Don't let dear old Dad spend Father's Day laboring over the grill. The Carroll County Farm Museum has the beef and the chefs to cook it at the Maryland Beef Festival.
All Dad's work will be done for him from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, as he and the rest of the family sample the taste of real beef, nutritionally prepared in many tempting ways.
Tell father to search through past presents for his ugliest tie. He who wears the ugliest wins a prize. The first 500 fathers accompanied by offspring will receive a free beef dog.
Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children at 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Information: 876-2667.
Forget about the job and all the hassles at 6 p.m. Friday and start off your weekend with a TGIF cruise aboard Piney Run Lake's pontoon. Soft waves, wine and music will ease your jagged nerves.
Leave the children with a baby-sitter. This sail is for adults only. Tickets are $1.50 per sailor. The park is at 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg. Information: 795-3274.
Or, Cascade Lake offers music from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday on Snydersburg Road, Hampstead. The summer concert series kicks off with Random Abstract's folk and rock sounds. Admission is $4. Information: 374-9111.
Treat your ears Saturday, as Cranberry Square Shopping Center sponsors a series of free outdoor concerts. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Branded will play modern and country sounds at Route 140 and Center Street, Westminster. Information: 833-5511.
Also, at 3 p.m. Saturday, the Ancient Music Collegium of Western Maryland College will perform outdoors. The sounds are free in front of Carroll Hall, Westminster. Information: 848-7000.
Get to the market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The Carroll County Farmers Market opens its 21st summer season with fresh produce, baked goods, plants and handmade crafts. Juried artisans also will be selling their wares.
The market will be open Saturdays, through Sept. 5, at Smith Avenue, Westminster. Information: 848-7748.
Stop by the Carroll County Career and Technology Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for bargains and collectibles. The Westminster Lions Club is sponsoring a Flea Market and Craft Show at 1229 Washington Road, Westminster. Information: 848-6832.
You still have time to taste the season's finest berries. Linwood Church of the Brethren plans a Strawberry Festival. The fun includes food platters, ice cream for your berries, entertainment, crafts and more from 2 to 8 p.m. at 575 McKinstry's Mill Road. Information: 635-6232.
Watch dance students get on their toes as the Patty Neivert School of Dance performs a recital.
Tickets are $6. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Francis Scott Key High School, Bark Hill Road, Uniontown. Information: 857-9476.
If you prefer to do your own stepping, head for Union Bridge Saturday, where the Fire Department is the scene for a country-western dance. Come early -- 7:30 p.m. -- and get a few lessons. You will be bowing to your partner by the time Blue Armadillo begins playing at 8:30 p.m.
Cost is $5 per person. The hall is on Locust Street.