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Monday, July 30, 2012

I've enjoyed the chainsaw artist at the Carroll Co 4-H Fair.

The Buck Miller Memorial Arch at the Carroll County 4-H FFA Fair

The 4-Hers have worked so hard on their sheep projects at Carroll County Fair

All of the livestock at the Carroll County 4-H Fair are talking with one another

This evening is sheep judging at the Carroll County 4-H Fair

Enjoying all the activity at the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County 4-H Fair

Enjoying all the activity at the Shipley Arena at the Carroll County 4-H Fair

Eating at the Carroll County 4-H FFA Fair.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Kevin Dayhoff - Eagle Archive: Celebrating Carroll County at the 4-H and FFA Fair

Eagle Archive: Celebrating Carroll County at the 4-H and FFA Fair


Carroll County Agriculture Center has been a beehive of activity in preparation of the annual Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair, which officially opened on July 27.

Historically, the summer and end of harvest events have always played an important role in Carroll County because of the region's agricultural roots.

Prior to 1865, the business of farming was, for the most part, our subsistence existence. Farmers were essentially self-sufficient.

However, after the Civil War, farmers became increasingly "dependent on creditors, merchants and railroads for their livelihoods," according to James Stewart of Reed College, who has concentrated his studies on this period of agriculture and economics. "These relationships created opportunities for economic gain, but also obligations, hardships and risks that many farmers did not welcome."


In Carroll, this period evoked celebrations of the farming way of life. A "program of events" found in an 1871 publication of the oldAmerican Sentinel refers to a "Grand Exhibition of Farm machinery under the auspices of the Carroll County Agriculture Society on the Fair Grounds, Westminster, MD."

Actually, the first authoritative mention of an organized agricultural fair event in Carroll County occurs in 1869. Nancy Warner writes in her book, "Carroll County Maryland, A History," that on Jan. 11, 1869, the Carroll County Agricultural Society was organized "at a meeting at the Court House."

"Capital of $25,000 was raised through the sale of 500 shares of stock at $50.00 per share. Thirty acres of land was bought between the present Fair Street and Malcolm Drive," Warner wrote.

It is believed that the first agricultural fair in Carroll County may have taken place on July 4, 1869, on East Main Street in Westminster — though the current Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair celebrates its roots going back to a picnic held Aug. 14, 1897, at the Otterdale Schoolhouse, in Taneytown.

The fair moved to Westminster in 1954. The Carroll County Agriculture Center was established as a private organization on March 20, 1954, by a group of visionary leaders who purchased the land at the end of an old dirt lane off Gist Road, way outside of town — or at least it was back then — with their own money.

This year's fair runs through Saturday, Aug. 4, with racing pigs, the annual Combine Demolition Derby, Wild West Night, Car Demolition Derby, Lawn Mower Racing, Tractor Pull and more. Many are looking forward to seeing country music singer and songwriter Kip Moore on Aug. 4, at 8 p.m.

For a calendar of events and more information, go to carrollcountyfair.com.
See you at the fair.

When he is not eating his way from one end of the fair to the other, Kevin Dayhoff …


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Friday, July 27, 2012

Paula Waterman Opening Reception at Off Track Art Friday, July 27, 2012 5:30 - 7:30 PM

 Opening Reception at Off Track Art
Friday, July 27, 2012
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Paula Waterman

Meet the Artist, and view her exceptional wildlife portraits!

Paula Waterman can’t remember a time she wasn’t making art. For the past decade she has been doing just that as a full time artist working in scratchboard, oil painting, and most recently in bronze sculpture. Her subject matter is mostly the animals she sees in the wild and in the company of people. She has a particular interest in birds, and of dog subjects, though landscape and marine subjects are also important to her.

A common thread in all her work in all media probably is the critical importance of light source and light color; in fact she feels that light is the true subject in all her work.


Please join us!

See our art at "OFF TRACK ART"
an Artist Cooperative at 11 Liberty St--side entrance
in downtown Westminster, MD
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FWD:Lunch at the fair. Caroline

Lunch at the fair.
Caroline

FWD:Ready for tonight... Caroline

Ready for tonight...
Caroline

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The new display Off Track Art at 11 Liberty Street historic downtown Westminster

The train visited Off Track Art

Finally got aound to fixing our www.offtrackart.com sign...

