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Carroll Night Out: Unique holiday offerings, dog show this weekend

Have a unique holiday season this week in Carroll, with celebrations ranging from traditional Scottish carols to an outdoor quest for holiday decorations. Common Ground on the Hill will host a Scottish Christmas concert at the Carroll Arts Center Saturday evening, while the Bear Branch Nature Center, sends children on a search for the best decorative materials at the Hashawha Holiday Hunt on Sunday. If it's still too early for the holiday season in your home, check out some leaping hounds at the American Kennel Club Agility Trials all weekend.

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Pete Clark & Gregor Lowrey with Walt Michaels & Co

For those looking for an unusual take on the Christmas sound, Common Ground on the Hill will host a Scottish roots music Christmas concert with musicians Pete Clark and Gregor Lowrey, alongside Carroll County's Walt Michael & Co. The concert brings together Scottish fiddler Pete Clark with accordion player Gregor Lowrey for a performance of traditional music, mixed with the Appalachian influence brought by Walt Michael and his band.


When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5

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

Cost: $25 adults, $20 seniors older than 65 and teens

For more information: Visit or call 410-857-2771.

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American Kennel Club Agility Trials

The Oriole Dog Training Club will host American Kennel Club Agility Trials at the Shipley Arena, Carroll County Agriculture Center from Dec. 4 through the 6. The event will feature all levels of ability, and all All-American and mixed breed dogs. During the event, each dog will be tested on its agility by undergoing a series of tests including jumping through hoops, running up angled surfaces and navigating obstacles. Slots for the competition are full, but the public is invited to watch the dogs compete for free.

When: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 5 and 6


Where: Shipley Arena, Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster

Cost: Free

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Hashawha Holiday Hunt

Those searching for some holiday spirit can attend the Hashawha Holiday Hunt, Sunday at the Bear Branch Nature Center. During the event children between the ages of 5 and 10, will search the woods for materials to come back and create their own holiday decorations. The center will have hot cocoa and holiday treats to snack on while the children craft.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6


Where: Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster

Cost: $7 per child

For more information: Call 410-386-3580