Carroll County Times

Living history presentation to focus on 'I Have A Dream' speech

History is coming to the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, Bill Grimmette will present a first-person, living history interpretation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Grimmette will explore the history and issues that led up to King's "I Have A Dream" speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which took place Aug. 28, 1963. This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark event.
According to his Maryland Humanities Council biography, Grimmette is a past president of the National Association of Black Storytellers. He is a noted interpreter of history, presenting the lives of Frederick Douglass and Benjamin Banneker in addition to King and others.
This presentation is part of the Carroll County Public Library's focus on documents from the Freedom Shrine, a collection of important letters and speeches that have shaped and reflected American history.
Nadine Rosendale, library branch manager, explained how this program came to the library: "[County] Commissioner Robin Frazier is supporting an organization called the Freedom Shrine. We're trying to focus on these documents, and it's the 50th anniversary of the 'I Have A Dream' speech."
Although Frazier has a schedule conflict for this event, Rosendale said, "Commissioner Doug Howard will be on hand, and he will introduce Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
This program is designed for ages 11 and up.
Refreshments will be served, and registration is not required.
To learn more about the Freedom Shrine document series, check the library's website at You can find the Freedom Shrine site directly at
For more information on the program, call the Eldersburg library at 410-386-4460.
The library is at 6400 W. Hemlock Drive, Eldersburg.

Trash to treasures
Looking for a little extra cash for back-to-school shopping or an end-of-summer vacation? Try selling stuff at Freedom Fitness' Trash to Treasures Flea Market planned for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 10 in the Carrolltown Center parking area at the intersection of Liberty and Ridge roads in Eldersburg.
You can rent a space and bring your household surplus to sell. The flea market will give you a chance to find lots of buyers.
The early-bird price for a space is $20, but you must register online before Aug. 2. You can register at, and you will need to use the online promo code "fleamarket" to get the discount.
After that deadline, spaces will cost $30 each, if they are still available. You can register online at the same site.
You can also register via email to or by calling 410-795-9101.
Proceeds from the space rentals and concessions sales go directly to the Freedom Area Recreation Council of Carroll County. Freedom Fitness, an affiliate of the recreation council, provides the volunteers to organize and staff the flea market.


Basketball sign-ups
It seems too hot to think about the winter sports schedule, but it's already sign-up time for Freedom Area Recreation Council's basketball program.
The playing season is planned to run from October to March. Kids from kindergarten through high school are eligible to play.
Online registration will begin Thursday and be open through Sept. 4. The program will have walk-in registration from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 17 at the Freedom Optimist Hall.
If you register by Aug. 18, the on-time registration fees for the program are $60 for kindergarten to second grade and $110 for grades 3 to 12. Starting on Aug. 19, the late registration fees are $80 for grades K to 2 and $130 for grades 3 to 12.
The basketball program has a maximum charge per family of $250. Additional fees will be required for players who make the travel teams.
The online site for registrations is If you have questions, you can email
Freedom Optimist Hall is at 6315 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg.