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The Eric Byrd Trio is shown. “A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas” comes to the Carroll Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and 22, at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. The Peanuts classic is shown and the Eric Byrd Trio creates a joyful holiday event for all ages.
The Eric Byrd Trio is shown. “A Charlie Brown Jazz Christmas” comes to the Carroll Arts Center on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and 22, at 8 p.m., with a matinee on Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. The Peanuts classic is shown and the Eric Byrd Trio creates a joyful holiday event for all ages. (Courtesy photo)

Thanks to everyone who supported our 21st annual Festival of Wreaths. Whether you donated a wreath, bid on one, voted for your favorite, or just visited the Carroll Arts Center to get in the Christmas spirit, we had a fun and successful event that raised more than $22,000 for the Carroll County Arts Council.

Thank you to PNC Bank and the Carroll County Times for sponsoring. As one of our most significant fundraisers, we are very pleased with the support from our community.

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As 2018 is winding down, come celebrate this festive season by seeing a performance at the Carroll Arts Center. We have tickets on sale for programs during the holidays and beyond. You can find a complete listing of all our exhibits and performances at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

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This Saturday, Dec. 15, celebrate the magic of Yuletide and the winter solstice at A Celtic Christmas with OCEAN Orchestra. This fun event will feature the skirling of pipes, toe-tapping fiddle tunes, and soaring vocals, along with plenty of sing-a-long opportunities to get you fully into the holiday spirit. The show starts at 2 p.m., and tickets are just $25. You can purchase them online or at the door.

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, we will be auctioning off a Charlie Brown Christmas tree and then 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.

The OCEAN Orchestra will present a Celtic Christmas celebration with the magic of Yuletide and the Winter Solstice and a special visit from Father Christmas.

If you’re already looking to combat the post-holiday doldrums in January, join us every Friday evening for our documentary film series, presented by Film Lovers In Carroll County. There are some amazing movies in this year’s line-up, starting with “RBG,” the biography of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Friday, Jan. 4, sponsored by Cornelius Ridgely and Hill, Barnes & McInerney, LLC.

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, sponsored by PFLAG Westminster. Feel good the next week by watching rare footage of the Godfather of Soul in “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,” Jan. 18, sponsored by BaylorCAD Drafting Service, and then finish out the series with everyone’s favorite neighbor, Fred Rogers, in “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” Jan. 25, sponsored by JeannieBird Baking Company.

Show times are 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each week. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Get tickets for each movie or the series at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

A View from the Gallery

If you’re one of those last-minute shoppers, you only have 11 more shopping days until Christmas! You don’t have to take the lazy way out and get a gift card. You can find a unique, hand-made gift from our 10th annual Gallery of Gifts, sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank. The Tevis Gallery still has a great selection of 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. 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 Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. for “The Influence of Art Deco on the Carroll Theater and East Middle School.” Tickets are $6.50.

Do you think you can’t sing? If so, we have a class for you! Taught by Kelly Stoneberger, a local vocal coach, “So You Think You Can’t Sing” welcomes adults of all musical ability. Everyone can learn to sing, and this class will prove it! Join us for six Wednesday evening classes starting Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 7:30. Class registration is $85, and CCAC members get a 10 percent discount.

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 at www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

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