Gospel concert a 23-year tradition


March 19, 2001|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CONTINUING A 23-year-old tradition, Bethesda and Zion United Methodist churches have scheduled their annual Country Gospel Music Show for 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Westminster High School.

Each three-hour performance will feature country gospel vocal groups the Kingsmen, the Lewis Family and the Booth Brothers.

"It's grown on me," acknowledged Delores M. Bankert, a member of Zion United Methodist in Westminster who has helped organize the event for the past 15 years. Bethesda United Methodist is in Sykesville.

"I've [sung] in choirs all my life, but I didn't know a lot about this type of music until we started on this," she said. "Now, I find it very enjoyable."

Members of the two churches, which used to be part of a charge with the same pastor, proposed the idea in 1978 to help supplement their church budgets, Bankert said.

"They thought they'd try the project, see if they could make it successful, and it's become profitable over the years," she said, noting that the groups sell a 96-page program with local advertising. "We've gotten a lot of support from the business community."

Although tickets are available in advance, audience members should arrive early because seats are not reserved.

"In the afternoon, we've sold out the downstairs and the balcony pretty well," Bankert said. "They come from Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Western Maryland, all over."

Tickets are available at Bullock's Country Meats, Bullock's Airport Inn and Bibles Plus in Westminster; His Way Book Store in Eldersburg; and Zinn's Service Center in Taneytown.

Admission is $10 for seats on the main floor and $6 for the balcony. Tickets purchased at the door will cost an additional $2.

Information: 410-833-6295 or 410-848-7981.

Artistic future

Carroll County Arts Council will showcase plans for its new facility at the group's monthly "Lunch and Learn," noon to 1 p.m. March 28 at the council gallery in the lower level of Winchester Exchange Building, 15 E. Main St., Westminster.

Executive Director Sandy Oxx will present an artist's rendering of the facade planned for the former Carroll Theatre, on Main Street in Westminster. Participants can view a walk-through of the floor plan, hear an overview of programming plans for the site, and learn about the capital fund-raising campaign, "Create a Masterpiece."

Members of local cultural organizations hoping to use the renovated building are encouraged to attend the hourlong session.

The cost is $1 or free for arts council members, and will include a beverage and dessert. Participants are encouraged to take a bag lunch.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Magical evening

The Optimist Club of Westminster is holding a free evening of cartoons and magic from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 31 at William Winchester Elementary, 70 Monroe St., Westminster.

Local magician Louis Palaia, a member of the Society of American Magicians, Raymond Assembly 123, is scheduled to perform feats to mystify all ages.

Admission is free, although the civic organization will accept donations at the door.

Information: 410-848-8594.

Amy L. Miller's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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