Author: CM

National Pie Day: January 23

by Kym Byrnes Pies are as much an American food tradition as turkey on Thanksgiving and grilling on the fourth of July. Many people can attach specific family memories to eating a certain type of pie. Maybe it was grandma’s pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, or pecan pie for dads birthday, lemon meringue pie at the Memorial Day picnic, or maybe it was learning how to make a strawberry rhubarb pie with your mom and aunts one summer weekend. According to the American Pie Council, pie is a preferred dessert not only during the holiday season, but also on other...

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Habitat for Humanity Rebuilds Dutterer’s Park

On Friday, Oct. 9, more than 200 volunteers from Baltimore Gas & Electric, the City of Westminster, Boys & Girls Club of Westminster, Habitat for Humanity and KaBOOM! gathered at Dutterer’s Park in Westminster to rebuild the aging playground. Volunteers installed new equipment, placed new park benches, upgraded the landscaping and painted walkways with interactive activities.   – by Kym Byrnes, photography by Kelly Heck Evan Mynatt, Ade Popoola Delano Dunmore, Craig Hunter, Conor Ruff, Sean Bradshaw, Daivon Belt, Bill Sipes Stacy Sumedi, Dan Kurtz Bennett Wolf Diana Jeffcoat, Ranee Dacuycuy, Nikki Runkles, Rebecca Scott Kathy Roberts, Tom...

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Beards, Beers & Brats Festival

It was chilly and clouds threatened rain but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from descending on downtown Mount Airy Oct. 17 for the Beards, Beers & Brats Festival featuring a cornhole competition. Vendors sold goods ranging from handmade beard oils and trimming kits to cigars to food and of course, beer.  –  by Kym Byrnes Shanta Deal, Dustin Taylor Shannon Holliday, Sally Kimmel LuAnn and Tim Reed, Cadey Collier, Diane Frankenberger Caleb Scully, Kristen Lewis, Ben Lewis, John...

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Maryland Microbrewery Festival

An Afternoon of Brews, Music and Art Hundreds of thirsty folks showed up at Union Mills Homestead in Westminster on Sept. 26 to sample beers from 19 breweries for the 10th annual Maryland Microbrewery Festival. In addition to breweries there were food vendors, arts and crafts vendors and live music. Proceeds of the Festival support the Union Mills Homestead Foundation.  –  by Kym Byrnes Anthony Fink, Austin Lacoste Jim Breuer, Rick Elyar, Mike Wissel Kali & Kathy Edmondson Duane Anderson, Kim Anderson, John Hoover, Carole Hoover, Amy Boerner, Luke Hoover Eric Grayton, Selena Brown Henry Ruhlman, John Trainor, Greg...

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Amazing Peace

You might have noticed that I end each Editor’s Note with “Amazing Peace” as my salutation. The phrase is actually the title of a poem by Maya Angelou that captures the spirit of the holiday season so perfectly that I want to savor it year round. So by using it as my salutation in letters, emails and publications, I’m called back to the peace of Angelou’s poem. Angelou read “Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem” for the first time at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. in 2005. George W. Bush was president and Hurricane Katrina wiped...

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Upcoming Events

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8:00 pm Celtic Concert: Traditions Week 1 @ WMC Alumni Hall
Celtic Concert: Traditions Week 1 @ WMC Alumni Hall
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm
Celtic Concert: Traditions Week 1 @ WMC Alumni Hall |  |  |
Nationally and internationally known Celtic musicians perform, featuring the rising stars of Ireland, The Jeremiahs, winners of the 2015 Best Vocal & Instrumental Album (Live Ireland); Male Vocalist of the Year 2015 (Chicago Irish American[...]
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8:00 pm Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen wi... @ WMC Alumni Hall
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen wi... @ WMC Alumni Hall
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen with Bluegrass Staff: Traditions Week 1 @ WMC Alumni Hall |  |  |
Grammy-nominated band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen perform with staff from the Common Ground on the Hill Traditions Weeks/DC Bluegrass Union Bluegrass & Old-Time Camp, including Dede Wyland, David Morris, and Randy Barrett. All musicians[...]
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5:30 pm Friday Night Bingo @ Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department
Friday Night Bingo @ Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department
Jun 30 @ 5:30 pm
5:30 – doors open; 7 p.m. – bingo start.
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8:30 am Hampstead Farmers’ Market @ Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department Grounds
Hampstead Farmers’ Market @ Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department Grounds
Jul 1 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Hampstead Farmers' Market @ Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department Grounds |  |  |
An award-winning, producer-only farmers’ market offering locally grown, produced, baked or crafted items such as produce, eggs, meats, plants, flowers, artisan soaps, jewelry, glassware, wine, baked goods and more. Handicap parking available.
9:00 pm Common Ground on the Town: Chris... @ Rafael's
Common Ground on the Town: Chris... @ Rafael's
Jul 1 @ 9:00 pm
Common Ground on the Town: Christopher James Band @ Rafael's |  |  |
Musicians from Common Ground on the Hill appear at 5 venues in downtown Westminster in this FREE musical event. The Harry Orlove Band with Eric Byrd perform jazz at Maggie’s Restaurant (310 E. Green Street);[...]

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