CES’ On the EDGE Series to Host Step Dance Group Molodi Live PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Monday, 24 October 2016 07:29

Molodi 1CES at Frostburg State University will present the electrifying step dancers of Molodi Live in its next On the EDGE series performance. The show will take place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 8:15 p.m. in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of FSU’s Lane University Center.

Using only their bodies as instruments, Molodi combines collegiate stepping, tap, gumboots, beatbox and poetry with guerrilla theatre. Interactive rhythms and crowd participation bridge the gap between the artists and the audience, who become essential participants in the performance. According to The Villager, “The soulful and energetically intense performance ... leaves the audiences in awe of their abilities to blend the traditional percussive dance forms.”

The On the EDGE series is an exciting club series presented as a collaboration between CES at FSU and FSU Student Activities. The series features cutting-edge performers who stretch the boundaries of their art forms. Patrons enjoy informal table seating, comfortable couch and armchair seating, and food and beverage options.

On the EDGE tickets are $15 and may be ordered by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137 or by visiting CES’ webpage at http://ces.frostburg.edu.

CES is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. The CES 60th Anniversary season is supported in part by the city of Frostburg and the FSU Foundation, Inc.

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

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

Senator Zirkin, District 11, Discusses Fracking Ban PDF Print E-mail
Written by Engage Mountain Maryland   
Monday, 24 October 2016 07:25

Engage Mountain Maryland, in cooperation with Citizen Shale, and the Don't Frack Maryland Coalition, welcomed Senator Bobby Zirkin from District 11, Baltimore County Tuesday evening to address the public about fracking legislation and the process to pass a ban on the industry in Maryland. The senator has seen and sponsored many fracking bills in his time on the Judicial Proceedings Committee, which he currently chairs. 

With just overnight notice, 60 residents carved out time to attend the impromptu meeting, including four local elected officials who have all expressed concern and opposition to fracking by either working on, or passing local ban ordinances for their respective towns. 

Sen. Zirkin carefully laid out the challenges and strategies to pass a ban in the next legislative session. The key, in his play book is to inform his fellow senators that Western Maryland overwhelmingly does not want fracking dotting the landscape like has happened in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The impression, according to Zirkin, is that most legislators think area residents are anxious to start drilling with the notion it will be good for the economy. 

Many opponents of fracking see it differently, basing their objections on the negative economic effects industrial development will have on an otherwise sustainable pristine recreational Mecca. With 60% of Garrett County's revenue coming from tourism and second home markets, its likely the invasive nature of fracking will drive tourists away and slow real estate interests. 

Earlier Tuesday, Delegate Kumar Barve, who chairs the Environment & Transportation Committee, vowed to pass ban legislation if it crosses his committee. This was encouraging news to Zirkin, but underscored the need to seek that same support with state senators. 

So far there is no specific ban bill, and Marylanders are anxiously awaiting what it will include. You can watch Sen. Zirkin's address and learn what he suggests for Western Maryland residents.

Frostburg Vows to Advance Fracking Ban PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathy Powell   
Monday, 24 October 2016 07:19

Frostburg Vows to Advance Fracking Ban After Citizens Deliver More than 600 Petitions, Rally Ahead of City Council Meeting

In response to broad public support, city leaders commit to holding a work session to review and move forward on ordinance proffered by Frack-Free Frostburg

frostburgfrackingbanFROSTBURG, Md. — More than 130 city residents, business owners, students, faith leaders and health professionals rallied this evening in Frostburg and testified before the City Council to show the broad citizen support for introducing and passing a city ordinance to ban fracking. In response, city leaders committed to moving forward on action.

The citizen-led group Frack-Free Frostburg delivered more than 600 petitions signed by residents and a letter signed by 24 local businesses at tonight’s City Council meeting, urging councilmembers to "get on the ban wagon" with their constituents. Citizens rallied across the street ahead of the council meeting with an actual wagon and a 13-foot-long banner reading, "Frostburg: Get on the Ban Wagon." (View photos by clicking here.)

At the Council Meeting, which attracted nearly 200 people, Frostburg Mayor Robert Flanigan recommended a process of extensive review in order to move forward an ordinance to prohibit fracking. The Mayor then proposed a public session with the Council and a small group from Frack-Free Frostburg.

