FSU Presents Gala Concert as Part of Summer Music Academy Concert Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Monday, 17 July 2017 16:09

As part of its Summer Music Academy Concert Series, Frostburg State University will present a gala concert featuring academy students on Friday, July 28, at 7 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. A reception will follow the concert. The performance and reception are free and open to the public.

The students will perform works selected from the following:

“String Quartet Op. 18 and Op. 127” by Ludwig van Beethoven: Beethoven’s unique string quartets contain genuine emotion and contrasts characteristic of his symphonies. Each sounds almost like a mini-opera.

“String Quartet No. 1, Op. 41, in A Minor and No. 3 in A Major” by Robert Shumann: In 1842, Schumann began his remarkable instrumental explorations with the three-string quartets. Published together as Opus 41, his composition displays intensely expressive musical poetry.

“String Quartet Op. 76” by Joseph Haydn: The six string quartets form the last complete set of string quartets that Haydn composed and are among his most ambitious chamber works, deviating from standard sonata form and emphasizing the thematic continuity through the seamless exchange of motifs among instruments.

“Regenlied” and “4 Balladen und Romanzen for Vocal Duet, Op. 75” by Johannes Brahms: “Regenlied” is a distinctive work in which Brahms sets four texts to music by the poet Klaus Groth. Brahms’ Op. 75 settings occasionally take on the air of a dramatic scene in the tradition of the medieval ballad.

“Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert: Officially titled “Ellens dritter Gesang” (“Ellen’s Third Song”), this work was composed by Schubert as part of his Opus 52, a setting of seven songs from Walter Scott’s popular epic poem, “The Lady of the Lake.”

“Piano Quartet” and “Old American Song No. 1 for Voice and Piano” by Aaron Copland: In the 1950 “Quartet for Piano and Strings,” Copland returned to the adventurous path of his youth to produce more “modern” music. “Old American Songs” were originally scored for voice and piano, but they were reworked for baritone (or mezzo-soprano) and orchestra. Song No. 1, “The Boatman’s Dance,” is a minstrel song from 1843.

The FSU Summer Music Academy was created with the mission to promote classical music education, and its goal is to develop individual musicianship for string, woodwind, brass and piano instrumentalists in a supportive environment. The academy brings top artists from around the world to the Western Maryland region to inspire local residents and develop interest in music programs in all types of educational systems.

For more information, contact the director of the Summer Music Academy, Karen Liu, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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.

Canal Place Presents Movies Under the Stars- Moana PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Monday, 17 July 2017 16:07

Canal Place will host Movies Under The Stars this Saturday, July 22 at dusk. Featured movie will be Moana, 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is Rated PG – Parental Guidance Suggested, some material may not be suitable for children.

The film introduces Auli'i Cravalho as Moana and features the voices of Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, and Alan Tudyk. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year at the 2017 Academy Awards. 

The film tells the story of Moana, the strong-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian tribe, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. When a blight strikes her island, Moana sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod, in the hope of saving her people.

Movies Under The Stars at Canal Place are free community events and takes place on the crescent lawn at Canal Place. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair (no alcohol or glass containers allowed) and relax under the stars. Movies will begin after sunset or approximately 8:45 p.m., but guests are encouraged to visit early enjoy shopping and dining at the Shops at Canal Place. 

Movie titles are subject to change and cancellations may occur due to weather conditions. Like Canal Place on Facebook at www.facebook.com/canalplacemaryland to stay up-to-date on weather cancellations or visit their website at www.canalplace.org

Board of Public Works approves funding for clean water and the Chesapeake Bay PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jay Apperson   
Thursday, 06 July 2017 08:03

Board of Public Works approves funding for clean water  and the Chesapeake Bay

Grants will reduce pollution, improve drinking water  and wastewater infrastructure, save energy

BALTIMORE (July 5, 2017) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $92 million in grants today to reduce pollution, improve water quality and save energy and money. The Board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

"These are smart investments to protect public health, prevent water pollution and save money and energy in Maryland communities and the Chesapeake Bay. The Maryland Department of the Environment thanks Governor Hogan for his leadership as the new head of the six-state Chesapeake Bay Program and his support for local investments to protect a national treasure,” said Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles. “Providing nearly $100 million to upgrade key sewage treatment plants, septic systems, drinking water systems and clean energy projects will help us to green and grow the state’s economy and lead in the race to protect and restore Chesapeake Bay watersheds.”

