Old-time folk music stars kick off Glen Mar concerts [Ellicott City]

Glen Mar Church is hosting a duo of free summer concerts. On Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m., the first concert will feature father/son duo Ken and Brad Kolodner performing old-time folk music with Rachel Eddy.

Ken Kolodner is a world-renowned hammered dulcimer player and old-time fiddler. His son, Brad, is a singer and rising star among clawhammer banjo players.


The Kolodners are well regarded for their innovative and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes. Eddy, who sings and plays the fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass, will add her talent to this foot-stomping event.

On Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m., the second concert in this two-part series will be held when the Federal Brass of the U.S. Army Field Band performs at the church.


The concerts will be held in Glen Mar’s Spirit Center, at 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. Refreshments will be served and child care for preschool-age children and younger will be provided.

For more information, go to glenmarumc.org.

Sponsored by the Howard County government, the free Lakeside Movie series is in full swing at Centennial Park, at the South entrance lawn area in front of the concert stage.

The next outdoor movie is Wednesday, June 27, at 8:15 p.m. with the film “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (PG, 1981) featuring the character Indiana Jones.

This is a family friendly event. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. Take a picnic dinner or purchase food and beverages at the Adventure Shake.

Don’t forget to bring a flashlight. It comes in handy when navigating your way back to your seat and car when it gets dark outside. Keep in mind, this is a popular annual event and parking will be limited. Consider arriving early or carpooling. Park gates will close when the parking lot is full.

Concerts are weather permitting. Check weather related event cancellations by calling 410-313-4451 after 5 p.m. on the day of the performance.

Mark your calendars for the additional Lakeside Movie nights: Friday, Aug. 17, at 7:45 .p.m., for “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” Saturday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., for “The Lego Movie” and Thursday, Oct. 18 ,at 6:30 p.m., for “Hocus Pocus.”

The Howard County Summer Theatre presents “Annie,” the popular Broadway musical based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” written by Harold Gray.

The 43rd HCST production will be held at River Hill High School at 12101 Route 108, Clarksville.

Evening performances are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, through Saturday, June 30 and Thursday, July 5, through Saturday, July 7. Matinee shows are on Sunday, July 1 and Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m.

Directed by Tom Sankey, the show stars Camden Lippert and Brooke Webster sharing the title role of Annie. HCST veteran Marloe Lippert plays Grace Ferrell with Robyn Bloom in the role of Ms. Hannigan. HCST newcomer Ben Bransford plays Oliver Warbucks. The creative cast includes choreographer Amanda Tschirgi and vocal musical director Chris Hettenbach.


Continuing a long tradition of giving back to the community, HCST will donate a portion of the proceeds from “Annie” to three local charities: Prepare for Success, an organization that supplies needy Howard County school children with school supplies, BearTrax, an overnight camp and mentorship program designed to enhance relationships between county police officers and youth transitioning from elementary school to middle school, and the relief efforts for the victims of the 2018 Ellicott City flood.

Tickets are $20. Discounted tickets, $17, are available to seniors 60+ and children 12 years old and under.

Purchase tickets online at ticketleap.com or at the Ellicott City Music and Arts store in Chatham Station and from cast members. Tickets will also be sold at the door. For more information, go to HCST website at howardcountysummertheatre.org

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