Allegany Arts Council Accepting Grant Applications PDF Print E-mail
Written by Deb Litman   
Friday, 24 April 2020 09:39

The Allegany Arts Council is now accepting applications for its 2020-2021 grants program. The program, made possible by County Arts Development funding of the Maryland State Arts Council, supports non-profit organizations and individual artists in the creation of activities, programs, and placemaking efforts which champion the arts in our community. The program offers two types of grants—General Operating Grants and Creative Placemaking Grants. Grant awards are for activities, programs, projects, and operations which occur between July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021.

General Operating Grants, which may not exceed $3,500, may be used to support the day-to-day work of non-profit organizations in the arts sector, which includes programming costs, general operations, and capital expenses.

Creative Placemaking Grants, which may not exceed $5,000, support the work of one or more partners, including public, private, non-profit and community sectors, along with individual artists, who seek to undertake projects which shape the physical and social character of the community. Successful creative placemaking projects animate public and private spaces, rejuvenate structures and streetscapes, improve local business viability and public safety, and bring people together.

Details on grant eligibility and guidelines, along with grant application forms, can be found by visiting our website at http://www.alleganyartscouncil.org/resource.php?id=24. The deadline to enter is June 30, 2020.

 
Cummings Scholarship Endowed at ACM PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristin Kehrwald   
Friday, 24 April 2020 09:36

Allegany College of Maryland Foundation Board President Dr. Audie Klingler is pleased to announce the creation of an endowed memorial scholarship to support students pursing higher education and provide assistance to the College’s Aspiring Young MENtors group. 

The Elijah E. Cummings Scholarship, created through a gift of $150,000 to the Foundation, was established by Cumberland native Bob Powell in honor of the former congressman’s leadership and legacy.

The Cummings Scholarship is open to full- or part-time students who are U.S. citizens with first preference to Allegany County residents who demonstrate financial need and meet minimal academic requirements. Scholarship recipients are selected by donor-appointed committee members consisting of Richard “Rock” Cioni, Tifani Fisher, Eugene Frazier and Laurie Marchini.

ACM’s Aspiring Young MENtors, founded in 2018, is a group of African American male mentors and emerging mentors who help guide, encourage and support other African American male students on campus. AYM mentors emphasize connection and a sense of belonging for student-mentees who may be having a hard time adjusting socially to college or struggling to adapt to the demands of college courses. Students receive training on accessing campus resources, time-management, goal setting and other topics they identify as important to their success.  

Powell, now a resident of Chapel Hill, grew up in Cumberland’s West Side neighborhood and graduated from Allegany High School in 1965 – one year after the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “I’ve long admired Maryland U.S. Congressman Cummings’s public service and passionate belief in the power of education to transform lives. It was a passion instilled in him by his parents who, despite having little education themselves, developed learning opportunities for their children and supported their education,” said Powell. 

The deadline for the Elijah E. Cummings Scholarship application has been extended to May 31, 2020. Questions may be directed to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

ACM is operating under strict protocols in an effort to protect our students, staff, faculty, and community. ACM employees like myself are currently teleworking. Visit allegany.edu/coronavirus for updates. Stay well. 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
Focus Frostburg Goes Digital PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara Rogers Thomas   
Tuesday, 21 April 2020 11:19

Focus Frostburg LogoFrostburg State University’s annual Focus Frostburg Program, a day featuring presentations, programs, and workshops focused on issues of sustainability, is going virtual this year. Originally scheduled to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, program coordinators decided to create a virtual experience to honor that day.

 

The scheduled program includes a combination of live Zoom presentations, recorded programs, and films. Topics covered include Climate Change Anxiety, the Chemistry of Climate Change, Genetically Engineered Foods, and a participatory sharing of readings and performances highlighting environmental issues. Contributors include FSU students and faculty as well as community members. The program is open to all.

 

Focus Frostburg goes digital this year! Join us in recognizing the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.

 

Wednesday, April 22

 

 

Tree Campus USA

 

Tree Planting with President Nowaczyk

 

Frostburg State University remains committed to its affiliation with Tree Campus USA, an Arbor Day Foundation program, which honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization that has helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees.

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11 AM

Stop Climate Change Now!