The following projects were approved today:

Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant Enhanced Nutrient Removal Upgrade project – Baltimore City, Baltimore County

A $46,219,057 Bay Restoration Fund grant to Baltimore City will help fund the planning, design and construction of Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) and Enhanced Nutrient Removal (ENR) upgrades at the 180 million gallons per day Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant. After the upgrades, the facility will reduce its nitrogen discharge by 83 percent, significantly reducing the amount of nutrients discharged to Back River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. The plant is currently achieving phosphorus discharge levels that are better than the ENR goal. Excessive amounts of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus lead to lowered levels of oxygen needed to support aquatic life in waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay. ENR upgrades of wastewater treatment plants are a critical component of Maryland’s Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan.

Baltimore City multiple sewershed projects — Baltimore City

Bay Restoration Fund grants totaling $16,999,258 to Baltimore City will help fund a continuation of Baltimore City’s efforts to prevent sanitary sewer overflows as required by a consent decree initiated by the Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The projects entail the planning, design and construction of improvements to the existing Baltimore City sanitary sewer infrastructure in the Patapsco, Herring Run and Lower Level sewersheds. Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County share the cost of some of the projects because they share the sewer infrastructure. A change in state law in 2015 allows Bay Restoration Fund money to be used for this purpose.

Upgrade Septic Systems – Statewide

Grants from the Bay Restoration Fund totaling $15 million will provide funding for counties to upgrade on-site sewage disposal (septic) systems to significantly reduce the discharge of nitrogen, one of the most serious pollutants in the Chesapeake Bay. Counties will focus on upgrading septic systems located within the critical area. All 23 Maryland counties will benefit from the grants.

Betterton Wastewater Treatment Plant Biological Nutrient Removal and Enhanced Nutrient Removal Upgrades – Kent County

A $5,905,336 Bay Restoration Fund grant to the town of Betterton will help fund the planning, design and construction of biological nutrient removal and Enhanced Nutrient Removal upgrades at the Betterton Wastewater Treatment Plant. After the upgrade, the facility will reduce its nitrogen discharge by 83 percent and its phosphorus discharge by 90 percent, significantly reducing the amount of nutrients discharged to the Sassafras River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Excessive amounts of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus lead to lowered levels of oxygen needed to support aquatic life in waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay. ENR upgrades of wastewater treatment plants are a critical component of Maryland’s Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan.

New operation and maintenance grants for upgraded sewage treatment plants – Statewide

Grants from the Bay Restoration Fund totaling $4,776,900 will provide funding for operation and maintenance costs for 41 wastewater treatment plants operating at enhanced nutrient removal levels in 20 counties. The Bay Restoration Fund provides for up to 10 percent of the annual revenue generated from wastewater treatment plant users and deposited with the Maryland Department of the Environment to be allocated for such costs. The grant for each plant is up to $30,000 per million gallons per day of design capacity, with a minimum award of $30,000 and a maximum award of $300,000 per year for any plant.

Enhanced Nutrient Removal upgrades allow facilities to significantly reduce the amount of nutrients discharged to local waterways and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Excessive amounts of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus lead to lowered levels of oxygen needed to support aquatic life in waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay. The plants receiving these grants have reduced nitrogen discharges by more than 4,547,000 pounds per year and phosphorus discharges by more than 542,000 pounds per year. ENR upgrades of wastewater treatment plants are a critical component of Maryland’s Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan.

Combined Sewer Overflow Elimination Phase VIII-B Grant Street project – Allegany County

A $2,135,875 Bay Restoration Fund grant to the City of Frostburg will help fund the next phase of the city’s efforts to separate its combined sewers and reduce the frequency and volume of combined sewer overflows during wet weather. This phase includes the installation of new sewers and storm drains to separate the combined sewers along Grant Street. The project will significantly reduce wet-weather sewage flows to downstream sewage treatment facilities in Allegany County, the Town of LaVale and the City of Cumberland, and it will reduce combined sewer overflows to George’s Creek, the Potomac River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake City Water Storage Tank project – Cecil County

A $1,027,515 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant to Chesapeake City will help fund the construction of a 300,000-gallon elevated water storage tank at the Bohemia Manor School Complex property. The new tank replaces the town’s outdated tanks. It will provide water storage for emergency use in the event of a disaster and for fire service, and it will serve the existing water distribution system, including the school complex.

