Downtown Westminster is on the Geocache Trail
The City of Westminster is one of 78 municipalities to be a stop on the state-wide Maryland Municipal League Geocache Trail. The Maryland Municipal League (MML) created the Geocache Trail to promote awareness of and visits to Maryland's cities and towns, with the goal of helping to stimulate tourism in Maryland's municipalities. This effort taps into the rapidly growing high-tech tourist trade that is not limited to any particular age group. Discovering a geocache is very much like going on a treasure hunt, except one uses a hand-held GPS (Global Positioning System) device to plot map coordinates to locate the treasure or "cache." A collectible, highly coveted geo coin will be given to the first 500 geocachers who locate a minimum of 22 municipal caches throughout the state. To be eligible for the coin, geocachers must pick up a passport at any participating visitor center, including the Carroll County Visitor Center at 210 East Main Street, use the stamp in each cache on their passports and write in the cache code word. After discovering at least 2 municipal caches in each of the 11 MML districts, geocachers may return to any one of the participating county visitor centers and have their passports validated to receive a collectable coin. The game went live on January 1st. For more information on the MML Geocache Trail, visit the following websites: http://www.mdmunicipal.org/ or http://www.geocaching.org/.
Maximus Thrashivus III Takes the Stage on January 3rd at the Carroll Arts Center
Threshold Productions and Carroll County Extreme Music Corps will present the area’s biggest, all-age, local music fest, Maximus Thrashivus III, at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, on Saturday, January 3rd, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Musical groups slated to perform include Another Reason to Hate Machines, Carbonstone, A Farmers Daughter, Upon a Throne of Lies, Crimson Orchid, Demolitia and My Ransomed Soul. Tickets are $10.00 at the door. For more information, go to www.myspace.com/ccemcconcerts.
Carroll County Arts Council Kicks Off Their First Thursday Art History Film Series with “Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist” on January 8th
The Carroll County Arts Council’s first presentation in the 1st Thursday Art History Film Series at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, is “Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist” on Thursday, January 8th. Learn about Cassatt’s fierce independence and the inspiration she received from her family. Discover how she became one of the most beloved French Impressionists despite her American heritage. The film will be accompanied by a lecture about Cassatt’s work and life from the Arts Center’s Visual Arts Coordinator, Susan Williamson. Showings of the film will begin at Noon and 7:00 p.m. All tickets for these events are $10.00.
Venture to Beyond the Pale at the Carroll Arts Center from January 8th through February 13th
The “Beyond the Pale” art exhibition in the Community Gallery of the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, from January 8th through February 13th features inspired paintings of lands separated by the Atlantic Ocean; from familiar scenes of Maryland to the beloved countrysides of Ireland and England. Original paintings by Emory Billings, Steve G. Raley and Bill Weaver will be presented.
Common Ground on the Hill Presents Folk Blues Legend Chris Smither at the Carroll Arts Center on January 10th
Common Ground on the Hill’s 2008-2009 Roots Music Concert Series continues its season with folk blues legend Chris Smither performing at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, on Saturday, January 10th, beginning at 8:00 p.m. For years, Chris Smither has released one gem of an album after another. His music draws as deeply from the blues as it does from American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. Stereo Review says: "Smither recasts the folk blues in the ethereal language of the poet, projecting a kind of streetwise mysticism." Rolling Stone says: "Bathed in the flickering glow of passing headlights and neon bar signs, Smither's roots are as blue as they come. There is plenty of misty Louisiana and Lightnin' Hopkins in Smither's weathered singing and unhurried picking. So fine." Chris Smither's audience, which hails from all global regions, perfectly reflects the diversity of his sources. Guitar-heads are drawn to Smither's Lightnin' Hopkins/John Hurt derived fretwork; spiritual seekers nod in recognition at the hard-won knowledge casually tossed off in his lyrics. And just plain music fans who have come to Smither on their own - or have learned of his music from the multitude of artists covering his songs - return again and again. Tickets are $19.00 for adults and $17.00 for students with ID, children 12 years & under and seniors 65 years & over. For tickets or more information on the 2008-2009 Concert Series, call Common Ground on the Hill at (410) 857-2771.
