Spring beckons us to get outdoors and explore. Aberdeen, the largest of the County’s three municipalities, offers much to discover in the way of shopping, great restaurants and city-sponsored activities. Festival Park, across from City Hall on N. Parke Street, contains a gorgeous, massive field, surrounded by a shaded, circular sidewalk, with two children’s playgrounds, picnic tables and benches, a beautiful pavilion and the perfect venue for community and family events. The entire park is surrounded by parking spaces, providing convenience and flexibility.
April 25, the Park will host Harford County’s Earth Day Celebration, from 11am-4pm, sponsored by Harford Glen Environmental Center, Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Harford Bank, Aberdeen High School, Aberdeen Lions Club and the City of Aberdeen. In addition to food carts and live music, along with exhibits featuring native animals and environmental awareness, visitors can enjoy activities such as playing music on recycled bike parts, recycled games, moon bounce, scrap hockey and Second Chance Chess. Donate items for game tickets.
The following weekend (May 2) the Park will host Under The Sea Bash, with face painting, caricature artists, costumed characters such as the Little Mermaid and Island Princess. The family-friendly event will benefit the Maryland Chapter TEARS Foundation.
Beginning May 7, the Farmer’s Market returns to the Park every Thursday from 4-7pm, featuring a varied selection of fresh produce, plants, local cheeses, honey, wine, jelly and hand-crafted jewelry. Food trucks and food vendors and a DJ or live music make the atmosphere festive. Get ahead of the weekend to enjoy local produce and leave Saturday and Sunday to explore Aberdeen’s opportunities for antique or bargain shopping.
The Attic Addict on West Bel Air Avenue and Jimm’s Gems on Philadelphia Blvd. have hidden treasures to satisfy the antiquing urge. For the ‘thrifting’ urge, visit Goodwill, in the Aberdeen Plaza, and Habitat for Humanity’s Restore, where you’ll find glassware, small appliances and furnishings and, maybe, just the thing you didn’t realize you really need. Other unexpected surprises may be in the book section at Goodwill as well as at Ollie’s, where you’ll also find heavily discounted housewares, toys, linens and seasonal items. More treasures may be found at the 2nd Annual Junk in the Trunk on May 16, 9am-2pm, a yard sale/flea market; vendor applications are available from Main Street Coordination Crystal Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org; 864.419.5134.
If you prefer to discover new recipes and ethnic cuisine, Aberdeen has the places to get rare or little known ingredients. Campos Convenience Store in the Aberdeen Plaza not only has a great selection of grocery items, concentrating on Spanish cuisine; they have a lunch counter and seating area in the back. The Bayanihan Food Market on W. Bel Air Avenue features southeast Asian grocery items that will inspire you to create wonderful ethnic dishes.
Consider a visit to Aberdeen to support local tourism. You may find many reasons to return for a second, or third or even fourth visit throughout the summer.
The Museums of Havre de Grace:
215 Giles Street
Havre de Grace Maritime Museum
100 Lafayette Street
Concord Point Lighthouse
700 Concord Street
Susquehanna Lock House Museum
817 Conesteo Street
461 Quaker Bottom Road