Carroll County Times

Welcoming spring with annual craft fair

It seems like spring is taking forever to arrive. Why not jump-start your spring fever with a trip to Liberty High School's fifth annual spring craft fair?

The fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Liberty High School. The entry fee is $3 per person, with children 12 and younger attending for free.

This event is a project of the Liberty High School Instrumental Music Boosters. Organizer Amy Gaskin explained that they've been doing the fall craft show for more than 25 years and decided to add the spring show five years ago.

"We'll have 100-plus vendors, including home-based businesses," Gaskin said.

She said there will be all sorts of vendors: some selling jewelry, one who makes American Girl doll clothes, another who makes sea glass art, and a family that makes birdhouses from gourds they grow in their own garden.

Lots of food will be available, too. The boosters will be selling hot dogs, pizza and Chick-fil-A sandwiches. Rita's Italian Ice will be there, along with a vendor selling specialty cupcakes.

"People can shop and have some lunch," Gaskin said.

The fair will also have entertainment. At 11:30 a.m., the Merritt Athletic Club Dance Academy and, at 2 p.m., the Freedom Area Recreation Council Stepping Stars Dance Program will perform.

This event is handicapped-accessible, but no strollers or motorized scooters are permitted. Wheelchairs are allowed.

For more information, contact Gaskin at or 443-789-4147.

Liberty High School is at 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg.

March for Parks

The Freedom Area Recreation Council will have a March for Parks event in conjunction with the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks. On Sunday, they'll be hosting running events to raise money for a new trail in the Sykesville/Eldersburg area.

You must preregister by midnight tonight. You can register at

At 8 a.m., the 5-kilometer run will start. Registration and packet pickup are from 7 to 7:45 a.m. The cost is $20 to participants and will include a T-shirt.

At 9 a.m., the 1.5-mile family fun run will begin. Registration for that is from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. The cost is $10 to participants, but children younger than 5 may run for free.

The run is at Freedom Park Pavilion No. 2 at 100 Raincliffe Road, Sykesville.

If you have questions, call 410-549-6296 or email


'A Dangerous Ride'

The Sykesville Gate House Museum of History invites you to attend "A Dangerous Ride," a presentation about railroad disasters and safety improvements, focusing mostly on the 19th century.

This free program will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Sykesville Town House, 7547 Main St., Sykesville.

"A Dangerous Ride" is the title of an eight-part article on railroad safety originally written for the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore. The author, August Hutchinson, is a history major at Middlebury College who has also studied history at Johns Hopkins University.

Hutchinson has done primary and secondary source research, and written exhibit material and articles. He has also given tours for the B&O Railroad Museum.

Come and learn how the railroads experienced accidents ranging from collisions to steam engine explosions. You'll also learn about the safety advancements made to lessen the dangers of these hazards.

Seating is limited for this program, so registration is highly recommended.

Call the museum at 410-549-5150 or email Dr. Mark Fraser, museum curator, at to register.