Crofton City Limits returns to showcase local musicians

David Wenn and James David Baldwin perform during a 2006 Crofton City Limits event. The local musician showcase returns June 1 after an 11-year hiatus.
David Wenn and James David Baldwin perform during a 2006 Crofton City Limits event. The local musician showcase returns June 1 after an 11-year hiatus. (File photo/ Capital Gazette)

After 11 years, Crofton City Limits, an open microphone night for musicians, is back.

The resurrected event is June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Walden Country Club’s Walden Clubhouse in Crofton. It is free to attend and free for musicians to play.


The Walden Clubhouse, which is open to everyone, has light fare, drinks and adult beverages for purchase. The bands and singers will be set up on the patio deck where there is room for seating as well as an expanse of grass for lawn chairs and blankets.

“If it is inclement weather we will just set up inside,” said event organizer Tish Martinez. She said this


“I’m compiling a list of performers and organizing the groups so that the evening comes off more like a concert,” Martinez said. “If anyone comes to perform who’s not on the list, we will definitely work them up for a song or two.”

Ed Sparks and Eric Ray — versatile players of rock, blues, indie folk, covers and their own original songs — will perform. Irish sing along band TIPSC are also scheduled to play. It has a standing gig at Killarney House. After this first concert Crofton City Limits will be run as an open mic night, said Martinez.

Crofton City Limits began over two decades ago by orthodontist and musician Ed Marsh. It was originally held as a coffeehouse and open mic night at Community United Methodist Church in Crofton.

“It was held at the church in the fellowship hall one Friday a month,” Martinez said. “It had a great following of musicians and audience. Marsh had a group call the Stained Glass Blue Grass Band and he played many instruments including the hammer dulcimer and guitar.”

Upon Marsh’s passing in 1999, Crofton City Limits folded after a few months. From 2003 to 2007 Brian Cheetham, Tina Whittelsberger and Marinez resurrected Crofton City Limits.

“We called it the same thing and held it in the now bigger fellowship hall,” Martinez said. “It was an awesome local event. We had some very talented musicians as well as a big audience which is rare for open mics.”

By 2007, the organizers were overrun by other events in their lives and were not able to keep the program going. Cheetham and Martinez were also in their own band named “Witness.”

The new Crofton City Limits will be held the first Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Walden Clubhouse, 1500 Reidel Road.

“We will hold our longstanding tradition of having a hug pot of coffee for anyone who desires it and a plate or two of Tina and Tish’s brownies,” Martinez said. “This event was dearly loved and very special to all of us. It was a safe, wonderful environment where many of us developed lasting friendships and musical connections. It is also great for networking.”

For more information on Crofton City Limits, contact Martinez at tbluesm@gmail.com.

Odenton Heritage Society

The Odenton Heritage Society will be holding its monthly open house June 3, 1-4 p.m. This month’s feature is about Odenton’s train stations and railroad agents since 1872. The museum displays local community and military history, including a permanent display about Odenton soldiers who were killed in action.

The OHS at 1367 Odenton Road. For more information, call Wylie Donaldson at 410-674-2677.


WWI centennial celebration

A World War I Centennial Celebration and outdoor concert will be held June 3, 1-3 p.m. at Epiphany Chapel and Church House, 1419 Odenton Road. The Maryland Military Band will play and Diane Rehm will deliver the keynote address. The event is tented and includes refreshments, however guests are invited to bring their own chairs and blankets.

Billiards champs

On April 18 seniors from four senior centers, including Annapolis, Odenton, Pasadena and Glen Burnie met and competed in the semi-annual county billiards championship. Seniors from the O’Malley Senior Center in Odenton took home the victory. The winners included David Citron, Blaine Jacobs, Larry Hovermale, Fred Karpen and Tony Keffer.

Cheer, dance champs

On May 5, Platinum Force Athletics Youth level two, “Black Onyx” team won “The ONE Finals Cheer and Dance Championship” in Orlando, Fla. The 10 girls ranged from six- to 11 years-old.

To attend the championship, the team had to win multiple events including the Grand Championship at Cheerstarz Nationals in Baltimore. Platinum Force Athletics is in Crofton.

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