Ushering in fall with fun-filled festivals


Celebrations showcase the season's best

September 19, 2002|By Joanne E. Morvay | Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In the middle of this year's long, hot, dry summer, fall seemed just a mirage. The cool breezes of day, the crisp nights: During the summer's drought, it was difficult to believe they would ever come.

But lo and behold, the calendar shows that fall returns on Monday. Now we here at LIVE! don't have any control over the weather, so we can't promise that cooler temperatures or rain will arrive immediately. However, we can offer something that will put you in the spirit of fall quicker than you can say "apple pie."

How about a roundup of fall festivals, from all around the state?

There are pumpkins to be painted and scarecrows to be stuffed. Apple dumplings to be savored and cider to be sipped.

You can try your hand at traditional crafts, take a hayride or a tractor ride, wander through a corn maze, and add to your seasonal decor by purchasing craft items. Your kids can pet small animals, get their faces painted, play old-fashioned games and enjoy modern diversions like amusement rides.

Keep this calendar handy and it'll keep you busy for weekends to come. With some careful planning, you'll have plenty of opportunity to bask in autumn's glory.

Sept. 21

11th annual Union Bridge Fall Fest. Lehigh Cement Company Park, 115 S. Main St., Union Bridge. Benefit auction to help pay town hall-mortgage, tours of state-of-the-art cement plant, music, crafts, children's games and food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Call 410-775-7400.

Elkton Fall Fest. Main Street, Elkton. Motorcycle show, car show, juried art exhibit, entertainment, "Pretty Baby" contest, children's activities, rides, crafts and food. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Free; nominal fee for some activities. Call 410-620-7964.

Sept. 22

Family Fall Festival. William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. Historic characters in authentic costume will demonstrate how families in the 18th century prepared for winter. Hands-on activities, including cider-pressing, apple-bobbing and gourd-decorating. Noon-5 p.m. $5-$8 house admission includes festival. Free for age 6 and under. Call 410-267-6719.

Highlandtown Fall Fest. Conkling Street and Eastern Avenue. Music, food, crafts and flea market booths, art by Creative Alliance members, medical screenings, children's activities and rides. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free; nominal fees for rides. Call 410-276-4780.

Sept. 25

Westminster Fall Fest. Also, Sept. 26-29. Downtown off Main Street, near Longwell Avenue. Rides, games, crafts and food. All proceeds go to Westminster-area charities. Parade only, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 25. Open 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 26, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 28 and noon-6 p.m. Sept. 29. Free; fee for games and rides. Call 410-848-9393.

Sept. 28

Apple Festival. Piney Run Park, 30 Martz Road, Sykesville. Pontoon-boat rides, music, hayrides, crafts, children's activities including candlemaking and pumpkin-painting, apple dishes and other foods. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Park admission $4-$5 per vehicle; nominal fee for some activities. Call 410-795-6043.

Fall Festival. Clynmalira United Methodist Church, Old York and Stockton roads, Phoenix. Flea market and crafts, bake sale, music, carnival games and food, including homemade apple dumplings with ice cream. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Call 410-472-2519.

Fall Festival. Also, Sept. 29, Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20. Homestead Gardens, 743 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville. Llama barn, American Indian drum circle, U.S. Fish and Wildlife migratory bird seminar, straw maze, beekeeping demonstrations, live music, product demonstrations, fall plants and food. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. all days. Free; nominal fee for some activities. Schedule of events varies, call 410-798-5000 to check.

Family Fall Festival. Emmanuel (Baust) United Church of Christ, 2950 Old Taneytown Road, north of Westminster. Pancake breakfast and other food, kids' activities, petting zoo and crafts. Free. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 410-756-4335.

Rock Hall Fallfest. Main Street and Sharp Street Pier. Crafts, food, children's activities, band music and traditional watermen's arts, including an oyster-shucking contest. Festival opens at 9 a.m. Concert 8 p.m., dance at volunteer fire company hall 9 p.m. Free admission; tickets to concert and dance extra. Call 410-778-0416.

Sept. 29

Old Bowie Antiques and Craft Fall Fling Street Fest. Route 564 and Chestnut Avenue, Bowie. About 100 antiques, collectibles and crafts booths, entertainment, kids' activities, birds-of-prey show, tours of railroad museum and food. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; nominal fee for some activities. Call 301-262-3743.

Oct. 5

Bazaar and Country Fair. Pickersgill Retirement Community, 615 Chestnut Ave., Towson. Bluegrass music, petting zoo, clown, face-painting, seasonal produce and baked goods, flea market and more. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Call 410-842-0420.

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