Farm museum offers a day of holiday activities


The Carroll County Farm Museum will celebrate America's independence with its annual old-fashioned activity day starting at noon Sunday on the grounds at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster.

A variety of old and new events has been put together by the museum, WTTR-AM radio and the Westminster Jaycees.

"We consider this a community affair-type picnic," said Dottie Freeman, administrative marketing specialist for the museum. "Basically, we're offering all the food, entertainment, parking and all the things you need for a July 4 picnic."

One of the new events is a volleyball marathon from noon to 6 p.m. in two divisions, co-ed recreation and co-ed power. Preregistration is required, and Ms. Freeman said there is still time to sign up by calling her at 848-7775.

The recreation division is for people who want to play mostly for fun; the power teams will play to win. The divisions will not play against each other, Ms. Freeman said.

"Volleyball is in right now, and actually it's an old sport dating from the late 1800s," she said. "We hope to have four courts set up for the games, and those participating will receive free tickets into the grounds."

For those not interested in sports, old-time family games for all ages will be offered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 including active games, parlor games, independent games and a cakewalk.

A Victorian tea will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the rose and herb garden, featuring mint and sassafras tea, and tea cakes and sandwiches. The cost is $1 at the garden fence, and guests are invited to dress in style they wish.

Another new event is WTTR's Human Trivia Challenge at 1 p.m. WTTR will be broadcasting live all day from the museum.

"You are the playing piece in this game," Ms. Freeman said. "You line up and are asked a yes or no question, and whoever is left at the end wins."

Prizes for the trivia event include All-Star Game tickets and a water bed. Contestants must register in advance.

Entertaining will be Ray Owen at 1 p.m., Gingham Squares at 2 p.m., Jerry Brown's vaudeville act at 3 p.m., Paddyfields and Johnny Dark at 4 p.m., Kiddie's Pedal Pull for 4- to 8-year-olds at 5 p.m., Wherligig Irish music at 6 p.m. and the Monumental Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m.

Visitors can bring their own food or buy from vendors offering platters, snacks and drinks. There also will be crafts vendors, and the Farm Museum General Store will be open.

While strolling the grounds, guests can tour the farmhouse and watch museum artisans demonstrate 19th-century crafts and other skills. There will be wagon rides around the grounds.

The finale begins at 9 p.m. with Advanced Entertainment Technologies' laser light show, followed by the Jaycees' fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Admission to the all-day celebration is $3 for adults and $2 for those 12 to 18 or 60 and over. No alcohol or pets are allowed. The museum ticket booth will close at 6 p.m., after which the Jaycees will ask for a $3-a-car donation for the rest of the evening to help defray the cost of the fireworks.

Parking will not be allowed along Center Street from Bishop Street to Route 32, or along Gist or Smith avenues.

Prime parking will be on the museum grounds.

In the event of rain, the fireworks may be canceled. WTTR will make that announcement if necessary.

& Information: 848-7775.

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