Baltimore City Council Adopts Resolution Upholding Paris Climate Agreement PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allison Rich, Maryland Environmental Health Network   
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:35

The Baltimore City Council adopted a resolution at their June 19th meeting committing Baltimore to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement.

A youth-led rally in support of the resolution took place inside City Hall before the vote.

BALTIMORE — On June 19th, Baltimore youth, residents, local elected officials, and environmental advocates rallied inside City Hall in a strong showing of support for city-level climate action. Baltimore City Councilman Zeke Cohen introduced a resolution at the City Council meeting later that evening committing Baltimore to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement.

The rally featured several local leaders, including students with the advocacy group Baltimore Beyond Plastic, Councilman Zeke Cohen, and members of the Baltimore Peoples Climate Movement, who spoke in support of the resolution. The resolution was co-sponsored by fourteen members of the City Council and was adopted immediately during Monday night’s meeting.

Claire Wayner, co-founder of Baltimore Beyond Plastic, said, "plastic pollution has a direct linkage to climate change from its manufacturing out of fossil fuels to its all-too-common disposal through trash incineration, which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Our organization is committed to transmitting the youth voice to support positive climate action in Baltimore to indirectly reduce our reliance on plastics, and we hope our city will join the nationwide movement to stand behind the Paris Climate Agreement."

“We applaud the efforts of the Baltimore City Council to address climate change, the greatest threat to our health and safety,” said Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, Executive Director of the Maryland Environmental Health Network. “Climate change can lead to dangerous health conditions and preventable deaths for the most vulnerable Marylanders. Baltimoreans already experience extended allergy seasons, heat stress, heart disease, asthma and other lung diseases, as well as increases in the spread of vector borne illnesses like Lyme disease and the threat of the Zika virus. We can not afford to ignore short-sighted rollbacks or play partisan politics at the expense of health outcomes.”

Cortez Elliott, a member of the Baltimore Peoples Climate Movement, said, "Glad to see Baltimore City moving ahead in the right direction towards a just, clean energy economy. This resolution is the first stepping stone to ensure the city is setting the standard for inclusiveness, equity, and energy efficiency by addressing the environmental injustices that disproportionately impact low-income people and communities of color in Baltimore. The resolution highlights the importance of making the world a better place for future generations by taking strong action to fight climate change."

Background Information:

The United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement on June 1 sparked action from concerned citizens outraged by the implications for future Baltimoreans. Baltimore youth, Councilman Cohen, environmental health advocates, and a coalition of groups that make up the Baltimore Peoples Climate Movement, united to reject this reckless decision and abdication of leadership. In the absence of federal action, cities like Baltimore must step up.

Councilman Zeke Cohen, the Maryland Environmental Health Network, and over fifteen partners collaborated on the resolution. The aims of the resolution are to recognize the significance of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, oppose the U.S.’s withdrawal from it, and commit Baltimore City to specific practices that will work to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. The resolution pledges to uphold practices that foster “a liveable, economical, equitable, and just energy future for all Baltimoreans regardless of age, race, income, or zip code.” The resolution can be viewed here.

More information can be found on Facebook at Baltimore Beyond Plastic, Baltimore Peoples Climate Movement , and by searching the hashtags #BmoreClimateJust and #WeAreStillIn.

 
Embassy Theatre Announces Cast of "The Four Cohans" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:33
CUMBERLAND, MD - The celebrated career of Broadway impresario George M. Cohan who, along with his parents and sister created a lifetime of Great White Way blockbuster hits for over four decades in New York's Manhattan, will be presented as "The Four Cohans" for four shows July 6-9 at Embassy Theatre in Downtown Cumberland.
 
Admission for the show is $10 per person, with a discount admission of $8 for family parties of four of more.
 
The four performances will be performed by the company of actors, who, along with director Mark Baker, veteran of New York, regional and international theatre appearances, will present a two-act musical tribute of 75 minutes from the Cohan family's vast repertoire of classic pre-Tin Pan Alley fare. 
 
