You’ve probably already noticed that holiday decorations are being displayed in stores all over the county, so even though it’s still October, it’s not too early to start thinking about the festive events coming this season.
Here at the Carroll Arts Center, we have a variety of activities to help you get into the holiday spirit. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift, a meaningful performance or a beautiful place to bring the family, I invite you to see everything we offer at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
It’s almost Halloween, and what better time to dress up in an outlandish costume and do the Time Warp again? Get out your fishnets and join us for our annual screening of the cult classic, “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Friday, Oct. 26, at 10 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $14 for students and seniors. Members of the Carroll County Arts Council get 10 percent off.
In case you missed it in September, you’re invited to “Sinister Speakeasy,” a 1920s-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. The fun takes place on Friday, Nov. 3. Tickets are $75 and include a donation to the Carroll County Arts Council, entertainment, and a deluxe three course dinner.
Mark your calendars for Nov. 9, 10 and 11! Our young performers will take the stage in “Madagascar Jr.,” a musical based on the DreamWorks animated movie. A group of outlandish animals escape from the Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Come support the middle-school cast and crew who have worked diligently to learn stagecraft by producing this show.
A view from the gallery
This is the last week to see our fall exhibits, “Synergy,” in the Tevis Gallery, “Showcasing Carroll County Public School Art Teachers” in the Director’s Hall, and “The World Through Our Eyes” by the Carroll County Camera Club in the Community Gallery. All three exhibits close Nov. 3.
Mark your calendar for the 10th annual Gallery of Gifts, unveiling in the Tevis Gallery on Nov. 16. This special cash and carry exhibit resembles a boutique rather than a traditional exhibit, with over 45 artists filling the gallery with their wares. Find unique and creative gifts while supporting local artists. CCAC members who shop on Nov. 16 will receive an additional 10 percent discount.
Beginning Nov. 23 in the Director’s Hall and Community Galleries, join us for the 21st annual Festival of Wreaths. Bid on more than 150 spectacular themed wreaths during this silent auction and Carroll County tradition that is one of our most significant fundraisers. Join us for a variety of additional activities during the 10-day exhibit, including carolers, a screening of “A Christmas Story,” and concerts. Find all the details at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
Behind the scenes
If you’re interested in contributing a wreath to the Festival of Wreaths, registration is now open. Whether you’ve often thought of creating a holiday masterpiece but have never done it, or you’ve contributed every year, check out Pinterest and get inspired to create a unique holiday wreath and donate it to the Carroll County Arts Council for our silent auction.
It can be Christmas themed, but doesn’t need to be. Some of the most popular wreaths are year-round designs. We ask you to register your wreath so that we know how much space to allocate, so please fill out the form online at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org. You have until Nov. 17 to finish your wreath, so no need to stress! Mark your calendar for the Festival of Wreaths, Nov. 23-Dec. 2.
For you art history lovers out there, join Susan Williamson for her lecture on “Photography and How It Changed the Way We See,” Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center. Susan shares her artistic expertise in this informative and entertaining presentation. Tickets are $6.50.
Don’t forget to stop in our gift shop for unique, creative gifts!
If you have enjoyed programs at the Carroll Arts Center and wondered how you could get more involved, or if you are happy whenever you come to the building and would like to spend more time with us, we invite you to consider becoming a volunteer. Just click the “Volunteer Sign Up” button on our website at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.