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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 04/25/2006

Free to Be You and Me

By Anne Kenderdine

If you've been by a Ben & Jerry's anytime in the past few weeks, you already know that today is Free Cone Day ... while supplies last, mind you. But if the hippie-styled chain runs out early today, no biggie. Save your ice cream dreams for an even better giveaway this weekend.

Although there are literally hundred of activities to try at the University of Maryland's festival on Saturday, the number one reason to go is for the ice cream made on the premises at the school's dairy. You get a huge bowl of your choice of 30 flavors, for free. Plus, the dairy is usually only open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, so despite the long lines, this is one of your best chances to try out the Terps' homemade creations. In honor of the school's 150th anniversary, special hand-crafted flavors include Fear the Turtle, white-chocolate ice cream with caramel and pecans, and 1856, strawberries in vanilla ice cream with pieces of shortcake and a sherry swirl. A few heaping scoops are the perfect accompaniment to a serving of the world's largest strawberry shortcake.

As if you need another reason to indulge in free desserts this week, you can do so sans guilt by balancing it with another freebie: no-cost exercise classes, courtesy of DC Yoga Week and World Tai Chi Day.


By Anne Kenderdine  | April 25, 2006; 11:06 AM ET
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Thanks, Anne for your kind comments about the University of Maryland's open house - Maryland Day - on Saturday. This year we're celebrating our 150th Anniversary - so it's really party time! Parking, on-campus transportation and all 400 events are free!

We'll have a 10 a.m. opening ceremony to cut what we are calling the "world's largest" strawberry shortcake in Hornbake Plaza, and visitors will especially want to see all our "Fear the Turtle" sculptures - 30 will be on display all over campus.

Maryland Day is in its 8th year - and you're right, the ice cream has continued to be a big hit with all our visitors.

Folks need to know that while they can get a free taste of Maryland ice cream in the Ag Sciences Courtyard, the ice cream in the Dairy (next to the Visitor's Center) will cost since you get regular scoops there. Please try Fridge Fevor if you are a big chocolate fan!

And you're also right that the Dairy will be open 10-4 on Saturday (it is normally only open M-F). We get lines at both the free taste event in Ag Sciences and in the Dairy - especially towards the end of the day - but everyone is in "good humor" and has fun even while waiting.

All information about Maryland Day is at and you can even plan your day online and print it out. Program booklets will be available at information booths all over campus as well.

Please come and enjoy a fun day of adventure and learning - this is a true family-friendly event. And if you have a student looking into colleges, Maryland Day is a great way to find out about majors and opportunities with no commitment other than to have fun.

Dave Ottalini
University of Maryland

Posted by: Dave Ottalini | April 26, 2006 3:29 PM | Report abuse

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