Baker taught acting and English at Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts High School, and will share techniques from private study, as well as formative studies at Carnegie Mellon University, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Neighborhood Playhouse.
 
Cast members, in addition to Mark Baker, are Larry McGreevy, Trish Morgan, Don Stephens, Amy Clise, Karl Vogtman, Ryan Maust, Kyle Vogtman, Beth Clise and Raven Malone.
 
Don Stephens will serve as Music Director; Jennifer Grein will be the stage manager. Official photographer for the production will be Sam Bennett, and Rocky Alls will serve as videographer.
 
Reservations can be made by calling the Embassy at (240) 362-7183. For more information, visit Facebook at embassytheatrecumberland.
 
The picnic/theatre package is an interactive visit to share a picnic with The Cohan Family in the lobby, backstage in their dressing areas, upstairs in the green room and in the theatre for the show. Picnic-goers will be escorted to the areas and welcomed by picnic guides.
 
The Southern Country Picnic/Theatre is a chance to bring the family, or just make it a picnic with your most favorite people. Enjoy the red and white checkered tablecloths, wildflower centerpieces, red/white/blue picnic-decor, cafe-style seating in the Embassy lobby. Picnic is served buffet-style, beginning at 6:00 pm on July 6, 7 and 8, and reservations are required. "The Four Cohans" follows at 7:30 pm. The final show is Sunday, July 9 at 2:30 pm, but there is no picnic that day.
 
Deadline for picnic/theatre reservations is no later than July 2.
 
Cost - which includes Southern Country Picnic, admission to "The Four Cohans," complimentary cocktail or beverage during the show, reserved VIP seating, opportunity for post-show photos/autographs with Mark Baker and cast members - $30 Adult Single, $50 Adult Couple, $95 Family Package (for four people...for each additional family member, add $25)
 
Southern Country Picnic Menu:
 
Fried Chicken
Cucumber Salad
Macaroni and Cheese
Green Beans and Taters
Cornbread and Butter
Sweet Ice Tea/Coffee
Fruit Cobbler w/Vanilla Ice Cream
 
All productions and activities at Embassy Theatre are supported in part by the Allegany County Arts Council and the City of Cumberland.
 
Maryland Blues Master Phil Wiggins Selected as National Heritage Fellowship Recipient PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maryland Traditions   
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:22

phil wiggins2BALTIMORE, MD (June 20, 2017) – Blues harmonica master and Montgomery County resident Phil Wiggins has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as a National Heritage Fellowship recipient. The fellowship, given annually by the NEA, is the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Wiggins is among nine folk and traditional artists from across the U.S. who will receive $25,000 at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in September.

“Folk and traditional arts are an integral part of our state’s unique heritage and we are proud that the National Endowment for the Arts has chosen Marylander Phil Wiggins for this prestigious honor,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “The work that Phil has done as a traditional artist and the art form that he continues to share with fellow musicians is critical in helping Maryland continue to cultivate a strong and thriving arts community.” Steeped in an acoustic country blues tradition known as Piedmont blues, Wiggins has been playing harmonica since he was a teenager.

“Looking over the other people that have received this award, it’s amazing that I’m in that company,” Wiggins said. “That’s a huge affirmation for me to be considered in that group.”

At the Maryland State Arts Council, which houses the state folklife program Maryland Traditions, Director Chad Edward Buterbaugh said, “We’re just thrilled that Phil is being honored. His work is an indispensable piece of the country blues tradition in the United States.”

The NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony will take place at the Library of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 5:30 p.m., and the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert will take place on Friday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. Concert tickets are first-come, first-served and will be available later this summer. The concert will also be webcast live at arts.gov.

More information about both of these events will be available later this summer. To learn more about Wiggins’ life and work, visit https://www.msac.org/maryland-recipients-neanational-heritage-fellowship. To see the full list of 2017 National Heritage Fellowship recipients, visit the NEA site at www.arts.gov.

