Recreation Notes

September 19, 2004

Piney Run Park to hold annual Apple Festival

Piney Run Park will hold its annual Apple Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the park grounds near Eldersburg.

The fall fruit will be celebrated with a variety of apple foods, including dumplings, pies and fritters, and sales of freshly picked apples. Other foods and beverages will be sold throughout the day.

Family activities will include horse-drawn wagon rides, scarecrow stuffing, music, storytelling, pontoon lake tours, old time cooking and traditional arts demonstrations, cider pressing and face painting.

Adult and teen volunteers are needed to help with the activities.

Admission is $4 per car for Carroll residents and $5 for out-of-county cars. Tickets can be purchased on the grounds for foods and activities requiring a fee.

The park is at 30 Martz Road. Information: 410-795-6043.

Carroll Carvers to meet at Bear Branch center

Bear Branch Nature Center at Hashawha Environmental Center will host a Carroll Carvers meeting and carve-in from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Visitors can just observe, or take tools and project and learn from club members.

The center is at 300 John Owings Road, Westminster.

Information: 410-848-2517.

Audubon Society plans bird walk Saturday

The Audubon Society of Central Maryland will lead a bird walk at its Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary on Saturday on Old Annapolis Road, just northwest of Mount Airy.

The sanctuary is on 129 acres of prime wildlife habitat and the walk will cover about a mile over trails that pass through several habitats.

The walk will go through warm-season grasslands, with their seed heads six to eight feet tall. The group will move slowly to give everyone a chance to see as many birds as possible.

This is the season when bird populations reach their peak, as all of the young birds, as well as their parents, are feeding for the winter ahead. Some birds will be a challenge to identify in their duller autumn or juvenile plumages.

The walk will start at 8 a.m. and continue to about 11 a.m., but walkers may leave whenever they want.

Information: Bob Schaefer, 301-831-5660.

Coed rec soccer league begins autumn season

The fall 2004 outdoor soccer season started last weekend for the Carroll County Soccer League's High School Coed Recreation League in Westminster.

The league has eight teams: Deer Park II, coached by Steve Gossage, Phil Spioch and Dennis Roos Sr.; Deer Park I Lightning, coached by Duane Bittner and Paul Lopatta; Deer Park III, coached by Larry Reynolds and Mark Wetzelberger; Delone Squires, coached by Keith Purcell, Tim Shultis and Jeff Baxter; Freedom I, coached by Tony Caracciolo; Freedom II, coached by Terry Morse and Bruce Weber; Westminster I Stars, coached by Jeff Marcus and Bill Stitely; and Westminster II Misfits, coached by Jeff Logan, Eric Barnes and Tony Roman.

The league serves boys and girls in ninth to 12th grades who want to play soccer but did not make their school's team. The league is in its 13th year.

Information: Linda Silfee, coordinator, 410-876-6639.

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