Author to Participate in Discussion of Her New Novel at Main Street Books PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred Powell   
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:40

RunawayMidwifePatricia Harman, author of The Runaway Midwife, will participate in the upcoming book discussion of her new novel at Main Street Books in Frostburg on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 pm.  Recently published by William Morrow, an imprint of  HarperCollins, Harman's new title is a fast-paced tale of a midwife on the run from a series of devistating events in her life.  Fleeing from West Virginia, she seeks solitude on a a remote island in Canada and tries to reinvent her life.

Harman is the author of four previous books, including The Midwife of Hope River and The Reluctant Midwife and two memoirs.  Earlier in the year, she published her first childrens book titled Lost on Hope Island: the Amazing Tale of the Little Goat Midwives.  Harman lives near Morgantown WV and is  recently retired from the field of midwifery after caring for woman and families for over 30 years.  This is the third visit Harman is making to Main Street Books to discuss her books.   The book group that has been meeting in the store since 1998.

For additional information call 301-689-5605 or e-mail  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  New members and area book groups are welcome to attend.

 
Arts Council Galleries Feature WV Artists PDF Print E-mail
Written by Heidi Custer   
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:33

“South of the Border” in the Saville gallery from March 4-25, 2017, showcases the work of three West Virginia artists; woodworker Joshua Miller, ceramicist Audrey Taucher, and painter Robert Singleton.

For over 25 years, Josh Miller has been a maker and designer of furniture, timber frame buildings, and sculpture. His studio-workshop is located in Mathias, WV.  The exhibition in the Saville features sculptural pieces from his “Implement” series, in which he uses his fine craftsman skills to create wood sculptures of walnut and oak joined without a single nail. This series has been described as “rustic contemporary” and brings to mind tools used long ago.

 

Audrey Taucher, also from Mathias, began making wheel thrown pottery in 1999 and then in 2013 learned hand-building techniques. This new method of fabrication made her fall in love with clay all over again. Her pieces incorporate creative shapes and beautiful glazes. Many of these creations are designed with specific foods in mind so, of course, these are all food safe.

 

Robert Singleton is a renowned artist, especially of large landscapes. His paintings are included in private and corporate collections worldwide as well as in numerous museum collections.  After a hiatus from a long career of public exhibitions, Robert has in the last several years again taken up his brush. His single subject now is luminous cloud paintings. These works, some of which are quite large in scale, seek to convey a sense of peace and reverence; often capturing the ethereal and atmospheric quality of the interplay of clouds and light. Robert resides and works from a hilltop in Baker.  

 

The Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery hosts works by the painter Sandra Wright from March 11-25. Born in Colombia, South America, Sandra worked as a Math and Physics teacher before moving to the United States in 1998. She currently resides in West Virginia.

 

 Sandra has always considered painting and drawing to be her true love, despite her early professional career. Thanks in great part to the guidance of well-known artist Mary Ekroos of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Sandra has become a full time artist. Her media include oil, pastel, and pencil. 

 

Her work has been on display in numerous art galleries in Maryland and West Virginia She enjoys taking commissioned work for individuals, family portraits, and corporations.

The reception for both of these exhibitions is Saturday, March 11, from 6-8pm. It is free and open to the public. The Allegany Arts Council is located at 9 N. Centre St, in downtown Cumberland, MD. Call 301.777.2787 for more information.

 
St. Paddy's Day with the Fly Birds at Embassy Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:24
spe3Embassy Theatre will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with its "St. Paddy's Day With the Fly Birds" on Friday, March 17
 
The theatre is located on the Downtown Cumberland Mall at 49 Baltimore Street, and the evening's music will include Ben Childs, Ally Norris and the Fly Birds.
 