Myles Thomas

 

Join 9-year-old community member, Myles Thomas, as he shares his thoughts on Climate Change and the future potentially facing his generation.

https://zoom.us/j/98040495728

Meeting ID: 980 4049 5728

 

1PM

 

Reckoning the Anthropocene

Jennifer Browne, facilitator

 

Participate in an open reading or performance of poetry, prose, songs, or musical scores exploring environmental themes. Join us on Zoom. https://zoom.us/j/91339556163. Click or tap if you trust this link.">https://zoom.us/j/91339556163

 

2 PM

Can we use genetic engineering to grow food sustainably and to be more environmentally friendly?

Dr. David Puthoff

 

While there seems to be an ever-widening divide between the supporters of organic food production and  those embracing food produced with genetic engineering, both systems offer advantages which will be needed to feed the world's population of the future. This presentation will explore, not only what genetic engineering is and how it works, but will offer compromising solutions to take advantage of both extremes to meet in the middle for healthy, environmentally friendly, and sustainable food production.

https://zoom.us/j/95419070801

Meeting ID: 954 1907 0801

 

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Poster Contest

 

Frostburg State University invites you to participate in this year’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle poster contest, which highlights the talent and creativity of students in ART 207 Graphic Design. To help communicate environmental awareness for FSU’s celebration of Earth Week, 40 students designed posters for this contest. To view and vote for student-created environmental posters, or for other information about Focus Frostburg, visit www.facebook.com/frostburglglg. People can vote on Facebook by visiting FSU’s LGLG Facebook page (www.facebook.com/frostburglglg).

 

Schedule for Voting

Voting begins on Monday, April 20. Voting ends Friday, April 24 at Midnight. Winners will be announced on the LGLG Facebook Page Monday, April 27. Winners will receive cash awards of $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd place, and $25 for 3rd place.

 

On Your Own:

 

Chemistry of Climate Change
FSU Student Members of the American Chemical Society


Climate change can be difficult to understand because climate is a complex, multi-competent system. Approach climate change from a chemistry perspective to understand the impact of human led changes to the environment by looking at how the ozone layer works, the role of carbon dioxide in ocean acidification, and a take-home activity to explore the green house effect on your own.
https://wmdacs.org/2020/04/21/fsu-smacs-focus-frostburg-2020/

 

9 PM Film Festival

 

Solutions for Earth Day under Quarantine 

 

The Earth Day Film Festival Will Host an Online Screening on Earth Day April 22nd. With the stay-at-home orders in effect around the world, many Earth Day events are being canceled. The Earth Day Film Festival is offering a solution for folks interested in continuing to celebrate the world's largest non-secular holiday and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day from the safety of their home. 

 

The Earth Day Film Festival has created an inspiring curation of films that best exemplify this year's festival called the “Global Selection”. With over 200 films submitted from 41 countries this year, festival curators crafted a program diverse in content and style, six films with a total running length of 126min. 

 

April 22nd, 2020, Earth Day, at 9pm Eastern Time, The Earth Day Film Festival will live-stream the “Global Selection” for free on their website. https://www.earthdayfilmfest.org/. Click or tap if you trust this link.">https://www.earthdayfilmfest.org/ After which there will be a live participatory webcast with filmmakers. You may register on the site above.

 

Here is the trailer for the global selection:  

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Additional Films:

 

'The Vision Within' tells the story of a group of FSU college students who travel deep into the heart of the Amazon rainforest to meet an ancient ‘dream culture’ living today in much the same way that they have lived for thousands of years. As they return home from their journey they must find ways to integrate their profound experiences into meaningful, engaged lives in service of their own inner visions and the future of our planet. The film is an exploration of the critical role that our inner visions can play in our lives, in education, and in awakening a socially just, environmentally sustainable future.

 

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Four university students journey to a remote village in Uganda to discover a radically simple solution to an urgent global problem. Using only the power of the sun, SODIS (Solar Water Disinfection) is cheap, effective, and has the potential to save a million lives. 'A Simpler Way' explores the need for simple, affordable solutions to global development issues and the role of personal experience in meaningful, transformative education. Directed by Michael O. Snyder. Produced by Tom Bowling and Doug Baer. Interdependent Pictures and Frostburg State University in association with WaterSchool. All rights reserved ©2016. https://vimeo.com/166420817. Click or tap if you trust this link.">https://vimeo.com/166420817

 

 

 

On Kanopy

 

