South Carroll: Mount Airy Main Street Association to present Slow Jam

South Carroll: Mount Airy Main Street Association to present Slow Jam
The Mount Airy Slow Jam group has been together for more than five years, playing a lot of old time music. The jam is geared toward advanced beginners and intermediate players. (Courtesy photo)

This Sunday, July 8, old time music lovers and those who love to play instruments, such as the fiddle, hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, and mandolin are all invited to be part of the Mount Airy Slow Jam group.

Tina Swanson, one of the coordinators of this program, stated, in an email interview, that the group was started more than five years ago by a few advanced beginner and intermediate acoustic instrument players who attended Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College.


“We saw the need to get together to play old time and Celtic tunes at a slow jam to improve our playing skills,” stated Swanson. “The group has grown over the years and anyone who is interested is welcome to come to jam with us.”

According to Swanson, Rick Hill is in charge of leading the group and he does it in a relaxed and friendly way, this is why they always have a great time playing together.

“There is no pressure to perform and players don't have to know all of the tunes. Many of our favorites are no longer ‘slow’ because our skill level has improved over the years,” stated Swanson.

Swanson also stated that each month, about 14-20 players work on few new tunes, then everyone in the group has the chance to decide what to play. The jam is geared to advanced beginners and intermediate players.

Admission is free. The group meets on the second Sunday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The group meets at Mount Airy Town Hall located at 110 S. Main Street.

For more information, you contact Tina Swanson at or visit the Mount Airy Main Street website,, for more information.

Calvary UMC hosting Celebrate Recovery to help those in need

The Celebrate Recovery program is a community group to help those who are going through pain or any type of addiction. Every Friday, they will be meeting to offer a sense of community and freedom to those in need.

The church will be offering a Christ-centered 12-step recovery program for anyone struggling with pain or addiction of any kind including but not exclusive to: anxiety, codependency, compulsive behaviors, addiction, people pleasing, anger, online pornography, financial dysfunction, and eating disorder.

The event starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. It is hosted at the Calvary United Methodist Church located at 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy.

For more information, contact the church at 301-829-0358.

Eldersburg branch presents writing group program

This July 11, the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library is hosting the Writing Group program for everyone in the community who loves writing.

The library invites writers of all levels and genres to come and join this group. During the time, the writers are welcome to write and stay as long as they can.

The environment is very flexible and the library is hosting this program so that people can have a quiet time to write and get away of the daily chaos to make consistent progress on their writing projects.


Also, the groups will offer times where everyone will spend time brainstorming, critiquing, and sharing knowledge about upcoming events and the book publishing industry.

The writing group meets every week. The program starts at 9:15 a.m. and it is targeted to adults.

For more information, please contact the library at 410-386-4488.

The library is located at 6400 W. Hemlock Dr.