Maryland Traditions is a statewide partnership of folklorists and folklife specialists. Headquartered in Baltimore, the program derives its strength from the work of six key partners in identifying, documenting, supporting, and presenting Maryland folklife: maritime culture advocacy through the Coastal Heritage Alliance (St. Michaels); Appalachian folklife research and programming through Frostburg State University; traditional arts programming through the National Council for the Traditional Arts (Silver Spring); American Studies research and education at University of Maryland, Baltimore County; decoy art and maritime culture expertise through the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art (Salisbury); and community folklife research and programming through the Sandy Spring Museum.

The mission of the Maryland State Arts Council is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of our state. The goals of the council are to support artists and arts organizations in their pursuit of artistic excellence, to ensure the accessibility of the arts to all citizens, and to promote statewide awareness of arts resources and opportunities.

### Image: Phil Wiggins performing at the 7th Annual Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival, June 10, 2017, in Baltimore. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.

 
Embassy and Crabby Pig Team Up for Dinner and Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:22
The board of directors of Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore Street, Cumberland, announces that reservations are now being accepted for the dinner/theatre package for the upcoming "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
 
One of Tennessee Williams's best-known works and his personal favorite, the play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1955. Set in the plantation home in the Mississippi Delta of Big Daddy Pollitt, a wealthy planter, the play examines the relationships among members of Big Daddy's family, primarily between his son Brick and Maggie the "Cat", Brick's wife.
 
"We are partnering with Crabby Pig of Cumberland for this production, offering patrons an opportunity to enjoy a nice, relaxing dinner before the show," says director Jerard Puckett. "Those interested in the package call the theatre directly to make reservations, and we take care of everything from there," Puckett adds.
 
The dates for the dinner/theatre package are Fridays and Saturdays, June 2-3 and 9-10. The package includes a full course dinner, dessert and gratuity at Crabby Pig, admission to "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," complimentary cocktail or beverage at the theatre, reserved VIP seating, and opportunity to have post-show photos taken with cast members. Price for couples is $85, singles $45.
 
MENU:
 
Guests have choice of one of the following:
 
*Crab Cake Dinner, 1 crab cake (broiled or fried) with choice of two sides
 
*6 oz Steak with 4 shrimp (sautéed, fried or steamed) and choice of two sides
 
*Rib & Seafood Combo (4 bones, & 4 shrimp - fried, steamed or sautéed), cornbread and one side
 
*Pasta Alfredo (vegetarian, chicken, shrimp) or Scampi, with salad and garlic bread
 
Dessert: Choice of Signature Bread Pudding or Cheesecake w/choice from three toppings (chocolate, raspberry or caramel).
                   
Dinners have a choice of the following sides:  french fries, baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes, long grain wild rice, baked beans, fresh sautéed green beans, applesauce or sweet coleslaw.
 
Dinner/Theatre reservations may be made by calling (240) 362-7183. Return confirmation calls will be made to those making reservations to confirm dates, meal times and other details.
 
Productions and events at Embassy Theatre are supported in part by the Allegany County Arts Council and the City of Cumberland.
 
Nationally Known Educator to Serve as Frostburg State University’s Interim College of Education Dean PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:13

Dr. Boyce C. Williams, a nationally renowned educator in the field of public and teacher education, has been named Frostburg State University’s interim dean of the College of Education.

Williams is currently president and CEO of the National Alliance for Learning, Inc., a higher education consulting agency. Previously, she was senior vice president and chief of staff at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. Her background also includes working in public school administration in East Lansing, Mich., and in teacher education at Elizabeth City State University, part of the University of North Carolina system.

“I’m at the stage of my career where I want to do things like this to support an institution as it takes itself to the next level,” Williams said. “My career has come full circle. This position calls on my many diverse experiences, especially in terms of collaborating and reaching consensus, and brings me back to my roots in supporting students and advancing the vision of an institution.”

Williams has also worked in education policy matters on Capitol Hill and in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and taught at a university in the United Arab Emirates. She was a vice president for the teacher education accrediting body NCATE, and has experience on both sides of the accrediting process.

