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May 13, 2004

Paddle the Gunpowder

Experienced canoeists are invited to paddle down the Upper Gunpowder Saturday or Sunday. Naturalists from the Oregon Ridge Nature Center will lead the trip on the scenic river.

The trip runs 1 p.m.-4 p.m. this weekend at Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. $10 per person is due in advance. Children must be 8 or older, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 410-887-1815 or visit www.

Blacksmith Days

Learn about the art of blacksmithing at the Carroll County Farm Museum's Blacksmith Days this weekend.

Guests can watch demonstrations of blade-smithing, brass-casting and more. On Saturday, events include the display and judging of forged items and an auction of items from area blacksmiths, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. On Sunday, blacksmith equipment will be sold in a silent auction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the 4th Annual Anvil in Wheelbarrow relay race will take place from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Tickets covering both days are $25 at the gate or $20 in advance, and include lunch. Children under 12 are free. On Saturday, the event runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, it runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Carroll County Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. Tickets can be bought in advance by calling 410-922-1246. For more information, call 410-848-7775 or visit

Arbutus Arts Festival

Join Arbutus in celebrating the 31st annual Arbutus Arts Festival Sunday. More than 200 crafters and artists will line the streets selling homemade craft items. Members of local service organizations will sell food ranging from chili to crab cakes.

Adults 21 and over can enter the Beer Garden, where they can enjoy a beer for $1. As they socialize, they can hear tunes from the Backstreet Band.

Kids will be kept plenty busy at the Children's Corner with rides, a moon bounce, jumbo slide and finger-painting.

The Arbutus Arts Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on East Drive in Arbutus. Free. Call 410-247-4816 or visit

Farmer's Market

Fresh fruits and vegetables will be available at the Bel Air Farmer's Market Saturday, as will plants and freshly cut flowers. Sweets from cakes to scones will be available. There will also be a chef at the market whipping up all types of food.

Vendors will sell craft items including quilts, vests and lawn decor.

The Bel Air Farmer's Market runs every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through November. The market is between Thomas Street and South Bond Street in Bel Air. Free admission. Call 410-836-6346 or visit www.

-- Greg Romano

Lithuanian Festival

Have a taste for some desra (Lithuanian sausage), a little kopustai (sauerkraut) or a sip of some viryta (Lithuanian honey liqueur)? You do now, you say. So get a taste of Lithuania this weekend at the 32nd annual Lithuanian Festival at the Catonsville Armory.

Enjoy authentic foods, watch costumed dancers, hear lively and traditional music, and purchase Lithuanian arts, crafts, jewelry, hand-woven linens, books and more. See Lithuanian military items, including maps, uniforms, medals and 17th-century armor. The theme of this year's festival is "Honoring the Spirit of the Lithuanian Partisans - 1944 to 1953."

The Lithuanian Festival runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Catonsville Armory, 130 Mellor Ave. Admission is $2; free for ages under 12. Call 410-646-0261.

-- Lori Sears

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