Ben Childs is an 18 year old singer-songwriter from Frostburg, MD. His music covers a wide variety of genres, from hip-hop to folk. He often performs his original songs, drawing influence from artists like Ed Sheeran and Twenty One Pilots. He hopes that through his music, he will be able to connect to listeners' hearts and souls. spe1
 
 
Ally Norris is a 14 year old original singer-songwriter from Cresaptown, MD. Her influences are Lzzy Hale, Pat Benatar, Slash, Orianthi, Carrie Underwood, Paramore, Shinedown, Evanescence, and Led Zeppelin. She has several songs that she has written, and she will be showcasing some of these at events. Her songs have a rich, youthful glow enveloped in country, pop, and rock. Enjoy!
 
The Fly Birds are a trio made up of Elizabeth Baker and Mary Dunlap of Winchester, VA on Banjo and Bass and Sarah Twigg of Barton, MD on the guitar. Their unique vocals as well as original style of folk music is topped off with tasteful songwriting skills and a charming presence on stage and record. The band was formed in April 2016 and plan to release their first record in 2017.
 
Check them out on Facebook to learn more about upcoming music releases and shows in your area!
 
"Cover for this St. Paddy's Day musical event is $10, which supports these outstanding musicians and their talents, as well as supporting our nonprofit theatre," adds executive director Jerard Puckett. Valid ID required for admission.
Music begins at 7 pm and continues until 1 am. Passport Cafe will be open in the lobby.
 
spe2All events at Embassy Theatre are supported in part by the Allegany County Arts Council and the City of Cumberland.
 
For more information, contact Embassy Theatre at (240) 362-7183, or visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.

 

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

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Presidents’ Day – Monday, February 20

Shop Local! Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is

Love the Local! Support Your Local Businesses

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking for a great location for your next big event? Check out the Windsor Castle Events Centre (the former Cumberland Armory), 210 S. Centre Street. Windsor Castle is perfect for wedding receptions, dances, conferences, conventions, reunions and more! For more information, call 301-722-0005

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

 RETAIL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 The Vapor Room, Cumberland's Award winning electronic cigarette shop is conveniently located on the downtown mall. Come visit our location at 57 N Centre Street. The Vapor Room Weekly Sales and Specials: Every Tuesday – Double Punch Tuesday. Get a Bonus stamp on your AppCard when buying a 30ml bottle or larger. The Vapor Room is a trusted retailer of top electronic cigarette brands and premium nicotine e-liquids. Our Appcard rewards program offers our customers generous discounts on future purchases. Our Downtown Cumberland shop is open Monday through Saturday 10AM-6PM. Stop in and speak with one of our friendly staff today!

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

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

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

 GREAT GIFT IDEA! DCBA (Downtown Cumberland Gift Certificates) are available at The Book Center and may be used at any DCBA member’s business. You may find out who is a DCBA member online at www.visitcumberland.org

WINING & DINING & HOSPITALITY

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

All lunch Specials are $6.50 each!

·      Monday - Open faced chicken and gravy with fries

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

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

Karaoke starting at 730pm.

·      Wednesday - Chicken quesadilla with fries or side salad.

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

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

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

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

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

·      Saturday – Half-priced pizza day

Music by The Cramer Brothers starting at 10pm

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

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

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

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

Kitchen and Bar hours:

Monday through Thursday        11:00am until Midnight

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

Sunday                                                      12:00 noon until Midnight

Kitchen open late every night of the week!

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

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

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

Mezzos is scheduling Spirit Nights for any organizations wanting to hold a profitable fundraiser. Call Angel at Mezzos at 301-777-7750 for details.

City Lights Beer & Burger Thursdays – Every Thursday from 5:00 to close we will be offering a Gourmet Burger with Fries and a Pint of Beer for $10.95.

City Lights Wine & Cheese Wednesdays – Enjoy Three Cheese Board and 2 glasses of house wine for $15 or order any one of their Cheese Boards and get 25% off any bottle of wine. To see City Lights full menu, visit www.citylightsamericangrill.com.

BUSINESS, FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

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

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

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

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

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

- Professional office space available from $35 a month.

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

LITERARY/LIBRARY/FOR KIDS

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

The spring Launch Series schedule is as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All children from birth to their 5th birthday are eligible for the Imagination Library of Allegany County! The only requirement – the child must live in Allegany County! This program mails one age appropriate book each month to children at no cost to the family! For more information and/or a registration form or information about sponsoring a child, please call the United Way office – 301-722-2700!

