November is the month when we remember all the reasons we have to be grateful, and we celebrate giving thanks. At the Carroll County Arts Council, we are grateful for the spectacular artists who grace our galleries, the performers who entertain and delight us, the patrons who make all the work worthwhile, and our amazing community that supports us in so many ways.
We invite you to participate in all of the holiday activities happening at the Carroll Arts Center in the next two months. You can find a complete listing of all our programs at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.
This weekend, come support the middle-school cast and crew of “Madagascar Jr.” These young people have worked diligently to learn all aspects of stagecraft by producing this show, and they will be performing it for the public Nov. 9, 10 and 11. This musical is based on the DreamWorks animated movie, which features a group of outlandish animals who escape from the Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Tickets are just $8 for adults, $6 for students and senior.
In preparation for Thanksgiving, Film Lovers In Carroll County (FLICC) presents “Babette’s Feast,” Friday, Nov. 16. Regarded as a masterpiece of culinary cinema, foodies will love this popular Danish film that tells the story of two spinster sisters who take in a French refugee who agrees to work as their servant. Bring a non-perishable food item and get a free small popcorn! Thanks to Performance Food Group (PFG) and JeannieBird Baking Company for sponsoring this screening. Tickets are $7. Members of the Carroll County Arts Council get 10 percent off.
If you’re coming to downtown Westminster Thanksgiving weekend for the Miracle on Main Electric Holiday Parade, come early to enjoy our free showing of the classic “A Christmas Story,” Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. Enjoy the holiday story of 9-year-old Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder Air Rifle. There is no charge for this movie, thanks to the sponsorship of Thomas, Bennett & Hunter, Inc.
Mark your calendars for our holiday shows! Our annual presentation of the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol” is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, sponsored by The Antrim 1844. Tickets are on sale now, just $18 for adults, $14 for students and seniors. The Eric Byrd Trio is back for “A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas,” Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and 22. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
A View from the Gallery
It’s not too early to start your Christmas shopping! On Nov. 16, the 10th Annual Gallery of Gifts opens in the Tevis Gallery. This special cash and carry exhibit resembles a holiday 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
Our Fall Art History Series has two more lectures. Join Susan Williamson on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center for her lecture on “Photography and How It Changed the Way We See.” Come back on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. for “The Influence of Art Deco on the Carroll Theater and East Middle School.” Susan will share her artistic expertise in these informative and entertaining presentations. Tickets are just $6.50 per lecture. Remember, Carroll County Arts Council members get 10 percent off all tickets.
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 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.