Peachy keen ways to spend a day


May 31, 2001|By Joanne E. Morvay | Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE WARM days of late spring are here. The hot days of summer are just ahead. So naturally thoughts turn to ... a cool strawberry sundae, steamed crabs bathed in Old Bay seasoning, and roasted sweet corn fresh off the grill.

Our favorite memories this time of year are often tied to food. Maybe it's the magic of eating outdoors. Perhaps it's the lure of delectable local products.

Whatever the appeal, you can literally eat your way across the state for the next three months. From Leonardtown to Taneytown, from Grasonville to Sykesville, there is an abundance of festivals planned around some of our favorite local foods. The strawberry, the peach, corn, chicken and Maryland seafood -- especially the blue crab -- are among the fare honored.

Here's a guide to many events coming our way. Save it and sample the goodies at will. You'll really thank us on those hot summer days when you just can't bring yourself to turn on the oven.

June 2

Annual Strawberry Festival. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 38 W. Baltimore St. (Route 140), Taneytown. Strawberries and strawberry ice cream, bake table, other food, games for kids. The Little Diffendal Band entertains. 5 p.m. Free. Call 410-751-1203.

11th annual Strawberry Festival. Sykesville-Freedom Fire Grounds, off Route 32, Sykesville. Strawberry fare ranging from snowballs to "the Works" -- strawberry shortcake with ice cream, strawberry topping and whipped cream. Crafts, flea market, children's games, pony rides, petting zoo, hayride and entertainment, including gymnastic and dance troupes, children's bell choir and karate demonstration. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Nominal fee for games, hayride and pony rides. Call 410-984-2448.

Strawberry Festival. Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church, 3701 Sweet Air Road, Phoenix. Strawberry shortcake, strawberry ice cream, fresh strawberries and strawberry preserves. Presented by Boy Scout Troop 444. Also, the church will sponsor a flea market. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $3. Call 410-592-9121.

Strawberry Festival. St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 304 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels. Lunch menu, ice cream and strawberry shortcake. Also, crafts, children's activities, bake sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Call 410-745-2534.

Strawberry Festival. St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 701 Green Valley Road, New Windsor. All sorts of strawberry treats, bake sale, games, music and cake walks. Noon-8 p.m. Free. Call 410-635-6177.

Strawberry Festival. Savage United Methodist Church, 9050 Baltimore St., Savage. Homemade strawberry ice cream, strawberry topping, strawberry shortcake, baked goods, pit beef and other foods. Adjacent Savage Days Festival offers crafts, games for kids, entertainment, parade at 10 a.m. Also, Jeannette Vollmerhausen, author and lifelong resident of Savage, will sign copies of her new children's book on town's history. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Call 301-725-7630.

20th annual Strawberry Festival. Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring. Strawberry shortcake with all the trimmings, bake sale and other food. Also, museum exhibits, antique-car and (antique) tractor displays, entertainment, crafts, petting zoo, games, plant sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Call 310-774-0022.

June 3

Queen Anne's County Waterman's Festival. Well's Cove, Well's Cove Road (Route 18), Grasonville. Crab cakes, crab soup, clams and other food. Also, exhibits, history of the local seafood industry, docking and anchor-throwing competitions, children's activities. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $3. Call 410-604-2100.

June 9

Strawberry Festival. Also, June 10. Cozy Village, 105 Frederick Road, off U.S. 15, Thurmont. All sorts of strawberry treats and other food. Also, crafts, antiques, live country music, antique-car show, children's activities, farmers' market. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Free. Call 301-271-4301.

June 10

St. Mary's County Crab Festival. St. Mary's County Governmental Center, Route 245, Leonardtown. Crabs, crab cakes, shrimp and other fare. Crafts, antique-car show, country music with western dancers, kids' games. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$20 (maximum per carload). Call 301-475-8403.

June 14

53rd annual Delmarva Chicken Festival. Also, June 15-16. Cypress Park, Pocomoke City. Chicken fried in the 10-foot-diameter Delmarva fry pan, which holds 800 chicken quarters at once. Also, barbecue chicken, ethnic chicken dishes and other food. "Chicken Capers" competitive games, crafts, trade show, parade, carnival, musical entertainment, riverboat cruise and fireworks. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. June 14, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 15-16. Free. Call 410-957-1919.

June 16

Strawberry Festival. Benson-Hammond House, Aviation Boulevard (near Baltimore-Washington International Airport), Linthicum. Strawberry wine, strawberry shortcake and other food. Games for kids, crafts, live entertainment, house tours and exhibits, plant sale, white-elephant table, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Call 410-768-9518.

June 23

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