Summer may be almost over, but the fun in Carroll County isn't, as churches, fire departments, towns, civic clubs and neighborhoods put on a variety of activities for this last weekend of August.
Start the weekend today at Zion United Methodist Church's gigantic yard sale featuring collectibles, fall and winter clothing, housewares and food. The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow at 2716 Old Washington Road, Shipley.
For dinner tonight, visit the St. John Catholic Church parish crab feast from 7 o'clock to midnight at Martin's Westminster in the 140 Village Shopping Center.
Tickets are $20 per person. To reserve a table or for individual tickets, call Mary Gill at 549-2289.
For an outdoor musical experience, take the family to Millard Cooper Park in Sykesville for a concert with "Silver Run" from 7 to 9 tonight.
The group offers a variety of songs from country to rock 'n' roll to top 40.
The concert is free, so bring a blanket and picnic supper.
Don't plan on sleeping in -- the Terra Rubra Lions Club is going to be up early fixing breakfast from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for the 13th annual Middleburg Days Festival tomorrow and Sunday at the club's baseball field on Route 77 east of Keymar.
Starting at 10:30 a.m., chicken platters will be available, as well as a more casual lunch menu, snowballs and ice cream.
But don't go just for the food -- Middleburg Days also features a huge flea market and craft show, with items ranging from antique tools to glassware to baseball cards.
Proceeds benefit the Lions Club's community projects. Information: 751-1351.
Another community project is the annual Silver Run Day neighborhood yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow to benefit the Street Light Fund of the Silver Run Improvement Association.
Along with household items, food will be for sale.
The activity will be held along Route 97 (Littlestown Pike) and adjoining streets in Silver Run, rain or shine.
What's summer without watermelon? Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren, Route 140 and Royer Road, Westminster, celebrates with a watermelon festival starting at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.
The day kicks off with an auction at 9:30 a.m. Inspection of goods is at 9 a.m.
Other activities include a pedal-power tractor pull; children's games; antique engine, tractor and car show; watermelon walk and seed-spitting contest.
Entertainment will be provided by the Chamelin Group, Westminster Municipal Band and Wildlife Expo.
Fried chicken platters will be sold for $6 for adults and $3 for children 5 through 10 years old. Carryouts are 50 cents more, and an extra quarter-chicken is $1.25.
Other food, as well as rummage, craft and flea market items, will be sold.
Enjoy the outdoors and see a wood-carving demonstration between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Piney Run Nature Center, 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg.
Learn how to carve a working decoy as local carvers show their skill.
Park entrance fees apply.
Deer Park United Methodist Church, Route 32 at Deer Park Road, Smallwood, also wants to do your cooking for you tomorrow. The church's annual picnic dinner, featuring fried chicken and ham, will be served from noon to 5 p.m.
The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for ages 6 through 12. There will be baked goods, a fancy table and plants for sale.
The 1950s are the theme of a street rod and rock 'n' roll show tomorrow to benefit the Manchester Volunteer Fire Company.
There will be no admission charge to see the street rods, which will be on display at the Manchester carnival grounds from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Then the Hubcaps take the stage for an outdoor concert from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. There will be floor prizes. Tickets for the concert are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the gate. For advance tickets, call Jerry Crowl, at 374-2797.
A 1950s costume contest will precede the concert. Gift certificates to local restaurants will be awarded to the best-dressed male, best-dressed female and best-dressed couple.
Calling all card-markers! The Union Bridge Fire Company will have a bingo banquet tomorrow at the fire hall on Locust Street.
The doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the buffet is served at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person in advance only.
The city of Taneytown has also gotten on the "concert in the park" bandwagon with a performance by Master's Four, a gospel quartet, at 5 p.m. Sunday at Taneytown Memorial Park, Route 140.
Visitors should bring a lawn chair.