What's Happening in Downtown Cumberland
Farmers Market Every Thursday
CASA Uncorked Wine Festival– June 6
Heritage Days – June 13 & 14
Love the Local – Shop, Dine & Support Local Businesses
Like us on Facebook – Visit Cumberland Maryland
May through October, visit the Farmers Market at the Downtown Cumberland Mall to enjoy healthy, locally produced food & goods every Thursday beginning May 28 from 9:30AM-2PM. For more information, please call 301-876-0728.
Attention Yard Sale Lovers! Allegany County Animal Shelter will be holding a yard sale, Saturday, May 30 from 8 am - 2pm at the West Side Firehouse, 320 Greene Street. Come out and support the efforts for the volunteer team to help the homeless animals at the shelter. Lots of great buys! And stop by the West Side Elementary School Community Yard Sale this Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm. There will be lots of great bargains at both.
Let’s Beautify Cumberland! Committee meets on Monday, June 1 at 7:00 pm in the City Hall Chambers. The committee always welcomes new members.
Come to downtown Cumberland for wine, art, tours, music, and more during Cumberland Comes Alive! on June 6, 2015! The weekend features Mountain Maryland Plein Air, CASA Uncorked Wine Festival, and a Commercial Open House. The Mountain Maryland Plein Air brings talented artists from across the country to Cumberland. A Commercial Open House will showcase properties for sale or lease in Downtown Cumberland, with tours of available properties, and information on tax incentives, financing, and more reasons to be a part of the growing downtown. The reception area for the open house will be at the Lila Building at 81 Baltimore Street from 10 am - 3 pm Saturday. The quick draw event will be held 10 am - 12 pm, with a pop-up Gallery at the Lila Building (81 Baltimore Street) until 4. Come watch artists paint in the morning and tour the galleries throughout the day. The CASA Uncorked Wine Festival, Saturday 11 am - 7 pm at Canal Place, features unlimited wine tastings, food, vendors, giveaways, music, and more. There will also be live music on the downtown mall from 6 pm-9 pm Friday, and Saturday from 3 pm-6 pm and 7 pm-9 pm. Visit the CASA Uncorked Facebook Page for more details.
CASA Uncorked is our annual fundraiser! This great Wine Tasting will be Saturday, June 6th from 11am-7pm at Canal Place in Downtown Cumberland! Tickets are $20 purchased ahead of time...$25 at the door. Non-drinking tickets are available. Children 12 and under are admitted free! Nine wineries, lots of great food, and vendors...and an amazing entertainment line up! Be sure to like the CASA Uncorked page on Facebook! We will be reviewing all the details in this coming week!
Circle your calendar. Heritage Days, Cumberland’s official summer festival is Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14. Be sure to like the Heritage Days Facebook page or check online at www.heritagedaysfestival.com.
Register now for the inaugural running of the Allegany County Animal Shelter Howard's 25K Run! Come to the mountains of Western Maryland to experience a 15-mile race on one of Maryland's greatest natural resources, the Great Allegany Passage. The course is a scenic 25K point-to-point journey from Frostburg to Cumberland along a rail trail. Cash prizes will be awarded to top male and female runners, as well as honors for masters and age group winners. The race is set for August 16th, 2015 for 8 a.m. Registration for the run is open through August 15 with both online options through raceit.com and mail-in applications available. Howard's 25K Run is one of the newest additions to the Queen City Striders 2015 calendar and is co-directed by Ray Hunt, Sharon Ellsworth & Chad Merrill. Registration form and information is online at
Looking for a great location for your next big event? Check out the Windsor Castle Events Centre (the former Cumberland Armory), 210 S. Centre Street. Windsor Castle is perfect for wedding receptions, dances, conferences, conventions, reunions and more! For more information, call 301-722-0005.
Planning a wedding? Check out the new website, www.mdmountainweddings.com. It’s full of local businesses that can help you plan your perfect wedding.
Don’t forget, Downtown Cumberland parking on all surface lots is FREE on Saturdays, Sundays and every day after 5 pm.
Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop is filled with beautiful dishes, linens and lots of other great items. This week –Thursday – Sunday, Barkin’ Basement has all its dishes and linens on sale at Half Price. Set a pretty table and get it all at half price at Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop.
