Wine festival to uncork 21 years

September 12, 2004

The Maryland Wine Festival will celebrate its 21st birthday when it returns to the Carroll County Farm Museum next weekend.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 19.

Tickets are $20 for adults age 21 and older with valid identification; those younger than 21 are admitted free with a paying adult. Paid admission includes a 2004 logo-engraved wine glass, 12 one-ounce samples of Maryland wines, and Wine Education seminars.

The festival features more than 50 juried craft vendors selling handmade items and more than 30 vendors offering hamburgers and pizza to gourmet crab dip, crab cakes, deep fried vegetables, fried cheese cake and coffees.

The Restaurant Association of Carroll County will have food from five local restaurants in a tent.

Live entertainment will include:

Saturday

11 a.m.: Rita Clark and the Naturals, rhythm and blues.

Noon: Chris Vadala, jazz quintet.

1 p.m. and 2 p.m.: Big Cam and the Lifters, oldies, rock `n' roll.

1:45 p.m.: Governor's Cup Trophy awarded.

3 p.m.: Mike Dugan and the Blues Mission Band.

5 p.m.: Bourbon Street Ramblers, Dixieland.

Sept. 19

Noon: David Bach, rhythmic jazz.

1 p.m. and 2 p.m.: Radio King Orchestra, big band.

1:45 p.m.: Governor's Cup Trophy awarded.

3 p.m.: Carl Filipiak & Friends, jazz.

4 p.m.: Project Natale, Straight Ahead, Latin jazz.

5 p.m.: Bourbon Street Ramblers, Dixieland.

The farmhouse will offer guided tours. The Living History Center and other exhibits will be open for self-guided tours, and the museum's artisans will demonstrate old-time skills. The museum gift shop will be open.

Exhibits in the farmhouse will include "Stitching Through Time," a display of Carroll County quilts from the late 1800s, with a program at noon Saturday by pre-teens who created new quilts for the Linus Project.

The Bowfront China Closet in the dining room will feature "A Pause for Pleasure," turn-of-the-century leisure time activities.

The Carroll County Artists Guild will also hold an art show and sale.

Free handicapped-accessible shuttle service will be available both days from Carroll Community College to the ticket booths on the museum grounds.

The museum seeks volunteers to help in many areas. Anyone interested can call the museum before Saturday.

After completing an assigned shift, volunteers will receive free festival passes.

The Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Information: 410-848-7775, 410-876-2667, or 800-654-4645.

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