Fall into fun around town this autumn
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.
Frequent patron Connie Collins shops at the Dundalk Farmers Market. The market is open on Saturdays through October in the Dundalk Village Shopping Center.
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.