Annual Drag Show Pageant Slated for October 8th PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 September 2016 10:30

CUMBERLAND, MD - The Embassy Theatre and Stephanie Micheals will team up to host the 9th Annual Queen of Queen City Pageant 2017 on Saturday, Oct 8.

This annual drag show pageant began in 2007, and Saturday's show begins at 9 pm.  The 9th annual pageant will feature the reigning Queen of Queen City,  Miss Anastasia Beaverhausen, who will crown the winner at the end of the evening.

"The Lavender Dollies are happy to be back at the Embassy," states Ms. Micheals. "The evening promises lots of fun for everyone, and the PRIDE costumes will be just gorgeous!"

According to Ms. Micheals, applications to enter the drag pageant are available at the Embassy, and entry is limited to the first ten applicants.

The contestants will begin the evening with 1,500 points. They will compete in three categories: 1) costume (PRIDE colors); 2) a 5-minute talent presentation; 3) a 'not-your-usual' type of question and answer segment. The contestants are scored by a panel of judges, with points deducted per category based on score sheets. The contestant with the highest score will be crowned Miss Queen of Queen City 2017.

Al Feldstein, local historian and go-to master of ceremonies, will be on hand during the evening to present an interesting description of why Cumberland is known as the "Queen City."

Admission is $10 for adults; all attendees must show ID upon admission and each will receive wrist bracelets. A full cash bar is available one hour prior to the show, as well as during the show.

For information or reservations, call (240) 362-7183.

 
Celtic Fiddle Festival to Perform at Frostburg’s Palace Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 08:26

CFF - Ben Costello - credit Set to perform a “perfect storm of the finest Celtic music your ears will ever encounter,” the Celtic Fiddle Festival quartet will showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles in a concert at Frostburg’s historic Palace Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

The group, which is touring the U.S., is made up of three fiddlers and an accompanying guitarist from various Celtic regions. The show is organized by Mountain City Traditional Arts, a program of Frostburg State University.

The Celtic Fiddle Festival released its first CD in 1993, beginning with two great friends and fiddlers – one Scottish, the other Irish. The fiddling duo earned much success after receiving a chance in New York City. From that point on, the group expanded and performed for packed houses across the U.S. and Europe. At each concert, solo performances demonstrate the uniqueness of the individual styles of music. The sounds from each musician represent their regional repertoires. Then together, they collaborate to provide dazzling energy and subtle grace. The quartet combines its considerable talents, rich musical traditions and spontaneous humor and, in return, experiences sold-out tours and standing ovations.

The Washington Post recognizes the group as “three of the finest folk violinists anywhere.” Kevin Burke is a world-renowned Irish fiddler who plays the highly ornamented style of Country Sligo. He is a recipient of the NEA’s National Heritage Award and one of The Celtic Fiddle Festival’s original musicians. Christian Lemaître joined the original duo early on to share the beautiful music of Brittany, France. He honed his fiddling skills by playing the hypnotic Breton melodies at night dances throughout Brittany. He is a founding member of the group Kornog. Charlie McKerron, the Scottish member, has won awards as a player and a composer. He is considered to be among the finest in a land famed for extraordinary fiddlers. G Nicolas Quemener is a master open-tuning guitarist from Angers, France. He studied percussion in the National School of Music, has been a part of many superb Celtic bands, including Arcady and Kornog, and continues to play and record with many acclaimed Breton and Irish artists.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, costing $20 for general admission and $5 for students and children.

Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University, with support from FrostburgFirst, the Allegany Arts Council and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council. For more information, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 301-687-8040.

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.

 
County Wide Electronics Recycling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Siera Wigfield   
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 07:23

Allegany County will host an Electronics Recycling Week September 26 - October 2 at multiple sites. Items accepted include computers and accessories, gaming systems, mobile devices, office equipment, data center equipment, and more. $5 tags can be purchased for television recycling. Recycling centers area located in Cumberland- Penn-Mar, Flintstone Refuse Site, Frostburg Mountain View Drop Off Area, Little Orleans Refuse Site, Lonaconing Town Hall, Oldtown Refuse Site, and Westernport Town Hall.  For more information call: 301-777-5933 ext 210. 

 
Frostburg's Palace Theatre Goes Political with Film Series PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 08:05
mr. smithFrostburg's Palace Theatre goes political with it's new film series titled Projecting the Election: Hollywood Goes to Washington.  Three classic films bring drama, history and comedy to the upcoming election season.  Sponsored by WFWM 91.9 FM, Frostburg State University's Public Radio station, these classic films are shown on the third Monday of each month.
 
