Nobody has to man the kitchen stove this weekend.

Several churches and organizations will do all the work for you.

Forget about frying the bacon, basting the turkey or baking the cake. You can even enjoy the Chesapeake's oysters without doing any shucking.

The dining out options abound from Friday to Sunday supper.


Stop by your favorite eatery on the way home from work Friday, pack a basketful of goodies and board Piney Run Lake's pontoon for a picnic cruise.

Cost is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children. The ship sails at 6 p.m. at 30 Martz Road, Eldersburg. Information:795-3274.

Sailing is not for you? The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce has its golf tournament awards dinner. Former Baltimore Colt Art Donovan is guest speaker. Cost is $25 per person and reservations

are requested.

Cocktail hour begins at 6, followed by dinner at the new Wakefield Valley Golf Club, Fenby Farm Road, Westminster.

Information: 848-9050.


More and more options abound Saturday.

Rise and shine and head for New Windsor, where St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Main Street serves an all-you-can-eat breakfastfrom 6 to 11:30.

Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children. The menu includes pudding, hominy, pancakes and sausage. Information: 635-2442.

You will find a family-style oyster and turkey supper from 2to 6 that afternoon at Hampstead Fire Hall.

Cost is $8 for adultsand $4 for children 6 to 12. Carryout is available for $8.50. The Ladies Auxiliary has a bake sale, too.

More oysters? Zion United Methodist serves them, as well as ham and turkey, at its own family-style supper from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children, age 6 to 11. Baked goods are on sale, too, at Old WashingtonRoad, Westminster.

Information: 848-9080.

Prefer pasta? Oakland United Methodist Church tosses a spaghetti supper from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Church Hall at 5971 Mineral Hill Road, Eldersburg.

Cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. Bake table here, too.

Chicken or ham more tempting to your taste buds?

Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ serves all-you-can-eat of both entrees from 2 to 6 p.m.

Carry-outs and a baked table, will be at 2940 Old Taneytown Road, Taneytown, too.

Information: 857-0416.

Have a taste for foreign fare?

The New Windsor Service Center serves a Peruvian-cuisinebuffet from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $8 per person.

The International Gift Shop offers 25 percent off all wool products, except rugs all day, too.

Information: 635-8711.

Or, combine entertainment and dining. The American Legion Gold Star Post 191 has an oyster and bull roast with pit beef and raw, steamed or fried oysters Saturday. After filling your plates, you can dance to music by Don Barnes and Debbie Williams.

Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Food willbe served from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by dancing until 12:30 a.m., at 801 Prospect Road, Mount Airy.

Information: 829-9161.


Don't feel neglected gastronomically Sunday either.

Manchester Fire Department has an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon at the Activities Building on Main Street.

Cost is $.50 for adultsand $2 for children.

Gamber Fire Hall on Niner Road plans an oyster, turkey and ham supper, starting at noon. Cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children.


In between sampling all that food, you canshop for bargains at the annual flea market and auction to benefit the United Way. Children can enjoy pony rides and face painting. Lunchis available.

The market opens at 8 a.m., with the auction set for noon at Grempler Realty, 2333 Baltimore Blvd., Finksburg.

Information: 876-1010.


See the Carroll Players' presentation of "Night Watch." The dinner theater opens Friday and Saturday at Frock's, Bond Street, Westminster.

Tickets are $16 per person for dinner and show. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Saturday's performance benefits the Literacy Council of Carroll County. Sunday matinee starts at 1 p.m. and you get a $1 off the ticket price.

Information: 876-2220.


Dance your cares and calories away while Big Cam & the Lifters play golden oldies from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at Winfield Fire Hall,1320 W. Old Liberty Road.

Cost is $10 per person and includes beer and setups.

Information: 857-1128.


Sit back and enjoy a Hymn Festival at 7 p.m. Sunday. The Shepherd's Staff, a cooperative ministry of Westminster-area churches, presents a choir representing seven denominations.

Your free-will offering benefits the ministry's projects. The music will fill Big Baker Chapel at Western Maryland College in Westminster. Information: 857-5944.

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