FSU’s Recreation and Park Management Program Reaccredited PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:13

Frostburg State University’s Recreation and Parks Management Program has been reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreations, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT), which found the program to be fully in compliance.

Accreditation, an evaluation and assessment by peers of what elements of a program are considered to be entry level into the field, is particularly helpful for a less well-known university, according to Dr. Robert B. Kauffman, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation and chair of the Council of University System Faculty.

“It indicates a certain level of quality,” said Kauffman. “The program is preparing students for entry into the field.”

FSU’s Recreation and Parks Management program received initial accreditation in 2000 and has continued to earn accreditation since then. The accreditation by COAPRT is valid until the program’s next review in 2022.

COAPRT recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions. COAPRT accredits baccalaureate programs within the United States and its territories, Canada and Mexico. Accreditation status is granted to academic programs that meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality.

For more information about FSU’s recreation program, visit http://bit.ly/Rec-ParksManagement.

 
Downtown Cumberland Events and Activities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:57

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Presidents’ Day – Monday, February 20

Shop Local! Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Love the Local! Support Your Local Businesses

Saturday, February 25 - 10 am – 1 pm. The Downtown Cumberland Winter Farmers' Market is the place to find the freshest produce, fruit, cheese, and local art. The Cumberland Winter Market is a community event that happens the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

 Cumberland Theatre’s Annual Mardis Gras Fundraiser – Saturday, February 25, 6:30 pm – midnight – Cumberland Country Club. Help support the Cumberland Theatre's Raise the Roof fund, as well as our 2017 theatrical season by dancing the night away at the annual Mardi Gras fundraiser! Your $85 donation includes: Open Bar from 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Dinner with Complimentary Wine at 7:30 , Dancing with Music by the Chinese Bandits,  A live and silent auction will also be conducted. Cocktail attire preferred. Please RSVP by February 20th to Phyllis Lyon by calling or texting 301.697.8888 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Checks should be made payable to the Cumberland Theatre and may be mailed to the theatre at 101 Johnson St., Cumberland, MD 21502. Attention: Phyllis Lyon.

Frigid Friday for the Hooley Plunge – Friday, March 3 – Allegheny Room, Rocky Gap Casino Resort. Enjoy the classic rock music of local band, Time Flies and celebrate the Hooley Plunge!

Hooley Plunge –Saturday, March 4 at Rocky Gap State Park. Get ready to take the plunge in the slightly frigid waters of Lake Habeeb for a great cause! The Plunge raises money to support the Special Olympics of Allegany County and other great local programs for the developmentally disabled. It’s cool (well, it’s cold), it’s fun and it’s a great way to support our community. For pledge forms and more information, visit www.hooleyplunge.com.

Hooley Pub Crawl – Saturday, March 11 - Get Irish for the day at Downtown Cumberland's 19th Annual Hooley Pub Crawl featuring music, sing-a-longs, and other popular entertainers from the tri-state area. A full slate of entertainers will perform throughout the day at Downtown Cumberland and South Cumberland locations. There will plenty of libations and music, so put on your green and head to Downtown Cumberland.

ACIT - Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament - March 9 – 11 -  Frostburg State University. The Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament is an annual high school basketball tournament organized by Wamba Caravan No. 89, International Order of the Alhambra. The ACIT is traditionally held on the third weekend of March at the Frostburg State University Bobcat Arena in Frostburg, MD. Since its beginning in 1961, the ACIT has been host to 84 teams from 10 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Many of the players and coaches who have participated in the tournament have gone on to find success in college and the NBA. Alhambratournament.com.

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 on all surface lots is FREE on Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and every day after 5 pm.

 RETAIL

Beginning February 1st – Azad’s of Cumberland will celebrate the year 1970 for the entire month of February. Come visit us at 37 North Centre Street in Downtown Cumberland and save. A great selection of hand knotted Persian rugs that are normally $2800-4800 will be marked down to $1970 to celebrate the BEST YEAR IN HISTORY.  An additional discount will be given to anyone who brings in a Baked Homemade Lasagna on or before the 15th of February. Azad's loves February and 1970. Come celebrate with us!!!!

This week at Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop we’re having a HANG IT Sale. If you can hang it, it’s 50% off – that includes clothes, pictures, shelves, etc. Barkin’ Basement is proud to support the efforts of the Allegany County Animal Shelter. We are located at 45 Baltimore Street and are open Thursday – Sunday. www.barkinbasementthriftshop.com.

MountainShine Creative has lots of fun upcoming classes for adults and for kids. Here are our February Events:

·      Friday, February 17th 6 pm $30 presale $35 day of: Paint and Sip with Shannon Shine

·      Saturday, February 18th 5pm: CRYSTAL ENERGY WORKSHOP with Shanon Shine. *Free with suggested donation of $5 gets you a free tumbled stone and information sheets*

·      Friday, February 24th 6 pm $30 presale $35 day of: Paint and Sip with Shannon Shine

·      Saturday, February 25th 2 pm $20 presale $25 day of: Intro to Crochet Workshop with BJ Rowe 

Check out www.mountainshinecreative.com for more information! 49 N. Liberty Street. Hope to see you there.

 Fitzy’s Nifty Nook is now “officially” closed for the winter. PLEASE like us on fb to keep up to date.  I’m sure you will see all three of us on nice days over the winter piddling around at the store! If so, stop in and say “Hi”!

 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!

