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Farm Museum plans busy July Fourth


The Carroll County Farm Museum is taking John Adams' advice in organizing its celebration of the 218th anniversary of America's independence.

"The fourth ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore," Adams wrote to his wife after independence had been declared in 1776.

While there won't be a parade, guns or bonfire Monday, there will be just about everything else from noon to 9:30 p.m., when the Westminster Jaycees fireworks display will light up the sky.

"It's shaping up to be a fabulous Fourth," said Dottie Freeman, administrative marketing specialist for the Farm Museum. "We have an entire day's worth of activities planned for the whole family."

Events start at 1 p.m. with a marathon volleyball tournament that lasts until 6 p.m. The game is for all ages and is nonelimination. Individuals and teams are welcome. To sign up in advance, call Jim Lutz at 239-2675.

Old-time family games will be offered from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. In between, the Mason Dixon Historical Society will sponsor a kiddies' pedal pull for 4- to 8-year-olds.

Mrs. Maryland International, Ann Marie Seirra, will greet guests to the Victorian tea party in the rose and herb garden from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors may come in costume for a real step back in time while enjoying mint or sassafras tea, tea cakes and sandwiches, and dainty pastries. This event is $2 to cover the cost of food.

Ray Owen from Gettysburg opens the stage entertainment at 1 p.m. with a folk music journey through American history, complete with costume.

"I do a 'Hats off to America' program that starts off with 'Yankee Doodle Dandy,' which started out as a song used by the British to make fun of us, to 'This Land is Your Land,' " Mr. Owen said. "The 45-minute program is a unique blend of stories, song, history and some theater."

The Carroll County Cloggers dance their way onto the stage at 2 p.m., then Jerry Brown will offer a vaudeville act at 3 p.m.

Well-known Baltimore disc jockey Johnny Dark will return with the Paddyfields for a country-patriotic salute to Uncle Sam at 4 p.m. From there, Wherligig will take visitors on a trip to Ireland with Irish-American folk tunes at 5 p.m., then the Paradise Club performs country and bluegrass at 6 p.m.

"The Dunloggin Pipe and Drum Marching Unit will usher in the fireworks," Mrs. Freeman said. "They're a Scottish bagpipe marching group, and they'll march up around the stage just before the fireworks."

Throughout the day, craft and food vendors will be on the grounds, farmhouse tours and wagon rides will be available, and the General Store will be open for business.

Admission to the Farm Museum grounds from noon to 6 p.m. will be $3 for adults, $2 for ages 12 to 18 and 60 and older, and free for children under 12. After 6 p.m., the Jaycees take over admission and ask for a $4 donation per car for parking at the Farm Museum and Ag Center to offset the cost of the fireworks.

Those arriving for the fireworks after 8:45 p.m. will not be admitted to the Farm Museum or Ag Center grounds, but will be diverted to the Westminster High School parking lot, Mrs. Freeman said.

NB The Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St. Information: 848-7775.

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