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Family: Events, Activities

September 23, 2004

Catonsville, 1864

Get an idea of what life was like as a Civil War-era American Saturday with the fourth annual Founder's Day Family Celebration.

Sponsored by the Catonsville Historical Society, the celebration showcases Catonsville in 1864, when the Union Army marched down Frederick Road. Watch demonstrations of camp life, Civil War surgery, a cider press, fife and drum music and weaving. Use a telegraph, make a church doll, dress in period garb and drill like a soldier.

The Founder's Day Family Celebration runs noon-4 p.m. Saturday at 1824 Frederick Road in Catonsville. Free. Call 410-744-3034 or visit www .catonsvillehistory.org.

Harvest Festival

With fall having kicked off on Tuesday, Steppingstone Museum sponsors its annual Fall Harvest Festival and Craft Show this weekend.

At the festival, stuff a scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, bob for apples, listen to a story, get lost in the hay maze and go on a hay ride. Put on your dancing shoes and get down to country music, clogging and square dancing. Visitors can also tour the museum's buildings.

See who has the best baking skills with Saturday's apple pie contest and Sunday's apple cake contest. Call the museum for an entry form.

Steppingstone Museum's Fall Harvest Festival and Craft Show runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine, at 461 Quaker Bottom Road in Susquehanna State Park near Havre de Grace. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Call 410-939-2299 or visit www .steppingstonemuseum.org.

Zoo puppet show

Puppeteers Cindy Kays and Shelly Craig Potter bring their musical puppet show to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Saturday. Their animal puppets sing country and rock music along with guitars and drums.

Part of the Kidz Club concert series, the show is free to all Kidz Club members and $1 for nonmembers. The puppeteers will perform two shows between noon and 2 p.m. Saturday with a short intermission. Regular zoo admission fees are required.

- Sam Sessa

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