LewLew Belle Boutique – We are adjusting our store hours through the remainder of winter and will resume normal business hours as spring arrives. Winter hours are Wed., Thur., Sat. – 10 am – 2 pm, Friday – 10 am – 6 pm. In the words of a dear friend, "For Fashion Emergencies" feel free to contact us and we will do our best to arrange a time to open the store to accommodate your shopping needs. BOUTIQUE PARTIES! - Get your girlfriends together and schedule a day/evening of private shopping with your besties and us. Team LLB loves boutique parties so let's have one! 61 Baltimore Street - 301-876-4466 - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 The Tea Cupboard - Stop in the tea room for a pot of tea; add some scones, a quick lunch of soup and savories or our full Queen City Tea and you can also do some shopping for all kinds of tea ware and TEA! New teapots, English teacup and saucer sets, tea balls, as well as Union Jack aprons and tote bags, and our own “TEA BAG” totes!  We are open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 until 5, and the tea room is open from 11-2, Wednesday through Saturday!  We do parties; have lots of events and book clubs! Call for information on our next Paint and Sip with Patricia Wilt, March 12th.  It will be a springtime watercolor class!   Coming soon Tea classes!  Don’t forget downtown parking is free on Saturdays! You can find us at 49 North Centre Street, Downtown Cumberland, 301-777-7721, on Facebook as The Tea Cupboard or our web page at theteacupboard.net

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), GiGi’s Attic (Thursday - Saturday), Queen City Flea Market (Friday – Sunday), Windsor Castle Antiques & 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

Mezzo's Lunch Special's for 2/15 - 2/19

All lunch Specials are $6.50 each!

·      Monday - Open faced chicken and gravy with fries

Monday night Mug night!   Buy the Mug for 5.00, refills for 1.00 on Miller Lite, Coors Light, and Yuengling

·      Tuesday - BBQ Bacon chicken wrap with fries or side salad.

Karaoke starting at 730pm.

·      Wednesday - Chicken quesadilla with fries or side salad.

Working Woman's Wednesday 5-8pm. Half-priced dips and 4.50 Martinis!

·      Thursday - Oven Baked Herb Chicken with Green Beans and Scalloped potatoes.

Trivia Night with Randy Means!   Starting at 730pm. Stella Steal the Challis night - a great beer and a free glass.

·      Friday - Hot Ham and Cheese sliders w/fries or side salad

Bill Valentine Fundraiser starting at 5:00pm. Music by Ian Robinson

·      Saturday – Half-priced pizza day

Music by The Cramer Brothers starting at 10pm

·      Sunday - All You Can Eat for 10.50 per person. Chicken Wings, Nachos, Boneless Chicken Wings, Hamburger Sliders

Full lunch menu, including Great salads and baked potatoes all served fresh.

Booking weddings, anniversaries, engagement parties, and reunions in our beautiful room upstairs.  Smaller room available. Call for details!

Need to raise money for your organization?   Call us to schedule a Spirit Night!

Kitchen and Bar hours:

Monday through Thursday        11:00am until Midnight

Friday and Saturday                        11:00am until 2:00am

Sunday                                                      12:00 noon until Midnight

Kitchen open late every night of the week!

The Creamery has new Winter Hours. We will be closing every day at 2pm. Dinner pre-orders have to be in and pre-paid by 2pm, dinner pick-up will be between the hours of 5-6pm, Monday-Friday. Food orders can include: all deli sandwiches, soups, salads, bakery, ice cream. Call today to reserve our lounge for football parties and the Super bowl!!! (301) 777-0011

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 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.

BUSINESS, FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Standard Bank is offering two new CD specials: a 15-month CD at 1.15% APY* and a 24-Month CD at 1.35% APY* (See details at www.standardbankpa.com/deposit-product-rates/). Depositing your money locally allows Standard Bank to provide loans to local families and businesses as well as more opportunities to give back to the Cumberland area. Stop into our LaVale Office on National Highway, (301) 729-3738, we would love to see you!

Fort Cumberland Emporium has one open vendor space, approximately 85 square feet. Monthly cost is $110 plus four-work days/month. If you are interested in joining the vendors at the Emporium, please call 301-724-5504 for more information.

The Book Center has a parking space available for rent. $50/month

The Cumberland Arms Building located on Baltimore Street/Liberty Street has commercial spaces for rent perfect for a retail business! We have three empty currently if anyone’s interested, call the Cumberland Arms Office at 301-724-0341 or email Jeannie Wilson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ACRE Coworking, Cumberland's first shared office community is open! Join the Community at acrecoworking.com/join. 48 N. Centre Street, 301-697-6150, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

- Professional office space available from $35 a month.

- Beautifully finished, on trend 1000SF conference room from $30 an hour.

LITERARY/LIBRARY/FOR KIDS

The Allegany County Library System will resume their popular Launch Series at Washington Street Library beginning on Monday, March 6 from 5:00 to 6:00PM and running for 12 consecutive Mondays through May 22. Intended for students ages 8 and older, the Launch Series provides quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming every fall and spring at alternating branches of the library.  The programs are conducted by local educators and mentors in STEM-related fields and provide opportunity for the students to explore STEM-focused education and career tracks. Due to limited supplies, registration is required.  Registration opens Wednesday, February 15 at 1:00PM and can be done online, in person, or by phone.  To register online, visit the library’s website at www.alleganycountylibrary.info and click the “Events” tab.  Stop by any branch of the Allegany County Library System to register with a librarian, or phone 301-777-1200. All programs offered by the Allegany County Library System, including the Launch Series, are free and open to the public.  Printed schedules for the spring Launch Series are available at every branch and printable schedules are available from the library’s website. Funding for The Launch Series is possible through the generous sponsorship of local businesses.  For more information, contact Joni Reed, Outreach Director, at 301-777-1200, extension 1102.