January 13th’s Box Lunch Talk is about Cockey’s Tavern: From Grande Dame to Derelict and Back Again
Since its construction in the early 1820s, the building at 216 East Main Street in Westminster has undergone many changes. Join Jonathan Herman, President of Herman Construction Inc., as he gives an inside look at what faced his team a year ago as they sought to uncover and retain the integrity and beauty of this historic building through its most recent renovation at the Tuesday, January 13th Box Lunch Talk. Presented by the Historical Society of Carroll County (HSCC), The Box Lunch Talks are a monthly lecture series on topics relating to local history. The talks are held the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at Carroll Post #31 of the American Legion at the corner of East Green and Sycamore Streets. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Beverages and dessert are provided for all. Admission is $1.00 for Historical Society members and $4.00 for non-members.
The Movie “The Sins of the Fathers” Premieres at the Carroll Arts Center on January 16th
The movie “The Sins of the Fathers” will be premiered at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, on Friday, January 16th, at 7:30 p.m. with an additional screening on Saturday, January 17th, at 7:30 p.m. The Sins of the Fathers is a feature film shot entirely on location in Carroll County. It is a suspense drama based on actual events. The story centers on a woman who begins to experience disturbing visions, dreams, and temptations shortly after moving into an old house in Uniontown. The question is: Is what she’s experiencing real or just imagination? Is it a psychological issue or a spiritual one? All tickets are $8.00.
The Carroll Arts Center to Host Free Movies on January 19th in Honor of Martin Luther King Day
On Monday, January 19th, the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, will host two free movies in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. At 11:00 a.m., the animated film “Our Friend Martin” will be shown. Although it is not rated, this 1999 film is ideal for children ages 4 to 12. The film tells a story about kids who travel back in time to meet Dr. King at various points in his life. The animation of the film is intertwined with actual footage of his speeches and various marches. At 2:00 p.m. that afternoon, the acclaimed 2007 film, “The Great Debaters” will be shown. This is a powerful drama based on the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College in Texas, who in 1935 inspired his students to form the school’s first debate team. They end up becoming the first African American team to ever go up against the famed Harvard team in the national championships. The movie stars Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker. Both films are free. Tickets are not required. Refreshments will be sold. For more information, call (410) 848-7272.
Join Carroll County’s Birthday Celebration at the John Street Quarters on Monday, January 19th
Join the Historical Society of Carroll County for their annual celebration of the establishment of Carroll County on Monday, January 19th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the John Street Quarters of the Westminster Fire Department, 28 John Street. This year the Historical Society is pleased to present Findings from the Site of the 1830s Log House Owned by Elizabeth Lowry and Family. Go back in time to learn about an intriguing local historic site, as the Historical Society of Carroll County celebrates the founding of Carroll County on January 19, 1837. This 1830s log house on the outskirts of Westminster was built and owned until the 1860s by Elizabeth Lowry and her family, free African Americans. The house later became the Clubhouse for the Ladies Aid of Meadow Branch Church of the Brethren. Join Lynn Jones, archaeologist from John Milner Associates, Inc., as she reveals the findings from historical research and archeological excavation of this unusual property. The event is free and open to the public with birthday cake and refreshments served.
The Presidential Inauguration to be Shown Live on the Big Screen at the Carroll Arts Center on January 20th
The Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, will open its doors from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20th, to show live television coverage of the Inauguration of Barrack Obama as the 44th President of the United States on its big screen. Admission is free, but advance tickets are required to ensure seating for everyone. Refreshments will be sold to benefit the local chapter of the NAACP.
