The Historical Society of Mount Airy has a train display with four model trains featuring buildings, people, animals, and landscape created as exact replicas of Mount Airy in the early 1900s.
The Historical Society of Mount Airy has a train display with four model trains featuring buildings, people, animals, and landscape created as exact replicas of Mount Airy in the early 1900s. (Courtesy photo)

Go and visit, today, the Cawing Young Artists Exhibition at the Eldersburg branch library brought to you by the Carroll County Bird Club.


This year’s exhibition portrays pieces of birds native to or migrating through Carroll County.

Mary Jewell, one of the coordinators of this program, stated in an email interview that this is the third time they have done the event, Wild About Birds: Beauty in Carroll's Backyards.

Jewell explained that this is the first year they host the exhibition at a library.

According to Jewell, on May 4, they held the opening reception and award ceremony at the library, where about 75 artists, family, and club members attended.

The contestants were Carroll County students and homeschoolers from kindergarten through 2nd grade, students from grades 3 to 5, and middle- and high-schoolers.

Jewell stated that they received 51 entries and that the winning contestants were chosen by a panel of professional artists and birders and the judging was blind.

Here is the list of winners.


  • 3rd Place: Caden Bush: How to Train a Bird
  • 2nd Place: Eden Moges: Blossom Birds
  • 1st Place: Charlotte Carney: Robin on a Warm Sunny Day

Grades 3-5:

  • 3rd Place: Abigail Testerman: Bird in Sunset
  • 2nd Place: Kate Welling: Cerulian Warber
  • 1st Place: Natalie Daniel: Female Tree Swallow

Middle school:

  • 3rd Place: Tie
  • Madison Daniel: Cedar Waxwing Nest
  • Mya Darby: Hummingbird
  • 2nd Place: Morgan Daniel: Gazing Blue Jay
  • 1st Place: Camryn Cruz: Eastern Bluebird

High School

  • 2nd Place: Delaney Schwartzman: Palakwayo
  • 1st Place: Ainsley Lundquist: Drink-Your-Tea

Some pieces received special awards, including Ethan Jenkins’s Falling of the Feather, which received an award for its unique tactile piece using different colors of yarn. Also, Brooklynn Ellis’s Disturbing Woodpeckers received an award for incorporating a great story and sense of humor in her piece.

Other participants were acknowledged for incorporating birds important to Maryland, the oriole and the raven, into their pieces. Orioles: Harrison Kavalsky, Luke Radcliffe, Gavin Andrews, Grant Centineo, Shelby Husk, Cecil Mudede, Parker Shermans. Raven: Brody Knight.

According to Jewell, part of the first-place prize is an opportunity to take a class entitled "Careful Observation and Bird Drawing" with renowned bird illustrator, Ikumi Kayama.


She also explained that 18 artists donated their artwork to be used for a silent auction to benefit the library programs.

“The exhibit is intended to use art to foster an appreciation of bird life in Carroll County by young people,” Jewell said.

You may visit the Eldersburg library today to see the exhibition that will end on May 25.

The Cawing Young Artists Exhibition is sponsored by The Maryland Ornithological Society, Bowman's Home & Garden, and Kayama Studios.

The library is at 6400 W. Hemlock Drive in Sykesville.

If you would like to participate in next year’s contest or for more information about this program, you may contact Jewell at or 410-967-9404.

Community service opportunities

The Historical Society of Mount Airy is offering community service opportunities for students in our area who are interested in the local history and are willing to volunteer their time at the Historical Society of Mount Airy Museum.

The participating students will be able to help with reviewing, cataloging and preserving the historical records.

The Historical Society members will explain details and help to set up flexible hours for the students. Students in grades 6-12 are welcome to apply.

If you are interested, you may send an email to

The Historical Society of Mount Airy invites everyone in the community to visit the museum and see photos and artifacts from businesses, schools, and interesting citizens.

They also have the train display with four model trains featuring buildings, people, animals, and landscape created as exact replicas of Mount Airy in the early 1900s. In addition, they have photos of “old Mount Airy” on display.

Please note that the museum is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and it will also be open on Wednesdays during the farmer’s market. Appointments can be made, if you are interested in visiting the museum at other times.

Church yard sale

This May 18, the Morgan Chapel United Methodist Church invites you to its annual Yard Sale with amazing items and activities for the attendees.

Throughout the yard sale, they will have food available for purchase and a moonbounce and face painting for the children.

The yard sale starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

Please note that they will have spaces available for people interested in selling their items at the yard sale. The outdoor spaces are $20, which does not include a table, and $25 for indoor, which includes a table.

To make reservations or for more information, you may contact Scott at (301)829-7597.

The church is at 6750 Woodbine Road, at the intersection with Hoods Mill Road.