Embassy Theatre and Crabby Pig Offer Dinner and Theatre Package PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Saturday, 26 November 2016 09:27

Embassy Theatre, a historic nonprofit theatre located at 49 Baltimore Street, Downtown Cumberland Mall, announces its dinner and theatre package for the upcoming "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues", December 9 and 10...an adults only comedy, directed by Tom Valentine.

The package consists of dinner and gratuity at Crabby Pig of Canal Place before the show, the theatre production at 8 pm on Friday or Saturday, autographed playbills and reserved seating.

Buyers of the package may choose from a variety of four entrees, numerous side dishes, soft drinks and homemade, in-house special-recipe desserts.

Guests have choice of one of the following:

                *Crab Cake Dinner, 1 crab cake (broiled or fried) with choice of two sides

                *6 oz Steak with 4 shrimp (sautéed, fried or steamed) and choice of two sides

                *Rib & Seafood Combo (4 bones & 4 shrimp fried, steamed or sautéed), cornbread and one side

                *Soft Shell Crab Dinner with choice of two sides (fried or sautéed)

                *Pasta  Alfredo (vegetarian, chicken, shrimp) or Scampi, with salad and garlic bread

Dessert:    Choice of Signature Bread Pudding or Chocolate Cake
                   
Dinners have a choice of the following sides:  french fries, baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes, long grain wild rice, baked beans, fresh sautéed green beans, applesauce or sweet coleslaw.

Reservations for the dinner/theatre package are to be made through Embassy Theatre (240) 362-7183. All calls will be confirmed with a dinner reservation time. Cost for an individual is $40, couple is $75.

For more information, visit the Embassy's Facebook page at embassytheatrecumberland.

 
Frostburg State University Presents Wind Ensemble in Concert PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Saturday, 26 November 2016 09:22

The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present the FSU Wind Ensemble in concert on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center.

Conducted by Dr. Philip Klickman, the ensemble will open the program with “American Overture for Band” by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins. Next, an enchanting winter’s day comes to life in “A Winter’s Dawn” by rising star composer John Fannin. The ensemble will then play “Doctor Who: Through Time and Space” by Murray Gold in memory of the late FSU physics professor, Dr. Steven Luzader.

Several works by Percy Grainger will follow: “Handel in the Strand,” an arrangement by Edwin Franko Goldman; the composer’s masterpiece, “Lincolnshire Posy,” a 16-minute-long work composed of six movements – “Lisbon (Sailor’s Song),” “Horkstow Grange (The Miser and His Man – a Local Tragedy),” “Rufford Park Poachers (Poaching Song),” “The Brisk Young Sailor (Who Returned to Wed His True Love),” “Lord Melbourne (War Song)” and “The Lost Lady Found (Dance Song)” – each adapted from folk songs Grainger collected on a 1905-1906 trip to Lincolnshire, England; and “Irish Tune From County Derry.”

The concert will close with “Americans We,” one of the most popular marches by Henry Fillmore.

Tickets for the performance are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and veterans, $3 for students and free for children 12 and younger.

For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

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.

 
FSU Community Collects Thanksgiving Baskets PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Saturday, 26 November 2016 09:20

Thanksgiving FSU

Frostburg State University Community Collects 100 Thanksgiving Food Baskets: Frostburg State University students, standing, from left, Mouna Mawolo and Brandi Hawkins, and AmeriCorps volunteer Erin Lewis, seated, hold a small fraction of the 100 baskets of food collected by FSU student organizations, athletic teams, campus departments and individuals that were distributed to area families in need in time for Thanksgiving. In addition to the baskets filled with food, including a turkey, ham or a gift card to cover the purchase of a turkey or ham, $400 in extra gift certificates were donated. On Monday, Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Sigma Tau and the ECHOSTARS delivered baskets throughout the day. Five vans ferried the deliveries for more than six hours to families and the Western Maryland Food Bank. The annual collection is organized by the FSU Office of Civic Engagement. For more information, call 301-687-4210.

 
ACM, FSU, and Garrett College Launch Volunteer Center PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gil Hazelwood   
Saturday, 26 November 2016 09:15

VolunteerCenter

Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University and Garrett College are joining forces to launch a volunteer center to serve Allegany and Garrett counties. Its goal is to recruit and manage volunteers using Internet-accessible computer software that connects with participants across a broad and largely rural geographical area.

In addition to meeting current needs, this "virtual volunteer center" seeks to lay ground work needed for expanded services in the future, including through training sessions that abet volunteers and boost their numbers.

Supported through a $20,454 grant from the Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism, the collaboration links with community groups to strengthen their efforts, develop long-term strategies and seek funds to increase their effectiveness.

"By amplifying the impact of volunteers in addressing critical community needs, you demonstrate that, together, we all can improve the quality of life in our cities and towns," said Gov. Larry Hogan in announcing the grant.

"Our local governments depend on community-based programs like yours to help bridge gaps and, in some cases, supply services that otherwise might not be provided," he said.

ACM, which sought out the governor's grant on behalf of the other institutions, will house a part-time director of the two-county volunteer center.

Jamie Williams, who began in that capacity this month, comes from West Chester University, where she was assistant director of service-learning and volunteer programs. She also is enrolled in the university's doctoral program in public administration.

Williams' prior experience includes serving as alumni liaison with the AmeriCorps A STAR! program within Frostburg State University's Office of Civic Engagement and as FSU's AmeriCorps academic enrichment and volunteer coordinator. She completed a master of education degree in counseling there in 2012.

The governor's office funds also allow purchase of the professional-grade software that supports the activities of the "virtual" center. The web-based will help manage the roster of volunteers and coordinate and record their efforts.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: A new volunteer center involving Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University and Garrett College will support volunteers and strengthen their efforts in Maryland’s two westernmost counties. Gov. Larry Hogan, who is supporting the collaborative center through his office’s service and volunteerism initiative, discussed the project during his Western Maryland visit earlier this fall. The governor, second from right, is pictured with, from left, Dr. Qing Yuan, GC director of business, information technology and engineering; Dr. Ron Nowaczyk, FSU president; and Dr. Cynthia Bambara, ACM president.

To further the new volunteer center, the college secured $28,520 in grants from Volunteer Maryland and the Rural Council of Maryland. The funds have allowed ACM to hire a full-time member of AmeriCorps, the federally-supported program that promotes community outreach and service.

ACM is additionally aiding the new center with administrative support from a faculty member, Dr. Diane McMahon. In addition to her teaching duties, she coordinates the college's Service Learning and Civic Engagement unit.

Senior administrative leaders of each higher education institution applauded the governor's support of volunteerism in the state's westernmost counties and welcomed the ability to work together to strengthen the efforts of volunteers in the communities they serve.