Prince Albert/Sunnyside Water Project – Allegany County

A $150,000 grant in the form of forgiveness of a Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund loan to Allegany County, along with a second $150,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund loan, will help fund the Prince Albert/Sunnyside Water Project. The project includes the design and construction of waterlines, valves and fire hydrants to extend public water service from Allegany County’s Mt. Savage Water System to the Prince Albert/Sunnyside community, where residents are experiencing problems with their private wells and have asked the county to extend public water service. The new extensions will provide safe and reliable drinking water and fire protection.

Pond Circle Road Water project– Allegany County

A $137,500 Water Supply Financial Assistance grant to Allegany County will help fund the Pond Circle Road Project. The project entails the extension of public water service from Allegany County’s Carlos/Shaft/Klondike Water District to about 20 residential units in the Pond Circle Road area. The project will provide clean, reliable drinking water and fire protection to the area.

Kent County Water Treatment Plant and Wastewater Treatment Plants Lighting Efficiency Upgrade project – Kent County

A $129,720 Energy Water Infrastructure Program grant to Kent County will fund upgrades to lighting systems at four water treatment plants and three wastewater treatment plants. The upgrades to LED lights and associated fixtures will reduce energy consumption by an estimated 60 percent.

Cumberland Pride Fest Coming to Downtown- and More PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Thursday, 06 July 2017 07:59

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland


Cumberland Pride Festival – Sunday, July 9


Shop Local! Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is


Love the Local! Support Your Local Businesses


Downtown Cumberland Farmer’s Market - 9:30 am – 1 pm. The Downtown Cumberland Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday from May – October.


Cumberland Pride Festival is in its FIRST year in 2017! This year’s festival takes place Sunday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in downtown Cumberland on the mall. Local businesses, performers, and organizations are coming together to celebrate the LGBTQ community in and near the Cumberland area. Members of the LGBTQ community, as well as their families and allies, are invited to come out and enjoy an afternoon of togetherness. There will be organized youth activities, live music, and performances. Cumberland Pride is dedicated to promoting diversity and creating a more visible and united LGBTQ community. Cumberland Pride is organized by local persons living in and near Cumberland, MD who are dedicated to support, educate, link, organize, and provide outreach to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community of western Maryland. We cherish our allies. To participate in the event as a business or sponsor or personally, please use the email address below! General inquiries:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Hello Cumberland Social – held each month, the first Thursday of the month, 6 – 9 pm, 37 N. Centre Street. New to town? Been here for a bit and looking to shake up your social scene? Join us. Agenda Free. Inclusive. Open minded. Newcomers. Natives. Free Admission.


The 3rd Annual National Night Out - Cumberland will be held on Tuesday, August 1, from 5-8 p.m. on Somerville Ave. (between Oldtown Rd & Industrial Blvd.) A NNO Kick - Off Event - Free Swim and a Movie will be held on Monday, July 31 at the Constitution Park Pool.  Offered will be a Free Swim, 6:30-8 p.m. and the movie "Finding Dory" on the pool patio beginning at dusk. Nationally known as America's Night Out Against Crime, National Night Out is held the first Tuesday in August annually. Cumberland joins with 35 million people and 16,500 communities across the United States to celebrate this community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships. National Night Out brings back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Contact Terri Hast, 301-759-6517 for details or to find out how you can get involved. Locally https://www.facebook.com/NNOCumberland/ Nationally https://natw.org/about


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.




Nothing is worse than the itching, burning, and swelling of poison ivy, oak or sumac. If you come into contact with any of these plants over the summer, stop by our PharmaCare West location at 64 Greene Street to get your Leader brand caldyphen lotion and hydrocortisone cream. Also, any over-the-counter Leader brand products are backed with a 100% money back guarantee. The store and drive-thru are open Monday-Friday 9 am to 6 pm & Saturday9 am to 1 pm. Phone 301.724.1183 and Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thepharmacarenetwork.


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,  Queen City Flea Market (Friday – Sunday), Windsor Castle Antiques & Flea Market (Sundays only), Country Accents on Greene, GiGi’s Attic – all filled with antiques, collectibles, handmade items. Stop in and discover it for yourself.


