Spring brings a plethora of festivals, craft shows and flea markets to the county this weekend.
Since some organizations will be serving breakfast and lunch, shoppers can start early and stay late.
In Westminster on Saturday, stop in at Union Mills Homestead or Carroll Lutheran Village.The Friends of the Village Auxiliary of Carroll Lutheran Village are planning the annual flower mart. Browsers will find bedding plants and hanging baskets, crafts and baked goods andan antique car display.
The village's Public Relations Committee will serve a pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. The cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children.
Admission to the market is free and it runs until 3 p.m. at 205 St. Mark Way, Westminster. Information: 875-2309.
Not to be outdone, the Homestead has its annual flower and plant market and antique show, too. The restored Grist Mill houses 14 dealers and artisans. Shoppers will find a variety of food, among the beautiful flowers.
This event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday at 3311 Littlestown Pike,Westminster. Information: 848-2288.
Drive south for more fairs. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and good buys at Mount Olive Church, Gillis Falls Road, Mount Airy. Gets your auction bids ready, too. Doors open at 7 a.m. Information: 635-2572.
Or, while you are in the vicinity, shop at Winfield Volunteer Fire Department's outdoor craft show and flea market any time from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is Sunday. The department is on Route 26. Information: 795-1333.
Stop in at Customs Last Stand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday to see "Touch of the Hand" with demonstrations by area artists and craftsmen. The shop is at 2424 Marston Road, New Windsor. Information: 875-2309.
If you fancy flowers, take your pick as the Mason-Dixon Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society has the 11th annual FlowerShow and Sale. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, Washington Road, Westminster. Information: 848-3781.
Not into shopping? You can find many other diversions.
Liberty High School Theatre Group presents "The King and I" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cost is $3 per ticket. Curtain rises on Anna's adventures at 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg. Information: 795-8100.
Or, listen to the dulcet sounds as eight choirs play the second annual free Carroll County Handbell Conference concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. The bells ring at West Middle School, Monroe Street, Westminster.Information: 795-9493.
Baseball fans may want to stop in at Arcadia Volunteer Fire Department's Baseball Card Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $2 and includes free autographs by visiting Orioles. Refreshments are available, too, at 5415 Arcadia Ave., Upperco. Information: 374-4111.
Enologists will have a chance tosample May wine as Linganore Winecellars presents a Black Forest Weekend. You will find German folk music, too. Free admission and parking from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday at 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy. Information: 795-6432.
You don't have to wait until Saturday to start your weekend. Westminster United Methodist Church serves spring salad luncheon with turkey salad topping the menu, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Center and Main streets. Cost is $5 per diner. Information: 848-8325.
Or, join the Carroll County Child Care Association in a celebration of Children's Day. A variety of events run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at the Farm Museum, Center Street, Westminster. Information: 795-3410.
Family and children are in the focus again Sundayat the Family First Fun Walk and Spring Safari Sunday. Walkers are invited to trek the 2-mile Suburban Safari course from 8:30 a.m. to 11a.m. at Cranberry Mall, North Center Street, Westminster. Information: 669-9000.
Sunday, also offers the opportunity to picnic inthe park from noon to 5 p.m. Mount Airy Board of Parks and Recreation sponsors its annual picnic. Special guests include the Oriole Bird and McGruff the Crime Dog.
Watkins Park, on Route 27, will be fullof fun. Take a tethered balloon ride, sample the food, play games, and enjoy the crafts and entertainment.
Proceeds benefit Mount AiryCommunity Center. Information: 831-5271.