Tea With The Fairies, one of our favorite events at The Tea Cupboard, is coming up June 20, 22, and 23! Call now for reservations, prepayment holds your spot. We have received a wonderful new shipment of teapots in all price ranges. Ice tea season is here, great time to check out a new flavored tea from The Tea Cupboard and make a pitcher. Val Whitacre will be doing another jewelry making class for our CrafTea, June 28th from 1-4. Classes fill up fast! Get on our list now for our children’s summer manners, crafts and fun program Tutus and Top Hats for Tea on Tuesdays, in July. We have another Paint and Sip coming up with Lita Havens on Sunday, July 12th. Water colors and mixed media. Call us for more information on any of the upcoming events. Don’t forget we are a great place for parties, small events, and meetings. The Tea Cupboard is now open on Tuesdays from 10 until 3, with a limited menu in the tea room from 11 until 2. We are also open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 until 5, and seatings, in the tearoom, are from 11 until 2. Reservations are encouraged. 301-777-7721
Love to go antiquing and thrifting? Want to discover a handmade treasure? Downtown Cumberland has some great shops including Mountainside Creative, Fort Cumberland Emporium, Baltimore Street Collectibles, Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop, Rustic Touch, Queen City Flea Market, Windsor Castle Flea Market (Sundays only), Country Accents on Greene – all filled with antiques, collectibles, handmade items. Stop in and discover it for yourself.
GREAT GIFT IDEA! DCBA (Downtown Cumberland Gift Certificates) are available at The Book Center and may be used at any DCBA member’s business. You may find out who is a DCBA member online at www.visitcumberland.org
WINING & DINING & HOSPITALITY
Shantastic Shine’s Paint Time at Mezzos, Wednesday, May 27 from 6 – 9 pm. Join in the Fun and Learn how to paint. With step-by-step directions, you will be able to not only learn to paint but take your finished piece home with you after the lesson. All materials are provided. Just bring yourself or a friend! You may bring your own as well. Warning! Painting is an art form that anyone can learn but it does not agree with certain materials. We recommend that you dress appropriately and wear something that you would not mind having paint on. BONUS! Join into MEZZOS Working Women's Wednesday to enjoy some drink and food during drying times. (Food and Drink are not included in the ticket price.) For more information go to www.shantasticshine.com
With the change in the weather, outdoor dining has arrived in Downtown Cumberland. Enjoy a meal al fresco at one of several of our fine eateries including Uncle Jack’s Pizzeria and Pub, Mark’s, City Lights, Baltimore Street Grill and Ristorante Ottaviani. .
Saturday mornings, it’s Bloody Mary Brunch at City Lights! Every Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm, enjoy Cumberland’s original make-your-own Bloody Mary bar and City Light’s Saturday brunch featuring 5 – 6 seasonal specials that change weekly. City Lights American Grill & Bar is located at 59 Baltimore Street, 301-722-9800.
Working Women’s Wednesday at Mezzo’s, The Place to Meet in Downtown Cumberland. Broadcasting live from 6-8 with food and drink specials, music, games and a ton of giveaways with Amy Ryan from 6 pm-8 pm.
Think you’re smarter than the average bear? Mezzos has Trivia Nights featuring Randy Means every Thursday night starting at 7:30PM. Bring your smartest (or most fun) friends and see just how good you are!
Ristorante Ottaviani – Is now serving Gluten Free pasta (by request). In fact, anything you see on the menu can be served gluten free. Just ask your server. And every Friday night enjoy a bottle of wine Half Price after 9 pm. Make your dinner reservations and enjoy the evening. 25 N. Centre Street – a little bit of Italy in Downtown Cumberland! www.ottavianis.com.
Mezzos is scheduling Spirit Nights for any organizations wanting to hold a profitable fundraiser. Call Angel at Mezzos at 301-777-7750 for details.
City Lights Beer & Burger Thursdays – Every Thursday from 5:00 to close we will be offering a Gourmet Burger with Fries and a Pint of Beer for $10.95.
City Lights Wine & Cheese Wednesdays – Enjoy Three Cheese Board and 2 glasses of house wine for $15 or order any one of their Cheese Boards and get 25% off any bottle of wine. To see City Lights full menu, visit www.citylightsamericangrill.com.
The 2015 Backbone Mountain Review is now officially released. This is the only literary journal exclusively showcasing the creative talents and cultural diversity of the people and places from this region. It is published every year through a collaboration of the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing, the Allegany County Library System, and the Allegany Arts Council. The journal is available for free at the Arts Council, the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing, county libraries, and bookstores.
Don’t forget all children from birth to their 5th birthday are eligible for the Imagination Library of Allegany County! The only requirement – the child must live in Allegany County! This program mails one age appropriate book each month to children at no cost to the family! For more information and/or a registration form or information about sponsoring a child, please call the United Way office – 301-722-2700!