“The call to ban fracking has inspired a new level of citizen engagement in Frostburg,” said Nina Forsythe, a city resident and founding member of Frack-Free Frostburg. “People from all walks of life and every political stripe, students and life-time residents alike, are coming together to protect our water, health and welfare. In fact, more people have signed petitions in support of banning fracking than voted in the last city election.”

The current draft of the proposed city ordinance would prohibit exploration or drilling for gas, the storage and disposal of fracking waste products, and withdrawals of water for the purposes of fracking within the city of Frostburg and city-owned land. Frostburg residents began organizing for a fracking ban this past summer, with the aim of putting local protections in place well before Maryland’s current two-year moratorium on drilling expires in October, 2017.

The city’s current zoning laws do not explicitly protect residents from fracking, particularly in districts zoned for technology and light industrial activity. They also allow for special exemptions that could leave the door open to fracking in other districts.

After over an hour of public comment, Mayor Flanigan acknowledged the strong public sentiment, saying he wanted everyone to know that “we care too.”  He promised that the Council would make the necessary changes to the ordinance to make it right, because “we are a green community here."

Former Maryland Senator and past Mayor of Frostburg John Bambacus spoke at the rally, and again at the City Council meeting. He told the Mayor and City Council that the prospect of fracking was “absolutely the most important issue facing this city in the 50 years I’ve lived here. I think you’re doing the right thing getting things started.”

“The time to protect our clean water and health is now, before any dangerous drilling is allowed anywhere near Frostburg,” said Ann Bristow, PhD, a retired FSU professor who served on the state’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. “Dozens of peer-reviewed studies and the experience of our neighbors in Pennsylvania show that fracking is inherently risky, and that state regulations are not capable of preventing harm. The City of Frostburg must be proactive, as it has been in addressing other important issues, and ban fracking now.”

Fracking is a dangerous gas drilling practice known to pollute air and water, diminish property values, degrade rural landscapes, and cause serious health problems. Unless local and state leaders take action to ban fracking, industrial drilling operations could begin in Western Maryland soon after October 2017.

The Western Maryland towns of Friendsville and Mountain Lake Park have already passed laws to ban fracking — in 2016 and 2011 respectively. Several other Maryland counties — including highly-populated Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties — have also enacted bans against fracking or put forward resolutions in favor of a statewide ban.

Frostburg Residents to Rally for Local Ban on Fracking PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathy Powell   
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 09:19


Citizens will deliver more than 500 petitions from residents and local businesses; speakers include leaders from other Western Md. towns that have banned fracking


FROSTBURG, Md. — Dozens of Frostburg residents will rally this Thursday and testify before the Frostburg City Council to press for local action to ban fracking, a dangerous form of gas drilling proven to cause air and water pollution and serious health problems.


Citizens will don “Frack-Free Frostburg” t-shirts and rally ahead of Thursday’s City Council meeting with an actual “ban wagon,” urging their city councilmembers to get on board to protect local drinking water, businesses, and public health and safety.


At the City Council meeting, community leaders will deliver petitions signed by more than 500 Frostburg residents and 23 local businesses calling for passage of a citywide fracking ban. Frostburg residents and leaders will also testify to the City Council about the urgency of action.


WHAT: Frostburg “Get on the Ban Wagon” Rally and City Council Meeting


WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 2016. The rally will begin at 6:15 p.m. The City Council meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.


WHERE: The rally will take place at Armstrong Insurance, 21 S Water St, Frostburg, MD 21532 (across the street from the Frostburg Community Center where the City Council Meeting will be held).


WHO: The event is sponsored by Frack-Free Frostburg and will include more than 50 area residents. Speakers at the rally and City Council meeting will include:

  • Jess Whittemore, member of the Friendsville Town Council, which banned fracking in July 2016

  • Nina Forsythe, founding member of Frack-Free Frostburg

  • Don Sincell, member of the Mountain Lake Park Town Council, which banned fracking in 2011 (testifying to City Council)


WHY: Maryland’s existing two-year moratorium on fracking will expire in October of 2017. Unless local and state leaders take action to ban fracking, industrial drilling operations could begin in Western Maryland soon after, bringing dangerous truck traffic, dropping home values, and toxic air and water pollution.

