Central Carroll: Addiction and Recovery Awareness MusicFest set for July 7 at Ag Center

Central Carroll: Addiction and Recovery Awareness MusicFest set for July 7 at Ag Center
Jesse Tomlin, Tammy Lofink and Brian McCall hosted Addiction and Recovery Awareness MusicFest in 2017. They are joined by Sean Nicholson in hosting this year's festival on Saturday, July 7, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center. (Courtesy photo)

Just about everyone knows someone who has struggled with addiction, is still struggling, or has been affected by it in another way. Here’s an opportunity for you to help fight addiction while enjoying a day of music.

The Addiction and Recovery Awareness MusicFest will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to local nonprofits providing financial assistance for addiction treatment services.


Last year, Jesse Tomlin — founder of the Push Hope Project, a Carroll County nonprofit — joined forces with Brian McCall of Westminster to launch the concert. McCall will headline the show with his band B-BRAiN.

“He was coming out with a new album last year and wanted to do a concert,” Tomlin said of McCall. “He does recovery music. I suggested we make it a big family-friendly festival with other performers to raise money to help people get into treatment and to battle the opioid crisis.”

Tomlin said more than 600 people turned out for the 2017 MusicFest, but this year they are expecting over 2,000. This year’s concert is in partnership with Sean Nicholson and the Up and Out Foundation of Frederick, and Carroll County’s Rising Above Addiction with Tammy Lofink.

“I reached out to the two nonprofits because we have a common goal,” Tomlin said. “I thought we could we work together to help as many as possible.”

The music lineup includes B-RAiN, The Jam Alker Band, REM ONE, The Signifiers, Prospekt & Los, Jarrad Briggs, 2 Regular Guys Not From Baltimore!, Gunsmoke, Colicchie, Tony Denikos, DJ-DRoc, Heavy Fred and many more. Guest speakers will include Brandon Novak, Tim Ryan, Brittney Sabock, and Korey Shorb.

“This year we have some national acts coming,” Tomlin said. “Like Tim Ryan. He wrote a book [“From Dope to Hope: A Man in Recovery”] and has been on A&E. Brandon Novak from Baltimore was a professional skateboarder. He’s also written a book [“Dreamseller: An Addiction Memoir”] and he is in recovery.”

Look for food trucks onsite, family and children’s activities, art exhibitions, vendors and more. Ticket prices are $20 for general admission or $50 for VIP tickets with a meet and greet included.

“I’ve struggled with addiction for many years, so this really hits home for me,” Tomlin said. “I’ve lost many friends to the disease of addiction, so it is important for me to help others get into the process of recovery. The cool thing is that almost everybody involved — the food trucks, the speakers, all of them — are a big community coming together for something good.”

The Agriculture Center is located at 700 Agricultural Center Drive in Westminster. For more information call 443-487-7575 or visit where you can click to purchase tickets from Eventbrite.

Westminster senior center car show

The Westminster Senior and Community Center will hold a Car and Truck Cruise-In on Thursday, June 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the rain date for the show, which was supposed to be held on June 15, but was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Vehicle registration is free, but all vehicles must be 20 years old or older. Each driver will receive a photo button of their vehicle plus a free hot dog, chips and beverage. Food will also be food available for purchase to those who stop in.

Bob and Darlene Hayes and Jim and Joan Gatuso have been coordinators of the annual show since its inception in 2013.

“All vehicles will be judged and awarded by People’s Choice,” said Darlene Hayes, who noted that the show is always well attended. “Last year we had over 70 antique cars and trucks on display. Come and join us for a day of fun.”

Look for a 50/50 raffle, a prize wheel, several fun games and a flea market table for those who like to shop. Hayes suggested visitors bring a lawn chair and sit a spell. A local DJ will keep the place rocking with fun music.


“People love to reminisce, and these antique vehicles often bring back sweet memories of years gone by,” she said.

According to Hayes, the show is made possible by the support of Westminster Senior Center Director Erica Starr and many devoted volunteers.

The center is located at 125 Stoner Avenue in Westminster.

For further information, call 410-386-3850 or email

Water Balloon Wednesdays

The Finksburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library is ready to liven up summer for your kids, ages 12 to 17, with Water Balloon Wednesdays.

Noah Connolly, 5, left, and Malaki Saunders, 10, brace themselves as Armoni Ani, 6, right, winds up to throw a water balloon outside the Finksburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library on June 22, 2016.
Noah Connolly, 5, left, and Malaki Saunders, 10, brace themselves as Armoni Ani, 6, right, winds up to throw a water balloon outside the Finksburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library on June 22, 2016. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)

This fun outside program is held at 2 p.m. every other Wednesday through Aug. 8.

Materials are provided for this free activity. No registration is required, so check out the next one on June 27. Program is weather permitting

The library is located at 2265 Old Westminster Pike in Finksburg. For more information, call them at 410-386-4505.

Caring Carroll Purse Auction

If you like purses, check out the Caring Carroll Purse Auction online now through June 29.

The nonprofit, Caring Carroll supports a network of volunteers who help to meet the nonmedical needs of older adults with limited resources adults living at home. Volunteers offer services like light housekeeping and meal preparation, errands and grocery shopping, transportation within the county, yard work, minor home repairs, and reassuring social phone calls and friendly visits, too. Aging is something none of us can avoid. Let’s be there for those who have reached that age where a little help is needed.

Executive director Mike Rodgers said the many purses available at their online auction include Doonie and Bourke, Kate Spade, Coach, Vera Bradley and other name brand bags.

Funds from the purse auction will be used for care receiver assistance, volunteer recognition and operating expenses, like volunteer insurance, and liability insurance. Rodgers said they are also always in search of volunteers.

To find your favorite purse and bid, visit Caring Carroll online at and click the link for the purse auction.

For more information, call 410-775-5596.