The spring Launch Series schedule is as follows:

·      Monday, March 6: Potterology: The Science of Harry Potter: Frostburg University’s Dr. Matthew Crawford shows us how (with a little help from science) the magical world of Harry, Hermione, and Ron is not as far away as you think!

·      Monday, March 13: 3D Printing: What will you create?  Dr. Eric Moore, Physics and Engineering Chair at Frostburg University, will be on hand to demonstrate how 3D printers work, why we love them, and how 3D’s are going to change the world!  Students will take home their own 3D printed widget!

·      Monday, March 20: Drone Justice! Flying with the Big Boys!  Darrel Imhoff, ACPS PC Analyst and (via webstream) Jason Mainella, Captain of Canada’s Drone Racing Team, are here to impress!  Students attending this program have a chance to win a real mini drone!

·      Monday, March 27: Be a Rock Star! Professor Steve Heninger of Allegany College of Maryland introduces us to the diverse rocks and minerals native to Western Maryland.  It’s a treasure hunt happening right beneath your feet!  Students: Collect the most interesting rocks you can find and bring them to our program.  We will identify them!

·      Monday, April 3: It’s Slime Time! Explore the world of polymers with Allegany College of Maryland Professor Dr. Michael Hands as we poke, prod, bounce, and make our own types of slime!

·      Monday, April 10: Go, Bot! Go!  Allegany High School robotics Advisor Dennis Dennison and the Allegany Robotics Club introduces us to the fundamentals of robotics and prepares us for next week’s Ozobot Challenge!

·      Monday, April 17: Ozobot Obstacle Challenge! Think you can program your Ozobot to navigate an obstacle course faster than your friends? Let’s find out!

·      Monday, April 24: Become an Amateur Archeologist! Seth Meyers from the National Park Service will bring fossils discovered at the C&O Canal Park and explain what those fossils tell us about animals and plants that lived here millions of years ago.  Students will then make their own fossil and share its story with the group!

·      Monday, May 1: Insectopia: Did you know there are more insects in the world than any other group of animals? Dr. Faith Weeks, Entomologist at Towson University, invites you to observe the wonders of the insect world and get up close and personal with her wiggly, squiggly friends.

·      Monday, May 8: Packing for Mars: How do you fix a problem in space if you can’t “Google” the answer? Frostburg University Astrophysicist Dr. Jason Speights encourages students to use engineering design skills and science to tackle the challenging and often unexpected problems of putting humans in space.

·      Monday, May 15: Eggsperiments in Eggscellent Packaging: We’re dropping eggs off the roof! ACPS STEM Coordinator Melissa Kaye Kaufman encourages students to draw on next generation problem solving skills to create a package that prevents the egg from breaking.

·      Monday, May 22: The Ultimate Egg Drop Challenge: Think you’ve created the ultimate egg safe package? Let’s test your package against your fellow students’ and see who survives!

The Washington Street Library invites families with children of all ages to our LEGO Play Club. Children will be able to build their own LEGO creations. Each month will feature a different LEGO building theme. Children’s masterpieces may be chosen to be displayed in our library. The library will supply the LEGOs, and kids provide their creativity and imagination. Building their own LEGO creations encourages children to think, build, and play creatively. The program will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on February 13. For more information call the Washington Street Library at 301-777-1200.

The Allegany County Library announces a new schedule for this year’s observation of Presidents Day. In the past, all libraries have been closed. However, this year the Frostburg Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The LaVale Library will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. The George’s Creek Library, Washington Street Library, and Westernport Library will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observation of Presidents Day.  Libraries will resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday, February 21st. While the South Cumberland Library renovation is under way, the Bookmobile is available and open to patrons on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Noon until 5:00 p.m. It is located in the library parking lot at corner of East First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. For more information, contact Washington Street Library at 301-777-1200.

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!

MUSEUMS/WMSR

WMSR Late Winter/Spring Schedule

·      Romance on the Rails: Join us for a romantic ride on the rails! Our Romance on the Rails Trains depart from Cumberland to a scenic location along the Great Allegheny Passage. Dining Class guests enjoy a 4-course meal consisting of appetizer, soup or salad, choice of entrée, and a signature dessert. A complimentary bottle of wine of your choice from our selection is also included (1 per reservation). Lounge Car service will be available and will include an appetizer plate and a complimentary drink for each passenger. Saturdays and Sundays February 11th - 19th. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure. Please see http://wmsr.com/romance-on-the-rails/ for times and details.

·      Valentine's Day Dinner: Join us for a romantic Valentines Day Dinner on-board our heritage dining cars! Our Valentines Day Dinner is a stationary (non-traveling) train that will be located in front of our Cumberland Station. Dining Class guests enjoy a 4-course meal consisting of appetizer, soup or salad, choice of entrée, and a signature dessert. A complimentary bottle of wine of your choice from our selection is also included (1 per reservation). Morton's Jewelry of Cumberland, MD will be sponsoring a pendant give away, so don't miss your chance to win! Seating begins on February 14th at 5:45 p.m. Visit www.wmsr.com for more details.