MUSEUMS/WMSR

WMSR Late Winter/Spring Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172 Museum is open to the public every Friday from noon – 6 pm. On display are actual weapons and replica weapons, photographs, equipment, souvenirs, rations, uniforms and other memorabilia provided by Vietnam veterans or their families or friends. A video is available for the public to watch. The museum is open each Friday, there is no admission fee and groups may tour the museum at other times by appointment by calling 301-777-7001.

ENTERTAINMENT – MUSIC, THEATRE, ETC.

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

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

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

·      Sunday, March 5 “The Kinges Musicke”

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

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

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

The Allegany Arts Council hosts a group dance lesson and social dance for all ages. In cooperation with Patricia Golden, owner of Industrial Ballroom, the "Third Friday" dance sessions offer the opportunity to learn a new dance step and then practice it with others in the lovely wooden-floored spaces of the Saville and Schwab Galleries. There is an optional potluck bring a dish to share if you're up to it. Bring your own beverage of choice. Water is provided. The Lesson will rotate through swing, salsa, rumba, cha cha, Waltz, fox trot, and tango. Each session costs $10 for an individual, or $18 for a couple. The lesson begins at 7:15 pm and the Dance starts at 8:00 pm. The Saville Gallery is located at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland, MD. All are welcome.

ART

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

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

Art Saturdays

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

·      March 11, Sing!, with Mikayla Dodge

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

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

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

JOB/CHARITABLE/VOLUNTEER /OPPORTUNITIES

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

Not a member of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA)? Even if you don’t have a business in Downtown Cumberland, you can join as a Friend of DCBA. Membership forms are available at www.visitcumberland.org. Join in and support the efforts of Downtown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Hooley Pub Crawl PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 16:29

Open According to the dictionary, the term “hooley” is defined as a noisy, merry party.  And that’s what Downtown Cumberland and the surrounding area turn into on Saturday, March 11, as Cumberland celebrates the 19th annual St. Paddy’s Day Hooley Pub Crawl.

This year’s Hooley has several participating restaurants, clubs, bars and pubs.  The Hooley Trolley will be available to transport crawlers from place to place from 2 to 8 p.m.

Six Trolley stops will complete the loop: 1. Downtown (Corner of Harrison & Centre Streets), 2. Woodchux (Greene Street), 3. Outdoor Club (Industrial Blvd), 4. Virginia Avenue (300 Block), 5. Patrick’s Pub (Rolling Mill), 6. Union & Park Streets (Post Office).

The festivities will kick-off at Noon with music, Irish food and libations at several locations.  The music entertainers include The Shanty Irish who will be performing throughout the event at a variety of locations.  Each participating location will be offering food and drink specials, live music or other entertainment

Through the cooperation of the Cumberland City Police, the Mayor and City Council, and the Downtown Development Commission, several downtown streets will be closed on Saturday for pedestrian use only. Those streets are Centre Street from Harrison to Frederick Street, Liberty Street from Frederick to Harrison Street, Pershing Street as well as Union Street in such a fashion that the parking garage will be accessible, but no thru traffic will be allowed. Merchants Alley Parking Lot will also be closed.

Centre and Liberty Streets will be closed at 4 p.m., with no parking after 3:00 p.m.  Merchant’s Alley Parking Lot and Pershing Street will be closed with no parking at noon. Open containers will be allowed in certain areas for patrons to enjoy the day from noon to 2 a.m.

PATRONS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO BRING THEIR OWN COOLERS OR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND ALL GLASS CONTAINERS ARE PROHIBITED. As always, responsible and respectful behavior is expected to insure a safe and successful event that helps to kick off the Spring and Summer season in Downtown Cumberland.

While Downtown Cumberland is pet friendly, we kindly request that pet owners do not bring their pets to this event.  For more Hooley Pub Crawl Information and a complete schedule of events visit www.downtowncumberland.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 
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