Country sounds can move crowds onto the dance floor faster than any other music.
Those sounds abound in the county Saturday night.
Get ready for some foot-stomping fun at Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company.
"Cross Country" band will do the fancy guitar picking andbanjo strumming as the Country Dance gets under way from 9 p.m. to 1a.m. at the Fire Hall on Main Street.
Cost is $6 per person and includes setups. BYOB or beer. Reservations are requested.
Can't get to Hampstead? Not to worry. Gold Star American Legion Post in Mount Airy wants you on your dancing feet, too.
Come early for a bull and oyster roast and stay late to dancethe night away.
They will be serving pit beef and oysters anyway you like -- raw, steamed, fried and stewed -- from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Then, after dinner, step lightly with "Paul Ledford and Southern Horizon" playing the tunes from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Cost is $18 a person. Make reservations; the last event was a sell out.
ProspectRoad is the place to be. Information: 829-9161.
Teens can step out, too. The Westminster City Recreation Department sponsors a Teen Center for middle school students.
"Mark the Shark" spins the recorded sounds from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Longwell Municipal Center.
Refreshments and door prizes will be available. Cost is $3 per student. Information: 876-1313.
Piney Run offers some Friday fun, for children in fourth grade and older, starting at 4 p.m. The staff at the Nature Center will help the kids make a punched lamp.
All they need is a towel, hammer, and empty coffeecan -- if you have any extra cans, they could come in handy.
Whenthe kids are done, they will have a lantern to light with flashlightor candle. The effect will be stellar.
Parents, willing to help with the project, are welcome, too.
Cost is $1 for members and $1.50 for non-members and registration is required, too.
The park is at 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg. Information: 795-6043.
Single, 25 or older and wondering how to spend Saturday? Try taking in a moviewith Sunday Singles.
The club is planning a Drive In Theater night -- in a member's living room. You'll have a chance for companionship, a favorite movie, hot dogs, popcorn and soda.
Cost is only $2 per viewer. The fun starts at 7 p.m.
Get the kids away from televised football for a few hours Sunday.
Take them to see the trains at the Western Maryland Railway Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. They will get a glimpse of intricate layouts of tracks, trains and stations in the world of model trains.
Admission is by donation on Main Street, Union Bridge. Information: 775-0150.
Or, let them shoot some hoops.
The Knights of Columbus sponsor FreeThrow Championships for children age 10 to 14 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Dribble and and shoot in the gym at St. Joseph's Church, Liberty Road, Eldersburg. Information: 549-1095.
Join with the Historical Society in a celebration of the county's 155th birthday celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
At 2 p.m., the Carroll County Commissionerswill issue a proclamation recognizing three of the area's oldest bands -- one of those, the Westminster Band, will provide musical entertainment for the afternoon.
The society also plans an exhibit of music instruments and band uniforms.
Say Happy Birthday at 210 E. Main St., Westminster. Information: 848-6494.