FSU to Celebrate Campus Sustainability Month with Guest Speaker PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Monday, 17 October 2016 10:15

Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club chapter, believes students play a critical role in the environmental movement. Visiting Frostburg State University to discuss a clean energy future and sustainability, Tulkin has displayed leadership in the passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Bill, the expansion of the Maryland Wildlands Program, the adoption of the 2015 Fracking Moratorium and the 2016 Pollinator Protection Act. His discussion will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in Compton Science Center room 226.

Tulkin’s duty with the Sierra Club includes overseeing campaigns, fundraising and membership in Maryland. Sierra Club’s Maryland Chapter focuses on protecting the state’s natural and wildlife resources, monitoring legislation, sponsoring outings and educating the public about pressing environmental issues.

The Maryland Chapter is among 60 chapters advocating for environmental issues across the nation. The chapter promotes awareness of conservation issues and programs to support environmental stewardship by individuals, communities and government agencies. The Sierra Club also engages in politics by lobbying and advocating to elect officials and pass legislation likely to benefit the environment.

Sponsored by Sustainability Studies and the FSU Foundation Environmental Lecture Fund, the event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Dr. Henry Bullamore at 301-687-4413 or visit www.sierraclub.org/maryland.

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.

Book Group to Meet at Main Street Books PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fred Powell   
Monday, 24 October 2016 07:21
The book group of Main Street Books in Frostburg will meet on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 pm in the bookstore.  The Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen will be discussed.  New members welcome.  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 .
Water Walk Maryland Holds Events in Frostburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kimb Alexander   
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 09:24


Action Coincides with 313-Mile Walk Across the State of Maryland in Support of a Statewide Ban on Fracking


Frostburg, MD – On Sunday, October 16, Kimb Alexander and Aeryn Boyd of Water Walk Maryland began a 5-day residency in Frostburg Maryland as the town’s people organize for and propose a Fracking ban to the City Council on Oct. 20th.  Four separate events were planned for this first stop of the 313-mile walk that began in Oakland, Maryland’s Autumn Glory Parade this weekend. Activists Alexander and Boyd are walking in support of a statewide ban on fracking – a process that causes serious air and water pollution and threatens the health and safety of Maryland residents. The walk is projected to end by the Western shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Cove Point where Dominion is building a $3.8 billion liquid natural gas (LNG) export facility.


•On Sunday, October 16 Water Walk kicked off the residency with music and a screening and discussion of the film Faith Against Fracking at St. John’s Episcopal Church.


•From Monday, October 17 through Thursday, October 20, the Walkers will be encouraging supporters across the state to take part in Chalk the Water Walk, a statewide social media art event across Maryland.  Participants are invited to decorate walkways near homes or businesses celebrating efforts to protect water from impacts of hydraulic fracturing.  They should then upload pictures of the artwork to Water Walk Maryland’s facebook page so that the messages can be shared by all.


•On Monday, October 17, the Walkers invited the public to join them at 10 a.m. as they hiked the Great Allegheny Passage from Frostburg towards Cumberland. Throughout the week, The Walkers are asking friends to follow them on facebook and join them for day hikes along the C&O Canal as they make their way towards Hancock, Md..


•On Tuesday, October 18, the Walkers will set up at the Clock Tower on the Frostburg State University campus (101 Braddock Rd, Frostburg, Maryland) from 12 noon to 2 p.m. for A Closer Look at Each Other.  In silence, participants will be encouraged to hold eye contact, one on one, for 1 to 4 minutes. This experience will provide an opportunity to connect and communicate more deeply on pressing issues, like fracking and our moral obligation to protect water.


•The Walkers’ final event in Frostburg will be attendance at the Thursday, October 20 City Council meeting to support the introduction of a fracking ban in the town.  The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Frostburg Community Center, 27 S. Water Street in Frostburg.  Because city and county-wide protections are a fundamental component of the statewide movement to ban fracking, the Walkers are encouraging concerned citizens, especially Frostburg residents, to attend and comment about their concerns.


“With already such a warm welcome to Frostburg,” says Alexander “we are happy to help encourage a fracking ban in yet another town in the beautiful State of Maryland.”


The residency is one of six major stops that will be made throughout this walking performance targeting unconventional natural gas development and production plans in Maryland. As the deadline for the state’s two-year moratorium on fracking approaches, residents are becoming more concerned about the harm and growing uncertainties of the practice.