The South Carroll Covenant Keepers present Pollyanna at the Carroll Arts Center on January 23rd
On Friday, January 23rd, the South Carroll Covenant Keepers Drama Program will present two performances of Pollyanna on the stage of the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The play by Eleanor H. Porter was adapted for the stage and directed by Michele Field. When Pollyanna's father dies, she moves in with her strict Aunt Polly. But Pollyanna doesn't seem to notice how stern her aunt really is. Instead, with her characteristic optimism, she simply plays her "glad game," finding a silver lining in every cloud. Pollyanna brightens the lives of everyone in town, until a terrible accident changes everything. Will the town be able to renew her shattered spirit? Pollyanna is wholesome entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. Tickets are $5.00 per person up to a maximum of $20.00 per family.
Spend an Evening with Elvis at the Carroll Arts Center on January 24th
Come spend a fun evening with local Elvis Tribute Artist Joe Forrester as he presents a Las Vegas style show complete with audience interaction and Elvis Memorabilia. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. All tickets are $15.00. For tickets and more information call (410) 259-3455.
“The Counterfeiters” to open the 6th Annual Foreign Film Festival at Carroll Arts Center on January 30th
Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC) will be hosting the 6th annual Foreign Film Festival at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, in Westminster. The Foreign Film Festival will run five consecutive Friday evenings beginning January 30th. All of the films will start at 7:30 p.m. Per tradition, the Festival will start with the previous year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film. The film, The Counterfeiters (die Falscher), is an intriguing true story of a counterfeiting operation during World War II operated by an unscrupulous Nazi officer and a Jewish concentration camp prisoner. It is a story of conflict within the Jewish concentration camp prisoners to do a good job in order to survive, and at the same time, wanting the operation of counterfeiting currencies to fail. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $5.00 for Arts Council members, seniors 60 years & over and students 18 years & under. Series prices are $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for Arts Council members, seniors and students. For more information, call (410) 848-7272.
Iron Ridge: Traditional Bluegrass Live in Concert at the Carroll Arts Center on January 31st
Back by popular demand, the high-energy traditional bluegrass band, Iron Ridge, will perform a live concert at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, on Saturday, January 31st, at 7:00 p.m. The 6-piece band is one of the region’s premiere country music ensembles and they are dedicated to the preservation of old-time traditional bluegrass in the style of Bill Monroe, Dr. Ralph Stanley and others. The band performs at numerous fairs and festivals throughout the northeast and has a loyal local following. Their toe tapping, hand clapping music has infectious rhythms and natural harmonies. They play a variety of traditional country and gospel favorites. They have won numerous awards for their music, including the coveted top award at the Fiddler’s Convention. Tickets for the concert are $14.00 for adults and $12.00 for Arts Council members, seniors 60 years & over and students 18 years & under. The snow date for the concert is Sunday, February 1st, at 2:00 p.m. For more information, call (410) 848-7272 or visit http://www.carr.org/arts to purchase tickets on-line.
First Thursday Art History Film Series Presents “Jacob Lawrence: Over the Line” on February 5th
The Carroll County Arts Council’s February presentation in the 1st Thursday Art History Film Series at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, is “Jacob Lawrence: Over the Line.” Explore the life and work of this important African-American artist who gave voice to the black experience and made visible the struggle for freedom, dignity and social justice. The film will be accompanied by a lecture about Lawrence’s work and life from the Arts Center’s Visual Arts Coordinator, Susan Williamson. Showings of the film will begin at Noon and 7:00 p.m. All tickets for these events are $10.00.
The Dragon Awakes in the Tevis Gallery from February 6th through April 4th
An art exhibition entitled “The Dragon Awakes” will be presented in the Tevis Gallery of the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, from February 6th through April 4th. The exhibiting artists of The Dragon Awakes are inspired by nature’s simplicity of form, beauty in imperfection, life cycles, calligraphy and iconic symbols. These styles transcend oceans and seas from Asia to America and combine traditional flowing spontaneity with modern artistic trends. Sumi-e painting, bold abstracts, sculpture, collage and human hair intermingle for a bold evocative exhibit. Artists for this exhibition include two local favorites, sculptor Sung Hee Moon of Westminster and sumi-e painter Jing Jy Chen of Laurel, MD. The opening reception for this exhibition will be from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 6th.