"Allegany College of Maryland is pleased to partner with Frostburg State University and Garrett College to provide this resource to support our community," said ACM's president, Dr. Cynthia Bambara. "A goal of ACM is to enhance lives and the community through education and service, and this project will help to address this goal."

"Frostburg State University is committed to being a regional partner in promoting community involvement and volunteerism, and we look forward to collaborating with Allegany College of Maryland and Garrett College in this effort," said Dr. Ron Nowaczyk, FSU president. "By improving the way our region can tap into a rich volunteer resource, everyone can benefit."

With excitement and support for this partnership, Dr. Sarah Garrett, vice president for instruction and student services at Garrett College, stated: "This provides the opportunity to grow the volunteer efforts that our institutions have underway -- encouraging students to take part, with faculty being great advocates through class curricula."

For more about the new volunteer center contact Williams at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; McMahon at 301-784-5116 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Garrett at 301-387-3054 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Patrick O'Brien, director of civic engagement in FSU's Student and Community Involvement Office, at 301-687-4210 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Downtown Cumberland Events and Activities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Friday, 04 November 2016 12:38

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Veteran’s Day – Friday, November 11

Shop Local! Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Love the Local! Support Your Local Businesses

  

Big Dawg Homecoming Dance – Friday, November 4, 7:30 -10:30 pm at Windsor Castle Events Centre, 210 S. Centre Street. Who's the Big Dawg this year? Fort HillAllegany? Enjoy the music of Chinese Bandits and some good old fun rivalry. Sponsored by the Allegany County Animal Shelter and Windsor Castle. Tickets are $10/advance and available at The Book Center or $12/door. Must be 21 or over. Be sure to wear your school colors and get your picture taken with the Red Big Dawg or Blue Big Dawg, compliments of US Cellular.

 

Queen City Glass Club Open House – in celebration of our 30th anniversary, Friday, November 4, 7 pm we are hosting an Open House at The Kensington, 1 Baltimore Street, parking lot in the rear of the building. There will be displays and refreshments. We love glass, but also enjoy other collectibles. We’re looking for new members. Check us out!

 

You’re invited to join Mayor Brian Grim and the Let’s Beautify Cumberland! Committee at the dedication of the Cumberland Viaduct Park as the Floyd “Pete” Shannon Elliott ParkFriday, November 11 at 12:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served on-site immediately following the dedication.

 

Free Distressed Homeowners Workshop on November 17, 2016 - A Foreclosure Solutions Workshop will be held Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Human Resources Development Commission, 125 Virginia Ave, Cumberland, Maryland. Distressed homeowners concerned about mortgage problems and foreclosure issues will receive free, one-on-one legal advice. If you are interested in receiving a FREE legal consultation, please contact Allegany Law at (301) 722-3390. This event is sponsored by Allegany Law Foundation, Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission (HRDC), Maryland Senator George C. Edwards and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.

 

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting – Friday, November 25. Join the Downtown Cumberland businesses – shops, banks, restaurants in our annual Tree Lighting and the arrival of Santa Claus. Entertainment begins at 6 pm, tree lighting is at 7 pm.

  • The Kensington

 

Shop Small SaturdaySaturday, November 26. Join the Downtown Cumberland Merchants and Businesses in celebrating Small Business SaturdayCheck out the specials, discounts, free #ShopSmall giveaways throughout Downtown Cumberland. Shop and support the small businesses in the area. By shopping local, you help fuel the local economy. When we all shop small, it makes a difference in our community.

 

Christmas at the Castle – November 30 – December 13 – 8 PM. The Holding Hands for Haley Foundation is now accepting wreath, swag, garland and wooden sign donations for The Christmas in the Castle that will be held November 30th and December 1st and 2nd. Donations can be dropped off at Progressive Physical Therapy, Cumberland and P&S Hair design, Frostburg now through November 25th. Donations also will be taken on November 28that Windsor Castle from 3 to 7. Donations can be any theme. Please help support our foundation! You can contact Jen House 301-707-0027 if you are interested in donating an item. Profits will support The Holding Hands for Haley Foundation.

 

Elf on the Shelf  - Come celebrate Cumberland's kick-off to Christmas with Buddy the Elf, and his wife, Holly the Elf, at City Hall, on November 30, from 6pm until 7:30pm. Holly the Elf will be hosting crafts and games for children, all under the beautifully decorated and festive City Hall Rotunda. Have your kids bring their pajamas and their Santa-like appetite, because cookies, hot chocolate, and other holiday treats will be served - all provided by The Queen City Creamery, Caporale's Bakery, Cafe Mark, and M&M Bakery! At the end of the evening, gather around as Buddy the Elf will read the book, 'The Elf on the Shelf' - PLUS, Santa will pop-in to check on his good friends, Buddy and Holly, and will be available for pictures with all the children, afterwards.

 

Moonlight Madness – Thursday, December 8 - Experience the joy of the holiday season in Downtown Cumberland with stores and restaurants staying open late on Thursday, December 8 from 5 PM until 9 PM. Support our local, independently owned businesses and pick up unique gifts. Plenty of FREE PARKING! Bring the whole family and enjoy a holiday tradition in Downtown Cumberland.

 

Home for the Holidays

 

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 301-722-0005www.windsorcastleeventscentre.com

 

9 North Meeting Centre is now booking holiday party reservations. This spacious event space above the Allegany Arts Council is the perfect place for your family or business holiday party. Call Betsey at 240-580-0399 or email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . View the space online at http://www.9northcentre.com/Meeting_Centre.html

 

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

 

RETAIL

 

Azad's of Cumberland at 37 North Centre Street in Downtown Cumberland would like to remind you that it is that time once again. Thursday November 3rd from 6-8 PM is the monthly First Thursday HELLO CUMBERLAND Social & Meetup. The monthly social is great opportunity to meet great people in a relaxed atmosphere with no agenda except to build healthy and positive relationships. Refreshments and snack are always provided.... and Dave always makes one of his famous punches. All Hello Cumberland events are FREE and open to everyone and guests are welcome to bring your favorite munchie, cocktail or wine to share with all. If you know someone new to Cumberland, please share this invitation with them - or, better yet, grab them and bring them with you.

 

Country Accents on Greene - Come join us for our Christmas Open House, Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th from 10 to 5. We will be having drawings for gift certificates and a gift basket. Refreshments and snacks. Select items on sale. Hope to see you all.

 

Walk in and get your flu shot today at PharmaCare West. Flu season is just around the corner so get your protection now. The vaccine is at no charge to Medicare Part B customers. We bill most insurance companies. Give us a call today at 301.724.1183 or stop by at 64 Greene Street. We’re open Mon – Fri 9am to 6pm and Sat 9am to 1pm. Find us online at www.pharmacarenetwork.com. PharmaCare also offers pneumonia, shingles, and other preventative vaccinations, plus travel vaccines.

