Tired of waiting for spring?

Don't wait any longer. Bring the family out for a Sunday drive to Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center from 1 to 5 p.m. for the annual Maple Sugaring Festival celebrating the American tradition of collecting maple sap and making it into delicious syrup.


The festival features syrup-making demonstrations, taste testing,films, crafts, foods and wagon rides to Hashawha's pioneer log cabin, courtesy of the Maryland Horse and Mule Team Association.

Admission is free. Hashawha is at 300 John Owings Road, Westminster. Information: 848-9040.



The play's the thing with two performances to please a variety of audiences this weekend.

Western Maryland College offers "Godspell," a musical adaptation of the Gospel of St. Matthew, at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday and March 7-9 in Alumni Hall, Westminster.

Tickets are $5 per person. Information: 857-2599.

The Carroll Players also offer their Spring Dinner Theatre with a presentation of "No Sex Please, We're British" on Friday and Saturday, then March 7-9 and 14-16 at Frock's Sunnybrook Farm on Bond Street, Westminster.

The doors open at 5:45 p.m. with showtime at 8 p.m. Ticketsare $16 per person, except on March 7 and 14 when they are $15. Information: 876-2220.


If music's your thing, The Madisonians, the show choir from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., will present a concert of popular music, enhanced with dancing, lighting andcostumes, at 8 p.m. Saturday at North Carroll High School, 3801 Hampstead-Mexico Road, Hampstead.


Tickets are $5, available at the door. Information: 239-3500.

Or try the free Carole Frizzell and David Ricketts joint solo and guitar recital at 3 p.m. Sunday at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. Information: 876-9620.


If you're up to dancing all night, try the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary's Top 40s dance with the Black &Blues; Band, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at the fire hall on Main Street.

The $7 admission includes set-ups. Information: 374-1301.

Closer to Union Bridge? That town's fire company also is having a dancefeaturing the country sound of Branded, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday atthe fire hall on Locust Street.


Tickets are $8 per person, with beer and set-ups included. Information: 775-7720.


Lots of good country food abounds at a variety of dinners around the county this weekend.

The fourth annual Fellowship of Christian Farmers Outreach Luncheon will feature a speaker and music beginning at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Friendly Farms Restaurant, Route 140, Westminster.

Ticketsare $6.75 per person and reservations are requested. Information: 239-8480.

Chicken, ham and oysters are the featured entrees at GraceUnited Church of Christ Church's dinner at 1:30 p.m. at the Taneytown Fireman's Activity Building, Route 140.


Don't forget to check out the bake table and fellowship. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 forchildren age 5 to 12; carry-outs available for $8.50. Information: 756-2302.

The South Carroll Republican Club honors former gubernatorial candidates William and Lois Shepard at its fourth annual dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sykesville-Freedom Fire Hall.

Reservations are required; information: 795-0341.

The Mount Airy Full GospelBusiness Men meet for their monthly dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mount Airy Elementary, North Main Street.

The drama group from LocustGrove Church of the Brethren will present a program following dinner. Tickets are $6.50 and reservations are requested.

Information: 795-3298.



Humans are invited to bring their best friends to the Carroll Kennel Club's annual obedience match and all-breed match Saturday and Sunday at the Ag Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster.

Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and noon for the obedience match Saturday; and7 a.m. for showmanship, 7:30 a.m. for working and sporting groups and noon for all others Sunday for the all-breed match. Cost is $4 per dog.

There also will be a Tattoo Clinic Sunday only; cost is $12 and appointment is preferred. Information: 876-3219 or 239-6967.