Herb festival to be held Saturday

NEIGHBORS

May 03, 1994|By MAUREEN RICE

There must be something nice to say about thistles.

There really must be something, but I can't think of it.

After long and bitter battles with these pesky plants, I have decided that thistles are to the world of flora what starlings are to the world of birds.

They both show up everywhere, take over whatever space there and are impossible to get rid of.

My son has joined the war against thistles.

Having dug like a maniac to annihilate one terrible foe, he pranced proudly about the yard waving a root twice as long as he is high.

We call him Keith the thistle killer.

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Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme . . .

Herbs have long been the subject of song and lore.

The coming of the second annual Herb Festival at Piney Run Park marks a new tradition to associate with these wonders of the flora realm.

On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can listen to the music of an autoharp and a strolling minstrel while browsing the wares of 22 vendors.

Last year the festival was a great success, and this year the festival is even bigger.

"The feedback from our first herb festival was great," said Elaine Sweitzer, park naturalist. "The turnout was wonderful. Everyone who came was really interested in herbs, bees, cooking, and all the things on display. It was just a lovely, leisurely day."

There will be a Maypole dance again, too, at 2 p.m.

"The Maypole dance was a big hit last year," Ms. Sweitzer said. "The little girls looked beautiful and had such a good time. A lot of people had never even seen a Maypole dance, and they were charmed."

You can walk in the forest's shade while helping your daughter choose a chaplet (a ringlet of flowers) for her hair, or statuary, including gargoyles, to decorate your flower bed.

Vegetables and herbs to plant in your garden will be available, and there will be cooking demonstrations and herbal cookbooks to find out how to make the most of your herb garden.

Bird houses, skeps (straw beehives), herb butters, herb teas, perennials, annuals, wooden garden signs, and Dorothea's breads are among the items you will find beneath the festival banners.

Families take note -- with Mother's Day Sunday -- this is a great opportunity to get the perfect gift.

The festival is free, but park entrance fees apply.

For more information, call the park: 795-6043.

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Tickets go on sale Friday for the Second Chance Dance.

Sponsored by the Liberty Lionbackers (parents of Liberty High School athletes), the May 13 dance is for middle school children.

"Last year we had well over 200 students attend this dance [last year's was called April Showers], and due to its success, we expect an even greater turnout this year," said Laurie Jones, a Lionbacker who organized both dances. "The disc jockey is just great. The dance was the best the children had ever been to."

Disc jockey Bryan Berndt of Music Pak will begin his tunes and lighthearted contests at 7:30 p.m.; the dance ends at 10 p.m.

All the fun takes place in the terraced cafeteria of Liberty High School.

Tickets will be available during lunch at the cafeteria of Sykesville Middle School on Fridays, May 6 and 13.

Advance tickets cost $4; if any are available, tickets at the door will cost $5.

For information about the dance, or to volunteer to chaperon, call Laurie Jones at 549-2384 or Jackie Taylor at 795-8243.

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