Kip Moore - Mary Was The Marrying Kind


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Kip Moore - Somethin' 'Bout A Truck


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Art forever changed by World War I - Veterans - Stripes

Art forever changed by World War I - Veterans - Stripes

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Progress photo report on #McDaniel College stadium grandstand #Westminster MD

Progress on the McDaniel College stadium scoreboard steps

Dinner with Mr Moose - a crust of bread and a fat carrot

1931 Maryland State Firemen’s Association Convention

By Kevin Dayhoff July 15, 2012 Westminster Patch


A lengthy July 17, 1931 newspaper article describes the Westminster Municipal Band and the Westminster Fire Department arriving home from participating in the Maryland State Firemen’s Association annual convention earlier that July “in a jubilant mood, as the band brought home $100 for the best band in line of parade…”

The history page from the Frostburg Maryland Fire Department reports that it was one of nine member fire companies that organized the first Maryland State Firemen's Association convention in Frederick in June 1893. 

In 1899 the convention was held in Westminster. A June 8, 1899 Baltimore Sun article, “Have A Hot Time In Westminster And Make Brave Show MANY DROP OUT OF RANKS Twenty-Six Companies And Forty Organizations In The Line Of The Great Parade” observed:

“…From 10,000 to 12,000 people were in Westminster for the opening of the seventh annual convention of the Maryland State Firemen's Association. From midnight until noon today trainloads of people arrived. By everyone it is conceded to have been the greatest day in the history of Westminster...” … http://westminster.patch.com/blog_posts/1931-maryland-state-firemens-association-convention

The 1931 newspaper article described the trip to Ocean City in the days long before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was built. “The firemen and band left Wednesday morning at 6:35 and arrived at Ocean City at 12:15 p.m. in a Blue Ridge line bus. They traveled by Green Spring Valley to Towson to Havre de Grace, Elkton, Dover to Ocean City, about 190 miles…

“Thursday passed off in sight-seeing with a pajama parade by the Westminster Band at 11 o'clock at night which was followed by several hundred people cheering as they passed down the board walk…” The band also gave concerts on the boardwalk and at the Del-Mar-Va Hotel and Hastings Hotel. 

One of the biggest attractions at the end of the convention is the grand parade which is described in great detail by the 1931 newspaper account, “On Friday morning at 11 o'clock the firemen's parade was the feature.

The parade was led by Gov. Ritchie, Comptroller William S. Gordy, and Mayor William W. McCabe. Twelve hundred firemen, representing 83 Maryland and Delaware fire units, paraded.” The parade extended over 2 miles long that year. 

According to the newspaper article, “Members of Westminster Fire Department taking part in the convention were Frank T. Shaeffer, Michael E. Walsh, Edw. O. Diffendal, Francis N. Keefer, J. Floyd Diffendal, Frank B. Dillard, James Pearre Wantz, Jr., Ralph Royer, Edward B. Orendorff, Wilbur Weller, J. H. Ryland and Claude Buckingham.”

“The $100 purse was a princely sum in 1931,” says local historian Jay Graybeal. “In this early year of the Depression, a pound of coffee cost 20 cents; a pound of peanut butter, 21 cents; and two cans of tomatoes were 15 cents.”
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Crab mallets...


Food crabs, Dayhoff photos, Dayhoff Daily Photoblog, Food, Dayhoff photos Food, 

Art Deco Buildings: Crescent Hotel, Miami


Art Deco Buildings: Crescent Hotel, Miami: The Crescent Hotel on in Miami South Beach. Another masterpiece by Henry Hohauser built in 1938. And like all the hotels along Ocean Drive ...

“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. 

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Yesterday Off Track Art artist Judy Goodyear changed-out gallery window display


Art Off Track Art, Art Off Track Artist Goodyear Judy, Art Off Track Art Display Window 

Yesterday Off Track Art artist Judy Goodyear changed-out gallery window display


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will host a crab feed on Saturday, July 21


The Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will host a crab feed on Saturday, July 21 at the department’s John’s Street quarters attached to the firehouse at 28 John Street in Westminster.

