Central Carroll: Annual BBQ Stroll set for June 16 in Westminster

Central Carroll: Annual BBQ Stroll set for June 16 in Westminster
Rob Pusateri removes brisket from the barbecue at the inaugural BBQ Stroll in Westminster in 2016. This year's BBQ Stroll is set for Saturday, June 16, from noon to 4 p.m. (BSMG file)

Summer is not summer unless there is a barbecue. Here’s your opportunity to kick off summer!

Downtown Westminster will host its annual BBQ Stroll on Saturday, June 16, from noon to 4 p.m. with music, local beer, artisans and an opportunity to sample yummy barbecue recipes. Like the Oyster Stroll and the Wine Stroll, this event offers up a fun day, just in time for Father’s Day.


“Gates open and ticket sales start at 11 a.m.,” said Heather Mullendore, Assistant Director of Recreation and Parks.

Tickets to sample beer and BBQ cost $18 and are available online at or at the Westminster Fitness Center, 11 Longwell Ave. in Westminster, or at the gate on the day of the event for $20.

Mullendore said: “The ticket price includes a commemorative mug and all the samples you’d like to have of beer, wine or distilled spirits from each of the 17 participating vendors, plus $1 barbecue samples that we call barbecue bites. A lot of our vendors are Maryland vendors, but some are from farther out, so you might get to try something you’ve never had before.”

BBQ offered at the event will be prepared by Tim Thai Classic, Oscar’s Alehouse, Giulianova Groceria, Johansson's, The Broken Fork, B-Flat BBQ, Hami's Bar-B-Que and the Lone Star.

Enjoy live entertainment with the Late Night Record Shop from noon to 2 p.m. and The Amish Outlaws from 2 to 4 p.m.

Mullendore said anyone is welcome into the footprint of the event to stroll and enjoy the music, purchase a platter, barbecue bites or a beer or wine.

“Main Street will be an area where open containers are allowed for that day,” she said.

Add to the fun by coming to town early. Check out the Downtown Farmer’s market from 8 a.m. to noon on the parking lot near Race Pace Bikes and shop at local stores.

“Come celebrate summer a little bit early with your family and friends,” Mullendore said. “It is the day before Father’s Day, so bring Dad along to sample some delicious barbeque and have refreshing beverages out along Main Street.”

For more information, call 410-751-5501.

Craft Show & Flea Market

Let’s go shopping! The Gamber and Community Volunteer Fire company will hold their annual craft show and flea market on Saturday, June 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside and outside on the grounds of the fire company.

Colleen Kelly organizes the event with her husband, Christopher Kelly. She said this is their 15th annual craft show and flea market.

“About 60 to 80 [vendors set up] and they have sold everything from handmade objects to eclectic items people want, to the kitchen sink,” she said.

Look for a variety of food and beverages offered for sale inside the fire company’s air-conditioned social hall. Kelly said they have doughnuts and bacon or sausage sandwiches with cheese for breakfast. Lunch items include hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, chicken salad, assorted baked goods and more.


Interested vendors may contact Colleen Kelly at Spaces inside the social hall are sold out but 10-by-17 parking lot spaces are available for a cost of $20 and 25-by-25 spaces in the grass on the carnival grounds are available at a cost of $25.

“It’s a great way to support our fire company while interacting with the community and [finding] items that you can only find at a craft show/flea market,” Kelly said of why folks should turn out.

The rain date July 21.

For information, contact Colleen at or call 410-795-1478.

The fire company is located at 3838 Niner Road in Gamber.

40th Anniversary Open House

Rape Crisis Intervention Service of Carroll County will hold a 40th Anniversary Open House on Wednesday, June 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the center, 224 N. Center St. in Westminster. Look for a special program, light refreshments, information and good conversation.

RCIS Executive Director Janice Kispert said they will hold a short program, beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m.

“We are expecting a number of elected officials, dignitaries and others who will be on hand to present proclamations and citations to mark this special occasion,” Kispert said. “We will have various displays set up to help educate attendees about our services and special events [and] we will have food and giveaways.

Those who attend will find appetizers and other light fare, and Kispert said there will be cake or cupcakes, too.

According to Kispert, RCIS has greatly evolved over the years.

“We have expanded our outreach services in order to reach high and at-risk young adults who are often victimized at a much higher rate than the rest of the population,” she said. “We are also back in all Carroll County public middle and high schools presenting our sexual violence educational programs.”

This free event celebrates 40 years of helping survivors of sexual violence and their families with free counseling and other support services. RCIS also offers prevention education programs and professional training in a quest to eliminate sexual violence through education and advocacy.

Kispert said attendees will find information that could prepare you in case the unexpected happens.

“Rape is a silent epidemic. You never know when someone close to you will be affected — or has already been affected — by this terrible, life-altering crime,” she said.

Help RCIS celebrate the work they do by attending this impactful night of celebration. The deadline to RSVP is today — June 13. Do so by emailing or by calling 410-857-0900.

For more information, call 410-857-0900.

Carroll Hospital Center opens annual Farmers Market

Carroll Hospital Center will reopen its weekly Farmers Market on Thursdays, beginning June 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This opportunity to shop for homegrown and homemade goods is held on the third level of the hospital’s parking garage.

Look for locally grown foods and other items such as fruits, flowers, homemade baked goods and more. The hospital is seeking vendors at this time. Ten-by-10-foot spaces can be reserved for $20 each.

For more information, contact Meghan Gonzalez at 410- 871-6472.