 

Getting ready to get those holiday cards addressed? PharmaCare West has Christmas first-class postage stamps now.

 

The week at Barkin’ Basement, it’s all about getting a new wardrobe at Barkin’ Basement prices. All our clothing, shoes, belts, neckties, scarves and purses are Half Price this week. Get stylin’! We’re open Thursday – Sunday, so stop in and discover all the great items we have waiting for you at Barkin' Basement prices. www.barkinbasementthriftshop.com or like us on facebook. 

 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.
  • ·      Cumberland Monthly Vape Meet - November 11th, 10am – 6pm.
  • ·      10 Flavors of the Week for $10 –Marshmallow, Caramel, Crème De Menthe, Strawberries & Cream, Green Apple, Strawberry Cheesecake, Smooth Menthol, 555, TVR RY4, Vanilla Cupcake
  • ·      Weekenders - $5 Dollar 15ml Flavors on Friday and Saturday, $7 Dollars Mon-Thurs –POMPOM Hazelnut Tobacco, Sun Kissed and Classic Bubblegum.
  • ·      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! 

 

 

DCBA member Shirley McIntosh, publishes Off I-68 Magazine and is also a promotional products (ad specialties) distributor.  Did you know?  Shirley also owns 100 literature racks in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  Many local businesses have their brochures or rack cards placed in Shirley's literature racks.  A great way to promote your image. She will design and print your material or you can design and print.  Placement of your literature is only $85.00 per month!  For details, phone Shirley at 301-689-9449.

 

Fitzy’s Nifty Nook is open every Saturday from noon until close (around 4) now through December 17th or by appointment.  We will be open extra hours for special occasions.  Please like our page on fb to stay up to date on new arrivals and special deals! We will be open early (10:30amthis Saturday for trick or treating.  We are so anxious to see all the great costumes!

 

Hush Skin Care and Mountain Massage Wellness Spa has relocated to 53A N. Centre St, in the back garden area of the Giarritta complex. Hush is a wellness group that offers facials, corrective peels, lash/brow tinting, facial waxing, massage therapy, and body treatments.  Hush is a retailer of high-end skin care brands, makeup, essential oils, and wellness products. Hush Skin Care and Mountain Massage is open Tuesday 10am-2pm; Wednesday 1pm-5pm; Thursday and Friday 10am-2p; with massage and skin care treatments by appointment. Schedule online at www.hushskincarestudio.com or give us a call at 240-362-7488.

 

Shop Local & Win Rug Giveaway – Shop any locally owned shop, restaurant or gallery in Downtown Cumberland from October 1 – December 17 & your receipt is your entry to win a beautiful hand knotted 8x 10 foot Serapi Heriz Persian rug. Simply write your name, address, phone number and email on the back of your receipt and drop it in the registration box located at AZAD’S from October 1st - December 17th. Must be a local receipt from a locally owned business in and around the Greater Downtown Business Area. (i.e. - Narrows to Rolling Mills; McKaig Hill to The Dingle)One Purchase = One Receipt = One Entry winner will be drawn 5PM on December 17th during Azad’s Holiday Open House. *Azad’s (Dave Love) reserves all rights in determining the validity of any receipt and/or entry including the locality of any business. *A full set of rules and parameters are available by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . AZAD’S OF CUMBERLAND , 37 N. Centre Street.

 

Does your pharmacy have a convenient drive-up window? PharmaCare West on Greene Street does. Save time when running errands with the kids, especially when the wee little ones have just fallen asleep after a busy day with Mom or Dad. The drive-up window is open the same hours as the pharmacy – Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm & Saturday 9am to 1pm. 64 Greene Street, Cumberland. Phone 301.724.1183 –www.pharmacarenetwork.com.

 

The Tea is in at The Tea Cupboard!  Pumpkin Cream, Voodoo, French Crème Brulee, regular and decaf , Snickerdoodle and  for a limited time Gingerbread Cream!   Tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus is selling very quickly. This is an old fashioned time with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, have tea and sweets, decorate a cookie to take home with you and hear a very special story! It is $15 per person, reservations only! This is our favorite time of year! Stop in for your favorite tea.  Or maybe a new teapot! Shop is open Wednesday through Saturday 10-5 .  Service in the Tea Room is from 11 until 2, Wednesday through Saturday. Stop in for a pot of tea; add some scones, a quick lunch of soup and savories or our full Queen City Tea! If you would like to book a party with us before the holidays call soon we are filling up fast!  November 6th Paint and Sip is with Donna Godlove, it is soft pastels, and November 13th is Lita Havens with acrylics on a banner.  Both November Paint and Sips are holiday and snowman themes! All classes are for beginners to advanced, and are $35, reservations only, and must be prepaid.  (Soft pastels class is for over age 10). All materials are included, as well as light refreshments and tea. We have added coffee to our shop…not just any coffee, locally roasted, Base Camp Coffee!  We are selling it by the bag now, but will soon be serving it too!  Don’t forget downtown parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays! 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), Fitzy’s Nifty Nook, Elderbird Restorations (Friday – 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

 

MEZZOS is “The Place to Meet!”  your friends and Family for Homecoming Weekend! Friday night “The Cowboy” Nick Price plays from 9PM until 1AMSaturday, Butterscotch Blonde is playing from 9PM-1AM. Then finish the weekend off with “All U Can Eat Sunday” for just $10.50! Get all the Wings, Boneless, Brew City Fries, and Cheese Nachos you can eat from Noon until Midnight while watching the NFL Sunday Ticket! 114 S. Centre Street, 301-777-7750.

 

Breakfast with Santa at the Kensington, 1 Baltimore Street will be on the 26th of November7:30-10:00 am. $4.00/person, reservations requested, 301-777-8800. Call Early Limited Seating to the first 75 reservations

  • ·      Pancakes with Blueberry or Strawberry topping
  • ·      Eggs--any way you like them
  • ·      Sausage or bacon
  • ·      Hash Browns
  • ·      Toast, English Muffin or Bagel
  • ·      Chocolate or White Milk
  • ·      Juice
  • ·      Santa will have Prizes and Treats for the Kids

 

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.

 

LIVING IN DOWNTOWN CUMBERLAND

 

Cumberland Arms is a Section 8 Elderly Property, located at 10 North Liberty Street, we are looking to fill newly renovated units at this time. Please contact the office for an application at 301-724-0341 or stop by and pick up an application.

 

BUSINESS & FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

Use a home loan (rates as low as 2.59% Annual Percentage Rate ) to make purchases, refinance, consolidate debt, renovate, and more from Standard Bank. Equal Housing Lender. Learn more at https://www.standardbankpa.com.

