With a plethora of planned activities, Piney Run is an eventful place this weekend. Minutes from your own backyard, you can find cruises, a fiesta, fishing holes and tasty berries.The children can play Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer during an adventure cruise on the lake pontoon at 3 p.m. Friday. The captain promises sailors a memorable trip. Cost is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children.A few hours later, at 6 p.m., it's fiesta time for Mom and Dad. The crew will serve Mexican fare and guests will hear music reminiscent of our neighbors south of the border.
Cost for this two-hour tour is an affordable $5 per sailor. So, wear your sombreros and come to 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg. Information: 795-3274.
Saturday in the park, visitors will find fishing and picking trips.
Parents and children are invited to reel those fish in at the lake's best spots. Bring your rods and licenses, if you are 16 or older, and wait for the bites at 9 a.m. The Fishing Excursion costs $3 for adults and $1.50 for children.
Put your catch on ice and stick around for an 11 a.m. berry hunt. Bring your pail, wear your garden gloves and sturdy shoes and meet at the Nature Center. You can keep what you gather, too. Or, you can add your berries to the mixer and sample some homemade ice cream. Information: 795-6043.
* While you are in South Carroll, you might hear some feline noises. The Dixie Cats deliver their special songs of the South at Sykesville's free Concert in the Park Series. The band plays at 7 p.m. in Millard Cooper Park on Springfield Avenue. Information: 795-6390.
Sharp listeners can find another treat for their ears at 7 p.m. Sunday. The 1992 Concerts in the Park Series, sponsored by Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks and Arts Council, continues with Big Cam and the Lifters, an oldies dance band.
Admission is free and cool refreshments will be sold. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to the City Playground, Westminster. Information: 857-2103.
* Or, you could hear sounds across Cascade Lake at 7 p.m. Friday
it plays host to Pat and Brian's acoustic rock. Admission is $4 admission to the grounds on Snydersburg Road, Hampstead. Information: 374-9111.
* Alice is traveling through Wonderland this weekend as Theatre the Hill presents the classic fantasy at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $13 for adults and $7 for children.
If you prefer operatic antics, see "Lend Me a Tenor" at 7 p.m. Sunday. Both productions are on stage at Alumni Hall, Western Maryland College, Westminster. Information: 857-2599.
Spice up your Saturday with some tastes of Mexico.
The New Windsor Service Center prepares fajitas and frijoles refritos on an open grill, as part of its International Cuisine series. Sample salsa, almond flan and coffees with a foreign flavor.
Diners will be treated to special music by Ramon of the Amigos Band and they can get a preview of handcrafts on sale in the Gift Shop.
Reservations are requested for the $10 luncheon that will be served from noon to 3 p.m. at 500 Main St. Information: 635-8715.
* Come to the Farmers Market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. While you shop for fresh produce, and baked goods, you can also learn something as Suzanne Shea teaches applique.
You will find the stalls stacked with nature's bounty on Smith Avenue, Westminster. Information: 848-7748.
* The Arts Council presents "Sonnets and Strings" at its monthly Coffee House. Spend a midsummer evening at the Carroll County Farm Museum, where you can hear poetry readings and concert performances by area artists.
Come early with your picnic dinners and enjoy the museum grounds. Admission is $5. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. at 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Information: 848-7272.
* And there are always the volunteer fire company carnivals. You have a choice of two this week: Reese and Mount Airy. Fill your evenings through Saturday with the rides and games at the Carnival Grounds, Route 140 (Reese) or Route 27 at Twin Arch Road (Mount Airy). Information: 848-7172 or 829-0100.