Rec department's concert series starts in July CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


June 07, 1993|By CINDY PARR

Just like the smell of a good steak on an open grill, there is nothing more appetizing than the sound of a live band playing in a beautiful park setting on a clear summer evening.

Sound appealing? Then be sure not to miss the sounds this summer when the Department of Recreation and Parks presents its annual Concerts in the Park series beginning July 18.

Program coordinator Barry Weidner said this year there will be a variety of groups to entertain audiences with their musical talents.

"We will have five concerts this summer at various park locations throughout the county," Mr. Weidner said. "We will have bluegrass, country, classical, folk and even rock music bands. We try to appeal to as wide a musical appreciation as possible."

For the past 17 years, Mr. Weidner, who teaches social studies at Westminster High School, has been spending his free time coordinating the summer concert series for the Recreation and Parks Department.

"There was about a two- to three-year hiatus where we had very little funding and we did without them," recalled the Westminster resident. "But after that time, we started back up again and we have kept them going."

Sites of the five summer concerts include Westminster City Playground, Hashawa Environmental Center, Piney Run Park and the Carroll County Farm Museum.

The concerts -- funded through the Carroll County Arts Council, private donations and Rec and Parks departmental funds -- are free to the public.

"We usually average anywhere from 250 to 300 people, depending upon the group, the location and, of course, the weather," Mr. Weidner said. "The big-band sounds have always been a big draw. We have gotten anywhere from 700 to 800 people for these concerts."

Since Mr. Weidner began coordinating the summer concert series, he has picked up additional duties for other county events.

"I started scheduling the musical talent for the Maryland Wine Festival when it started in 1983, and I schedule other events that take place at the Farm Museum during the year," he said.

Be sure to mark the following Sunday evening dates on your summer calendar:

* July 18 -- Hashawa Environmental Center; Bob Paisley and the Southern Grass (bluegrass band).

* July 25 -- Piney Run Park; Monumental Brass Quintet (classical and show music).

* Aug. 8 -- Westminster City Playground; Big Cam and the Lifters (rock 'n' roll oldies).

* Aug. 15 -- Hashawa Environmental Center; Carl Hamilton Orchestra (big-band sounds).

* Aug. 22 -- Farm Museum; Carey Creed (folk and variety band).

All concerts begin at 7 p.m.


Speaking of the sounds of country, bluegrass and folk music played against a scenic outdoor backdrop of tall pines and lavish grounds -- the Carroll County Farm Museum is the place to be this weekend.

Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., amateur musicians from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia will participate in the 22nd annual Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention.

Highlighting the day will be a bluegrass competition, in which bands and individual performers will vie for $3,000 in cash prizes.

Food including fried chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade lemonade and baked goods will be available.

Local artisans selling folk art, ceramics, antique butter mold prints and other wares will supply a diversion for the crafty shopper.

Admission is $7 for adults and free for ages under 18 who are accompanied by a paying adult.

Information: 876-2667.

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