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WEST NOTTINGHAM -- The village of Nottingham is counting down to a celebration of Maryland Madness and Fear the Turtle.
These exotic names donít refer to monsters or invasive, other-world creatures or even a mass panic in the town.
Rather, itís a tasty collection of homemade ice cream flavors from Kirby Cream, a farm from Rising Sun, Md., that makes its own ice cream from its own milk supplied by its own cows.
Theyíve designed 14 flavors from simple vanilla to a complex melange of chocolates called tractor tracks, and itís being sold at the Nottingham Inn Creamery at the intersection of Route 272 and Old Baltimore Pike.
On Saturday, March 9, the creamery will have its Spring Kick-off with hand-dipped ice cream and milk samples from noon to 5 p.m.
Celebrity ice-cream dippers will be on hand, including at least one member of the Herr family, and Chipper the Chipmunk will be there from 1 to 3 p.m.
Actually, the new ice cream is already there and is on sale.
This past Sunday, even though the weather was cold and blustery, a steady stream of customers arrived and bought ice cream treats from Elanna Manco, who was staffing the counter.
They had their choice of not only the Maryland Madness with flavors of cherry chips, raspberries and lemon, but Fear the Turtle with chocolate, nuts and caramel, and a couple of ice creams that had peanut butter swirl, fudge swirls and miniature peanut butter cups.
People who stop by in hopes of satisfying their ice cream sweet yearnings can also get Turkey Hill soft serve and an almost endless choice of toppings.
They can get it on regular or sugar cones as well as stacked up as high as they want in a bowl.
Although the summer is the busiest time for the Creamery, Manco said they are open all year, daily from noon to 9 p.m.
The Creamery is adjacent to the newly restored Nottingham Inn Kitchen.