A recipient of eight honorary doctorate degrees, Dr. Williams earned her bachelor’s in English education from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, a master’s in urban counseling from Michigan State University and her doctorate in counseling psychology from Michigan State University.

Williams will serve for the coming year as the University conducts a national search for a new dean following the retirement on June 30 of Dr. Clarence Golden, who is retiring after 18 years at FSU. Williams will arrive in Frostburg in June and work with Golden in ensuring a smooth transition in the College of Education’s departments of Educational Professions and Kinesiology & Recreation, and with the College’s many educational partners, especially among regional schools.

For more information about FSU’s College of Education, visit www.frostburg.edu/colleges/coe

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.

 
Hot Sauce Willie Performs Friday, June 23 -Cumberland Comes Alive PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 15:30

 The Cumberland Comes Alive concert series welcomes Hot Sauce Willie to Bands on the Bricks on Friday evening June 23. The band will be performing on the First Peoples Community Credit Union Historic City Center Stage at the corner of Liberty & Baltimore Streets at 6:30 pm. The performance is free of charge, but seating is limited, so don’t forget your folding lawn chair.

Recovered from the wreckage of 'The Fighting Hellfish Blues Band', Hot Sauce Willie have been delighting local crowds with their unique mix of classic rock, R&B, pop, and blues since 2008. The band features Matt Pesta (guitar/vocals), Dave Dorsey (guitar/vocals), Nathan Castleman (bass), Nick Monteleone (keys), Brian Glisan (drums/vocals), and David Schram (sax/harmonica, vocals).

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

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

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

 
Downtown Cumberland Events and Activities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:27

The Downtown Cumberland Business Association and Mezzos presents Tom Watt and the Fruitcakes, aka The BuffettmanSaturday, May 20 at the Venue at Mezzos. The Buffett party starts at 3 pm. The Buffettman show runs 8 – 11 pm. Kicking off the fun is local band Twisted Unplugged featuring Larry Bonner, Chris Haines and Gary Riggleman playing a variety of acoustic favorites. Tickets are $15/person and are available at Mezzos, The Book Center and at the door. Put on your favorite Hawaiian shirt, enjoy a cheeseburger in paradise, a few margaritas and enjoy the music!

 

Downtown Cumberland Farmer’s Market - 9:30 am – 2 pm. The Downtown Cumberland Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday from May – October.

 

Community Shred Day sponsored by Chessie Federal Credit Union, Saturday, June 3, 9 am – 12 noon, 15 Commerce Drive (Chessie Corporate Office). It’s your identity. Keep it safe. 5 legal size boxes or paper market bags. In lieu of a shred fee, we are accepting donations of non-perishable food items for the Western Maryland Food Bank. For more information, call 301-777-1781 or visit www.chessiefcu.org.

 

Estonian Traditional Belts on Display at City Hall - In cooperation with the Estonian Embassy and Cumberland's Sister City relationship with Viljandi, Estonia, the Mayor and City Council of Cumberland are hosting an exhibition of Estonian traditional belts.  Such belts are among the most ancient and original pieces of Estonian folk dress and are used to decorate outfits and stress their beauty.  The exhibition will be on display on the second floor of City Hall through the end of May.

 

Cumberland Comes Alive – Live Music and Entertainment starts in Downtown Cumberland on Friday, June 2 with local oldies band, Solid Gold. Come down, have a great meal, enjoy some music and check out some of our shops. Music starts at 6:30 pm.

 

Heritage Days – Cumberland’s official summer festival – June 10 & 11 – www.heritagedays.com or like us on facebook.

 

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

 

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

 

We are mid-way through National Women’s Health Week (May 14 – 20) and it’s time to make your health a priority. Stop by our PharmaCare West location at 64 Greene Street for everything from multi-vitamins, digestive aids, supplements for hair & nails, and much more. The store and our drive-thru are open Monday-Friday 9am to 6pm & Saturday 9am to 1pm. Phone 301.724.1183 and Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thepharmacarenetwork.

