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Central Carroll: Daddy Daughter Dance in Westminster; Memorial Day service; strawberries galore

Dads Works will hold its eighth annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, June 1. A limbo game is pictured at last year's event.

Dads Works will hold its eighth annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, June 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at VFW Post 467 in Westminster. The theme is, “Dad, We Love You to the Moon and Back.”

The ticket cost for Dad is $40, but all daughters attend free. It also includes a free professional photo for Dad and his daughter(s).


According to David Berry, executive director of Dads Works, there will be plenty to eat, including pizza, chicken nuggets, fruit, chips, cupcakes and beverages. And those who attend could win one of many prizes to be drawn throughout the night. They will include gift cards to restaurants and more. Even if Dad or his daughters don’t win, the girls will all go home with a gift bag.

Berry said, “Gift bags will include a necklace, a chocolate covered pretzel, a MoonPie and candy.” Who doesn’t like sweets, jewelry and candy?


DJ Ken Fringer will keep the music pumping, so dads and their daughters will be able to enjoy plenty of time on the dance floor.

If they are so inclined, they can also join in the raffle. Look for themed basket prizes, including a movie basket, a game basket, a dressup basket, a basket for teens and even one for Dad.

“And there will be a silent auction for a handmade quilt,” Berry said.

Advance registration is required, so register now by visiting Dads Works online at or calling them at 443-356-4669. No walk-ins will be accepted at the door.

“I was recently at a meeting with about 30 women,” Berry said. “I asked how many of them ever went to a daddy-daughter dance. Sadly, only three women [had] experienced a dad and daughter dance. I know the daughters love this event, and I believe the dads love it just as much.”

For more information, contact Diane Berry at 443-536-4669 or David Berry at

All proceeds benefit Dads Works, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission of helping families by serving fathers.

The VFW is located at 519 Poole Road in Westminster.


Memorial Day service

The last Monday of May is Memorial Day — a day when we honor those among us who have died while serving in our country’s armed forces. A special speaker will join in the Memorial Day celebration at Molleville Farm VFW Post 467 in Westminster at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 27. A 94-year-old Army veteran, Leonard Kirk of Eldersburg, will recall his time in the service and the eight months he spent as a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II.

Kirk was drafted in the Army in January 1943. He was sent to serve as an Army medic with the 45th Infantry Division in the 157th Field Artillery Regiment in southern France, but was captured on Sept 2, 1944, three months after the invasion of Normandy. German soldiers immediately took Kirk's medic bag. For two days they marched — he and other prisoners — to a town where interrogations were conducted and POW numbers were assigned so the Red Cross could notify their families of their capture.

During his eight months of imprisonment, Kirk was moved to four different camps. He and others were liberated on April 29, 1945, when General George Patton's armored division overran the German prison camp where he was being held. Kirk received an honorable discharge on Dec. 28, 1945.

Hear more about Kirk, and honor him and other veterans on Memorial Day by attending this special ceremony under the outside pavilion at 1 p.m. on Monday. No advance registration is required.

The VFW is located at 519 Poole Road in Westminster. For more information, call them at 410-848-9888.

Strawberries galore

Strawberries mean summer is almost here!


At the St. Mary’s Evangelical Lutheran Church annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 1, you can purchase strawberries by the quart, or as a dessert with ice cream.

The festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, at 3978 Littlestown Pike in Silver Run. While there, you can do a little shopping. Look for yard sale items and baked goods, and plan on eating lunch there as well.

Outreach committee chairman Jim Crist said the church has a craft group that meets weekly throughout the year to create handmade items, which will be offered for sale at the Strawberry Festival.

“Some items the crafters will have are pillows, all-cotton soup bowl cozies, hanging tea towels, and all-cotton potato zap bags,” Crist said.

The lunch menu includes chicken corn soup, fried chicken from Kennie’s in Littlestown, hamburgers and hotdogs. And you can purchase side dishes to accompany your meat, including green beans, potato salad and applesauce. Drinks offered are coffee, sweet tea, lemonade, sodas and water.

Those who attend are encouraged to bring canned and nonperishable food items to donate to the Silver Run Community Food Pantry. They can also purchase a 50/50 raffle ticket and maybe win some cash to take home.


Proceeds of this event will benefit Carroll County Rape Crisis and The Shepherd's Staff, and 10% will also go to the Delaware/ Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Crist encourages everyone to check out their strawberry festival.

“We have good food and lots of useful items for purchase,” he said.

For more information, call the church at 410-346-7146.

And here’s another opportunity to visit a strawberry festival in your neighborhood: Zion United Methodist Church will hold its 13th annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 1, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Zion United Methodist Men and Women, the festival features entertainment by the Iron Ridge Blue Grass Band, good food for sale and lots of strawberries!


Church member Dolores Bankert said lots of food will be available for purchase, including fried chicken platters, crab cake platters, sandwiches and Baugher's strawberries with Hoffman's ice cream.

Zion Methodist Church is at 2716 Old Washington Road in Shipley, just south of Westminster off Md. 97 at Nicodemus Road.

For more information call 410-259-5143 or 410-857-4444.

The Chesapeake Antique Fire Apparatus Association will hold its annual Maryland Spring Muster on Saturday, June 1. Last year's event is pictured.

Spring Muster

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The Chesapeake Antique Fire Apparatus Association, or CAFAA, will hold its annual Maryland Spring Muster on Saturday, June 1, in a brand-new location, the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company.

The 2019 muster is a special one, as it is the 50th anniversary of the CAFAA musters. The CAFFA encourages all apparatus owners to attend. Each registrant receives a participation plaque.

The CAFAA began with its first muster in College Park, in May 1970. The Westminster fire company attended this muster and every year after until last year. The muster moved around the state in following years, settling at the Carroll County Farm Museum in 2002. It has been there ever since, but member Bob Alexander said the price hike this year prompted them to move — and the Pleasant Valley fire company offered the perfect spot.


The opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., followed by a water display at the fire company pond at 10:30 a.m. What a great way to introduce the families to antique fire equipment and to see how it works as well.

While you are there, shop a flea market of fire service items. You never know what you might find. Judging of equipment is at noon, with trophies presented at 2:15 p.m.

The Pleasant Valley fire company auxiliary will have breakfast and lunch food available for purchase.

For more information, to register a vehicle or to reserve a flea market space, call 240-793-4833 or 443-583-7835, or email or