Before you dive into days of turkey and trimmings, tempt your tastebuds with a different cuisine.
The New Windsor Service Center serves gaeng daeng gai, pad pak and other Thai delicacies in its international buffet 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
After dining, look at the handcrafted items from Thailand, available at the SERRV International Gift Shop.
The cost for lunch is $8per person or $5 for children 5 and younger.
The center is at 500Main St. Information: 635-8711.
Plays are again the thing this weekend. If you want to tickle your funny bone, try South Carroll High School Stagelighters' presentation of "Rest Assured."
Producers call it a farce for the family. The cost is $3 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens. Curtain rises 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield. Information: 795-8500.
You still have time to take a look at the foibles of Oscar and Felix as Havilah-Hayes Dinner Theatre presents "The Odd Couple."
Fitzgerald's Classic Catering prepares dinner. Tickets are available at Scharon's Black Eagle, Westminster.
Doors open 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Big Pipe Creek Park, Route 832, Taneytown. Additional performances are Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1.
It's not a play, but the laughs are guaranteed at Liberty High's annual Talent Show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. About 20 acts have signed to perform, including guys in tutus. If you are feeling stage-struck, there's room for you on stage. Cost is $3.
The school is on Bartholow Road, Eldersburg. Information: 795-8100.
If your tastes run to serious drama, take a seat at Western Maryland College, for "Equus." Peter Shaffer's drama about a disturbed youth and the psychiatrist who tries to understand him will be performed, for adults only, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Tickets are $5 for the general public and $2 for students. The show goes on at Alumni Hall, Westminster. Information: 857-2448.
Rise and shine Saturday for breakfast. You'll need a hearty meal to energize for all the bazaars around the county today.
From 5 a.m. to noon, you can dine with Taneytown Lions, who will even fry eggs to your orders. The club servesall-you-can-eat pancakes, too.
Proceeds benefit sight and hearingprograms. Come to the Carnival Grounds, Route 140. Information: 751-1120.
Mount Olive United Methodist Church also serves breakfast 7 to 11 a.m. The cost is $3.75 for adults and $2 for children. These people want you to stay after breakfast for a Christmas bazaar, which runs until 3 p.m.
The church is on Gillis Falls Road, Mount Airy. Information: 795-3426.
Santa will be sledding from one event to another all day Saturday.
For the bazaars he can't make, he promises to send helpers. Shopping through myriad handcrafted items mighthelp you finish your gift lists long before the seasonal rush.
* The Carroll County Christmas Farmers Market opens 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.Saturdays through Dec. 14 at the Agricultural Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster. Information: 848-7748.
* Holy Spirit Lutheran Church has a country holiday craft fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2205 Old LibertyRoad, Eldersburg. Information: 549-1608.
* Union Bridge Fire Co. has its annual Christmas Mart 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fire Hall on Locust Street. Food is available all day. Information: 775-7622.
* Wesley-Freedom United Methodist serves fried oysters and barbecue at lunch during its annual Christmas bazaar. Doors open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 961 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg. Information: 795-2777.
* Sandymount United Methodist Church has "Christmas in the Country" 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2101 Old Westminster Pike in Finksburg. Information: 876-0616.
* Deer Park United Methodist, 2200 Sykesville Road, Westminster, has its annual rummage, craft and food sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a silent auction, too. Information: 848-2944.
* St. Barnabas Church has a country fair with trifles, treasures, fresh foods and baked goods. Take a chance on a quilt. Doors open, on Main Street, Sykesville, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 795-0767.
Take some time out for safety Saturday. Westminster Volunteer Fire Department offers the second annual Fire Prevention Seminar with guest speakers. Registration at door or in advance and participants receive certificates.
The seminar runs 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a break for lunch, at 66 E. Main St. Information: 876-8486.
After all the shopping and studying, you might want to take time out for soothing music, coffee and camaraderie at the Arts Council's Coffee House.
Area musicians offer a diverse acoustical program of folk, jazz and blues. Cost is $4 and includes coffee and tea. Patrons are welcome to bring a snack.
Doors open 8 p.m. at the Winchester Exchange, 15 E. Main St., Westminster. Information: 848-7272.
If you want to dance, stop in at Pleasant Valley Community Fire Co. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road.
Music will be by "Cross Country" and the cost is $12 per couple. Information: 848-1977.
On Sunday, you can treat your ears again.
Carroll Community College offers a piano and voice recital by faculty members Rebecca Jones Long and Robyn Woodle.
Songs begin 3 p.m. at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. Admission is free. Information: 876-9620.
The Western Maryland College Choir will perform "Songs of Innocence," 8 p.m. in Baker Memorial Chapel.
The concert features poems by William Blake set to music and a handful of holiday classics, as well as premieres by two young and accomplished composers, Michael Henderson and Garth Baxter.
Admission is free.