Mother's Day treats: herb festival, flower marts, jazz, handbells, auction

May 06, 1994|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

Sunday is Mother's Day, but don't wait until the last minute to do something special for mom. A variety of festivals will be happening throughout the county tomorrow.

First, there's the annual Flower Mart sponsored by the Friends of the Village Auxiliary of Carroll Lutheran Village on St. Mark Way in Westminster. Take mom to breakfast between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., then check out the bedding plants, hanging baskets, trash and treasure items, jewelry and baked goods.

Breakfast costs $4.50 for adults and $2.25 for children ages 3 to 12. Flower Mart hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 848-5430.

In downtown Westminster, the fifth annual Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on East Main Street between Longwell and Railroad avenues. Visitors can listen to the Westminster High School Jazz Band and two other local groups while they browse through displays of hundreds of plants and flowers.

Craft vendors will be inside the Winchester Exchange Building.

In front of the library, bids can be made on 85 items in a silent auction to benefit the family of Robert Knight, the Taneytown man who was killed recently when his van crashed into a sinkhole on Route 31.

Bids will be accepted from noon to 3 p.m. Winners will be announced starting at 3:30 p.m.

Items, donated by businesses, include clothing, jewelry, tools, stereo headsets and utensils. Information: 848-6962.

From Westminster, you can head south to Piney Run Park at 30 Martz Road near Eldersburg for the second annual herb festival. Potted herbs and plants will be sold, along with other gardening and cooking items.

This event includes talks and demonstrations on herb use anmaking potpourri, soap, dyes and prints, all from herbs.

There also will be nature walks, a Maypole dance and dried flower halos.

For admission, pay the regular park entrance fees. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 795-3274.

Not far away, at Freedom Ele

mentary School on Route 32, also in Eldersburg, is the PTA's Freedom Family Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities will include raffles, games, cookie decorating, a cake walk and button making. Plants, baked goods and food will be sold.

Many of the games require a 25-cent ticket to play.

Visitors are asked to park at the Eldersburg Business Center at Route 32 and Bennett Road and take a shuttle bus to the school.

Information: 795-0848.

Finally, you can wind down at the Carroll County Handbell Conference concert at 7 p.m. at West Middle School, 60 Monroe St., Westminster. Students from Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Baltimore counties will practice together all afternoon on English handbells for the concert.

Students will perform solos and en masse under the direction of David Harris of Raleigh, N.C. Mr. Harris is treasurer of Area III of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers Inc.

Admission is free, but there will be a donation box by the door.

Information: 848-2473.

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