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Written by Becky McClarran   
Monday, 05 February 2018 10:10

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Valentine’s Day – February 14

President’s Day – February 19

Free Parking – Saturdays, Sundays and After 5


Adopt A (stuffed) Pet Kids Night – February 13, 5-7 pm at Chick-fil-A, Queen City Center, 1221 Williams Street. Adopt A (Stuffed) Cat or Dog to take home

(Limited quantities available.) Create a nametag and receive an Adoption Certificate for your new pet. Visit with representatives at the Allegany Animal Shelter to learn about adoption. Bring a donation for the Allegany Animal Shelter and receive a FREE Cookie Coupon! Examples - food, blankets, toys, cat litter, etc. Balloons and the Chick-fil-A Cow.


Got something to say? Come join Dave Love and other members of the community for a monthly Sit’n Jaw at The Qashqai Gallery, 37 North Centre Street, in Downtown Cumberland. Bring your favorite bottle or brew to this BYO public social event held at the former “Bistro” bar. We are better together than we are apart, so no topic is off limits. Only rule is respect and open communication among attendees. Come by and sit for a spell, or stay the whole time. Folk of all kinds welcome! Every 3rd Thursday, 4-7 PM


Hooley Pub Crawl – March 17


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


Don’t forget, Downtown Cumberland parking is FREE on Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and every day after 5 pm.




Barkin Basement Thrift Shop It’s our Dress for Success (or Fun) Sale! All clothing – men’s, women’s, and children’s – are HALF PRICE this week. We can dress you from the top of your head to the bottom of your toes with great clothes at really great prices. We're open Thursday-Sunday and located in the heart of Downtown Cumberland - 45 Baltimore Streetwww.barkinbasementthriftshop.com


PharmaCare - As the winter months continue, our skin reminds us how harsh the cold and wind can be. Stop by the PharmaCare West location and our friendly staff will help you find the right cream or ointment to help keep your skin from withering under the winter elementsAnd, don’t forget all LEADER® brand products are backed with a 100% money back guarantee. The store and our drive-thru are open Monday-Friday 9am to 6pm & Saturday 9am to 1pm at 64 Greene Street. Phone 301.724.1183 and connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thepharmacarenetwork.


Allegany Arts Council – What are you buying for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? How about locally made jewelry, candies, and more at the Allegany Arts Council's Arts for Sweethearts pop-up shop? You can shop small and support local artists at the same time! Arts for Sweethearts will be on display in the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery beginning January 30th and will remain up until Valentine's Day. Artists: We are currently collecting handmade items to be sold during Arts for Sweethearts. Things like jewelry, pottery, homemade sweets, anything that one sweetheart might buy for another! Please email or call Desiree if you are interested and/or have questions.

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The Vapor Room, Cumberland's Award winning electronic cigarette shop is conveniently located on the downtown mall. Come visit our location at 57 N Centre Street.

  • The Vapor Room Weekly Sales and Specials: Every Tuesday – Double Punch Tuesday. Get a Bonus stamp on your AppCard when buying a 30ml bottle or larger.
  • The Vapor Room is a trusted retailer of top electronic cigarette brands and premium nicotine e-liquids. Our Appcard rewards program offers our customers generous discounts on future purchases.
  • Our Downtown Cumberland shop is open Monday through Saturday 10AM-6PM. Stop in and speak with one of our friendly staff today! 


Maddcatt Vapors - serving the Cumberland and Hagerstown areas! Your locally owned and operated full-service electronic cigarette company. With our award winning flavors and up-to-date products, our selection is second to none! Our knowledgeable and friendly staff looks forward to helping you start or continue your vaping journey!


Mixx112 Boutique - Opening late spring, early summer!!! Mixx112 formerly known as Mixx is opening on the second floor of the Queen City Creamery. More information coming soon!


Love to go antiquing and thrifting? Want to discover a handmade treasure? Downtown Cumberland has some great shops including MountainShine Creative, Fort Cumberland Emporium, Baltimore Street Collectibles, Barkin Basement Thrift Shop (Thursday  Sunday), Queen City Flea Market (Friday  Sunday), Windsor Castle Antiques & Flea Market (Sundays only), Country Accents on Greene, GiGi’s Attic  all filled with antiques, collectibles, handmade items. Stop in and discover it for yourself.


Off I-68's winter edition is now being circulated throughout Maryland, West Virginal and nearby Pa.  The Cumberland section features several great places to shop. You can pick up your copy of Off I-68 Magazine at the official Visitor's center and at The Book Center.


