Coming attractions: Magic show coming to Carroll Arts Center for Presidents Day

Coming attractions: Magic show coming to Carroll Arts Center for Presidents Day
Dave Thomen of Mr. D’s Magic will be performing at Carroll Arts Center on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 18. (Courtesy photo)

Welcome to February, the month we celebrate love! What better way to tell someone that you love them than treating them to an event at the Carroll Arts Center? You can find out more about all of our programs at If you aren’t a member of the Carroll County Arts Council, please consider joining. A family membership is only $40, and you get a 10 percent discount on most programs.

Now Playing

On Friday, the Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC) continues the 16th Annual Foreign Film Festival, sponsored by JeannieBird Baking Co. We have a fabulous offering every Friday of the month. Coming up on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. is “Truman” from Spain and Argentina. When a terminally-ill actor is visited by his childhood friend, the two men share emotional moments while they finalize funeral arrangements and find a home for the actor’s beloved dog. The following week, Feb. 15, we are showing “Dukhtar,” a film from Pakistan, and we close out the festival with the classic “Cinema Paradiso” from Italy. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students and seniors.


If the kids are home from school on Presidents Day, Feb. 18, bring them to the Carroll Arts Center to join magician Dave Thomen of Mr. D’s Magic for a spectacular show filled with magic, music, comedy and lots of fun that will fascinate audience members of all ages! The show begins at 11 a.m. and tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m., see what the buzz is about when you view the Oscar Nominated Shorts! You’ll see all the live action and animated shorts before the awards are presented later that evening at the Academy Awards. If you are brave enough to wear shorts, we’ll give you a free small popcorn. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Thanks to Double Diamond Construction for sponsoring this event.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 9. For two shows, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Teelin Irish Dance will be on hand with their innovative presentation that features spirited Irish dance and a variety of live Celtic music. Their thunderous percussive choreography is only surpassed by the thunderous applause when this talented dance company takes the stage. Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for students and seniors, and they are sure to go fast! Thanks to Blair Reid and John Glenn for sponsoring this event.

Keep that Celtic energy going for the next weekend when we bring back a perennial favorite, Barleyjuice! Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Philadelphia’s Celtic Rockers are back, along with their rowdy following of “Juicers.” Get your tickets early — they regularly sell out. 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!

A View from the Gallery

Make sure to participate in Carroll County’s largest event, PEEPshow! For those of you who will be creating a marshmallow masterpiece, please register online between now and March 15. This annual celebration of sugar-covered art is April 12-23.

You still have time to see our winter gallery exhibits. For the month of February in the Tevis gallery, experience “Elements,” as local artists explore the role of earth, air, fire and water in their creative lives. Artists include representatives from The Art of Fire, working in glass; Maggie Ball, using found objects from nature; Nicole Diem and Alex Simms working in ceramics; Charlotte Laslo, metalsmithing; Virginia Vincent Sperry, rust photography and sculpture; and Thomas Sterner, wood.

In the Community Gallery, we have “Inspired by Pearls,” where 24 quilters from the Four County Quilters Guild, which includes Carroll and surrounding counties, were challenged with the theme of a pearl. This exhibit features their interpretations in quilted fiber embellished with mixed media and pearls.

Behind the Scenes

You can still register your child for our Make It and Take It art classes. Ages 5–8 have five more Tuesdays until March 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., ages 9–12 will meet six Thursdays starting tonight, Feb. 7, also 5 to 6:30 p.m. This is more than refrigerator art! Registration is $120, and members of the Carroll Arts Center get a 10 percent discount.

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