Tours provide a taste of Carroll's history and cuisine


AMONG ITS TOURS of the county, the Office of Tourism has created one to help visitors and residents discover the history and culinary offerings of the area.

The Progressive Dinner Tour, which can be arranged for at least 40 people, is reminiscent of neighborhood get-togethers where each course of a meal is served at a different house.

In this tour, participants begin at Johannsons Dining House on Main Street in Westminster for the soup and salad course. The group then boards a bus and travels through historic Uniontown to view the post office, country store and architecture of private homes.

Group members arrive at Antrim 1844 in Taneytown for the main course and a tour of the former plantation, which has been restored and houses a bed-and-breakfast, restaurant and catering facility.

The group then heads south to Westminster and the Carroll County Farm Museum. At this stop, visitors can tour the main house, walk through the old-fashioned garden or view craft demonstrations at sites on the grounds.

The seven-hour tour ends with a visit to Baugher's for ice cream, pie or other desserts.

Tourism manager Barbara J. Beverungen says the relatively new tour has been popular, as have been four other tours, each providing visitors with a different flavor of the county.

Information: 410-857-2983.

Here comes Peter Cottontail

Come herald the arrival of the floppy-eared one at Westminster's 19th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday at the City Playground near Longwell Avenue.

City employees will hide more than 4,000 plastic eggs around the grounds. Each egg will contain a surprise.

Festivities will also include a bunny petting zoo, an Easter craft table and an Easter basket raffle, sponsored by the Westminster Jaycees.

Egg hunts for children 1 to 4 years old will be at 11: 30 a.m. Children 5 to 8 can hunt for eggs on the grounds at 1 p.m.

Information: 410-848-6962.

Have an arty summer

Applications are being accepted for the Carroll County Arts Council's summer camps, which will run throughout June, July and August.

Three weeklong sessions are being offered for youngsters ages 5 to 9, and four-day minicourses are available for children ages 9 to 16.

Specific prices and camp dates may be obtained by calling or visiting the Arts Council, located in the Winchester Exchange on Main Street in Westminster.

Information: 410-848-7272 or 410-876-8550.

Amy L. Miller's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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