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Craig Brickhardt to perform at Deer Creek Coffeehouse Saturday

Many blessings to you and yours in the new year.

On Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Deer Creek Coffeehouse will host award-winning singer-songwriter Craig Brickhardt. (

Brickhardt is a singer/songwriter of the old school – you can hear echoes of such '60s folk revival artists as Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot and Eric Andersen in his work. Added to this is the melodic sophistication of a Jimmy Webb or a Paul Simon, as well as a spare but telling lyric approach.

Brickhardt wrote and sang songs for Tender Mercies, a country music-themed film starring Robert Duvall. This led to a lengthy residency in Nashville, where he saw his songs recorded by such legends as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, The Judds, Tony Rice and Alison Krauss. In 2006, he returned to his Pennsylvania roots and fully came into his own as a solo performer. By the end of the decade, Brickhardt had won a new legion of fans on the East Coast and beyond through opening gigs for the likes of Judy Collins and Kathy Mattea and club dates on his own.

Tickets are only available at the door. Only cash and checks to Deer Creek Coffeehouse are accepted. Homemade baked goods, snacks, coffee, tea and water will be available for purchase.

Deer Creek coffeehouse is at 1022 Main St., Darlington, MD. Suggested donation: $10 for adults and $5 for students. This program has been assisted by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and Harford County Government through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board. This program has also been assisted by a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

The Darlington Friends of Harford County Public Library will hold its January book sale on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library annex. Non-food items are being collected to be distributed to the community so bring an item and get a free book. At 2 p.m. on Jan. 11, the Friends annual meeting will be held in the library annex. All members of the Friends of the Library are invited to attend. Officers will be elected and changes to some bylaws will be discussed. Refreshments will be served.

Your public library says "cold weather is the perfect time to curl up with a good book."

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