THE LARGER incorporated towns of northwest Carroll dominate the festival and carnival scene this time of year, but occasionally, smaller communities seek their day in the sun, too.
On Saturday, Frizzellburg (or is it Frizellburg or Frizzelburg?) Day runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the community on Old Taneytown Road, about three miles west of Westminster.
Yard sales, a food stand and a bake sale will be offered.
The money will be used for that quaint (some might say outdated) idea of paying the street light fund.
People in other unincorporated communities such as Silver Run and Union Mills also must raise money to pay the electric bill for street lights each year. It kind of makes you wonder, given that those folks pay county taxes, why they have to raise money to pay for something as basic as street lighting.
Whatever the logic behind such an antiquated system, Frizzellburg Day offers a chance for the community to get together and a chance for the rest of us to explore the neighborhood.
String of carnivals
By this time next week, many folks from northwest Carroll probably will be tired of carnivals.
While I enjoy supporting fire department fund-raisers as much as the next guy, I wonder how our wallets and stomachs were blessed with three carnivals in as many weeks.
After Union Bridge launched the county carnival season (with Gamber) last week, festivities have moved to New Windsor this week. That carnival runs through Saturday at the grounds behind the old New Windsor Middle School.
On Monday, the festivities move to Taneytown, at the carnival grounds off Memorial Drive.
Aside from the usual assortment of rides and games, Taneytown's carnival features nightly platters served in the activities building. Other foods include crab cakes, fried chicken, hot dogs, burgers and fries.
Monday and Tuesday are ride nights (ride all night for one price), and the firemen's parade is Wednesday night.
On Saturday, the raffle winner of the 1998 Ford Ranger will be announced, and bands will perform nightly.
Information: 410-756-6253 or 410-751-0506.
CATS invade Taneytown
CATS are coming to Taneytown. Not the four-legged feline variety, but the Cultural Arts of Taneytown, a nonprofit organization hoping to expose youth to performing and visual arts.
The group has set up shop at 2 Frederick St. in downtown Taneytown, and will offer two sessions of classes, running from Monday to July 11 and July 13 to Aug. 15.
Artists will teach weekly classes in dance, art, floral design, drama, voice, ceramics and piano, among others.
For information about the days and times of particular classes, or to register, call CATS at 410-756-1266.
For owners of those other kinds of cats (the feline variety), dogs and ferrets, Carroll County Health Department will conduct three rabies vaccination clinics at Memorial Park in Taneytown this month.
The clinic will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and June 14, and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Cost is $5, and animals must be on a leash or in a carrier.
Get in the swim
Taneytown Community Swimming Pool is offering two sessions of Red Cross swim lessons.
The first session runs June 15-25 and the second July 6-16. Cost is $30 for pool members and $35 for nonmembers.
Register by calling 410-751-1100 or 410-756-2677. Payment must be made for both sessions by Monday.
Concerts in the park
Taneytown again will have concerts in the park at 6 p.m. Sundays at the Memorial Drive entrance to Memorial Park.
The lineup: Sunday, New Image; June 14, The Versitones; June 21, Shinola; June 28, Bootleg.
Concerts will end by about 8 p.m. and are free.
Ed McDonough's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 6/04/98