FLICC presents “Indochine” as part of the 2008 Foreign Film Festival on February 6th
The second installment of the 2009 Foreign Film Festival, presented by Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC), at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, will be “Indochine” on Friday, February 6th, at 7:30 p.m. This 1992 French film is described as a French “Gone with the Wind.” It is a sweeping epic set in colonial Vietnam starring the elegant Catherine Deneuve. It is a story of romance and separation, told against the backdrop of a ruinous war. It follows a French plantation owner (Deneuve), her adopted Vietnamese daughter and the daughter’s son, who is raised by Deneuve after the mother becomes a revolutionary. The cinematography is breathtaking. The 2009 Foreign Film Festival runs Friday evenings through the end of February. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $5.00 for Arts Council members, seniors 60 years & over and students 18 years & under. For more information, call (410) 848-7272.
Common Ground on the Hill Presents Simon Shaheen and the Near East Music Ensemble at the Carroll Arts Center on February 7th
Common Ground on the Hill continues its concert season with a performance by Simon Shaheen and the Near East Music Ensemble at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, on Saturday, February 7th; beginning at 8:00 p.m. Simon Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. Mr. Shaheen dazzles his listeners as he deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace have earned him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the 'oud and violin. In 1982, The Near Eastern Music Ensemble (NEME) was formed by Simon. NEME consists of seven extraordinary musicians who have gathered from around the Arab World to preserve and perform this rich and elaborate music repertoire and to increase the awareness and appreciation of Near Eastern music through concerts, recordings, workshops, and lecture demonstrations. They perform the full repertoire of Near Eastern music—from traditional classical and folkloric music to new works by living composers of contemporary and innovative Near Eastern music. Tickets are $19.00 for adults and $17.00 for students with ID, children 12 years & under and seniors 65 years & over. For tickets or more information on the 2008-2009 Concert Series, call Common Ground on the Hill at (410) 857-2771.
Sex and the Civil War is the Subject of February 10th’s Box Lunch Talk at Carroll Post #31 of the American Legion
“Sex during the Civil War era was not much different than it is today, although our society's views on sex have dramatically changed since that time period,” notes George Wunderlich. Join George, the Executive Director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland, as he examines sex in the Civil War era at the Box Lunch Talk on Tuesday, February 10th. Presented by the Historical Society of Carroll County (HSCC), The Box Lunch Talks are a monthly lecture series on topics relating to local history. The talks are held the second Tuesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at Carroll Post #31 of the American Legion at the corner of East Green and Sycamore Streets. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch. Beverages and dessert are provided for all. Admission is $1.00 for Historical Society members and $4.00 for non-members.
FLICC presents “The Syrian Bride” at the 2009 Foreign Film Festival on February 13th
The third installment of the 2009 Foreign Film Festival, presented by Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC), at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, will be “The Syrian Bride” on Friday, February 13th, at 7:30 p.m. This 2004 Israeli film is about a woman who lives with her family in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights and is making plans to marry a Syrian man from Damascus. The wedding must take place at the border and once married, she will cross into Syria and never be able to return home. It is a poignant look at the crossfire of tribal, national and gender struggles. The 2009 Foreign Film Festival runs Friday evenings through the end of February. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $5.00 for Arts Council members, seniors 60 years & over and students 18 years & under. For more information, call (410) 848-7272.
Swing to the Sounds of the Blue Sky Five: Live in Concert on Valentine’s Day at the Carroll Arts Center
Remember the days when Swing was King? Whether you do or do not, it really does not matter. Just come listen to and see the Blue Sky Five in concert at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, on Saturday, February 14th, at 7:30 p.m., and you will know what we mean. This band authentically captures the era’s style and sizzle while performing music made popular by Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. Classic American Swing combined with champagne and sumptuous sweets at intermission make this a perfect Valentine’s destination! Tickets for the concert are $17.00 for adults and $15.00 for Arts Council members, seniors 60 years & over and students under 18 years of age.