Dave Love of Azad’s of Cumberland would like to encourage everyone to GET OUT & GET DOWNTOWN this summer season and visit the SUMMER LONG SIDEWALK SALE at Azad’s.  Every ThursdayFriday & Saturday (weather permitting) Azad’s will display Discounted and Clearance items out on their sidewalk with savings from 50, 60 to 75% off regular retail prices.  AZAD’S OF CUMBERLAND is located at The Qashqai Gallery in the old Bistro Building at 37 North Centre Street in Downtown Cumberland.  301.723.0818  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   


Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop –Barkin’s Basement is having a patriot sale. Every item that’s red or blue is 25% OFF. Military Veterans, First Responders’ Week – 50% off red or blue items with id. We’re open Thursday – Sunday.  We’re located at 45 Baltimore Street – 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.
  • 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! 


 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




Queen City Creamery - Do you want a burger with that shake? Now offering weekly burger specials!!!


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


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


Saturday mornings, it’s Bloody Mary Brunch at City Lights! Every Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm, enjoy Cumberland’s original make-your-own Bloody Mary bar and City Light’s Saturday brunch featuring 5 – 6 seasonal specials that change weekly. City Lights American Grill & Bar is located at 59 Baltimore Street, 301-722-9800.


Mezzos 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.




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




MAKE ART THIS SUMMER! The Allegany Arts Council will once again offer summer art camps for ages 7-12. Camps will be held Monday through Friday9 am to 3 pm at the Arts Council. Teachers Marne Troutman and Roy Devore will guide children in a variety of art instruction.


July 17-21: Printmakingwith Marne Troutman

Make your mark in this week long camp. Students will utilize a variety of image transfer techniques and learn you can print with and on just about anything. Processes such as relief prints, rubbings, collagraphs, stencils and mono printing will be explored.

August 7-11: Sculpturewith Marne Troutman

If you love to build and construct, this camp is for you! The focus will be on viewing, exploring and creating three-dimensional artwork. We will create sculptures with a variety of materials and investigate sculptors such as Henry Moore and Alexander Calder.

Cost is $145 per session for members / $160 for non-members with a 15% discount for siblings. To register, contact the Arts Council at 301-777-2787. A $50 deposit is required at registration. Arts Council family memberships are available for $45 and are good for 365 days of family programming discounts.


Looking for something fun to get the kids into this summer? Check out MountainShine Creative! Several weeks of kids’ camps are already scheduled for this summer! Sign up today! http://www.mountainshinecreative.com/kidscamp


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


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


Allegany County One Card - Your Allegany County Library card, FSU student ID card, or Allegany College of Maryland Library Card can now be used to borrow materials from any of the Allegany County Libraries, FSU library or AMC library. More information about using your library card at any library across the county can be found by visiting or contacting any of the libraries or email alleganycountylibrary@alleganycountylibrary.info.


Summer is just around the corner and so is the Allegany County Library’s System’s Summer Reading Club! SRC is for all ages, not just kids, although the research is clear that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to 3 months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect. People of all ages can pick up a reading log at any library branch starting May 15th; adults receive a free tote bag with their first log. Completed logs can be turned back for a prize (Ages 0-12) and the chance to win a grand prize pack (Ages 13-18 and 19 and up). Grand prize packs are designed around genres of reading and offer a variety of gift certificates, tickets, and merchandise to local retailers and attractions. Winners may choose the package of their choice. Children and teens also have the chance to win a $500 College Savings Plan of Maryland package as well as free tickets to see the Orioles play in August and visit the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore.


Looking for free and fun activities this summer? Allegany County Library’s  “Wednesdays With Us” program series is back again this year with the theme of “Build A Better World.” Every library branch will host a free family event at 2:00 p.m. every Wednesday. All library programs and events are available on our online calendar at http://www.alleganycountylibrary.info/events or contact Jennifer Spriggs at 301-777-1200 or jspriggs@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!




Gordon Roberts House  - Hands-On-History: Story-writing with a local author. On Saturday, July 22nd from 10 am– 12 pm, join new author Reverend Martha Magill for a free, mini writing workshop. Come ready to be inspired to tell your own story! For additional information about this class and Hands-On-History call 301-777-8678


The Gordon-Roberts House at 218 Washington Street, Cumberland, presents Third Thursday Theater. Each month a classic movie will be shown, starring a famous Hollywood personality born in that month. These events are free and open to the public. Bring a camp chair and a snack and enjoy the discussion after the movie! Film & discussion begin at 7 pmFor more information call the Allegany County Historical Society at 301-777-8678 and visit us on the web at www.gordon-robertshouse.com.

