Roots Festival opens July 7

The Baltimore Sun

Common Ground on the Hill will present its 10th annual Roots Music & Arts Festival from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 8 at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.

Headline acts include guitar legend Doc Watson at 7 p.m. July 7, Appalachian balladeer Jean Ritchie at 6 p.m. July 7 and 3 p.m. July 8, and Grammy Award winner Tom Chapin at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. July 8.

The festival features blues, folk, bluegrass, Native American, Celtic, Appalachian music and dance, gospel, African drumming and dance, world percussion, storytelling, poetry, performance art, juried arts & crafts, ethnic foods and a Family World Village.

The festival features more than 75 world class performers each day, including, on Saturday, Walt Michael & Co. (5 p.m.), Laura Fuentes y Caliconte (Chile), Footworks (percussive dance ensemble), Antion (Hawaiian song and chant), Pete Clark (Scottish fiddle master), Tony Ellis (banjo master), Scott Ainslie (blues), Reveillons (Quebecois dance and song), Sankofa Dance Theater (African dance and drum), Dr. Loco (Latino Band) and Jim Wood (Nashville fiddler).

Afterward on Saturday, a dance will be held from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at the Carroll County Agricultural Center, featuring old-time community dance led by the Common Ground Concert String Band.

Performers on July 8 include Michael Chapdelaine (national fingerstyle guitar champion); Jack Gladstone (Native American singer-songwriter); Walter Liniger & Andy Cohen (blues masters); Bryan Bowers (autoharp legend); Bob Franke, Bob & Skye Zentz, Caroline Doctorow (songwriters); D.C. Bluegrass Union All-Stars; Port Righ & Sharon Knowles (Celtic harp and pipes).

Tickets are: weekend pass, $40; Saturday only, $25; Sunday only, $20; seniors 65 and older, $20 daily; teens 13-18, $15 Saturday, $10 Sunday; children 6-12, $5 daily with an adult; children 5 and younger, free with an adult. Camping in the rough is available at the Ag Center for $15 per person per night.

Tickets are sold at Common Ground, the Farm Museum and Arts Council.

Information: 410-857-2771.

Auditions open for 'Anything Goes'

The community theater group September Song will hold auditions for its coming musical production of Anything Goes.

Auditions will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 10 and 11 at Century High School, 355 Ronsdale Road, Eldersburg. Rehearsals will begin July 17.

Staff includes Mo Dutterer, director; Joan Eichhorn, producer; Erin Kaufman, musical director; Tina DeSimone, choreographer; and Angie Brown, stage manager.

All parts are open for the cast of 60 or more actors, singers and dancers from ages sixth grade through adult.

Those auditioning should come with a memorized song to sing, dressed in comfortable shoes and clothes to dance, and be prepared to read from the script.

An accompanist and a CD/tape player will also be available. CDs and tapes must be accompaniment only.

Information: 410-997-4896.

Moscow Ballet holds dance program

The Moscow Ballet will hold its Summer Dance Program, "Celebrating Children ... The Arts Can Make A Difference," at the Westminster Ballet Theatre, in-residence at State of the Arts Dance & Music Center, July 16--27.

Taught by Svetlana Todinova, a Moscow Ballet Russian soloist, the intensive workshop includes classes in ballet technique, Pointe and variations, character dance, partnering, and repertory sessions where students will be taught excerpts from classical ballets.

Children ages 6 to young adult are invited to participate in the program.

The program's final production includes a performance by Todinova, performing Giselle excerpts, at 7 p.m. July 27 at Carroll Community College's Scott Theater.

Developed by Moscow Ballet's co-producer, Mary Talmi, the Moscow Ballet's Summer Dance Program is a unique training cultural program for children to work one-on-one with a Russian soloist.

Westminster Ballet is at 90 Aileron Court, Suite 3, Westminster.

Information and registration: 410-848-6048 or

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