Carroll County Times

Celebrating the 1950s at the Finksburg library

On Saturday, the Finksburg branch of Carroll County Public Library will bring back the '50s with a classic car show, jitterbug dancing, an Elvis concert and more.

The program is part of the Celebrating America initiative conceived by Carroll County Commissioner Doug Howard to recognize the history of our country and, more specifically, Carroll County.


From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. visitors can admire vintage vehicles, take drop-in jitterbug and swing dance lessons, see a classic movie and enjoy live music.

"This event is an opportunity for the community to come together to learn about the culture and music of an exciting time in American history," Bryan Hissong, branch manager of the Finksburg library, wrote in an email interview.


The event was the brainstorm of Finksburg library associate Sharon Wolf. "Our focus this year is on celebrating a special time in American History, one that many of us can remember, and offering it as part of a day-long event that is free to everyone," Wolf wrote in an email interview.

The classic car show opens at 11 a.m. This activity is free to both the community and participating car registrants. Car owners interested in participating should arrive between 10 and 11 a.m. to register and park.

"We are featuring automobiles from the '40s, '50s and '60s," Wolf wrote. "Registration of cars is totally free. When folks register they'll be given a number. That number will go into the prize drawing pot and we'll [randomly] pick winners throughout the day. So not only is it free, but all car participants have the chance to win gift cards/certificates from local businesses. We will be having drawings every 10 minutes throughout the morning and afternoon for participating car owners."

Visitors can vote for their favorite car and that people's choice award winner will receive a trophy at about 2:15 p.m.

At 11 a.m. kids can watch the movie "Lilo and Stitch" and at 1 p.m. families can enjoy the classic Elvis movie "Jailhouse Rock" in a meeting room inside the library.

Beginning at 1 p.m. visitors may drop into a classroom to learn to swing dance or dance the jitterbug with instructors Les Debelius and Thelma Otto.

"The swing dance instruction will be available until the concert starts," Wolf wrote.

The concert featuring Elvis and the Roadrunners, with Elvis impersonator Joe Forrester, will begin at 2:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the library.


"Joe is a favorite of the community and provides a great show," Wolf wrote.

Adding to the concert fun, six dancers from Tami Gee's Studio of Dance will dance during the concert.

Don't forget to bring along lawn chairs or blanket seating.

"Inside the branch we have a special display of phonographs and records [that show] the evolving technology of the times, a display case full of Elvis memorabilia, and many books, movies and CDs that relate to the '50s and that can be checked out," Wolf wrote.

Concessions available for purchase will include hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, breakfast sandwiches, sodas, coffee and desserts.

The rain date for this event is Sept. 21.


The Finksburg library is at 2265 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg.

For more information, call 410-386-4505.

Pancake breakfast
For an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, head over to St. Benjamin's Lutheran Church on Sept. 21, from 7 to 10 a.m.
The menu includes regular and buckwheat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, scrapple, sausage gravy, home-fried potatoes, biscuits, applesauce and beverages. Also, special apple toppings will be available as a fall treat.
"The scrapple is new to our menu," church member Barbara Jose wrote in an email. The meal cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12.
St. Benjamin's Lutheran Church is at 700 Krider's Cemetery Road, Westminster.
For more information, visit or call 410-848-3311.