September 19, 2004
Common Ground on the Hill will sponsor a concert series at 8 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, from next month through April, at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for Arts Council members, seniors age 60 and older and children age 12 and younger; or $100 for adults and $95 for others for all seven concerts. Scheduled performances: Oct. 2: Northern Lights is a progressive veteran bluegrass band from New England that has performed for more than two decades.
April 25, 2004
Common Ground on the Hill, a music and arts festival that brings hundreds of students and notable performers to Westminster every summer, operates most of the year out of a small, cluttered office in the basement of a McDaniel College building. Walt Michael, 57, founder of the festival and the college's artist-in-residence, toils amid bookcases filled with CDs, videos, music memorabilia and academic texts. He composes music on the same laptop in which he writes curricula, class schedules and performance dates for Common Ground.
October 19, 2003
Common Ground on the Hill will present a monthly Saturday concert series at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster. All shows will begin at 8 p.m. and cost $15, $13 for those ages 65 and older and $10 for children younger than age 12 and students with identification. A five-concert series subscription costs $65, $60 for senior citizens and $45 for children and students. Scheduled programs are: The Tony Trischka Band on Nov. 1: From New York, this eclectic band will deliver a sound drawing on bluegrass, jazz, rock and classical.
December 7, 2001
Art inspired by Africa trip on exhibit at Main St. store Sculptor and artist Bart Walter of Westminster will exhibit his latest works from a recent trip to Africa tomorrow through Feb. 1 at Ain't That a Frame. An opening reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the gallery at 31 W. Main St., Westminster. The public is welcome. Walter's sculptures of animals from the wild are known around the world and are in museums and private collections. The charcoal drawings reflect the origins of Walter's latest sculptures of African animals, including a chimpanzee, a vulturine guinea fowl, lions and cheetahs.
June 3, 2001
The annual Fiddlers' Convention will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 10 at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster. Competition prize categories include: Bluegrass Band, Old-Time Band, Bluegrass Fiddle, Old-Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Banjo, Old-Time Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocalist, Bass Fiddle, Dobro, Young Performer and Special Performer. Contestants may register for the competition beginning at 8:30 a.m. the day of the convention. More than $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded.
June 16, 2000
Common Ground on the Hill's summer workshops might provide the shortest route between Africa and Appalachia. Classes take participants from the banjo to the tribal drum, from the Native American flute to Scottish bagpipes. Although the cultures seem worlds apart, they have much in common. "As we are pitted against each other, usually we lose touch of the fact that our traditions have the same roots," said Walt Michael, founder and director of Common Ground on the Hill. "We could not have bluegrass without the influence of African-American music and we could not have black gospel without Western sacred music.