·      Murder Mysteries: Join us for dinner and a show! Board to Death (1962): It is the height of the cold war and the reigning chess champions from the United States and the Soviet Union are about to meet for the World Chess Championship. What will happen? Who wins and who will be lost? Our Evening Paradise/Murder Mystery trains depart from Cumberland to a scenic location along the Great Allegheny Passage. Dining Class guests enjoy a 3-course meal consisting of soup or salad, choice of entrée, and a signature dessert of Chef’s choice. Boarding begins at 5:30pm; train departs at 6:00pm. This 2-1/2 hour excursion will return to Cumberland at 8:30pm. Advance reservations are required. NOTE: Murder Mystery shows are designed for an adult audience and may contain some mild adult humor and innuendo not suitable for children. No child fares or menus are provided. Children may ride for the adult fare at parents' discretion. March 11th and 25th at 6:00 p.m. Please visit http://wmsr.com/murder-mystery-train/ for more details.

·      Bunny Hops: Bring the kids on WMSR’s Bunny Hop train. This 2 hour diesel train ride will depart from Cumberland station and head to an Easter-egg hunt location. Children will even have the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny! Saturdays and Sundays April 1st - 15th. Please visit www.wmsr.com for times and details.

 ‘The Way We Worked’ exhibitions at six locations in Allegany County In conjunction with Maryland Humanities and the Smithsonian. Visitors will have the opportunity to have their favorite story about work recorded at the end of the opening ceremony. The stories recorded will become part of the Way We Worked display at Allegany Museum, and will be placed on the Museum website. During the Opening Event, visitors will be able to see the central Smithsonian exhibition that traces the changes that have affected the American workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. Also at the Opening, Allegany Museum will tell the story of the improvement in working conditions in Allegany County from 1877 to 2017. A series of dioramas will show the development of railroad work from the B&O in 1877 to todays’ CSX, illustrate the workers’ struggle for their rights at the Celanese Corporation, and tell the history of local labor organizations. Refreshments will be served. The other venues in the Western Maryland Heritage Association event include exhibitions about migrant labor at the Luke Paper Mill at the Williams Museum in Westernport, the lives of coal miners at Frostburg Museum, farm work at Mountain City Traditional Arts, the history of Cumberland glass at the C. Gilchrist Gallery and Museum, the working lives of canal boatmen, mule drivers, boatyard workers, and lock tenders at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, and servant life of the late 19th and early 20th century at the Gordon-Roberts House. All exhibitions are free, and open during each venue’s usual opening hours. Please contact each venue for more details, or call Allegany Museum 301-777-7200, or email manager@ alleganymuseum.org.

Gordon-Roberts House – Saturday, February 18, 2 pm - As a laundress, nurse & mother in the late 1800s, Jane Gates defied the norm. Professor and author Lynn Bowman will bring us "African American history in Allegany County: It's Not Just Black and White” where she will discuss African roots in Allegany County and touch on servants, and domestics just like Jane Gates. The Gordon-Roberts House will be open for you to explore the original 1867 servants’ quarters before and after the presentation. Admission to the event and museum is free. Donations are welcome and will go toward local community heritage projects. Light refreshments will be available.

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.

ENTERTAINMENT – MUSIC, THEATRE, ETC.

Friday, February 17th, the Embassy hosts three bands: Broken Radio (Cumberland), the downstrokes (Frostburg-Cumberland) and Jet Set Vapour Trails (Morgantown).

Opening act Broken Radio is an alt-rock/punk band playing covered and original songs. These kids bring the spirit and energy of punk to a whole new generation of local kids. Some people might call it punk rock, others might call it gritty rock ‘n’ roll, but western Maryland’s the downstrokes bring a variety of influences to their mix of straight ahead, four on the floor garage music. From the Stones, the Who, and the Kinks to the Ramones, the Clash, and Social Distortion; from the Replacements and Pixies to Agnostic Front and H2O, the downstrokes are fans of the music they play. After three years, the downstrokes still explore the boundaries of punk. Power chords from the early 70's, the rhythmic angularity of 90's alt rock, a pinch of stoner doom and a unique melodic sense. Put them all together and you get Jet Set Vapour Trails. This power trio of Morgantown music veterans deliver original tunes, introspective and savage. Tickets are $7. This show is for 18+ and IDs are required for admittance. Doors open at 7:30, music starts at 8. The Embassy Theatre is at 49 Baltimore St. in downtown Cumberland, and reservations may be made at 240-362-7183.

Mountainside Baroque - As always, the 2016-2017 season will reflect the varied worlds of early music: earthy and ethereal; secular and sacred; court and country; and choral, vocal and instrumental. Featuring a dynamic lineup of new faces and Mountainside favorites, this year promises to once again bring a mixture of Baroque classics and unknown treasures to the mountains. For ticket purchase and more information, visit our website at www.mountainsidebaroque.org. Schedule includes:

·      Sunday, March 5 “The Kinges Musicke”

·      Saturday, April 8 “The Many Faces of Bach”

More information can be found at www.mountainsidebaroque.org, by calling 301-338-2940 or by emailing to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tickets may be purchased by cash or check at the door or at the Book Center on Centre Street in Cumberland, and via PayPal on the Mountainside Baroque website.