The 2009 Foreign Film Festival presents “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot)” on February 20th
The fourth installment of the 2009 Foreign Film Festival, presented by Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC), at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, will be “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot)” on Friday, February 20th, at 7:30 p.m. This 1953 French film is a Peter Sellers’ style farce set in a picturesque seaside resort town in the south of France in the dog days of summer. It follows the misadventures of the slightly dimwitted Mr. Hulot (played by Jacques Tati), as he interacts with a wide cast of resort visitors trying to escape the summer heat. The 2009 Foreign Film Festival runs Friday evenings through the end of February. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $5.00 for Arts Council members, seniors 60 years & over and students 18 years & under. For more information, call (410) 848-7272.
The 2009 Foreign Film Festival concludes with “Central Station (Central do Brasil)” on February 27th
The fifth and final installment of the 2009 Foreign Film Festival, presented by Film Lovers in Carroll County (FLICC), at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, will be “Central Station (Central do Brasil)” on Friday, February 27th, at 7:30 p.m. This 1998 Brazilian film is the story of an unmarried woman who writes letters for illiterate people, and a boy searching for a father that he never met after his mother is killed in an accident. It is a wonderful transformation of a self-centered bitter old woman who is transformed by her relationship with the young boy. Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $5.00 for Arts Council members, seniors 60 years & over and students 18 years & under. For more information, call (410) 848-7272.
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer: Live in Concert at the Carroll Arts Center on February 28th
Grammy Award-winning children’s artists, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, will present a fun-filled concert for the whole family at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, on Saturday, February 28th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. This talented duo has entertained at folk fests throughout the world as well as at the White House! Billboard Magazine calls their music “flawless Bluegrass!” Catch them live in Westminster! Tickets for the concert are $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for Arts Council members, seniors 60 years & over and students under 18 years of age.
Downtown Business Happenings:
Great Things to Check Out in Downtown
Dena Rooney and the folks at Rooney’s Corner Café, 172 East Main Street, once again present Chasmo & Cassandra performing their rollicking, acoustic folk rock, roots music on Saturday, February 7th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. During these tough economic times, Rooney’s is offering 20% off the entire bill every Tuesday from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for everyone regardless of age as well as free coffee for seniors with the purchase of a breakfast item Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. For more information on these new deals or future entertainment at Rooney’s Corner Café, call (443) 293-7098.
A Little Bit of Tuscany, 84 East Main Street, will be hosting a wine dinner beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13th and live jazz from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 17th. For more information on these events, call (410) 857-4422.
Culinary delights continue at Giulianova Groceria & Italian Deli, 11 East Main Street, with cooking classes once again occurring in January and February. The January culinary experience will take place on Thursdays, January 15th and 22nd and will feature “A Night of Soups.” Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Chef Billy Schroeder will show the class how to prepare four wonderful soups - cream of crab; Tuscan sausage, potato, and leek; minestra maritata - Italian wedding soup; and pasta fagioli. The cost of the January classes is $25.00 per person. Beginning in February, in response to his customers’ requests to hold one of his 2 cooking classes of the month on an evening other than Thursday, Billy will present his cooking classes on back-to-back evenings – Wednesday, February 18th and Thursday, February 19th. Chef Schroeder will present “The Art of Scampi” by showing you how to prepare shrimp scampi over basil pasta; roasted garlic chicken scampi and scampi butter and fresh mozzarella foccacia. As always, the classes will begin at 7:30 p.m. The cost for these classes is $30.00 per person. To sign-up for these classic culinary events, call Billy at (410) 876-7425.
O’Lordans Irish Pub at 14 Liberty Street will have live music on Saturday nights from 9:00 p.m. to Midnight during January and February. For the current performance schedule and updated information, go to http://www.olordansirishpub.com/. Also, don’t forget that traditional Irish music sessions are held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The sessions are open to all levels and all traditional Irish and Celtic musicians and listeners. So bring your Tin Whistle, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, or Accordion if you wishing to join in the 'CRAIC' or just yourself if you just want to sit with a good pint and enjoy the music.
