ONE OF THE JOYS of living in this part of the county is the celebration of the seasons and the harvests of favorite foods that ripen throughout the growing cycle.
Linwood Brethren Church, 150 parishioners strong, will have its annual strawberry festival at 2 p.m. June 15 on the church grounds, 575 McKinstry's Mill Road.
Dee Keplinger, wife of the church's pastor, Robert Keplinger, said the strawberry festival keeps growing in size and scope.
"We used to pick our own berries for the event," she said, "but now it's gotten too big. The church women still cap the berries, though."
Among the entertainers will be the Albaugh family, singing gospel music from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Then the Alesia Band takes over until the festival ends at 8 p.m.
Enjoy the music as you browse through the flea market and crafts tables, or while your children participate in games or take a wagon ride.
Church members have organized a cakewalk, a flashback to simpler times. This is a musical-chairs type of game; for 25 cents, participants carry a freshly baked cake and walk in a circle to the beat of music while a leader points a yardstick at the circle. When the music stops, the person standing in front of the yardstick gets the cake.
Food will be the centerpiece of the event, with strawberry milkshakes, pies, ice cream and desserts, as well as lunch platters available.
"We've had really good crowds, up to 500 people," said Mrs. Keplinger, who has been at the church for 12 years. If it rains, organizers will try to hold the event inside the church.
Information: 775-2200 or 775-7382.
Summer library programs
Today is the last day of school for Carroll public school students, and after a few days of doing nothing, they'll probably be clamoring for something to do. As usual, the Carroll County library has an answer with its summer reading program.
This year's program begins Monday with sign-ups and a coupon for free admission to the Baltimore Zoo. Prizes are given to readers throughout the summer as incentives for reading. Children up to age 14 are eligible.
Last year, nearly 800 children participated in the Taneytown branch library's program. About 10,000 children participated countywide.
"We want kids to read every day," said Taneytown children's librarian Helen Sparks. "The habit of reading something every day, whether the kids are read to or read themselves, is what we're aiming for. We'd love to see every kid in the whole county in the program."
Sparks said all events are free, including a picnic at Carroll County Farm Museum at summer's end for participants. "The program is a real good way for parents to encourage kids to keep up their skills so kids will be ready for school in the fall," Sparks said.
The library is sponsoring other activities this summer, including African Safari Week, European Vacation Week, Antarctic and Arctic Expedition Week and Australian Walkabout Week. Children's writer Kevin O'Malley, author of "Roller Coaster" and other books, will be at the library at 7 p.m. June 25. Fans, or anyone interested in writing for children, can attend this free presentation. Information: 751-1980.
Pub Date: 9/06/96