What could be more relaxing after a harried work week than a serene cruise across a beautiful lake?
Leave the children with a baby sitter and come aboard Piney Run's pontoon at 6:30 p.m. Friday for dinner and a leisurely sail. The crew will don aprons and serve fried chicken and salads.
Reservations are requested. Cost is $6.50 per diner. The boat will leave the dock at 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg. Information: 795-3274.
Or, how about tea at 3 p.m. with Barbie and friends? Children are invited to bring their favorite Barbie dolls to a tea party on the lake. The crew serves refreshments and sponsors a fashion show of Barbie's best ensembles. $1 for the trip.
Ear treats abound this weekend:
If you are in Sykesville Friday, stop by for the town's free Concerts in the Park series and enjoy "Friendly Fire." The music plays at 7 p.m. in Millard Cooper Park, Springfield Avenue. Information: 795-6390.
More sounds are at Cascade Lake on Snydersburg Road, Hampstead. Hear the Dixie Highway Band's country sounds from 8-11 p.m. Friday, $4. Information: 374-9111.
If you want to end your weekend on a musical note, lend an ear to the Derek Day Quartet and its exciting jazz sounds at 7 p.m. Sunday in Piney Run Park. Sponsored by Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Arts Council. The concert is free. Bring a lawn chair. Information: 857-2103.
You could take a one-day vacation Friday and join the Historical Society on a bus tour to Goschenhoppen Historian Folk Festival in Pennsylvania. The festival includes a continuous stage program, demonstrations, exhibits and lectures. Cost is $37 for members, $42 for non-members. Information: 848-6494.
Bargain hunters might want to head north out Route 97 Saturday. The Silver Run Improvement Association will have the annual Silver Run Days. Visitors will find yard sale items and homemade refreshments available. The event benefits the community's street-light fund and runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 857-9558.
You still have time to follow Alice's adventures in Wonderland. The fantasy plays at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Western Maryland College's Theatre on the Hill. $13 for adults and $7 for children. Information: 857-2599.