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Bells will ring for Sunday concert at Sykesville church

The sound of a bell choir always seems to enhance the holiday season. You can get a whole bell choir concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Springfield Presbyterian Church in Sykesville.

The Freedom Area Ringers will perform in the sanctuary as part of the church's concert series. A reception with refreshments will follow the performance.

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The concert is open to all, and admission is free, although a freewill offering will be collected at intermission. Since the Freedom Area Ringers is a local, volunteer group of musicians, all money raised will go to support future concerts in the series.

Linda Caviglia, minister of music for Springfield Presbyterian, is also director of the Freedom Area Ringers. Since 1996, she has led the group through the transition from being the Carrolltowne Elementary School fourth- and fifth-grade bell choirs to becoming the Freedom Area Ringers in 2005, part of the Freedom Area Recreation Council.

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A four-octave set of bells was purchased for the school in 1984, and since it has moved to the Freedom Area Ringers, it now provides a chance for anyone from fourth grade through adults to join the group and play music.

The Freedom Area Ringers consists of two choirs. The beginner choir has both youth and adult members and plays simpler music. The advanced choir is all adults, at present, and it tackles more challenging music.

Both groups will be playing at Sunday's concert. "The beginners will be playing all holiday music," said Caviglia, "and the advanced group will perform a mix of holiday and other music, starting with 'Carol of the Bells.'"

This concert will combine performances with hands-on learning opportunities for audience members. "We'll have a part where people can come up and try out the bells," Caviglia said.

The church is at 7300 Spout Hill Road. Its sanctuary is handicap-accessible via an elevator.

For more information about the concert, visit http://www.springfield-church.org or call 410-795-6152.

Holiday happenings

The holiday season is continuing in downtown Sykesville.

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From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, downtown businesses will be participating in the Cookies on Main Street event. You can come downtown, do some browsing or shopping, and sample the cookies that the businesses will be offering. You can get the recipes for the cookies, as well.

From 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the town of Sykesville will observe Hanukkah at the Second Night of Hanukkah Menorah Lighting. There will be food, dreidels and more on the lawn of the Sykesville Town House, 7547 Main St., Sykesville.

For additional information on these events, call the town offices at 410-795-8959 or visit http://www.sykesvillemainstreet.com.

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Complimentary concerts

If you want to hear some more holiday music, you are invited to a pair of concerts presented by Century High School's Music Department.

The Winter Band Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, with a snow date of Dec. 17. The Winter Chorus and Orchestra Concert will happen at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, with a snow date of Jan. 8.

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Both concerts are free to the public, and both performances will be in the school auditorium.

Century High School is at 355 Ronsdale Road, Eldersburg.

For more details, contact the school at 410-386-4400.

Nancy McKenzie covers Berrett, Eldersburg, Flohrville, Gaither, Gist, Johnsville, Louisville, Marriottsville and Sykesville. Contact her at 410-848-2260 or mckenzietimes@comcast.net.


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