Westminster festival to feature autumn activities for families

Neighbors

September 23, 1996|By Lois Szymanski | Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I CAUGHT a hint of briskness in the early morning air this week. Autumn might be camouflaged in rain showers and spurts of sunshine, but it's coming nevertheless.

That means colored leaves, spice-scented air and crisp apples, pumpkins the size of bushel baskets and late night bonfires. This is the season of festivals that bring folks into the streets for music, classic festival foods and more.

Westminster Fall Festival

Westminster Fall Festival is back, featuring a wagonload of family entertainment. From Thursday to Sunday, the streets of ,, downtown Westminster will come alive with activity.

The kickoff will be Thursday night with a parade beginning on Main Street at Western Maryland College and proceeding down Longwell Avenue to East Middle School. After the parade, festival events at the Westminster City Playground include scarecrow making, family ride night and foods galore. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Jack Edwards Oldies Show will take the stage.

Throughout the four-day event, Longwell Municipal parking lot will be the site for vendors. Carnival rides will run the full four days, and food will be available.

Two stages will feature entertainment, including music by Free Wheeling, Terry Gourley, Reckless Abandon, Carroll County 4-H Performing Arts Club, Ashley Marie and more.

Roving entertainment will include clowns, magicians and balloon artists. A Kid's Court will feature face painting and story telling. A petting zoo and a 4-H display will be in front of Carroll County public library.

Check out the pie-eating contest, the karaoke sing-off, cloggers on stage, displays of antique automobiles, pony rides and bingo.

"It gives me a great feeling inside to be part of the whole thing," says festival director Ron Schroers.

Seven Carroll community charities will reap the rewards of this year's festival. They include CHANGE, The Arc, The Shepherd's Staff, Carroll County Food Sunday, Junction, Northeast Social Action and the Carroll Transit System.

nTC "I have a great volunteer staff. A lot of people don't realize that even the staff, myself included, volunteer their time for the entire weekend," Schroers said.

L For more information or a schedule of events, call 848-6962.

Cemetery cleanup

Mary Gill, benefits chairwoman at St. John Roman Catholic Church, heard so many complaints about the overrun state of the church's old cemetery she decided to organize a cleanup party.

About 50 volunteers showed up Saturday morning to rake, mow, weed and sweep the cemetery behind the Westminster library, which was built on the site of the old St. John Church.

A Revolutionary War soldier and several Civil War veterans are buried in the cemetery. Vandals and vagrants have damaged many markers, but the volunteers hope to restore as many as possible.

"We want to give the place a good face lift," said Gill. "We have to try to repair as much as possible."

Several Westminster merchants provided lunch for the volunteers.

Lois Szymanski's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/23/96

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