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Benefit concerts to feature country lineup, rock orchestra

Enjoy a night out watching some kickin’ country music at the Reese Volunteer Fire Company for a good cause on Friday, June 1, as proceeds from the Take Homelessness to Heart benefit concert will go toward the Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. homeless shelter system. Then, on Sunday, June 3, venture to Eldersburg to see the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra perform its annual Rockin’ the Cause concert, this year benefiting the Sykesville-Freedom District volunteer fire company. As for next week, consider purchasing tickets in advance for “Mary Poppins Jr.,” a production being presented by Mount Airy-based Spotlight Musical Theatre.

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Take Homelessness to Heart

A benefit concert featuring Nashville music stars The Thread as well as local country atists Elly Cooke and Carrie Giesler is set for Friday, June 1, at the Reese Volunteer Fire Company carnival grounds.


The Take Homelessness to Heart Benefit Concert is a service project of the Westminster Modern Woodmen of America Chapter 11621, a nonprofit fraternal financial services organization, and the proceeds of the concert will go toward the Human Services Programs of Carroll County homeless shelter system, according to Rick Bibbee, a district agent with modern woodman and the organizer of the concert.

Giesler, the 2018 Westminster’s Got Talent winner, will open things up with a few songs followed by a set of approxmately 40 minutes by Cooke, the 2016 WGT winner. Then, the headliners, a Nashville-duo consisting of Tyler Boydstun on percussion, guitar and vocals, and Caitlin Nicol-Thomas, who plays fiddle, guitar, mandolin and sings, will play for 70 or 80 minutes.


When: Friday, June 1

Where: Reese Volunteer Fire Company, 1745 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster

Cost: $17 in advance/$20 at the event

For information or to purchase tickets, call 240-850-0236 or visit

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Rockin’ the Cause 2018

The JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra is performing its annual Rockin’ the Cause charitable concert, benefiting the Sykesville-Freedom District volunteer fire company on Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m. at Century High School in Eldersburg.

According to the JoeyDCares website, the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra, directed by Joe Dundore, is a group made up of about 30 musicians including seventh-12th grade students, parents, and others in the community who raise money or awareness for charity. Dundore (aka "Joey D") is a music teacher at Piney Ridge Elementary School.

Rockin’ the Cause is billed as fun, family-friendly musical entertainment with popular, crowd-pleasing hits, audience interaction and more with the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra performing rock, pop, Motown and jazz favorites for charity. According to the site, the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra has raised nearly $40,000 for various charities.

When: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 3


Where: Century High School, 355 Ronsdale Road, Eldersburg

Cost: $10 adults, $5 students

For information or tickets, visit

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‘Mary Poppins Jr.’

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The famous nanny takes center stage in what is billed as a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventure based on the award-winning Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film.

The eight shows coming up at the Carroll Arts Center are being put on by the Spotlight Musical Theatre, an academy in Mount Airy that, according to its website, is designed to guide artists of all ages, thru performing arts training with faculty teaching the fundamentals of acting, singing, and dancing during the three-month program.

It has a junior company (ages 4 to 8) and a senior company (ages 9 to 17). The junior company will be showcased in the earliest performance on both June 9 and June 10.


When: Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. (Junior Showcase), 1, 4 and 7 p.m.; Sunday, June 10, at 11 a.m. (Junior Showcase), 1, 4 and 7 p.m.

Where: Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster

Cost: $15 adult/$12 child ($9 for Junior Showcase performances)

For information or tickets, visit