The Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department presents the Elvis Tribute Concert performed by Steven Benden and the Spin Outs on Nov. 16, but you may purchase your tickets at a discounted price until Sept. 30.
Wendy Olenik, one of the coordinators of this event, said in an email interview that this is going to be a fun event for Elvis fans and she is very proud to host this presentation because the performer is originally from Carroll County.
Benden is a multi-instrumentalist, an independent songwriter and a recording artist. Olenik said Benden graduated from Liberty High School and his parents, Harold and Bunny Benden, reside in Eldersburg.
Steven Benden in his performances has the ability to cover all three decades of Elvis Presley’s career — the ’50’s, ’60s and ’70s, including the movies.
Benden has been an Elvis fan since he was 5 years old after seeing his dad play Elvis songs on the guitar, watching Elvis movies with his mom, and playing their Elvis 45s.
After learning the songs and the moves, he started to compete and perform in many different festivals. Since then, Benden has won several songwriting awards and released several CDs.
Recently, he won the 2018 Alternative Rock Artist of the Year from Akademia Music, among other awards throughout his music career.
In addition, Benden is currently the director of strategy and performance for the Maryland Department of Human Services and a veteran with multiple deployments. He recently retired as a colonel from the Air Force, after serving 32 years.
Olenik asked that all of the guests come dressed in ’50s, ’60s or ’70s attire.
She said there will be food and beverages available for purchase, and they will have vendors set up, a silent auction and games of chance during the intermission.
In addition, the attendees will be able to purchase apple dumplings, pies, cakes, cookies, homemade jellies, jams, apple butter and their Holy Smoke Salsa.
Throughout the event, they will have kids games, scarecrow making and pumpkin painting.
The Fall Fest starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. For more information or to reserve a table, you may contact the church at 410-489-5280.
Calvary Lutheran Church is located at 16151 Old Frederick Road in Mount Airy.
Eldersburg library holding program for ‘Little Ones’
On Oct. 4, the Eldersburg branch library will be hosting a program for kids from birth to 3-year-olds and their parents or caregivers to help the little ones develop early literacy skills through talking, reading, writing, singing, and playing simple activities.