Blacksmith Days and Jake Offutt Foundation's Family Fun Fest on tap this weekend

Sheldon Browder demonstrates blacksmithing techniques during the 2016 Blacksmith Days at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.
Sheldon Browder demonstrates blacksmithing techniques during the 2016 Blacksmith Days at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster. (Times file)

For those not making the trek to Pimlico for the Preakness, there are plenty of things going on right here in Carroll this weekend.

Blacksmith Days makes its 30th annual appearance at the Carroll County Farm Museum on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, from noon to 4 p.m. each day. Close by on Saturday, also from noon to 4 p.m., the Jake Offutt Foundation Family Fun Fest takes place at Shipley Arena at the Carroll County Agriculture Center. Looking ahead, a trio of female singer-songwriters will be showcased at Baldwin’s Station on Thursday, May 24.


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Blacksmith Days

The Farm Museum and the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland present the 30th annual Blacksmith Days this weekend featuring the return of blacksmiths Randy McDaniel and Ken Schwarz for “A Look Back at Where it Started.”

Carroll’s bars and restaurants are home to a variety of local and area bands and performers. To help plan your night out, the Times has assembled this calendar of musical performances at local eateries.

Last year, more than 160 blacksmiths gathered at the Farm Museum for the event. “It's gotten bigger and bigger,” Ray Neubauer, a member of the guild's board of directors, told the Times during last year’s event. “What everybody thinks of as a dying art is not. … We bring demonstrators in, either local or from out of state. We've had them from as far as California and Nova Scotia, and we also have the Maryland Farriers Association here — a great group of people with some phenomenal smiths."


Neubauer, of Westminster, said the guild has about 250 members and the event is attended by many of them, but it is also open to the public.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20.

Where: Carroll County Farm Musem, 500 S. Center St., Westminster

Cost: For general public, regular Farm Museum admission ($5 adults/$4 60-plus/$10 families, children under 9 free with paying adult)

For information, visit the guild’s website at www.bgcmonline.org.

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Jake Offutt Foundation Family Fun Fest

The Jake Offutt Foundation Family Fun Fest is set for Saturday with fun and games promised for the whole family. The event will feature huge inflatables, face-painting, carnival games, a silent auction, performances, balloon animals, food, a DJ and more. Adults may take part in the inflatable games as well, so there is something for everyone.

Funds raised will go to the Jake Offutt Foundation to support those affected by pediatric cancer as well as to help fund local athletic opportunities for those in need. It honors Jake Offutt, a Winters Mill High School student who died in 2015 at age 15 just seven months after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer known as anaplastic astrocytoma that is hard to treat and difficult to cure, according to the foundation’s website.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19

Where: Shipley Arena, 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster

Cost: $8

For information, visit www.jakeoffuttfoundation.com.

Looking ahead

Trio of singer/songwriters

Kipyn Martin, Lara Herscovitch and Lea, three female singer/songwriters, will perform at Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville on Thursday, May 24.


Martin was named New Artist of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association in 2015 and won Gold and Silver Awards in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Her song “Nightbird” from her debut album “Undercover Muse” won a Gold Award, as well as the Director’s Choice Award, in the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.

Herscovitch is songwriter, poet, singer, performer and policy social worker. As the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal wrote, “Singer-songwriter Lara Herscovitch doesn’t write songs just for the ears, but also for the heart and soul.” She has appeared as a guest on “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Lea has shared the stage with luminaries including Odetta, Mavis Staples, Dar Williams and Anthony Hamilton. She is acknowledged by the Washington Area Music Association as one of the region’s best vocalists, songwriters and recording artists and is a graduate of the Artist-in-Residence program at The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda.

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24

Where: Baldwin’s Station, 7618 Main St., Sykesville

Cost: $20

For information, call 410-795-1041 or visit www.baldwinsstation.com.

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