It's officially summer, so why not welcome this sizzling season with a BANG?
An old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration, with fireworks, is planned for Saturday from noon to dusk at Carroll County Farm Museum.
This patriotic salute to American freedom will provide a day full of events before the grand finale fireworks demonstration at 9:30 p.m. that's sponsored by Westminster Jaycees.
Throughout the day, onstage and strolling entertainment will perform. Freewheeling, Paddyfields and Johnny Dark, Wherligig, Paradise Club and the Carroll County Cloggers are among the performances scheduled throughout the day.
Craft vendors will exhibit and sell handmade works, and all sorts of food will be available.
Don't miss the fashion show, which will feature clothing worn during the late 1800s.
The family can play time-tested games, such as checkers and marbles.
If you're looking for something with a little hop to it, try the sack races.
As usual, museum artisans will demonstrate some of the skilled trades that were prevalent during the late 1800s.
Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for ages 7 to 18 and 60 and over, and children 6 and under will be admitted free.
Season passes will be honored.
Parking for the fireworks display is $4 per vehicle, beginning at 6 p.m.
Information: 876-2667 or 848-7775.
It's "Viva La France" day Wednesday at Westminster branch of the Carroll County Library.
Children in grades one through four are invited to listen to stories about French characters.
Programs will be presented at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Registration is required.
Thursday, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Bear Branch Nature Center, it's "Sunny Story Time."
Parents can bring children ages 2 to 4 years for a hike to a spot where stories about furry friends and the woods will be shared.
Bring a blanket.
The event is free, but registration is required.
This weekend marks the first in a series of summer concerts that will be presented in Westminster City Park during July.
The Month of Sundays Summer Concert Series will kick off Sunday at 7 p.m. with country music singer Marge Calhoun, who has appeared on national television and has opened for such performers as Travis Tritt, Buck Owens, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Judds and Roy Clark.
The concert series will feature performers each Sunday evening through the month.
Sponsors include Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks, Westminster City Recreation and local companies and community organizations.
The concerts are free. In lieu of an admission fee, those who attend are asked to bring canned foods and other goods.
These items will be collected by representatives of Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. for distribution to needy families. The series' first concert will be sponsored by Lehigh Portland Cement.
Bring an appetite to the concert; Genova's Restaurant will offer a selection of food and beverages from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Information: 857-2103 or 876-1313.