What: 5-Day Residency in Frostburg, Maryland to raise awareness of fracking impacts


Who: Kimb Alexander and Aeryn Boyd, of Water Walk Maryland will walk 313 miles across the state to raise support for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).


When: Sunday, October 16 through Thursday, October 20, 2016


Where: various locations in Frostburg, including Clock Tower on FSU Campus and Frostburg Community Center, 27 S. Water Street, Frostburg Maryland.

October Events in Downtown Cumberland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Monday, 17 October 2016 10:20

Downtown Cumberland Farmers Market – Every Thursday through October 13. The Downtown Cumberland Farmers' Market is a place where the community meets each week to buy the best locally grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, organic products, baked goods and so much more! The market sets up every Thursday from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm on Baltimore Street in Historic City Center from May to October. Baltimore Street is a brick pedestrian only promenade with shops, cafes and restaurants. Bring the whole family and find the best local farmers have to offer!


Technology at the Gap: Emerging Trends 2016, Friday, October 14, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Western Maryland IT Center of Excellence. Technology at the Gap is a one-day conference for web developers, system admins, network and security specialists, managers, and others in, or around, the IT industry. Hear from engaging and informative speakers and spend time sharing ideas as you enjoy a little bit of fall in Western Maryland. The conference includes morning presentations from three dynamic speakers, a variety of breakout sessions in the afternoon, breakfast, lunch, and an After Hours networking event directly following the conference wrap up. Technology at the Gap will be held at the Rocky Gap Casino Resort. This event is presented by The Western Maryland IT Center of Excellence. The Center is funded in part by the State of Maryland's EARN Maryland Grant Program, administered by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.techgap2016.com.


Mountain Maryland Art Sale and Tour, October 22, 23, 29, 30 – 11 am – 5 pm.

Every year, painters, sculptors, photographers, potters, jewelers, woodworkers, furniture makers, and many more types of artists, open their doors to the public for our region's premier studio tour. Enjoy driving around our beautiful countryside during prime fall foliage and exploring our charming friendly towns as you visit the studios of talented artists in Allegany and Garrett Counties. This is your chance to visit with Western Maryland artists where they live and work, learn about their techniques and, of course, purchase some art for your home or as a gift. Our popular guidebook, complete with easy to follow maps, and descriptions of each Studio Tour Artist, will be available this summer. For more information, visit alleganyartscouncil.org


The Allegany County Animal Shelter is holding an open house and volunteer fair October 22, 11:30-4:00 in conjunction with National Shelter Month. Tina Rafferty, Executive Director, and Patty Collison, Shelter Manager, will be conducting a tour of the shelter and will talk about the exciting changes that are taking place, including a new on-site vet clinic and new outside housing for the dogs. We will also be showcasing our new outside dog play area. Come learn more about these new changes, our planned fall and winter events, and events planned for 2017! The Allegany County Animal Shelter is located at 716 Furnace Avenue, www.alleganyanimalshelter.com.

Ghost Tour, Saturday, October 22, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. A walking ghost tour of Historic Cumberland will be conducted on October 22 at 7:00PM. Tour guides in period costume will start the 90-minute tour at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Station where tickets may be purchased immediately prior to the tour. The tour includes hauntings from the French and Indian War to modern day sightings. The tour is appropriate for all ages. All proceeds are donated to local charities. For more information, call 301-777-9140.


Downtown Cumberland is the place to be on Saturday, October 29th for family fun. The annual Halloween Spooktacular celebration takes place from 11 AM until 1 PM in Downtown Cumberland and is filled with fun activities: trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and even a magic show.

  • Magic Show at Town Center - 11 AM
  • Magic Show at Town Center - Noon
  • Flash Mob at Town Center - 12:45 PM
  • Face Painting and Arts & Crafts by Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department 11 AM - 1 PM

The fun continues at Canal Place from 1 PM until 3 PM with free dance lessons. Dress the kids in their Halloween costumes and come downtown to join the fun!