  • July 20th (Olivia de Havilland) -- "Devotion"
  • August 17th (Gene Kelly) -- "The Three Musketeers"
  • September 21st (Mickey Rooney) -- "Boys Town”
  • October 19th (Jean Arthur) -- "The More the Merrier"
  • November 16th (Gene Tierney) -- "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir"
  • December 21st (Humphrey Bogart) -- "We're No Angels"

The Docent & Volunteer Team of C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts is searching for a few local individuals interested in joining the Docent Team for the 2017 season. There are immediate needs to fill open spaces on the calendar with future opportunities available throughout the season. Training and scheduling will be available in the days to come with one of our veteran docents. If you are interested please contact Dave Love at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Commitments levels for the season vary from docent to docent and can be as light or as heavy as you like and are available. The Gilchrist is a great opportunity for individuals looking to get involved in the art and history community and welcomes volunteers from all levels of interest. To learn more about the Gilchrist visit www.gilchristgallery.com Please feel free to share this need.


Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

  • Mountain Limited – July 6, 7, 13, 14 at 11:30 am; July 9, 16 at 1 pm. A scenic ride on the rails on our Mountain Limited trains, departing from Cumberland to Frostburg. Dining Class guests enjoy a 3-course meal while riding in our vintage dining cars. Standard Coal general seating is also available.
  • Cumberland’s Crescent – July 8, 15 at 11:30 am – Join us for a scenic ride on the rails with our Cumberland’s Crescent rains. The train departs from Cumberland to Frostburg.  Dining Class guests enjoy a 3-course meal while riding in our vintage dining cars. Standard Coal general seating is also available.
  • Evening Paradise Murder Mystery – July 815 – 6 pm – Join us for dinner and a show. Dining Class guests enjoy a 3-course meal. “Bonded by Murder” – after 10 years of playing international super spy Ian Strong on the silver screen, actor Roger Less is hoping to come back for one more Strong flick, but the Executive Producer of the film series has other ideas. Ian Strong movies are renowned for their exotic locales, big budgets and, of course, those beautiful Strong Girls. Every actor and agent in Hollywood would kill to secure the next Ian Strong movie, and maybe, just maybe, one actually will. Boarding begins at 5:30 pm and the train departs at 6 pm. Advance reservations required.
  • Shop Tour – July 15, 9 am –l Join WMSR’s CEO John Garner for a one-hour, in-depth tour of the Ridgeley Shop and 1309 restoration.
  • Christmas in July – July 13 - 16, 3 pm – Santa Clause and his little helpers are on a well-deserved vacation and their summer won’t be complete until they take a festive holiday-themed train ride with their favorite friends! Saint Nick in his Hawaiian shirt and the elves will be on hand for family photo ops, story time featuring a Christmas tale about our own railroad, fun Christmas games, yummy holiday treats and each child will receive a snowing surprise.
  • Hands on Throttle (Diesel) – July 16, 10 am – Enjoy a unique opportunity to operate a piece of history. Handle a locomotive with one of our experienced engineers for an entire 60 minutes. Call for requirements.
  • For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.WMSR.com


The 4th Friday of each month March through October, you are invited to sip n' learn with the Allegany County Historical Society. A presentation by a local educator, artisan or historical re-enactor is followed by a light two-course luncheon and 2 flavors of tea. Often tea from The Tea Cupboard in Cumberland is featured and guests enjoy goodies from local bakeries like Lorenzo’s in Frostburg or M&M Bake Shop in Cumberland. Fourth Friday teas each month are hosted at The Gordon-Roberts House / 218 Washington Street, Cumberland MD & begin at 11:00 am. Tickets for ACHS partners (members) are $15.00 and $20.00 for non-partners. Call 301-777-8678 for reservations. Seats sell quite quickly so reservations are necessary. 

