Having a blast from the past

Celebration: Carroll County Farm Museum plans an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration - complete with Colonial children's games.

SUMMER In Carroll County

July 03, 2005|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,SUN STAFF

Uncle Sam, patriotic music, a flag raising, picnic foods, clogging and Colonial children's games will be part of the Carroll County Farm Museum's annual Old-Fashioned July 4 celebration beginning at noon tomorrow on the grounds at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

The event concludes with the county's only major fireworks display, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Carroll County, starting at 9:30 p.m.

Family activities will include stage entertainment, vendors offering wood crafts and jewelry, tole painting and fine art and food.

Costumed docents will give guided tours of the 1850s-era farmhouse from noon to 6 p.m.

The farmhouse features six rooms depicting 19th-century farm life. Special exhibits include a display of folk pottery by the Hewell family of Georgia featuring pitchers, face jugs and urns; and A Real Doll, a collection of unique and antique dolls, in the bowfront China closet.

The Living History Center, exhibit buildings and the gift shop will be open. Volunteer artisans will demonstrate their 1800s-era skills from noon to 6 p.m. Jim Saylor will provide scenic mule rides around the museum grounds for $2.50.

On-stage entertainment will include:

Noon to 12:45 p.m.: Ray Owens will perform "Hats Off to America."

1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Westminster Baptist Church Choir will present "Patriotic Cantata."

2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus.

3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Carroll County Cloggers.

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Jennifer Rose and the MIXX.

Other activities include:

Noon to 2 p.m.: Old-fashioned games (hoop rolling, jacks, etc.).

Noon to 8 p.m.: Kids Corner Inflatables by Fun Events LLC of Taneytown will have a bounce, climb and play area of inflatables for a one-time fee per child.

Noon to 8 p.m.: Museum Gift Shop open.

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Old-fashioned games (sack races, lemon relay race) near the playground.

General admission is $5 for adults; $3 for ages 7 to 18 and 60 and older; and free for age 6 and younger.

Free parking is available until 5 p.m., when farm museum general admission ends. After 5 p.m., the Rotary Clubs will ask for a $5 per car parking donation to offset the cost of the fireworks.

The fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m. Center Street and Kate Wagner Road will be closed to incoming traffic at 8:30 p.m. Those attending the fireworks must be on the grounds and parked by 8:30 p.m.

Personal fireworks, smoke bombs, sparklers, pets and alcohol are not permitted on the grounds.

Rain date for the fireworks will be Tuesday. The July 4 celebration will be held rain or shine.

Information: 410-386-3880, or 800-654-4645.

Traffic regulations

To facilitate the orderly flow of traffic during the Farm Museum's July 4 celebration and fireworks, the following additional traffic patterns will be implemented:

No parking along Center Street, Gist Road, Smith Avenue or Kate Wagner Road will be permitted.

All traffic leaving the Farm Museum lot will use two lanes and be directed out Center Street toward Route 140.

Vehicles will be allowed to turn left on Green Street and Main Street or proceed to Route 140. East Main and East Green streets will be closed to through traffic between South Center Street and Washington Road.

All traffic leaving the Agriculture Center parking lot must use Smith Avenue to Gist Road toward Kate Wagner Road. Starting at Gist Road and Smith Avenue, both lanes of Gist Road will be one way to Kate Wagner Road. Traffic will then proceed right to Route 27 or left toward Route 32 (Old Washington Road) along Kate Wagner Road.

Traffic exiting from the Farm Museum will have priority. WTTR Radio will broadcast updated traffic announcements throughout the day.

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