'Gathering of the Greens' to feature Old World customs at Farm Museum

NEIGHBORS

November 22, 1993|By CINDY PARR

The Carroll County Farm Museum is again putting on its finery to present visitors with a holiday treat.

"A Gathering of the Greens" tours will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. at one of the county's most popular tourist attractions.

Dottie Freeman, administrative marketing specialist for the Farm Museum, said this will be the 26th year for decking the farmhouse halls.

"These holiday tours have been taking place since 1967," said Mrs. Freeman. "This is a time when we can experiment and incorporate fun ideas. This gives us the opportunity to relax the authenticity of the Farm Museum and provide something for everyone's interests."

This year's theme, "A Gathering of the Greens," will highlight Old World customs and decorations.

"We will have a floor-to-ceiling tree in the parlor decorated with tinsel, lights and treasured ornaments collected through the years," said Mrs. Freeman. "Guides will be dressed in holiday attire as they lead visitors through the farmhouse. An antique sleigh filled with live greens will also be on the grounds."

A variety of other attractions will complement the seasonal decorations at the Farm Museum, Mrs. Freeman said.

"We will have numerous crafts people on hand, including woodworkers who will be making birds and replicas of Santa Claus," Mrs. Freeman said. "There will also be weaving, tinsmithing and gingerbread house demonstrations. Santa Claus will be here each day and some days with Mrs. Santa Claus."

"A Gathering of The Greens," will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weekday hours are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Cost per person is $1. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

Information: 876-2667.

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What are you doing for dinner Wednesday?

Stop by the Bear Branch Nature Center from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., where you can feast your eyes on the animals while they have dinner in their natural habitat.

As part of the program, children will be able to join together and scour the meadow for insects for the toad's dinner.

There is no charge for the program. Stop by any Wednesday.

Information: 848-2517.

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Bear Branch Nature Center is the place for yet another fun-filled activity from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Youngsters in grades four through seven will have the opportunity to build an outdoor Indian shelter known as a wickiup.

There is no fee, but those interested must register in advance.

Information: 848-2517.

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The Westminster City Recreation Department will sponsor a Children's Holiday Workshop at the Longwell Armory on Nov. 29 and 30 for children in first through third grades.

A morning session from 9 a.m. to noon and an afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. will be held each day.

The workshop will allow children to make a craft for their parents, as well as a holiday ornament.

Cost per child is $5.

Each session is limited to 25 children. Those interested must preregister with the Recreation Department.

Information: 848-6962.

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