September 19 - Mr. Smith Goes To Washington stars James Stewart and Jean Arthur.  Released in 1939, this black and white film is directed by Frank Capra.
October 17 - Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Abe Lincoln in Illinois features Raymond Massey reprising his Broadway role on the silver screen. Directed by John Cromwell, this biopic was screened in 1940.
November 21 - Frank Capra directs 1948's State of the Union.  Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn star in this Beltway comedy.
 
Doors open at 7:00 pm with showtime at 7:30 pm.  The concession and bar begin serving at 7 pm.  The Palace is located at 31 E. Main St. in downtown Frostburg. For additional information, call 301-689-5605 or refer to The Palace's website at frostburgpalace.org.
 
FSU Department of Theatre and Dance Presents Exciting Lineup for 2016-17 Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 08:53

Frostburg State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will once again present something for everyone during its 2016-17 season lineup – an adventure tale, a beloved children’s fantasy, a Christmas holiday ghost story, a Civil War drama, an 18th-century British comedy and two student dance concerts with original choreography.

The season kicks off with “Around the World in 80 Days,” the classic adventure tale by French writer Jules Verne. Grab your passports and climb aboard for a whirlwind trip around the world! It’s 1872 and the eccentric and wealthy Phileas Fogg figures, with mathematical precision, that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. And he wagers half his fortune to prove it. Join Fogg and his loyal, yet unreliable, valet as they hop train, steamship – and elephant – in this fun-filled race against time that takes you around the world and into the heart. Performances will take place in the Drama Theatre of the Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15, and Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20 to 22, with a 2 p.m. matinee onSaturday, Oct. 15.

The Fall Dance Concert, titled “Double Play,” will showcase the skill of Jamie McGreevy, choreographer and FSU Dance coordinator, as well as the spectacular talent of the FSU Dance Company, on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10 and 11, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre. “Double Play” features two performances in one evening. Act I, “Weight on Me,” extends an exciting work presented during the spring 2016 dance concert. To the contemporary neo-classical music of composer Ólafur Arnalds, the piece explores various forms of physical, emotional and social weight the human body encounters and endures. During Act II, “Manipulations,” audiences will witness the investigative play between choreographers, dancers and designers as they each contribute to the movement through physical, audible and visual manipulation.

Next, celebrate the holiday season in a toast to human kindness with an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story, “A Christmas Carol.” After being visited by ghosts from his past, present and future, the notoriously grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge has a true meaning-of-life question on his hands. Should he continue to live as a wretched miser or join the world around him as a decent, caring human being? With an ensemble cast playing such memorable characters as Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the Christmas Spirits, “A Christmas Carol” is the perfect gift for families and friends to enjoy together. Drama Theatre performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, and Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 8 to 10, with matinees on Sunday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m.

In the spring, the Department of Theatre and Dance will present the powerful drama “Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3” by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (“Topdog/Underdog”). In this powerful drama, Hero, a slave, must decide between joining his master on the Confederate battlefield – for what may or may not be a chance to gain his freedom – or staying behind on the plantation with the woman and people he loves. Infused with music and contemporary wit, “Father Comes Home From the Wars” is a high-stakes drama about the mess of war, the cost of freedom and the pain of love. Performances will take place in the F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre on Friday and Saturday, March 3 and 4, and Thursday through Saturday, March 9 to 11, at 7 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m.

The fourth and final play of the season is “She Stoops to Conquer,” a delightfully witty and satirical romp that is as promising of laughter today as it was to audiences more than 200 years ago. When city slickers Marlow and Hastings travel to the countryside in search of love, they find themselves in a tangle of pranks and mistaken identities, including the belief that their prominent host (and Marlow’s possible future father-in-law), Mr. Hardcastle, is a mere innkeeper. To top it all, Marlow has a serious problem. In the company of barmaids and servant girls, he is strikingly self-assured, but in the presence of gentlewomen, including Kate Hardcastle, he is a shy and stammering schoolboy. The Hardcastle household becomes uproariously unhinged as Kate takes matters into her own hands, Hastings pursues his love and an outlandish cast of other characters burst their way into the escalating humor. Performances take place in the Drama Theatre on Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, and Thursday throughSaturday, April 20 to 22, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Saturday, April 15, at 2 p.m.

The season wraps up with the annual Spring Dance Concert, “Legends,” on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Drama Theatre. “Legends” pays homage to many of the great music icons we have lost, such as David Bowie and Michael Jackson. Featuring the FSU Dance Company, this variety concert brings together our favorites tunes – the ones that make us sing and dance in the grocery aisle – with one of the world’s liveliest art forms.

