Happenings abound this month in Taneytown

June is abuzz with lots of community events and entertainment in the Taneytown area for just about all ages. Surely friends and families should be able to find something to enjoy close to home. A few events are highlighted in this week's column.

Circus is coming

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, the circus is coming to town.

The Taneytown Chamber of Commerce will host the Walker International Circus June 16 at Memorial Park.

Show times are 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., and each show lasts 90 minutes. Snacks, including popcorn and cotton candy, will be available for purchase.

Tickets for those 15 and older are $12 each in advance and $15 at the gate. Advance adult tickets can be purchased at Taneytown City Hall, the Taneytown Police Station, New Windsor State Bank in Taneytown, The Liquor Barn and No Anchovies Pizza.

Children up to and including age 14 are free, but will need a child's "free" ticket and must be accompanied by an adult. Each adult ticket holder may only bring two children, one in each hand, to ensure adequate supervision of young people under the big top. Free tickets can be found in various locations throughout town.

Proceeds from the event help support the community events the chamber hosts throughout the year.

For more information, contact Lou Jordan at 443-244-3506 or lou@emsbooks.com.

Memorial Park is at the intersection of Md. 140 and Park Drive, Taneytown.


Annual festival

Enjoy live entertainment and perusing art while trying new wines during the City of Taneytown's third annual Wine, Art and Jazz Fest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21 at Memorial Park.

The free event includes live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, and free children's activities.

On stage, The Marty Shaver Band will perform from noon to 1 p.m. and Eric Byrd Trio will perform from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Various foods will be for sale, including hot dogs, hamburgers, jerk chicken and pork, barbecued chicken, Philly cheese steak subs, sausages, blooming onions and funnel cakes.

Tickets for wine tasting will be $10 per person, available to those 21 and older with ID, and include a signature wineglass and tickets for tasting the wine. Proceeds from the wine tasting help support Taneytown's Caring & Sharing organization, which provides food, clothing and resources to those in need.

The city is still looking for more artists, artisans and unique crafters. Those interested in participating need to submit an application to City Hall no later than June 14.

For more information, contact Nancy McCormick, director of economic development, at nbmccormick@taneytown.org or 410-751-1100.

Alumni to gather

The Taneytown High School Alumni Association will host its annual banquet beginning at 6 p.m. June 28 at Pleasant Valley Fire Hall.

The event will kick off with an opportunity to renew old acquaintances while enjoying punch and munchies. The all-you-can-eat buffet, featuring fried shrimp and warm ham, will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tables will be assigned according to year of graduation.

A roll call of classes will follow dinner, with time given to reunion classes — this year, those who graduated in years ending in 4 and 9 — for introductions and sharing class stories.

The cost is $20 per person, with payment due no later than June 13. Checks should be made payable to the T.H.S. Alumni Association, include the names and year of graduation of those attending, and be mailed to The Fairs, 302 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown, MD 21787.

For more information, contact Jim or Audrey Fair at 410-751-1120 or jfair@verizon.net.

The fire hall is at 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Pleasant Valley.


Seeking baked goods

Calling all bakers. You, too, can help the local fire company by baking your favorite treats.

The Taneytown fire company ladies' auxiliary will host a bake table again this year each day of the carnival, June 9-14, said Louise Riffle, who has been in charge of the carnival bake table for as long as she can remember.

The group is asking for help from members and community friends in stocking the bake table with goodies, including pies, cakes, cookies, fudge and rice crispy treats. All proceeds from the bake sale help support the life-saving work of the fire company.

The ladies start serving meals at 4:30 p.m. during carnival week and will accept donations throughout the day at the Taneytown Activities Building on the carnival grounds at 43 Memorial Drive, Taneytown.

Those with questions regarding the bake table should call Riffle at 410-756-6126.

Event reminders

I'll close with a reminder of a few events previously featured at length in this column happening this weekend:

Taneytown Mayor James McCarron will officially open the 2014 Taneytown Farmers' Market at 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot at Memorial Park. Returning and new local growers and vendors will be selling produce and baked and handmade goods and more until noon on Saturdays through the end of September. For more information, contact LaVerne Sokolowski at Ltsoko@comcast.net or 443-918-8100.

The 2014 American Cancer Society Taneytown Relay for Life Celebration will culminate with a mini-relay that starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Carroll Vista, 1 Clubside Drive, Taneytown. For more information, visit http://www.relayforlife.org/taneytownmd or call Lori Cook at 410-781-6907.

The annual Country Cruizn Car Show to benefit disabled veterans and their families will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Taneytown Memorial Park. The event is hosted by Street Cars of Desire and is open to all vehicle makes, models and years. Registration is $12 per vehicle, and free for spectators. For more information email countrycruizn@yahoo.com or call Shiela at 410-412-6787 or Grant at 443-824-0639.