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Carroll Night Out: Scout out upcoming performance of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

Looking to refresh your memories of high school English literature classes? The Carroll Arts Center is hosting a production of the 1990 stage adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird" presented by the National Players. While riding high on your Atticus Finch-inspired moral fortitude, you can head over to the Carroll County Ag Center to indulge your sweet tooth at the Great American Cake Show and purchase your tickets for a jazzy evening early in the week at Carroll Community College.

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"To Kill a Mockingbird"

Olney-based touring company the National Players will perform the play "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Christopher Sergel on Sunday at the Carroll Arts Center.


Established in 1949, the National Players is the longest-running touring company in the country. The troupe consists of 10 actors who perform a selection of plays each year throughout the nation and overseas. Andy Germuga, educational administrator with the National Players said the organization's mission is to make classic works accessible to audiences nationwide.

"We started just as a way to get some people acting experience, but we've evolved into having more of an educational bent," Germuga said. "We want to bring these classic works to people who may not have seen them, and then engage with the audience after the show as well."

This year represents the first season the group has performed "To Kill A Mockingbird," based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee.

The National Players are touring productions of "Mockingbird," "As You Like It" and "The Tempest," with plans for productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Julius Caesar" and "A Tale of Two Cities" set for next year.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19

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

Cost: $15 Adults, $13 Arts Council members, youth 18 and younger and seniors older than 60.

For more information: Visit or call 410-848-7272.


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Russell Kirk and the Path

Baltimore saxophonist and composer Russell Kirk has performed with George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic, The Cab Calloway Orchestra, The Temptations and the Four Tops. Throughout his career, Kirk has released two albums and been named a Buffet Crampon USA Performing Artist and been given the Maryland State Arts Council's Individual Artist Award. Kirk will perform with his band at Carroll Community College on Tuesday as part of the Carroll Concert Series.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21

Where: Scott Center Theater, Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster

Cost: $10 general admission, $5 for seniors older than 65, faculty, staff and students with ID.


For more information: Visit or call 410-386-8575.

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Great American Cake Show and Wedding Cake Competition

This convention for sweet tooths brings together bakers, cake decorators and wedding enthusiasts for a two-day celebration of pastries, frostings and decorations.

The event will feature a live demonstration, classes, a bake sale, and decoration challenges, including a blindfolded decorating contest. Classes include lessons on making lace cupcakes, pleats and drapes, wafer paper feathers and leaves and sophisticated sugar lace. Classes require registration, and costs range from $25 to $179.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19

Where: Carroll County Agricultural Center, 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster


Cost: General admission $10 for one-day pass, $18 for two-day pass. Seniors older than 60, $8 one-day pass, $16 two-day pass. Children 4 to 11, $5 one-day pass, $10 two-day pass. Children younger than 4 admitted free.

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