The menu features steamed crabs, pit ham and beef, macaroni salad, coleslaw, baked beans, corn on the cob, Maryland crab soup, veggies, fruit dip, cheese, and desserts.

The tickets are priced at $40.00 per person and proceeds go to supporting the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department’s ambulance and firefighting services.

For more information on the crab feed to support the fire department, call 410-848-1800 or go to the department website at westminstervfd.org.

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Monday, July 16, 2012

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Kevin Dayhoff The Tentacle: The #art and culture of economic development part 2

Kevin Dayhoff The Tentacle: The #art and culture of economic development part 2


Kevin E. Dayhoff July 12, 2012

Last Monday, after studying the report, New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design, prepared by the National Governors Association, I found myself lost in thought about the role of the arts as an economic engine.

Later that day I met with a travel writer, Leonard M. Adkins of Richmond, VA, at the cooperative art gallery, Off Track Art, of which I am a founding member.

For three-years, the 10 artists in the cooperative have made a conscious effort to act as an arts and culture incubator for Carroll County as well as to promote the sale of our art.

Mr. Adkins, an outdoor and travel writer, photographer, and “The Habitual Hiker,” is touring Maryland through August 8 to update his book “Explorer’s Guide Maryland.” He visited Carroll County in 2001 when he first wrote the book and has been back several other times for updates.

It was exciting to talk with Mr. Adkins about the role of tourism, arts, and culture in Maryland. He has also written about theAppalachian Trail and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

As fate would have it, my wife and I spent last Saturday bicycling from Brunswick to Harpers Ferry and back, where we had dinner at “Beans in the Belfry” on West Potomac Street near the offices of our good friends, Mayor Carroll Jones and City Administrator Richard Weldon at Brunswick City Hall.

Located in a 100-year-old restored historic church, Beans in the Belfry is an excellent example of an artistic approach to adaptive re-use, and arts and culture as an economic driver and jobs creator.

The National Governor Association’s “New Engines of Growth” report is a must-read for anyone involved in the development of public policy that affects the arts and economic development.

The National Governors Association website elaborates: “Globalization and the changing economy have affected individual states differently, but all are searching for ways to support high-growth industries, accelerate innovation, foster entrepreneurial activity, address unemployment, build human capital and revive distressed areas… http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5223


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Kevin Dayhoff The Tentacle: The #art and culture of economic development part 1 http://tinyurl.com/825mo9r




The National Governors Association recently released a new report on the role that community arts, culture, and design play in job creation and economic growth.

The remarkably creative and thoughtful report, New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design, was prepared by the group’s Center for Best Practices, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.

The 52-page report itself is an eye-catching and well-designed piece of artwork in its layout and design.

However, even more amazing is that, page-by-page, the report presents a compelling and persuasive case for encouraging community arts and cultural programs, businesses, shops and industry to create economy and jobs – in a manner surprisingly devoid of mind-numbing public policy wonk-speak.

The executive summary of the report states, in part … http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5218


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By Kevin Dayhoff

July 11, 2012

One of my passions for July, besides thoroughly enjoying the heat, is the Tour de France. This year, June 30 was one of my greatest days of summer…

That was the day that the 99th Tour de France began with the “prologue” event. What follows, until July 22, is a tour of France’s picturesque agriculturally dominated countryside, in 20 stages that will cover 3,497 kilometres.

By the time a cyclist finishes the Tour de France, he will have burned a total of 118,000 calories or the “equivalent to 26 Mars Bars per day,” according to the BBC.

The Tour de France has a little something for everyone – history, drama, intrigue, science, a mini geography tutorial of Europe, and all of the fanfare and spectacle of what is arguably, one of the most difficult sporting challenges in the world today...

And besides, so much of the humble – and insane – beginnings of the Tour de France were started by journalists and a newspaper.

The humble beginnings of the bicycle race were as a newspaper publicity event, brainstormed by Henri Desgrange in 1902, to promote the sports newspaper “l'Auto.”

According to the history section of the Le Tour de France website, “The line between insanity and genius is said to be a fine one, and in early 20thcentury France, anyone envisaging a near-2,500-km-long cycle race across the country would have been widely viewed as unhinged.

