Mountain City Traditional Arts in Frostburg, MD, will host a benefit for Queen City Animal Rescue (QCAR) featuring acoustic jazz group The Sugar Foot Stompers Wednesday, July 27th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Donations will be accepted at the door and a number of locally crafted items will be raffled. All proceeds support QCAR.
The Rescue organization started as a dream several years ago, coming to fruition in 2010 when the plight of the animals in the Allegany County Animal Shelter (ACAS) started coming to light and it became obvious that greater community-based support was needed. Ready to take action, QCAR was founded to address the needs the ACAS would face if they were to successfully save the lives of the animal entrusted to their care. With the help of QCAR, several of the tenets of the No Kill philosophy have been put into place at the ACAS including the establishment of a volunteer program and foster program, contacting and working with animal rescue organizations, building a comprehensive adoption program, and increasing community involvement. Since its inception, QCAR has helped raise thousands of dollars for veterinary bills and funded the spaying and neutering of over 20 shelter animals over the last several months.
While the majority of QCAR's energy has been concentrated on helping the ACAS, they have also been able to assist several other animals in need and hope to continue growth in that area. The organization intends to expand its role in educating the public about the No Kill philosophy and encouraging responsible pet ownership.
“Mountain City Traditional Arts is delighted to be able to host an event that showcases incredible music while supporting such a great cause,” said MCTA Director Kara Rogers Thomas. “I hope that lots of people come out to support this event. I know they won’t be disappointed.”
The Sugar Foot Stompers formed in 2007 to play traditional New Orleans style jazz. They made their debut opening for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in a Garrett Lakes Arts Festival performance and have been developing a strong regional reputation since that time.
Steve Vortigern is the founder and leader of the Stompers. He has a Masters degree in Jazz Studies. Steve and his wife Sunshine moved from San Diego to Cranesville, WV to create and run an organic farm.
Gino Mauricci plays clarinet. He is also concert master of the Garrett Community Concert Band and plays with The Remedy. Gino has performed with such luminaries as Wynton Marsallis. He and his wife Lisa lives near McHenry.
On cornet is Tom Simpson. Tom is a well-known local talent who plays with other groups such as Queen City Funk & Soul. He runs his computer business in Oakland, where he lives with his wife Pam.
Stephan Moylan, on banjo, is a public defender in Oakland. He plays guitar and learned the banjo just for us! Stephan and his wife Kim live near Oakland.
Matt Eary, a computer programmer, plays bass. In other milieus he sings and plays piano & French horn and acts a bit. Matt and his wife Lindy live near Grantsville.
Located at 25 East Main Street in Frostburg, MCTA is a partnership of Frostburg State University’s Folklore and Folklife Programming, the Allegany Arts Council, and Frostburg First: A Main Street Community. The venue is dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of traditional arts in the mountain region. For more information look for them on Facebook, call 301-687-8040, or email