Weekend to offer festivals, crafts, concerts, shopping and a picnic


This second weekend of September offers something to do for every member of the family -- from children's activities at fall festivals to the county's first rock festival for teens to shopping at the Smallwood Festival and the annual Carroll County Crafts Guild's studio tour.

Here's a rundown of events today, tomorrow and Sunday:

* The Mason-Dixon Historical Society is holding its 33rd annual Steam Show and Gas Round-up from 10 a.m. to dusk today, tomorrow and Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Ford, Fordson and Ferguson tractors and equipment will be displayed. Raffle tickets will be sold for full-size and toy tractors. A parade of equipment will be held at 4 p.m. each day. A consignment sale will be held at 7 p.m. today. Saw milling, shingle sawing, threshing and grinding will be demonstrated. There also will be a large flea market.

Admission and parking are free. Information: 848-7775.

* Members of the Carroll County Crafts Guild are opening their work studios to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday for the annual studio tour. Eleven artisans will feature pottery, jewelry, clothing, tiles, prints, woodwork, fiber creations, stained glass, weaving, paper and floral designs.

Studio stops are: Terry Whye Clayworks, 941 Wesley Road, Finksburg; Shiloh Pottery, 1027 Broadbeck Road, Hampstead; Gooseneck Designs, 2020 Hughes Shop Road, Pleasant Valley; Patchwork Heart, 918 Wampler Lane, Westminster; Orchard Studio, 2949 Uniontown Road, Uniontown; and Honeysuckle Lane, 2300 Francis Scott Key Highway, Keymar.

Visitors can watch the crafts people at work, as well as buy items on display. Many studios will offer refreshments. Information: 848-6205 or 848-7272.

* A favorite event for shoppers is the Deer Park Lions Club annual Smallwood Festival from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Reese Carnival Grounds, Route 140, Westminster.

UI More than 300 vendors will sell a little bit of everything. The Lions

Club will have food stands, starting with breakfast at 6 a.m. Information: 848-8254.

* St. Matthews United Church of Christ will hold its annual Pleasant Valley Fall Fest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow in the Pleasant Valley Fire Hall, 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

The event includes a flea market, yard sale, crafts, white elephant table, fresh produce wagon, flowers, plants, books, toys, baked goods, quilts, silent auction and quilt raffle.

Homemade soups, hot sandwiches, pie and soft drinks will be available. The Alesia Band will perform from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. Information: 876-8817.

* RockFest '95, featuring six local bands, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Carroll Community College's soccer and event arena at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. It will ** have continuous entertainment, vendors selling food, T-shirts, tapes and compact discs and sports games on the grounds.

Tickets to Rock Fest '95 are $12 in advance (by 4:30 p.m. today) and $15 at the gate, plus $3 for parking. Information: 848-6962 or 857-2103.

* A "Sign Up Time and Leisure Expo," sponsored by the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg.

Families can sign up for fall activities and learn about recreation-oriented organizations within the community. Information: 781-7070.

* The Friends of the Village at Carroll Lutheran Village will have its annual fall festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at 200 St. Luke Circle, Westminster.

A flea market, crafts, jewelry, plants and food will be sold. There will also be an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Information: 876-9150.

* Fall means chrysanthemums, and the place to get them is at the Westminster Rescue Mission Ladies Auxiliary's mum sale and flea market from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at 658 Correll Drive, Westminster.

All types and colors of mums are $2 each. Breakfast and lunch and flea market items also will be sold. Information: 848-2222.

* St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Uniontown will have its sixth annual flea market and crafts fair from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at 3330 Uniontown Road.

In addition to the usual flea market items, antiques, furniture and collectibles will be offered.

Information: 848-9415.

* The Town Hall Funding Committee in Union Bridge is sponsoring a Town Gala Picnic from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of Lehigh Portland Cement Co. on Route 74 in town. Entertainment will be provided by the Don Barnes and Debbie Williams Show. Picnickers should bring lawn chairs.

An auction of new items will be held at 1:30 p.m. A petting farm will be open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be games, cake walks, door prizes for children and adults, cement plant tours, horse-drawn wagon rides, flea market, craft tables and food stands all afternoon.

For information on the gala, call 775-7017 or 775-2711.

Opening the day will be a pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon at the Union Bridge Fire Hall on Locust Street. The cost is $4.50 for adults and children age 6 to 12, $2. Information: 775-2515.

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