Thursday, September 26, 2013

Westminster's Fallfest continues a proud tradition

Westminster's Fallfest continues a proud tradition

By Kevin Dayhoff, September 25, 2013


Westminster’s annual Fallfest celebration begins Thursday with a parade at 7 p.m. that starts on Pennsylvania Avenue and ends just below Westminster City Hall on Longwell Avenue.

Fallfest, which boasts on its website, westminsterfallfest.com, to be “Carroll County’s largest community charity event,” then continues four days through Sunday in the center of downtown Westminster at the playground and the Westminster Family Center.

For many it is one of the highlights of the year -- a time when the greater Carroll County family gets together to celebrate everything that is wonderful about our community.

Friday evening, Sept. 27, highlights the annual Midnight Madness celebration of shopping and eating-out on Main Street in downtown Westminster.

Fallfest hours for Friday are 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

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Although there are anecdotal stories of various community fall celebrations throughout Westminster’s history; our current version of “Fallfest,” the annual parade and Midnight Madness specifically draw upon a tradition that started many years ago when Westminster came together in September for an event sponsored by the Retail Merchants Association called “Westminster Days.”

An August 29th, 1947 article in the old, out-of-print Democratic Advocate newspaper reported, “At the weekly luncheon meeting on Monday at the Charles Carroll Hotel the Retail Merchants Association of this city, plans were completed for the Westminster Days which will be held on Sept. 25 and 26. President John R. Byers presided.”

The article then described a big parade on Thursday evening and two days of downtown merchant sales on September 25th and 26th, 1947.

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Westminster celebrates diversity at Tristreet block party

Westminster celebrates diversity at Tristreet block party

By Kevin Dayhoff, 3:45 p.m. EDT, September 17, 2013


Fully equipped with a spatula, sunglasses, hat and an apron, Darcel Harris was all smiles Sept. 15 as she answered questions, cooked hamburgers and hot dogs and helped coordinate activities for over 300 folks who attended the 11th annual Pennsylvania Avenue – Tristreet Association block party in Dutterer Family Park in Westminster.

The event included multi-cultural food dishes made by residents, local fruits and vegetables donated by local farmers, dancing, pie eating contests, and educational activities for children provided by the Westminster Police Department, the Carroll County NAACP and GROW Mission (God’s Regeneration of Westminster) – one of the many local grassroots community organizations in which Harris participates.

According to Harris, the March 2013 recipient of the of the 21st annual Carroll County Human Relations Commission achievement award, the neighborhood get together was the brainchild of former Westminster City Councilwoman, 1991-1995, Rebecca Orenstein.

Orenstein, 71, recently passed away on Aug. 31.






“Off Track Art” is an artists’ co-op and gallery located in the historic Liberty Building at 11 Liberty Street – next to the railroad tracks, off of the Sentinel parking lot at the corner of West Main St and MD 27-Liberty St - in historic downtown Westminster, Carroll County Maryland. 

Open: Wed-Fri. Noon to 6 PM , Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM. http://offtrackart.blogspot.com/ 
 For news and information on Off Track Art previous to December 15, 2011, you can go to http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/search/label/Art%20Off%20Track%20Art

Artist Joyce Scott to speak at McDaniel College Oct 30

Artist Joyce Scott to speak at McDaniel College Oct 30

Joyce Scott: The Shape I'm In

The Queen of Beadwork will share how she incorporates provocative and contentious political and social issues in her exuberant beaded sculptural forms and neckpieces.

Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 pm, McDaniel Lounge in McDaniel Hall




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“Off Track Art” is an artists’ co-op and gallery located in the historic Liberty Building at 11 Liberty Street – next to the railroad tracks, off of the Sentinel parking lot at the corner of West Main St and MD 27-Liberty St - in historic downtown Westminster, Carroll County Maryland. 

Open: Wed-Fri. Noon to 6 PM , Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM. http://offtrackart.blogspot.com/ 
 For news and information on Off Track Art previous to December 15, 2011, you can go to http://kevindayhoffart.blogspot.com/search/label/Art%20Off%20Track%20Art