Season subscriptions are available until Oct. 22. For $45, Main Stage subscribers receive four tickets (one ticket per show for Main Stage productions). In addition, Main Stage subscribers can reserve tickets in advance of the general public and may purchase tickets to the Fall and Spring Dance Concerts at student rates. Individual tickets are $14 for general admission and $7 for students.

For information, call the Theatre and Dance box office at 301-687-7462 Monday through Friday9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and1:30 to 3 p.m.

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.

 
FSU One-Act Play Festival to Feature 2016 One-Act Playwriting Competition Winners PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 08:23

Roses for the Sweetheart press The Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts announces “Roses for the Sweetheart” by Kat Meads of Ben Lomond, Calif., as the winner of its 2016 One-Act Playwriting Competition. The winning play and the second- and third-place plays will be featured at the seventh annual One-Act Play Festival, hosted by the Center for Literary Arts on Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Palace Theatre in downtown Frostburg.

The second-place play is “Woman, Running Late, in a Dress” by Dallas Woodburn of Ventura, Calif., and the third-place play is “Worthless Gods” by Kristin Andrea Hanratty of Grand Rapids, Mich. The two runners-up will be presented in a dramatic stage reading, followed by a fully produced performance of the winning play. Performances begin at 7 p.m.

Plays were judged on plot, character development, dialogue and overall quality. This year, 47 plays were submitted to the One-Act Playwriting Competition from across the U.S. and Canada.

Following the shows, a reception will be held with light refreshments, as well as a talk-back session where playwrights, directors and actors from the shows will answer questions from the audience. Soft drinks and food at the reception will be free, and beer and wine will be available for sale by the theatre.

In “Roses for the Sweetheart,” as a married man lies on his deathbed, on the family porch, his wife and daughter are confronted by the man’s lover. Wife and daughter prevent the lover from entering the home, forcing her instead to sit with them on the porch as they insult her. While the lover endures a stream of cruel remarks, she fails to realize that her lover’s son is busy plotting the ultimate revenge for his mother on her unfaithful husband and his lover.

“Woman, Running Late, In a Dress,” is the story of an average woman whose husband dies suddenly of a heart attack in the midst of a marital fight. At the time he dies, she has been flirting with a mutual friend who told her a riddle. Through her grief, the widow obsesses over the riddle, desperately trying to solve it. As she tries to move past her loss, she tells the story of her relationship through flashbacks, interrupted by the increasingly maddening riddle and snippets of her widowed life.

In “Worthless Gods,” Plutus and Eros, the Greek gods of money and love, compete to decide a wager: who is more important to modern-day man. Eros and Plutus interfere in a young mortal’s life to settle the question, in the process tricking and deceiving one another, bending the rules of their bet and causing the poor mortal to suffer a parade of frustrating shenanigans.

Tickets for the performances cost $5 for students and $10 for adults and can be purchased at the Center for Literary Arts, Main Street Books, the Allegany Arts Council and at the door of the Palace Theatre on the night of the event.

For more information, contact the Center for Literary Arts at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 301-687-4340, or visit the center’s web page atwww.frostburg.edu/cla.

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.

 
Mountain City Traditional Arts to Host Scottish Folk Band North Sea Gas PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 08:10

North Sea Gas photoNorth Sea Gas, one of Scotland’s premier, award-winning folk bands, will perform at Mountain City Traditional Arts, 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg, on Friday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. The live entertainment is free and open to the public with a suggested donation of $15.

Dave Gilfillan, Ronnie McDonald and Grant Simpson make up the band, featuring vocals, guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, harmonica, whistles, bodhrans and banjo. The high-energy folk music is brought to life with three-part harmonies and down-to-earth humor. The musicians’ sounds and performances consist of traditional, contemporary and self-penned material put together in a style of their own.

North Sea Gas has released 19 albums and won and been nominated for many awards, including Celtic Radio Album of the Year for “The Fire and the Passion of Scotland.” The band has toured Europe and America, with additional appearances on television and radio. The group has also recorded for Chinese television with an estimated audience of 800 million people, played in Istanbul for the British Consulate and performed at the famous Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. North Sea Gas’ most recent album is “Fire in the Glen.”

Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University, with support from FrostburgFirst, the Allegany Arts Council, and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council. For more information, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 301-687-8040.

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

 
FSU Celebrates Region’s Unique Culture and Resilience With Appalachian Festival PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 September 2016 09:02

Festival LogoFrostburg State University’s much-anticipated Appalachian Festival will return for its 11th year from Thursday, Sept. 15, toSaturday, Sept. 17. The free, family-friendly event brings together artists and craftspeople to celebrate all that makes the region unique – its history, culture, music, food and more – with performances, workshops, displays, discussions and activities.

