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Therapeutic recreation: It's fun for all Thursday


There are numerous activities that appeal to children and adults during these summertime months.

Swimming, hiking, boating and biking are a few that I enjoy.

It's easy to forget that some people have difficulty participating in activities such as these.

The Carroll County Therapeutic Recreation Council helps individuals with limiting conditions by providing services to help them make the most of their abilities physically, mentally and socially.

Thursday, the Therapeutic Recreation Council will celebrate its mission by sponsoring its sixth annual Therapeutic Recreation Day.

"We expect a little over 500 people to attend this event," said Barbara Gundina, Department of Recreation and Parks supervisor.

"Many of the participants are people who already participate in the recreation council's programs or are clients of other agencies for which the council provides programs."

Therapeutic Recreation Day is a kick-off celebration for National Therapeutic Recreation Week.

It will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Many activities are scheduled during the day, including bingo, hay rides, horseback riding, storytelling and continuous tours of the Farm Museum mansion and working exhibits. Entertainment will be on stage throughout the day.

In addition to the entertainment, a Challenged Artist Show will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The show will feature works of art created by people with disabilities in Carroll County.

Food vendors will be on the grounds.

This year, Therapeutic Recreation Day will have its opening ceremony at 11:30 a.m. when Carroll County Commissioners Donald I. Dell, Julia W. Gouge and Elmer C. Lippy offer participants welcoming remarks and information on the importance of the Therapeutic Recreation Council.

Ms. Gundina, who has been involved with the council since 1988, said the importance of the therapeutic program has been proved by the tremendous growth it has experienced over the past several years.

Ms. Gundina said a community coordinator and a volunteer recreation council of 15 people work solely on developing and maintaining therapeutic programs.

Admission prices for adults will be $1 and children under 12 will be admitted free.

Information: 857-2103.


This weekend, the Carroll Players will present "The Golden Goose," a children's play based on the fairy tale by June Walker Rogers.

The dinner theater performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, and next Friday and Saturday.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. for Saturday matinees and at 5:30 pm. for Friday and Saturday evening performances.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for children. The ticket price includes the meal.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Long's Florists in Hampstead and Finksburg, Dutterer's Florists, the Treat Shop and Locust Books.

Information: 876-2220.


The Carroll County Agriculture Center will be the site of the second annual Truck and Tractor Pull for the Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Company from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The event will include two farm stock pulling classes, super stocks, modified tractors and four-wheel- and two-wheel-drive trucks.

Monster truck rides will be available throughout the day. Advance tickets are available for $8.50 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and children 5 to 12. Tickets purchased at the door will cost $10 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and children 5 to 12.

Information: 687-5399.

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