Renewal is the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today's religious-environmental activists. From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions, Americans are becoming caretakers of the Earth. With great courage, these women and men are re-examining what it means to be human and how we live on this planet. Their stories of combating global warming and the devastation of mountaintop removal, of promoting food security, environmental justice, recycling, and land preservation, and of teaching love and respect for life on Earth are the heart of Renewal. https://frostburg.kanopy.com/product/renewal (May have to login with FSU credentials) Segments can also be found here: http://www.renewalproject.net/film/story/a_crime_against_creation

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 April 2020 19:17
 
FSU’s Department of Music to Present Faculty Showcase Recital PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Saturday, 29 February 2020 09:08

As part of its Faculty Artist Series, Frostburg State University’s Department of Music will present a Faculty Showcase Recital on Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Trumpeter Jacob Dalager and pianist Dr. Joseph Yungen will kick off the program with “Four Miniatures” by Joseph Turrin, a collection of short movements that are all very distinct, yet tied together in various ways. The first movement, “Fanfare,” mixes the elements of a trumpet fanfare with a more lyrical quality. “Intermezzo” is a waltz with running eighth notes in the piano over which the trumpet sings a long sensual melody. “Canto” is rather free in form with much dialogue between both instruments. “Tarantella” is a quick romp that brings the suite to a joyful conclusion.

Next up is “Allegro poco moderato” from “Sonata for Flute and Piano, H. 306” by Bohuslav Martin?, performed by flutist Dr. Eftihia Arkoudis and Yungen. Martin? composed the sonata in 1945 during his five years in the U.S. following his escape from occupied France. The inspiration for the theme of this third movement draws from Martin?’s experience nursing an injured whippoorwill back to health in Cape Cod. The bird’s song is recalled in the music.

Percussionist Dr. Mackenzie LaMont and hornist Avery Pettigrew will then play “Of Old Angkor” for French horn and marimba written by the Australian composer Helen Gifford in 1970.

“Shards of Bone” by Lamont will be performed by saxophonist Dr. Brent Weber, guitarist Paul Zimmerman, cellist Dr. Karen Lau, Yungen and LaMont. This composition is a study on how pieces of music can be put together. The first of the six movements presents four ideas that are explored individually in movements two through five. In movement six, the four ideas are put back together, but they have been transformed through their individual study.

Euphoniumist Anthony Walker and Yungen will next play “Harlequin” by Philip Sparke. The piece takes as its inspiration the happy and sad masks that symbolize the commedia dell’arte, which features Harlequin as one of its main characters, and consists of two movements, a slow ballad followed by a frenetic faster movement.

“Sonata for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone” by Francis Poulenc will be performed by trombonist Anthony Walker, Dalager and Pettigrew. Poulenc composed this piece of chamber music in 1922. The first movement is a series of dance episodes, the second a lullaby derived from motifs of the first movement and the third a rondo with more light-hearted dance music.

Yungen will play “Étude in A-flat Major, Op. 35, No. 8” by French composer Charles-Valentin Alkan. Despite Alkan’s seclusion from society, the period after 1848 saw the composition and publication of many of his major piano works, including the collection of large-scale studies in all the major keys (Op. 35).

Baritone Gregory Scott Stuart, accompanied by Yungen, will sing “Sois immobile” from the French opera of 1829, “Guillaume Tell” by Gioachino Rossini. The piece is an anguished aria William Tell sings to his son Jemmy, instructing him to “stay completely still.” Tell must shoot an arrow through an apple balanced on Jemmy’s head. Should he refuse, both of them will die.

Pianist Dr. Jay DeWire will complete the program with “Preludio” from “Violin Partita No. 3” by Johann Sebastian Bach/Sergei Rachmaninoff. The partita for solo violin, composed around 1720 in the form of a dance suite, typical of the Baroque period, is the last work in the set of Six Sonatas and Partitas. In 1933, Rachmaninoff transcribed the “Preludio” for piano and subsequently recorded it.

For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

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

 
FSU to Host Motivational Speaker PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Saturday, 29 February 2020 08:46

Rick Rando

Frostburg State University’s College of Business will host FSU alum and empowerment speaker Master Rick Rando in a presentation titled “Leadership With a Kick” on Tuesday, March 10, at 5 p.m. in room 397 of FSU’s Gira Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Experienced in entrepreneurship and focused team building, Rando has conducted thousands of presentations on character and leadership development in the business community. He has worked exclusively with notable companies such as NiSource, Hunter Douglas, Cintas, Charm City Cakes and Chick-fil-A.