  • July 28- Becky McClarran & the Allegany County Animal Shelter present, Sgt. Stubby: WWI decorated Dog and Pets of the White House. You are invited to bring donations for the Shelter!
  • August 25- First Lady Edith Roosevelt, Presented by Historian Amy Monaco
  • September 22- J.B. Walton & Western Maryland by ACHS Executive Director, Evan Slonaker
  • October 27- A Special Christmas Story by Reverend Martha Magill  


10th Annual Gilchrist GalaSaturday, August 19. Located in the beautiful Gilchrist Gardens, featuring assorted Tapas Stations, Cocktails and Wine, Musical Welcome with Wesley Mason, Dancing under the Stars with Hot Sauce Willie, Painting on-site by artist Tony Romano, Live and Silent Auctions, and much more. Mark your calendars.


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.




Cumberland Comes Alive – Live Music and Entertainment in Downtown Cumberland Come down, have a great meal, enjoy some music and check out some of our shops. Music starts at 6:30 pm. The Downtown Cumberland schedule includes:

  • Friday, July 7 – Back Beat (Rock & Roll)
  • Friday, July 14 – Channel Cats (Blues)/Fire & Ice Car Show
  • Friday, July 21 – Optimus Riff (Jam)/Mustang Car Show
  • Friday, July 28 - Flood City Brass (Funk & Soul)
  • Friday, August 4 – Crazy Nites (Rock & Roll)/ VW Car Show
  • Friday, August 11 – Surrender Dorothy (Rock & Roll)
  • Friday, August 18 – Butterscotch Blonde (Rock & Roll)/Hogs on the Mall
  • Friday, August 25 – Gina Powell & the Enablers (Throwback)


Open Mic On Sunday Nights will be held every Sunday, May-September at Embassy Theatre on the historic downtown Cumberland Mall, 49 Baltimore Street. Open Mic Nights will be held from 6-10 pm, with sign-ups beginning at 6 pm. You don't have to be a musician to join the fun. Performers of all ages and genres are welcome and encouraged. There is no cover charge, and those under age 18 are permitted with adult. Passport Cafe will be open during each Open Mic on Sunday Nights, with a full cash bar and snacks. Call (240) 362-7183 for more information. Or, visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.


Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., is pleased to continue a new collaboration between the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) and The Movie Brewdio, "The Film Lab." "The Film Lab" is a monthly gathering bringing together film professionals, patrons, and fans. Each meeting features a guest speaker and may include a short screening block. Every first Monday* from 6-9pm (speaker at 7pm) at Oscar's Restaurant, 1103 E Oldtown Rd, Cumberland, Maryland 21502. These are the dates for "The Film Lab" at Oscar's:

  • Monday, August 7, 2017
  • *TUESDAY, September 5, 2017
  • Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Monday, December 4, 2017

Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., can be reached by mail at 101 Decatur St., Cumberland, MD  21502. Please visit us at www.alleganyalliedarts.org, or www.facebook.com/alleganyalliedarts. For more information, please contact info@alleganyalliedarts.org.


JULY 6-9 - "The Four Cohans," Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore Street. Broadway's Tony-nominated Mark Baker of Manhattan and Cumberland will be directing and star in this weekend's "The Four Cohans" - set for Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2:30 pm at Embassy Theatre. Some of the songs featured in the production will be "All Aboard For Broadway", "In The Shade of the Old Apple Tree", "Mansion of Aching Hearts", "Over There", "Longing for Old Broadway", and a variety of George M. Cohan tunes. Admission is $10 per person, with a discounted tickets price of $8 per person with a family of four or more. For more information or reservations, call (240) 362-7183, or visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.


Cumberland Theatre will be kicking off its 29th season with the opening gala for the musical comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels". The theatrical season will officially start in July with the Tony Award Winning musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", based on the 1988 film starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine. The popular comedy centers around two competing con men, living on the French Riviera. At first, the suave and experienced Lawrence Jameson takes the rookie con man, Freddy, under his wing. But soon Freddy is successful enough that he tries to compete directly with Lawrence. The competition comes to a peak when they agree that the first con man to extract $50,000 from the female heiress, Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town forever. The celebratory opening night gala will be held on Friday, July 14th following the performance. Tickets purchased for that evening include the post-show party with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The audience can also take this time to chat and mingle with the cast and crew of the show. Tickets and more information are available at www.cumberlandtheatre.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, chacha, 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.




The Cumberland Cultural Foundation will present “Form and Function” at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington St, through July 30. The exhibit features works by painter Bill Dunlap and jewelry designer Lisa Morshead.  The opening reception will be held July 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public. The Gilchrist is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, visit facebook.com/gilchristgallery, call 301-724-5800, or emailgilchristgallerymuseum@gmail.com.