 

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

 

Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop – Danielle Steele, James Patterson, Agatha Christie, Jackie Collins, Nora Roberts, Dean Koontz, John Grisham, David Baldacci are just a few of the authors that we have on our book shelves at Barkin’ Basement. We have hard backs and paperbacks and this week they’re all half price! That makes the hardbacks only 50 cents and the paperbacks a measly 25 cents. Isn’t it time you get to Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop? We’re open Thursday – Sunday.  We’re located at 45 Baltimore Street – www.barkinbasementthriftshop.com or like us on facebook.

 

The LLBelle's have sprung into extended Spring Hours! Look us up at www.LewLewBelle.com and connect with us on Google, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for daily updates and events! New arrivals are coming in weekly but they go out and fast as they come in so don't wait long! SALE RACK!! ~50% plus more! The stylists at LLB host private parties as well as scheduled styling sessions. For enquiries contact Cari @ 301-876-4466. Lew Lew Belle Boutique Store Hours: Sunday: 12-3, Monday: Closed, Tuesday: 10-6, Wednesday: 10-6, Thursday: 10-6, Friday: 10-7, Saturday 10-6

 

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! 

 

The Tea Cupboard – Tea with the Fairies is June 24 and 26th!  We are now accepting reservations and payment will hold your place!  This evening event is outside in the garden, weather permitting.  Our band of fairies and Jerome the Gnome come to full size for Mid Summer Night!   Call the shop for more information and to make your reservation. Pat Wilt is our next artist for Paint and Sip, Sunday, May 21st, from 1:30 till 4:30.  We will be working in acrylics. Time for a cuppa of your favorite loose tea, hot or iced. Peach Melba, Bohemian Raspberry, Cherry Almond, or maybe Star of India or Kennilworth, pick up an ounce or two! Buy nine your tenth is free!  We have gorgeous new teapots in! 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! The tea shop is now open  Tuesdays from 11 until 3.  Wednesday through Saturday, the tea shop is open from 9 until 5, and the tea room is open from 11-2! We love having parties, birthdays, anniversaries, church groups, clubs and organizations, call for details!  Be sure to get details on joining our Jane Austen Book Club!  Parking is always free on Saturdays and Sundays! You can find us at 49 North Centre Street, Downtown Cumberland, 301-777-7721, on Facebook as The Tea Cupboard or our web page at theteacupboard.net

 

Love to go antiquing and thrifting? Want to discover a handmade treasure? Downtown Cumberland has some great shops including MountainShine Creative, Fort Cumberland Emporium, Baltimore Street Collectibles, Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop (Thursday – Sunday), 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

 

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

 

Mezzo's Lunch Specials  All Lunch Specials are $6.50 each!

  • Wednesday –Open faced hot chicken sandwich and gravy with fries

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

  • Thursday -Honey mustard Grilled Chicken and bacon wrap with fries or side salad

Trivia Night with Randy Means! Prizes and Giveaways!!! Starting at 7:30pm

  • Friday - Cajun spice shrimp alfredo over Penne pasta

Musical Entertainment by:  Split Image Band 10:00pm

  • Saturday - Half Price Pizza day !!

8:00pm  - Upstairs at the Venue         Musical Entertainment by:  Tom Watt and the FruitCakes- 15.00 ticket price. Pre-party begins at 3:00pm

  • 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!

 

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

 

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

   

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

 

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

 

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

 

LIVING, BUSINESS, FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

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

 

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.

 

Looking for a product to help promote your business?  Imprinted pens with your name are appreciated by those who receive them.  Promotional Products Fast is a local business affiliated with Heritage Marketing, a DCBA member and publisher of Off I-68 Magazine. Promotional Products Fast sells all kinds of promotional ad specialty items.   Everything from mugs, totes, backpacks, beach towels, caps, umbrellas, yardsticks, rulers, to tech products and padfolios can be imprinted with your business name!  Area hospitals, restaurants, furniture stores, local government, schools, scenic railroads, funeral homes and retail businesses have all purchased from Promotional Products Fast. In business since 2003, Promotional Products Fast is a member to the Advertising Specialty Institute, and Chesapeake Promotional Products Association. They provided magnets to DCBA when the association first started! To see samples and catalogs, call: 240-727-8025.

