GrandPEOPLE Day exhibits, rides and picnics to divert entire family

September 09, 1992|By Cindy Parr | Cindy Parr,Contributing Writer

WESTMINSTER -- Picnics, storytelling, and boat and train rides will highlight Carroll County's first annual GrandPEOPLE Day beginning at 10 a.m. this Saturday.

All around Carroll County, special activities have been planned to encourage families to take time out and spend a fun-filled day together.

Joan Meekins, program administrator for the Carroll County Tourism Office, said the idea for GrandPEOPLE Day was generated about a year ago by her office and the Carroll County Farm Museum.

"Our offices got together and we wanted to come up with an event where all the sights could come together," Ms. Meekins explained. "We thought that there were a lot of wonderful people in Carroll County and a lot of things to do. We came up with the idea of GrandPEOPLE because we wanted to open it up to all generations."

The GrandPEOPLE idea caught on, with many of the county's most notable attractions signing up to take part.

Jennifer DeArmey, administrator at the Carroll County Farm Museum, said folks of all ages are invited to attend Steam Show Days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

"Steam Show Days is an actual festival that we had already scheduled. We are encouraging families to come out and see antique farm machinery, steam engines, gasoline tractors and small engines which will be on display," Ms. DeArmey said.

"We will also be having a flea market that day with antiques, collectibles and crafts. It's a free event; there is no charge to come and see all the different facilities here at the Farm Museum that day."

In addition to the Carroll County Farm Museum, four Carroll County Public Library branches, Piney Run Park, Cascade Lake, Valhalla Miniature Horse Farm, the EnterTRAINment line and Roy Rogers restaurants will participate.

Carroll County Commissioners Julia Gouge, Donald Dell and Elmer Lippy will be the guest storytellers at, respectively, the Eldersburg, North Carroll and Taneytown library branches.

"What we are doing is a special story time planned for grandparents and their grandchildren. Children ages 3 to 6 can come with a grandparent or special older person," said Janise Chilcoat, a library system information assistant.

Storytelling begins at 10 a.m. at these branches, as well as at the Westminster branch.

A pontoon boat ride and a walk through one of Carroll's most beautiful parks are the featured attractions at Piney Run Park.

The pontoon boat ride is free to grandparents accompanied by a paying grandchild; boats leave every hour on the hour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Grandchildren pay 50 cents. Rides are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also at Piney Run Park there will be a beaver walk led a park naturalist at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. A live presentation on birds of prey will take place at 3 p.m. in the Nature Center.

For those who would rather ride the rails, the EnterTRAINment line will offer a 90-minute, round-trip ride from Westminster to Union Bridge. Snacks are available on the train and reservations are required. Rates for adults are $11; children ride for $6.

"We are trying to do as much as we can to get people out that day and give them the opportunity to come together as family, friends and grand people," Ms. Meekins said.

For more information, call the county Public Information Office at 857-2974.

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