One of the season's favorite treats and the county's No. 1 festival theme -- the strawberry -- is back.
Pleasant Valley Community Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary opens the strawberry festival season Saturday with its salute to this popular fruit.
The festival will offer strawberries and Baugher's ice cream, with chicken platters and music by Westminster Municipal Band from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the fire hall on South Pleasant Valley Road. Platters are $3 for small portions and $5 for large. Sundaes are $1.50 for large and 75 cents for small.
St. Mary's Lutheran Church of Silver Run follows next weekend with its strawberry festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 29 at the church at Route 97 and Mayberry Road.
Besides strawberries and ice cream, visitors can enjoy an antique car show, get their blood pressure taken, check out the yard sale while the kids play games, have lunch and take a chance on a quilt.
Spaces are $10 for those with items to sell. Call Ruth Warfield at 410-848-6150.
Other strawberry festivals include:
The county's largest, held by Messiah Lutheran Church of Berrett. The ninth annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 5 at Sykesville-Freedom District firemen's carnival grounds on Freedom Avenue off Route 32.
"We had 2,000 pounds of strawberries last year, and we'll have at least that many this year," said Jeri Scruggs, church secretary. "This year for the first time we'll have chocolate-covered strawberries."
Visitors will want to get The Works at the strawberry booth -- homemade hot milk sponge cake, smothered in berries, ice cream and whipped cream. While eating they can enjoy entertainment ranging from dance, gymnastics and twirling to bands, singers, actors and storytellers.
The event will include a large craft and flea market, food vendors and children's activities.
Three more strawberry festivals are planned June 5.
St. Luke's (Winter's) Lutheran Church of New Windsor boasts the oldest berry festival -- more than 130 years.
From noon to 8 p.m. on the church grounds at 701 Green Valley Road, visitors can have a lunch or dinner platter with strawberries and ice cream for dessert.
Children's games, a youth group cake walk at 4: 30 p.m., white elephant tables, nickel sodas and 25-cent hot dogs and portraits by Barbara Schnell will be featured. The William F. Myers Band will play at 5 p.m.
Then visitors can head to Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1372 Bachman Valley Road, Westminster, for its strawberry festival. The event starts at 2 p.m. and continues until dusk. Chicken corn soup, sandwiches, hot dogs, berries and ice cream, a bake sale, fancy table and music by the Alesia Band are featured.
Winding up the day is Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church's strawberry festival, starting at 5 p.m. on the church grounds at 38 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown. Food, ice cream, strawberries and baked goods will be featured.
The Little Diffendal Band will provide music, and the festival will include a magic show, face painting, balloons and children's games.
Sykesville and its Historic District Commission will hold the 16th annual old-fashioned strawberry and ice cream festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 12 at Gatehouse Museum on Cooper Drive. Live music and museum tours highlight this event.
Also June 12, St. John's Lutheran Church will hold its strawberry festival from 4 p.m. to dusk at the church, 827 Leister's Church Road, Westminster. Soups, sandwiches, desserts, children's games and music by Alesia Band will be featured.
Linwood Brethren Church's old-fashioned strawberry festival shows off the village outside Union Bridge. This year's event offers ice cream and strawberries, strawberry milkshakes, pies and shortcake, a white elephant table, cake walks, a bake table, crafts, and children's games.
The festival, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 19, also features music by Alesia Band from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Ceary Family Band from 3 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m.
Bethel United Methodist Church's 109th annual strawberry festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. June 26 at the church, 3001 Hooper Road, near Marston.
Berries and ice cream, platters, baked goods, a white elephant sale, children's activities and music by Gospel Travelers from Frederick will be featured.
Because its strawberry acreage is down, Baugher's Orchards will not have a strawberry festival this year, a spokeswoman said. Instead, the orchard will have a cherry festival, probably late next month.
Pub Date: 5/20/99