Flea market provides motivation for spring cleaning


April 25, 1995|By SHERRY GRAHAM

From the date on my kitchen calendar, I know that spring officially has sprung. From the chaos in my house, it's obvious to any visitors that I'm about to begin my version of spring cleaning.

I say, "my version" because anyone who knows me and my sister has a good idea which one of us is the cleaning fanatic.

While I'm satisfied that every room is cleaned thoroughly during the same week and that I've assured myself that my boys have not hidden any "pets" or food under their beds, my sister washes, waxes and polishes everything that doesn't move.

This year, I am more motivated than in recent years. I've decided to clean out those outgrown toys and clothes and do something with them.

Lucky for me -- and you -- that the Freedom Lions Club is having its annual flea market and craft show Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department.

The event, which has been held for many years, always draws a large crowd of bargain hunters. More than 150 vendors will offer everything from antiques and quality crafts to basement treasures.

Other features: food concessions and entertainment, including the Carroll County Cloggers, Kay-Cee the Clown and an antique car show featuring street rods.

The flea market, craft show and car show are free. The rain date is Sunday. A few spaces still are available for vendors. Call 857- 5362 for more information.


Get the family into the mood for some warm-weather fun with a family campfire and sing-a-long at Piney Run Park. The park's amphitheater will be the site for songs with Carmen Ruby and marshmallow roasting from 7 p.m. to about 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The cost is $1 per person for members and $2 for nonmembers. Information: 795-6043.


Many people consider the hummingbird one of nature's jewels. Learn more about these beauties and how to attract them to your garden.

The Nature Center at Piney Run will have a discussion on hummingbirds from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 10. People of all ages are invited to participate. The cost is $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers. Information: 795-6043.


The Freedom Area Recreation Council has numerous programs to help keep children busy this summer. A registration day is scheduled May 20 at Carrolltown Center for many of the council's programs.

A Drama Conservatory summer camp will offer children the opportunity to develop acting skills and express themselves through drama. The camp will focus on theater games, improvisation, movement, poetry reading, monologues, scene work and playlets. Campers will participate in a Friday evening performance after each camp session.

The drama camps will be held at Piney Ridge Elementary from 9 a.m. to noon June 19 to 23 for children entering kindergarten through third grade and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for sixth- through 12th-graders.

Campers in fourth and fifth grades will meet from 9 a.m. to noon June 26 to 30 and those in sixth through 12th grade will meet from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per session. Call Valarie Mares at 795-3562 for more information.

Ballet, tap and jazz will be offered with the Stepping Stars for children age 3 and older. Space is limited in each class, and phone registration will not be accepted.

The summer session will be June 20 to Aug. 19, with a talent showcase Aug. 19. Morning classes will be held in the Community Room at Carrolltown Center. Afternoon and evening classes will be at the South Carroll Senior Center on Bartholow Road.

The cost is $25 for 45-minute classes and $30 for 60-minute classes. Contact Shellie Rosso at 795-8427 for more information.

Encourage your young musicians to continue to practice during the summer with a Band Camp with David Smith. The camp is scheduled July 24 to 28 and July 31 to Aug. 2 in the music room at Liberty High School.

Students must have at least one year of playing experience and bring their own instruments. Fifth- through eighth-graders will meet from 9 a.m. to noon. Those in grades nine through 12 will meet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $50 per student. Call David Smith at 795-3562 for more information.


Volunteers are needed to help with the Freedom Optimist fall soccer program. The group will meet at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Freedom Community Center on Route 32. Plans for registration will be discussed.

More than 1,000 children are expected to participate in the program. Information: Mike Smith at 795-6120.

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