Sept. 11 tribute trees at museum

July 4 event to honor New York police, firemen

July 03, 2002|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF

Three "tribute trees" recognizing New York firefighters and police officers who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be displayed tomorrow at the Carroll County Farm Museum's annual Old-Fashioned July 4 Celebration.

The laminated name tags of nearly 400 New York firefighters and Port Authority police who died in the terrorist attacks will be hung from the 5-foot-tall artificial trees, which will be displayed on the museum's main stage from noon to 6 p.m. Westminster-area firefighters will later take the name tags to fire and police stations in New York.

"The name tags are our way of reaching out and showing that Carroll County had a memorial and that we care," said Dottie Freeman, the farm museum's executive director. "We wanted to do this because it's important that we don't forget those who gave their lives for all of us."

Freeman said recent warnings of potential terrorist attacks against the United States prompted the Farm Museum to increase security for tomorrow's celebration. She declined to give specifics of the security arrangements.

The day's festivities, which begin at noon and include a fireworks display after dark, will be broadcast live by WTTR, 1470 AM radio. The station will also offer traffic updates before and after the fireworks.

Continuous on-stage entertainment will include Ray Owens' "Hats off to America" show; the Carroll County Cloggers; Mary Byrd Brown and Andrew McKnight with contemporary folk music; Bob Plunkert & Real Country; and Stillwater with country music. Uncle Sam will stroll the grounds on stilts.

Volunteer artisans will demonstrate 19th-century skills and wagon master Jim Saylor and his team of mules will offer scenic rides around the grounds from noon to 6 p.m. Rides cost $1.50.

Guided tours of the farmhouse will be given from noon to 6 p.m. The Living History Center, exhibit buildings and gift shop will be open. On display in the farmhouse is a collection of hand-painted Delft dishes and porcelain and bisque baskets.

The fireworks display, sponsored for the 28th consecutive year by the Westminster Jaycees, will begin at 9:45 p.m. from the Carroll County Agricultural Center grounds. No personal fireworks, smoke bombs or sparklers are permitted on county property. No pets or alcohol are allowed.

The Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster. General admission is $3 for adults; $2 for ages 7 to 18 and 60 and over; ages 6 and younger are free. At 6 p.m., the Farm Museum general admission will end, and the Westminster Jaycees will collect a $5 donation per car to help defray the cost of the fireworks.

Information: 410-848-7775 or 410-876-2667.

Traffic patterns

To facilitate traffic movement July 4, these traffic patterns will be in effect:

Center Street and Kate Wagner Road will close at 8:30 p.m. to incoming traffic.

No parking will be allowed along Center Street, Gist Road, Smith Avenue or Kate Wagner Road.

All traffic leaving the Farm Museum lot will use two lanes and will be directed out Center Street toward Route 140. Vehicles will be allowed to turn left on Green Street and Main Street or proceed out to Route 140. East Main and East Green streets will be closed to through traffic between South Center Street and Washington Road.

Traffic leaving the Ag Center parking lot must use Smith Avenue to Gist Road toward Kate Wagner Road. Starting at Gist Road and Smith Avenue, both lanes of Gist Road will be one-way only to Kate Wagner Road. Traffic will then turn right to Route 27 or left toward Route 32. Traffic exiting the Farm Museum will have priority.

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