 

Retail rental, 51 N. Center St, a lovely shop with parking space. Call  Shirley Giarritta at 301-707-7586.

 

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

 

Beginning Keyboarding will be offered on November 2 at 2:00 pm at the Washington Street library. The class will help users become familiar and comfortable with locating command keys on the keyboard and the general keyboard structure. For more information or to register for a computer class, call Washington Street Library at 301-777-1200alleganycountylibrary.info

 

Mousing Around will be offered on November 9 at 2:00 pm at the Washington Street library. The class will help users become comfortable with the mouse, the buttons on the mouse, and the way to use different mouse functions. For more information or to register for a computer class, call (301) 777-1200alleganycountylibrary.info

 

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

 

Samuel Denson's Last Run – Sunday, November 6, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM - Emmanuel Episcopal ChurchA reenactment of Samuel Denson's escape from enslavement through the tunnels under Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Washington Street in Cumberland. Mr. Denson was the last person to use that part of the Underground Railroad. Refreshments will be served after the performance.

 

Allegany Museum is going crackers for Christmas! - Nutcrackers, that is. The largest display of nutcrackers ever shown in Maryland will open on Friday December 2nd in the grand ballroom on the 2nd floor of Allegany Museum, after the civic Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Opening Reception will open the huge exhibition, including rare historic nutcrackers in the form of woodcarvings of soldiers, knights, kings, and other professions. There will be refreshments for all attending. The Opening Reception kicks off the Nutcracker Season, which will run every Saturday from December 3 through 17. The series of three "Nutty Kids Saturdays" begins December 3 with the history of the nutcracker and "cracker craft". On December 10 there will be book readings, craft, and a visit from Santa. "Nutty music" on December 17 will complete the kids’ series. All “Nutty Saturdays” run from 10 am-12 noon, and are free. They are most suitable for children between the ages of 4 to 10. Children under 10 can collect a different nutcracker ornament at each event, from the Opening Reception through the "Nutty" Kids Saturdays to make a personal collection of four ornaments, and can enter a drawing for a special nutcracker. All events are free. ?For more information, go to our website alleganymuseummd.org, or call (301) 777-7200

WMSR Wine Tasting Excursion – Saturday, November 5 - Join us for a special wine tasting event on the rails featuring wines from Charis Winery. Our Evening Paradise Trains depart from Cumberland to a scenic location along the Great Allegheny Passage. Dining Class guests enjoy several small-plate meals with paired wines. Lounge Car service will also be available with appetizers paired with wines. Boarding begins at 5:30pm; train departs at 6:00pm. This three-hour excursion will return to Cumberland at 9:00pm. First Class/$110, Lounge/$70. WhistleTix fees will apply to the rates listed above.https://public.whistletix.com/WMSR/Events/Calendar

 

Holiday Events at the Gordon-Roberts House, 218 Washington Street – 

  • November 25, 4-6 pm
  • December 3, 11:00 am301-777-8678
  • December 8th, 6:30 pm A Reading of “The Pirates Twelve Days of Christmas”- Kids ages First through Fifth grade, but all ages welcome! Free admission. Children will hear the hilarious and ‘piratey’ re-telling of a classic Christmas carol, learn pirate lingo, and get a treat from Father Christmas, who was one of the earliest versions of the European gift-giving Saint Nicolas.
  • December 16th, 7 pm

 

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.

 

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.

 

Big Dawg Homecoming Dance – Friday, November 4, 7:30 -10:30 pm at Windsor Castle Events Centre, 210 S. Centre Street. Who's the Big Dawg this year? Fort HillAllegany? Enjoy the music of Chinese Bandits and some good old fun rivalry. Sponsored by the Allegany County Animal Shelter and Windsor Castle. Tickets are $10/advance and available at The Book Center or $12/door. Must be 21 or over. Be sure to wear your school colors and get your picture taken with the Red Big Dawg or Blue Big Dawg, compliments of US Cellular.

 

The Cumberland Choral Society will be presenting our Fall Concert on

Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 4th at 3pm at First

Presbyterian Church on Washington Street. The program includes choruses from

Handel's "Messiah", Judas Maccabaeus, (Rabbi Mark Perman, guest soloist) and

other festive favorites! Tickets are $10 each (12 and under free) and can be

purchased at the door. We hope you will plan to join us!

 

WELCOME TO THE 2016-2017 MOUNTAINSIDE BAROQUE SEASON!  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: 

  • ·      Friday November 11, Saturday, November 12, Sunday, November 13 John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera”
  • ·      Sunday, December 18 “A Festival of Lessons and Carols”
  • ·      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 mountainsidebaroque@mindspring.com. 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.

 

ART

 

Allegany Arts Council ART SATURDAYS ARE BACK!

  • ·      November 5: Junk Sculpture Robots - Construct creatures using "junk", found objects, and your wildest imagination. Instructor: Chris Sloan
  • ·      November 19: Paper Weaving - Basic weaving techniques and terms will be presented. Students will then experiment with weaving patterns using a variety of papers. Instructor: Donna Miller.
  • All classes are recommended for ages 7-12. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non- members. Please call 301-777-2787 to register

 

Thru November 6, the Gilchrist Gallery and Museum hosts an exhibition by Merrill Smith, painter and Ovanas Berbarian, painter. The Gilchrist is located at 104 Washington Street in Cumberland. Regular museum hours are Friday through Sunday from 1-4PM. For additional information please visitwww.facebook.com/gilchristgallery or www.gilchristgallery.com.

 

Best of the West - October 14 - November 12, The Saville Gallery,Three Dimensional Art of Western Maryland. The concept for the Best of the West show is organized by the Arts Councils of Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties. The exhibition will draw attention to the creative strength of Western Maryland artists. This collaborative effort of the Frederick, Washington, Allegany and Garrett county arts councils will pull together a traveling exhibition featuring examples of the creative work being done in their respective counties. The focus of the first Best of the West show is three-dimensional artwork. The first venue for the show will be the Allegany Arts Council's Saville Gallery in Cumberland. The show will open October 14 and run through Nov. 12. For more information, Contact Heidi Custer, Allegany Arts Council Program Manager, 301-777-2787 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Color in the Lines…Or Not! Your favorite childhood activity is back and redesigned for adults. Create, mingle, unwind in a relaxing atmosphere over drinks and an adult coloring book. Exclusive offers for The Allegany Arts Council and ACRE Coworking memberships will be made available to attendees. 48 N Centre St, 5:30-7:30 pm, Tuesday, November 15th 

  • ·      -BYO Adult Beverages
  • ·      -Adult Coloring Books Supplied
  • ·      -Other Art Mediums Welcome
  • ·      -This is a free event

An event by The Allegany Arts Council and ACRE Coworking

 

FSU@AAC> - The Allegany Arts Council and FSU present a faculty and student artist show, November 17-21. An opening reception will be held at the Saville Gallery at 9 N. Centre Street on Saturday, November 19, 6-8pm.