Rando is also one of the youngest 7th degree black belts in the world and was recently inducted into the U.S. Martial Artist Association Hall of Fame. He’s been a successful business owner for the past 20 years, manages a staff of more than 70 and owns one of the largest, open-spaced martial arts studios in the country.

A marathon runner and philanthropist, Rando was just awarded the Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.

This event was organized by the FSU College of Business’ Center for Regional Engagement and Economic Development, with a generous contribution from First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union.

For more information, contact Corrie Preston in FSU’s Department of Management at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 301-687-4375.

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 Traditions Podcast, "The Ramp Hunter" to Air on West Virginia Public Radio PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kara Rogers Thomas   
Thursday, 23 April 2020 16:27
On Friday April 24th at 5pm the first episode of The Mountain Traditions Project podcast series, "The Ramp Hunter" will be available on West Virginia Public Radio's Inside Appalachia podcast.  The episode by Leah Scarpelli is accessible via smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer, or on the air on your local West Virginia Public Radio station on Sunday April 26th at 7am and 6pm.  https://www.wvpublic.org/programs/inside-appalachia#stream/0.
 
Appalachia, a region often synonymous with tradition, is changing faster than any time in recent history and perhaps faster than anywhere else in America.  The Mountain Traditions Project tells the stories of 50 individuals carrying forward Appalachian traditions in our rapidly changing world and explores culture as a dynamic force, challenging long-held notions of cultural rigidity in Appalachia.  The Mountain Traditions Project, a continuation of an AppIndie Project which premiered in 2012, features 50 photographic portraits (each with its own story), 5 short documentary films, and a podcast series.
 
The project was created by photographer and filmmaker Michael O. Snyder, who lead a team of artists and folklorists from the Allegheny Highlands region of Western Maryland.  The team includes:  Sidney Beeman, Alex Beeman, and Arthur Nazaryan (filmmakers), Leah Scarpelli (audio journalist), and Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas (folklorist and content advisor).  The project was funded with generous support from The Community Trust Foundation, and was created in partnership with The Frostburg State University Foundation, The Appalachian Independent, The Allegany Arts Council, Mountain City Traditional Arts, West Virginia Public Radio, The Maryland Traditions Program, The Maryland State Arts Council, Frostburg State University, and Interdependent Pictures.
 
 
Producers expect to host an official project premier this Fall with an exhibit and programming scheduled for January. 
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 April 2020 16:27
 
MCTA Presents Irish Group The Jeremiahs, Workshops and Performance PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Saturday, 29 February 2020 09:16

The JeremiahsFrostburg State University’s Mountain City Traditional Arts will kick off an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration with Irish musicians and songsters The Jeremiahs on Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. at 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The live entertainment is open to the public through general admission with a suggested donation of $15. Workshops on Irish Song, Guitar, Fiddle, and Whistle will be offered by members of the group at 4:30 pm, prior to the concert. 

Calling their music urban folk-traditional with an urban twist, The Jeremiahs have rapidly built a solid reputation in Ireland, winning Album of the Year from the Live Irish Music Awards in 2018 and the Christy Moore Songwriter Showcase in 2015. The band has also graced many stages during successful tours in Ireland, Russia, Germany, Denmark, England, Scotland and the U.S.

Formed in Dublin in 2015, The Jeremiahs give a contemporary urban feel to traditional Irish music. They shape their sound with Dubliner Joe Gibney’s impressive vocals and some whistle, Julien Bruneteau from Brittany who plays whistle and flutes, Dublin-based James Ryan who holds down the rhythm section on guitar and bouzouki and a few choice-effects pedals, and Jean Christophe Morel, another Frenchmen drawn to Dublin by Irish traditional music, who does the bulk of the work on fiddle.

Workshop Descriptions:

The Jeremiahs will offer four Irish Music workshops- Songs, Guitar, Whistle, and Fiddle. 
4:30 PM. Contact Dr. Kara to sign up, or register at MCTA at 4:15. 

Guitar- James Ryan
Always wanted to know how to jam along with some Celtic tunes? Then James is your man! James is an established teacher and has over ten years experience teaching both adults and kids.
Classes will be based on Dropped D tuning (DADGAD and standard can be facilitated also).
Content will include
Time Signatures of Irish Traditional Music & Learning Tunes
Different Rhythmic Patterns
Distinguishing between the different Modes
By the end you will be able to pick some tunes and have a better understanding on accompaniment.
 