Friday Tea Socials at the Gordon-Roberts House Museum, 218 Washington Street. Teas are 11 am -1 pm. The fee is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 301-777-8678 for reservations.
- June 26th - Songs of the Civil War ??July 24th - “Mamie Eisenhower: First Lady- But Wife First” ??
- August 28th - Antiques Roadshow. Bring and share one of your favorite antiques! ??
- September 25th - “The Gordon Family, First Family of Lot 60” ??
- October 23rd - A Jane Eyre Musical Tea
The Allegany Museum has been chosen by the Maryland State Humanities Council to be one of five state venues to host a Smithsonian traveling exhibition celebrating sports in American communities – “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.” The exhibition opens at the Allegany Museum on May 30 at 1pm and runs through July 18. The exhibition will include The Smithsonian sports exhibits, exhibits on local baseball legend Lefty Grove, Special Olympics: our local gold-medalists and the 1931 Cumberland Colts. The Allegany Museum is located at 3 Pershing Street. For more information, visit www.alleganymuseum.org.
The C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts is proud to announce that it will participate in the Hometown Teams Exhibit, the traveling exhibit from The Smithsonian that is coming to Cumberland, from May 30th through July 18th. The Gilchrist display will run May 29th through July 19th and will showcase athletic artwork from local and regional artists. There will also be an emphasis on the area’s marble history including appearances and exhibitions by past and present national marble champions and players that are from the area. To learn more about the Marble Team exhibition please contact the museum at 301.724.5800 or gilchristga
or visit www.Facebook.com/gilchristgallery
May 29-July 19 The Cumberland Cultural Foundation - C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts will present A Celebration of Marbles and other sports in Art, Game & Practice as one of this region’s hosts for the Smithsonian Institution’s Hometown Teams exhibit, which also includes The Allegany Museum, Allegany College, The Allegany Library, Frostburg Museum and Frostburg University. One of the highlights of the 6 weeks exhibit will be a display provided by Beri Fox of Marble King Inc. in Paden City, WV. The Gilchrist exhibit will feature sports oriented artwork and displays of regional sports history. An eclectic presentation of artwork includes both 2-D and 3-D compositions by Kenny Braitman, Hilmar Gottesthal (courtesy of Meg and Dave Romero), Christina Collins-Smith, George Lanigan, Ed Coffey, Tony Cornwell, and others, including Greg Malloy’s hand painted marble mat that will be used by marble exhibitors and those wishing to try their hand at the game. Displays for the exhibit include Rick Mawhinney’s Hall of Fame trophies, marbles and photos. The Gilchrist Museum and Galleries will hold an Opening Reception and marble exhibition on Saturday, May 30 from 5-7 pm featuring both past and present marble champions. C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, located at 104 Washington Street, is open to the public every FRI, SAT & SUN from 1-4 pm. For more information please contact the museum at 301.724.5800 or visit www.gilchristgallery.com
The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172 Museum is open to the public every Friday from noon – 6 pm. On display are actual weapons and replica weapons, photographs, equipment, souvenirs, rations, uniforms and other memorabilia provided by Vietnam veterans or their families or friends. A video is available for the public to watch. The museum is open each Friday, there is no admission fee and groups may tour the museum at other times by appointment by calling 301-777-7001.
Friday, July 3rd - WMSR Foundation History and Heritage First Class Event. PRICE $75Adult/ $73 Senior/ $50 Child - 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War - 11:30 am Departure/ First Class. The WMSR Foundation and the Allegany County Historical Society are partnering to offer a unique First Class opportunity. Proceeds will benefit the Light My Fire, 1309 (C&O 1309 steam locomotive restoration project) and the Allegany County Historical Society. Mountain Thunder 734 will lead the train as we travel to Frostburg. A personality will be on board First Class to capture the life and times of the era. The Civil War Era will also be celebrated in Frostburg, for all, with demonstrations and stories of the Civil War. Your ticket will include a complimentary photo of your family and an Allegany County history info packet to include local discounts and bonuses. www.wmsr or 1-800-TRAIN-50.
ENTERTAINMENT – MUSIC, THEATRE, ETC.
The Embassy Theatre will present the musical Nunsense beginning Thursday, May 21. This musical by Dan Groggin about the Little Sisters of Hoboken stars Mairzy Yost, Desiree Witt, Jennifer Goff, Alex Hemphill, and Sophie Davis. Alex McDonald is directing it with musical direction by Kelly Schrecengost. Tickets will be $15/adult and $10/ students. More information may be obtained by calling 240 362-7183 or on Facebook at embassytheatrecumberland. The Embassy Theatre is located on the downtown Cumberland mall at 49 Baltimore St.