 

JOB/CHARITABLE/VOLUNTEER /OPPORTUNITIES

 

In coordination with the Cumberland Downtown Development Commission, The American Cancer Society is please to announce the addition of remembrance Luminaria to the Downtown Cumberland’s Annual Tree Lighting, and arrival of Santa Claus, which will be held Friday, November 25. For this special event, we will be selling luminaria bags that will be lit and displayed on Centre Street near the Downtown Mall. For our holiday luminaria display, we have opened this to anyone who would like to remember ANY loved who has passed away for any reason, not just cancer. Each name will be written on a bag and the bags will be lit with red or green glow sticks. We want to share this very touching experience with our entire community and come together with hope at this special time of year. We will place the bags in alphabetical order by last name to make them easier to find. The bags will be sold for $10 each. Any bags purchased for the holiday display, will also have a bag at our Relay For Life event June 3, 2017.?The deadline to order is Monday, November 21, 2016.?Luminaria can be ordered by using this form or at the following: All three PharmaCare locations and the American Cancer Society Office?located at the South Cumberland Marketplace (Planet Fitness Plaza) For questions, please contact Courtney Case, Senior Community Manager American Cancer Society Relay For Life 1050 Industrial Blvd, Suite 3 Cumberland, MD 21502 240-818-6329 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter.  Applications and information are available atwww.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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Frostburg State University Presents Wind Ensemble in Concert PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Saturday, 26 November 2016 09:22

The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present the FSU Wind Ensemble in concert on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center.

Conducted by Dr. Philip Klickman, the ensemble will open the program with “American Overture for Band” by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins. Next, an enchanting winter’s day comes to life in “A Winter’s Dawn” by rising star composer John Fannin. The ensemble will then play “Doctor Who: Through Time and Space” by Murray Gold in memory of the late FSU physics professor, Dr. Steven Luzader.

Several works by Percy Grainger will follow: “Handel in the Strand,” an arrangement by Edwin Franko Goldman; the composer’s masterpiece, “Lincolnshire Posy,” a 16-minute-long work composed of six movements – “Lisbon (Sailor’s Song),” “Horkstow Grange (The Miser and His Man – a Local Tragedy),” “Rufford Park Poachers (Poaching Song),” “The Brisk Young Sailor (Who Returned to Wed His True Love),” “Lord Melbourne (War Song)” and “The Lost Lady Found (Dance Song)” – each adapted from folk songs Grainger collected on a 1905-1906 trip to Lincolnshire, England; and “Irish Tune From County Derry.”

The concert will close with “Americans We,” one of the most popular marches by Henry Fillmore.

Tickets for the performance are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and veterans, $3 for students and free for children 12 and younger.

For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

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.

 
Downtown Cumberland Events and Activities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Saturday, 26 November 2016 09:16

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Annual Downtown Cumberland Tree Lighting – November 25

Shop Small Saturday – November 26

Moonlight Madness – December 8

Home for the Holidays – December 10

Shop Local! Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Love the Local! Support Your Local Businesses

  

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting – Friday, November 25. Join the Downtown Cumberland businesses – shops, banks, restaurants in our annual Tree Lighting and the arrival of Santa Claus. Entertainment begins at 6 pm, tree lighting is at 7 pm.

  • The Kensington
  • Check out all the special sales and events at many of the Downtown Cumberland stores
  • The Allegany Museum will be having an opening reception on the night of the tree lighting, November 25th following the tree lighting until 9:30 with live music. There will be a visit from Santa, the Nutcracker, and Refreshments and Special Treats for the kids from 4 -10 yrs.

 

Shop Small Saturday, Saturday, November 26. Join the Downtown Cumberland Merchants and Businesses in celebrating Small Business Saturday. Check out the specials, discounts, free #ShopSmall giveaways throughout Downtown Cumberland. Shop and support the small businesses in the area. By shopping local, you help fuel the local economy. When we all shop small, it makes a difference in our community.

 

Christmas at the Castle – November 30 – December 13 – 8 PM. The Holding Hands for Haley Foundation is now accepting wreath, swag, garland and wooden sign donations for The Christmas in the Castle that will be held November 30th and December 1st and 2nd. Donations can be dropped off at Progressive Physical Therapy, Cumberland and P&S Hair design, Frostburg now through November 25th. Donations also will be taken on November 28that Windsor Castle from 3 to 7. Donations can be any theme. Please help support our foundation! You can contact Jen House 301-707-0027 if you are interested in donating an item. Profits will support The Holding Hands for Haley Foundation.

 

Elf on the Shelf  - Come celebrate Cumberland's kick-off to Christmas with Buddy the Elf, and his wife, Holly the Elf, at City Hall, on November 30, from 6pm until 7:30pm. Holly the Elf will be hosting crafts and games for children, all under the beautifully decorated and festive City Hall Rotunda. Have your kids bring their pajamas and their Santa-like appetite, because cookies, hot chocolate, and other holiday treats will be served - all provided by The Queen City Creamery, Caporale's Bakery, Cafe Mark, and M&M Bakery! At the end of the evening, gather around as Buddy the Elf will read the book, 'The Elf on the Shelf' - PLUS, Santa will pop-in to check on his good friends, Buddy and Holly, and will be available for pictures with all the children, afterwards.

 

Moonlight Madness – Thursday, December 8 - Experience the joy of the holiday season in Downtown Cumberland with stores and restaurants staying open late on Thursday, December 8 from 5 PM until 9 PM. Support our local, independently owned businesses and pick up unique gifts. Plenty of FREE PARKING! Bring the whole family and enjoy a holiday tradition in Downtown Cumberland

 

Home for the Holidays, Saturday, Dec. 10  – a holiday celebration in the heart of Downtown Cumberland. The local theatre, musicians, and carolers will be providing entertainment throughout the mall all day. 

  • Santa will be at the Book Centre and picture opportunities with various holiday characters will be available. 
  • Shops will be open for shopping and many will be offering specials 
  • Mr. Toad’s Pottery – Children can make a fused glass ornament 1 – 5 pm
  • ACRE will have CASA in their space providing Gift Wrapping to consumers. 
  • Enjoy holiday movies at The Embassy – 12 noon – A Christmas Carol & 2 pm – Santa Claus vs. The Martians
  • Holiday Story Time with Miss Kate and Miss Stacy from the Allegany County Library System at the Allegany Arts Council. Enjoy stories, story time dances and writing letters to Santa. Story Times are 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm. Stop in anytime to write a letter to Santa.
  • MountainShine Creative – Kid’s Craft: Gift Workshop. 12 noon – 4 pm. Limited to 10 children, $40/child. Sign up at wwwmountainshinecreative.com
  • The Embassy Theatre – The Eight Reindeer Monologues – 8 pm - $16/adults; $14/seniors. Not appropriate for children.

