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Central Carroll: Beer & BBQ Stroll in Westminster; 'Fly-In' at airport; free summer movies

Lois Szymanski
Contact ReporterCentral Carroll Neighborhoods

Main Street in Westminster will shut down to traffic this Saturday, June 15, from noon to 4 p.m., for the fourth annual Beer & BBQ Stroll.

Stroll through downtown while enjoying local beer and live music, shop a variety of artisan booths, and sample some of the best BBQ this side of the Bay Bridge.

According to Heather Mullendore, assistant director of recreation and parks, the strip of Main Street from John and Bond streets to Center Street will be hopping.

Mullendore said to look for “BBQ — pork, beef, turkey, ham and chicken — crab cakes, hot dogs, Thai food, fried chicken, quesadillas, street tacos, fried fish, pretzel necklaces, wings, ice cream, frozen custard, chocolates including pretzels, Oreos, and Old Bay chocolates, plus 15 flavors of fudge, beef jerky, gourmet popcorn, cheese and self-serve soda.”

Great musical entertainment will satisfy music-lovers of any genre, with the Ex’s & Oh’s on the Locust Lane Stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; The Amish Outlaws on the Library Stage from 1 to 4 p.m.; and DJ music by CBM onstage across from Raphael’s from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. DJ Blaine, Ebb & Nova, and Late Night Record Shop will also perform.

Mullendore spoke of the benefits of buying a $39 VIP ticket, with only 200 being sold.

“They get one-hour early access to the event to sample with no lines at breweries and spirit vendors, an exclusive happy hour from noon to 2 p.m., featuring hors d’oeuvres and additional beer samples plus BBQ samples and voting rights for our first-ever Backyard BBQ Contest,” she said. “[Plus] reserved parking, a tented seating area with a DJ, complimentary bottled water and private restrooms.”

General admission begins at noon and costs $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event.

According to Mullendore, shoppers will find a lot to be happy about too, with beer & BBQ-related gift items, such as custom oak barrels, custom tumblers and decor, GrowlerWerks growlers, uKegs, uPints, coasters and craft beer supplies. In addition, they’ll find cigars, seasonings, home decor items, wooden trays and boxes, rag baskets and rugs, grills, wooden American flags, hats, jewelry, handmade wooden bowls and more.

“We will have our first ever BBQ Cookoff in the Gehr Lot,” Mullendore added. “BBQ will be sampled and judged by VIP ticket holders only. General admission ticket holders are invited into the contest area to see how the contest unfolds. Prizes for successful BBQ teams range from $500 to $1,000.”

For more information, visit http://westminstermd.gov/bbqstroll or call 410-848-9000.

“Come on out to the fourth annual Beer & BBQ Stroll and treat Dad to celebrate Father’s Day, sampling local craft beer, indulging in delicious BBQ and shopping with vendors for Father’s Day goodies,” Mullendore said. “From the red and white gingham tablecloths to the mason jar sample mugs to the fantastic musical lineup, this event is sure to quench your thirst for summer fun.”

Fly-In at airport

The Carroll County Regional Airport will host a Fly-In day on Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 200 Airport Drive in Westminster.

This free event offers an opportunity to learn about aviation in your community, with aircraft displays and more.

“We’ve held this event for several years, but this is our first time to open it up to the public,” said Alan Hawk, vice president of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

“Our group encourages people to build their own aircraft,” he said. “There are about a dozen of us involved in this group, in our county.”

Look for lectures offered by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and a spot landing contest.

“With the spot landing contest, we have a spot on the runway and it is to see who comes the closest to hitting it when they land,” Hawk said.

Throughout the day, numerous airplanes will be flying into this open field day for pilots.

“We will have privately owned and general aviation planes flying in, but I expect there will be a lot of home-built aircraft on display,” Hawk said. “People who build aluminum aircraft from kits from one company often fly in, so they will be the most predominant.’

Hawk spoke about the Experimental Aircraft Association and the event.

“We are a grass-roots aviation organization about finding ways to make aviation affordable to people,” Hawk said. “This is a way to celebrate aviation and flying in the community. It is for people who fly airplanes and for people with an interest in airplanes.”

For more information, call Hawk at 240-409-6155.

Free family summer movies

The Carroll County Arts Council will again offer free movies for families this summer, with Tuesday evenings the go-to night. Seating is first come, first served, with no advance ticket sales.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with a 7 p.m. showtime for all films.

Look for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” rated PG, on June 18, sponsored by Rhoten’s Printing.

On June 25, it’s “A Bug's Life,” rated G, and sponsored by Maggie’s Restaurant.

On July 2, the movie is “The Incredibles 2,” rated PG, and sponsored by RockSalt Grille.

The July 9 movie is “The Muppet Movie,” rated G, and sponsored by Cultivated.

On July 16, look for “Paddington 2,” rated PG, and sponsored by Maggie’s Restaurant.

The July 23 movie is “The Little Mermaid,” rated G, and sponsored by Launch Carroll — Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

The movie “Smallfoot,” rated PG, will be shown on July 30, sponsored by Atlas Premier Realty.

And on Aug. 6, it’s “How to Train Your Dragon 3,” rated PG, sponsored by Summer! Kids @ Carroll+Teen College.

The concession stand will be open for each movie with popcorn, candy and soda sales. Outside food is not permitted. Plan on a 10-minute intermission break for each movie.

The Carroll County Art’s Counsel’s free family movie series is sponsored by Ting Internet.

The Carroll Arts Center is located at 91 W. Main St. in downtown Westminster. For more information go to www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org or call 410-848-7272.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her call 443-293-7811 or email loisszymanski@hotmail.com.

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