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Microbrewery Festival returns for 12th year

Sean Rogers, left, and Damon Earp talk over beers during the Maryland Microbrewery Festival at the Union Mills Homestead Saturday, Sept. 26.
Sean Rogers, left, and Damon Earp talk over beers during the Maryland Microbrewery Festival at the Union Mills Homestead Saturday, Sept. 26. (DAVE MUNCH/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

Clear out your schedule for some beer drinking as the annual Microbrewery Festival and Oktoberfest return to Carroll County, bringing with them a host of original beer concoctions. If drinking isn't your scene, enjoy the jazz and blues of the Rodney Kelley Experience at the Carroll Arts Center this weekend.

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Maryland Microbrewery Festival

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Enjoy beers from 20 Maryland craft and microbreweries on the grounds of the Union Mills Homestead this weekend at their annual Microbrewery Festival. The event features a microbrew competition, art and craft vendors, a cornhole tournament, food and live music by Gravy, Mike Dugan's Classic Rock Revue and Bootleg. For those who want an education with their fun, you can also partake in brewing presentations tailored for both beginners and experts.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30

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Where: Union Mills Homestead, 3311 Litltestown Pike, Westminster

Cost: $20 in advance, and $25 day of the event. Those not drinking are admitted for $5.

For more information: Visit www.marylandmicrobrweryfestival.com.

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Rodney Kelley Experience

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Musician Rodney Kelley brings more than 35 years of jazz and blues experience to the Carroll Arts Center Friday Night with his band The Rodney Kelley Experience. A Baltimore-based performer, Kelley brings together jazz, contemporary, blues and '60s style rock. In the past, he's performed at Artscape, the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, The National Aquarium, Walters Art Gallery and more.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29

Where: Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster

Cost; $20 in advance, $25 day of the show

For more information: Call 410-848-7272 or visit www.carrollartscenter.org

Looking Ahead

Rotary Oktoberfest of Carroll County

Celebrate German culture with the Rotary of Carroll County at their annual Oktoberfest celebration next weekend. The event features the best of German food and beer including bratwurst, sauerkraut, rot kohl and more. Enjoy music from authentic German outfits and participate in games and competitions including beer stein holding challenges.

When: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.

Where: Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster

Cost: $5 general admission. Children 10 and younger and those in authentic German attire are free.

For more information: Visit www.carrolloktoberfest.com.



410-857-7890

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