The week ahead: Common Ground concert, Manchester carnival, Shellman House tours, ribbon-cutting

The week ahead: Common Ground concert, Manchester carnival, Shellman House tours, ribbon-cutting
From left, Musical Director Jumoke Ajanku, Journey Ajanku, 15, Chikuyu Ajanku, 11, and Cameron Snell-Ajanku, 12, of the Sankofa Dance Theater perform during Sunday's 18th Annual Common Ground on the Hill Roots Music and Arts Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster July 12, 2015. (Dylan Slagle/Carroll County Times)

Common Ground to close with Roots Music festival

Common Ground on the Hill's Tradition Weeks end this weekend with their annual Roots Music & Arts Festival.


The two-day concert, held Saturday, July 9 to Sunday, July 10, will feature performances from world musicians including Paul McKenna Band from Scotland, Radim Zenkle from the Czech Republic and the famed Puerto Rican guitarist Jose Feliciano at 7 p.m. Saturday night. Sunday will be headlined by Professor Louie & the Crowmatix.

The event will take place at the Carroll County Farm Museum, at 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. Tickets for the entire weekend are $50 adults or $45 for seniors 65 and older and teens 13 to 18. Saturday tickets are $30 adults or $25 for seniors and teens. Sunday tickets are $25 adults or $20 for seniors and teens. Children 6 to 12 are $10 per day each day, and children younger than 5 are free with a ticketed adult.

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— Jacob deNobel

Manchester fire company's annual carnival returning

The Manchester fire company's carnival returns Monday with a mechanical bull, fireworks and more.

The annual carnival, at 3297 York St., runs from 6-11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with a parade on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and fireworks on Thursday.

There will be live music, food and rides. Wristbands for rides cost $18 p.m. and will go on sale each night at 5 p.m.

— Heather Mongilio

Historical Society offering tours of Shellman House

The Historical Society of Carroll County is now offering tours of the historic Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House on Main Street in Westminster at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, beginning Saturday, July 9 and running through Aug. 27.

Tours of the brick house at 206 E. Main St., which dates to 1807, are not usually available to the public without a private appointment.

Tours are $5 per person. Tickets are available at the Shop at Cockeys, at 216 E. Main St. in Westminster.

— Jon Kelvey


HUB/Sykesville Bikes to hold ribbon-cutting ceremony

After its first few months of being open to the public, the HUB/Sykesville Bikes will hold an official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremonyb Thursday.

The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7 at 20 Liberty Road, Suite D, in Sykesville.

Rrefreshments will be available, and the store will have a sale.

For more information, contact Peggy Soper at 410-848-9050 or

— Emily Chappell