GREAT GIFT IDEA! DCBA (Downtown Cumberland Gift Certificatesare 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




Ristorante Ottaviani – Join us on February 9th for our second annual Wine and Chocolate pairing. We will be offering tastings starting at 6:30. Live music provided by Shelby Herbert starting at 7pm. The cost of the event is $25 per person. Contact the restaurant today to make your reservation. 301-722-0052


City Lights Valentine’s Day Menu - Wednesday, February 14th 5:00 PM – close – 59 Baltimore Street, 301-722-9800

  • Starter: Raspberry Bellini
  • Appetizer: Smoked Salmon Toast
  • Salad - Spinach & Strawberry Salad - Cashews - Feta Cheese - Strawberry Vinaigrette
  • Entrees: Spice Rubbed Ribeye 

Crab Stuffed Shrimp with Orange Balsamic Sauce

Bacon Wrapped Chicken stuffed with Mozzarella, Spinach & Sun Dried Tomatoes with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto


Queen City Creamery –

  • New Winter Hours! We will be closing daily at 2:00pm
  • Daily Special!
  • Wine & Cheese Thursday!


Every Wednesday night starting at 9 pm, it’s Open Mic and Jam Night at Uncle Jack’s Pub and Pizzeria, 20 S. Mechanic Street.


Ristorante Ottaviani - Every Friday night beginning at 8 pm, it’s Friday Happy Hour Wine Tasting with half price bottles of wine. Stop in and sample a new wine or enjoy your favorite.


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.


Mezzos Specials 

  • Wednesday - Working Women’s Wednesday – Grab your girlfriends and head to Mezzos for a night of drinks, food, prizes and fun! Specials start at 5 pm.
  • Saturday - Half Price Pizza day!
  • Sunday - All You Can Eat for $10.50 per person. Chicken Wings, Nachos, Boneless Chicken Wings, Hamburger Sliders
  • Now booking parties and get-togethers.... room available from 20 people to 250 people! We can supply any food you need for your party - much more than what's on our menu!
  • Food served all until 12:00am Sunday through Thursday. Food served until 2:00am Friday and Saturday. Everyday - Full lunch menu, including Great salads, sliders, wings, and baked potatoes all made with fresh chicken, and Black Angus beef.  Not out of a box!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.


1812 Brewery – Voted Best Brewery by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine readers. Great Friends. Great Beer. Great Food. Great Music. 1812 Brewery, 13006 NE Mason Roadwww.1812brewery.com

  • Thursday, February 1– Game Night
  • Friday, February 2 – Dan Stevens, Watch the movie, “Groundhog Day”
  • Saturday, February 3 - FeBREWary Cupid’s Curse reveal – Musical Entertainment with Gibb Cochrum – Food by Chef Paul’s Kitchen
  • Sunday, February 4 – Superbowl Sunday – Food by Chef Paul’s Kitchen
  • Saturday, February 10 – Stews, Brews & Roses Valentine Party – musical entertainment with Shelby Herbert; delicious stews by Good Carma Catering





Downtown Apartment Rental - A one bedroom, kitchen, dining room/living room and bath furnished apartment for rent for $1,200 per month which includes one parking space, TV/internet, AC/Heat, water, sewage, trash removal. Pet friendly! Call Shirley Giarritta at 301-707-7586.


Short Term Stay? Rehabilitation? Respite Care? Are you looking for an affordable, secure, friendly place to stay short term or recuperate from a recent surgery or another event? The Kensington Assisted Living Community is located in the heart of Cumberland. We offer all the following and more for your comfort and convenience  furnished suites  private baths  no long-term commitment  medication management  three home cooked meals daily  housekeeping services  laundry services  activity program  24-hour staffing with personal care services tailored to individual needs in-house rehab offering PT & OT services  free transportation for medical, social, events, clubs, churches, personal errands and shopping  all in a homelike atmosphere. Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Cumberland. Call or drop by for a tour. 1 Baltimore Street, 301-777-8800




Family Fun Night – The Arts Council encourages families to enjoy opportunities to play and create together. Family Fun Nights take place monthly and give our family membership holders a place to come and play! February 2, March 2April 6May 4June 1 – 6-8 pm.


Leadership Allegany! Class of 2018, Women’s Action Coalition of Greater Allegany County, and Allegany County Library System invite you to the Inaugural Celebration of Choose Civility: Allegany County on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Program starts at 6:15 p.m. Washington Street Library, 31 Washington Street, Cumberland, Maryland. Come join us for complimentary beer, wine, and appetizers. Come Learn: About Choose Civility: Allegany County, How your workplace can prosper, and How small actions can lead to big changes. Come Meet: Others who want to make Allegany County the best small county in America!