Beginning on Sunday, January 11th, Johansson Dining House, 4 West Main Street, will offer a Sunday brunch buffet for $19.95 per person from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The buffet will include an omelette station, fresh fruit, salads, steamed shrimp, raw oysters, a carving station, bacon, sausage, homefries, fresh fish du jour, pasta, bagels, lox, Danishes, sweets, coffee, tea, juice, sodas and brunch beverages – Champagne, Bellinis, Bloody Marys, Mimosas and more.
Dirty dancing at Rafael’s, anyone? Come learn Latin Dancing with Valery at Rafael’s, 32 West Main Street, beginning Tuesday, February 3rd. For five weeks from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, you can learn to Latin Dance for only $60.00 per person. Also, you’ll receive 20% off your entire Rafael’s bill for the evening. This offer is not valid with any other coupons. Contact Valery at (410) 292-4012 or email her at Valeriya_Viner@yahoo.com to reserve your spot and heat up the winter nights.
Speaking of Rafael’s, they will be hosting an It’s an 80’s Party on Saturday, January 31st, from 9:00 p.m. to Closing. There will be a Best Dressed Contest, DJ Mark Forrest and $3.00 Coronas.
New Faces or Different Places
The law firm of Timchula & Smith P.A. has established its new practice on the first floor of 181 East Main Street.
Fine Acoustics, purveyor of quality acoustic guitars, has moved to a storefront location at 185 East Main Street.
Nomel Real Estate & Eagle One Appraisal Services have located their operations in Suite 101 of The Times Building at 63 East Main Street.
George Makoutz, along with Access National Mortgage and Enetainment Ventures, Inc., has located downtown at 100 East Main Street, Suite A.
The Susan Beverly Studio and Gallery for the arts and healing arts is now open at 101 East Main Street. During the month-long January Open House, Susan will introduce private lessons in drawing, painting, all genres of writing and publishing, piano, guitar and voice. The Studio also will have a featured poet every Friday and a featured musician every Saturday at 7:00 p.m. On Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Studio will present a Sunday Cinema Series. A suggested donation for each event is $5.00. For more information on The Susan Beverly Studio and Gallery or to be a featured poet artist or musician, contact Susan by either emailing email@example.com or calling (443) 944-4762.
Sterling Time, formerly located in a kiosk at the TownMall of Westminster, is now located at 2-B Bond Street. The shop sells watch batteries, body jewelry and baby clothes. The store’s hours are Monday through Thursday from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from Noon until Midnight.
Coming Soon to Downtown…
Wine Me Up, located at 61 ½ East Main Street, is expanding into 61 East Main Street to allow for more seating and a potential performance space. Both addresses are located in The Times Building.
Speaking of The Times Building, A Piece of My Heart Quilt Shoppe will open in the lower rear level of The Times Building at 63 East Main Street towards the end of January. The store will sell fabric, notions, batting, patterns and books, essentially everything you would need to complete a quilt. Use the entrance on Winters Street to get to the shop. Convenient parking is across the street in the Longwell Parking Deck. Store hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Elite Construction Services are presently renovating the space at 2-C Bond Street into their offices.
Off Track Arts, a co-op of 20 local artists featuring Gordon Wickes, and Kevin Dayhoff to name a few, will open a gallery in mid-February sharing space with Carousel Stained Glass at 11 Liberty Street. The grand opening is slated for Friday, February 13th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To enter the gallery, please use the door on the side of the Liberty Building that fronts the Sentinel Parking Lot at the corner of Main and Liberty Streets.
Ain’t That a Frame, 31 West Main Street, will soon have a new home. Beginning in March of this year, the business will be located at 99 West Main Street.
If you have a business happening you want to share with the Westminster Main Street Community, please feel free to email Stan Ruchlewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org with the information for inclusion in a future issue.
For the Good of Downtown
Have you caught new Downtown billboard on MD140 near Finksburg? The billboard, sponsored by the Greater Westminster Development Corporation, features the Clock Tower, promotes Downtown Westminster and provides a link to the Main Street website for further information. The billboard rotates on a monthly basis between locations on MD140, MD 26 and MD27.
HAVE A SAFE AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
20090116 The Downtown Westminster Main St News
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