2nd Sykesville Music Festival offers much more than music SOUTHEAST--Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber


June 15, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

Want to listen to some great music? Have a family picnic? Stroll through the woods? Chat with friends and neighbors? See Barney the dinosaur up close and personal?

Come to Millard Cooper Park in Sykesville on Saturday, where admission is free for the Second Annual Sykesville Music Festival.

Music to please almost everyone's taste will be heard in the park off Route 32 on Cooper Drive continuously from noon until 10 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Sykesville Parks and Recreation Department, also will feature crafts and food.

Local bands will play at the pavilion near the play equipment or in the amphitheater near the park center. The music will include country, classic and progressive rock, oldies, pop and "hot" country.

"These bands are really good," said Terry Reyes, a Sykesville resident who arranged for the music. "One of them has a CD already out [Caballero, a compact disc titled 'Looking on the Outside'].

"Some of them will be back in our Concerts in the Park series. We hope the festival will kick off the Concerts in the Park [another Sykesville Recreation and Parks program], and more people will come to enjoy the concerts, too."

Joining Caballero's "hot" country music, "Young Guns" will play chart-topping country; Yvonne Bishop and "Feminine Gender" will play pop, mix and variety; "Bad Habit" will play classic rock; "Silver Run" will play oldies, classic rock and '90s country; Dan McDougall will perform his original music with pop and country; "The Wanting Seed" will play progressive rock; Walter Keebler will perform rock and roll, country and blues; and Vicki Kelley and Kim Reynolds will give you pop variety.

Entertainment will include the famous Barney the dinosaur, a character on a PBS show for young children. "Barney is very popular with preschool kids," said Celeste Keim, an organizer. "He was invented by two teachers, and he teaches kids manners and things like that."

Barney will tickle the fancies of the younger set in the amphitheater from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. "Stepping Stones" nursery school will organize games for children on the lawn during the afternoon.

Artisans will be on hand with cloth animals and teddy bears, hand-crafted jewelry, cloth sculpture, paper twists, silk flowers and wood crafts.

Buffalo wings, Texas burgers, crab cakes, french fries, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, funnel cakes, soda and lemonade will be available.

"We did this last year," Ms. Keim said. "Everyone in the town and surrounding area seemed to enjoy it."


Capt. Corky P. Literature will sail again, departure Friday, at the Carroll County Public Library. This year the penguin mascot with the same initials as the library system will go on safari, with the theme "Go Wild With Books." Return date is Aug. 14.

Children up to 14 years old may participate in this free program. Those who do will have their names reported to their school principals -- in a positive way, of course.

In addition to the recognition the child will receive, each entrant will earn a free pass to the Baltimore Zoo and will have his or her name entered in drawings for a ticket to ZooAmerica (3- to 12-year-olds are eligible, 25 tickets will be awarded); two passes to Carrolltowne Movies (three sets); discount coupons to the IMAX theater at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore (20 coupons); a $5 gift certificate from Little Professor Book Center (six certificates); four passes to the Cloisters Children's Museum; an individualized walking tour of the National Zoo (age 8 and older); a $5 gift certificate from Locust Books (six certificates); a three-gallon aquarium from Wal-Mart; and pass to the open house at Valhalla Miniature Horse Farm.

Drawings will be held the week of Aug. 16.

Regardless of a child's winnings in the drawings, each child will receive a small prize for each 14 days of reading and a sticker to place on his safari sheet for each visit to the library.

"This program is to encourage children to read during the summer," said librarian Susan Roberts. "The stickers are to encourage frequent visits to the library, as well."

The program is open, she notes, to preschoolers who fulfill the requirements by listening to books an adult reads to them.

For information, call your local library (Eldersburg branch 795-3520), or better yet, visit and enroll your child for his or her summer safari.

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