Heat, humidity and pollen get hearty greeting after trying winter

NEIGHBORS

June 06, 1994|By CINDY PARR

The sights and sounds of schoolchildren rushing to catch the bus will soon be gone, as another summer season is ready to round the corner.

I, for one, am happy about the rapidly approaching, long-awaited SUMMERTIME!

Yes, it's true -- I long for the humidity, the heat, the record-breaking pollen counts and even the sound of my children begging for a variety of water-oriented entertainment.

Some might call me crazy, but let me refresh those of you with short memories.

Not too long ago, we all experienced one of the worst winters ever. The ice, snow, freezing rain and subzero temperatures had everyone begging for a reprieve.

Personally, I swore I would never again complain about the heat of the summer. I figured that no matter how hot it got, it would be nothing compared to the winter we were trying to survive.

Needless to say, I have found myself biting my tongue over the past few weeks. While temperatures have not been bad, for a few days the humidity has been high and the pollen stifling.

But relief is in sight. Pools are open and vacation is a stone's throw away.

Even the kids are cooperating. They are still in school and their attention has yet to turn to thoughts of summertime fun.

I will brave the elements of this summer, much the way I braved the elements of winter -- with a sense of humor and the ability to see better weather days ahead.

Just think, only 109 days until fall.

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There will be a lot of pickin' and grinnin' when the Deer Creek Fiddlers' Convention opens its 23rd season Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the grounds of the Carroll County Farm Museum.

This year numerous musicians and groups will be playing their best bluegrass and old-time country tunes as they vie for $3,000 in prize money.

During the convention, the Farm Museum will be open and guided tours of the farmhouse will be available.

Vendors will also be on the grounds selling crafts. Food items will be for sale.

Pets and alcohol are prohibited.

Admission price for adults, 18 years and older, is $7. Anyone under 18 is admitted free with a paying adult.

Nonrefundable advance tickets are available at the Carroll County Farm Museum for $5.

2& Information: 848-7775 or 876-2667.

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A new exhibit, "Ironing Out the Kinks," will be in the farmhouse display case this month at the Farm Museum.

Presented by the Blacksmiths Guild of Central Maryland, the display will represent a selection of handmade blacksmith items and wrought ironwork dating to the 18th century.

Most of the materials are from the museum's collection, as well as private collections from guild members.

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Calling all students past and present, calling all friends, calling all peers of Mabel Braune.

This much loved and highly esteemed teacher will retire next week after a 33-year teaching career at Sandymount Elementary School in Finksburg.

In her honor, an open house will be held at the school from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. June 14. Anyone who would like to wish her well is invited to attend.

Surprises for Mrs. Braune and expressions of appreciation from her students (former and present), parents and her peers are planned.

Light refreshments will also be served.

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Fathers and daughters have special relationships, and it's always nice when they can take time to be together.

The Westminster City Recreation Department offers fathers and daughters such an opportunity June 14 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., when it presents the annual Daddy-Daughter Date at Martin's Westminster.

Fathers and their daughters in kindergarten through eighth grade can enjoy dinner, dancing, door prizes and contests.

Tickets are $32.50 a couple and include a corsage for the daughter, a boutonniere for dad and a 5-by-7-inch keepsake photo. Tickets may be purchased in advance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Information: 848-6962 or 876-1313.

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