Mothers should dig flower, jazz festival Westminster: Saturday's program downtown will honor moms with free gifts, plants and music.


Still looking for the perfect -- read: free -- gift for Mother's Day?

You'll find it tomorrow at the Flower and Jazz Festival in downtown Westminster, where mothers will be honored with free gifts and plants.

Ambience also will be provided at no charge. The Old Line Statesmen, a barbershop quartet from Frederick, and banjo players from Newark, N.J., will serenade the crowd on Main Street, between Longwell Street and Railroad Avenue.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

The Flower and Jazz Festival, an annual event begun in 1991, started as a way to bring business to Westminster.

Over the years, it has grown to include more than 70 vendors who sell handmade crafts, pottery and jewelry.

Five local nurseries will also be on hand this year, selling flowers, plants and shrubs of every kind and color. Food and nonalcoholic beverages also will be sold.

"All of the money we raise is put right back into the festival," said Ronald J. Schroers, the city's supervisor of recreation and activities. "We spend it on the free gifts for the mothers and the entertainment."

The cost of the festival is about $4,000, said Schroers, who has been working for months to organize it.

The event should have something for everyone. For kids, the Carroll County Arts Council will offer children's activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The little ones are invited to make a tissue paper flower for their mothers. The activity is free, but donations are welcomed to defray costs.

The Arts Council will have an opening reception from noon to 3 p.m. for an exhibit by Lance Moore, a Phoenix resident whose baroque work shows the influences of cinema, mythology and traditional Chinese painting. The exhibit continues through June 25 at the Arts Council gallery at 15 E. Main St.

Information: Festival, 410-848-6962; Arts Council, 410-848-7272.

Pub Date: 5/08/98

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