Come visit The Hotel Nightmare, where your stay never ends! Cumberland, Maryland's very own haunted attraction at 19 Frederick Street, across from City Hall. From the creators of Camp Nightmare (2010) and Nightmare Manor (2011) at Rocky Gap State Park and The Crypt (2015) in Downtown Cumberland. ALCOVA Mortgage sponsors this event: Cumberland Branch. This event serves as a fundraiser for the following non-profit organizations: Cumberland Neighborhood Housing Services, The Cumberland Theatre, County United Way and The Rocky Gap Volunteer Team. Oct 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 & 3, 7:00-11:00pm. Tickets are $12/adult; $6/12 and under and are available at the door. Contact us at 301-338-1970 for questions.


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


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 and every day after 5 pm.




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


SWalk 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.


Be sure to go to Fort Cumberland Emporium facebook page and check out the I Saw It On Facebook Specials. The shop is listing special prices on specific items and only Emporium facebook friends will be eligible to purchase at the discounted rate.


The week at Barkin’ Basement, it’s all about home décor. All our pictures, mirrors, vases and knick-knacks are all 50% OFF. We’re open Thursday – Sunday, so stop in and discover all the great items we have waiting for you at Barkin' Basement prices. www.barkinbasementthriftshop.com or like us on facebook.


The Vapor Room, Cumberland's Award winning electronic cigarette shop is conveniently located on the downtown mall. Come visit our location at 57 N Centre Street and sign up for our Appcard program and get special discounts and deals at any of our 4 locations. It's so easy! Weekly specials include $10 30ml Flavors of the Week, $5 15ml Weekenders, and a monthly vape meet. This week, we will be doing a promo with $10 off $50, $20 off $100, $30 off 150. We will also be doing a promotion this weekend for double points on all purchases. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 10AM-6PM.


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


Fitzy’s Nifty Nook will be open Friday’s 4-Close (around 4) and Saturday’s noon-close (around 4) from now through December 17th.  WE WILL BE OPEN EXTRA HOURS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS! We will be closed September 16th and 17th for our annual family “vacation”.  We will, as always, be closed January and February then.  Please like our fb page to keep up to date on new projects and our spring re-opening sometime in March!


Hush Skin Care and Mountain Massage Wellness Spa is a wellness group that offers facials, corrective peels, lash/brow tinting, facial waxing, massage therapy, and body treatments. We are a retailer of high end skin care brands, makeup, essential oils, and wellness products. We offer Facial and Massage Club Memberships to our clients for discounts on monthly services and products. Hush Skin Care and Mountain Massage is located at 51 N Centre Street and are open Tuesday 10am-5pm; Wednesday-Friday 10am-4p; with other hours by appointment.


Boutique, Botox and Bubbly, Sunday, October 16, 1 -4 pm at Lew Lew Belle Boutique. We've all heard of Botox, but have you heard of a Boutique, Botox and Bubbly Party? This BB&B is exactly what it sounds like but BETTER. Lew Lew Belle Boutique welcomes the Specialists at The Spa At Spring Valley for a private afternoon of Pampering with girlfriends while Shopping & Sipping in an intimate atmosphere that caters to you. It's not JUST Botox! A specialty the team at Spring Valley offers is a non-surgical Facelift called PDO Thread Lift, which is termed "The Lunchtime Facelift" by many because within minutes you see instant results that last up to 3 years! We will have live demonstration of the PDO Thread Lift and Botox procedure scheduled at the start of this event for you and your guests. Everyone who attends will receive 10% off all Services. Bring a friend and both you and your friend receive 20% off. This is a private event with limited availability. Make a reservation with Lew Lew Belle Boutique through Facebook, Email, and In-Store or call 850-582-0902. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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 301.724.1183www.pharmacarenetwork.com.


The Tea CupboardTea Time Magazine is coming November 2nd at 3PM for a photo shoot !  We are very excited about this!   We will expand our serving time that day.  If you would like to be a part of the  photo shoot call and make a reservation!  Tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus is selling very quickly. This an old fashioned time with Mr and Mrs Claus, have tea and sweets, decorate a cookie to take home with you and hear a very special story! It is $15 per person, reservations only! This is our favorite time of year! Stop in for your favorite tea.  Or maybe a new teapot! Shop is open Tuesdays from 11-3, and  10-5 Wednesday through Saturday.  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! Donna Godlove is back with a Paint and Sip, October 16th, from 1 until 4PM. This class will be colored pencils on travertine tiles! November 6th Paint and Sip is with Donna Godlove too, it is soft pastels , and November 13th is Lita Havens with acrylics on a banner.  Both November Paint and Sips are  holiday and snowman themes ! All  classes are for beginners to advanced, and are $35, reservations only, and must be prepaid.  (soft pastels class is for over age 10. All materials are included, as well as light refreshments and tea.  Seating is limited.  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 www.theteacupboard.net 


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


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




Every Sunday, it’s All You Can Eat at Mezzos! Chicken wings, boneless Black Angus beef slides and nachos from noon – midnight. 114 S. Centre Street, 301-777-7750.