“But that didn’t stop Géo Lefèvre, a journalist with L’Auto magazine at the time, from proceeding with his inspired plan. His editor, Henri Desgrange, was bold enough to believe in the idea and to throw his backing behind the Tour de France. And so it was that, on 1 July 1903, sixty pioneers set out on their bicycles from Montgeron. After six mammoth stages (Nantes - Paris, 471 km!), only 21 “routiers,” led by Maurice Garin, arrived at the end of this first epic.”

Although the eyes of the world are on the Tour de France every July, did you know that there were several celebrated bicycle races, in the central-Maryland area, a number of years before the first Tour de France in 1903?

According to an American Sentinel newspaper article published on October 20, 1895: “The most remarkable cycling event … was a century run, undertaken by over three hundred riders, from Baltimore, on Sunday last.

“Mishaps reduced the number, by the time the cavalcade started, to two hundred and ninety-nine, among whom were several ladies.  The run was to Frederick and return.

“Two hundred and forty-six of the starters continued in the run to the finish and made the 100 miles… Messrs. George M. Parke and John H. Cunningham, of the Cycling Ramblers of Westminster, were in the run and completed the century.”

At the Corbit’s Charge encampment on Sunday, June 24, I was inspired by several conversations with local historians Tom LeGore and Ron Kuehne, known well for his historic interpretation of Westminster Mayor Michael Baughman; to revisit our local history at Harpers Ferry, Antietam, Washington DC, and Gettysburg.

All are comfortable family-friendly day trips for those of us who live in Carroll County. Well, by car that is…

So, in honor of the Tour de France, on Saturday, July my wife and I spent bicycling through history from Brunswick to Harpers Ferry and back on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath.

We had dinner at “Beans in the Belfry” on West Potomac Street, in Brunswick, near the offices of my good friends, Mayor Carroll Jones and City Administrator Richard Weldon at the Brunswick City Hall.

Located in a 100 year-old restored historic church, Beans in the Belfry is an excellent of an artistic approach to adaptive re-use, and arts and culture as an economic driver and jobs creator.

We loved the ambiance and atmosphere of Beans in the Belfry. Our food was wonderful and the service friendly and welcoming.

Next week - Saturday, July 14, 2012, we’ll try the Northern Central Railroad Trail, in Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore County.


More than 100 years ago, "bicycle riders and racers, were filled with excitement over an event to take place at the Pleasure Park, a newly built horseracing track with grandstand one mile north of Westminster on the road to Littlestown."

That property is now known as Carroll County Regional Airport.

Thanks to research for the Historical Society of Carroll County by historian Mary Ann Ashcraft, we know that on June 25, 1898, the now-defunct American Sentinel wrote that "Thursday, the 30th day of June, will be the greatest day among cyclists in Carroll County that has ever occurred in its history.


One of my passions for July, besides thoroughly enjoying the heat, is the Tour de France. This year, June 30 was one of my greatest days of summer.
That was the day that the 99th Tour de France began with the "prologue" event. What follows, until July 22, is a tour of France's picturesque and agriculturally dominated countryside, in 20 stages that will cover 3,497 kilometers…http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0715-20120711,0,1917523.story

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Eagle Archive: Saluting Carroll County's love of that dangerous 'foreign invention' ... the bicycle




More than 100 years ago, "bicycle riders and racers, were filled with excitement over an event to take place at the Pleasure Park, a newly built horseracing track with grandstand one mile north of Westminster on the road to Littlestown."

That property is now known as Carroll County Regional Airport.

Thanks to research for the Historical Society of Carroll County by historian Mary Ann Ashcraft, we know that on June 25, 1898, the now-defunct American Sentinel wrote that "Thursday, the 30th day of June, will be the greatest day among cyclists in Carroll County that has ever occurred in its history.


One of my passions for July, besides thoroughly enjoying the heat, is the Tour de France. This year, June 30 was one of my greatest days of summer.