July 8 – August 5 – Allegany Arts Council. 'Artists Birch, Mickey and Sheirer blend their talents to create a show that is a tapestry of multimedia creativity. Karin Birch uses delicate hand embroidery and beadwork combined with acrylic paint on linen fiber. Shane Mickey brings his wood-fired vessels and functional objects beautified with color and texture. Lisa Sheirer brings her "Entropic Mandalas", composed from digital photos and scans along with patterns generated from components that are related to the subject matter. The opening reception is in the Saville Gallery on Sat., July 8 from 6 to 8 pm.




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.


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The Chinese Bandits to Perform, Rescheduled Corvettes on Display in Downtown Cumberland on Friday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Friday, 30 June 2017 07:58

The Cumberland Comes Alive concert series welcomes The Chinese Bandits to Bands on the Bricks on Fridayevening June 30. The band will be performing at the First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union Stage at Historic City Center located at the corner of Liberty & Baltimore Streets at 6:30 pm. The performance is free of charge, but seating is limited, so don’t forget your folding lawn chair.


The Chinese Bandits formed in 1973. The original group included Charles Maddy, guitar and vocals; Greg Green, saxophone; Dick Mongold, bass guitar and vocals; Terry Workman, keyboards; and Paul Gallagher, percussion. Maddy, Mongold and Workman have played together since 1963 as the Envaders.


Based in Cumberland, the Chinese Bandits regularly perform in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The band plays rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the present.


The current lineup includes Ed Harvey, guitar and vocals; Marty Sine, drums and vocals; Terry Workman, keyboard and harmonica; and, Dick Mongold; bass and vocals.


The group offers an entertaining mix of great vocals, smooth harmonies and good dance music.


Over the years the Chinese Bandits has worked with such legends as Chubby Checker, Martha Reeves, Gary Lewis, Danny and the Juniors, Little Anthony, The Jordanaires, The Diamonds, The Coasters, The Drifters, Bobby Vee, Gary Puckett, BJ Thomas, Jay and the Americans, Tommy James and the Shondels, and many others.


In addition, the rescheduled Corvettes on the Mall event will take place on Friday, June 30 from 5 pm to 10 pm. The region's best Corvettes will be on display on Baltimore Street.


If you would like to display your automobile, no registration is required. Simply show up with your vehicle between4 pm and 5 pm and carefully enter pedestrian only Baltimore Street from either George Street or Mechanic Street. Volunteers will help direct you. For more information about the Corvette show contact Don Davis at (301) 697-3929.


Cumberland Comes Alive is Western Maryland’s premier outdoor concert series. It is presented by Burgmeiers Hauling Inc. and is produced by the City of Cumberland’s Downtown Development Commission.


Bands on the Bricks concerts take place in the heart of Cumberland on the bricks of Baltimore Street in Historic City Center from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm every Friday until August 25.


For more information or to become a sponsor, contact the Downtown Development Commission Promotions Director at 301-724-3655 or visit www.downtowncumberland.com

Irish Music Trio to Perform at MCTA Sunday, July 23 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara Rogers Thomas   
Monday, 17 July 2017 15:56

Lost ContinentFrostburg’s Mountain City Traditional Arts will present an Irish Music Trio, “Music from the Lost Continent and Other Small Land Masses,” featuring Jesse Smith, Sean Gavin and John Blake, on Sunday, July 23 at 3 PM. A donation of $15 is kindly suggested.

Touring to support their recently released CD, this trio of musicians brings a sensibility and sensitivity to their music that is second to none. Steeped in traditional Irish music,  Jesse Smith and Sean Gavin are American born from traditional music royalty, and John Blake is a talented multi-instrumentalist from a London-Irish background. While Jesse and John both make their home in Ireland currently, the group’s powerful performance demonstrates how traditional Irish music connects far-flung Irish people through time and space.

