, was announcing Ella’s birth in his own Talk of the Town column, but she is already five and more than ready to hit the books.
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But there is more than just the start of school to look forward to. As usual, Labor Day weekend brings with it Defenders Day at Fort Howard Park. This year’s festivities will be held on Sunday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our coverage of the fun can be found starting on the front of this issue.
I encourage everyone to make a point of stopping by for an immersive experience that brings a (too often littleknown) era of American history to life. Everyone knows about Fort McHenry and the Battle of Baltimore, but our town’s place in American history, through the Battle of North Point, is no less important.
Defenders Day will feature reenactments, a living history encampment, historical games and crafts, performances and much more.
There will also be tours of Fort Howard Park, which is itself worthy of a visit — whether it is Defenders Day or any other day of the year.
But the fun doesn’t end there. Next weekend marks the return of the annual Watersedge Fall Festival at Watersedge Waterfront Park, 8820 Bullneck Road. The three-day event, held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 8 and 2 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 9, raises funds for a variety of Watersedge Recreation Council programs.
As always, the festival will include food and craft vendors, games, rides, an array of delicious carnival foods and a jam-packed schedule of live music throughout the weekend.
Ride wristbands are on sale now.
For more information, contact Todd Smith at 443695-5022 or Scott Smith 410978-3529.
You can check out our coverage of the fun on page five of this week’s issue.
British troops fire at American militiamen at the Battle of North Point re-enactment. Due to a shortage of British re-enactors at Defenders Day, American units were conscripted into the British lines for the battle.
Members of Chesapeake Flotilla Artillery drill in preparation for the battle.
Young visitors enjoyed rides at the Watersedge Fall Festival.