Abundance of festivals makes this a busy time


November 07, 1994|By CINDY PARR

This is absolutely one of the most happening times of the year.

Festivals and activities abound this week in central Carroll geared toward bringing families together for a memorable day either indoors or out.

For example, the 21st annual Mistletoe Mart held at Ascension Episcopal Church takes place this weekend, beginning Thursday and continuing through Saturday.

The mart will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Shoppers are invited to attend and enjoy specialty crafts, including equestrian gifts, stained glass, pottery, jewelry, weaving, quilting, photography and other collectibles.

Gift shops will feature hand-carved waterfowl, floral designs and Harry Richardson art works.

Home-cooked foods will be available during the day.

And, the Mistletoe Mart will sell its 20th Anniversary Cookbook.

A one-time admission is charged for the three-day event.

Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 5 to 12.

The Mistletoe Mart appeals to people who enjoy shopping early for Christmas and is a fund-raiser for outreach programs in the Carroll community.


Bear Branch Nature Center always provides outdoor fun for all ages.

Take note of the following and if there's a spark of interest, give the center a call and sign up.

Tomorrow and Wednesday at 4 p.m., it's "critter dinner time" at Bear Branch.

All ages are invited to watch the animals as they are being fed.

Later, at 7:30 p.m., the Westminster Astronomical Society will present a program at the center.

Saturday at 2 p.m., a "Snakes Alive" program will be offered for ages 6 and older.

Registration is required. Admission is $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers.

Later that evening, between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., all ages are invited to attend a Star Party at the center.

Admission is free for members, $2 for nonmembers. Registration is required.

You won't want to miss the Thanksgiving basket weaving workshop at noon Sunday.

Ages 14 and older are invited to register and create a holiday basket.

Information on all programs: 848-2517.


Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers on Route 140 in Westminster will be hopping from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday as folks enjoy the 18th annual German Dance sponsored by Pleasant Valley Lions Club.

German cuisine will be served, and an array of desserts will be supplied by Hausner's of Baltimore.

Music for the evening will be provided by the Adelweisse Brass Band from Washington, D.C.

Ticket price is $22.50 per person.

The price includes food and beer.

Plenty of tickets are available.

Information: 876-3859.


The Carroll County Choral Arts Society will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Baker Memorial Chapel at Western Maryland College.

The society will perform "Requiem" by Gabriel Faure and "Ode to Joy," the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

The Georgetown University concert choir and orchestra will join the society in its performance.

Patricia C. Sparti will direct; she will be accompanied by Estale Daniel.

Information: 848-1874.


Two of my most favorite things are turkey and oysters.

I'm in luck Saturday -- St. Matthew's United Church of Christ is sponsoring a turkey and oyster supper from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Fire Hall outside Westminster.

The family-style dinner will include turkey, oysters, dressing, gravy and dessert.

Baked goods and a plant table will also be a part of the day's festivities.

The price for dinner is $9 for adults and $4 for children 6 to 12. Carryout orders will cost $10.

Information: 848-5163.

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