Since his debut recording at the tender age of seventeen, Jesse Smith from Baltimore, Maryland has been making a formidable name for himself as an exceptional young traditional Irish fiddle player. The intervening years have seen Smith move from his birthplace in the USA to the thriving musical city of Galway, spend three years touring with the successful young group Danú and become one of the most noted young fiddle players of recent times. Smith’s musical upbringing could hardly have been more ideal being the son of renowned Cherish The Ladies pianist, Donna Long, and having the legendary American Irish fiddler Brendan Mulvihill as his tutor from the outset. The years under Mulvihill’s wing brought Jesse into contact with some of the finest traditional musicians playing in the US at the time.

Sean Gavin’s playing on the flute, whistle and uilleann pipes reflects his lifelong immersion in, devotion to, and love for traditional Irish music. This was no doubt encouraged by his County Clare-born, fiddle playing father, Mick Gavin. As a boy in Detroit, Sean played a variety of Irish instruments until settling on the flute at age 10, inspired by Scariff flautist Leo MacNamara.  Not long after, he began work on the uilleann pipes with teacher Al Purcell—himself a student of famed piper Leo Rowsome.  Currently residing in Chicago, he deeply values his many opportunities to hear, talk with and learn from Sligo flute legend Kevin Henry. Sean is a member of the acclaimed group NicGaviskey, often performs with his family and remains firmly dedicated to playing and teaching traditional Irish music.

John Blake is a traditional Irish flute player, guitarist, and pianist. An ex-member of traditional group Téada, John has performed and recorded with the cream of Irish musicians including John Carty, Paddy Glackin, Noel Hill, Liam O’Flynn, Jesse Smith, Harry Bradley, Colm Gannon, The Kane Sisters and James Kelly. Brought up in London, John moved to Ireland in 1998 and developed a reputation as an accompanist of note, racking up several album credits. He joined traditional band ‘Téada‘ in 2001 and toured with them for 3 years, at which point he got off the road and settled into a job in Na Píobairí Uilleann (The Pipers Club) in Dublin. In 2003 John was runner-up in the Irish Echo’s ‘Irish Traditional Musician Of The Year’ and in 2013 released his debut solo album ‘The Narrow Edge’. 

Located at 25 E. Main Street, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University – supported in part by the Maryland Traditions Program of the Maryland State Arts Council.

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.


The Four Cohans Opens Thursday at Embassy Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Thursday, 06 July 2017 08:01
CUMBERLAND, MD - Broadway's Tony-nominated Mark Baker of Manhattan and Cumberland will be directing and starring in this weekend's "The Four Cohans" - set for Thursday through Saturday7:30 pm and Sunday2:30 pm at Embassy Theatre.
Also starring are Don Stephens as the Music Director, Trish Morgan, Larry McGreevy and Jennifer Webster, and featuring Amy Clise, Ryan Maust, Beth Clise, Kyle Vogtman, Raven Malone and Karl Vogtman.
Some of the songs featured in the production will be "All Aboard For Broadway", "In The Shade of the Old Apple Tree", "Mansion of Aching Hearts", "Over There", "Longing for Old Broadway", and a variety of George M. Cohan tunes.
Admission is $10 per person, with a discounted tickets price of $8 per person with a family of four or more.
All productions and events at Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore Street, are supported in part by The Allegany County Arts Council and the City of Cumberland.
For more information or reservations, call (240) 362-7183, or visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.
Toasted Goat Winery to Host Opening Artist Reception PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristin Kehrwald   
Thursday, 06 July 2017 07:55

MarissaFrostburg resident Marissa Turner explores themes of renewal in her upcoming art show at the Toasted Goat Winery located at 10 E. Main Street in Frostburg. An opening reception for Turner will be held on Friday, July 7 from 6:00-9:00 PM. All are welcome to attend.


Turner returned to painting after a 14-year hiatus. "My last art show was in Rockville, Maryland," explained London-born Turner. "Over the last few years, I began to re-explore my own creativity as my children have grown older. I feel as though I've experienced a renewal." 


Turner credits the book, "Life, Paint and Passion," for her love of abstract painting. "That book gave me permission to view art as play," confided Turner. "I use my fingers, experiment with flicking and splattering paint, and enjoy where the painting process takes me." 


A graduate of Guildford College in Surrey, England, Turner earned her diploma in Graphic Design before moving to the Washington metro region in 1994. With her husband, James,  and family, she relocated to Frostburg in 2011. 


Turner's paintings will be for sale at the Toasted Goat Winery until mid-August. To contact Turner about her artwork, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more about the Toasted Goat Winery, please visit www.toastedgoatwinery.com

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