Songs-Joe Gibney
Would you like to learn songs from The Jeremiahs set list as well as Dublin Street songs in a relaxed and fun environment?
Then Joe's your man!
Joe could sing before he could talk people affectionately call him Ronnie Drews' love child.
Content will include
Performance Techniques
Sourcing the right song for you
Building a repertoire
By the end you will be able to sing a few of our Hit songs and will have learnt some choice Dublin slang!

 

Whistle-Brian Corry
Ever dreamed of going to Co. Clare and playing the whistle on the Cliffs of Moher well no need to worry we'll bring Co. Clare to you!
Brian Noel Corry has been playing music since he was in diapers and can teach both the Traditional East Clare style and also improv.
Content will include
Regional styles
Breathing techniques
Ornamentation and Improvisation
By the end you will have some of the finest Traditional Tunes ever written and will be able to understand the Clare accent!

 

Fiddle-Finbarr English
Do you like animals, long meaningful conversations and the Fiddle? Then Finbarr's interactive classes are the classes for you!
Finbarr has a wealth of knowledge of music and could talk for Ireland your head will be buzzing… with tunes!
Content will include
Variations
Ornamentation
Regional styles
By the end you will have learnt some great tunes and picked up some useful tips for playing the fiddle.

For more information about the workshops, contact Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas at 301-687-3124 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information about the performance, contact MCTA at 301-687-8040 or Thomas at 301-687-3124 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, MCTA is a program of FSU, with support from FrostburgFirst and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council.

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

 
Downtown Cumberland Events PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Saturday, 29 February 2020 09:05

Hooley Plunge – Saturday, March 7 - Take the plunge! Now in its 16th year, the Hooley Plunge raises money for the Special Olympics and other local programs for the developmentally disabled. Go jump in the lake for a great cause! Registration starts at 10 am and the plunge takes place at 1 pm. Bring your friends, create a team, or plunge with the community. Don't want to take the Plunge, make a donation to a plunger. You can pay via check, cash or PayPal (www.hooleyplunge.com)

Hooley Pub Crawl – March 14 beginning at 8 am – March 15 ending at 2 am. Get Irish for the day at Downtown Cumberland’s 22nd Annual Hooley Pub Crawl featuring music, sing-a-longs, and other popular entertainers from the tri-state area. A full slate of entertainers will perform throughout the day at Downtown Cumberland and South Cumberland locations. There will plenty of libations and music, so put on your green and head to Downtown Cumberland.

Ladies Night Out - Allegany County Chamber of Commerce’s Lucky Ladies Night Out – Friday, March 20th - doors open at 5:30 pm – Ali Ghan Shrine Club. Open to the public.  A lively evening of fun, laughter and good times.  Tickets - $35.00 per person if purchased by March 6th; after that $40.00 per person.  Reserve a Lucky Table of 7 for $225.00. Ticket price includes hors d’oeuvres, beer/wine/soft drinks and one free raffle ticket for the grand prize drawing.  Themed gift basket drawings will be raffled off throughout the evening; tickets available for purchase.  For tickets or more information contact Allegany County Chamber of Commerce 301-722-2820 or email krista@alleganycountychamber.com.  Sponsored by Bella LLC, Hamilton Relay, Homespire Mortgage, Kristi Otto Allstate Agency and Uhl Enterprises/Queen City Motors.

Sunday, March 22, 10 – 11 am. Cars and Coffee will be in the CBIZ parking lot. Come out and get some coffee and food from Mark's Cafe or just hang out and check out the cool rides from hot rods to imports.

RETAIL

Dollar Days is going on now at PharmaCare West. Check out the great deals on over-the-counter (OTC) items this month. There are savings in our cough & cold relief section and skin care. Don’t forget to replenish your medicine cabinet. PharmaCare West, 64 Greene Street, phone 301.724.1183 – store and drive-thru open Mon.– Fri. 9 am to 6 pm & Sat. 9 am to 1 pm.

Skip the line at the main post office! Ship your packages (domestic & international) and buy your stamps at PharmaCare West’s authorized US Postal Service counter. We’re full-service and the counter is open during regular store hours.

Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop – Books, Books, Books – We’ve received a great donation of books, mostly like new hardback books from Danielle Steel, James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark and lots more. All books, hardback or paperback, fiction or nonfiction are HALF OFF this week. Sale runs through March 1.  We’re open Thursday - Sunday and are located at 45 Baltimore Street.

