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Central Carroll: Union Mills Homestead aims to rebound from rained-out corn roast; bestselling authors to visit

David Bath and Chuck Dorsey turn corn at Union Mills Homestead's 2017 Old Fashioned Corn Roast.
David Bath and Chuck Dorsey turn corn at Union Mills Homestead's 2017 Old Fashioned Corn Roast. (Lois Szymanski / HANDOUT)

One of the best things about summer is sweet, juicy, local corn on the cob. You can eat all you want on Saturday, Aug. 3, plus a chicken dinner, at the upcoming Old Fashioned Corn Roast.

It’s a tradition at the Union Mills Homestead, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Union Mills Homestead Foundation and the Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club have come together to hold this event for 49 years. Last year was the first corn roast in history to be cancelled due to the weather, so this year, they hope for the support of a big turnout.

The ticket price of $14 per person includes a serving of fried chicken with applesauce, sliced tomatoes, a roll, and iced tea or lemonade, plus — of course — all-you-can-eat corn on the cob. A child’s portion — age 12 and younger — costs $6, with a slightly smaller portion of chicken.

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“This is a wonderful opportunity to eat some terrific local corn in a beautiful country setting in Carroll County while enjoying the music and the ambiance,” said Jane Sewell, executive director for the Union Mills Homestead.

While there, visitors will be able to enjoy music by the band Gravy. Sewell said they offers a mix of the classics.

“They play a variety [of songs] including some country music,” she said.

Those who attend can watch the waterwheel on the old mill turn as grains are ground, check out blacksmithing and woodworking demonstrations, stroll among craft vendors on site, purchase a Kona Ice for dessert, and enjoy a leisurely walk around the property, following Big Pipe Creek. Tour the Homestead and gristmill for a small additional fee and shop inside the gift shop, which offers an eclectic variety of old-fashioned wares.

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“This is our 49th year,” Sewell said. “Next year will be our big one! Come, sit, and enjoy some delicious corn.””

The Homestead is located at 3311 Littlestown Pike (Md. 97) in Union Mills. For more information, call 410-848-2288.

Learn more about the Homestead at www.unionmills.org. Find the Lions Club online at www.silverrununionmillslions.com.

Dozens of people turned out in 2017 for the Old Fashioned Corn Roast at Union Mills Homestead.
Dozens of people turned out in 2017 for the Old Fashioned Corn Roast at Union Mills Homestead. (Lois Szymanski / HANDOUT)

Authors coming to town

Thanks to Carroll County Public Library and A Likely Story Bookstore, several bestselling authors are coming to town, and you can meet them at Carroll Community College, hear them speak and get an autographed book.

“We have been very blessed to have a great partnership with CCPL and CCC as well as others such as the Arts Center, and CCPS,” A Likely Story bookstore owner Debbie Scheller said. “We have been able to bring some wonderful authors to Carroll County.”

On Friday, Aug. 9, author Sandra Brown will be at Carroll Community College’s Scott Center theater at 7 p.m. Brown is the author of 70 New York Times bestsellers, including “Tailspin,” “Seeing Red,” “Sting,” “Mean Streak,” “Friction,” “Deadline” and “Rainwater.” Writing professionally since 1981, about 80 million copies of her books are in print worldwide.

Tickets to the author talk cost $25 and include a copy of the book “Outfox.” The book is the story of FBI agent Drex Easton and his hunt for conman Weston Graham, whose many aliases have enabled him to lure wealthy women out of their fortunes before disappearing without a trace.

On Friday, Aug. 16, author C.J. Box will meet fans at 7 p.m. inside the Scott Theatre. Box is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels, including the Joe Pickett series. He’s won many Western writing awards.

In Box’s book, “The Bitterroots,” former sheriff’s investigator Cassie Dewell is commissioned with the task of helping to exonerate a man accused of assaulting a young woman from an influential family. In the novel, twisted family loyalty runs as deep as the ties to the land, while ghosts of Cassie’s own past threaten to bring her down.

Tickets to Box’s talk and the author signing that follows cost $25 and include a copy of “The Bitterroots.”

Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster.

On Monday, Aug. 19, author Karen Abbott will be at the Carroll Arts Center, at 91 W. Main St. for a talk and signing, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $28 and include a copy of “The Ghosts of Eden Park.”

Abbott is the bestselling author of “Liar,” “Temptress,” “Soldier,” “Spy,” and the newly released “The Ghosts of Eden Park,” novels with historical research that deepens the impact.

“The publishers are excited that our community embraces these literary events and are more than willing to send us these authors, knowing that they are so well received here in Carroll County,” Scheller said. “Sandra Brown and C.J. Box are two bestselling authors that have a wide range of fans. Both put on a wonderful event. They will make you laugh and get you very excited about their new books.”

All three author talks will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase from A Likely Story Bookstore. Please, no outside books.

For more information, call the Carroll County Public Library at 410-386-4500 or visit them online at https://library.carr.org.

‘Legally Blonde’

Small Towns Stars Theatre Company will present “Legally Blonde the Musical” onstage at the Scott Theatre, at Carroll Community College, on Friday and Saturday evenings: July 26 and 27 and Aug. 2 and 3 at 7 each night.

The award-winning musical is based on the classic movie, “Legally Blonde,” full of fun and laughter, with plenty of song and dance as well. After the transformation of lead character Elle Woods, the story accents her battle with stereotypes and scandal as she pursues the dream of becoming a lawyer.

Miranda Secula, owner of Small Towns Stars Theatre Company, said the company considers Frederick their home base, but they rehearse in Union Bridge and are planning to do shows year-round in Carroll and Frederick counties.

“This started as a friends’ group in 2015, but has grown into something much bigger,” Secula said. “In our past shows we were at the Carroll Arts Center, but we moved to the college for this event because it is such a large show with a lot of people and needs a large set. Our name is Small Town Stars because we feel it is important to provide theatre in smaller towns that may not have a whole lot. Everyone in the community is capable of excelling in theatre.”

Secula said several people from the area are in the play, including former Carroll Community College graduate Curtis Lee, who plays Elle’s ex-boyfriend Warner in the play.

General admission is $18 at the door for students or $20 for adults. In advance it is $16 for students and $18 for adults.

“There is one show-stopping number after another,” Secula said. “It is definitely bigger than anything we’ve done before. At its core it is comedy, but there are some heartfelt moments and good messages, too.”

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The college is located at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster.

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For more information, call 814-840-1450 or visit them online at http://smalltownstarstheatre.com/.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her call 443-293-7811 or email loisszymanski@hotmail.com

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