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Farm Museum displays antique dolls, folk pottery

The Carroll County Farm Museum is exhibiting two collections in the farmhouse this month.

Displayed in the bowfront cabinet is an exhibit of antique dolls from the collection of Joan Williamson Fowler.

Dolls include Dream Baby, manufactured in Germany by Armand Marseille; a character baby doll from Germany dated 1910; googly-eyed dolls from Germany by Armand Marseille, Recknagle and Nippon; a bisque doll called Pouty manufactured by Kestner; and a painted bisque doll from Germany called Just Me.

A collection of folk pottery by the Hewell family of Gillsville, Ga., is displayed in the large hall case. Jugs, pitchers, a large jardiniere, and assorted pots and jars are featured.

Face jugs are believed to have originated in South Carolina, made by African-American slaves. The Hewell family has been making face jugs since the 1850s.

The farm museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Hours this month are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. weekends.

Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for ages 7 to 18 and 60 and older; and free for children 6 and younger with a paying adult.

Information: 410-386-3880.

Arts council seeks actors for 'Alice in Wonderland'

The Carroll County Arts Council is seeking actors ages 8 to 12 for a new children's theater troupe to perform in a musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland at the arts center in mid-November.

Those interested should plan to participate in a two-part audition workshop from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Rehearsals will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays starting late next month, with additional rehearsals on Saturdays closer to the show.

Previous acting experience is not required, but children will be expected to attend all rehearsals and be genuinely interested in learning about drama and being part of a theater troupe.

The show will be directed by Julie Herber of the Fun Company, an education theater troupe in Frederick. Herber will meet with interested parents Aug. 24 after the Fun Company's show, A Rainforest Adventure, to be staged at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at the arts center.

A Rainforest Adventure follows a young Baltimore oriole who loses his way during the yearly migration. His adventures reveal the many dangers facing the rain forest and the creatures that dwell beneath its canopy. Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for arts council members, senior adults and children 12 and younger.

Tuition to the Alice in Wonderland program will be $100 and include a T-shirt and two tickets to the show. Scholarships are available for children from households with income less than $35,000 per year.

Information: 410-848-7272.

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