Gearing up for activities to pass summer


June 13, 1994|By CINDY PARR

Get out the bathing suits and picnic baskets and prepare to mark the calendar, as the activities begin to pile up for the summer weeks ahead.

This week marks the last week of school for students in Carroll County, so let me begin with a few wishes and reminders.

To all graduates, I wish happiness and success in the future.

To students who will return to Carroll County classrooms in August, have a safe and fun-filled summer.

To their parents, keep smiling because summer vacation is not as long as it used to be. (The kids won't know the difference if you tell them they went to school longer last year).

Kids, remember to wear helmets when riding bikes, in-line skating, skateboarding or skating.

Be safe in the water. Always wear sunscreen.

Listen to mom and dad, and don't ask for too much money.

Don't forget fathers Sunday. Remember to tell your father, grandfather, husband and brother that he's a great dad.

Happy Father's Day, Tom. All your girls think you're the best.


At the Union Mills Homestead on Saturday and Sunday, the 26th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry will present its second "Civil War Days at Union Mills."

A variety of activities will entertain those who visit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

"We will have over 200 soldiers and civilians in authentic dress here on the grounds of the homestead. There will be civilians cooking and making crafts and an old-fashioned school will be in place," said Esther Shriver, executive director of the Union Mills Homestead. "We plan to have this event every other year."

Ms. Shriver said the homestead of the Shriver family was a pivotal point during the war.

"This was a stopover for both the Confederate and Union soldiers," Mrs. Shriver said. "Andrew, who lived at the homestead, was a Union sympathizer and his brother William, who lived across the road, was a Confederate sympathizer. William entertained Jeb Stuart and the Confederates and Andrew entertained the Union Army officers."

Live entertainment will be performed by the Brass Band. Breakfast and lunch will be sold.

The cost is $3 per vehicle, with house and mill tours at an additional charge.

Information: 848-2288.


If you're a Baltimore Orioles fan and had a tough time getting tickets to see the O's at the "Yard," listen up.

The Sandymount Elementary School PTA will hold a Summer Fun Raffle at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, and the prizes include great seats to see the Orioles.

A donation of $1 per ticket or $5 for six tickets buys a chance at one of three prizes.

They include:

* First Prize: Four lower box seats Aug. 11, four club seats Sept.

21 and $25 of fun money.

* Second Prize: Two club seats July 3 and four left field box seats in August.

* Third Prize: Two left field box seats June 21.

All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the school's computer lab.

Tickets are available from Sandymount students.


There is no better place to find fresh fruits and vegetables than at the Carroll County Farmers Market. The market will launch its summer season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Ag Center in Westminster.

Homemade baked goods and handmade crafts will also be available. The market will be open every Saturday through Sept. 3, with the exception of Aug. 6.

Information: 848-7748 or 875-2158.


The Carroll County Public Library will launch its summer reading program Monday, as schoolchildren under age 14 are invited to "Read Your Way Across the U.S.A."

The program will encourage children to read for themselves or have someone read to them every day. Children will be rewarded as they keep track of their reading on a calendar map of the states. Each visit to the library will earn children a sticker.

A small prize will be awarded for each consecutive 10-day reading period the child completes. At the end of the summer, drawings will be held for larger prizes, including T-shirts, passes to Hershey Park and gift certificates to area stores.

The program will end Aug. 20 with a picnic at Carroll County Farm Museum. Children are invited to bring their families to enjoy a day of entertainment, games and food.

Children can register at any library branch beginning Monday.

Information: 848-4250.


On Monday, the Carroll County Farm Museum will present the Old Tyme Puppet Theatre with stories focusing on farm and historic themes for children ages 2 to 6.

One show will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and another from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Registration is required. The cost is $2 per child and a chaperon for each child will be admitted free.

Information: 876-2667 or 848-7775.

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