WESTMINSTER -- Local writers and musicians will join together from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Carroll County Farm Museum for an evening of "Sonnets and Strings."
The event, sponsored by the Carroll County Arts Council, will feature the creative talents of area poets, writers and musicians who enjoy sharing their talents with an appreciative audience.
The collaboration of "Sonnets and Strings" was initiated by members of the Carroll County Poetry Society.
"We wanted to get people together, and we batted around a number of ideas," said Stephen Johnston, a member of the group performing Saturday evening. "We came up with combining the poetry and music in one show."
Their idea was inspired by a similar event known as "Offerings," sponsored by the Carroll County Arts Council last December.
"'Offerings' . . . emphasized music and readings. They had a tremendous turnout; there were over 100 people who attended," said Mr. Johnston, a 24-year-old Woodbine resident. "We wanted to do something similar. This time, we've combined more readings and put them first, and the music will follow."
Beginning at 6 p.m. Mr. Johnston and writers Susan Tegeler, Laurie Precht, Dolores Maminski and Laurie Van Der Linden will share their published and unpublished works.
Following the readings, a variety of musicians and groups will entertain until the evening's end.
Ant Farm, a local bluegrass band; hammer dulcimer player Ivy Algiere; Father, Son and a Side of Bacon, a folk and country band; and jazz musician Brian Kooken are among musical acts scheduled to perform.
Hilary Pierce, executive director of the Carroll County Arts Council, said one of the aims of the Arts Council is to promote organized, creative activities to be enjoyed by the community.
"Our objective is to support these activities, by hosting and helping with the organization," Ms. Pierce said. "The reason we are promoting this kind of activity is because that's the message we are getting from the community. There is a lot of talent here locally, and events such as these encourage people in the community to share their works."
The Farm Museum will open its gates at 5:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic dinner to enjoy before the performances begin.
Light refreshments will be served. Admission is $5 per person.
Information: 848-7272 or 876-8550.