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.




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




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. 




(October 1 through 31) All month long, Washington Street Library will be featuring a "Stephen King Quote of the Day" display in the front lobby of the library. Each quote offers insight into a career that has spanned nearly 50 years, 65 books, and at least 93 movie and television adaptations. For more information, contact Myriah Strozykowski at Washington Street Library at 301-777-1200.


Story Time at the Washington Street Library’s Children’s Room, Tuesdays, from 10-11 am for children ages 3-5. We will be reading stories, doing crafts and singing songs.


Toddler Time at the Washington Street Library, Tuesdays, from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm for children 18-36 months. We will make crafts, read books and sing some songs together. For more information, contact Miss Stacy, Children’s Librarian 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!




All Aboard the WMSR - For the month of October, we will be operating the Mountain Limited Scenic Excursion every day of the week. It will depart every day at 11:30 a.m., with the exception of Sunday. Sunday's Mountain Limited departs at 1 p.m. 

The Evening Paradise Dinner Train will continue every Saturday at 6 p.m. It will include a Murder Mystery on Oct 22. The show details are below. The link for tickets is also below. Murder in Spades: The highest rollers in the country have gathered for the ultimate poker game, hosted by eccentric billionaire Fortune Bonaventure. Diamond Jim King, Flora Flush and Jackie Hart are just a few of the invited players. It’s the most prestigious card game in history, and these gamblers would do anything to win it all. https://public.whistletix.com/WMSR/Events/Calendar


Fourth Friday Teas at the Gordon-Roberts House. Enjoy tea and a presentation on the fourth Friday of each month. Tickets are $15/members; $20/non-members/$10 children 12 and under. For tickets, call 301-777-8678.

  • October 28 – Shirley Temple Black performed by JoAnn Peterson


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


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

  • November 25, 4-6 pm Downtown Cumberland Tree lighting Open House- Free admission, the museum will be open for visitors and families to walk through and enjoy period artifacts and magical holiday decor, live music by Cellist, Clare Cooper and Cumberland’s First Presbyterian Bell Choir (“Five golden rings!...”), Carriage House Gift Shop open with great gift-giving options. Hot tea, cocoa and Christmas cookies will be served. Free books for kids. Don’t miss this annual treat!
  • December 3, 11:00 am Victorian Christmas Tea- Come enjoy a festive holiday luncheon and dessert buffet in the grand dining room and live musical entertainment in the theme of the eleventh and twelfth gifts in The Twelve Days of Christmas carol! RSVP 301-777-8678 for tickets/ $20.00 per person
  • 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 An Evening of Holiday Story- An accordion, an enormous Christmas tree and legendary holiday time tales will make for an unforgettable memory-making evening. Join Katie and Otto Ross as they light up the winters’ night with the warmth of old stories and magical music. Family-friendly. Free Admission. Donations welcome.


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.




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

  • Friday November 11, Saturday, November 12, Sunday, November 13 John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera”
  • Sunday, December 18 “A Festival of Lessons and Carols”Sunday, March 5 “The Kinges Musick
  • 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 Woman in Black - October 13 - October 30 - Cumberland Theatre. Based on a novel by Susan Hill, The Woman in Black, by Stephen Mallatrat, follows the story of Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, as he journeys to the attend the funeral of a client, Mrs. Alice Drablow. At the funeral, he sees a young woman with a wasted face, dressed all in black, standing in the churchyard. Sorting through Mrs. Drablow's papers, Arthur finds a box of letters, and ultimately discovers the dreadful secret of the Woman in Black - to his own terrible cost. For tickets, call (301) 759-4990 or visit the theatre website. www.cumberlandtheatre.com


The Allegany Arts Council hosts a group dance lesson and social dance for all ages. In cooperation with Patricia Golden, owner of Industrial Ballroom, the “Third Friday” dance sessions offer the opportunity to learn a new dance step and then practice it with others in the lovely wooden-floored spaces of the Saville and Schwab Galleries. There is an optional potluck—bring a dish to share if you’re up to it. Bring your own beverage of choice. Water is provided. The Lesson will rotate through swing, salsa, rumba, 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.


