What better way to unwind from the week's stress than a relaxing cruise across a restive lake?
You can say TGIF with the crew of the Ava Irene on Friday and get your weekend off to a sailing start.
Adults only are invited to listen to mood music as the ply the waters of Piney Run Lake and take in the park sights. The $2 fare won'tset you back a week's salary either. So, hop aboard at 5:30 p.m.
You will find the park at 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg. Information: 795-3274.
Head over to Hampstead's carnival, the last of the season. The fun runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. today through Saturday at the Carnival Grounds, 1341 Main St. Information: 374-3644.
Friday hear the "Free Wheelers" and Saturday "Sunday Drive" will provide the evening songs.
Save some energy for a busy Saturday.
Shop as early as 8 a.m. and stay until 1 p.m. at the Carroll County FarmersMarket.
Breakfast and lunch are available. You can see a demonstration of taxidermy by Kelly Double and learn about the bees and honeywith Harold and Bev Beatty.
Fresh foods and crafts, honey and stuffed animals are all at the Agriculture Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster. Information: 848-7748.
South Carroll has a Farmers Market, too. Sunday shoppers can take advantage of the fresh buys from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. on West Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg.
Feeling peachy keen? Stop in at St. Paul's United Methodist Church from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
You'll find a Peach Festival. Besides the homemade ice cream and peach pie, you'll find fried chicken, crab cakes, chicken corn soup and more.
Bring your appetites to 200 Main St., New Windsor. Information: 635-2000.
Put on your dancing shoes for the Big Event Dance Saturday at Pleasant Valley Fire Hall. You can dance until you drop to the continuous music of "Cross Country" and "Travelin Lite." You still have time to make reservations.
Cost is $17 percouple and includes beer and setups. Music starts at 8 p.m. and plays until 1 a.m. at 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Pleasant Valley. Information: 848-0233.
Have a heart from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Heart to Heart 91 helps raise money for Maryland Safe Driving programs. The proceeds benefit MADD and the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. There's something for everyone including games, food, raffles and entertainment at Sykesville Carnival Grounds, Route 32.
Admission is $3 a person or $5 a couple. Children under 12 are admitted free. Information: 795-2219.
Satisfy equine interests at the Open Western and English Horse Show. Showtime is 9 a.m. Sunday at the Carroll County Agricultural Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster. Admission is free. Information: 848-6031.
Stay out of the kitchen Sunday andlet the chefs from St. Joseph's Catholic Church do the cooking.
The annual chicken barbecue takes place from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Cost is $6.50 for adults; $5.50 for senior citizens; and $3.50 for children. Carryouts are available for
an extra 50 cents.
You can get some shopping in, too, at the craft and white elephant tables or the country store.
String Band America and the the Gingham Square Dancers contribute to the afternoon's festivities. You'll find a few old-fashioned rides, too.
The church is at 915 Liberty Road, Sykesville. Information: 795-2367.
Finish up your weekend and wind back up for the week with a lively concert in the park.
Hear Foggy Bottom at 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum Sunday. The sounds are free. You might want to bring a lawn chair, though.