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June 30, 2011
The Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., will host its annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks on Monday, July 4, from noon until the fireworks end. The Kiwanis Club of Westminster is sponsoring the fireworks display this year. Events during the day at the farm museum will include stage entertainment, vendors and activities. Groups performing will include The Elderly Brothers, Ray Owens, the Carroll County Cloggers, Standard Delivery Combo and Uncle Sam on stilts with his monkey, Django.
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By Jim Joyner, jjoyner@baltsun.com | July 4, 2013
The Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration at the Carroll County Farm Museum could be considered the calm before the storm - the leisurely picnic and family festival that comes before tens of thousands of people converge on the museum grounds for one of the biggest fireworks show in the region. Thursday, in the hours before that night light show, the "calm" held plenty of attraction as well, from sack races to a performing monkey; mule-drawn wagon rides to a moon bounce; dancing cloggers to pickles on a stick.
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By Katie V. Jones | December 2, 2012
On the 10th day of Christmas, someone's true love gave them 10 lords a leaping. At the Carroll County Farm Museum, in Westminster, that gift was a little bit challenging for Beverly Rose and Dorothy Duerr, who were tasked with displaying that scene in the dining room. "Ten lords a leaping? How do you do that?" Rose asked rhetorically - before revealing a small tree decorated with fruit ... and 10 paper cutouts of lords a leaping. "We thought it should be cheerful," added Duerr about the room's decorations, which feature festive garland and a table set for a Christmas Eve feast of turkey, soup, vegetables and more.
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By Katie V. Jones | December 2, 2012
On the 10th day of Christmas, someone's true love gave them 10 lords a leaping. At the Carroll County Farm Museum, in Westminster, that gift was a little bit challenging for Beverly Rose and Dorothy Duerr, who were tasked with displaying that scene in the dining room. "Ten lords a leaping? How do you do that?" Rose asked rhetorically - before revealing a small tree decorated with fruit ... and 10 paper cutouts of lords a leaping. "We thought it should be cheerful," added Duerr about the room's decorations, which feature festive garland and a table set for a Christmas Eve feast of turkey, soup, vegetables and more.
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November 25, 1990
"O Tannenbaum" is the theme for this year's Christmas open house at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. The tune of this German carol was borrowed during the Civil War for "Maryland, My Maryland," which became the state song. But at the museum, the emphasis is on the carol's original theme: a celebration of the Christmas tree.Each room of the 1852 farmhouse and log cabin is decorated in a different theme, with a Christmas tree to match. Also on display is an assortment of mini Christmas trees decorated by local residents.
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By Karin Remesch | July 12, 1998
Mission: To foster the preservation and appreciation of Carroll County's rural culture and to educate the public about the life of the 19th-century farm family through exhibitions, demonstrations, living history camps and guided tours of a family farmhouse, a one-room schoolhouse, a springhouse and flower garden. The museum also features a buggy collection, one of the first rural mail wagons, a fish pond fed by a working windmill, farm tools and machinery, and farm animals. The museum is home to the annual Maryland Wine Festival.
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February 12, 2006
The Carroll County Farm Museum has announced the 2006 Maryland Wine Festival poster design contest. The winning design will be reproduced on posters, T-shirts, brochures and other promotional materials for the Wine Festival, to be held Sept. 16-17 at the farm museum. The winning artist will receive a $1,000 cash award. Five honorable mentions will be chosen. Any two-dimensional medium is acceptable, including painting, drawing, collage, photography and computer-generated design. Artists must be 21 or older and Maryland residents.
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June 3, 2001
The annual Fiddlers' Convention will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 10 at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster. Competition prize categories include: Bluegrass Band, Old-Time Band, Bluegrass Fiddle, Old-Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Banjo, Old-Time Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocalist, Bass Fiddle, Dobro, Young Performer and Special Performer. Contestants may register for the competition beginning at 8:30 a.m. the day of the convention. More than $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded.
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November 30, 2003
For anybody who ever wondered why people decorate evergreen trees at Christmas or why red and green are the colors of of the holiday, the Carroll County Farm Museum's annual Holiday Tour is one place to find out. This year's tour, with the theme "Origins of Christmas Traditions," is designed to answer those and other questions about the holiday. Farm Museum staff have researched a number of Christmas traditions to share with visitors who take the guided tour. The holiday tour will officially kick off with the tree-lighting ceremony and singing of carols at 6 p.m. Saturday.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 14, 2001
Carroll County Farm Museum posted nearly $500,000 in revenues in the fiscal year that ended June 30, a 16 percent increase over last year. In a report yesterday to the museum's board of governors, director Dottie Freeman said the museum took in $496,305 and recovered nearly all its expenses. Freeman said she looks forward to a banner year, with many events booked through next summer. "We had a great year as far as revenue," she told the board, crediting county agencies, particularly economic development and tourism, and numerous volunteers for the museum's success.
