For those of you who received a bright and shiny new 2018 calendar for the holiday season, we’re here to help you fill in those dates with some of the things to look forward to in the upcoming year, from Carroll’s most long-running traditions to the movies and TV shows that’ll be hitting screens in the new year. Don’t despair about the loss of 2017, because 2018 is full of exciting things to look forward to.
Carroll County celebrations
Penguin Random House Book Fair
There’s no better place for a book-lover than at the annual Penguin Random House Book Fair, held each year at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. The event takes place on Saturday, March 3 and features discounted book sales, guest artists and authors, including cartoonist John Burgerman, free movie screenings and more.
For more than a decade, the PEEPshow has been the signature event at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster. Thousands come from all over the region to check out the more than 150 sculptures, dioramas, videos and other pieces of art made out of or inspired by marshmallow Peeps. Registration for the PEEPshow opens February 1, but doors open to the public from March 29 to April 10.
Gamber Fire Carnival
Fire carnival season gets its start in Carroll County with the beginning of the Gamber volunteer fire company carnival on Saturday, May 26. The carnival, featuring music, rides, food and more, is the beginning of an entire summer of carnivals throughout the county, with a new one occurring nearly every week until school is back in session.
Common Ground on the Hill
Visitors from around the globe come together on Common Ground for this annual lecture and educational series paired with concerts, art galleries, dances and more. Common Ground is one of the largest celebrations in Carroll County. Sign up now for classes during the traditions weeks from June 25 to 30 and July 2 to July 7.
Maryland Wine Festival
There’s one weekend that Maryland drinkers and wine-lovers look forward to all year, and it’s the annual Maryland Wine Festival held on the grounds of the Carroll County Farm Museum. The event features more than 150 wines from 25 wineries as well as artists, crafters and food vendors for an entire weekend of revelry. The Wine Festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and will be held Sept. 15 and 16.
“A Wrinkle in Time”
“Selma” director Ava DuVernay turns her award-winning eye toward fantasy as she brings to life one of the most popular young adult novels of all time. “A Wrinkle in Time” brings together an all-star cast, featuring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling, seemingly incredible visuals in service of a heartfelt story that has already stood the test of time. DuVernay has been one of Hollywood’s best directors for years, and “A Wrinkle in Time” represents her first foray into blockbuster filmmaking.
“Avengers: Infinity War”
A decade after the Marvel Cinematic Universe was introduced with “Iron Man,” this grand superhero crossover concept comes to its major climax with the third “Avengers” film. This movie brings together characters from all 18 previous Marvel movies including the Avengers, Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy to battle Thanos, who has finally begun collecting the powerful Infinity Stones.
This “Ocean’s 11” spinoff features maybe the most exciting cast of the year with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and Awkwafina teaming up for a bold heist at the Met Gala. The film, from “Pleasantville” and “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross, features cameos from “Ocean’s 11” films, but the selling point is seeing this cast come together.
In 1998, “Halloween: H20” brought back Jamie Lee Curtis for what was supposed to be her final showdown with the boogeyman, Michael Myers. After one major retcon and a pair of remakes, Curtis is stepping back into her iconic role of Laurie Strode to face off against The Shape — portrayed again by 70-year-old Nick Castle who originated the role in the first film. This film is ignoring every sequel and remake except the original film and is being directed by David Gordon Green who has carved out a hard-to-pin-down career with films like “Pineapple Express,” “George Washington” and “Undertow.”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
After 54 years, Mary Poppins returns to the big screen on her flying umbrella. Emily Blunt and “Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda are stepping into the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious shoes made famous by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Oscar-winning “Chicago” director Rob Marshall steps behind the camera to tell the story of Poppins returning to the now-grown Banks’ children’s lives after a family tragedy.
On the Boob Tube
Premieres January 3 on Freeform
“Black-ish” has been one of the funniest and most poignant sitcoms on network television. Now, actress Yara Shahidi is getting “A Different World” spinoff of her own as her character, Zoey Johnson, from “black-ish” heads off to college and starts a life of her own.
Premieres Jan. 22 on HBO
Steven Soderbergh is one of our best film directors, but for the past several years has decided to try his hand at the television format, with shows like “The Knick” and “The Girlfriend Experience” bringing his unique voice to serialized storytelling. Now, with “Mosaic,” he’s going to attempt to expand what television even means. “Mosaic” will air as a six-part miniseries on HBO, but viewers are allowed to access the program through an app that allows them to shift between different characters’ perspectives in real time. Is this a new storytelling format or simply a gimmick? Choose for yourself.
Premieres Feb. 26 on NBC
Christina Hendricks, Rhetta and Mae Whitman come together for a crime spree in this new comedy by Jenna Bans. The first episode is directed by Dean Parisot, who brought the world “Galaxy Quest,” and tells of three suburban women who decide to rob a grocery store in order to escape their money troubles, but wind up in a larger crime story.
Premieres March 27 on ABC
The latest sitcom to get the revival treatment, “Roseanne” sees the return of all of the show’s main cast — including Becky 1 and even John Goodman, whose character passed away in the series finale of the original run. Will the show still be as cutting and honest a look at working class family life as it was in the original series? Check it out on ABC and find out.
Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” was a massive cultural success when it was released in 2012. Now her novel “Sharp Objects” is making the leap to television with the Oscar-nominated Amy Adams in the lead role. Adams plays a crime reporter in the midst of investigating two young girls in her small hometown.