Put on your foot-stomping shoes and start moving to good old American tunes.

Saturday night is for stepping out and dancing the week's cares away.

Country comes to the county from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday night at two different locations. Take your choice.

Union Bridge Fire Company hears music by Branded. Cost is $8 per person. Admission includes beer and setups and reservations are requested. The fire hall is on Locust Street.

Information: 775-2515.

Stillwater Band plays at Gamber and Community Fire Department's dance. Tickets are $8 here, too.

The sounds will be coming from the fire hall at Route 32 and Niner Road, Finksburg.

Information: 833-4810.

Country "purists", don't despair. Join the Four County Squares for a Celebrate America square dance at 8 p.m. Saturday. Bob Harrison makes the calls atSouth Carroll High School on Liberty Road, Winfield.

Cost is $5 per couple or $2.50 for singles.

Information: 239-7559.


Like the music, but not the foot action? Those who just want to listen can stop in at Winfield Community Fire Department's 27th annual carnival.

Set up your lawn chairs and enjoy Cross Country sounds at 10 p.m. Friday and Dixie Hiway highlights at Saturday night's festivities.

Forget about cooking, too. Platters will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. every night of the carnival in an air conditioned hall.

Bring the family, play bingo, and take in the rides on the carnival groundsat 1320 W. Old Liberty Road.

Information: 795-1333.


Want to start on the weekend a little early?

Try a little Afternoon Delight aboard Piney Run Lake's pontoon. Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the lake. Boat departs at 2:30 p.m.

Or, how about a fantasy sail at 4 p.m.? Dress like your favorite Peter Pan character and fly over the lake on the "Jolly Roger," with Captain Hook as your guide.

Cost is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children and seniorsfor either cruise.

The park is at 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg.

Information: 795-3274.


Friday is Therapeutic Recreation Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

The museum, at 500 S. Center St., Westminster, will feature special events for disabled people, including entertainment, guided farmhouse tours, demonstrations and great food.

You also can see a Challenged Artist Show at 2 p.m.

Information: 848-7775.


Also on Friday, threecounty women have put together a classical music concert for the benefit of Paul "P. W." Curfman, a 6-year-old who is suffering from liver problems.

Hear the sounds of Brahms, Bach and Beethoven and other

masters performed by Peg McCormick, Nancy Zabel and Dolores Keplinger. The audience will be asked for a free will offering.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension, Court Street, Westminster.

Information: 876-2367.


Acquire some conventional wisdom and lots of laughs as Theatre on the Hill presents "Nunsense" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Cost is $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for senior citizens and $8.50 for children for the musical comedy featuring the antics of several sisters.

Curtain rises in Alumni Hall, Western Maryland College, Westminster.

Information: 857-2448.


How about some cooking lessons? See the American Heart Association's demonstration of heart healthy cuisine Saturday at the Carroll County Farmers Market, now open for its 20th season.

The market, serving breakfast and lunch, is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 7 at the Agriculture Center, Smith Avenue, Westminster.

Information: 848-7748.


If you miss shopping for fresh foods Saturday, you have another chance Sunday at the South Carroll Farmer's Market.

Located on the Hemlock Road, Eldersburg, the markethas its grand opening at noon Sunday. The County Commissioners plan to attend. Molly Moo comes, too, to entertain the children.

Information: 374-2928.

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