Arts Notes

Month of Sundays concert series set in Westminster

Westminster and the Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks are holding their Month of Sundays concert series this month, featuring oldies, contemporary and big-band music.


All concerts will start at 7 p.m. at the Westminster City Park off Longwell Avenue.

Concerts are free, but donations to Human Services Programs of Carroll County are requested. Baby-care items, toiletries, paper goods and cleaning supplies are needed, as are cash donations.


The series starts Sunday with Jennifer Rose, a young talent discovered by Baltimore oldies singer Ronnie Dove. She has performed with various oldies acts, and offers original and popular tunes from country to rock 'n' roll.

The Fabulous Hubcaps take the stage July 11 to celebrate their 30th anniversary of performing oldies rock 'n' roll. Kathie Martin returns as lead female singer, along with Jan Zukowski, bass player and vocalist.

Before the July 11 concert, the Free State Corvette Club will sponsor a car show sanctioned by the National Council of Corvette Clubs at the park.

The Mood Swings Big Band from Baltimore will perform July 18. The 22-member band salutes the legends of the swing era.

The Mahoney Brothers will end the series July 25. The six-piece band offers rock 'n' roll oldies from the 1950s and 1960s.

Information: 410-848-6962.

Arlo Guthrie to headline annual music festival

Renowned folk singer Arlo Guthrie will be the headline performer at Common Ground on the Hill's seventh annual American Music and Arts Festival, which will be held July 10 and 11 at the Carroll County Farm Museum.


The festival features many music styles, including blues, folk, bluegrass, Native American, Appalachian, jazz, gospel, Celtic, African drumming and world percussion. The event also will include storytelling, a juried arts and crafts exhibit, ethnic foods and an interactive family stage.

Guthrie will perform at 6:30 p.m. July 10. The son of legendary songwriter Woody Guthrie, Arlo hit the music scene in the late 1960s with the movie and recording Alice's Restaurant, and later with Steve Goodman's City of New Orleans.

Ramblin' Jack Elliott, a storyteller and interpreter of American song, will hold workshops and appear on stage from 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. both days.

Blues legend Etta Baker also will appear both days.

Family entertainer and Grammy Award-winner Tom Chapin will perform at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. July 11.

The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 10 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 11. On July 10, a dance will be held from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Carroll County Agricultural Center, featuring old-time dancing led by the Common Ground Concert String Band.


Tickets are $38 for a weekend pass, or $24 for Saturday only and $18 for Sunday only. Youth prices are $10 a day for ages 13 to 18, $5 a day for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. Overnight camping at the agricultural center is $10 a person.

Information: 410-876-2667 or 410-848-7775; or Common Ground at 410-857-2771.

'Romeo and Juliet' slated at arts center

The Carroll County Arts Council will present Romeo and Juliet by the Olney Theatre Center's National Players at 7 p.m. July 19 at the Carroll Arts Center.

The Olney Theatre Center, in partnership with the Boston University Professional Theatre Initiative, will present the play as part of its 15th annual Summer Shakespeare Festival.

The production will feature veteran and student actors from the Boston University School of Theatre Arts.


Tickets are free and available in advance at the Carroll Arts Center box office, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Carroll County Arts Council, 91 W. Main St., Westminster 21157.

Information: 410-848-7272.