Arts Notes


April 23, 2006

College presents `Miss Firecracker'

Carroll Community College students will present Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 30 in the Scott Center Theater.

The story, set in the small Mississippi town of Brookhaven, takes place a few days before July 4. The compassionate and sometimes humorous tale looks at a family's past and offers a hopeful future. Tickets are $5; $3 for senior adults; and free for students with identification. The college is at 1601 Washington Road.

Information: 410-386-8573.

Civil War music on tap at library

As part of "On The Same Page: Carroll County Reads Together," the Carroll County Public Library and Arts Council will present a program of Civil War music.

"Rally 'round the Campfire, Boys!" featuring the 2nd South Carolina String Band of the Confederate Army, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main Street, Westminster.

The band will play high-spirited, rollicking tunes that evoke the days when soldiers entertained their comrades around the campfire to the tunes of Stephen Foster and Dan Emmett.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Farm Museum holds lunchtime talks

The Carroll County Farm Museum will hold its 2006 series of lunchtime talks at noon the first Monday of the month from May through October at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

A variety of topics are planned, including two to highlight the museum's 40-year history. Guests may take a lunch. Beverages and snacks will be provided. The cost is $2 per person for non-members and free for members.

The May 1 talk will be on "Milk Bottle Collecting." Pete Whiteford will discuss collecting antique milk bottles, the milk industry in Maryland, and how he got started collecting bottles and other memorabilia related to the milk industry.

He has hundreds of milk bottles from various counties, along with caps, openers and advertising materials, such as posters. He will also display some of his collection.

Other talks will be: June 5, "Identifying Maryland Backcountry Furniture" with C. Robert Harrison, appraiser and historian; July 3, "The Farm Museum's Early Years: Transition from Almshouse to Museum" with Elsie Baust; Aug. 7, "Carroll County History/Farm Museum Recollections" with Commissioner Dean L. Minnich; Sept. 11, "Autograph Collecting" with Tim Atkinson; Oct. 2, "Miniature Trains" with Allan Passman.

Information: 410-386-3880.

Tree of Life opens registration

The Tree of Life Theatre Troupe is taking registration for its summer theater camps.

Three full-day programs are available. The two-week theater class will include basic or advanced acting skills, including auditioning, and backstage support in lighting, set and make-up design.

A three-week musical theater class will include producing a full-scale musical show performed for the public over three nights.

A directing class will be offered to older teens and adults.

The camps will be held June 19-30 and July 24-Aug. 13 at the Freedom Optimist Hall on Route 32 in Eldersburg.

Information: www.treeoflife or 410-549-2471.

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