Carroll County Visitors Center, 210 E. Main St., Westminster, (800) 272-1933, www.carr.org/tourism.
Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster, (410) 848-7775. This 19th-century farm and almshouse shows you what living off the land was like back in the 1800s. Be there for the Fiddlers Convention, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. June 9, and the American Music and Arts Festival, July 13-14.
Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, (410) 848-2288, www.carr.org/tourism. Once owned by the Shriver family, this property dates back to the 1700s and still contains original furnishings. Take a tour, or visit July 14 for the annual ice cream social or Aug. 3 for the Old-Fashioned Corn Roast Festival.
Art in the Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 1, Westminster City Hall Park, Locust Street and Longwell Avenue, Westminster, (410) 848-7272. This annual festival features visual and performing arts.
Car Show, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 24, Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company carnival grounds, Taneytown, (410) 756-2705, (410) 756-2430. Besides antique autos, hot rods, roadsters, and trucks, this yearly event includes food and live music.
Peach Festival, 4-8 p.m. Aug. 17, Benjamin's-Krider's United Church of Christ, 208 Krider's Church Road, Westminster, (410) 857-5525. This annual event is truly peachy. Peachy-keen, even.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Cascade Lake Water Park, 3000 Snydersburg Road, Hampstead, (410) 374-9111,www.cascadelake.com. There's a water slide shaped like a big frog's tongue, plus rafting, fishing, boating, hiking, and petting (of zoo animals).
Liberty Street-Rod Run, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 23, Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road, Sykesville, (410) 552-4791. This annual event is aptly named, because today street rods are free to run.
Piney Run Park, 30 Martz Road, Sykesville, (410) 795-3274. Carroll County is quickly suburbanizing, but at Piney Run you can get back to nature along the park's lake and its horse trails.
Baugher's Orchard, 1236 Baugher Road, Westminster, (410) 857-0111, www.baughers.com. Get produce right from the source by picking your own strawberries, cherries, sweet peas, peaches, plums, corn, tomatoes, and black raspberries--in season, of course.
Carroll County Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays June 1-Sept. 7, AG Center, Smith Ave., Westminster, (410) 848-7748. Want someone to do your fruit and vegetable picking for you? Then skip Baugher's Orchard and stop instead at this weekly summer farmers market. Free demonstrations on basketry, flower arranging, craftmaking, cooking, and sewing are offered.
Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, routes 140 and 97, Westminster, (410) 876-8100. They're not Dutch and they might not be from Pennsylvania either, but the Old Order Amish and Mennonite produce vendors here are indeed farmers, and they have lots of fruits and vegetables to sell.
SERRV International Gift Shop, 500 Main St., New Windsor, (410) 635-8711. Want some Indonesian ceramics or Mexican jewelry? Satisfy your multiculti gift desires sans the guilt, because the nonprofit organization SERRV pays fair prices for art from foreign lands.
Carroll County has enough antiques shops to keep old-junk junkies busy for hours, even days. Here's a partial list:
Academy Antiques, 3423 Littletown Pike, Union Mills, (410) 857-4006.
Alexandra's Attic, 7542 Main St., Sykesville, (410) 549-3095.
Carrolltown Antiques and Collectible Center, Carrolltown Mall, 6480 Ridge Road, Eldersburg, (410) 552-3268.
Country House, 309 S. Main St., Mount Airy, (301) 829-2528.
Deer Hill Antiques, 2113 Sykesville Road, Westminster, (410) 848-5015.
Frizellburg Antique Store, 1909 Old Taneytown Road, Westminster, (410) 848-0664.
Locust Antiques, 10 E. Main St., Westminster, (410) 848-2910.
Looking Glass Antiques, 950 Francis Scott Key Highway, Keymar, (410) 775-2589.
Queen's Collectibles, 1222 N. Main St., Hampstead, (410) 239-8988.
R & M Treasures, Antiques and Collectibles Mall, 4724 Hanover Pike, Manchester, (410) 374-1273.
Shops of Yesteryear, 102 Center St., Mount Airy, (301) 829-0334.
Silver Image Antiques, 299 E. Main St., Westminster, (410) 848-0275.
Taneytown Antique Shoppes, 7 Frederick St., Taneytown, (410) 756-4262.
Westminster Antique Mall, 433 Hahn Road, Westminster, (410) 857-4044.
Woodwards, 3443 Uniontown Road, Uniontown, (410) 876-6554.
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