Tribute trees honor victims of Sept. 11

Carroll Farm Museum to display memorial to N.Y. police, firefighters

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 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. "We're thinking of anything that could possibly go wrong and stop it before it does," she said.

The day's festivities, which begin at noon and include a fireworks display after dark, will be broadcast live by radio station WTTR. 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 Mearing Barn will be open and the new museum gift shop will be in there for July 4 with all sorts of patriotic memorabilia," Freeman said.

The fireworks display, sponsored for the 28th consecutive year by the Westminster Jaycees, will begin at 9:45 p.m. at the Carroll County Agriculture Center. 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 $5 per car for the fireworks.

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

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