The Book Center hosts Books On The Bricks, a book group forum where readers can come together and talk about books. Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm to enjoy reading interesting books, having lively discussions, and speaking with authors about their books. This is a free event, open to the public and there’s no need to register in advance. Monthly book selections are available at The Book Center for a 20% discount. Themed refreshments are served, and wine is always welcome.Upcoming titles: March 10, 2020: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson; April 14, 2020: The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa; May 12, 2020: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate; June 9, 2020: Serena by Ron Rash (Author will be joining us!) Sign up to receive the latest news and email updates at http://eepurl.com/gupd49. If you have questions, email bookgroup_thebookcenter@hotmail.com or call The Book Center at 301-722-2284.

Azad’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, March 28, 11 am. Help us celebrate of BIG FIVE-YEAR anniversary with a day of live music, customer appreciation discounts, giveaways and treats. Yes, Azad’s of Cumberland at the Qashqai Gallery will turn 5 years old and we’re excited about a whole new season and providing the trio-state area and beyond with the highest quality of handmade authentic rugs from around the world. Please stay tuned to this event page as we develop the itinerary for this great day of celebrating Azad’s of Cumberland and Downtown Cumberland.

B.C. Jiu-Jitsu Women’s Self Defense Classes - Our weekly, free self-defense class for women has been expanded. We now offer another free self-defense class on Sundays at 6 pm.For men and women. Wednesday is still women's self-defense at 6 pm. Jiu-Jitsu is located at 301 Henderson Avenue.

The Vapor Room is a trusted retailer of top electronic cigarette brands and premium nicotine eliquids. Our Appcard rewards program offers our customers generous discounts on future purchases including Two Punch Tuesday and Double Points Wednesday. Our Downtown Cumberland shop is located at 57 N Centre Street and is open Monday through Saturday 10 AM-6 PM. Stop in and speak with one of our friendly staff today!

Maddcatt Vapors - serving the Cumberland and Hagerstown areas! Your locally owned and operated full-service electronic cigarette company. With our award-winning flavors and up-to-date products, our selection is second to none! Our knowledgeable and friendly staff looks forward to helping you start or continue your vaping journey!

Love to go antiquing and thrifting? Want to discover a handmade treasure? Downtown Cumberland has some great shops including 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) – 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

Mezzos

Sunday – 3/1 - AYCE SUNDAY - Boneless Wings, Bone-in Wings, Nachos, Sliders, Fries    10.50 Per person

Ristorante Ottaviani Beer & Wine Tasting – Saturday, March 7, 6 – 10 pm. Come out for some great wine and beer and a good time at Ottaviani’s on Saturday, March 7th. We will be offering tastings throughout the night for $15 per person. Music will be provided by Derek Shank and Gibb Cochrum starting at 6pm. Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the restaurant at 301-722-0052 to make your reservation. You won't want to miss this event.

Howard’s Run Spirit Night at Roy Rogers – Wednesday, March 18, 5 – 8 pm. Join us for a first spirit night for 2020. All proceeds go to our cause, Allegany County Animal Shelter! Drive-thru orders count and we’ll have a bake sale inside. Help us to help them.

Seoul House Restaurant, 45 N. Centre Street. Open Monday, 4 – 8:30 pm, Tuesday – Friday, 11:30 am – 8:30 p and Saturday, 4 – 8:30 pm.

City Lights Wine & Cheese Wednesdays – Enjoy Three Cheese Board and 2 glasses of house wine for $20 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

Saturday mornings, it’s a Bloody Mary Bar at City Lights! Every Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm, enjoy Cumberland’s original make-your-own Bloody Mary bar. City Lights American Grill & Bar is located at 59 Baltimore Street, 301-722-9800.

Ristorante Ottaviani - Every Friday night is Half Price Wine Night! All of our bottles of wine are half price starting at 8 pm

AYCE Breakfast. Masonic Temple, 15 Greene Street. Saturday, March 14.

7:30 AM - 10:30 AM. Includes Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Juice, Coffee, and Milk. Children Age 7 and Under Free, Children Age 8-12 $5.00, Adults $7.00

RENTALS/OPPORTUNITIES

Apartment for Rent - Apartment 306 is a two-bedroom two bath available at 9 North Centre in Cumberland. This apartment fronts on Centre St. and has lots of windows and light. Building has secure access and elevator. See http://www.9northcentre.com/306.html

Fort Cumberland Emporium has vendor space available. The Emporium is located at 55 Baltimore Street and is an antique/collectibles shop. If you might be interested in renting a space, call 301-722-4500 or stop by the store.

