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Celebrate coming of spring with music and dance

With the first day of spring Friday March 20, Carroll families are ready to shake off the last remnants of snow, abandon the lure of staying in with a warm blanket and a Netflix subscription and hit the streets for some local entertainment. This week, Carroll residents have an opportunity to catch a selection of concerts, or attend a historical dance.

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Barleyjuice

Each year, Irish rockers Barleyjuice come to Carroll to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with their mixture of classical Celtic music and high-energy rock. This Philadelphia-based band started their career in 1998, and features Irish and Scottish pop and rock performed on a mix of guitars and traditional Irish instruments, including bagpipes, tin whistle, fiddle and more. Barleyjuice has released six studio albums and has been heard on the television shows "The Office" and "King of the Hill."

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When: 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, Saturday March 21

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

Cost: $28 adults, $25 Carroll County Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster

For more information: Visit http://www.carrollartscenter.org or call 410-848-7272.

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Synergy handbell concert

Local handbell choir the Westminster Ringers will host their biennial concert "Synergy" March 21. The concert, held at the end of a two-day festival for advanced ringers, features handbell ensembles from throughout the area. During the concert this year, the performers will be joined by the Kent State Chorale.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21

Where: 1000 Green Valley Road, New Windsor

Cost: Free. Donations will be accepted.

For more information: Visit http://www.westminsterringers.org or call 410-848-5482.

Corbit's Charge Ball

This annual ball, held by the City of Westminster, commemorates Corbit's Charge, a Civil War cavalry battle which took place in the streets of Westminster in 1863. The battle featured thousands of Confederate soldiers battling a contingent of 108 Union soldiers, under the command of Capt. Charles Corbit. Attendees of the ball are encouraged to dress in historical attire, though spurs, swords, heel plates and firearms are prohibited. The event will feature dancing, refreshments and door prizes.

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 21

Where: 11 Longwell Ave., Westminster

Cost: $20 adults, $10 students between the ages of 13 and 22, free for children 12 and younger.

For more information: Visit http://www.westgove.com or call 410-848-9000.

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