They're back! Saturday, March 25 2017 at the Allegany HS auditorium. Steve Fairchild is back as Garth Brooks with tributes to Conway Twitty, Roy Orbison, Zac Brown and special guest tribute Trisha Yearwood. Reserve seating tickets on sale now $30-$25-$15 301-759-0580, visit TWR, 549 N Centre St or online at www.tri-stateconcerts.com

The Allegany Arts Council hosts a group dance lesson and social dance for all ages. In cooperation with Patricia Golden, owner of Industrial Ballroom, the "Third Friday" dance sessions offer 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 7:15 pm and the Dance starts at 8:00 pm. The Saville Gallery is located at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland, MD. All are welcome.

ART

Comic Book and Graphic Novel Art Exhibit Opens at Arts Council - February 4-25. An exhibition displaying the work of five artists who create graphic novels and comics opens at the Allegany Arts Council's Saville Gallery in Cumberland Saturday, February 4. A public reception will be held on Saturday, February 18 from 6 to 8 pm. Frostburg art professor Jamison Odone, who is himself an illustrator, curated the show. Artists included in the show are Gareth Hinds, Timothy Decker, Dennis Calero, Alabaster Pizzo and Christopher Hastings. Graphic novels and screens showing anime-style movies will be part of the display in the Saville Gallery. Artist Gareth Hinds will speak at the public reception at 6 pm. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Art in Sequence - February 4, 2017 - February 25 - An exhibition displaying the work of five artists who create graphic novels and comics opens at the Allegany Arts Council's Saville Gallery in Cumberland Saturday, February 4. A public reception will be held on Saturday, February 18 from 6 to 8 pm. The show was curated by Frostburg art professor Jamison Odone, who is himself an illustrator. Artists included in the show are Gareth Hinds, Timothy Decker, Dennis Calero, Alabaster Pizzo and Christopher Hastings. Graphic novels and screens showing anime-style movies will be part of the display in the Saville Gallery. Artist Gareth Hinds will speak at the public reception at 6pm.The reception and talk are free and open to the public.

Art Saturdays

·      February 25, Create a Cartoon Character!, with Chris Sloan

·      March 11, Sing!, with Mikayla Dodge

·      March 25th, Drawing in style of a Famous Artist, with Donna Miller

All classes are for ages 7-12 and are held 10:30-12 noon, every other Saturday. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Please call 301-777-2787 to register.

Scratchboard Art with Donna Housel - Saturday, February 18, 12:30-3:30 pm - Scratchboard is a form of direct engraving where the artist scratches off dark ink to reveal a white or colored layer beneath. It is both a fine-art medium, and an illustrative technique using sharp knives and tools for engraving into a thin layer of white China clay that is coated with dark, often black India ink. Scratchboard can be used to yield highly detailed, precise and evenly textured artwork. Works can be left black and white, or colored. The class is located at the Arts Council and is limited to 8 students 13 years or older. Free of charge, supplies included courtesy of Ambersand Co. 301-777-2787 to register.

JOB/CHARITABLE/VOLUNTEER /OPPORTUNITIES

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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Embassy Theatre to Host Alt/Punk Show PDF Print E-mail
Written by Embassy Theatre   
Thursday, 09 February 2017 12:32

The Embassy Theatre will host three bands: Broken Radio (Cumberland), the downstrokes (Frostburg-Cumberland) and Jet Set Vapour Trails (Morgantown), Friday, February 17th for an 18+ show. Doors open at 7:30 pm with music starting at 8 pm. 

Opening act Broken Radio is an alt-rock/punk band playing covered and original songs. Featuring Ian Dorsey, guitar; Cameron Deal, bass; and Adron Fiscus drums, their music reminiscent of early Green Day in their enthusiasm and excitement. These kids bring the spirit and energy of punk to a whole new generation of local kids.

Some people might call it punk rock, others might call it gritty rock ‘n’ roll, but western Maryland’s the downstrokes bring a variety of influences to their mix of straight ahead, four on the floor garage music. From the Stones, the Who, and the Kinks to the Ramones, the Clash, and Social Distortion; from the Replacements and Pixies to Agnostic Front and H2O, the downstrokes are fans of the music they play. The results: a band that explores the possibilities of punk rock, with poetic lyrics by frontman author Gerry LaFemina, crisp guitars provided by Cumberland’s own Mike Holland, all driven by the rhythm section of Aaron Hoel on bass and drummer Bill Poorbough. After three years, the downstrokes still explore the boundaries of punk.

Power chords from the early 70's, the rhythmic angularity of 90's alt rock, a pinch of stoner doom and a unique melodic sense. Put them all together and you get Jet Set Vapour Trails. This power trio of Morgantown music veterans deliver original tunes, introspective and savage. Consisting of Jeffrey Goodwin on drums, Jarrod Ott on bass, and Thomas Moore on guitar and vocals, this band invokes the primal spirit of rock ‘n’ roll.

Tickets are $7.  The Embassy Theatre is at 49 Baltimore St. in downtown Cumberland, and reservations may be made at 240-362-7183.

 
Old-TimeTrio April Verch Band to Perform at Mountain City Traditional Arts PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Thursday, 09 February 2017 12:27

April Verch 1The April Verch Band will bring its world-class talent and dynamism to Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg, on Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $15.

This passionate and energetic old-time trio has performed across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and China. Their mastery of their instruments and stage presence has won over audiences worldwide.