 

LITERARY/LIBRARY/FOR KIDS

 

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

 

Summer is just around the corner and so is the Allegany County Library’s System’s Summer Reading Club! SRC is for all ages, not just kids, although the research is clear that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to 3 months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect. People of all ages can pick-up a reading log at any library branch starting May 15th; adults receive a free tote bag with their first log. Completed logs can be turned back in starting June 14th for a prize (Ages 0-12) and the chance to win a grand prize pack (Ages 13-18 and 19 and up). Grand prize packs are designed around genres of reading and offer a variety of gift certificates, tickets, and merchandise to local retailers and attractions. Winners may choose the package of their choice. Children and teens also have the chance to win a $500 College Savings Plan of Maryland package as well as free tickets to see the Orioles play in August and visit the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore.

 

Looking for free and fun activities this summer? Allegany County Library’s  “Wednesdays With Us” program series is back again this year with the theme of “Build A Better World.” Beginning June 14th, every library branch will host a free family event at 2:00 p.m. every Wednesday.  For adults, the Washington Street Library will have special programming during the annual Heritage Days Festival. The beloved children's author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, (as portrayed by local actress and educator Ellen McDaniel-Weissler,) will be at the Washington Street Library on Sunday, June 11 from 1:00 to 2:30PM to tell the story of her journey to womanhood in the long-gone pioneer days on the American frontier. Author and historian Jay Heavner will be book signing at the Washington Street Library on Saturday, June 10 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM and again onSunday, June 11 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM.  Mr. Heavner is the author of the award winning “Braddock’s Gold” series as well as his newest release “Death at Windover” – a murder mystery set in the swamps near Florida's Kennedy Space Center. All library programs and events are available on our online calendar at: http://www.alleganycountylibrary.info/events or contact Jennifer Spriggs at 301-777-1200 or jspriggs@alleganycountylibrary.info.

June 14

Frostburg Library-Illustration with Jamison Odone

George’s Creek Library-Backyard Bugs & Garden Critters

LaVale Library-Engineering with Dr. Crawford

South Cumberland Library at HRDC-Zumba Fun with Ashley

Washington St Library-Rocky Gap Scales & Tales

Westernport Library-Dance Party w/ Amy & Taryn

 

June 21

Frostburg Library-Arts POP with Lindsey Crabtree

George’s Creek Library-Zumba Fun with Ashley

LaVale Library-Illustration with Jamison Odone

South Cumberland Library at HRDC-LEGO Mania!

Washington St Library-Engineering with Dr. Crawford

Westernport Library-LEGO Mania!

 

June 28

Frostburg Library-Engineering with Dr. Crawford

George’s Creek Library-Capering Kids Petting Zoo

LaVale Library-Backyard Bugs & Garden Critters

South Cumberland Library at HRDC-Arts POP with Lindsey Crabtree

Washington St Library-Build A Better Body

Westernport Library-Zumba Fun with Ashley

 

July 5

Frostburg Library-Backyard Bugs & Garden Critters

George’s Creek Library-Engineering with Dr. Crawford

LaVale Library-Zumba Fun with Ashley

South Cumberland Library-Dance Party w/ Amy & Taryn

Washington St Library- Arts POP with Lindsey Crabtree

Westernport Library-Build A Better Body

 

July 12

Frostburg Library-Pirates Ahoy! All day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

George’s Creek Library-Dance Party w/ Amy & Taryn

LaVale Library-Frostburg Library

South Cumberland Library-Build A Better Body

Washington St Library-Backyard Bugs & Garden Critters

Westernport Library-Engineering with Dr. Crawford

 

July 19

Frostburg Library-Zumba Fun with Ashley

George’s Creek Library-Build A Better Body

LaVale Library-Dance Party with Amy & Taryn

South Cumberland Library-Engineering with Dr. Crawford

Washington St Library-Pet Care w/Animal Shelter

Westernport Library-Hip Hop with Danielle

 

