Dan Belson

Happy Thursday, Dundalk!

You may have read my first editorial, online, a few weeks ago where I introduced myself as the new reporter for the Eagle. Well, things have changed. I now have the pleasure of serving you as the editor of the Eagle.

As I said a few weeks ago, you’ll recognize me as the skin-and-bones blonde kid with a mustache that has been described as both “corny” “powerful,” as well as a camera and notebook in hand. I’ve been able to explore a lot of events and places in Dundalk over the past few weeks, and it has been a delight.

Which brings me to the topic of this editorial: it’s been a busy summer. We’re catching up from many months of masked-and-socially-distanced light activity, and going full throttle with summer fun. I’d know, I feel like I’ve been everywhere over the past few weeks. So if you’ve been vaccinated and are comfortable with going out, it’s time to shake off the COVID-19 blues and kick off the roaring 2020s.

From July 27th to 31st, the North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Department will be bringing back its annual carnival, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night. Ride the rides, get a corn dog and help out our volunteers. The parade will be held on Friday, July 30th, lining up at about 5 p.m. outside the VFW.

Speaking of corn dogs, the Maryland State Fair will come back in-person, at the Timonium fairgrounds from Aug. 26 to Sept. 6.

While you’re up north, go up to Wilson Point Men’s Club in Middle River on Aug. 29 for the annual Rockin’ on the River festival.

The Watersedge Fall Festival, run by the fine men at Smith’s Lawncare and Landscaping, will come back this year from Friday, Sept. 10 to Sunday, Sept. 12 at Watersedge Park. There will be live music all three days, as well as rides, vendors and treats.

On Sept. 11, head over to Veterans Park, right across from the Dundalk Eagle, for the annual Defender’s Day celebration, where the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and others will celebrate the successful defense of Baltimore with historical reenactments.

Into cars? The 23rd Mobtown Greaseball, run by the Karb Kings Car Club, will be held at Key Brewing, off of Grays Road in Sparrows Point/Edgemere on Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

And on Saturday, Oct. 2, the folks at Drug City will hold their annual block party at the North Point Road pharmacy, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free, but for beer, wine and spirits, you can get a $10 tasting ticket.

Here’s to new beginnings, for the Eagle, and for Dundalk. Welcome back.

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