Westminster's annual Concert in the Park series kicks off today

NEIGHBORS

June 27, 1994|By CINDY PARR

There is nothing finer than the wonderful sounds of music on a warm summer evening.

We can all enjoy such an experience, as the city of Westminster is set to present its annual Concert in the Park series.

Beginning this evening and continuing through Aug. 22, a concert will be performed from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays in the Westminster City Playground Park.

A variety of music including Dixieland, contemporary and classical will be performed throughout the summer.

The public is invited to the park to enjoy the music of the following performers scheduled to appear in these free concerts:

* Today -- D's Dixiekats.

* July 4 -- No concert.

* July 11 -- Westminster Municipal Band.

* July 18 -- Little German Band.

* July 25 -- Alesia Band.

* Aug. 1 -- Littlestown Area Municipal Band.

* Aug. 8 -- Kairos.

* Aug. 15 -- Blue Moon.

* Aug. 22 -- William F. Myers Band.

Information: 848-6962.

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It's hard to believe that another year has passed and the anniversary of our independence is already upon us.

One week from today, most of us will celebrate July Fourth with the typical hoopla: picnics, family outings and an eventual trip to the fireworks display of our choice.

If you're looking for a one-stop Fourth of July deal, the Carroll County Farm Museum is the place to be.

At noon, an Independence Day celebration will commence with live entertainment, food vendors, crafts people, a Victorian tea party and living history artisans.

A fireworks display sponsored by the Westminster Jaycees will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Dottie Freeman, administrative marketing specialist for the Farm Museum, said the Old-Fashioned July Fourth Celebration is a popular event.

"It's an all-day kind of picnic with more people drifting in towards the end of the day for the fireworks," Ms. Freeman said. "The crowd has ballooned to as many as 25,000 people who come out here to watch the fireworks.

"It has gotten so big, we have traffic assistance from the State Highway [Administration] people, the Westminster city police and the state police. There is just so much to do that people should just come out and enjoy it and let us do the work."

During the day, visitors to the Farm Museum can see museum artisans at work quilting, tinsmithing, spinning and weaving.

A potpourri of music will also be served up by groups such as Wherligig, an Irish/American folk band, Paradise Club, a country/bluegrass band and the Dunloggin Pipe and Drums marching unit.

Old-time games, farmhouse tours and mule-pulled wagon rides will also be available.

General admission is $3 for adults; $2 for ages 12 to 18 and 60 and older. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the Jaycees will accept a donation of $4 per carload to help defray the cost of the fireworks presentation.

Information: 876-2667 or 848-7775.

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There will be a rolling Fourth of July celebration as the EnterTRAINment Line takes to the rails with its "Firecracker Limited" holiday train.

The Firecracker will depart from the Westminster station at 5:30 p.m. next Monday and will include a three-hour round trip with dining and dancing.

Jerry Pilcher, vice president of the EnterTRAINment Line, said this will be the second year for the Firecracker Limited.

"We did great last year, with 150 to 200 people coming out to enjoy the train ride," Mr. Pilcher said.

"Once the train ride ends, we invite our guests to board air-conditioned buses, which take a priority route to the Farm Museum for the fireworks. We just want people to come out and leave the driving to us, so to speak," he said.

During the train ride to Thurmont, passengers will be treated to an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner with barbecued beef, fried chicken, vegetables, seasonal summer salads, dessert, and both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.

Between trips to the dining car, passengers can take time out to enjoy the scenic view of the beautiful Central Maryland countryside or stop by the dance car.

Tickets for the Firecracker Limited are $41 for adults and $15.20 for children under 12 years old.

The ticket price includes the train ride, buffet, beer-wine bar, motor coach transportation, parking and admission to the fireworks at the Farm Museum.

Information: 1-800-553-3115 or 875-2814.

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