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August 18, 2012
The Gamber and Community Fire Company has named Julianne Weidman, of Finksburg, as the winner of the 2012 Oscar Brothers Memorial Scholarship, which is jointly sponsored by the Brothers family and the Gamber fire company. The scholarship awards a total of $12,500 over four years. As part of the scholarship requirements, the winner must complete 40 hours of community service each year, and must maintain a 2.5 or better GPA in college. They also must reside in Gamber & Community Fire Company's first due district.
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September 10, 2011
The combination of music, food, seminars and a bit of the grape have kept the Maryland Wine Festival flowing for 18 years, and that same recipe will be on tap when the 2011 edition comes to the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18. Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 to 6 p.m. The festival is the statewide celebration of wine and wineries, and features tastings, seminars, amateur wine competition and the awarding of the Governor's Cup — awarded to the "best in show" wine at the festival.
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By Katie V. Jones | July 17, 2011
It's summer time in Carroll County; for Valerie Virchow, that means only one thing - Carroll County Farm Museum's living history camps. For the last 10 years, Virchow has served as a group leader for the camps at the Westminster museum, escorting campers to various activities, from candle-dipping to fishing, toy making to tin punching. "Hot weather and I are not friends. By the middle of the third week, I'm saying, 'Why am I doing this?' " Virchow said. "By October, I'm looking forward to the next camp.
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June 30, 2011
The Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., will host its annual Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks on Monday, July 4, from noon until the fireworks end. The Kiwanis Club of Westminster is sponsoring the fireworks display this year. Events during the day at the farm museum will include stage entertainment, vendors and activities. Groups performing will include The Elderly Brothers, Ray Owens, the Carroll County Cloggers, Standard Delivery Combo and Uncle Sam on stilts with his monkey, Django.
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By Katie V. Jones | June 26, 2011
The fireworks display at the Carroll County Farm Museum on the Fourth of July is in the red — and its supporters are hoping it continues that way. "We had some seed money to start this year," said Tom Welliver, fireworks chairman for the Westminster Kiwanis Club. "It is going really well. " Last year marked the first time the Kiwanis took charge of the show. Now in its 35th year, the fireworks show on the Fourth of July was started by the Jaycees and then later run by the Rotary clubs.
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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | July 8, 2007
The Carroll County Farm Museum has 18 old buildings that include a farmhouse finished in 1853, a bank barn, a smokehouse, a broom shop, a saddlery, a springhouse, a living-history center, a wagon shed, a general store exhibit and a one-room schoolhouse. The location is ideal for living-history re-enactments and blacksmith days, but museum officials wanted to reach beyond history, said Dottie Freeman, the museum's administrator. "We decided we needed to be more than just a museum," Freeman said.
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December 8, 2000
"Christmas Past and Present" is the theme of Carroll County Farm Museum's holiday tour, which concludes this weekend at 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Tree ornaments and greenery will be reminiscent of celebrations of the past. Contemporary decorations also will be featured. Christmas music will accompany the tour. Food will be available in the summer kitchen. Also featured are visits from Santa Claus, poinsettia sales, artisan demonstrations and wagon rides. The General Store will be open for shopping.
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May 14, 1995
The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will make their third appearance at the Carroll County Farm Museum from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.The eight horses will be harnessed and hitched to a red beer wagon for a ride around the Farm Museum grounds. The unloading and harnessing of the horses, which will be at 3 p.m., is a show in itself as the huge animals stand docile for their decoration.Then the horses will be hitched to the Studebaker-built wagon. The wagon and horses together weigh 12 tons and are handled by a driver and assistant.
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July 1, 2007
The biggest Independence Day celebration in Carroll County takes place at the Carroll County Farm Museum, where the annual Old-Fashioned July 4 Celebration and Fireworks will be held, rain or shine, from noon until the end of a fireworks display Wednesday. Co-sponsor WTTR radio, AM 1470, will broadcast live throughout the day. The Rotary clubs of Carroll County sponsor the fireworks. The farm museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster. The day features live entertainment; crafts vendors; food vendors; guided tours of the farmhouse given by costumed tour guides from noon to 6 p.m.; and self-guided tours of the Living History Center, exhibit buildings and gift shop.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Sun reporter | June 3, 2007
The Carroll County Farm Museum is 140 acres of agricultural history, with many buildings that offer exhibits detailing farm life from the latter half of the 1800s through the early 20th century. But there is a flip side to the museum that visitors to a seasonal festival or other special event probably don't think about: It is a year-round business, educational center and community-oriented facility. "You've got to be more than a museum," said Dottie Freeman, executive director. "You've got to make sure the first visit will be an enticement for a second visit - you have to have new venues for visitors to enjoy."
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