On Saturday and Sunday, the Carroll County Farm Museum will sponsor Fall Harvest Days from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
It's a fun-filled weekend of fall activities. The entire family can enjoy scarecrow making, wagon rides, corn husking, demonstrations in apple butter making and butchering, and a continuous line of on-stage entertainment.
Lots of country foods and crafts will be for sale.
Admission is $4 for anyone over 12; $2 for those 60 and older; and under 12 is free.
If you have what you consider to be a pretty big pumpkin, you may want to enter the pumpkin contest during Fall Harvest Days.
Bring the pumpkin to the Carroll County Farm Museum between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday to enter. The official weigh-in will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the stage area.
All participants will receive a free pass to Fall Harvest Days.
Sunday, the Westminster Road Runners Club will have its Bachman Valley half-marathon, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Bachman Valley Farms.
Runners will test themselves against a 13.1-mile course over rolling country roads that include Old Bachman Valley, Sullivan, Beggs and Fridinger Mill roads.
An entry fee will be charged, and race shirts will be available for $8 on a first-come, first-served basis. Race day registration is from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Information: 876-6201 or 857-2337.
Want to get an early start on your Christmas shopping?
The Union Mills Homestead Gift Shop will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Thursday and continuing through Dec. 11.
A variety of items including stocking stuffers, homemade
souvenirs, English children's storybooks, recipe books, cast iron gifts, toys and handmade crib quilts are waiting to take a place under your Christmas tree this year.
A selection of Christmas cards, wrapping paper and note cards from the Marian Heath Christmas collection are also available for purchase.
Proceeds from all sales benefit the preservation and restoration of the Union Mills Homestead complex.
If you have a 4- or 5-year-old child with whom you would like to spend some special time, check out the new School Community Center Program.
It is sponsored by the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks and was designed to link families and communities with schools.
The free program, which started its first 12-week session last month at Runnymede Elementary School northwest of Westminster, is funded by a state grant.
Lori Holechek, coordinator of the program, said, "We have two main objectives for this program. We want to promote interest in learning through multicultural themes and we want parents and children to participate in these activities together."
Ms. Holechek said the program was started because the Department of Recreation and Parks saw a lack of activities for children in this age group.
"There really wasn't a whole lot for 4- and 5-year-olds to do. There was a need for younger children to have more recreational times with their parents," she said.
On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., children and their parents enjoy games, storytelling, arts, crafts and music, all focused on a particular culture.
"Basically we are studying seven cultures," Ms. Holechek said. "We will plan our activities around the Hispanic, African-American, Japanese, Chinese, Native American, Jewish American and German cultures.
"We also have guest speakers come in from the community to share their special skills."
Each culture is explored for an ample amount of time, and participants have the opportunity to evaluate the lesson at the end of each session.
"We are able to include up to 20 parents and 20 children each evening," Ms. Holechek said. "So far, it has been going well. We have had four to five kids a night. But we would really like to have more parents and children attend."
Free child care is provided for siblings 1 to 3 years old.
Ms. Holechek said the program is always looking for guest speakers from the community who would be interested in sharing their skills related to the seven cultures.
The next 12-week session will start in January 1995, and classes will meet at Robert Moton Elementary in Westminster.
Information: Pat Amass at the Carroll County Board of Education at 848-8280, Ext. 3132.