Activities abound in Westminster/Finksburg area

A pig raises its snout to greet a visitor at the petting zoo at Baugher's Orchard and Farm, in Westminster, July 16.
A pig raises its snout to greet a visitor at the petting zoo at Baugher's Orchard and Farm, in Westminster, July 16. (Natalie Eastwood / HANDOUT)

Carroll Arts Center's free movies

The Carroll Arts Center, at 91 West Main St. in Westminster, provides free, family-friendly movies every Tuesday during the summer until Aug. 11.


The rest of the summer's free movies include "The Boxtrolls" on July 28, "Paddington" on Aug. 4 and "Into the Woods" on Aug. 11. All of the movies are rated either G or PG and start at 7 p.m.

Once a month all year long, the group Film Lovers, in Carroll County, presents movies for older audiences, including foreign films, documentaries and dramas.


Each movie costs $6 for adults and $5 for Carroll Arts Center members, people 18 and younger, and seniors older than 60. The next movie will be "Wild," with showings at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21.

For both the family and adult movies, a concession stand is available in the main lobby of the Carroll Arts Center with food ranging in price from $1 to $6.

Outside drink and food is not permitted in the theater.

For more information, call 410-848-7272 or visit the Carroll Count Arts website at carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

Baugher's Orchards and Farms

With both sweet fruit and furry animals, Baugher's Orchards and Farms has plenty to offer. People can pick their own fruit at Baugher's Orchards, at 1015 Baugher Road in Westminster, and feed and pet the animals at the farm's free petting zoo, which is located just past the parking lot on the right side of the road.

The orchards are open for people to pick their own fruit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Aug. 31. In September and October, people can pick their own fruit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For fruit that people pick themselves, price is determined by the pound. The prices vary depending on the fruit and the crop yield for the year, but is usually between $1 and $2 per pound.

Baugher's also sells produce — from watermelon to corn — that cannot be hand-picked by the public. Peaches and plums are available through late September and starting in mid July nectarines will be available into early September.

Strawberries — no longer in season — and apples and pumpkins — set to ripen in the late summer and into the fall — can also be hand-picked at Baugher's.

For all fruits but cherries, picking is only available Friday, Saturday and Sunday and only Saturday and Sunday once public schools start. People will need a wagon ride, which costs $1, to get to all of the orchards except for the cherry orchards, which is accessible by car.

The Baugher's petting zoo is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until late October. Baugher's borrows the animals, which range from peacocks to pigs, from area farms for the petting zoo season.


People who want to pet and feed the animals can buy grain at the feed dispensers at the zoo.

For more information, contact Baugher's at 410-848-5541 or visit www.baughers.com. Call ahead to see what will be available for picking as the fruit ripens at different times each year.

Christmas in July

The City of Westminster Parks and Recreation Department is celebrating Recreation Month by hosting a different event each day. Recreation Month is a national event sponsored by the National Recreation and Park Association to celebrate parks and recreation in cities and towns across the country. Christmas in July is one of the main events of Westminster's Recreation Month.

From 3 to 11 p.m. July 25, an ice sculpture, Santa Clause, horse-drawn carriage rides and downtown store deals will all be a part of this summer's Christmas celebration.

The event will start in front of the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library with the library's program "Put me in summer and I'll be …," inspired by the movie "Frozen."

Children will be able to experiment with the melting rate of ice by spraying an ice sculpture of the character Olaf with different mixtures of sugar, salt and plain water.

Then, at 9 p.m., "Frozen" will be shown on Locust Lane, where the cement stage is located.

Children will also be able to visit Santa Clause in his shed at the library from 3 to 5 p.m. The first 25 children to visit Santa will get a stocking filled with prizes.

Free 20-minute horse-drawn carriage rides around Westminster will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m.

Also during this time, stores in downtown Westminster that are marked with red and green balloons will offer special deals for patrons.

On Locust Lane, in the same spot as the "Frozen" showing, there will be an ugly Christmas sweater, T-shirt and vest contest that is free to enter and includes a prize for the winner. It starts at 8:30 p.m. and is hosted by the radio station WTTR AM 1470.

For more information, contact the City of Westminster Recreation and Parks Department at 410-848-6962.

Vegan cooking class

No meat, no dairy, no cheese, no problem for certified health coach Abigail DiSalvo, who will be teaching a vegan cooking class at 1 p.m. July 26 at Fairy Fresh Farm at 3301 Black Steer Drive in Finksburg.

People can register for the class for $25 until July 25 by calling 410-775-8237.

The food will be provided for the students, who will learn to make kale salad, as well as a basil, mint, parsley pesto sauce on top of zucchini pasta.

"I know there are a lot of people who are curious and they're intimidated by [the vegan lifestyle]" DiSalvo said, explaining that her class is not just for vegans but anyone who wants to eat healthier.

The class teaches people how to live vegan and vegetarian lifestyles because oftentimes, such dietary restrictions can lead to a lack of proper nutrients in meals, said Kim Leinberger, a partner of Fairy Fresh Farm.

For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Kim Leinberger at 410-775-8237.

Local farmers markets

The Carroll County Farmers Market, the Downtown Westminster Farmers Market and the Carroll Hospital Center Farmers Market are all open for business.

The Carroll County Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday until Sept. 5. The market is held in the Agriculture Center off of Gist Road in Westminster.

The market sells products from area farmers, including produce, cheese, meat, eggs, pickles, jams, flowers and plants. There are also craft vendors who sell crotchet, pottery, and handmade wood and leather products, said Anita Bullock, assistant manager for the Carroll County Farmers Market.

For more information contact Anita Bullock at 410-848-7748

The Downtown Westminster Farmers Market, located on the Conaway parking lot off of Md. 27 and Railroad Avenue, is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday until November 21.

From organic produce to meat, baked goods, guacamole and skin care products, the Westminster market also provides live music that starts at 10 a.m. every Saturday.

"I would [say] this is our best year yet. We have the most diverse products we've had yet," said Missie Wilcox, coordinator of the farmers market and marketing consultant for Westminster.


There is also a children's tent where children can draw with chalk, hula-hoop and make crafts for free, Wilcox said. Also, every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m., the Family Fitness Center in Westminster hosts a fitness class that features non-equipment based exercises like Zumba or yoga. Every second Saturday of the month features a cooking demonstration taught by varying instructors at 10 a.m., Wilcox said.


For more information, contact Wilcox at 410-456-0397.

The Carroll Hospital Farmers Market, on the third level of the parking garage off of Center Street, in Westminster, is held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. until Sept. 24.

Organic produce, eggs, cheese, wine, flour and baked goods are all provided by Carroll County farmers.

"I took it from the sustainable aspect," said Colleen Duerr, one of the organizers of the market.

When food has to be transported, excess emissions are released into the atmosphere, which is not good for the environment, Duerr said. For this reason she said she makes sure all of her vendors are Carroll County-based.

For more information, call 410-871-7073.

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