 

2016 Holiday Home Tour – Saturday, December 10, 2:00 PM to 6:00 pm. This revived local tradition is a great reason to gather friends and family to enjoy the beauty of Cumberland's impression historic architecture in full holiday splendor. This year's edition features homes in the city's unique Dingle district, developed in the early 20th century by English landscape architects working for the Celanese Corporation to house their executives. Added charm in form of horse mounted carolers tops off the 2016 tour. Tickets are limited to 350 visitors, and will go on sale November 1st at the Book Centre in Cumberland. Details can found on-line at www.cumberlandhistorytours.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

 

9 North Meeting Centre is now booking holiday party reservations. This spacious event space above the Allegany Arts Council is the perfect place for your family or business holiday party. Call Betsey at 240-580-0399 or email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . View the space online at http://www.9northcentre.com/Meeting_Centre.html

 

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

 

RETAIL

 

Shop Small Saturday  - Beckman’s Greene Street Pharmacy - With any purchase of equal or greater of giftware, décor and season products (basically anything but prescriptions or OTC products), we will be giving away Swan Creek Drizzle melts.  They retail for $5.99.

 

This week at Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop, we’re celebrating taking Shop Small Saturday to a new extreme – Shop Small Weekend. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday everything in the store (unless in our Off the Leash boutique room) is HALF OFF. That’s right, everything!  Barkin’ Basement is located at 45 Baltimore Street and is open Friday – Sunday this week. www.barkinbasementthriftshop.com.

 

The vendors at the Fort Cumberland Emporium are offering special discounts – between 10% and 20% - throughout the store for Friday’s Downtown Cumberland Annual Tree Lighting event and Shop Small Saturday

 

Buttercup Boutique - Black Friday and Small Business Saturday specials start Tuesday, November 22!

  • All in stock Beaucoup jewelry is 50% off!
  • All in stock Lenny and Eva, Buy 1, Get 1 Free!
  • "The Giving Keys", Buy 1, Get 1 Half Price!
  • Farmhouse Fresh products, Buy 1, Get 1 Half Price!
  • In stock Sorrelli, Buy 1, Get 1 Half Price!
  • (All free and 1/2 price items of equal or lesser value)
  • Open 10-6 Monday-Saturday now til Christmas.

 

Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus & Rudolph at The Book Center, Saturdays – December 3, 10 & 17 from 1 – 3 pm. Bring your camera.

 

Baltimore Street Collectibles Tree Lighting and Small Business Saturday Promotion – This holiday season, “Give the gorgeous gift of glassware” from early depression glass to current art glass – 20% off all glassware purchases. ALSO, join us on Small Business Saturday as we launch our new product line of candles and home fragrance sprays produced by the “Warm Glo Candle Company”. Choose from delicious scents as cinnamon chutney, hot apple butter, orange close and many more – 10% OFF all Warm-Glo purchases.

 

SHOP ANY LOCALLY OWNED SHOP, RESTAURANT, BUSINESS OR GALLERY IN DOWNTOWN CUMBERLAND THROUGH DECEMBER 17TH & YOUR RECEIPT IS YOUR ENTRY TO WIN A $3800 HAND KNOTTED 8X10FT SERAPI HERIZ PERSIAN RUG. Simply write your name, address, phone number and email on the back of your receipt and drop it in the registration box located at AZAD’S at 37 North Centre Street in Downtown Cumberland through December 17th. Must be a local receipt from a locally owned business in and around the Greater Downtown Business Area. (i.e. - Narrows to Rolling Mills; McKaig Hill to The Dingle) One Purchase = One Receipt = One Entry WINNER WILL BE DRAWN AT 5PM on DEC. 17th DURING AZAD'S HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE.

 

MountainShine Creative has fun times going out through the month of November! 49 N. Liberty Street, reserve your spot early atwww.mountainshinecreative.com

  • Fri Nov 25, 6pm - Paint party   ART THEME: Pilgrim Turkey - Class Fee is $30 includes all materials and instructions – Artists 21+ can bring an adult beverage of choice. 
  • Sat  Nov 26 - *EXTENDED SHOP HOURS*  11-8:30 - SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY CELEBRATION - Store Wide sales!!!! Featuring Artist of the Month – Shannon Shine. Free refreshments  3-6pm while supplies last.
  • Sun Nov 27, 6pm - Paint party   ART THEME:  Deer Under the Moon - Class Fee is $30 includes all materials and instructions – Artists 21+ can bring an adult beverage of choice. 
  • Weds Nov 30, 5pm - Make a Holiday Snowman Countdown with Shannon Shine!

* Customize it for your holiday of choice!  Snowman will feature a cute moving nose to help point how many days left until Christmas or your Holiday of choice! This event is family friendly as $15. Please reserve your spot asap. We will be offering Free Hot Chocolate and Cookies as well!

 

Getting your holiday cards ready to send out? PharmaCare West’s postal services include Holiday Stamps. Stop in and pick your favorite Holiday Postal Stamps out.

 

Walk in and get your flu shot today at PharmaCare West. Flu season is just around the corner so get your protection now. The vaccine is at no charge to Medicare Part B customers. We bill most insurance companies. Give us a call today at 301.724.1183 or stop by at 64 Greene Street. We’re open Mon – Fri 9am to 6pm and Sat 9am to 1pm. Find us online at www.pharmacarenetwork.com. PharmaCare also offers pneumonia, shingles, and other preventative vaccinations, plus travel vaccines.

 

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! 

 

Stop by the nook (Fitzy’s) any Saturday noon – close (around 4pm) now through Dec. 17th for CLEARANCE prices on MANY ITEMS! We will open early at 10am Saturday, Nov. 26th for Small Business Saturday and will be open extra hours for all the special holiday events.  Remember to like us on fb to keep up to date on new arrivals and specials.

 

Hush Skin Care and Mountain Massage Wellness Spa has relocated to 53A N. Centre St, in the back garden area of the Giarritta complex. Hush is a wellness group that offers facials, corrective peels, lash/brow tinting, facial waxing, massage therapy, and body treatments.  Hush is a retailer of high-end skin care brands, makeup, essential oils, and wellness products. Hush Skin Care and Mountain Massage is open Tuesday 10am-2pm; Wednesday 1pm-5pm; Thursday and Friday 10am-2p; with massage and skin care treatments by appointment. Schedule online at www.hushskincarestudio.com or give us a call at 240-362-7488.

