Central Carroll: Flower and Plant Market at Union Mills Homestead celebrating major anniversary

Central Carroll: Flower and Plant Market at Union Mills Homestead celebrating major anniversary
The 50th annual Flower and Plant Market will be held May 3-5 at the Union Mills Homestead. An earlier edition of the market in the 1980s is pictured. (Courtesy photo)

It seems like the colorful bloom of spring flowers comes along at just the right time, just after we ease our way out of the bitter cold of winter.

Everyone needs the promise of flowers in their life, and the Union Mills Homestead Foundation offers just that. It will be holding the 50th annual Flower and Plant Market on May 3-5 at the Homestead, with a wide array of quality, locally grown flowers and plants offered for sale.


The Flower and Plant Market has been held annually since it was first organized in 1969 under the leadership of Esther L. Shriver. It was the Homestead’s first fundraiser. Today, event chair, Marlene Lufriu is assisted by Janet Shriver in organizing the event.

“We are emphasizing pollinators this year,” Lufriu said. “They particularly attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. We will have an information sheet available on the pollinator plants, and we will also have two Ask the Expert sessions. Allan Summers — a longtime host of the weekly WTTR garden show called The Garden Club — will be there on Friday from 12 to 2 p.m. Then, on Sunday, from 10 a.m. to noon, we will have Steve Allgier, the Westminster Tree Commission chairman and a licensed arborist. He retired from the University of Maryland Extension program.”

Lufriu spoke of how things have changed over the past 50 years.

“The event has evolved over time,” she said, “but one thing that has stayed the same is the personal touch we offer, with the hand-selected, quality plants expected by our patrons. We always include long-time favorites but like to add new selections each year. We are excited that the Flower and Plant Market is still so popular after fifty years.”

During the Plant and Flower Market, the historic Shriver Homestead and Grist Mill will be open for tours, as will the blacksmith and gift shops. Kountry Kafe Catering will offer a light lunch menu and other food items for purchase.

Lufriu encourages everyone to attend.

“We will have a wonderful selection of locally grown plants,” she said. “They are not shipped in. And we’ll have children’s gardening projects throughout the day on Saturday.”

For further information, contact Jane Sewell at the Homestead at 410-848-2288 or email


VFW Post 467 will hold its Summer Cruise-In Nights every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning May 3 and running through September 27.

According to VFW post commander Gil Muse, “Weather permitting we have about 50 to 100 street rods.”

Muse said people interested in cars can see a variety of classic and updated cars and motorcycles, mainly antiques and street rods.

“This isn't an actual car show with trophies,” Muse said. “It is just a cruise-in for people to bring their old cars for others to look at.”

Muse said cars start rolling in at about 4 p.m. and the dining room opens at 5 p.m. with lots of good food available for purchase.

“Our dining room has Friday night dinners all year round, open to the public,” he said. “Plus, we have food under the pavilion on Friday nights during the Cruise-Ins. We make our money on the food and cash bar under the pavilion, plus the dining room sales. It’s a lot of fun and this is our 14th year. Everyone is invited free of charge!”


For more information, call Muse at 443-974-2750.

Songs of Peace and Rejoicing

Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County presents Songs of Peace and Rejoicing on Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m. inside Baker Memorial Chapel on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster. This is conductor Margaret Boudreaux’s final concert with the group. Come out and join others in making her sendoff a joyful one.

Featuring works by Michael Praetorius, Brahms, J.S. Bach and others, the McDaniel College Choir will also perform at this spring concert.

“The concert will be my last Masterworks concert after becoming their artistic director in 2002,” Boudreaux said. “We've often ended the Masterworks Spring concert with ‘The Lord Bless You and Keep You’ — especially when it has included [the] College Choir. I know the endings of all the concerts will be very emotional.”

Admission is $12 for adults at the door or $10 in advance. All students with a valid ID and children admitted will be free at the door. Tickets are available from members of the Chorale, at the Carroll County Arts Council in Westminster and online at

“This concert offers everything from Virgil Thomson's intimate setting of ‘Psalm 23,’ to Brahm's soaring favorite, ‘How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,’ to the overwhelmingly splendid sounds of Michael Praetorius's larger setting of ‘Our Father,’ including the McDaniel College Choir and the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt ensemble together with Masterworks,” Boudreaux said. “Choral music fans will find this afternoon to be quite a musical banquet!”

McDaniel College is located at 2 College Hill in Westminster.

Tool Drive

Westminster Lions Club will hold a Garden Tool Drive at Westminster’s Tractor Supply Company on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring new and gently used garden tools to the Lions Club tent in front of the building, at 1151 Baltimore Blvd. in Westminster.

The tool drive benefits Keep & Till, a Christian organization devoted to producing healthy, environmentally responsible organic food. It partners with the Willet Farm, just outside of Westminster, for a community garden.

For more information about Keep & Till visit For more information about the tool drive, call Lion Bob Coursey at 443-398-4934.

Paint Night

The Westminster Lions Club will hold a paint night at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at the VFW Post at 519 Poole Road in Westminster.

“This year we are going to be painting flower pots,” said Susie Coursey, club member and Club Tail Twister. “We are also going to give everyone potting soil and plants to put in them!”

Sign up because space is limited, and bring your own snacks. Soda and water will be provided. Beer and other items may be purchased at the VFW.

The cost for this special paint night is $35.

Call 443-974-0940 to reserve a seat.

Strike Up the Band

Get your music fix at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, when the Carroll County Jazz Ensemble presents hit songs from the ’50’s through the ’80s inside the Westminster High School auditorium.

The concert benefits the Community Foundation of Carroll County, currently celebrating its 25th year.

Songs will feature Brad Collins, Jeff Boone, Joe Sullivan, Gil Rathel, Nick Reider, Charlie Berry, David Motter, Glenn Patterson II, the trombone section, and Herb Sell as instrumental soloists. Featured vocal soloists include Lori True, Glenn Patterson and Brad Collins.

Doors open at 3 p.m. Proceeds of the concert will go to the Community Foundation’s general operations fund to maintain the staffing and other costs related to managing the many funds and scholarships operating under the foundation’s umbrella.

Advance tickets cost $15 for adults or $10 for students, but tickets will also be available at the door for $17.50 for adults or $12 for students. Purchase them online at or at these ticket outlets: Carroll Arts Center, Coffey Music, Menchey Music, Hess Music, or the Community Foundation of Carroll County.


Westminster High School is located at 1225 Old Washington Road. For more information, call 410-876-5505.