Sunday concert to benefit homeless 14 musical acts to play at Farm Museum

August 13, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

Sandy Leishear hopes the Carroll County community will come out for a good time and a better cause Sunday when Glass Hammer Productions, a local band and promotion agency, sponsors a Music Benefit for the Homeless from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

A member of Glass Hammer, Ms. Leishear has lined up 14 musical acts from three states and Washington, all of which are donating their talents for the concert.

"There should be something for everybody musically -- country, Christian, blues, rock, new age," she said.

"All the bands are donating their time and gifts, and everybody who is selling anything is giving a 10 percent donation to the cause."

Besides the music, there will be vendors selling crafts, jewelry and gifts, as well as food for those wishing to spend the evening and eat out. Or bring your own picnic dinner to enjoy on the grounds.

Some of the musical groups also will sell their tapes or compact discs, Ms. Leishear said.

All proceeds from the concert will go to Human Services Programs of Carroll County to help those without adequate shelter.

Ms. Leishear noted that it is appropriate that the concert is being held at the Farm Museum, formerly the county almshouse for the poor.

"The Department of Social Services secured the place for the concert," Ms. Leishear said. "That was one stipulation, that if they could find a place to put it on, I'd do the concert."

The Sunday evening hours will be after the Farm Museum has closed for the day, so all the buildings will be closed and there will be no admission charge except $10 for the concert tickets for those 12 and older. Children under 12 will be admitted free.

Since Ms. Leishear started lining up performers earlier in the summer, several of the groups have written songs especially for the homeless, including "Trail of Tears" by John Chrisenbury, "We Were Made to Love" by Kairos and "Hope in Others' Eyes" by Ms. Leishear and Roger Himler.

"It's pretty neat, all the creativity that's come out of this," Ms. Leishear said. She also had more offers of bands and groups than she could accommodate.

"I hate to discourage people, but we just couldn't use everybody," she said.

The concert is being supported by area businesses both within and out of the county, but Ms. Leishear said that more is still needed.

"It does take an expense to put on this concert, and I wish we could get more donations because it is for our own county," she said.

Her goal for the concert is to raise $10,000 for Human Services, but she admitted that this first concert is a test.

"We just have to see how this concert turns out," she said. "It may be an annual thing, I don't know. It seems like people in Carroll County are more willing to contribute if it's an annual thing. I'm just hoping it brings everybody together for the cause of humanity."

Sylvia Canon, director of Human Services Programs, is hoping for a big turnout as well.

The county has given Human Services Programs $20,000 to operate its family shelter, but HSP must match the $20,000.

"We have a year to raise the money, so we're trying to do something each month," Ms. Canon said. "But anything we can get from the concert will be a big win, that much more toward the county money for the shelter."

Ms. Leishear said she was willing to do this concert because "when I was younger we didn't have much and somebody helped us, and I feel like I'm giving something back to the community."

Tickets are available at Westminster-area music stores and at the gate. Anyone wishing to make a tax-deductible donation to this benefit performance can mail checks to Benefit for the Homeless, c/o Glass Hammer Promotions, 224 Hook Road, Westminster, Md. 21157.

The Carroll County Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Information: Ms. Leishear, 848-2712, or Human Services Programs, 857-2999.

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