Open up your heart and soul to the music of Five Play when they perform live on stage at Westminster High School on Sunday, Sept. 11, with a special surprise guest.
Ted Deardorff, stage manager of Carroll Live on Stage, which sponsors of the event, said the quintet Five Play was formed in 1999 as a sister group of the world-renowned big band group called DIVA. The performers in Five Play came from DIVA's rhythm section, including two of its foremost soloists.
"They have a good jazz and swing sound, and we just found out they will be bringing a guest vocalist," Deardorff said of Five Play. "The guest vocalist is Sue Giles. She sings in the style of Ella Fitzgerald and was introduced to [Fitzgerald's] music at age 9. She has been singing at festivals and events overseas — including Tokyo — and in the United States. 'Ella, Mom and Me' is the name of her show. Five Play is a great group and now they are bringing a guest vocalist. It sounds like we have great one coming up."
Five Play music features Sherrie Maricle on drums, Tomoko Ohno on piano, Noriko Ueda on bass, Jamie Dauber on trumpet, and Janelle Reichman on tenor sax and clarinet.
The two-hour show will start at 3 p.m. According to Deardorff, this is Carroll Live On Stage's first concert of the year, so those who buy a ticket for this performance might want to purchase a season ticket. The cost of the show is $25 per adult and $10 for students, but concert-goers can purchase the four-concert subscription for $60 or $20 for students.
"People will enjoy this show," Deardorff said. "We bring name artists in. We don't have local people only. We've had John Davidson from Ireland a few years ago, and we had Hal Linden, who put on a great show for us. Most people know him from the 'Barney Miller' show, and they don't know what a musician he is.
"We do our best to present great talent to Carroll County," he said, noting that Carroll Live on Stage is a nonprofit. "They are all great shows."
According to Deardorff, Carroll Live on Stage — formerly known as the Carroll County Community Concert Association — has been providing the region with quality live entertainment since 1986. Their 2016-17 concert series will include the Five Play show on Sept. 11 plus three more.
"We have semi-classical concert pianist, Alina Kiryayeva," Deardorff said of their Oct. 15 show. "And Victoria Banks [coming on Feb. 21, 2017] is known as the country music queen of Canada. Jim Witter [coming on March 18, 2017] is a tribute artist who will do a tribute to Barry Manilow."
Westminster High School is at 1225 Washington Road.
For tickets or more information, call 410-848-7123 or learn more about Carroll Live on Stage and their upcoming shows at www.carrollliveonstage.org.
Annual car show and craft bazaar
Here's a chance to have fun outside while the weather is still good and help a meaningful cause at the same time.
Brightview Westminster Ridge will hold its annual car show and craft bazaar on Saturday, Sept. 10, open to the public with free admission. All proceeds from the day will benefit The Alzheimer's Association.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. come check out a multitude of antique automobiles and street rods — many from local car clubs — and enjoy live music from the band Standard Delivery. WTTR will be there, too, broadcasting throughout the day.
Ruth Wise, community sales associate at Brightview Westminster Ridge and event volunteer said this is their 11th year to hold this event, one that is full of color and fun, offering a glimpse into the 1950s.
"Every year some people dress up like they did in the '50s," Wise said. "We'll have a prize for the most dressed-up person there. The prize is a gift certificate to Legends Café."
Wise said, upon entering, folks can pick up voting ballots to not only vote on the best-dressed person, but also to vote on their favorite car. Voting will close at 2 p.m. with winners announced between 2:30 and 3 p.m. The top 20 cars by vote will receive a trophy. A Best in Show trophy will go to the top voted vehicle.
The event, held on the Brightview Westminster Ridge parking lot at 505 High Acre Drive in Westminster, will have a carnival atmosphere and fun for all ages.
"This year we added a dunk tank," Wise said. "We have a Dunk the Directors [campaign] and Kevin Utz, the mayor of Westminster, has also agreed to be dunked. It costs $1 a throw to try to dunk someone."
Wise said those who like to shop for unique items will find many handmade items sold by vendors on the lot.
"We will have a lot of crafts," she said. "We'll have some home health organizations there, too, but mostly the vendors have things you would see at a Farmers Market."
To add to the fun, Wise said attendees should look for the cake walk, to be held from 2 to 2:30 p.m. with cakes donated by their employees. Anyone who attends may enter the cake walk for a small fee, gaining an opportunity to win dessert.
"We'll have a silent auction, too, with baskets that have been donated," Wise said. "You might see a Ravens or Orioles themed basket and other themed items. Anyone can bid on items in our silent auction. Items were donated by our associates and by Great Moments Sports Memorabilia."
Lunch items from Brightview Westminster Ridge's own Chef Ron Leese will be offered for sale including pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, French fries and ice cream. And Sweet Frog will be on hand to sell frozen yogurt throughout the day.
Wise said the first 100 drivers to register a car will receive a goody bag. Car owners who wish to enter may contact Jackie Munchel 410-871 2225 or email email@example.com
For more information about Brightview Westminster Ridge's annual car show and crafts bazaar, contact Cindy or Ruth at 410-871-2225.
The rain date for this event is Sunday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
St. Benjamin's Lutheran Church to hold pancake breakfast
St. Benjamin's Lutheran Church will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the church on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 7-10 a.m.
"This is a special one," church member Barbara Jose said. "We are offering breakfast and a free car wash by our youth group to all first-responders who attend because this is the 15-year anniversary of 9/11. We also do a thing at our church called 'God's Work — Our Hands' and the youth agreed to do the car washes as part of this."
The breakfast features all-you-can-eat regular or buckwheat pancakes, scrapple, sausage, eggs, biscuits, home fries, sausage gravy, applesauce and coffee, tea or orange juice.
The cost is $7 for adults. Children ages 12 and younger eat for $4.
The church is at 700 Krider's Cemetery Road in Westminster.
For more information, give them a call at 410-848-3311.
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Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. Reach her at 443-293-7811 or LoisSzymanski@hotmail.com.