With so much to see and do, only careful planning will let you accomplish it all.
The county is breaking out in festivals from all directions.
Join in the fun and frolic as several communities salute fall. Drive south to Mount Airy Saturday and Sunday or Sykesville on Saturday.
Or, head north up Route 97 where the Lions Club is filling UnionMills Homestead Park with its festival, flea and craft market and fall's favorite foods.
Come early, for a 6 a.m. breakfast, featuringpancakes made from mill-ground flour and stay for lunch.
You'll find entertainment, demonstrations, kiddie rides and displays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Information: 848-6855.
Don't wait until Saturday to start your weekend. Leave work behind Friday and get busy with recreation and leisure.
Why count sheep untilyou fall asleep? Mark cards and win dollars, instead.
Turkey dinner and a chance to win a share of more than $5,500 will keep you on your toes Friday night at the Westminster Fire Hall. The $30 tickets include dinner and 85 bingo games. Doors open at 4 p.m. Calling startsat 7 p.m. Information: 857-0250.
If gambling is too frantic for you, enjoy a relaxing dinner aboard Piney Run Lake's pontoon. Setsail at 6 p.m. Friday. Fried chicken dinners are $6, and reservations are requested.
Also in the park, enjoy an 11 a.m. brunch Saturday and watch the animals along the lake. Bring your binoculars. Call for cost and menu.
The park is at 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg. Information: 795-3274.
Spectate and learn a little smithing. The Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland has Blacksmith Day from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll County Farm Museum.
Demonstrations, competitions and an auction of related items and antique tools will entice you to 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Information: 848-7775.
With several organizations cooking this weekend, you can avoid your own kitchen altogether.
How about oysters, ham and famous beans?
Emory United Methodist Church serves all three, family style, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $9.95 for adults and $5 for children. Baked goods and crafts on sale, too at Arcadia Fire Hall, Upperco.
More and more platters will be available at 1 p.m. Saturday. You can sample turkey, oysters and ham at Taneytown Firemen's Activity Building on Route 140.
Cost is $8.50 for adults and $4 for children. Proceeds benefit Grace United Church of Christ. Information: 756-2302.
The VFW Post in Westminster will coax you out of the kitchen Sunday as members serve pit beefor chicken from 1 to 5 p.m. Dancing, to music by Paul Wagner, follows the dining.
The post is on Poole Road. Tickets are $10. Information: 848-9888.
Stop in at Western Maryland College at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday or Sunday to see "Punch and Judy" on stage. The 1970 comical tragedy by Aurand Harris uses the violence and humor of the Punch and Judy puppet adventures to make a strong point about the end results of total freedom.
General admission is $5, or $2 for students. Additional performances are October 10-12. Curtain rises in Alumni Hall. Information: 857-2599.
There's a whole lot of other dancing going on, too.
Teens can dance as the Westminster Recreation Department sponsors Teen Center Dance for city's middle schoolstudents. Mark the Shark provides music, and the department is tossing in some door prizes.
Cost is $3 per student. Longwell MunicipalCenter, Longwell Avenue is the place to be from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Information: 848-6962.
The younger kids can step lightly, too.
Cub Scout Pack 716 plans a sock hop for students in grades 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Dancers pay $2 each to hop into CarrolltowneElementary School, Ridge Road, Eldersburg.
Sunday Singles dance in honor of their 10th anniversary to music by Centerfold.
Evening includes dinner, open bar and door prizes and is open to all members, past and present. Reservations are required.
Doors open 6 p.m. Sunday at Frock's, Bond Street, Westminster. Information: 239-6018.
Rather listen to the music play?
Enjoy chamber music from the halls of Western Maryland College at 7 p.m. Sunday. The concert features music by Mozart. Cost is $7 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens, and free to all students.
The classics emanate from Baker Memorial Chapel. Information: 848-7272.
Art appreciation, anyone?
You are invited to a reception to mark the opening of Carroll Community College's second annualstudent, faculty and juried Art Show and Sale from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The show runs weekdays at the Washington Road campus through Nov. 1. Information: 876-9639.