MAY IS MEANT for sunny days and beautiful spring flowers. The organizers of the annual Herb Festival at Piney Run Park hope to offer both to visitors on Saturday.
With a theme of "Colonial Folkways," activities at the Herb Festival will center around the many ways in which herbs were used in Colonial times and by Native Americans.
New to this year's festival will be a Biblical Herb Garden with herbs mentioned in the Bible. Naturalist Lynette Lenz saw a similar garden at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Va.
"I was fascinated with the biblical garden at William and Mary and thought it would be fun to create one for the Herb Festival," Lenz said.
Lenz and other Nature Center volunteers searched through gardening books, the Bible and even surfed the Internet for information on biblical herbs and plants. They spent several hours last week planting the display garden.
Several other gardens will be displayed to provide visitors with ideas for creating herbal gardens. Knowledgeable people will help visitors make wise plant selections.
A stroll through a wooded area will bring visitors to demonstrations using herbs, including potpourri and basket weaving. There will be samples of herb butters, herbal teas and herbal fruit drinks.
In addition to herb plants, perennials, flowers and hanging baskets, vendors will offer herb breads, baskets, potpourri, herbal soaps and lotions, dried arrangements, decorative pottery and other garden items.
A Maypole Dance begins at 2 p.m.
The Herb Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festival admission is free but visitors must pay a park entrance fee of $4 per car for Carroll residents and $5 for noncounty residents.
St. Joseph's Catholic Community is sponsoring its Spring Rummage Sale Thursday and Friday in the church gym.
Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. Items will be individually priced on Thursday and bargains will be available by the bag on Friday. The church is at 915 Liberty Road in Eldersburg.
Faith Lutheran Church is sponsoring tethered balloon rides on the church grounds from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The cost is $5 per person. Proceeds benefit the musical ministry work of church member Greg Brown and will also help defray the expenses of members participating in the National Youth Gathering in Atlanta, Ga., this summer.
Faith Lutheran is also playing host to The Tree of Life Drama Company and its production of C. S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and and May 15, 16 and 17.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
Faith Lutheran Church is at 1700 St. Andrews Way in Eldersburg.
Piney Ridge Elementary School would like to congratulate teachers who were recognized as outstanding by parent and student nominations for Carroll County Teacher of the Year.
Second-grade teacher Ivy Allgeier, third-grade teacher Nancy Patrick and kindergarten teacher Susan Sanner were among those recognized at a banquet last night in Westminster.
Great Falls trip
The Nature Center at Piney Park is sponsoring a day trip to historic Great Falls and the C & O Canal May 14.
The trip includes a barge ride, picnic lunch and a three-hour hike along the Billy Goat Trail. This is considered a moderately difficult trek, so sturdy hiking shoes and a water bottle are recommended. A stroll along the tow path will be offered as an alternative.
Transportation is by van. Fees are $16 for members and $20 for nonmembers and include park entrance and boat fees.
Pub Date: 5/05/98