Leave work early Friday, grab the kids and head for the park: Piney Run is mapping out summer activities for all.

You will find three pontoon cruises.

At 2 p.m., you can hear nature stories while gliding across the lake. Afternoon Delight follows at 3:30 p.m. or join the Turtle Trek at 5 p.m. Cruises cost $1 for adults and 50 cents for children. Information: 795-3274.

After all that cruising, gather around the familycampfire near the amphitheater at 7 p.m. The evening includes stories, songs and nature lore followed by a marshmallow roast.

The costis $1 for members and $1.50 for non-members. Registration is required for this one. Information: 795-6043.

If you want to escape from the children, come to Fiesta in the park at 6:30 p.m. Board the pontoon for a gentle sail, then hike to the Nature Center for South of theBorder snacks and music.

The park is at 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg.


You can find great flea markets, whether you drive north orsouth Saturday.

London Fog has its second Fog Fest all day on Londontown Boulevard, Eldersburg. Proceeds benefit the Therapeutic Recreation Council. Information: 795-5900.

North Carroll Senior Center sponsors a daylong flea market, too, on Hanover Pike in Green mount. Information: 239-6400.


Speaking of markets, the farmers are back in town.

The Carroll County Farmers Market opens for its 20th season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 7.

Join the opening celebration, which includes entertainment and demonstrations. Saturday's demonstrators display violets and topiary and teach you tomake corn meal.

Breakfast and lunch are available at the Agriculture Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster. Information: 848-7748.


Give dear old dad a belated Father's Day Gift: take him fishing on Piney Run Lake at 9 a.m. Saturday. Bring your poles and tackle the fish at the best spots on the lake.

If you are over 16 years, you need a fishing license. Cost is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children andseniors. Information: 795-3274.


Fresh strawberries will soonbe a summer memory. Taste and enjoy them at two festivals Saturday.

St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran serves berries, hears The Misfits and sponsors a raffle and yard sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The

church is on Route 97 and Mayberry Road, Silver Run. Information: 857-5433.

Or, try some berries and cream from 2 to 8 p.m. at Linwood Brethren Church, 575 McKinstry's Mill Road.

You will find food platters, rides, games, crafts, a cake walk and music by the Gospel Travelers Quartet and Alesia Band. Information: 775-2200.


Have a taste for Africa?

The New Windsor Service Center marks the beginning of International Fare with Kenya Day Saturday.

You will find handcrafted items and dine on African cuisine from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $8 per person for lunch, $5 for children 6 and under. You could win at the hourly drawings, too. The center is on Route 31. Information: 635-8711.


Put on your dancing shoes and step out.

The Four County Squares have a Father's Day Dance at 8 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $5 per couple or $2.50 for singles.

Hear those calls at South CarrollHigh School, Winfield. Information: 239-7559.

Or, join the Francis Scott Key Alumni Association in its annual banquet and dance. The event is $15 per person for dinner/dance or $9 for dinner only and $8 for dance only. Reservations are a must.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music plays from 9 p.m. to 1 Pleasant Valley Fire Hall, 2030 Pleasant Valley Road. Information: 756-2464, 635-2583 or 775-2882.


If you would rather watch the dancing, Dancing Made Easy andthe Performing Arts Learning Center present a concert to benefit theCarroll County Children's Fund. The performance includes ballet, tap, jazz dancing and more. Cost is $3.

Curtain rises at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Francis Scott Key High School, Bark Hill Road, Uniontown. Information: 857-4368.


If you are wondering where's the beef, come to the Maryland BEEFestival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The festival features a cook-off contest, demonstrations, exhibits, entertainment and more at the Carroll County Farm Museum,500 S. Center St., Westminster. Information: 876-2667.


Driveyour rod over to Winfield Fire Company Grounds, Route 26 from 9 dark Sunday.

Liberty Street Rods present the annual Rod Run. Pre-1960 rods and customs are invited. Spectators will find drawings, door prizes, trophies and games for all ages.

Food and drinks available all day. Fee is $2 for spectators and drivers have a $5 registration fee. Information: 781-6428.


The Alamedian Light Opera company performs Golden Days Gala Concert V at 2 p.m. Sunday. You can hear soloists and groups sing show tunes. The good old songs are sponsored by the SandyVillagers Senior Club.

Tickets are $5 and proceeds benefit Carroll Hospice. The curtain rises at Liberty High School,Bartholow Road, Eldersburg. Information: 876-8044.


The firstoutdoor concert in Manchester's summer series begins at 6 p.m. Sunday at the carnival grounds.

This concert features the Windy Ridge group from Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County. The group plays bluegrassand old-time country music.

Information: 239-3200.


And for those who were at Saturday's softball match between the nurses and doctors at Carroll County General Hospital, a rematch is planned for next year.

Saturday's game ended in a 13-13 tie at the employee picnic Taneytown.

"We opted not to continue because it was really hot," said Mary Madrinan, a nurse practitioner. "Things were getting kind of ugly. We have a rematch for next year."

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