Sykesville Concerts in the Park 2016 series returns next month

Ain't Misbehavin' Big Band performs at the 2014 Big Band Concert at Faith Lutheran Church in Eldersburg.
Ain't Misbehavin' Big Band performs at the 2014 Big Band Concert at Faith Lutheran Church in Eldersburg. (Submitted photo / Submitted photo)

On July 1, people can enjoy the first Friday of music and fun at the Sykesville Concerts in the Park 2016 series sponsored by the Sykesville Parks and Recreation Department.

Janet Jacobe, one of the coordinators of this event, said the concert series has been held for 15 years. All series begin the first Friday of July and end on the last Friday.


"This is a family friendly evening," said Jacobe. "Every week, we will have different [types of] music."

According to Jacobe, they will have a country band, orchestra, and the last one to perform is a teenage band from Century High School called Stuck in Reverse.


On July 15, the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra will be playing at the park for the second time. Edie Lee, JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra volunteer musician and social media manager, said that the band plays songs people know and love from all periods and genres.

JoeyDCares started playing five years ago for the community and charities. Lee joined the band after her daughter became involved three years ago to obtain service-learning hours.

Lee said that this orchestra is composed of many musicians that range from adults to students in middle and high school.

"We like to interact with the audience, going out into the audience with instruments and singers. We also use special effects at times, such as glowing instruments, movement, etc.," Lee said about their performances.


At this upcoming concert, Lee stated, that they will be covering songs from artists like U2, The Temptations, The Doobie Brothers, Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift, Whitney Houston, Chicago, Bruno Mars and many more.

At each event, Jacobe also said that the kids will be able to play at the playground and enjoy delicious ice cream and more. People are welcome to bring their chairs and blankets to sit on the ground.

"Every year, it seems to get bigger and more popular," said Jacobe. "It's just a wonderful event."

Jacobe said the July 1 concert will be held at the Town House Gazebo on Main Street because of the Sykesville's First Friday event held in the Millard Park. On the following Fridays the event will be held in the park.

The other bands that will be playing are The McDuffees, Soulflower, and Moe Strings.

Admission to this event is free. For more information please contact Janet Jacobe at jwalking21784@gmail.comor at 443-939-2100.

For more information about the JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra visit their webpage, www.JDCRockOrchestra.org.

Faith Lutheran Church brings Big Band Concert

Faith Lutheran Church in Eldersburg will present The Big Band Concert featuring the Ain't Misbehavin' Big Band on Sunday, June 12 starting at 4 p.m.

Connie Simmons, one of the coordinators of this event and an active member of the church, said that this is the fourth year that the church has held the Big Band Concert, which Ain't Misbehavin' as the featured act. According to Simmons, there are 20 members in the band and they all play different instruments. They cover music from many famous singers such as Frank Sinatra.

George Stelmach, the director of the band, said that Ain't Misbehavin' Big Band usually plays in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan Area. He said they are going to be playing music from the 1940s at this event.

Simmons also added that she is very thankful for this band for sharing their music with the Faith Lutheran Church every year.

The admission to this event is free. Faith Lutheran Church is located at 1700 St. Andrews Way in Eldersburg. For more information, please contact the church office at 410-795-8082 or visit www.faithlutheraneldersburg.com.

'Bridge Ladies' author to discuss book

Author Betsy Lerner will be discussing her new book "The Bridge Ladies" at the Eldersburg Branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

The Eldersburg Library will be hosting the book discussion for adults at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12.

Jennifer Boatman, a library spokeswoman, said that "The Bridge Ladies" is about the story of Betsy Lerner's mother and her friends. In the book, she writes about each of their lives, their secrets, desires and struggles.

Boatman said that these types of presentations are done especially for adults. Some of the topics they pick are fiction, non-fiction, and memoirs.

The Eldersburg branch library, Boatman said, also offers book discussion for adults throughout the year.

The library is located at 6400 W. Hemlock Drive. Tickets are $25 and include tea and a copy of the book. They are available at http://library.carr.org/BetsyLerner or at any Carroll County Public Library branch.

For more information, please call the Carroll County Public Library at 410-386-4500, ext. 3141.

Sharina Taveras Lopez covers Eldersburg, Sykesville, Mount Airy, Winfield, Taylorsville and neighboring communities. Reach her at st008@connections.mcdaniel.edu.

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