Music lovers are in luck this weekend as downtown Westminster becomes a free music venue, during the Common Ground on the Town festival, featuring a selection of renowned traditional musicians. The next two weeks are perfect for history-lovers, as historic Uniontown hosts a garden tour of some of its oldest buildings and gardens and the Historical Society of Carroll County celebrates the birthday of Mary Shellman.

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Common Ground on the Town

Enjoy some of the live music of the Common Ground on the Hill festival without even journeying to the McDaniel College campus. Enjoy a blend of traditional musical genres from Celtic to blues, jazz, bluegrass and more at restaurants and bars throughout downtown Westminster on Saturday at Common Ground on the Town. During the celebration, Henry's Big Sleazy will perform at Johanssons Dining House and Restaurant, 4 W. Main St.; Harry Orlove and Eric Byrd will perform at Maggie's, 310 E. Green St.; Wherligig will perform at O'Lordans Irish Pub, 14 Liberty St., and the Christopher James Band will perform at Rafael's, 32 W. Main St.

When: 9 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, July 1

Where: Downtown Westminster

Cost: Free

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'Beyond the Garden Gate'

Learn about Historic Uniontown with this garden tour, featuring self-guided tours of six private gardens and two public buildings, including the Uniontown Academy, originally built in 1851. The tour will feature a map with descriptions of each of the stops. Money raised through the tour will go to support the Restoration of the Historic Uniontown Academy. Tickets can be purchased at The Academy, 3400 Uniontown Road.

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2

Where: 3400 Union Road, Westminster

Cost: $15. Children younger than 12 are free.

For more information: Visit www.historicuniontown.org/events.html

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Rock 'Round the Block

Celebrate Westminster historic figure Mary Shellman's birthday with the Historical Society of Carroll County Sunday, July 9. This event will feature historic games, music by DJ John Scavilla and food from the Taneytown Lions Club and The Cow.

When: 1 p.m. Sunday, July 9

Where: Historical Society of Carroll County, 210 E Main St., Westminster

Cost: Free

For more information: Visit www.hsccmd.org/



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