Embassy Theatre is partnering with City Lights American Grill & Bar to offer dinner/theatre tickets to its Friday and Saturday shows on Oct 21, 22, 28 and 29. The package will include dinner/theatre for two, or for a single pass, including house salad and assorted dressings, spaghetti and house-made marinara, Caporale rolls and butter, soft drinks and choice of a hand-crafted dessert each from the following list: peanut butter pie, white chocolate creme brulee or fruit cobbler with or without ice cream. Gratuity is also included in the package. After dinner, the dinner/theatre package participants will be attending the Embassy's production of "The Artificial Jungle", beginning at 8 pm. Also offered to each package holder will be a complimentary "King of the Jungle" cocktail from the Passport Cafe in the lobby and VIP reserved seating with autographed playbills. The package holders also will have the opportunity for post-show photographs of the cast, and these will be posted on the Embassy's Facebook page. Cost for the two-person dinner/theatre pass is $65, cost for a single pass is $35, and passes must be reserved in advance by calling Embassy Theatre (240) 362-7183. Leave name, phone number, and dinner reservation time on the voice mail, and call backs will be made to confirm and make the payment arrangement for the package. Reservations for this Jungle dinner/theatre package cannot be made through City Lights. The package is inclusive and cannot be separated in to sections. Packages are limited to a first-come, first-served basis, and are subject to seat availability.

The show will run for six performances, Oct 21-23 and 28-30, with evening shows at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the show at the door or in advance on eventbrite.com.


Allegany Allied Arts is pleased to present the cult favorite "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975) with full audience participation encouraged. October 29, 2016, Windsor Castle Events Centre, 210 S Centre St, Cumberland, Maryland 21502. Hosted by our own Iva Phetish. Doors open 7:30pm, "Virgin Games" pre-show and costume contest at 9:30pm. Feature presentation 10pm. A limited number of "Survival Kit" grab bags will be available for $5 each. Arrive early and don't miss out. 100 minutes. Rated R. Under 17 not admitted without parent or guardian. 21+ for alcohol. $8 General Admission. $120 Premium Table (for 6) includes six admission tickets, six grab bags, and six t-shirts. Please contact us for sponsorship and fundraising opportunities. Bulk ticket sales available; please enquire by email for 20+. Tickets on sale at www.eventbrite.com.


Embassy Theatre, located at 49 Baltimore Street on the Downtown Cumberland Mall, will host "Rave - A Slightly Warped Production - Return of the Living Dead" on Halloween night, Oct 31. "The doors open at 8 pm," states DJ Victor Dion Friel," and we will feature 80s Dark Wave, Goth, Synth Pop & Techno, Dance Electronica, Post Punk Industrial, and even a few jokes and surprises, too." Sounds for the evening will include New Order, Depeche Mode, Blutengle, Ministry and Sisters of Mercy and many more.

There is a $5 cover charge, and the Embassy's Passport Cafe in the lobby will be serving popcorn, hot dogs, candies, American and European beers and mixed drinks.

For more information, call (240) 362-7183.




Paint & Sip Scarecrow - October 14, at MountainSHINE Creative.This event is a Paint and Sip. Water and Tea are generally available but all other drinks are to be brought by attendees. (21+ can bring an adult beverage of choice if they show their ID) Overview Details: Paint Party Theme: Theme to be Announced Soon 5 steps or less Ages 15+ recommended. Ages 21+ may bring their beverage of choice (wine, beer, etc,)


Kids’ Paint Party: Monster Face, October 15, 4:00 PM at MountainSHINE Creative

Price: $15 Age Suggestion: 4+ - Adult Painters welcome! Join your kiddos! Date: October 15th Time: 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Theme: Pumpkins Includes Materials and an 8x10 Canvas Description: Join Shantastic Shine as she works with kids of all ages to create pumpkin themed paintings! Seats are limited, so please RSVP ASAP. Or purchase through our website.www.MountainShineCreative.com Please note: It is advised that children not be in their best clothes. Though aprons are available accidents often happen.


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


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




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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