Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (Dec. 31-Jan.3)


Duck Drop


Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include your last chance to the see the Christmas Festival of Lights at St. Matthew Lutheran Church and the opportunity to ring in the new year with the Annual Duck Drop in Havre de Grace both tonight.

Thursday, Dec. 31

St. Matthew Lutheran Church Christmas Festival of Lights through Dec. 31

St. Matthew Lutheran Church is hosting its third annual Christmas Festival of Lights at the church, 1200 Churchville Road in Bel Air. The display continues  6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursdays and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays through Saturday until Dec. 31. Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or cash donation to support the church’s food pantry. On weekend evenings, hot cocoa, cookies and live entertainment will be offered in the church’s narthex. For details, visit

City of Havre de Grace’s Hutchins Park Skate Rink open through Jan. 3

The City of Havre de Grace’s Hutchins Park Skate Rink is open. Hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. Dec. 26-Jan. 3. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 13. Skate rental is $5. For details and full schedule through February, visit

Sterling Caterers New Year’s Eve Party, Dec. 31

Sterling Caterer’s is hosting its annual Surf & Turf New Years Eve Dinner & Dance Dec. 31 at Jarrettsville Gardens. Cost is $55 per person and $100 per couple and the event includes music by DJ, dinner, full open bar a champagne toast at midnight. For tickets call, 410-557-6921. Jarrettsville Gardens is at the Jarrettsville Fire Department, 3825 Federal Hill Road.

New Year’s Eve Duck Drop and fireworks in Havre de Grace, Dec. 31

The annual Duck Drop and fireworks display is scheduled for Dec. 31 on the grounds of the Havre de Grace Activity Center on Lewis Lane. The duck drop takes place in the moments leading up to midnight.


Friday, Jan. 1

Car cruise-in at Lowe’s in Abingdon, Jan. 1

Car cruise-in 5 p.m. Jan. 1 at Lowe’s, 414 Constant Friendship Blvd., Abingdon. The event is free. For details, call 410-627-0027.

Hays-Heighe House open house, Jan. 1

The Hays-Heighe House will host a free open house at 10 a.m. Jan. 1 at Harford Community College, 410 Thomas Road in Bel Air. For details call 443-412-2539.

Saturday, Jan. 2

Family Holiday Hike at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Jan. 2

The Anita C. Leight Estuary Center is hosting a Family Holiday Hike for all ages at 11 a.m. Jan 2 at the center, 700 Otter Point Road in Abingdon. Cost is $2.70 for members and $3 for non-members or $6.30 for a member family and $7 for a non-member family . For details, call 410-612-1688.

Sunday, Jan. 3

Episcopal Church of the Resurrection bingo, Jan. 3

The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Copley Parish, is hosting a bingo at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at the church, 700 Anchor Drive in Joppa. For details, call 410-679-8700.

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Frosty Family Film Series: Teen Beach 2 at Harford Community College, Jan. 9

Escape the cold and the winter blahs for fun family-friendly movies on the big screen on campus. See Teen Beach 2 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 9 at Harford Community College’s Chesapeake Theater. General Seating: $ or 443-412-2211.

Frosty Family Film Series: Inside Out at Harford Community College, Jan. 16

Escape the cold and the winter blahs for fun family-friendly movies on the big screen on campus. See Inside Out  at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 16 at Harford Community College’s Chesapeake Theater.General Seating: $ or 443-412-2211.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! at Harford Community College, Jan. 23

The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from the Fred Rogers Company and PBS KIDS. This interactive musical adventure takes audiences on a journey to explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood with singing, dancing, and lots of laughter! The show is part of the BGE Family Series. Show times are 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Harford Community College’s Amoss Center. For tickets, visit or 443-412-2211.


HCC Actors Guild in With a Bang performs in the Black Box Theater Jan. 29, 30, 31 & Feb. 5,6, 7

HCC Actors Guild in With a Bang performs in the Black Box Theater at Harford Community College’s Joppa Hall at 8 p.m. Jan. 29, 30 and Feb. 5 and 6 and again at 3 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. The end is coming – the book says so. The author is now dead and his daughter is being tapped by an array of unwilling angels to take up the task and finish the book to save the world. As the end draws nigh in a torrent of blood and magic, the world comes closer to conclusion. But how will the book end? or 443-412-2211.

Stealing Freedom lecture at the Hosanna School Museum, Jan. 30

Join us for this free lecture, book signing, and discussion
with author Milt Diggins 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Hosanna School Museum, 2424 Castleton Road in Darlington. After extensive research, his new 2015 publication reveals the stories of notorious 19th century slave catchers, kidnappers, their accomplices from Cecil and Harford Counties, and the state that valued their services. Diggins is an independent scholar who has contributed articles to the Maryland Historical Magazine and the Cecil Historical Journal. For details, visit

The Winter Doldrums-A Sunday Afternoon of Music and Fine Art at Harford Community College, Jan. 31

Enjoy the HCC Music faculty’s annual concert The Winter Doldrums-A Sunday Afternoon of Music and Fine Art at 3 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Chesapeake Center, then stroll over to the Student Center and admire the Art + Design faculty’s annual exhibit of paintings, sculpture, photographs, digital art, and ceramics in the Chesapeake Gallery. Join the HCC Artists in Residence “After Hours” at a reception featuring hot jazz, cool drinks, and tasty treats. LIVEatHarfordCC.comor 443-412-2211.

Civil War to Civil Rights: A Concert, Feb. 13

“Civil War to Civil Rights: A Concert” is to be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Hosanna School Museum, 2424 Castleton Road in Darlington. Hear creative music compositions that span two centuries from early composers Scott Joplin, Samuel Coleridge Taylor and William Still to contemporary musicians, James Weldon Johnson, Odetta, Nina Simone, the Staple Singers and more. Cost is $10; Students $5; 12 and under, FREE. Tickets can be purchased through our website at