April Verch has been deeply immersed in traditional music since she was a young child in Ottawa Valley, Canada. She has been touring full time since 2000, bringing her passion for her music to small rural communities as well as expansive concert halls. Verch has also held classes and lectures, performed at numerous festivals and was even one of six fiddlers representing the Canadian fiddle tradition at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In February, she will release "The April Verch Anthology" (Slab Town Records), an 18-track collection celebrating her life's work. Hand-picked by Verch, the songs on this compilation offer an enchanting mix of regional Canadian, American old-time, bluegrass, country and Americana tracks.

Cody Walters, a native of rural Kansas, has been playing upright bass since 1999. He has played bass in a variety of musical styles, including country, jazz, Latin, folk, old-time and more with a number of bands. Walters has been with the band since 2007, playing his upright­ electric bass and banjo.

Alex Rubin has been a member of the band since March of 2016; he plays guitar and mandolin. Though he began exploring music through classical violin, he soon changed his focus to bluegrass guitar and later became immersed in the Boston bluegrass scene. Rubin has studied with John McGann, performed in a folk duo with banjo player BB Bowness and performed in a variety of festivals and New Zealand.

Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University, with support from FrostburgFirst, the Allegany Arts Council and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council.

For more information, contact email MCTA at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 301-687-8040.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

 
Reflections on the Women's March on Washington PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerri Dell   
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 21:26

Jerri etcLess than a week after Donald Trump was elected as President of the United States, I was organizing to go with fifty Western Marylanders on a bus from Cumberland to join the Women’s Woman on Washington, D.C. Having grown up in D.C. in the 1960’s,  I knew something about protesting.  I was a in elementary school when Martin Luther King had a Dream and spoke at the Lincoln Memorial;  I one of so many college students who protested the War in Vietnam on the National Mall.  I was the granddaughter of suffragists who linked arms with thousands like them to demand the vote for women. It was time to protest again, and I was eager to be there. . . .Until I wasn’t. 

 

As the day of the March got closer – and the horror of a Trump presidency became all the more real—I thought.  Really?  Why do I want to spend hours on a bus, then into the throngs of people in the Metro, brave the misery of Washington January?  What difference would make anyway?  Perhaps I could get a cold bad enough to keep me home or slip on the ice and bruise my shin too badly to walk.  And what about the dogs?  Who would feed the dogs?  Better to continue  media blackout – no TV, no Yahoo, no Facebook. Why march with the multitudes and force myself to face it.  Up until the night of the inauguration I still wavered. Why March? Shameful as it is, on Saturday morning I climbed up on that bus because I promised my friends I would be there.  In fact, it was me who encouraged my friends to do go.  It was me who registered us all for the March and  got our Metro One-Day Passes online.  I was the one who had sixty “Resist” buttons made to give to everyone on the bus to Washington. It was just too embarrassing not to show up

 

After a quiet companionable trip to D.C. on the bus from Cumberland with 54 other people – most of whom I didn’t know personally - we arrived just after 9 at the Shady Grove Metro station where the line of people waiting to get on the train snaked all the way up the hill and moved as slowly as molasses in the winter time.  But it was a friendly crowd and there were plenty of port-a-johns and it wasn’t cold or raining.We were a cheerful, orderly group getting into the Metro.  Nobody rushed; nobody pushed. Since Shady Grove was the first beginning of the Red Line, all of us to got to sit down.  Having agreed on a buddy system before we left, Krystyna and Doris and I were a triad. Sitting in front of us on the train was a pretty, pale, slender girl of maybe twenty-two, short black hair, tattoo on the back of her neck. As Krystyna and I spoke in worried voices about cell service and whether we’d be able to contact people at the march, the girl turned around, smiled shyly at us and said “There’s an app” that lets you communicate with people without service.”  Krystyna, Doris and I busily tried to find the app.

 

“I have severe anxiety,” said the girl, “so I like to prepare for everything.  I have all kinds of Plans B and C and D.  You know, there’s even an upside to anxiety!” I reached in to my bag and gave her one of the few “Resist” buttons still left once everyone on the Cumberland bus had taken theirs. The girl was from Boston and alone and anxious, but a stranger gave her a “Resist” button. A very good omen, she said. As we piled out of the train, her eyes darted right and left, she took a deep breath, smiled and disappeared into the crowd. I felt better already.

 

March4From Union Station we strolled toward the Capitol. There were a lot of people, sure.  Mothers, some with babies attached.  Teenagers with tattoos and pink and purple hair.  Fathers with little boys throwing Frisbees.  Gay couples holding hands. Grandmothers carrying signs, smiling.  Me, Krystyna and Doris kept up fine. We walked, down sidewalks, across grass, around fences left over from the day before, and with every step the crowd got a little larger. On our way to the rally – where apparently Gloria Steinem was speaking, we heard whoops and hollers.  The crowd swelled and we couldn’t see the stage. There were swarms of us everywhere packed in as tight as the proverbial sardines. We passed a women’s drum circle, then a Native American dance.  Now a few more thousand packed in closer. Moving – just slightly—first one way, then another – “Dead end” a group said, so we all turned around, continued back to where we’d been.  – “It’s blocked,” a group said, we turned around again.  A circular sort of march. March 3

 

