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Central Carroll: McDaniel College Choir performing 'Of Wisdom and Folly'

McDaniel College Choir has performed in Westminster since the college was founded shortly after the Civil War. Through the years, they have performed a wide variety of music, from popular music and opera choruses to the music of diverse world cultures.

Their concerts are a matter of history — and another one is on the way.


On Sunday, April 28, the McDaniel College Choir — led by Margaret Boudreaux, director of choral activities at the college and department chair — presents the concert, Of Wisdom and Folly, at 7 p.m. in Baker Memorial Chapel on the campus at 2 College Hill in Westminster.

Boudreaux’s history with the college is also a matter of celebration. She said this will be her last concert with the McDaniel College Choir, completing her 30th year since she arrived at the college in 1989. However, Boudreaux said this will not be her last McDaniel College concert. That will take place on May 6, when the Evening of Madrigals show takes place, at 7:30 p.m. in Little Baker Chapel.


According to Boudreaux, “this musical journey will take the audience around the world and from the most ancient times to the present days, exploring human natures from fables to foibles.”

She said it is hard to name a favorite piece in the April 28 show.

There are several favorites for different reasons,” she said. “One is the truest ‘folly’ piece — a setting of Lewis Carroll's ‘Jabberwocky,’ composed by Sam Pottle. That's just a lot of fun and includes small percussion instruments that add to the experience. On the ‘wisdom’ side, we're doing an a cappella version of ‘For Good’ from ‘Wicked’ that had been requested by one of the graduating seniors in the choir. That piece sums up the power of moving forward in a positive way through hardships — and recognizing the transformation that has taken place.”

During the concert, audience participation will be encouraged on several pieces.

“We’ll start with a round — as always — and then go into Allan Naplan's setting of the Hebrew song ‘Hine ma tov,’ from Psalm 133 — ‘How good it is when brethren live together in peace’ — the ultimate wisdom,” she said. “Of course, we'll close with the traditional ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You,’ and we'll hope anyone in the audience who knows it will join us.”

The McDaniel College Choir concert is free and open to the public and no tickets are required.

Boudreaux said the concert will combine singers on a very powerful early baroque setting of the Lord's Prayer composed by Michael Praetorius, in this concert and an upcoming Masterworks Chorale Concert on May 5. (Details on the Masterworks concert will be in next week’s column.)

“And we'll again be welcoming the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble in that piece,” Boudreaux said. “It's quite an overwhelmingly splendid work in that hall's acoustics. I selected that for both concerts because the yearning for peacefulness found in the text again represents wisdom.”


For more information about the concert, call 410-857-2599.

Egg Hunt

The Charles Carroll Recreation Council and the Silver Run–Union Mills Lions Club have partnered to host an Easter Egg Hunt at the Carroll Sports Complex on Md. 97 on Saturday, April 20, beginning at noon.

The Easter bunny will be there to greet friends, along with his friend, the Lion.

Three age groups will search for 1,400 eggs filled with candy. In addition, there will be a prize drawing after the egg hunt, and each age group will have an opportunity to guess the number of jellybeans in separate containers to win the jellybeans.

Rec council representative Talara Kumrow spoke of why it is important to combine resources and efforts.

“As individual groups in a small community we all need to work together to promote a family atmosphere, helping each other out in all situations, benefiting all ages.”


Look for face-painting and vouchers for free kids’ meals at Texas Roadhouse, which also donated many of the eggs for hiding.

“We’re all looking forward to seeing everyone at the community Easter egg hunt,” Kumrow said.

The egg hunt is free, but families are encouraged to bring canned food donations for the Silver Run Food Pantry.

For more information, contact Talara Kumrow with the rec council at 410-848-7278 or by email at

Caring Carroll Concert

The fourth annual Caring Carroll Benefit Concert with Sunday Night Big Band will be held on Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at the Carroll Arts Center, at 91 W. Main St. in Westminster.

By coming to the concert, you will be helping Caring Carroll, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that matches trained volunteers to assist with the non-medical needs of older adults with limited resources in Carroll County. Caring Carroll helps those who just need a little help in order to continue to live independently


At the concert, Sunday Night Big Band's latest CD will be offered for sale for $15.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the Carroll Arts Center website for $20 each at or by calling the Caring Carroll office at 410-775-5596.

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Caring Carroll welcomes volunteers. Volunteer services include errands, grocery shopping, friendly visits, transportation within the county, light housekeeping and yard work.

For more information call the Caring Carroll office at 410-775-5596, or purchase tickets online at

Ham Radio

The Carroll County Amateur Radio Club will offer a repeat of its entry-level license course, scheduled for April 27 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at 50 Kate Wagner Road in Westminster, with free testing following on May 11.

Over the years, amateur radio has become a valued part of Carroll County’s emergency preparedness plan, offering needed communications between the Red Cross, government agencies, and individuals without power, phone or internet. Learn more with the radio club.


The Carroll County Amateur Radio club is a nonprofit, equal-opportunity organization of persons interested in radio and technology. The course is free and open to all, but advance registration is recommended.

Testing will be open to all license classes. Recommended text is the ARRL License manual, which can be found on their course website, listed below. However, all required material will be covered in the class.

Find more information at or email to register.