At The Book Center - Join us for STORYTIME, the 3rd Saturday of every month at 1:00 pm! We will have fun story readings along with interactive crafts for your child. We recommend ages 2-6, but all ages are welcome. A parent or guardian must attend with the child.


At the Book Center - Join us for ADULT BOOK CLUB, the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm! If you like food, wine, and great books, then this is the place for you! Call us to reserve a copy of our monthly selection and receive a members only discount.


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!




WMSR – www.wmsr.com

  • Mountain Moonshine TrainWestern Maryland Scenic Railroad –March 3, 6 – 9 pm. Ticket info available at public.whistletix.com
  • Hands on Throttle –Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 – 10 am12 noon3 pm - Enjoy a unique opportunity to operate a piece of history! Handle a locomotive with one of our experienced engineers for an entire 60 minutes! Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age; possess a valid Driver’s License; wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeve shirt. We recommend eye protection, ear protection, gloves, and hat. To purchase tickets, call 1-800-TRAIN50 x112 (301-759-4400 x112) or visit wmsr.com
  • Murder Mystery Train –
  • Romance on the Rails –
  • Valentine’s Day Excursion –Enjoy dinner while overlooking the Potomac River in one of Western Maryland Scenic Railroad's heritage dining cars. The dinner will be on a stationary train, and will include a four-course meal ranging from Filet Mignon to Honey Glazed Salmon with a complimentary bottle of wine for the two of you (1 per reservation), as well as appetizer, salad and dessert. Boarding begins at 5:30pm; train departs at 6:00pm. This excursion will return to Cumberland at 8:30pm.

Professor Lynn Bowman is debuting her brand new book, "Everyone Counts. A history of African American enslavement in Allegany County, Maryland” at the Gordon-Roberts House, 218 Washington Street on Saturday, Feb. 24, 1 pm. This book takes a deep dive into Allegany County’s antebellum newspapers, land records and personal correspondence to explore the slavery we didn’t learn about in high school, slavery on the National Road. The author lets forgotten figures speak their truth.  See and handle copies of original letters, photographs and more. Light refreshment provided. An associate professor of English and Speech at Allegany College of Maryland, Lynn Bowman also serves her community as a member of the Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture. This is Lynn Bowman’s fourth book on African American history in Allegany County. Free & open to the public. For more information: 301-777-8678. Facebook Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/663561077366351/




V-Day Cumberland 2018February 8, 7-9 pm. The Cumberland Theatre and The Allegany Arts Council present a benefit reading of The Vagina Monologues and selections from A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer. Join us as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this groundbreaking play and the founding of V-Day, the Global Activist Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls. On Thursday, February 8th and Friday, February 9th, 2018, at 7pm, V-Day Cumberland will present a two-night benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play. The show will feature a cast of community members, local actors and guest artists from surrounding areas. 90% of profits will benefit the Family Crisis Resource Center in Cumberland. Tickets are $10 and will be available online beginning January 20th and at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance. V-Day Cumberland is a local effort within the worldwide context of the 20th Anniversary V-Day Campaign. To learn more about V-Day Cumberland, call (301) 759-4990 or e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . To learn more about V-Day and its campaigns visit www.vday.org. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/122474498460826/


Valentine Poetry Reading – February 13, 6:30-8:30 pm. Join the Allegany Arts Council and the FSU Center for Literary Arts for a Valentine Poetry Reading on Tuesday, February 13th in the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery. Guests are welcome to listen to and/or read their favorite love poems. A wine and cheese reception will follow the reading. This event is free and open to the public. Please call (301) 777-2787 for more information. The Schwab Gallery is located at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland.


Mardi Gras at the Embassy – February 24 - Doors open at 6 pm and performers start at 7 pm. Mardi Gras at the Embassy will feature games and live music. Starring James Nash, Jason McDonald, Adam Swayne, The Dodges (Zach and Mikayla) and Fred Sullivan. Fantastic line-up of some of the most refined and exceptional talent performing in our area! $5 admission, and ID is required. Passport Cafe will be open for business in the lobby.


The Allegany Arts Council hosts a monthly group dance lesson and social dance for all ages. In cooperation with Patricia Golden, owner of Industrial Ballroom, the "Third Friday" dance sessionsoffer the opportunity to learn a new dance step and then practice it with others in the lovely wooden-floored spaces of the Saville and Schwab Galleries. There is an optional potluck - bring a dish to share if you're up to it. Bring your own beverage of choice. Water is provided. The Lesson will rotate through swing, salsa, rumba, cha cha, Waltz, fox trot, and tango. Each session costs $10 for an individual, or $18 for a couple. The lesson begins at 7:15pm and the Dance starts at 8pm. The Saville Gallery is located at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland, MD. All are welcome.


