Coming Attractions: Barleyjuice, Harlan Coben coming to Carroll Arts Center

Coming Attractions: Barleyjuice, Harlan Coben coming to Carroll Arts Center
Barleyjuice is coming to the Carroll Arts Center for performances on Friday and Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Daylight savings time has begun, St. Patrick’s Day is upon us and spring is right around the corner! At the Carroll Arts Center, we have plenty of events to shake off the winter blues. Find out about all of our programs at If you aren’t a member of the Carroll County Arts Council, please consider joining. Members get a 10 percent discount on most programs.

Now Playing

This weekend, don’t miss a perennial favorite, Barleyjuice! Philadelphia’s Celtic rockers are back, along with their rowdy following of “Juicers,” in a performance that always has the Arts Center rocking! They are playing two shows, March 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $30 for adults and $27 for students and seniors. Thanks to Dr. Patrick Gallagher, O’Lordan’s Irish Pub, and Ting for sponsoring this event!


Saturday, March 16 you’re invited to "Malt Shoppe Murder," a 1950s-themed murder mystery dinner party presented by Whodunnit for Hire and the Best Western Westminster, benefitting the Carroll County Arts Council. As a guest, you will participate with local actors to search for clues, interrogate suspects, and solve the case. Tickets are $75 and include a donation to the Carroll County Arts Council, entertainment, and a deluxe three course dinner.

Join us Wednesday, March 20 as Carroll County Public Library and A Likely Story Bookstore team up to present acclaimed author Harlan Coben. With over 70 million books in print worldwide, Coben is the perennial No. 1 New York Times author of thirty novels. His talk begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $29 and includes a copy of Coben’s latest novel, “Run Away.”

Come see a showcase of Carroll County’s young talent in the Carroll Arts Center’s production of “A Year with Frog and Toad Kids.” A cast of talented young Carroll County actors, grades 3 through 5, take the stage in this adaptation of the children’s books and Broadway musical. This whimsical show follows two friends, the cheerful Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through four fun-filled seasons. The show is Friday, March 29 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 31 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.

Friday, April 5, the Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC) present “Colette” at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century. Sponsored by Byrdcall Studio, tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students and seniors.

A View from the Gallery

March is Youth Art Month here at the Carroll Arts Center! Now through March 26, all three of our galleries will be filled with colorful creativity in this annual showcase featuring the best student art from our county’s elementary and middle schools. It’s also a joyful reflection on the wonderful art teachers in our school system. Don’t miss it!

Easter is right around the corner, and that means PEEPshow! If you want to enter a marshmallow masterpiece, you have until tomorrow to register. The 12th annual PEEPshow takes place April 12-23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Join us for all the fun you have come to expect, including the PEEP-Mobile, PEEPs mascots, PEEPs candy, and new this year —PEEPs slushies! Come vote for your favorites!

Behind the Scenes

Join Susan Williamson for our Spring Art History series, three Thursdays in March, April, and May. Things kick off on Thursday, March 28 with “Bernini and Borromini, Architects of Baroque Rome” from 1 to 2 p.m. You can get tickets for the whole series for $20.

If you have a budding actor in your family in grades 6 through 8, sign them up to Take the Stage. This class is designed to boost their self-esteem and explore their creativity without the pressure of learning lines. The young actors-to-be will learn basic theatre skills, public speaking skills, short & long term improvisation, and spontaneity through games and exercises in a fun, fast-paced, and supportive environment. The class runs six Saturday mornings, April 27 through June 1 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sign up at

If you have enjoyed programs at the Carroll Arts Center and would like to volunteer, click the “Volunteer Sign Up” button on our website.