July 26

Frostburg Library-Build A Better Body

George’s Creek Library-Hip Hop with Danielle

LaVale Library-Capering Kids Petting Zoo

South Cumberland Library-Pet Care w/Animal Shelter

Washington St Library-Dance Party w/ Amy & Taryn

Westernport Library-Backyard Bugs & Garden Critters

 

August 2

Frostburg Library-Dance Party w/ Amy & Taryn

George’s Creek Library-Arts POP with Lindsey Crabtree

LaVale Library-Build A Better Body

South Cumberland Library-Backyard Bugs & Garden Critters

Washington St Library-Safety with Cumberland Police

Westernport Library-Marshmallow Madness

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

  • May 18th (Fred Astaire) -- "The Sky's the Limit"
  • June 15th (Judy Garland) -- "The Clock"
  • July 20th (Olivia de Havilland) -- "Devotion"
  • August 17th (Gene Kelly) -- "The Three Musketeers"
  • September 21st (Mickey Rooney) -- "Boys Town”
  • October 19th (Jean Arthur) -- "The More the Merrier"
  • November 16th (Gene Tierney) -- "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir"
  • December 21st (Humphrey Bogart) -- "We're No Angels"

 

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

 

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Resumes Summer Schedule - The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad has resumed its summer schedule. For the months of May, June, July and August, Mountain Limited excursions from Cumberland to Frostburg will run on Thursdays through Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday's at 1:00 p.m. New for 2017, WMSR will be hosting their popular Murder Mystery dinner theatre trains every Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. All excursions are approximately 3 hours long and include a 1-hour layover at the Frostburg Depot. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.WMSR.com or call 1-800-TRAIN-50. 

 

Whiskey Rebellion Fest – June 9 – 10 – Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing Street. Friday, June 9, taste unique whiskeys and other spirits, feast on delectable food, listen to Grand Ol’ Ditch, play Colonial pub games, enjoy historic re-enactments, sample cigars, sober rides available. $50/person.

 

The Cumberland Cultural Foundation will present the exhibit "Nature and History" at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington St, Cumberland MD, from May 5 through May 28. The exhibit will feature works by wood turned artist, Mike Cope along with a variety of art from the private collections of the Allaway family, the Giarritta family, the Halmos family, the Lin/Irvin family, the Persons family, and the Scarpelli family.  Gallery guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist and the art collectors at the opening reception May 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public. MIke Cope's favorite approach is to find a gnarly piece of wood and let its inner beauty come out. Whether that happens to be a bowl, a vase, or an abstract expression, Cope's goal is to create an agile form that has volume without a mass. For the first time ever, the Gilchrist Gallery will display art pieces from the private collections of 6 Cumberland MD families who have been patrons of the arts community for many years.  This exhibit will give gallery visitors an unprecedented opportunity to view these items and gain a glimpse into what motivated the collectors to make them their own. The Gilchrist is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, visit facebook.com/gilchristgallery, call 301-724-5800 or email gilchristgalleryandmuseum@gmail.com

 

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

  • May 26- Western Maryland’s African American History by Professor Lynn Bowman
  • June 23- Mary Lincoln’s Family, living history portrayal by JoAnn Peterson 
  • July 28- Becky McClarran & the Allegany County Animal Shelter present, Pets of The Turn of the Century OR Sgt. Stubby: WWI decorated Dog. You are invited to bring donations for the Shelter!
  • August 25- First Lady Edith Roosevelt, Presented by Historian Amy Monaco
  • September 22- J.B. Walton & Western Maryland by ACHS Executive Director, Evan Slonaker
  • October 27- A Special Christmas Story by Reverend Martha Magill  

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

 

ENTERTAINMENT – MUSIC, THEATRE, ETC.