JUST FOR KIDS/LIBRARY/LITERARY

Washington Street Library - A full listing of programs and events can be found on the Library website at http://www.alleganycountylibrary.info

Afterschool Program at the South Cumberland Library. The program is for youth between the ages of 8 and 14 and will run Monday through Saturday from 3 to 5 pm. Attendees will enjoy a snack, do fun activities, and hear special speakers on interesting topics. The program is free and no registration is required. Please contact Lindsay Lindsay at 301-777-1200 or llindsay@alleganycountylibrary.info.

Toddler Time every Wednesday at 10 am and a Story Time every Wednesday at 11:30 am.

Toddler Time: Children Ages 18-36 months, but all ages welcome. Grow your child's early literacy skills with a fun-filled time of book reading, singing, rhyming, moving, and creating with one of our amazing Program Specialists!

Story Time: Children 3-5 years old, but all ages are welcome. Grow your child's early literacy skills with a fun-filled time of book reading, singing, rhyming, moving, and creating with one of our amazing Program Specialists!

WMSR/MUSEUMS/TOURISM/ORGANIZATIONS

Women’s Civic Club

First Friday Social - The Woman’s Civic Club, 515 Washington St, March 6, 11:30-3:00 p.m. St Patrick’s theme luncheon, board games, cards and puzzles etc. New members are welcome. Reservations: (301) 722-6099

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

HOTT’S (Hands on the Throttle) Daily at 8:30 am. Enjoy a unique opportunity to operate a piece of history! Handle a locomotive with one of our experienced engineers for an entire 60 minutes! Requirements: *Must be at least 18 years of age *Must possess a valid Driver’s License *Must wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeve shirt. *We recommend eye protection, ear protection, gloves, and hat. (Reservations required)

Frostburg Flyer - February 29 - Excursion departs at 11:30 am.  Join us for a scenic ride on the rails! This train departs from Cumberland to Frostburg. Dining Class guests enjoy a lunch and a signature dessert of Chef’s choice while riding in our vintage dining cars. Standard Coach general seating is also available. A Snack Bar is available to all passengers. Boarding begins at 11:00 am; the train departs at 11:30 am. This 3-hour excursion includes a 1-hour layover in Frostburg and will return to Cumberland at approximately 3:00pm. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:  WMSR.COM. 1-800-TRAIN-50 OR 301-759-4400

ENTERTAINMENT

Upcoming Events at Mezzos/The Venue

February 29 – Class M Band 9:00 pm

March 6 – DJ Light – 9:30 pm – Mezzos Main

March 7 – UFC 248 – 8 pm

March 14 – HOOLEY PUB CRAWL 2020 – Jaded band, DAM Band, Bryan Robertson DJ

March 28 – Handful of Blues – 9 pm

April 11 – FireByrd Band, Mezzos Main – 8 pm

Metal on the Mall @ The Hooley Pub Crawl - Featuring: Dysfigure, Scarecrow’s Curse, Black River Bloodbath, Operation Death, Scientist Penguin Music starts at 8pm. Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore Street, (240) 362-7183. Free admission. 18 to enter, 21+ to drink w/ I.D. Saturday, March 14.

Speakeasy Casino Night at the Embassy, March 28, 7 – 10 pm. Be transported back to the Roaring 20's when you attend the Speakeasy Casino Night at the Embassy Theatre. Wear your best 1920s clothing and come out on March 28th at 7 pm. Hosted by Mayor Ray Morriss, tickets for this benefit are $25.00 and only 100 will be sold. Included in the ticket price is $500 in Embassy Bucks for your gaming pleasure and a complimentary cocktail from our Passport Cafe. We ask that only those 21 and up attend. There will be several games of chance including roulette, poker, and blackjack. You will be playing for all sorts of prizes and there will be a contest for the best costume. The Embassy is located at 49 Baltimore St. in Cumberland and may be reached at 240-362-7183.

1812 Brewery – Great Friends. Great Beer. Great Food. Great Music. 1812 Brewery, 13006 NE Mason Road. Check out our calendar of fun events on Facebook at 1812 Brewery.

Saturday, FeBREWary 29– