Central Carroll: Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus going 'On Broadway' for annual fundraising concert

Central Carroll: Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus going 'On Broadway' for annual fundraising concert
The Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus holds its annual fundraising show on Saturday, June 2, at 3 p.m. at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts, Carroll Community College in Westminster.  (Courtesy photo)

Popular Broadway tunes and Barbershop music go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you don’t believe it, you can hear it for yourself when the Old Line Statesmen Barbershop Chorus holds its annual fundraising show on Saturday, June 2, at 3 p.m. at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts, Carroll Community College in Westminster.

The show, “On Broadway” will mix show tunes with amazing barbershop harmonies.


“We pride ourselves on doing music that people recognize,” said OLS director Jeff Liebknecht. “As opposed to 100-year-old barbershop classics, we sing songs that are recognizable to younger audiences as well as the older ones. This helps our audience connect with the chorus. The guys like it, our audience likes it, and everybody has a good time!”

Based in Carroll County, the Old Line Statesmen holds membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society. In May 2017 the group brought home the coveted Southern Division Plateau AA Championship at the Barbershop Harmony Society Southern Division Chorus Convention in Reston Virginia. At least 25 of OLS’s 30-plus members will perform in the upcoming concert.

“We do one fundraising concert a year and this is it,” Liebknecht said. “This is our primary moneymaker, so it’s important.”

Money made at the show will pay for a year’s worth of music for the chorus, props and traveling expenses on the road.

“Normally, we do two shows, one on Saturday and one on Sunday,” said Liebknecht. “Because of scheduling difficulties this year, we are only doing one show. We have had sellouts or near sellouts at both concerts in the past, so we are hoping 400 people will turn out to fill the place.”

Liebnecht said the show will have the audience singing, but also laughing along with the chorus.

“I don’t want to give anything away, but it will actually be comical this year,” he said. “While the music may be serious, we are not. It will be fun and there will be laughter!”

Because it’s always a family show, Liebnecht encourages attendees to bring their kids and grandparents. In addition, he hopes interested singers will join them in the future.

“There’s always room on the risers for more singers,” he said. “We are a very pleasant and very affordable fraternity. So, if you hear us and you think it might be fun to join us, try out. We are open and accepting and we have a good time.”

Tickets to the concert cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or at the Carroll Arts Center, Coffey Music, Menchey’s Music, or from any Old Line Statesmen member.

For more information, you may also email or call 410-795-5050.

Children’s Festival

Kids can kick off the summer at a special event at the Westminster Church of the Brethren.

The Children’s Summer Kick-Off will take place on the grounds of the church and inside Belle Grove Square on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Look for games and other fun activities and food.

Event co-chairs, Jeanne Dussault and Barb Darsch, liked the idea of a fun festival when church member Karen Steimel suggested it as a way to do something good for children in the area.


“We look on it as a great way for kids to get set for summer,” Dussault said. “All children are welcome but [it’s] probably best for elementary children. Activities [will] include face painting, giant bubbles, yoga exercises, storybook readers, a chimes performance, butterflies, wren boxes, and a yard sale by our youth.”

Dussault said the fire company and other local organizations will also be there, set up with information for the kids as well.

“The fire department is bringing a piece of equipment and handouts. McGruff will be there for part of the time and will have information to share. Shepherd Spring summer camp will also have literature at their table as well as the YMCA. This is our first time having the event,” she said. “We hope to do it annually.”

For more information, email the church at or call 410-848-8090 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays. The rain date for this event will be June 9. Check online at

Farmers market opens for season

Mount Zion United Methodist Church will open their second annual Finksburg Farmers Market on Saturday, June 2. The market will be open every Saturday throughout September, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the church, 3006 Old Westminster, Pike, Finksburg.

The Finksburg Farmers Market began last year, inspired by the increasing interest in fresh, locally grown food, and a desire to provide a fun filled atmosphere where local farmers, artists and community leaders could gather. Before it's conception, there was no farmers market in Finksburg. Residents had to travel to other communities to find a farmer’s market where they could shop or sell their products and produce.

With free admission and parking and a Snack Shack offering good food, shoppers will find a lot to enjoy. Shopping opportunities will be both indoors and outdoors, offering the Finksbrug community access to fresh, local food and specialty products at reasonable prices.

For more information, contact farm market manager Kasey Anderson at 443-812-3880 or Mark Fraser at 443-974-5017.

Flash Fiction Contest

Carroll County writers have a chance to win $100 and a year’s membership in Maryland Writers Associationwhen they participate in the 2018 Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carroll County Chapter of Maryland Writers Association.

Those who enter should write a complete, standalone, short story of 500 words or less, not including the title. Entries may be any genre except erotica, children’s fiction, or poetry, but entries with a political agenda, excessive violence, or those exceeding 500 words will not be considered.

This free contest is open to all Carroll County residents ages 16 and older, with one entry allowed per county resident. Judging will be based on three criteria: (1) Creativity/Originality; (2) That it is a complete story with beginning and end; and (3) Technical merit. Organizers say that punctuation and grammar do count!

Submissions and questions should be emailed to and should be submitted as an attachment, single-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman. The author’s name must not be on the attachment but should be included with an address in the body of the email.

The deadline for submissions is June 15. If the author does not wish to be included on future mailings of the CCCMWA, please specify in the email.


The winning author will retain rights to their work but registration in this contest grants one-time publishing rights to CCCMWA for the collection.

Email questions to