With summer fast approaching, spontaneity will be our watchword CENTRAL/Union Mills Westminster Sandymount Finksburg


June 01, 1993|By CINDY PARR

It won't be too much longer before the last school bell rings and school children of all ages adjourn from their classrooms for the summer.

Yes, this is when parents stop just long enough to catch their breath and prepare ever so quickly to coordinate swimming, baseball, sports camp and the frequent trips to the local shopping mall.

Ah, yes, summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime!

I, for one, have made a commitment to provide my children with a different regimen of activities this summer.

This regimen will thrive on a lack of planned-day events and an abundance of spontaneity.

I have come to the conclusion that if hanging out and just being a kid was good enough for me, then it should certainly be good enough for my children (at least for this summer).

Call me prematurely senile or just downright optimistic, but the lack of scheduled activities during the summers of my childhood made that 2 1/2 -month vacation seem to last forever.

The days were long and hot, and nothing could top a shaved ice snowball from the Whittington's stand on Summit Avenue in Hagerstown.

Back then, people where I lived didn't have swimming pools or swimming clubs to join. Kids didn't go to sports camp or day camp. If we did take a vacation away from home, it was to see a close relative a few hours away for a long weekend.

Yes, we used a primitive method when it came to having fun. We used our imaginations.

When we needed to cool off on those hot days, it was just a matter of finding the house with the longest garden hose and most understanding mother.

When garden hoses and understanding mothers ran out, a quick trip to the corner pharmacy made it possible for us to buy just enough balloons to fill with water and soak ourselves simple in a battle of boys vs. girls.

On normal weather days, we played every kind of game requiring a ball you could imagine -- baseball, basketball, kick ball, dodge ball, tetherball and four corners.

Ironically, where I grew up during the 1960s, it was OK for girls to play ball, because if they didn't, there would never be enough kids to make up two teams.

Indeed, these were great times, just having fun and enjoying the simple things in a youngster's life. We were truly experiencing those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.

I am hopeful that my children will find pleasure in their no-frills sum

mer vacation!

While on the subject of summer, be sure to check the various outdoor activities taking place throughout central Carroll this weekend.

For example, if fresh produce, meats and baked goods are to your liking, then make sure you stop by the summer Farmers Market at the Ag Center on Smith Avenue in Westminster.

The Farmers Market will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will run all summer long with the exception of Aug. 7 and Sept. 4.

All kinds of fresh local fruits and vegetables will be available, as well as baked goods, meat, eggs, honey, flowers, plants, crafts and refreshments.

& Information: 848-7748.

Those lovely red fruit from the vine will be the featured guest this Saturday as St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Silver Run sponsors its annual Strawberry Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Two live bands will provide musical entertainment, while crafts and baked goods will be available for purchase.

Chicken platters, barbecue and hot dogs will be the main course, with strawberries and ice cream highlighting the dessert menu.

A handmade quilt will be raffled at the end of the day. Tickets cost $1.

& Information: 857-4294.

Where's the beef? Well, this Sunday, it will be at the Carroll County Farm Museum for the third annual Maryland Beef Festival.

The Farm Museum will open its gates from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a good old country celebration honoring the Maryland beef market.

Be prepared to kick up your heels with the Forty Niner, a country music band from Ellicott City.

Denim and Lace, an instructional dance group from Hagerstown, will be performing as well as instructing participants in a variety of country dance steps.

If you have one of those faces that looks famous, then don't miss the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans look-alike contest.

Exhibits, demonstrations and a variety of foods featuring beef will be available.

Come dressed in country-western attire.

General admission is $3 for adults, $2 for ages 12 to 18, $2 for seniors. Under 12 will be admitted free.

Information: 876-2667.

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