When it was clear we would never see Gloria Steinem or Scarlett Johansson or John Kerry, even from a distance, Krystyna and Doris and I worked our way slowly toward Independence Avenue, turned right at 7th Street and then cut across the mall.  The huge crowd spread, took over the streets, the grass, even the trees where people could get an aerial view of things. Of course the best part was the sign “Kids 4 Kindness”, “Fight Like a Girl” “Dissent is Patriotic” “You Can’t Comb Over Racism!”, “Nasty Women seeking Bad Hombres”, “Flaky liberals are getting you Healthcare!” “My Undocumented Father Paid More Taxes Than Trump!” “Free Melania!--We’ve all had bad boyfriends!”, “Politically Correct and Proud of It!”  My spirits soared.PART 1485041355058

 

At noon we stopped at the Hirschhorn Museum where there were walls to lean against, eat our sandwiches and use a clean restroom. In need of a restroom, I got in line with the others. When I saw everyone hold up their hands to show the guard they were carrying nothing dangerous, I shoved my colorful “Anti sexism, racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia” poster under my left arm and held my hands up too. “You’ve got to drop the poster,” the guard said.  I let Krystyna go in the museum alone. No way I was dropping my poster.

 

Doris, Krystyna and I marched on the national mall in sight of the Washington monument, past the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Natural History. I’d done this a hundred times as a kid – either with my parents or with friends on a school trip—but this was different.  Now I was doing it with hundreds of thousands of Americans I didn’t know, mostly women.  And everywhere we went, people were kind; the marchers were kind. When someone stumbled there were a dozen people right away helping to get them back on their feet. The volunteers in neon orange jackets were kind and the police on foot, on bicycles and in police cars were all kind. People danced and chanted.  But mostly people looked around at all the thousands and thousands of other people, and smiled.  A few hours into the march – our numbers had increased a hundred fold since we left Union Station – a small group of women with shaved heads and nose-rings called out “Tell Me What Democracy Is!” and thousands of us – as far as the eye could see - shouted our response “THIS is what democracy is!”

 

And it was. 

 

Photos by Jerri Dell and Beau Hartman

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Kick-Off for Ban on Fracking to be Held at Frostburg's City Place PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nadine Grabania   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:49

ban frackingA western Maryland kick-off for those wanting to be involved in the Maryland General Assembly debate to ban fracking begins at 3:00 PM on Sunday at Frostburg’s City Place. The all-ages event hosted by Citizen Shale and the state-wide Don't Frack Maryland Coalition is free and open to the public. (RSVP at http://ow.ly/a7uJ3092hm9)

 

A series of speakers, including elected officials, investigative journalists and educators, will present on topics ranging from water contamination and health impacts of fracking to how citizens can take action in Annapolis.  A light dinner will be served. The program is expected to wrap up around 6:30 PM followed by live music. Those who will attend the legislative meetings and rally in Annapolis on March 2 are encouraged to attend. 

 

Both the House and Senate introduced bills earlier this month to ban shale gas development.  The bills have attracted the sponsorship of some 90 legislators as concerns mount that fracking in Maryland’s shale plays will cause harm.

 

“As a member of the General Assembly, it is my responsibility to make sure Maryland communities are protected from the environmental, public health and safety threats posed by fracking,” said Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo (D-15), the lead sponsor of the Ban bill in the House of Delegates. “I’m proud to be introducing legislation banning fracking once and for all. This bill will protect our communities and the environment of Maryland.”  

 

Plans are in the works to connect via Skype with legislative champions who will provide an overview of fracking bills under consideration and discuss ways western Maryland citizens can and should participate in the decision-making process in Annapolis. The General Assembly has set hearing dates for the bills that would ban fracking statewide: Feb. 22 for House Bill 1325 and Feb. 29 for Senate Bill 740.

 

Environmental organizations from around the region will provide table displays and present information about how fracking is harming other communities, to show what Maryland must avoid.  "The negative impacts to health, the environment, and the economy are irrefutable at this point; the only resolution to this six-year debate that polls show most Marylanders support is a permanent ban on fracking," said Natalie Atherton, a founding member of Citizen Shale, one of the local groups organizing the event.

 

There will also be photo-ops, petitioning stations, and sign-making materials so that people can get ready to attend the Rally and March to ban fracking in Annapolis on March 2.

 

The lineup of programs begins with Brooke Harper of Chesapeake Climate Action Network.  Ms. Harper will explain how citizens who meet with legislators can hone "talking points" and explain potential harms if the legislation does not pass this session.  Other short presentations will include “Fracking 101” with Annie Bristow, PhD; “Walking the Talk” with Kimb Alexander of Water Walk MD on her walk to raise awareness on fracking’s harms to water; and “Is this what we want for Maryland?” with Nadine Grabania of Citizen Shale, who will reprise her January address to the Environmental Summit in Annapolis.

 

Josh Pribanic, who operates Public Herald news service in western Pennsylvania, will also be on hand to present his organization's five-year investigation of the state environmental regulatory agency's failure to disclose some 4,000 complaints of water contamination from fracking in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale.

 

The evening will end with food and music by local musicians, including Rob Smith, Beau Hartman, Dan Bourdeaux, and Kim Alexander.  The Water is Life chorus, a grassroots group based in Friendsville will teach attendees the lyrics to two songs that will be sung during the March 2 action in Annapolis.  

