Crofton/Odenton: Waugh Chapel Town Centre Saturday concert series

Waugh Chapel Town Centre continued its hit summer concert series Saturday with a performance by the band A Classic Case.

The center island and blocked off traffic circle of the town center was awash in lawn chairs as locals came out on a warm night to listen to the band and enjoy the beer and wine garden.

Adjacent restaurants pulled out their patio chairs and tables as diners got to enjoy the music while eating meals.

“We enjoy the band,” Cindy Forney said. “It’s good music, a good night and we had dinner out first.”

Suzy Mitchell said the band, A Classic Case, plays joyous, energetic music for the community year after year.

“Now more than ever we need it,” she said

A Classic Case has been together 15 years and plays rock ’n’ roll music.

“We actually all like each other,” said base player David Hinman. “Everyone’s laughing (when we’re together). We’re trying to be as good as we can.”

Eight more Saturday concerts will be held in July and August from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

  • July 7: Magical Mystery Girls will be playing as an all-female Beatles tribute band.
  • July 14: The Broke Rich Boys, a three-piece band, will perform classic and country hits from the 1960s to the present.
  • July 21: Priceless Advice will be playing some of the best rock of the 1990’s.
  • July 28: Texas Chainsaw Horns, with almost a dozen members, play eclectic music from Ray Charles to ZZ Top.
  • Aug 4: D’Vibe and Conga play the sounds of summer with of blend of island music, classic rock and reggae.
  • Aug. 11: Different Sisters is a Baltimore-based band the covers everything from classic rock, rhythm and blues to country music.
  • Aug 18: The Eric Scott Band, with Scott’s soulful singing and blend of pop music, soul and funk is known to make the audience dance.
  • Aug 25: Appaloosa is known for pleasing audiences with strong vocals and instrumentals.
  • July 21-Aug. 18 are special kids’ nights with a pre-concert magic show and balloon art.

Waugh Chapel Town Centre is at 1417 South Main Chapel Way in Gambrills 21054.

For more information, visit www.visitwaughchapel.com.

Open mic night

On Friday, Crofton City Limits Coffee House and Open Mic night is back. Sign up to play by 6 p.m. Music will begin at 7:30 p.m.

This is not a prearranged concert, but open to all musicians and singers. Located at the Walden Country Club, 1500 Riedel Road, dinner and drinks are available before and during the performances.

Master gardeners

On July 14 at the Odenton Regional Library, University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners will hold two presentations from 10 a.m. to noon.

First will be the the best time to repair your lawn in the fall and how one how one should properly test the soil, buy seeds and minimize weeds.

Secondly, sowing seeds in milk jugs outside throughout the winter will be explained as they make their own tiny greenhouses. Details will be given on how to make spring planting easier. Odenton Regional Library is at 1325 Annapolis Road in Odenton.

Frederick Douglass series

On July 14 at 2 p.m., the Crofton Community Library will present a series by writer, orator and abolitionist Fredrick Douglass, performed by Bill Grimmette, a living history storyteller and performer, for the 24th year of the Maryland Humanities Living History.

Douglass was one of the most important African-American activists of the 19th century. This living history performance will be followed by a question and answer session for education and family fun.

Attendance is free and the library is at 1681 Riedel Road. For more information, visit www.mdhumanities.org/chautauqua.

Farmers market

On July 18 from 4:30 to 7 p.m., the Crofton Farmers Market will hold its third annual barbecue cookoff. Are you the King or Queen of BBQ, does your sauce or rub annihilate the competition? Well then this is your event.

The event will be hosted by the Crofton Rotary Club, the Crofton Farmers Market and Living in the Triangle magazine. Awards will be given in three categories: Best Pulled Pork (judged), Best Pulled Chicken (judged) and the People’s Choice Award. Attendees can make a $5 donation and try each BBQ and submit their ballot for the best BBQ overall.

Judging will begin at 6:15 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 6:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Crofton Caring Christian Council, run by nine local churches and volunteers who provide everything from food, clothing, financial assistance and a baby pantry. Participation in the contest is free, however contestants should register no later than July 16 at https://croftonchamber.com/BBQ.

The Crofton Farmer’s Market is at the Crofton Country Club, 1691 Crofton Pkwy.

Rosa Parks story

On July 19, The Forum presents “The Story of Rosa Parks”, the Civil Rights icon. Ms. Greene is an accomplished storyteller. She has been telling African, African American and multicultural stories for over 25 years and has performed throughout the United States, Brazil, Canada, Zambia, South Africa and Egypt.

The Forum meets at Osaka’s Grill and Buffet, 1633 Crofton Center, at noon for lunch followed by the presentation. Call 410-562-8920 for more information.

Merchant Marine grad

Crofton’s James C. Malone recently graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in King’s Point, N.Y. The USMMA is a federal service academy that educates and graduates licensed Merchant Marine officers.

In addition to the rigorous academic and physical requirements for admission, applicants must be nominated by a congressman or senator. Malone was nominated by Congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler of Washington’s 3rd Congressional District.

As part of his four-year education, Malone spent one year training as a cadet aboard ocean going vessels. He is a graduate of Archbishop Spalding High School.

Melissa Driscoll Krol can be reached at aroundcrofton@gmail.com and on Facebook at Around Crofton.

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