Central Carroll: Final Dutch Picnic set for Trinity Lutheran on Aug. 4

Central Carroll: Final Dutch Picnic set for Trinity Lutheran on Aug. 4
The Dutch Picnic Festival is a tradition at Trinity Lutheran Church, 833 Deer Park Road in Smallwood. The church will hold its 142nd annual Dutch Picnic Festival on Saturday, Aug. 4. (Courtesy photo)

Editor’s Note: Because of concerns about cars parking in wet fields, the outdoor portion of the dutch picnic is being postponed. The indoor fried chicken and ham dinner beginning at 1 p.m. is still on.

Good food, music, fun and more! This historic event is one everyone should try at least once!


Trinity Lutheran Church will hold their 142nd annual Dutch Picnic on Saturday, Aug. 4, with a flea market, a silent auction, entertainment, children’s activities and plenty of good food to eat.

Look for the chicken and ham dinners the church is known for, starting at 1 p.m. at a price of $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12; free for kids under age 6. Church official, Glenn Goff, said the event also features hot dogs, chili dogs Coney Island dogs, chicken salad sandwiches, BBQ, funnel cakes, Hoffman’s ice cream, beverages and more, including a bake sale table.

Kids will enjoy the moon bounce, games for kids and a children’s activity center. Lots of free entertainment is on tap a well — with the Westminster Municipal Band from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Sunday Night Big Band from 1 to 3 p.m.

A silent auction with offer a plethora of themed baskets.

“We have baskets with Orioles and Ravens items, picnic supplies, watermelon items, a stocked wine rack, gift certificates, large framed sports pictures of Oriole and Ravens heroes and much more,” said Goff. “On any given year, there are some things that are higher ticket items than others. The weather plays a big part in the turnout, but it is usually pretty good.”

Goff said 15 percent of the day’s profits will be equally split between Carroll County Food Sunday, Carroll Lutheran School and Carroll Cancer Patient Assistance Fund.

A uniformed official will be on hand to get people back and forth and across the road safely.

“This is the longest continuously running church picnic in the state of Maryland,” said Goff. “Get there this year because it will be the last big one that we hold. In the future it will be a more scaled-down activity for the church, smaller than the extravaganza we have now. This is an opportunity to catch this historic event before it is gone.”

The church is located at 833 Deer Park Road in Smallwood.

For more information, call the church at 410-848-8923.

BBQ chicken dinner

Join Jerusalem Lutheran Church for a BBQ chicken dinner on Saturday, August 11 at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 1372 Bachman Valley Road.

The $10 meal features half of a Brewers Market barbecued chicken, cole slaw, baked potato and roll with butter. Includes bottle water or can of soda.

Church member Deb Bowdoin said this is the first year the church has tried a chicken barbecue and they will be open from 11 a.m. until they sell out.

“Every year we do a strawberry festival on the first Saturday in June, and then we have an all-you- can-eat pork feed in the end of September,” Bowdoin said. “We decided to try something in between. We wanted to try something different to draw people in and show them that we are here, that we are a nice little church for fellowship.”


Bowdoin said she sees a lot of chicken barbecues held just over the line in Pennsylvania and they always seem to do well.

“We are keeping this one simple, since this is our first try at a chicken barbecue. If we do well, we might add some [activities] in the future,” she said, mentioning music and games. “For this one, you can eat in or carryout. Baked good will be for sale, too, with cakes, brownies, cookies and that kind of stuff.”

Bowdoin said she hopes to see many friends stop by for some good food and conversation.

“We are a great little church with good people,” she said. “It’s always nice to sit and have fellowship in a nice atmosphere with great food.”

For more information, call 410-848-4290 or visit the church online at

Box Lunch Talk

Gainor Davis, executive director of the Historical Society of Carroll County will talk about “Carroll County’s First Settlers: the Susquehannocks” for HSCC’s monthly box lunch talk on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The talk will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Grace Hall at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster.

“I’ve been working on a Native American talk to go into the schools,” Davis said. “As I was doing it I started thinking about who were the Native Americans who lived in this area, and when did they live here? They were a very warlike group, in the early 1600s, and one of the first people to meet the Susquehannock was John Smith, who settled Jamestown. I have maps and all kinds of research and supposedly there was a big fort near Westminster.”

The Historical Society of Carroll County holds one-hour Box Lunch Talks on the third Tuesday of every month inside Grace Hall at Grace Lutheran Church in Westminster, always beginning promptly at noon. Guests sometimes take their lunch break from work and bring their meal along, learning about Carroll County history as they eat.

‘People have the tendency to think where weren’t any Native inhabitants here,” Davis said. “They will learn more about the people who lived here and the interactions they had with the Swedes and Dutch and others who lived here. They were a large and well-respected group, and this was basically one of their hunting and trading areas. I’ll talk about the perspectives of the settlers.”

Davis said she has enjoyed researching this topic.

“I found original images of some of the clothing they wore and more,” she said. “There will be time for questions afterward.”

Admission to the Box Lunch Talk is $3 for members and $7 for nonmembers. The price of admission includes a small selection of beverages and dessert.

Grace Lutheran Church is located at 21 Carroll Street, Westminster. Free parking is available in the nearby Carroll Street parking lot.

For more information check the historical society’s web site at, or call them at 410-848-6494.