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British vehicles to be featured at show Sunday

At a vehicle show Sunday, June 28, at the Carroll County Farm Museum, you will find a variety of antique and modern cars and motorcycles — but don't look for an American one.

The Brits By The Bay All British Car and Motorcycle Show, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the farm museum, is sponsored by Triumphs Around the Chesapeake car club.

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"The cars go on the field in order of the year of the car," said show coordinator Steven Horant.

Horant said they will present prizes for the Best Triumph, an Intrepid Sailor Award for the person who came the farthest to show his or her car, a President's Choice Award chosen by the club's president Randy Fryer, a Diamond in the Rough Award for the car that needs the most intensive work, and a Best of Show Award chosen by the popular vote of spectators.

The cost to register a vehicle is $25. "Everybody get a goody bag, up to the first 120 to register," Horant said. "And everybody gets a ticket for door prizes that are drawn every half-hour."

Horant said some of the door prizes include tours donated by six or seven wineries and gift certificates from favorite parts manufacturers.

Music by disc jockey Bill Bowen will keep toes tapping at the show.

Food may be purchased, including breakfast sandwiches and luncheon fare of pit beef, pit ham, sodas, chips and desserts.

You can even buy ice cream from a 1939 Good Humor truck on the grounds.

A raffle will be held for a Cooler of Cheer, to include alcohol. Tickets will also be sold for an enhanced 50/50 raffle; Horant said this means a ticket will be drawn for the money and then more tickets will be drawn for a variety of prizes worth more than $100 each, including tools for cars, winery tours, a golf bag and other items. All raffle tickets will cost $1 each.

In addition, a few vendors may be on hand and Vintage Restoration will be there to offer information about restoration and their services.

This is the 12th car show for Triumphs Around the Chesapeake and the third year it's been held it at the farm museum. Horant said more than 70 cars are registered already and more are expected, especially if the weather is good.

Last year, 123 cars were in the show.

"Most of these cars are very old and a lot of work is required to even get them street-worthy and then more effort and money to get them to show condition," Horant said, when asked why folks would enjoy the show. "Most of the cars in the show are driven to the show. We had a guy drive in a 1929 Rolls Royce last year."

Spectators may attend this rain-or-shine event for free.

"It's just a good time for all ages," Horant said of the event. "It is a good relaxing day.

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Register your car online at http://www.TRACLTD.org.

The Carroll County Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

For more information, contact Steven Horant at BritsByTheBay@gmail.com or at 443-827-6116.

Concert series

Grab a lawn chair or a blanket and head over to the Westminster branch of Carroll County Public Library for a lunchtime concert on Friday, June 26. You can pack a lunch or pick up something to eat from a local restaurant and then spend your lunch break relaxing while listening to local musicians.

This is part of the Lunchtime Concert Series that will begin at noon every Friday, June 26 through July 31, on the Booth Stage in the Mary Lou Dewey Sculpture Park in front of the Westminster branch library at 50 E. Main St.

For this opening concert, Coffey Music's Rock School will take the stage and Library Associate Amy Miller, from the Westminster library, said the school is providing entertainment for several dates in the series.

"Each of their Rock School camps will have a performance at the end of their Rock School session," Miller said, noting that the musicians will be different with each performance.

Michael Passen, camp director for Coffey Music's summer rock camp, said three camps are being held this summer. Participants are ages 13 to 16, and come already having some experience playing a music, Passen said.

Passen said each camp has the traditional instruments seen in a rock band: guitar, bass, drums and vocals.

"The goal of the camp is not to teach five or six songs," he said. "It is the opportunity to go through the rehearsal process and — never playing together as a group — to learn the arrangements and perform together as an ensemble. We go over stage presence. We send them home with the experience and ability to run rehearsals on their own and put together performances with their own band."

Passen said if it rains the show will be held in the storefront at Coffey Music.

All ages are invited to come out and enjoy the free live concerts, which are sponsored by Carroll County Public Library. Children attending the concerts who are younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver, Miller said.

The band Red Couch will play upbeat original music on July 3, Coffey Music's Rock School will perform on July 10, Tim McFadden will play acoustic rock music on July 17, Coffey Music's Rock School will perform on July 24, and Matt McMullen will play acoustic rock music on July 31.

"The music is really good and it's a great time to relax at lunchtime if you work downtown," Miller said. "Families come with their children, too. You can enjoy some good music, our beautiful garden and some time together."

For more information about the concert series, call the library at 410-386-4490.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her, call 410-346-7321 or email loisszymanski@hotmail.com.

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