 

Does your pharmacy have a convenient drive-up window? PharmaCare West on Greene Street does. Save time when running errands with the kids, especially when the wee little ones have just fallen asleep after a busy day with Mom or Dad. The drive-up window is open the same hours as the pharmacy – Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm & Saturday 9am to 1pm. 64 Greene Street, Cumberland. Phone 301.724.1183 –www.pharmacarenetwork.com.

 

The Tea Cupboard will be open on Black Friday from 8:30 AM until after the tree lighting, and from 8:30 AM until 5 on Small Business SaturdayThe Tea Cupboard’s Tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus is filling up! We have a couple of seats left for Sunday, November 27th! This is an old fashioned time with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, have tea and sweets, decorate a cookie to take home with you and hear a very special story! It is $15 per person, reservations only. Stop in for your favorite tea, we have lots to choose from...or maybe a new teapot! Or some coffee! Yes we now have coffee!  Basecamp Coffee, locally roasted, is now being sold in the shop, served in the tea room, and is available to go! Tea or coffee and a scone to go is just $3.00.  We are now open at 8:30AM Wednesday through Saturday so you can grab a cup and scone to go on your way into work! Shop is open Wednesday through Saturday 8:30-5. Service in the Tea Room is from 11 until 2, Wednesday through Saturday. Stop in for a pot of tea; add some scones, a quick lunch of soup and savories or our full Queen City Tea! If you would like to book a party with us before the holidays call soon we are filling up fast!  Don’t forget downtown parking is free on Saturdays and Sundays! 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.

 

On December 3rd from 10am to 5pm, Mountainside Gifts will have an event at the ATE Fun Zone (located in the former Biederlack building). We will have crafts, vendors, food, games, bounce houses, a DJ and Santa with a free 4x6 photo for each child. Plus we will be accepting toys for donation to the Salvation Army. A 50/50 that will give all proceeds to the Salvation Army as well.

 

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), Fitzy’s Nifty Nook, Elderbird Restorations (Friday – 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

 

Tree Lighting Night at Ristorante Ottaviani – Join us Friday November 25th for our Black Friday Event. We will be featuring drinks specials before and after the tree lighting. Live music by Gibb and Clint Cochrum singing some of your favorite Christmas tunes will start at 7pm. All bottles of wine will be half off after 8pm. We look forward to celebrating with you!

 

Breakfast with Santa at Mezzos, 114 S. Centre Street. Saturday, December 10 - $5/children under 12; $7/adults. Make your reservations by calling (301) 777-7750

  • Blueberry Pancakes
  • French Toast
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Link Sausage 
  • Juice – Orange or Cranberry
  • Milk or Coffee

 

Breakfast with Santa at Windsor Castle, 210 S. Centre Street will be on December 3 with two seatings – 9 am & 10 am. Price is $12/adult; $7/child. Carriage rides will also be available. Make your reservation by call 301-722-0005. Breakfast buffet, all you can eat.

  • Sausage gravy and biscuits
  • Pancakes
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Bacon and sausage
  • Breakfast potatoes
  • Coffee, milk and juice

 

Mark your calendar! Saturday, December 17, 8:30am-11am the Queen City Creamery will be hosting Breakfast with Santa! 108 W. Harrison St. Cost: $6.00 for children under 12. $9.00 for adults. Call for Reservations 301-777-0011

  • Cinnamon Swirl or Blueberry Pancakes
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Apple Cakes or Blueberry Coffee Cakes
  • Bacon or Sausage
  • Coffee, Milk or Juice

 

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

 

Use a home loan (rates as low as 2.59% Annual Percentage Rate ) to make purchases, refinance, consolidate debt, renovate, and more from Standard Bank. Equal Housing Lender. Learn more at https://www.standardbankpa.com.

 

Retail rental, 51 N. Center St, lovely shop with parking space. Call  Shirley Giarritta at 301-707-7586.

 

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

 

Intermediate Computer Skills is offered at the Washington Street library on November 23 at 2:00 pm. The class will teach users how to personalize their computers with wallpaper, screen savers, and other settings. For more information or to register for a computer class, call (301) 777-1200alleganycountylibrary.info

 

Introduction to the Internet will be offered at the Washington Street library on November 30 at 2:00 pm. This class will discuss browsers, hyperlinks, and search engines, how to perform simple searches, and how to enter website addresses to access sites directly. For more information or to register for a computer class, call (301) 777-1200www.alleganycountylibrary.info

 

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

 

Holiday Events at the Gordon-Roberts House, 218 Washington Street – 

  • November 25, 4-6 pm
  • December 3, 11:00 am301-777-8678
  • December 8th, 6:30 pm A Reading of “The Pirates Twelve Days of Christmas”- Kids ages First through Fifth grade, but all ages welcome! Free admission. Children will hear the hilarious and ‘piratey’ re-telling of a classic Christmas carol, learn pirate lingo, and get a treat from Father Christmas, who was one of the earliest versions of the European gift-giving Saint Nicolas.
  • December 16th, 7 pm

 

The Allegany Museum is going crackers for Christmas! - Nutcrackers, that is. The largest display of nutcrackers ever shown in Maryland will open on Friday November 25 in the grand ballroom on the 2nd floor of Allegany Museum, after the civic Tree Lighting Ceremony. The Opening Reception will open the huge exhibition, including rare historic nutcrackers in the form of woodcarvings of soldiers, knights, kings, and other professions. There will be refreshments for those attending. The Opening Reception kicks off the Nutcracker Series. It will run through the December 21. 

  • Activities for the Kids: "Nutty Kids Saturdays: Every Saturday morning, from December 3 through December 17, from 10 am - noon. Most suitable for children between the ages of 4 to 10 years old, all events are free. The series of three "Nutty Kids Saturdays" begins December 3 with the history of the nutcracker and "cracker craft". On December 10, there will be book readings, craft, and a visit from Santa and the nutcracker. "Nutty music" on December 17 will complete the kids’ series. Children under 10 can collect a different nutcracker ornament at each event, from the Opening Reception to the "Nutty" Kids Saturdays to make a personal collection of four ornaments, and can enter a drawing for a special prize.
  • Activities for the Entire Family:

-              Paint and Sip: Fun for adults as well as children at the Allegany Museum Nutcracker event. Grab a hot chocolate, an apron, and take a seat! On Friday, December 2, 6:00 pm, Shannon Shine from Mountain Side Creative will instruct you step by step to create an original piece of art. At the end of the evening you'll take home a one-of-a-kind painting, and hopefully a newfound talent. Painting Fees and sign up are available on Mountain Shine Creative's website. All equipment will be supplied, along with unlimited hot chocolate.?(This is a children-friendly event, so we will not be allowing alcoholic drinks.) 