Cumberland Comes Alive kicks off Friday, May 29 with local favorites Hot Sauce Willie with Dan Stevens. Music starts at 6 pm. Saturday, May 30 beginning at 4 pm is Night Traveler.
A Klezmer Concert performed by the group Simple Gifts will be held on Sunday afternoon, June 7 at 3 pm in the newly renovated Sanctuary at B’er Chayim Temple in Downtown Cumberland. This award-winning band performs on an impressive array of instruments, including two violins, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, recorders and guitar plus some more unusual instruments like the bowed psaltery, baritone fiddle, banjolin, guitjo and doumbek. Simple Giftspresents a wide variety of ethnic folk music, but during this afternoon concert they will concentrate on Klezmer music. Klezmer music is enjoying huge popularity worldwide and given pleasure to thousands of listeners and performers. This toe-tapping Eastern European “party” music resonates with people young and old from a wide variety of backgrounds. Throughout their performances, Simple Gifts puts their own distinctive stamp on traditional tunes, blending styles from diverse cultures with their American roots. Refreshments will be available at B’er Chayim Temple prior to the concert. General admission tickets are available at The Book Center, 15 N. Centre Street or by calling 301-722-2284.
The Allegany Allied Arts 2015 event schedule continues to develop. Here is a list of the upcoming events currently confirmed:
- June 13, 12-3pm, Allegany Arts Council -- QCFF Planning Meeting
- October 1-4, Allegany Museum -- QCFF 2015
- October 31, 2pm, Windsor Castle Events Centre -- The Corpse Bride
- October 31, 7:30pm, Windsor Castle Events Centre -- The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- December 19, 8pm, Windsor Castle Events Centre -- Winter Solstice Celebration
- Anyone who would like to get involved or volunteer can contact email@example.com or attend one of the Meet & Greet or QCFF Planning Meetings. More details are available at facebook.com/alleganyalliedarts or www.alleganyalliedarts.org. We are actively recruiting screeners for the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF).
The US Army jazz band, The Jazz Ambassadors return to Cumberland on Wednesday, June 17 for a free concert. The Jazz Ambassadors—America's Big Band is the official touring big band of the United States Army. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form, jazz. Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are designed to entertain all types of audiences. Custom compositions and arrangements highlight the group's creative talent and gifted soloists. Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections. Their performance begins at 7 pm at the Canal Place Festival Grounds. There will be some seating but audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The Jazz Ambassadors performance is sponsored by the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA) and the Let’s Beautify Cumberland! Committee.
GODSPELL - Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz - Presented by Front & Centre Stage. Celebrating our 10th Anniversary season, we bring you the show that launched our company! This immensely successful rock opera needs little introduction, but when it was first produced on Broadway in 1971 it broke new ground in its stage treatment of the historical Jesus Christ. Based on the Gospel according to St Matthew it deals with the last days of Jesus, and includes dramatized versions of several well-known parables. And yet it is something more – a religious experience, a demonstration of joy, and a celebration of the family of man. The cast is conceived as clowns, improvising scenery and costumes, and using many well-known theatrical devices, pantomime vaudeville and varied musical styles to interpret one of humanity’s greatest events.
Show dates are June 19th - 21st and 26th - 28th at the Constitution Park Amphitheatre. All performances begin at 8:00 pm. Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/godspell-tickets-16512341859
Windsor Castle Events Centre and the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA) present Ricky & The Bandits Show featuring the musical talents of Ricky Howsare and The Chinese Bandits, Saturday, June 20. Cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $15/advance; $20/at the door. Tickets are available in advance at The Book Center, 15 N. Centre Street. Tables of 6 may be reserved by calling 301-722-0005.
Thursday, June 25 the Potomac Concert Band will perform on the front steps of the Allegany County Courthouse, 30 Washington Street beginning at 7 pm. Limited seating will be available but it is recommended you bring your own lawn chair. The event is sponsored by the Let’s Beautify Cumberland! Committee and the Washington Street Association.
Rodger's & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA - Presented by Front & Centre Stage (youth performers edition for actors ages 5 – 17). The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. In this specially created youth version, all the beloved songs and familiar characters are present and accounted for. However, the entire script has been condensed to better suit young attention spans, and the plot has been slightly altered so as to highlight some important lessons that exist in this timeless tale. Show dates are August 6th, 7th & 8th at 7:00 pm and August 9th at 2:00 pm at the Cumberland Theatre. Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rodger-hammersteins-cinderella-young-actors-version-tickets-16771616356 Tickets for any of our shows can be also be reserved by calling 240.580.3558.
