THE CALENDAR says summer is a month away, but recent temperatures, and tradition tell us the season starts on Memorial Day weekend.
Locally, two parades, the first carnival and the opening of the Taneytown swimming pool are signs of summer.
The Taneytown pool opens on a weekend-only schedule until schools close for summer break. Hours are noon to 8: 45 p.m., weather permitting, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and May 30 and 31. The pool opens daily on June 6.
Information on daily and seasonal fees, pool rentals or swimming lessons: city offices, at 410-751-1100 or 410-756-2677.
I love a parade
Taneytown and Union Bridge will hold their Memorial Day parades on Monday.
In Taneytown, the parade begins at 1: 30 p.m. on the parking lot at Carroll County Bank & Trust Co. on Trevanion Road. Participants should gather at 12: 30 p.m.
The parade will head west on Baltimore Street to the entrance of Memorial Park, where organizers will have a memorial service.
The activities are sponsored by American Legion Hesson Snyder Post 120.
In Union Bridge, marchers will gather at 5: 30 p.m. Monday at the Route 75 entrance to the Lehigh Portland Cement plant. The parade begins at 6 p.m. and will end with a memorial service at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Union Memorial Post 8806 on Primrose Avenue.
The county's summer carnival season kicks off with the Union Bridge Firemen's Carnival on Monday. The carnival continues through May 30 at the carnival grounds on Locust Street.
The firefighters' parade is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and special ride nights are planned Tuesday and Thursday. Food, games, rides and nightly entertainment will be offered.
Lunches will be served Tuesday through Friday, and buffet dinners are served daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Shuttle bus service is available on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
If you've got the carnival bug and can't wait until Monday, you still have three more nights to catch the Mother Seton School Carnival in nearby Emmitsburg.
All-you-can eat dinner specials are offered each evening, with roast pork tonight, baked or slippery pot pie Friday and roast beef on Saturday.
Nightly bingo, rides, food and entertainment are part of the festivities. The school carnival grounds are on Creamery Road off Route 140.
Congratulations are in order for four Francis Scott Key High students honored at the junior/senior prom last weekend.
Libby Johnson and Jason Wiles were the senior class queen and king, while Amber Keyser and Perry Jones Jr. were the princess and prince for the junior class.
Here's a note for trivia buffs: Both members of the junior class royalty have ties to local government. Jones is the son of Union Bridge Mayor Perry Jones, and Keyser is the great-niece of Taneytown Mayor Bob Flickinger.
On the Mississippi
The Taneytown Lions Club will have a "Mississippi Steamboatin' Night" at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the American Legion Post at Broad Street and Roberts Mill Road.
The party is a preview of the group's planned steamboat cruise and trip to New Orleans in April.
Information: Jim Fair, 410-751-1120 or 410-751-1360.
Ed McDonough's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday.
Pub Date: 5/21/98