Fall into fun around town this au­tumn

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

It’s that time of year again. While it seems lately to be al­ter­nat­ing be­tween tor­ren­tial rain or sti­fling hu­mid­ity, there is no deny­ing it. Fall is in the air.

A look around will con­firm it — from the torn-apart and bar­ren “back to school” aisles at the lo­cal store to the abun­dance of pump­kin spice in ev­ery prod­uct known to man. Even the Hal­loween dis­plays, which have been in stores since last month, fi­nally seem ap­pro­pri­ate and not out of place.

While maybe not of­fi­cially fall (at least not as­tro­log­i­cally), we are right on the cusp of au­tumn.

While some love the heat and oth­ers the cold and snow, I tend to live for that all-too-brief mo­ment in time (which, in Mary­land, seems like days at best) that brings crisp days, col­or­ful fo­liage and more than a few pump­kin patch vis­its.

And, though Hal­loween is still a bit far off (and let’s not wish the time away), there is plenty hap­pen­ing around town this early au­tumn sea­son.

On Satur­day, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. our lo­cal hospi­tal, Johns Hop­kins Bayview Med­i­cal Cen­ter, will host the 4th an­nual Fam­ily Fun, Fit & Safe Day at Joseph Lee Park, 5900 E. Pratt Street. The event will fea­ture mu­sic, food, health and well­ness in­for­ma­tion, games, na­ture dis­plays and much more. For more, call 410-550-0289.

The fol­low­ing Fri­day, on Sept. 21, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., the Sparta Inn, 6400 North Point Road, will host the 3rd an­nual “See the Good” Sui­cide Preven­tion Ben­e­fit Con­cert. Tick­ets are $15 in ad­vance or $20 at the door. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion for Sui­cide Preven­tion.

Fi­nally, as Septem­ber comes to a close, Hal­loween sea­son re­ally heats up with the open­ing of the Edge­mere-Spar­rows Point Rec Coun­cil’s Fort Howard Haunted Dungeons at dusk on Fri­day, Sept. 28. The beloved lo­cal haunted at­trac­tion will run ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day night through Oc­to­ber at Fort Howard Park, 9500 North Point Road. Ad­mis­sion for the at­trac­tion, billed as “The most fun you will ever have ... be­ing scared” is $17.

I took a tour of the Haunted Dungeons for a 2016 story — a day­time tour since I am a bit of a wimp — and that was scary it­self. For the full ef­fect, made pos­si­ble by many ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, check out the Dungeons when they open later this month. Pro­ceeds ben­e­fit rec coun­cil pro­gram­ming. Fore more, visit haunted­dun­geons.com.

Look­ing ahead into Oc­to­ber, the Hen­ri­etta Lacks Le­gacy Group hosts its al­ready-sold-out an­nual lun­cheon on Fri­day, Oct. 5, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Flem­ing Se­nior Cen­ter, 641 Main Street. Pro­ceeds sup­port the Hen­ri­etta Lacks Le­gacy Group in its mis­sion to pro­mote the le­gacy of HeLa cell donor Lacks and his­toric Turner Sta­tion.

On Satur­day, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Dun­dalk Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion’s (DRC) fi­nal Mak­ers Mar­ket of the sea­son will once again take to Cen­ter Place, of­fer­ing 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.

Closer to Hal­loween, on Satur­day, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the DRC will host its an­nual Fam­ily Fall Fes­ti­val in Dun­dalk’s Veter­ans Park. The pop­u­lar event will fea­ture cos­tume con­tests, ven­dors, a pump­kin patch and trickor-treat­ing through Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter.

And, as al­ways, the Dun­dalk Farm­ers Mar­ket con­tin­ues to of­fer fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles ev­ery Satur­day through Oc­to­ber from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter be­hind the Dun­dalk Post Of­fice.

Just over the bridge, our neigh­bors will cel­e­brate Es­sex Day this year on Satur­day, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the 400 to 500 block of Eastern Boule­vard.

Fes­tiv­i­ties in­clude re­fresh­ments, ven­dors, kids ac­tiv­i­ties, strolling en­ter­tain­ers and per­for­mances on four stages by artists in­clude Bal­ti­more School of Rock, Kanye Twitty, Trip­wire and Dean Craw­ford & the Dunns River Band.

For more on this year’s Es­sex Day, check out next week’s spe­cial Es­sex Day sup­ple­ment in our sis­ter pa­per, the Av­enue News. Opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the writer and do not rep­re­sent the opin­ion of The Dun­dalk Ea­gle or Adams Pub­lish­ing Group.

COUR­TESY PHOTO

Fre­quent pa­tron Con­nie Collins shops at the Dun­dalk Farm­ers Mar­ket. The mar­ket is open on Satur­days through Oc­to­ber in the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter.

PHOTO COUR­TESY FORT HOWARD HAUNTED DUNGEONS

The Fort Howard Haunted Dungeons will haunt the park be­gin­ning Fri­day, Sept. 28.

The fi­nal Mak­ers Mar­ket of the sea­son will be held on Oct. 6.

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