Front & Centre is excited to be taking a bus to see the Tony Award-winning KINKY BOOTS on Saturday, August 8th! KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical that will fit your spirits to new high-heeled heights! For this engagement only, Pittsburgh native BILLY PORTER will reprise his Tony Award-winning role of Lola! KINKY BOOTS is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. KINKY BOOTS is the winner of 6 Broadway Tony® Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out. Your Ticket Price includes:
• A Balcony Level seat to the show
• Round Trip Transportation on a Bollman Charter Bus
• Complimentary Beverage and Small Snack
Ticket link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/bus-trip-to-see-kinky-boots-in-pittsburgh-featuring-billy-porter-tickets-16823107367
We invite you to take part in the Allegany Arts Council's premier art event, the 7th annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air. This event brings thirty talented artists from across the country to our area from June 2nd through 7th. If you are not yet familiar with plein air painting, it literally translates to open air' painting, done on location rather than in a studio. Artists will create new works between June 2nd and 6th, in Allegany or Garrett counties, from direct observation, without use of photographs. This is the perfect time to invite friends and family for a visit. A variety of public activities will be offered, including an exhibition of juried artists' previous works, a lecture, book signing, and a number of events across Allegany and Garrett counties before the culminating exhibition of paintings created by the artists during the event week! See the information below for further details.
WEDNESDAY June 3
11:00 am-7:00 pm Exhibition of previous paintings by juried Plein Air painters, Saville Gallery
5:30 - 6:30 pm This is Plein Air, featuring a preview of paintings and a talk and book signing by Gary Pendleton, author of 100 Plein-Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic
THURSDAY June 4
11:00 am-7:00 pm Exhibition of previous paintings by juried Plein Air painters, Saville Gallery
Friendsville 250: Paint the Town, in historic Friendsville, just off Exit 4 on I-68. Time and awards to be announced; sponsored by The Garrett County Arts Council
DESTINATION WEEKEND EVENTS:
Mountain Maryland Plein Air; Cumberland Comes Alive! CASA Uncorked
FRIDAY June 5
11:00 am-7:00 pm Exhibition of previous paintings by juried Plein Air painters, Saville Gallery
2:00 - 5:00 pm Frostburg Paint Out
5:30 - 6:30 pm Paint Out Reception--Failinger's Hotel Gunter, Frostburg
6:00 - 9:00 pm Band on the Bricks, Historic Town Center, Cumberland
SATURDAY June 6
Historical Bus Tour--Museums, Plein Air events, etc. See cumberlandhistorytours.com
10:00 am - 3:00 pm DDC Commercial Open House, Lila Building
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Cumberland Quick Draw Event
12:05 pm Student Judging
12:15 pm Non-juried artist judging
12:30 pm Juried artist judging
1:00 - 4:30 pm Quick Draw Pop-up Gallery
11 am.- 7:00 pm CASA Wine Tasting Event, Canal Place,; hourly musical performances (Tickets $20 from Allegany Arts Council, Charis Winery or The Book Center)
3:00 - 6:00 pm and 7:00 - 9:00 pm Bands on the Bricks, to be announced
5:00 - 7:00 pm Collector's Opening (Tickets $30 at Allegany Arts Council or call 301- 777-2787)
7:00 - 9:00 pm Mountain Maryland Plein Air Reception - Free and open to the Public
SUNDAY June 7
Historical Bus Tour continued
1:00 - 3:00 pm Demonstration by Stewart White, The C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts
- See more at: https://www.mdmountainside.com/event/7055#sthash.UsQma173.dpuf
The Allegany County Forestry Board and the Allegany Arts Council are co-sponsoring a tree photo contest this summer in conjunction with the Allegany County Fair, July 18-25. The photograph must be of a single tree located in Allegany County. Photograph your favorite tree and win a cash prize! 1st place is $100! Deadline for entries is July 15, 2015. For more information, contact Ms. Ruth Lafferty at 301-722-1966 or visit our website.
Not a member of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA)? Even if you don’t have a business in Downtown Cumberland, you can join as a Friend of DCBA. Membership forms are available at www.visitcumberland.org. Join in and support the efforts of Downtown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant.
For a complete schedule of events, visit www.visitcumberland.org, www.mainstreetcumberland.com or www.mdmountainside.com.
If you and/or your business have any Downtown Cumberland special events, sales, etc. you would like to include in this weekly email, please send the information to
What's Happening in Downtown Cumberland is sponsored by the
Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA)