Music, arts festival in Westminster to close with blues, bluegrass concert

July 10, 1998|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

Common Ground on the Hill, a six-day celebration of music and the arts at Western Maryland College, will culminate this weekend with a concert featuring blues, bluegrass, jazz and gospel.

The American Music & Arts Festival will feature storytellers and dancers moving to the beat of African drums. Entertainers from across the nation will perform tomorrow and Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.

After a week of classes in subjects as varied as the autoharp and artifacts of Seminole culture, students and teachers will show what they have learned from each other. About 200 participants will perform on four stages.

"I've really enjoyed the wonderful teachers and the camaraderie of everybody," said David Scheim of Blacksburg, Va. "We have the chance here to have unique political and cultural exchanges."

Common Ground was founded by Walt Michael, a 1960s civil rights activist and musician, at Western Maryland College in 1994. This is the first year that the celebration will end with a two-day festival at the farm museum.

The Celtic harp, hammered dulcimer and Native American flute will create the harmony of this year's concert. Arts and crafts people will showcase their creations. Watercolors, handmade jewelry and photography will be on display.

"We decided to hold this concert because we felt that what we're doing here on campus deserves to be out in the community," Michael said.

The American Music & Arts Festival begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The main-stage evening concert from 6 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. will be followed by a country dance at the adjacent Carroll County Agricultural Center. On Sunday, activities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information and tickets: 410-857-2771.

Pub Date: 7/10/98

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