Imagine wandering the frontier, horses to your left, horses to your right, covered wagons ahead and behind.
Now imagine it in the 1990s.
Carolyn Stoner and Kathie Warner, sisters from Keymar, participate in wagon trains about eight times a year.
Mrs. Stoner acquired her first horse 19 years ago. She has been taking part in wagon trains for the past 10 years. Mrs. Warner got involved eight years ago.
Both credit their father, 82-year-old Glenn Stambaugh, as "the one who really got us started."
Mrs. Stoner describes driving a wagon train over dirt roads and trails as "definitely roughing it," but she loves it just the same.
Mrs. Warner agrees, saying, "It's strictly for fun."
They consider it a good release from working at the Hair Barn, their beauty shop in Taneytown.
During a typical trip, eight to 25 covered wagons will travel about 15 miles round trip and return to camp the same day. On longer "drives," lasting from two days to a week, participants live out of their wagons, or use tents or trailers.
Mrs. Stoner and Mrs. Warner sleep in their horse trailer. The next morning, their equipment is sent to the next camp to prepare for that evening's activities.
The participants are then shuttled back to the previous camp by truck to collect their horses and covered wagons and proceed to the next campsite.
Some people prefer to drive mules instead of horses.
On Saturday, the sisters and their husbands, Kendall Stoner and Donnie Warner, will participate in an old-fashioned wagon train wedding in Westminster. About 20 wagons, protected by outriders, will travel Kreider's Church Road to Pennsylvania Avenue, up Main Street to Center Street and on to the Farm Museum pond.
There, Terri Gibson and Rex Pennick, who met on a wagon train, will lay a wreath of flowers and marry.
Some 150 people are expected for the wedding party alone. Additional guests will arrive via special ride wagons.
Everyone is expected to arrive in western garb.
The bride will wear a white western-style dress with black trim. The groom will wear a blue western jacket and gray pants.
The bride's son, Jason, 10, will give her away about 11:30 a.m.
Union Bridge firefighters are having a country dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. The band Steel Rose will perform.
Pretzels, chips, soda, ice and beer will be served. You must be 21 or older to attend.
Tickets are $8 and will be available at the door.
Proceeds will benefit the Union Bridge Fire Company's softball team. The money will be used to cover the team's league fee, and pay for new uniforms, balls and other equipment.
May Day is coming to the New Windsor Carnival Grounds on Saturday.
A breakfast of pancakes, sausage, pudding, hominy, gravy, juice and coffee will be served by the New Winsor Lions from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Firemen's Building.
At 10:30 a.m., the ladies of the Sulphur Springs Lions Club will sponsor lunch in the same building. The menu includes sandwiches, soups, pies and soft drinks.
A major event of the day will be an antique car show. Nine classes of antique cars dating as far back as 1901 will be judged beginning at 1 p.m.
The classes are: 1901-1928, 1929-1939, Model-A Fords, 1940-1950, 1951-1957, 1958-1968, 1965-1966 Mustangs only, 1955-1956/57 Chevrolets only, and a truck class.
First-, second- and third-place trophies in each of nine classes will be awarded.
Owners of the first 125 cars registered will receive a plaque to show they participated in the competition. Door prizes also will be awarded.
A craft and flea market is scheduled, too. Homemade crafts, antiques and other items are expected.
The Economics Club of New Windsor Middle School will sell a variety of specialty items made by students during the school year. Some of the items include jointed, decorated bears; decorated straw hats; and decorated barrettes.
Food stands for the craft and flea market include fried chicken, iced tea, french fries, lemonade and baked goods from two local churches, St. James United Methodist and Greenwood Church. The St. James Lutheran Church Youth Group will sell homemade candy.
Tables measuring 10 feet by 30 feet will be available up to the NTC day of the event. Vendors will set up at 6 a.m. The market will open at 8 a.m.
New Windsor May Day is sponsored by the ladies of the Sulphur Springs Lions Club. Parking and admission are free.
Eighteen members of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in New Windsor will model fashions by Leggett on Wednesday in the church's fellowship hall.
Homemade cookies, cookie bars and punch will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The fashion show will begin at 7:15 p.m., followed by a drawing of 20 donated door prizes.
Admission is $5, which includes dessert and a ticket for the drawing.