Central Carroll: Lunchtime Summer Concert Series returns to Westminster

Central Carroll: Lunchtime Summer Concert Series returns to Westminster
Monte Leister performs on the stage at the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library during the Lunchtime Summer Concert Series, which takes place on Friday afternoons.

The Lunchtime Summer Concert Series is back on the outside stage at the Westminster branch library, offering a wonderful opportunity for all ages to enjoy great live local music.

Enjoy entertainer Christopher James on the outside stage at the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public Library on Friday, July 20 at 12 noon.


This lunchtime music extravaganza is organized by the Carroll County Public Library in partnership with Coffey Music.

 Branch manager Christina Kuntz said attendance varies but averages about 30 to 40 people per concert.

“We’ve been doing concerts in the park for about eight years,” Kuntz said. “It started with an idea from Stan Ruchlewicz, who was the economic development specialist and Main Street Manager for the City of Westminster at the time our [library] park was renovated. The City had already been doing concerts in the area, but they moved to our stage shortly after our outdoor renovation was complete.”

According to Kuntz, Coffey Music originally worked with the city to find great local talent to perform. Over time, the library took over concert series planning, but continued to work closely with Coffey Music to find performers.

“About four years ago, Coffey Music started bringing their Rock Academy classes to perform on the stage as part of the concert series,” she said. “They have been an amazing partner in bringing music to the park.”

Bring a blanket or lawn chair. On your lunch break from work? Bring a packed lunch or something good to eat from a local restaurant.

Other acts coming up on the noon Lunchtime Summer Concert Series schedule are: Coffey Music’s Rock Academy group on Friday, July 27; Three Amigos on Friday, August 3; and Coffey Music's Rock Academy on Friday, August 10.

“Our Summer Lunchtime Concert Series has a wonderful community vibe,” Kuntz said. “It’s a delight to see toddlers and young kids out on the lawn dancing with their parents. We have local groups that come out from various agencies around town nearly every week. Local businesses open their doors so that they can enjoy the music while they work inside. Families bring blankets and picnic lunches. Library employees can be seen taking lunch breaks outside during concerts, too. It’s great, free entertainment in our warm and welcoming downtown.”

All shows are held on the Westminster library’s outside stage, at 50 E. Main Street, Westminster. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.

For more information, call 410-386-4490.

Civil War Encampment & Living History

The Union Mills Homestead brings back their annual Civil War Encampment & Living History exhibit on Saturday, July 21 through Sunday, July 22, opening at noon on Saturday and 12:30 on Sunday. Jane Sewell, Executive Director of the Homestead, said visitors to the park will feel like they ae marching back in time to the Civil War era.

“It’s basically a recreation of 1863 at Union Mills,” she said. We call it Citizen Meets Soldier. There was no actual battle held here, but both armies camped. It is a look back in history from the side of the soldiers who marched into Gettysburg and the Shriver family who lived there and it’s an opportunity to look at the whole historical picture of events leading up to and after the battle of Gettysburg.”

There is a charge of $10 per car to attend the Union Mills’ Civil War Encampment that commemorates the Civil War in Carroll County, Maryland. The cost includes tours of the house and mill, blacksmith demonstrations and - on Saturday – it includes the Civil War era dance which wraps up the event, from 7 to 9 p.m.

“The troops will have skirmishes on both days, but this is not a reenactment because there were no battles on Homestead ground,” Sewell said.


Country Café will offer food for sale and music throughout both days will include Donna Nomack and a fife and drum group.

“Blacksmith [Reb Staup] will be there doing demonstrations both days, as well,” Sewell said.

The Union Mills Homestead is located at 3311 Littlestown Pike in Union Mills, 7 miles past the Carroll County Airport on Md. 97.

For more information on this free event, call the Homestead at 410-848-2288 or email

Corn roast volunteers needed

The Union Mills Homestead is looking for volunteers to assist with food service for the Old-Fashioned Corn Roast, held the first Saturday in August.

Here is an opportunity, on Aug. 4, for parents to set an example of volunteerism for their kids — high school age or older — and kids can get community service.

“I don’t know why, after all these years, we are struggling for volunteers,” said the Homestead’s executive director, Jane Sewell. “Some of our older members are not able to do it anymore and so much of our membership is from out of state. If we don’t get the volunteers, the lines are going to be long.”

To volunteer, call the Homestead at 410-848-2288 or email

Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair

It’s almost here — the event 4-H and FFA kids wait for all year long.

The Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair will take place from Friday, July 27 to Sunday, August 4 at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, 700 Agriculture Lane, Westminster.

Our county fair is a great place to learn about everything kids in our communities are doing. Check out their exhibits, their animals, their talents, and their community involvement when you attend the fair.

Celebrating its 121st year, our county fair remains a traditional event that showcases the work of 4H and FFA members in 62 project areas, ranging from livestock to crafts and gardening to technology, woodworking, photography and fine arts. Visit the animals and see the kids show — with goats, pigs, sheep, cattle and horses all on the schedule.

During the fair, motorsports and music provide nightly entertainment, and throughout the week, the ever-popular racing pigs join a chain saw carver, pony rides and mechanical bull rides, amping up the variety offered.

Look for a home-cooked country meal in the kitchen or stop at one of the vendor stands for traditional fair foods like pulled pork barbecue, French fries, ice cream and snow cones.

According to the fair website at, the fair began as an annual picnic that was [first] held on August 14, 1897 at the Otterdale Schoolhouse. By July 29, 1899 a “Welcome arch” was erected and attendance leaped to 2000. And the attendance has only grown over the years.

Stop by the fair to visit all the farm animals and to view a myriad of exhibits in a variety of subject areas. Exhibits are entered on July 27 and 28.

Some evenings, the entertainment comes with a gate admission fee, including; the Farm Stock Tractor Pull on Friday, July 27 at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Interstate Tractor & Semi Truck Pull at 7:30 p.m; Vintage Grain Truck Races & Truck Drag Racing at 5:30 p.m. On July 28; and music by the Amish Outlaws on July 30.


Exhibits are closed on Saturday, Aug. 4 as animals are checked out of the fair. But a Car Demolition Derby will take place that evening, with an admission charge at the gate.

For many years, the fair has offered the community an evening gathering place with camaraderie, food, and an opportunity to see all the amazing things our local kids are doing. Stop by the fair and show them your support.

For more information, call 410-848-3247 or visit them online at