That was the day that the 99th Tour de France began with the "prologue" event. What follows, until July 22, is a tour of France's picturesque and agriculturally dominated countryside, in 20 stages that will cover 3,497 kilometers… http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-0715-20120711,0,1917523.story




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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Poole & Babylon talk w McDaniel parents at Westminster Fire Dept booth

McDaniel College Gill Gym readies for the parent Resource Fair

McDaniel College annual Parent Preview Resource Fair

Engine bay at Westminster Fire Dept John St Westminster MD

Pit beef and pit ham at the Westminster Fire Dept John St Westminster Md

1933 American LaFrance in the Westminster Fire Dept museum

Jim Eckhard Joe Ebaugh Louise Poole Westminster Fire Dept museum open house

Westminster Fire Dept historian Joe Ebaugh gives tours the museum on John St

Art Deco Buildings: Crescent Hotel, Miami

Art Deco Buildings: Crescent Hotel, Miami: The Crescent Hotel on in Miami South Beach. Another masterpiece by Henry Hohauser built in 1938. And like all the hotels along Ocean Drive ...


“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/ 
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Westminster Fire Department to hold history museum open house and pit beef sale

Westminster fire history museum to hold open house

Later on Saturday, July 21, 2012, the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will host a crab feed.

By Kevin Dayhoff,




On Sunday, July 15, 2012, the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will swing open the doors to the past with an open house to the department’s critically acclaimed history of local firefighting museum, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Veteran firefighters and historians will be hand to answer questions and conduct tours of the museum which is attached to the southern-end of the firehouse on John Street in downtown Westminster.

Also available is pit beef and pit ham sandwiches for the event.

The museum at the Westminster firehouse offers the public a glimpse into the history of the fire department that spans two centuries. It was dedicated on October 24, 1998, when the fire department moved from the fire station located at 66 East Main Street, which had served the community for 102 years, to its current location on John Street.

The first mention of a fire department in the city of Westminster was in the year 1808 when the Maryland General Assembly “passed an act authorizing the raising of money by lottery to pay for a fire engine…”

The Act of the Maryland General Assembly named several “commissioners” who were charged with conducting the lottery. Even in those early days, they were also some of Westminster’s prominent community leaders.

Several were among the first elected officials of the town after the town’s first election in April 1819: Jacob Sherman, Daniel Zacharias, John Fisher (the first Burgess of Westminster) and Jacob Yingling.

It took another fifteen years before the fire company was formed. The name of the first fire company in Westminster, formed in 1823, was, the “Union Fire Company of the Town of Westminster.” The first firehouse was on Church Street. 

Another little known tidbit of history is when the “firehouse” was moved from its beginning location on Church Street, to near the intersection of Court Street and Main Street, around 1834, it was used as a “drunk tank.” 

When a town drunk was picked up, the local authorities would move the firefighting apparatus out of the “firehouse” and lock up the offender inside. Remember, although Westminster had first incorporated in 1818; at this time, it was still in Frederick County and there was no “county jail” in Westminster.

According to the Westminster Fire Department website, today the department’s museum looks “like an old station dating back to the late 1800's. The station is octagonal in design and in the front above the window contains the original stained glass window from our previous station…

“Inside the museum, you will find our two antique motorized pieces, 2 hose carts, and assorted photos, documents, and other historical memorabilia. The room is designed to look like a station of the late 1800's/early 1900's…”

In addition to display cases containing many artifacts from two-hundred years of firefighting in Westminster; on display are several pieces of historic firefighting equipment, including items such as hand drawn hose carts that date back to approximately 1893… A 1924 American LaFrance city service ladder, and a 1933 American LaFrance type 75 pumper; and much more.

In addition to this Sunday’s open house, the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department will host a crab feed on Saturday, July 21 at the department’s John’s Street quarters attached to the firehouse at 28 John Street in Westminster.

The menu features steamed crabs, pit ham and beef, macaroni salad, coleslaw, baked beans, corn on the cob, Maryland crab soup, veggies, fruit dip, cheese, and desserts.

The tickets are priced at $40.00 per person and proceeds go to supporting the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department’s ambulance and firefighting services, and the museum.

For more information on the museum open house or the crab feed to support the fire department, call 410-848-1800 or go to the department website at westminstervfd.org.

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