 

"The purpose of this ban launch is to ready western Marylanders to advocate for the solution that is best for all of us," said Annie Bristow, a Frack-Free Frostburg organizer and long-time ban advocate. She invites everyone to sign up for buses that will carry western Marylanders to Annapolis on March 2 for the giant rally being planned. "The City Place event will prime citizens for our journey."

 

This educational event and celebration of the growing movement to ban fracking in Maryland will take place this Sunday, February 19 from 3pm-8pm at Frostburg City Place, 14 South Water Street, Frostburg, MD 21532.

 

 
Embassy Theatre to Host Alt/Punk Show PDF Print E-mail
Written by Embassy Theatre   
Thursday, 09 February 2017 12:32

The Embassy Theatre will host three bands: Broken Radio (Cumberland), the downstrokes (Frostburg-Cumberland) and Jet Set Vapour Trails (Morgantown), Friday, February 17th for an 18+ show. Doors open at 7:30 pm with music starting at 8 pm. 

Opening act Broken Radio is an alt-rock/punk band playing covered and original songs. Featuring Ian Dorsey, guitar; Cameron Deal, bass; and Adron Fiscus drums, their music reminiscent of early Green Day in their enthusiasm and excitement. These kids bring the spirit and energy of punk to a whole new generation of local kids.

Some people might call it punk rock, others might call it gritty rock ‘n’ roll, but western Maryland’s the downstrokes bring a variety of influences to their mix of straight ahead, four on the floor garage music. From the Stones, the Who, and the Kinks to the Ramones, the Clash, and Social Distortion; from the Replacements and Pixies to Agnostic Front and H2O, the downstrokes are fans of the music they play. The results: a band that explores the possibilities of punk rock, with poetic lyrics by frontman author Gerry LaFemina, crisp guitars provided by Cumberland’s own Mike Holland, all driven by the rhythm section of Aaron Hoel on bass and drummer Bill Poorbough. After three years, the downstrokes still explore the boundaries of punk.

Power chords from the early 70's, the rhythmic angularity of 90's alt rock, a pinch of stoner doom and a unique melodic sense. Put them all together and you get Jet Set Vapour Trails. This power trio of Morgantown music veterans deliver original tunes, introspective and savage. Consisting of Jeffrey Goodwin on drums, Jarrod Ott on bass, and Thomas Moore on guitar and vocals, this band invokes the primal spirit of rock ‘n’ roll.

Tickets are $7.  The Embassy Theatre is at 49 Baltimore St. in downtown Cumberland, and reservations may be made at 240-362-7183.

 
Frostburg Not Named Finalist for Small Business Revolution, but Momentum Continues PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bethany Doyle   
Thursday, 09 February 2017 12:20

Frostburg, Maryland was recently named one of eight communities out of 14,000 nominations nationwide selected for Deluxe Corporation’s Small Business Revolution project, with a grand prize of a $500,000 Main Street Makeover and Hulu documentary series co-hosted by Robert Herjavec of ABC’s Shark Tank. Unfortunately, on February 9, Frostburg was not announced a top-five finalist for the competition. While we are disappointed that we are not finalists, our momentum does not stop here.

FrostburgFirst and the City of Frostburg are so proud of the community for rallying behind the Small Business Revolution. Main Street Manager Jessica Palumbo says, “We've been able to pull together as a community to rally behind a common goal, and that type of momentum is invaluable. I am inspired every day by the passionate and hardworking people of this community. This is just the beginning.”

Although Frostburg was not named a finalist, the nomination alone provided a huge burst of energy from business owners, FSU students and alumni, and community members. “We learned something about Frostburg businesses from the process,” says Andrea De Palatis, owner of Spectrum Design Services. “With 8-10 new businesses opening in the last 2 years, Frostburg is experiencing a shift to the next generation of entrepreneurs who bring fresh and exciting energy to our town.” Diana Iman, owner of Funky Repurps & More, says, “Even though our beautiful town was not a finalist, I am excited about the momentum that has started.”

 

This nomination has instilled, not only a sense of community pride, but also a sense of state pride. Coverage on Frostburg’s nomination has been featured by the Maryland Department of Planning, Main Street Maryland, and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Support has come from across the state and beyond. In fact, Katie Morgan, an FSU alumna from southern Maryland, submitted the original nomination for Frostburg to the Small Business Revolution contest! Katie says she nominated Frostburg because, “This small town quickly became my home away from home. I loved the small town feel and the beauty of the mountains surrounding us.”

 

The online #MyFrostburg campaign led up to the finalist announcement on February 9. Social media users were asked to post about their love and memories of Frostburg using the hashtag. Posts were tracked diligently by Deluxe, the sponsoring organization of the Small Business

 

Revolution competition. The hashtag campaign allowed Frostburg to connect with a much broader network of communities via social media engagement. Stories poured in from former Frostburg residents, Frostburg State University graduates, and out-of-state citizens with family ties to the area. Common themes throughout the posts were the beautiful scenery of Mountain Maryland, tales of local folklore, and the past and present small business community.

 

While our journey with the Small Business Revolution has come to an end, we view this only as the beginning of a new journey. “Frostburg is a very resilient town,” says Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanagan. “We’re going to keep moving forward, because that’s what we do. We’re tough, we’re hardworking, and we’re always looking to the future.”

 

Keep the Frostburg love going on social media. Follow along with Frostburg on our journey on social media and keep the Frostburg love going using #OurFrostburg. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @FrostburgFirst. For more information on how we got this far, visit www.downtownfrostburg.com.

 
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