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Church to host concert series, school to hold auction

The Mosley Family Gospel Bluegrass Band is pictured in Hampstead April 2013. The band will be performing at Carroll Christian School's Wild West Auction April 8. Pictured, from left, are: Joey Mosley, Matt Brauer, Bill Brauer, Diana Mosley, Megan Mosley, Jay Mosley, Joey Brauer and  Lisa Brauer.
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St. Paul United Methodist Church, at 200 Main St. in New Windsor, is hosting the three-part concert series, Music for Soul & Sustenance.

The series, which is a collaboration between the United Methodist Women church group and the Carroll County String Project, benefits the New Windsor Food Ministries, a project of the church.


"This concert series is focusing about the soul and the sustenance, that's the theme, and that music part is for your soul but they're also paired with food items," said Ela Wiswakarma, music director for the church and administrative director of the Carroll County String Project.

The first concert, an Irish celebration featuring Irish music along with potato soup and soda bread, was held March 12.


The next event, titled "Romantic Oboe," will take place Sunday, April 17, and will feature music by Carroll County String Project faculty Mark Runkles on oboe and Kathryn Harsha on piano. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Wiswakarma said the musicians will perform Romantic-era oboe pieces.

The concert will take place in the church sanctuary at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free, but individuals are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item or a donation to support the New Windsor Food Ministries.

"That's the idea is that however you can contribute to this mission we would want that," she said.

Wiswakarma said the concert serves two purposes, as it is not only a fundraiser and donation drive, but also a chance for people who might not otherwise be able to attend a musical event because of financial difficulty to have that opportunity.

"The concert is dual-functioning because were serving our people, these people who might not be able to get their produce or whatever, they certainly wouldn't be able to go to a concert, right?" Wiswakarma said. "So this concert is free and we encourage you to come whether you can give anything or you can't give anything. But then there are other people who could provide and help our food pantry grow and maybe they would be inspired to sponsor a family or just bring a small item because that's what they have."

Complimentary tickets will be available at the door. Individuals are asked to reserve tickets by calling the church at 410-635-2442 and leaving a message with their name, number of people in their party, and which concert they wish to attend.

The last concert in the series will be held in June.


For more information about the series, call the church. For more information about the New Windsor Food Ministries, visit

Wild West Auction

Carroll Christian Schools, a nonprofit school for grades K-12, will host a Wild West Auction from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8.

Tickets are $12 each and must be purchased before April 4.

The event, which will be held at the school campus at 550 Baltimore Blvd. in Westminster, will kick off with a silent auction from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The silent auction will feature a wide variety of items, from a Tristar Martial Arts birthday party package and one month of free lessons, to a three-night stay at the Wyndham's Olde Towne resort hotel in Alexandria, Virginia.

If you miss the silent auction, though, there will be more opportunities to win big.


"We also have a live auction also that evening that runs from 7 to 8 and there's some really exciting live auctions, too," auction director Aleta Held said.

Live auction items include a golf outing with Ken Singleton, four tickets to an Orioles-Yankees baseball game with seats behind the Orioles dugout, including parking, and a Ravens basket including a Joe Flacco-signed full-size Super Bowl football and a Ray Lewis-signed autobiography.

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Participants can also view and bid on all live and silent auction items at least 24 hours before doors open for the event by visiting

From 8 to 9 p.m., The Mosley Family Gospel Bluegrass Band will entertain guests.

If you're hungry, there will be plenty to munch on, as well.

"We're going to have bottomless chili, so it's all you can eat chili with all the fixings, and we're also going to have roast beef sliders, and we'll have a veggie and cheese tray table. And also we'll be serving mud slide parfaits," Held said.


Proceeds from the event will benefit the school.

"The outcome of the auction directly affects our bottom line by allowing CCS to make much needed school improvements and upgrades to keep tuition costs down," Held wrote in an email. "We are also using a portion of the money raised to support the Teachers Initiative. This initiative allows our teaching staff to be creative and gives them the tools to provide the quality education our youth need to succeed."

Elaina Clarke is the editor of the Neighborhoods section and can be reached via email at