The capstone of the festival is the concert on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Palace Theatre. Three masterful ensembles will be featured, including the Grammy-winning duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer; The Barefoot Movement, which has been lauded as one of the best young bluegrass groups in the business; and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, a mesmerizing group that excels equally at musicianship at dance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for FSU students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

This year focuses on “Appalachia: Obstacles and Opportunities” featuring stories of Appalachian residents using their ingenuity and expertise to overcome daunting challenges to create a strong sense of community and place.

Exploration of the topic will begin Thursday with the film “After Coal” at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre at 31 E. Main St. in Frostburg. “After Coal” profiles inspiring individuals who must abandon traditional livelihoods and build a new future in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky and South Wales. Meet ex-miners using theatre to rebuild community infrastructure, women transforming a former coal board office into an education hub and young people striving to stay in their home communities.

The theme of overcoming challenges continues Friday on FSU’s Upper Quad with the Appalachian Symposium, beginning at 1 p.m. with a powerful presentation by John Temple, journalist and author of “American Pain,” which investigates how opioid addiction became such a daunting challenge for the region. Following his presentation, health department staff from Allegany and Garrett counties will detail the growing heroin crisis affecting local communities. From there, the symposium will shift to focus on new opportunities in Appalachia, including an emergent medical cannabis industry, regenerative farming and a movement to combat the “brain drain” in the region. The last event of the day at 7:15 p.m. is dinner on the grounds and evening entertainment with Dr. Doug Hendren, a retired orthopedic surgeon in Virginia who writes songs and blogs about the broken political and economic systems.

On Saturday, the Session/Jam Tent returns again this year from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Upper Quad. Musicians of all levels will have a place to gather and play their instruments to the tune of Appalachian genres, including bluegrass, mountain music mix, Celtic and old-time.

Throughout the day, two stages will host 21 musical groups from across the region. The Frostburg Arion Band will perform in the center circle on the Upper Quad. Blue Hill Bluegrass, Dearest Home, Highland Grass, Allegheny Drifters, Davis Bradley Band, Barnstormers and RockCandy Cloggers, Lickety Split Banjo Boys, Old Pitch and Black Diamond Bluegrass will perform on the Compton stage. On the Sowers stage, On the Run, New Creek Station, Time Travelers, Rachel Eddy, Sam and Joe Herrmann, Sparkey and Rhonda Rucker, Loretta Hummel and Robert Broadwater, Twang, Pete Hobbie and Jim Morris, Jay Smar, and Cory and Heather Wharton will appear.

Those interested in stories and music should check out Storytelling from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. in Cook Chapel. Accomplished storytellers Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Thomas Burnett, Katie and Otto Ross, Stas’ Ziolkowski and Suzi Whaples will enchant the audience with stories and lore inspired by their Appalachian upbringings. Then at 3:30 p.m., join Hendren, Michael and Carrie Kline, and Ray Owen as they lead in singing Songs for Change, with a focus on renewing the world for the children.

Throughout the day, attendees can check out the Explorations Tent. Topics include resurrecting the American chestnut; Scales to Tales, an educational program using non-releasable birds of prey and reptiles; local fracking bans and the status of Maryland’s moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing; saving the Jane Gates house, a home that was so important to early African-American Cumberland; Engage Mountain Maryland, which is dedicated to mindful growth of the area; and growing the economy with the Great Allegheny Passage. In the Folkways Tent, festival goers can also learn how to play the dulcimer and clog as well as learn about early American folk songs and the folk tradition surrounding the African-American experience.

In addition to plenty of food and entertainment for all ages, the festival will provide activities and programming specifically for children, who can paint goat-shaped silhouettes at the Capering Kids 4-H Goat Club display; make traditional Appalachian toys at Hands-on Art; join in sing-alongs with multi-instrumentalist Ray Owen; join the Sunnyland Band and play along on spoons, jugs, washboards and all kinds of instruments from other countries; and enjoy an interactive performance by Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer.

A variety of artisans are also featured throughout the festival, offering tatting, pottery, mountain dulcimers, jewelry, knitting, baskets, stained glass, portrait art, nature photography, decorative gourds, fiber arts, woodworking, hooked rugs, quilts, pewter, beeswax items and natural personal and home care products. Also on the grounds are the American Chestnut Foundation, Western Maryland Chapter of the Archeological Society, Nature Conservancy, Home Ground, Engage Mountain Maryland, New Meadow Run Community, Wynter’s Haven, Frostburg Museum Association, Citizen Shale, Queen City Film Festival and Rebound Rob’s Rollin’ Records.

To learn more about the FSU Appalachian Festival, visit www.frostburg.edu/events/afestival or email Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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

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