With a mix of patriotic and gospel music, the Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus will hold its annual spring show, “God Bless the USA,” bringing the Scott Center at Carroll Community College alive with an a capella tribute to God and country.
The shows, on June 1 at 7 p.m. and June 2 at 3 p.m., bring barbershop chorus music alive in its purest form — nothing but human voices coming together in harmony — with no other added ingredients.
Barbershop music is a piece of Americana. But these members will tell you it is also about fraternity. They are a brotherhood of musicians sharing a love of music.
“The Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus has existed for 36 years, and we’ve been performing an annual show every year since then,” said Dean Carroll, vice president in charge of marketing and public relations. “In recent years, we’ve performed this show at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts on Carroll Community College campus. We usually perform a Saturday and a Sunday show, where we’ve often sold out all 423 seats, therefore we are looking forward to seeing 750-800 guests for the spring show.”
According to Carroll, several local color guard groups will be there to present our country’s colors. The Old Line Statesmen will be wearing their signature tuxedos with red, white and blue shirts.
“This is the one performance we do each year to raise funds, which allows us to purchase music and props and also to do sing-outs for charity events for the balance of the year,” Carroll said. “We will also take our performance where we are invited and can also provide a mix of Broadway show tunes and [we] also love to do some Doo Wop songs from the ’50s and ’60s. We want people to know we are out here to offer entertainment for their event of maybe just to offer some background harmony to their venue.”
“What has stuck me personally about this show is the beauty in many of the ‘old standard’ patriotic and religious songs,” Carroll said. “ ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ for instance, has withstood the tests of time because it is really a beautiful song. The melody and harmonies are truly outstanding in our renditions of ‘You Raise Me Up’ and ‘God Bless the USA.’ The same is true of Irving Berlin’s classic ‘God Bless America.’ But my favorite is a recent song called ‘Prayer of the Children,’ written by Kurt Bestor, who experienced the tragedy of the civil war in Sarajevo [the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina]. It is a beautiful, haunting song that really touches the heart.”
Tickets cost $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. It’s $10 for military (active and veterans), police, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel with valid ID.
Carroll Community College is at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster.
The Carroll County Marine Corps League Detachment will hold its 12th annual Captain’s Choice Best Ball Scramble Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 15, at South Hills Golf Course in Hanover.
Players are asked to register online if possible. The tournament has a noon checkin and a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Participating players receive lunch, dinner and beverages. During play, carts will circulate with free soda, water and beer. Free range balls and a golf cart is included.
According to David Brown, commandant of the Carroll County Marine Corps League Detachment, there is a $500 first prize, a $300 second prize and a $200 third prize.
“We’ll also have a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and a raffle of donated gift cards and other items, including a golf kit, which includes a bag and clubs and balls worth $400,” Brown said, adding more. “We have a hole in one and a closest to the pin, too.”
Brown said this detachment has been working with Young Marines for eight-plus years, teaching and mentoring youth in Carroll County, providing money for uniforms and accessories, rifle training, field exercises such as camping, hiking and strength events, and teaching them the Marine Corps ethics, honor, truth and a love of the USA.
Money raised at the golf tournament will benefit the Carroll County Young Marines organization and Gold Star Mothers, and will help provide scholarships for college-bound children of Marines in Carroll County.
“This is our only fundraising event,” Brown said. “We support the needs of Marines and Navy Corpsmen, both active and veterans coming home from active duty with fellowship opportunities and with labor making homes accessible for amputees. We provide scholarships for Marine and Navy Corpsman family members entering college. We work with Toys for Tots during the holidays collecting toys and monetary gifts so no children in Carroll County go without a gift for Christmas. We also acknowledge Scouts with a Good Citizenship Award certificate at their Eagle Court of Honor ceremony.”
Speaker Vicki Mayo’s talk, “Immigration Research - A Case Study,” will cite documentation she uncovered while researching her family line. Mayo will present research steps and record location techniques she used, and she’ll explain how the language barrier played a part.
“The case study I am using for the talk is for my uncle’s family,” Mayo said. “My cousin had asked me to look into it. They were Jewish Russian immigrants. His father had died very young. For me and for many people, the records just aren’t there for our immigrants from the 1600s and 1700s. This shows how ship records, naturalization records, census records, newspaper articles and original records online can be used. I’ll talk about how to find them.”
Mayo spoke of the satisfaction she felt when finding an wonderful family photo for her cousin.
It was of my uncle’s grandparents, his one great-grandfather and all of his father’s siblings, and his mom is pregnant with my uncle’s father in the picture,” she said. “The picture was taken in 1905 in Russia, about a year before they immigrated.”
Mayo will also share some family stories, some true and some not so true, she said with a laugh.
The Carroll County Arts Council will host the Carroll County Cloggers onstage on Saturday, May 11, at 7 p.m. Experience the evolution of clogging as told through the soles of the longest continuously active clogging group in Maryland.
The show, Clogging Soul to Sole, features Appalachian Clogging with live music by Thomas Jolin, mixing vocals with hammered dulcimer, banjo, button accordion and harmonica. Look for an audience participation segment, too.
Tickets for the performance are $14 for adults, or $10 for ages 25 and younger and for ages 60 and older. Arts Council members receive an additional 10% off. They can be purchased online at www.CarrollCountyArtsCouncil.org or by calling 410-848-7272.