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How to celebrate Mother's Day weekend in Carroll County

From festivals to special meals, there are various offerings this Mother’s Day weekend in Carroll County for those looking to make the holiday memorable for mom.

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Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival

This Saturday, Westminster will hold its 27th annual Flower and Jazz Festival. Anyone interested can start the day off with a 5K run or walk before the festival, and work up an appetite for the multiple food vendors at the events. You can also enjoy live music, dancing and, of course, the flowers.

When: Saturday, May 11, 5K at 9 a.m.; festival starting at 10 a.m.

Where: 5K at the former Wakefield Valley Golf Course, 1000 Fenby Farm Road; festival at Main Street

Cost: 5K: $35; festival: free

Shiloh Pottery Mothers’ Day Weekend Studio Show and Sale

Take your mother and spend the day at the farm to watch raku and wheel-throwing demonstrations. There will also be farm animals to view. Refreshments and recipes will be available.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 11-12

Where: Shiloh Pottery, 1027 Brodbeck Road, Hampstead

Cost: Entry is free.

More information: Call 410-654-4645 or visit www.shilohpottery.com.

Annual Pre-Mother's Day Jazz Brunch

Mother’s Day doesn’t need to cover just the day itself. If you want to get a head-start on the holiday, or if some jazz is just what mom needs, this event — featuring Bradley Collins & Friends — is for you.

When: Sat., May 11, 10 a.m.

Where: Sykesville American Legion, 7327 Slacks Road

Cost: $32

More information: email whiterockimechurch@gmail.com or contact Gary: 410-627-0312; Bill: 410-596-0289; leave a message at 410-795-1110.

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Secret Garden Caribbean Wine, Music & Arts Festival

For the fan of reggae, R&B and Caribbean music, this festival offers an opportunity for a vibrant day out, complete with food and craft vendors, and Maryland wineries Basignani Winery and DeJon Vineyard.

When: Sun., May 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St.

Cost: Advance tickets are $25.

More information: Call 800-654-4645.

Reisterstown Bloomin’ ArtFest

Reisterstown will celebrate its 13th annual Bloomin’ ArtFest this Saturday — providing a chance to either make or buy a last-minute Mother’s Day gift. The festival features juried art, crafts, live music, food vendors, a children’s play area, garden plants and decor. Attendees will also get the chance to meet authors and gardeners.

When: 10 a.m., Saturday, May 11

Where: Franklin Middle School, 120 Main St., Reisterstown

Cost: Free

More information: www.bloominartfest.com

Dining specials

There are also dining specials at local establishments to show your mom your appreciation for all she’s done.

Johanssons Dining House in Westminster will serve a brunch buffet that includes a carving station, a seafood station, salads, made-to-order omelettes, bacon, sausage, pastries and more. For Mother’s Day, the brunch will cost $31.99. Reservations are required. Brunch is served Sunday between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 4 West Main St., Westminster, MD 21157. 410-876-0101. johanssonsdininghouse.com

Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville will serve a brunch buffet Sunday to celebrate the holiday. The buffet will feature scrambled eggs, an omelette station, seafood pasta, buttermilk pancakes, maple glazed ham and more. The brunch costs $28.95 for adults, $13.95 for children ages 6 through 12. Children 5 and younger eat for free. Reservations are required. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7618 Main Street, Sykesville. 410-795-1041. Baldwinsstation.com

The Mount Airy Tavern will serve two separate buffets on Mother’s Day. The brunch buffet will have Maryland crab soup, scrambled eggs, frittatas, hash browns, crab cakes, steamed shrimp, bread pudding and more. The dinner buffet has have some of the same foods but also has baked salmon, shrimp and crab Chesapeake pasta, lemon dill rock fish, and more. The brunch will cost $25.50 per adult and $12.50 for kids ages 6 through 12. The dinner will cost $32.50 per adult and $14.50 for kids ages 6 through 12. Both meals are free for kids 5 and younger. The brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the dinner will be served from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 1001 Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy. 301-829-3212. Themtairytavern.com

Antrim 1844 will host a Mother’s Day brunch buffet, which will include a wide array of desserts, hot and cold dishes, soups and salads, as well as an omelette station. The buffet costs $65 per adult and $25 for children between the ages of 4 and 12. There will be a children’s buffet, and those younger than 4 eat free. Brunch will be served between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 30 Trevanion Road, Taneytown. 410-756-6812. antrim1844.com

Rafael’s will have dinner specials for Mother’s Day that include wedge salad, cornflake soft shell sandwich, lobster mac and cheese, rockfish St. Michael and queen’s combo, a four-ounce grilled fillet with a six-ounce crab cake. 32 W. Main St., Westminster. 410-840-1919. rafaelsrestaurant.com

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