South Carroll: Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival returns to Mount Airy on June 16

Paul Munsch competes in the Caber Toss at a previous Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival in Mount Airy. This year's event is set for Saturday, June 16, at the Mount Airy volunteer fire company activity grounds located at 1003 Twin Arch Road.
Paul Munsch competes in the Caber Toss at a previous Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival in Mount Airy. This year's event is set for Saturday, June 16, at the Mount Airy volunteer fire company activity grounds located at 1003 Twin Arch Road. (Carroll County Times file)

On Saturday, June 16, you do not need to buy an airplane ticket to experience the culture and traditions of Scotland. You can enjoy them at the 18th annual Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival in Mount Airy.

This event is brought to you by the St. Andrew’s Society of Mid-Maryland Inc., and their mission is to perpetuate Scottish traditions and culture through education and demonstration by hosting and participating in Scottish and Celtic events.


Kathryn Darling, one of the coordinators of this event, stated in an email interview that throughout the event, the attendees will be able to cheer for their favorite athletes at the Highland Games they will be hosting and also, enjoy bagpipe and drum bands.

She also stated that at the festival, they will have shops with unique Celtic items and also, the attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy Celtic foods and drinks, such as Haggis, whisky, beer, and mead. They will also have drinks for tasting.

Darling explained that for the music lovers, they will have two stages with Celtic rock, acoustic music and traditional songs. They will also have dancers.

The bands that will be playing this year are Rathkeltair, Kilmaine Saints, Gaelic Mishap and, on the acoustic stage, Craggy Island, Capital Celtic, and Martin Family Band.

Darling stated that this year, they will have “wee game,” dancing, magician, face painting, crafts, treasure hunt, and more for the kids.

According to Darling, the 18th annual Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival will be supporting the Hero Dogs Inc. organization. They are a nonprofit aims to improve quality of life for our nation’s heroes by raising, training, and placing service dogs and other highly skilled canines, free of charge with lifetime support of the partnerships.

“Our festival is for all ages, there is something for everyone!” stated Darling about the festival and why the community should attend. “It's family-oriented.”

Those interested in becoming volunteers can sign up by visiting their website. The volunteers will receive free festival admission, refreshments in the Volunteer Hall, a festival T-shirt, and a choice of a festival souvenir (while individual supplies last).

Admission is $15 in advance (on-line); $20 at the gate; $15 active-duty military with ID; and children 12 years old and under enter for free.

The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. It is dog friendly (leash required) and handicapped accessible and they will have free parking.

The festival will be hosted rain or shine at the Mount Airy volunteer fire company activity grounds located at 1003 Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy.

For more information, you may contact Marianne Elliott via email at or Kathryn Darling at

You may also visit their website or their Facebook page.

Lynn Hollyfield playing Baldwin’s Station

On Thursday, June 14, everyone in the community is welcome to listen to the beautiful melodies of Lynn Hollyfield at Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville.


Lynn Hollyfield is an award-winning singer-songwriter. According to DigitalFolkLife, Hollyfield has “Great voice, great songs. In The Balance-it’s a beauty!”

She recently released, “In The Balance,” which is a collection of 12 original songs. Throughout the concert, Hollyfield will be playing with Steve Wolf on bass, Dave Abe on fiddle, and Jimmy Brink, percussionist.

Admission to this event is $20 and the show begins at 8 p.m. However, the attendees are welcome to come earlier for dinner at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call 410-795-1041. Baldwin’s Station is located at 7618 Main St., Sykesville.

31 days of Thirty-One Raffle

The Winfield Ladies Auxiliary of the Winfield Community volunteer fire company bring to you the opportunity to win a Thirty-One bag every day in the month of August.

The raffle begins on Aug. 1 and ends on Aug. 31 and the winning number each day is based on the Maryland Evening three-digit lottery number (straight). If no number is drawn on any given day, the previous evening’s number will be used in reverse. The winners will be contacted to arrange delivery of prizes. The schedule:

  • Aug. 1 – Fresh Market Thermal (La-Di-Dot)
  • Aug. 2 – City Chic Tote (Peacock Pebble)
  • Aug. 3 – Fold-Over Weekender (Brushed Bloom)
  • Aug. 4 – Enrich Bundle (3 pcs) (Zig Zag Zoom)
  • Aug. 5 – Around the clock Thermal (Camo)*
  • Aug. 6 – Zip-Top Organizing Tote (Loopsy Daisy)*
  • Aug. 7 – Soft Utility Tote (White Poppy)
  • Aug. 8 – Everything Crossbody (Jewells & Gems)
  • Aug. 9 – Paris (Candy Pink Pebble)
  • Aug. 10 – All Packed Duffle (Navy Doodle Dot)
  • Aug. 11 – Nourish Bundle (3 pcs) (Cool Confetti)
  • Aug. 12 – Medium Utility Tote (Digital Camo)*
  • Aug. 13 – Double Up Crossbody (Black Links)*
  • Aug. 14 – Little Dreamer (Dotty Weave)
  • Aug. 15 – Street Style (Putty Snake)
  • Aug. 16 – Midway Hobo (Peacock Pebble)
  • Aug. 17 – Daring Abbey (City Charcoal Snake)
  • Aug. 18 – Uplift Bundle (3 pcs) (Scribble Stripe)
  • Aug. 19 – Tall Organizing Tote (Navy Perfect Pendant)*
  • Aug. 20 – All About the Benjamins (Citron Pop Petal Punch)
  • Aug. 21 – Soft Utility Tote (Brush Strokes)
  • Aug. 22 – Everything Crossbody (Black Tweed Dot)
  • Aug. 23 – Paris (City Charcoal Snake)
  • Aug. 24 – Townsfair Reversible Tote (Palace of Jewells Pebble)
  • Aug. 25 – Fashion Week (Platinum Grey Vintage Pebble)
  • Aug. 26 – Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote (Totally Tartan)*
  • Aug. 27 – Family Fun Thermal (Vintage Damask)
  • Aug. 28 – Tote-ally Thermal (Ribbon Stripe)
  • Aug. 29 – Street Style (Coral Kisses Pebble)
  • Aug. 30 – Fold-Over Weekender (Preppy Pop)
  • Aug. 31 – Diamond District (Gatby’s Green Pebble)

The ones with the (*) denotes bonus three pieces Your Way storage.

The tickets are $5 each and they will only sell 1,000 tickets and they can be purchased at any Winfield fire company events or by calling 410-796-1333, ext. 341. The raffles will benefit the Winfield Ladies Auxiliary mission.