Open Mic Monthly – January 14. Embassy Theatre on the historic downtown Cumberland Mall, welcomes all to the Jan 14th REPRISE: Open Mic Monthly. Held from 6-10 pm, with sign-ups beginning at 6 pm. Get up on the big stage and share your talent in a laid back, nurturing atmosphere. Or, come in & relax, enjoy the A/C, have a drink, and connect with members of the local arts community. You don't have to be a musician to join the fun. Performers of all ages and genres are welcome and encouraged - that means comedians, poets, actors, dancers, vocalists...whatever you've got! Some instruments provided, but feel free to bring your own. Perform solo, or come up and jam with friends if the spirit moves you. No cover charge. Under 18 permitted with adult. Passport Cafe will be open during Open Mic Monthly, with a full cash bar. Call (240) 362-7183 for more information. Or, visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.


Meditation Thursday at Azad’s –February 22, March 29 – 7 – 7:30 pm, 37 N. Centre Street. Guided Group Meditation with Selomon. By donation - not required, but very appreciated! There will be plenty of comfortable spots available for meditators. But feel free to bring a pillow and blanket or whatever makes you feel comfortable.




Life Drawing Class – The group will meet every other Thursday from 7-9 pm at the Cumberland Theatre. Class will continue every other Thursday unless otherwise announced. Further information about the class or if you are interested in being a paid model for a session, contact Shirley Giarritta at (301) 707-7586.


Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition Call for Entries

Now Open! Classes Being Offered!  Our region's premiere photography competition is now open for online entries through callforentry.org. The 2018 juror is Karen Irvine, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. Check out this interview with Irvine here. Over $5000 in prizes is being offered. The deadline for submissions is February 20, 2018.

Photography Class Series: To encourage local participation, the Photography Committee of the Allegany Arts Council is offering a series of photography classes in January. Whether you are just starting or have been shooting for years, this “don’t miss” series of workshops presented by professional photographers is designed to take you to the next level in your photography. Laptops are provided, but it is recommended that you bring your own. All classes: Members $10/Nonmembers $15 OR Members Only discount of $40 for all sessions.

  • Getting the Most Out of Your Phone’s

Instructor: Doug Schwab

Wednesday, Jan 31, 5:30 - 7 pm

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Allegany Arts Council –

  • A Taste of Touchstone: Artistry in Appalachia – February 3 -17. The Allegany Arts Council has teamed up with Pennsylvania's Touchstone Center for Crafts for an eclectic exhibition of artwork from artists who have studied at the residential art school. Displayed artwork includes ceramic, metal, glass and sculpture, among other mediums. Located roughly an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, Touchstone is Pennsylvania's only residential craft school. A public reception is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10 from 6-8pm. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Please call (301) 777-2787 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for more information.
  • Story Time STEAM –February 7 & 21, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, May 2 & 16 – 4:15 pm. Can you really fit "10 Apples Up On Top"? Can you build an alphabet tree? Join Jessica Hook for a new take on children's books with hands-on science and art! All ages welcome! Cost is $5 for members/$10 for non-members!
  • Mindful Movement – Every Thursday through March 29, 4 -5 pm. Enjoy creative movement and snacks! January 11-February 1: Swing Kids! Join local dance teacher Patti Golden for this fun workshop on the basics of swing! Adults are welcome to join this class--making it an enriching parent/child experience! February 8-March 1: Hoop Dance Kids! Get ready for Hoop Dance with certified HoopLove coach Des Bullard as she teaches you the basics from waist-hooping to off-body movement! March 8-March 29: Yoga Kids! Play fun games, sing songs, and go on adventures with certified yoga teacher Samantha Kennedy to help you be your best yogi! Cost is $5 for members/$10 for non-members!
  • Best Grant Writing Workshop– March 22, 9 am – 12 noon. Do you participate in grant writing activities for your organization? Have you ever wondered what funding organizations expect and look for in awarding grant monies? Does your organization need additional funding for important projects? If so, mark your calendars! Join the Allegany Arts Council on March 22, 2018, from 9am-12pm for the Best Grant Writing Workshop, led by Valerie Mann, President of Mann to Mann Grant Solutions. Valerie has been a professional grant writer for over 40 years, completing more than 800 applications and receiving over $160 million dollars in grant funding. Author, speaker and consultant, her articles have appeared in the yearly Journal of the Grants Professionals Association and Nonprofit World. The workshop will be jam-packed with information about how to identify and design projects, grant searches, tools for grant writers, writing the grant application and grant administration. Registration will be open soon, so make plans to attend this exciting opportunity




Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter.  Applications and information are available at www.alleganyanimalshelter.com. ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in the state of Maryland.


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 or www.mdmountainside.com


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