South Carroll: Historical Society of Carroll County presents 'Shaking Hands with History'

Robin Bullock and Sue Richards will be performing at Baldwin's Station in Sykesville on Thursday, Sept. 20.
Robin Bullock and Sue Richards will be performing at Baldwin's Station in Sykesville on Thursday, Sept. 20. (Courtesy photo)

This September 23, everyone is welcome to the Shaking Hands with History program, where the attendees will have the opportunity to be part of hands-on activities and enjoy the creative and interactive stations to explore and experience the life in Carroll County throughout the War of 1812, the Civil War, or even the World Wars.

Audrey Wixted, the Historical Society intern, stated, in an email interview, that Marcia Duffy, an active member of the Historical Society of Carroll County, came up with the idea of creating this program.


Wixted explained that Duffy wanted to bring a hands-on, interactive history event to the community, and now, Wixted, with the help of Gainor Davis, the executive director of the Historical Society, have put in a significant amount of time developing the program.

Both Wixted and Duffy explained that they are hosting this event to make the past discoverable and interactive to the public and help them to understand their own families’ place in history.


“People often think that history is simply just about names and dates long forgotten. We hope to change this perception through this Historical Society of Carroll County program,” stated Wixted and Duffy.

According to Wixted and Duffy, the town of Sykesville is rich in history especially for the existence of the B & O Railroad Station, the Gate House Museum, and the Colored Schoolhouse.

“Many people are unaware of their own community history and we want them to be able to connect to their town,” explained Wixted and Duffy. “In addition, we hope to show the value that the Historical Society of Carroll County brings to our community.”

Throughout the program, they will have different stations for the attendees to visit.


One of the stations will feature a Civil War soldier. There, the participants will learn how he survived the challenges of everyday life.

They will also have other stations, where the participants will learn about the fashion of the mid-1800s and also experience how a housewife teaching about traditional sewing.

Wixted stated that people will also have the opportunity to learn about Ancestry.com through a qualified Historical Society researcher, who will be teaching everyone how to uncover each of the attendees’ family heritages.

Father Cedric Pisegna will be discussing the Evangelist Mission at St. Joseph Catholic Community in Eldersburg, Sept. 17-19.

In addition, they will be have search records, maps, and other resources available so that the participants can have the opportunity to locate their families in the eighteenth century Carroll County.

People will also be able to make history-inspired crafts and also touch Native American and Civil War artifacts.

Wixted stated that the Historical Society of Carroll County’s goal is to bring this program to other libraries throughout the county to share their knowledge and at the same time help others connect their past to their present.

The event starts at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. and the admission is free. There will be light refreshments available and they will have books for sale.

This event also brought to you by Gatehouse Museum. Throughout the event, you will be able to learn more about the Historical Society, how to be involved, and how to become a member.

For more information about this event, you may contact Audrey Wixted-Historical at her email audreywixted@gmail.com.

Memories Charcoal House

On Sept. 18, the Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Company hosts their ninth annual benefit at the Memories Charcoal House, where the restaurant will be donating 10 percent of the entire day’s sales to the fire department.

Throughout the day, the attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the restaurant’s delicious lunch, dinner, and drinks selections, enjoy casual entertainment including the performance of the Montgomery County Firefighters Pipes and Drums band, and at the same time, help the fire department.

Starting at 6 p.m., members of the fire department will be displaying equipment, selling 50/50 raffles, and ticket jars for a chance to win money throughout the night. They will also have a few surprise raffles throughout the night, and the donations also include carry out orders.

The Memories Charcoal House is in the Mount Airy Shopping Center located at 403 E Ridgeville Blvd, Mount Airy.

For more information, contact Janet Woodfield, at her email, jwoodfield@mavfc.org

Robin Bullock & Sue Richards at Baldwin’s Station

This Thursday, Sept. 20, everyone is welcome to enjoy the blend of the Celtic harp, steel-string guitar, cittern, mandolin, and other fusions through the two talented musicians Robin Bullock & Sue Richards at the Baldwin’s Station.

Sue Richards is a four-time National Scottish Harp Champion and she has performed for the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, DC, President Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II.

Robin Bullock is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who plays the guitar, cittern and mandolin creating the ancient melodies of the Celtic lands and the Appalachian Mountains.

Richards and Bullock have been friends and colleagues for decades and together combine Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Breton traditions to create their music.

Admission to this event is $22. For those who would like to dine in, the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

For more information about Sue Richards and Robin Bullock, you may visit their websites, www.suerichards.net and www.robinbullock.com.

For more information about the concert and to purchase your tickets, contact Baldwin’s Station at 410-795-1041.

Baldwin’s Station is located at 7618 Main St, Sykesville.