Throw Scrooge out the window and get in the Christmas spirit this weekend, starting with the Open Space Arts' production of "The Snow Queen" at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Great Hall of Carroll Community College.
This full-scale production of the Hans Christian Andersen story includes 15 adult and children performers from the Baltimore County group.
The set also features masks and full-size hand puppets.
Children of all ages are invited to this special presentation free of charge.
The college is at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.
Information: 876-9600 or 876-8550.
Don't wait until the weekend to feel the spirit.
The Liberty High School Chorus will present its Christmas Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the school auditorium, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.
The concert will feature performances by the chorus, show chorus and Madrigal Singers. Admission is free and open to the public.
If youhaven't already, it's time to deco
rate your home for the holidays, so hop in the car and head for the Union Mills Homestead Foundation's annual Poinsettia and Greens Open House.
The Homestead will beopen 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday and will feature free tours of the 1797 house, which has been decorated for an old-fashioned Christmas by Alloway Herb Gardens.
Take the children to the Grist Mill for a visit with Santa Claus while you pick your tree and greens. Then warm up with some mulled cider and cookies, served noon to 4 p.m. both days. Before leaving, check out the gift shop for gift ideas.
The Homestead is at 3311 Littlestown Pike, seven miles north of Westminster.
Don't know what to do with all those greens you bought at Union Mills?
Two towns are having house tours Sunday to give you plenty of ideas.
The Soroptimist Club has its 32nd annual Christmas House Tour 1 to 5 p.m. For a $5 fee, you can visit the home of Robert and Mary Ellen Smith and Joseph and Sylvia Gorman of Westminster, Fred and Mary Ellen Craig and Frank and Joella Manella of Wakefield Valley and the Hoover Library at Western Maryland College.
Refreshments will be served in the WMC library.
If you need more ideas, head over to Taneytown for the Heritage Committee's tour of historic buildings 12:30 to 6 p.m. Start with the Come Saturday Morning Antiques, a former tavern where George Washington slept.
Continue to the Keysville United Church of Christ, dating to 1828, then visit seven homes, all dating to the days of Francis Scott Key.
There's lots to do Saturday, too.
The Carroll County Christmas Farmers Market continues with 100stalls full of handmade gifts, arts and crafts from stocking stuffers to tree toppers from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ag Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster.
Parking and admission are free.
The City of Westminster, Lions' Club and the EnterTRAINment Line have teamed up for a free Train Ride with Santa for children 10 and younger Saturday.
One parent can ride free with a child. Toys and treats will be handed out. Distribution of tickets begins at 12:30 p.m., with the first departure at 1 p.m. from the LeRoy L. Conaway parking lot, Route 27.
Then listen to the youthful voices of the Children's Chorus of
Carroll County as they present an International Festival of Songs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Baker Memorial Chapel at Western Maryland College, Westminster.
The concert is free, but donations are accepted.
Western Maryland College will is the site for yet another concert, this time by the Ancient Music Collegium, a group of local musicians and vocalists who specialize in music preceding the Romantic period, at 8 p.m. Sunday in Baker Chapel (Little Baker).
The concert of Baroque music and traditional holiday carolsis free and open to the public, though seating is limited.
the audience will be invited to join in the singing during the carol selections.
For those needing to get awayfrom the holiday rush for a bit, there's a review of author Fay Weldon's latest work, "Darcy's Utopia," by Dr. Nina Gregg, assistant professor of communication at Western Maryland College, at noon tomorrow.
This final Books Sandwiched In session of the fall semester will take place in McDaniel Lounge on the Western Maryland campus. It is free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch; the college provides beverages.