American music, arts fest to be held in Westminster

July 07, 2002

Common Ground on the Hill will present its fifth American Music and Arts Festival on Saturday and July 14 at Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.

A music, dance and art festival for all ages, the American Music and Arts Festival celebrates the "common ground" found in traditional arts.

The festival is a culmination of the eighth weeklong Common Ground on the Hill workshops held at McDaniel College, which attract participants from around the world.

Musical offerings are a potpourri of American genres, including blues, folk, bluegrass, Native American, Appalachian old-time music and dance, jazz, gospel, Celtic, African drumming and dance, world percussion, storytelling, poetry, performance art, juried arts and crafts, ethnic foods and a children's festival.

The festival will feature more than 80 performers making music, dancing, storytelling and leading song and drum circles, on four stages: Pavilion Main Stage, the woodsy Amphitheater Stage, Marcia Selko Memorial Blues Stage and the Children's World Village Interactive Stage.

On Saturday, the festival will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., featuring Odetta on the Pavilion Main Stage for shows at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

As the farm museum grounds close Saturday, a dance from 9 p.m. to midnight will begin next door at the Carroll County Agricultural Center, featuring old-time dance led by the Common Ground Concert String Band.

On Sunday, the fun will begin again from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Tom Chapin featured for shows at the World Village and Pavilion Main Stages.

Admission for the festival is: weekend pass, $34; Saturday only, $22; Sunday only, $18. Teens ages 18 and younger are $8 a day. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.

Camping in the rough at Carroll County Agricultural Center is $8 per person per night.

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