-              Mountain City Center for the Arts performance: Fun for the entire family at the Allegany Museum Nutcracker event. Free event. On Saturday, December 3, 6:00 pm.

-              The Potomac Band performance by a selection of performers from the band: Fun for the entire family at the Allegany Museum Nutcracker event. Free event. On Saturday, December 17, 6:00 pm, a selection of Potomac Band performers will present a variety of holiday tunes for your enjoyment during this wonderful time of year.

 

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.

 

Embassy Theatre announces its dinner/theatre package for the upcoming "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues", December 9 and 10...an adults only comedy, directed by Tom Valentine. The package consists of dinner and gratuity at Crabby Pig of Canal Place before the show, the theatre production at 8 pm on Friday or Saturday, autographed playbills and reserved seating. Buyers of the package may choose from a variety of four entrees, numerous side dishes, soft drinks and homemade, in-house special-recipe desserts. Reservations for the dinner/theatre package are to be made through Embassy Theatre (240) 362-7183. All calls will be confirmed with a dinner reservation time. Cost for an individual is $40, couple is $75. For more information, visit the Embassy's Facebook page at embassytheatrecumberland.

 

Front & Centre Stage is pleased to announce our November show, THE MUSICAL COMEDY MURDERS OF 1940 by John Bishop. The show will be performed November 18th – 27th at the Cumberland Theatre & Creative Arts Center.  Tickets are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-musical-comedy-murders-of-1940-tickets-29197322979. All shows begin at 8:00 pm. Synopsis - The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious “Stage Door Slasher”) assemble for a backer’s audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy “angel” during a horrible blizzard. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the “Slasher” unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author’s biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.

 

The Cumberland Choral Society will be presenting our Fall Concert on

Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30pm and Sunday, December 4th at 3pm at the First

Presbyterian Church on Washington Street. The program includes choruses from

Handel's "Messiah", Judas Maccabaeus, (Rabbi Mark Perman, guest soloist) and

other festive favorites! Tickets are $10 each (12 and under free) and can be

purchased at the door. We hope you will plan to join us!

 

WELCOME TO THE 2016-2017 MOUNTAINSIDE BAROQUE SEASON!  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, December 18 “A Festival of Lessons and Carols” 
  • 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 mountainsidebaroque@mindspring.com. 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.

 

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

 

The C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington St., Cumberland MD will present their annual ‘ART FOR GIVING’ exhibition from November 25 through December 18. Questions concerning ‘ART FOR GIVING’ should be directed to gilchristgalleryandmuseum@gmail.com, by calling 301-724-5800, or by visiting www.facebook.com/gilchristgallery. You may learn more about the museum at www.gilchristgallery.com.

 

Maker Workshop for Kids - November 29, 9 am – 3 pm at the Allegany Arts Council. This workshop is chock full of "making" and STEM enrichment fun. Build problem solving, visual math and engineering skills. Also includes a hike on one of Cumberland's trails. This is a Drop-off program, 9 AM-3 PM.$45 for Arts Council members / $50 for non-members.

 

JOB/CHARITABLE/VOLUNTEER /OPPORTUNITIES

 

Giving TuesdayNovember 29, has been designated as an international day of giving following Thanksgiving.  While this is a day to give back in some way to those who are in need of help, it is a day to remember your local community. The story of County United Way is the story of our community – its needs, its fortunes, its successes, its troubles, its highs, its lows, its people and its leaders.  For the past 59 years, County United Way has been an organization woven into the fiber of the community. Over 40,000 children, adults and families in the four-county region – Allegany, Garrett, Hampshire and Mineral – receive direct assistance, support and education through programs funded by County United Way, whether it be literacy and mentoring programs, prescription assistance or emergency assistance – these are just a few of the many programs that make a difference in this region. Your donation to the County United Way has a tremendous impact on thousands of individuals who are your friends and neighbors.  United Way changes lives one at a time.  You have the power to be a part of that change – it’s the power of your dollar.  Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to County United Way, 101 S. Centre St., Cumberland, MD 21502; for on-line giving the website is www.cuw.org, and Facebook at County United Way or call the office at 1-877-597-2700.   

 

Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter.  Applications and information are available atwww.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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Community Leaders Push for Passage of Frostburg Fracking Ban PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathy Powell   
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 14:22

Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Press Conference:

 

Community Leaders to Push for Passage of Frostburg Fracking Ban Ordinance at Special City Council Meeting

 

Frostburg ban ordinance would build on the city's history of protecting water supplies

 

FROSTBURG, Md. — On Thursday, November 10, the Frostburg City Council will hold a special meeting with leaders of the citizen group Frack-Free Frostburg to discuss the next steps in advancing a city ordinance to ban fracking. Ahead of the meeting, business, health, NAACP, and student leaders will join the bill’s sponsor for a 5:30 p.m. press conference to underline the citizen support for swift action.

 

The ban ordinance was introduced by Commissioner Woody Getz on October 20. That evening, nearly 200 citizens rallied and testified in support of a fracking ban and delivered 600 petitions and a letter signed by 24 local businesses to the City Council. As drafted, the ordinance would prohibit exploration or drilling for gas, the storage and disposal of fracking waste products, and withdrawals of water for the purposes of fracking within Frostburg and on city-owned land in Garrett County at the city’s drinking water sources.

 

"Our Mayor and City Council have overwhelming support from constituents in taking action to ban fracking," said Kathy Powell, a founding member of Frack-Free Frostburg. "We look forward to working with our local leaders to pass this ban ordinance, and to protect our water and way of life from dirty and dangerous drilling. The city of Frostburg can and must continue to set an example of forward-thinking leadership and environmental stewardship."

 

Passage of the measure would protect local drinking water, businesses, and public health. A stand-alone Frostburg ban ordinance would further strengthen the work the city of Frostburg has undertaken to protect residents’ drinking water supplies. The towns of Friendsville and Mountain Lake Park in Garrett County have also banned fracking.

 

WHAT: Business, health, student, and social justice leaders applaud action to ban fracking in Frostburg ahead of a special City Council meeting.

 

WHEN: Press conference begins at 5:30 p.m. The special City Council meeting is from 6-8 p.m.

 

WHERE: The press conference will take place in the garage of Armstrong Insurance at 21 S. Water St. The council meeting is at the Frostburg Community Center at 27 S. Water St.

 

WHO: Press conference speakers will include:

  • Woody Getz, Frostburg City Commissioner

  • Carmen Jackson, president of the Allegany County NAACP

  • Jes Clay, owner of two Frostburg businesses: Shift, a farm-to-table eatery, and the Allegheny Trail House, a bed and breakfast inn

  • Michala Garrison, student at Frostburg State University

  • Gina Angiola, M.D., board member of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility

 
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