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October 02, 2003|By SUN STAFF

Fall Harvest Days

Fall into autumn at the Carroll County Farm Museum this weekend during Fall Harvest Days. Traditional activities include scarecrow-making, mule- and tractor-pulled wagon rides, apple-butter making and games. There will also be a shelling and thrashing demonstration using steam engines by the Mason/Dixon Historical Society. Forty-five craft vendors will be selling their items, and blacksmiths, tinsmiths, spinners and weavers will demonstrate their skills. The Carroll County Artists Guild will sponsor an art show and sale both days, and entertainment will include bluegrass, country, rock 'n' roll oldies, 4H Performing Arts Club, a car show and a puppet show.

The harvest runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Carroll County Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster. For information or directions, call 410-848-7775. Tickets are $4 for adults, $2 for children 7-18 and adults 60 and older, and free for children under 6 with an adult.

-- Meredith James

Red Grape Escape

Calling all wannabe wine connoisseurs: The Red Grape Escape at Berrywine Plantations/Linganore Winecellars is Saturday and Sunday. Learn the journey traveled by red grapes from their start on a vine until they are crushed into fine wine. Understand the effect that variables such as crushing and bottling have on the final red wine product.

Also, taste fermenting grape juice and sample award-winning grape, fruit and honey wines. And pick up a few tips on cooking with wine in foods along the way. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic meal and enjoy kite-flying, volleyball and other children's activities.

The Red Grape Escape will be held at Berrywine Plantation/Linganore Winecellars' 230-acre family winery-vineyard at 13601 Glissans Mill Road in Mount Airy. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free. Call 800-514-8735.

Sample Sotterley

Fine-wine lovers looking for a local flavor will find it at the 2003 Riverside WineFest at Sotterley Plantation Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Come celebrate Maryland wine while enjoying a riverfront setting. Offerings will include wine tastings, live music, exhibits, demonstrations, artisans, vendors and hands-on Colonial Kids activities based on Sotterley's award-winning education programs.

Sotterley Plantation is off Maryland Route 245 North in Hollywood. Admission is $5 for designated drivers or those under 21 and $15 for all others. Tickets may be charged by phone (Visa/Mastercard) by calling 800-681-0850. Visit www.stmarysmd.com/tourism/winefest.asp.

-- Julia Furlong

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