 

The Downtown Cumberland Business Association and Mezzos presents Tom Watt and the Fruitcakes, aka The Buffettman, Saturday, May 20 at the Venue at Mezzos. The party starts at 4 pm. The Buffettman show runs 8 – 11 pm. Tickets are $15/person and are available at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Put on your favorite Hawaiian shirt, enjoy a cheeseburger in paradise, a few margaritas and enjoy the music!

 

The Allegany County Historical Society will be hosting the second film in the Third Thursday Theater free classic film series. See 1943's "The Sky's the Limit" starring Fred Astaire this Thursday, May 18th at 7 pm at The Gordon-Roberts House on Washington street in Cumberland, MD. Bring a camp chair and a snack and enjoy the discussion after the movie. For additional information please contact 301-777-8678 or visit us on Facebook at The Allegany County Historical Society. 

 

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

 

JUNE 2-4 and 9-11 - "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore Street, Cumberland, Fri/Sat 8 pm and Sun 2 pm...Passport Cafe open in the lobby.

 

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

  • Monday, June 5, 2017
  • Monday, July 3, 2017
  • Monday, August 7, 2017
  • *TUESDAY, September 5, 2017
  • Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Monday, December 4, 2017

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

 

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

 

DELFEST – May 25 – 29 – Allegany County Fairgrounds. The festival runs for 4 Days/Nights with Late Night Shows, On-Site Camping, Kid's Area/Activities, Artist Playshops, a Bluegrass Band Competition, Food & Drink, Arts & Crafts and much more! Tickets are on sale at goo.gl/DhBH0O.  Get the whole lineup at www.delfest.com

 

ART

 

Artful Fashion - May 6- May 27Artful Fashion means artistically designed and (usually) handcrafted clothing, jewelry and accessories. It means unique artwork designed for the human body. We will feature work of the highest caliber in craftsmanship and technical ability as well as creative expression and visual appeal. Exhibition duration: May 6 - 27, 2017 Reception: Saturday, May 13, 6-8pm. Public reception Saturday, May 13 6-8pm.

 

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.

 

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.visitcumberland.org or www.mdmountainside.com

 

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Tom Watt and the Fruitcakes to Perform at Mezzos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:20

Tom Watt Photo Tom Watt, a Jimmy Buffett impersonator, along with his band, The Fruitcakes will perform some of the singer/songwriter's works at Downtown Cumberland’s the Venue at Mezzos this Saturday, May 20. The performance is sponsored by the Downtown Cumberland Business Association and Mezzos.

Tom Watt, known to his following as “The Buffettman” has been entertain audiences around the United States and Canada, Caribbean Island and the Bahamas for more than 16 years. Not only does his show celebrate the music and spirit of the Jimmy Buffett concert experience, but Tom is the only Jimmy Buffett impersonator who both looks and sounds like Jimmy himself.

 Between solo appearance and concerts with is band, The Fruitcakes, Tom has logged more than 1700 “Buffettman” performances over the years. His show features a wide range of fan favorites such as “Margaritaville” and “Fins”, plus Buffett concert staples like “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Uncle John’s Band,” and, of course, “A Pirate Looks at 40.”

 “Summertime is almost here and we thought it would be lots of fun to celebrate,” commented Mezzos’ co-owner, Dan Bowser. “We’re encouraging everyone to get into that Buffett spirit. Don on your Hawaiian shirt and flip-flops and have a good time. Bring your friends, enjoy the music and get into that Caribbean feeling. Mezzos is the place to meet!”

 The Tom Watt & the Fruitcakes show starts at 8 pm but Mezzos has planned a whole afternoon of fun. The Buffett Day starts at 3 pm with specials on Cheeseburgers in Paradise, Margaritas and Hurricanes, and Corona Beer.  Kicking off the fun is local band Twisted Unplugged featuring Larry Bonner, Chris Haines and Gary Riggleman playing a variety of acoustic favorites.

 Tickets are $15/person and are available at The Book Center, Mezzos and at the door. Mezzos is located at 114 S. Centre Street, Downtown Cumberland. For more information, call 301-777-7750. 

 
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