Our Town Theatre to Host 9th Annual Christmas Market PDF Print E-mail
Written by Our Town Theatre   
Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:10

Our Town Theatre's 9th Annual Christmas Market will be held at St. Peter's Parish Social Hall on Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 am until 3 pm. We will have a variety of vendors on site for Christmas shopping. Join us for lunch and enjoy local musicians playing Christmas music and original pieces. Santa and Mrs. Claus will happily pose for pictures. Please make plans to attend and share the festive atmosphere with your friends and family. More information, including vendor names, available at www.ourtowntheatre.org.

 
Middle States Renews ACM Accreditation Through 2022-3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gil Hazelwood   
Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:09

CUMBERLAND, Md. – The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which recently evaluated Allegany College of Maryland for institutional and educational effectiveness, has reaffirmed its accreditation through 2022-23.

 The regional accrediting agency’s approval, issued at a mid-November meeting, follows a comprehensive review of the college as a whole and of individual units.

 The process included an institutional self-study and an onsite evaluation by a team of nine community college executives, administrators and faculty members.

 Middle States examines for 14 standards that demonstrate its Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education in colleges seeking accreditation.

 The 14 are divided evenly among overall institutional operations and aspects of the education and related services that a college delivers to students and the community.

 Institutional standards include such wide-ranging areas as mission and goals; planning resource allocation and institutional renewal; leadership and governance; administration and institutional assessment.

 Educational effectiveness pertains to such standards as student admissions and retention; student support services; faculty; educational offerings; general education and assessment of student learning.

 “We are pleased that Allegany College of Maryland has been fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education,” said ACM’s president, Dr. Cynthia Bambara.

 “This external validation reaffirms that the college continues to move in the right direction of providing excellence in education.”

 Added Kim Leonard, chair of ACM’s Board of Trustees: “Quality higher education that is both affordable and accessible is a hallmark of our institution. ACM will continue to provide education and services to meet the needs of our students.”

 The Middles States Commission on Higher Education is responsible for more than 525 accredited and candidate institutions in, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

 ACM received its initial Middles States accreditation four years after its 1961 founding. The college’s accreditation was last affirmed in 2010.

 More information about the commission’s action can be found at Middle States’ website, www.msche.org. More information about ACM is available at www.allegany.edu.

 
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 .

 
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.

 
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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