Westminster’s LifePoint Church will hold their third annual Extravaganza at a Farm on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Just This Side of Paradise, a farm located at 15240 Frederick Road in Woodbine. This fun and interactive event is open to the public.
“At the event we have a lot of games and things to do like fishing, kayaking and canoeing on the nine-acre lake,” said church member Bud Grace.
“We have bouncy houses for the younger children and one for the older children. We have a hover ball archery target game, paintball target shooting (with an adult present), drone practice, miniature golf with prizes, a corn toss game, a water balloon catapult [to try to hit stationary targets on the lake], live music and food from a local barbecue restaurant.”
The cost of $20 per family covers all activities and food for the entire family, plus musical entertainment by the band Leaves 99, playing popular and contemporary rock and roll. Grace said families should come to celebrate a good time and fellowship with other families.
“The food is being provided by Outlaw BBQ of Hampstead,” Grace said. “The menu consists of hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwursts, salads, Outlaws special mac and cheese and drinks.”
Grace said those attending should not use their GPS to find the farm. To keep from being misled, he said to take Frederick Road (Md. 144).
“Look for the balloons and signs,” he said. “Someone will be directing traffic to the lane to get in the property [and the parking area]. The Farm is located between Route 97 and Route 94.”
Grace said that attendance is expected to be over 500 people. He encourages people to sign up in advance, so that they have sufficient food, prizes and other goodies. Call LifePoint Church at 410-239-4700 to register. Credit cards are accepted except on the day of the event, when only cash will be accepted.
When asked why folks should check out this event, Grace said: “It’s a great time for families, grandparents and couples to go out and have fun together before school begins.”
Free outdoor movie for the family
Last year, Deer Park United Methodist Church decided to try a free outdoor movie for families, doing just two nights as a test. It went over so big that they brought it back. The church has been holding Free Family Outdoor Movie Nights on the second Saturday of each month since May. Their September movie will be the last of the season.
The movie, “Peter Rabbit” will begin at sunset on Sept. 8, inside the Deer Park UMC Pavilion located at 2205 Sykesville Road (Md. 32) in Smallwood.
A live action animated movie, “Peter Rabbit is based on the classic books by Beatrix Potter. It features James Corden as the voice of Peter Rabbit. In the film, Peter's ongoing feud with garden-owner, Mr. McGregor is complicated by the fact that they are both rivaling for the affections of the sweet animal loving lady who lives next door, voiced by Rose Byrne.
“It is just a really nice way to spend an evening under the stars,” said church representative Skye Bennett. “It is set in a backdrop of trees, so it is not only pretty but it also smells good.”
Bennett said they have seen around 50 or more turn out for the outdoor movies over the summer, with the biggest crowd being close to 70 people. Rainy days drove them indoors with lower numbers.
“We’ve seen mostly families, although some single individuals and adults have come,” she said. “Sometimes kids come in their pajamas and bring a blanket.”
This family-friendly event includes music and games starting at 7:30 p.m.
“We play kid-friendly music on the audio system and we have bag toss games, corn hole, a giant Jenga game, oversized Checkers and there’s a children’s play area there so kids can play and dance and run around a bit until the movies starts,” Bennett said.
“We provide free popcorn until it runs out, and it has not yet run out. We seem to have a bottomless supply! We also have candy, drinks and basic concessions for sale.”
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“Last month, one woman told me she was disappointed that the movies will end in September, “Bennett said with a laugh. “She thought we should run it all year round. We do plan on doing it again next year.”
Monday Night Music at McDaniel
McDaniel College’s Monday Night Music series will take place on Mondays, Sept. 17, Oct. 22 and Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. each night, in McDaniel Lounge. These musical performances feature faculty musicians in an intimate lecture/recital format. All shows are free and open to the public
On Monday, Sept. 17, look for Washington’s Camerata, a period instrument ensemble dedicated to music from the era of George Washington (the 17th and 18th centuries). Established in 2009 by founding flutists Kelly Kazik and Sarah McIver, this ensemble includes faculty members — Tim Anderson on cello; and Nicholas Currie, violin. They will be joined by Bozena Jedrzejczak Brown on harpsichord.
Get jazzed up on Monday, Oct. 22, with the Jon Seligman Jazz Trio. The trio features percussionist and composer, Jon Seligman, who teaches percussion and world music at McDaniel.
On Monday, Nov. 12, look for Robert Sirous on bassoon, Mindy Niles on oboe, Rachel Andrews on piano and David Duree on clarinet and saxophone. Robert Sirois teaches general music and chorus throughout the Howard County public school system. Niles teaches at McDaniel and has served as an adjudicator for the Maryland All-State Bands and Solo and Ensemble Festivals. Rachel Andrews serves as instrumental accompanist at McDaniel. David Duree teaches clarinet and saxophone at McDaniel College.
For more information, call 410-857-2599. Visit www.mcdaniel.edu for information about the college and the music department.