I am a self-professed “Christma-holic.” I love all things about this season, including the decorations, the lights, the hustle and bustle, even the cold weather.
The thing that captivates me most, however, is the feeling of connection with other people. As Charles Dickens portrays the character of Fred, saying in “A Christmas Carol,” “I have always thought of Christmas time … as a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of … when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”
As we enter the last month of 2018, let’s celebrate our common humanity by celebrating its expression through the arts. You can find a complete listing of all the programs at the Carroll Arts Center at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
Speaking of Charles Dickens, join us this weekend for our annual presentation of the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Celebrate this beloved Victorian holiday tradition thanks to the sponsorship of another beloved, Victorian holiday tradition, The Antrim 1844. Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s personal transformation along with Bob Crachit, Tiny Tim and all your favorite characters. Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for students and seniors. Remember, members of the Carroll County Arts Council get a 10 percent discount!
What do you get when you combine everyone’s favorite holiday cartoon with a live performance of the jazz score? A Carroll Arts Center holiday tradition, that’s what! Join us for “A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas,” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and 22 at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. After we show the Peanuts classic, the incomparable Eric Byrd Trio creates a joyful holiday event for all ages. Thanks to Woodhaven Building and Development for sponsoring this event. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
If you’re already planning what you’ll do during the cold, dark Friday evenings of January, join us for our documentary film series, presented by Film Lovers In Carroll County (FLICC). There are some amazing movies in this year’s line-up, starting with the biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in “RBG,” Friday, Jan. 4. The next week’s selection takes a lively look into the history of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo in “Rebels on Pointe,” Friday, Jan. 11. Feel good the next week by watching rare footage of the Godfather of Soul in “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,” Jan. 18, and then finish out the series with everyone’s favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, in “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” Jan. 25. Show times are 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each week. Buy tickets for individual movies or the series on our website at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
A View from the Gallery
Only 18 more shopping days until Christmas! Why get someone you love a non-descript gift card when you can give them a unique, hand-made gift from our 10th Annual Gallery of Gifts, sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank. The Tevis Gallery is decked out with baskets, prints, textiles, wood carvings, jewelry and more. This special cash and carry exhibit is a holiday boutique rather than a traditional exhibit, with over 45 artists participating. Find unique and creative gifts while supporting local artists. Shop now while the selection is still robust. The Gallery of Gifts is open through Dec. 22.
Behind the Scenes
Our Fall Art History Series has one more lecture. Join Susan Williamson on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. for “The Influence of Art Deco on the Carroll Theater and East Middle School.” Williamson will share her artistic expertise in this informative and entertaining presentation. Tickets are $6.50. Remember, Carroll County Arts Council members get 10 percent off.
Consider becoming a member of the Carroll County Arts Council and get member benefits, including advance notice of certain events, discounted tickets, member receptions and more!
If you have enjoyed programs at the Carroll Arts Center and wondered how you could get involved, or if you call the Arts Center your “happy place,” we invite you to consider becoming a volunteer. Just click the “Volunteer Sign Up” button on our website.