It won't be long now until children all over Carroll County begin embarking on summer vacation '95.
All sorts of summer plans are in the works -- day camps, sport camps, Scout camps, clinics, swimming lessons, jaunts to the pool and, of course, the ever-popular family vacation.
In my house, the countdown for vacation began about three months ago.
Now, don't misunderstand -- my kids LOVE school and they will miss their friends and teachers. But the thought of going on vacation with their friends -- people other than just their parents and siblings -- has been too much to bear.
The excitement level reached new plateaus in early May.
The girls weren't just asking the proverbial question, "How much longer before we go?" They were pulling out sand toys, making lists of necessary snacks to take and packing their clothes.
I must acknowledge I am excited, too.
It's always nice to have a week at the beach to share with good friends. And it is especially nice for the children to have playmates their own age.
So, let's see, I'll be needing that sand chair with the umbrella and a bunch of paperback novels, some refreshments, sun block, dark shades, sandals, floppy hat, Walkman. . . .
Get ready to stomp your feet as Carroll County Farm Museum presents the annual Deer Creek Fiddlers' Convention from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
This is the 24th season of the Deer Creek Fiddlers, which features numerous regional performers of bluegrass and folk music.
Surrounded by the beautiful grounds as a backdrop, folks find the convention to be one of the favorite annual farm museum events.
The general store will be open during the day for those who want to purchase candy, museum memorabilia, souvenirs or handmade crafts.
Wagon rides will be available and lots of food concessions will be operating on the grounds.
Blankets and lawn chairs are a necessity.
Admission is $7 for adults 18 and over. Those under 18, accompanied by a paying adult, will be admitted free. Advance tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the museum.
Information: 848-7775 or 876-2667.
It's almost time for the Summer Reading Program sponsored by Carroll County Library, so get your bookworms ready for a summer full of literary fun.
Just because school's out, there is no need to take a vacation from reading. The people at each library branch are ready to assist and motivate your students to keep reading through these warm weather months.
Beginning June 12 and ending Aug. 12, children are invited to "Be A Reading Star" and continue to find adventures in books.
Children can read by themselves or have someone read to them.
Prizes will be given and a celebration will be held at the farm museum from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12.
Sign-ups for the summer reading program will begin June 12 at all branches.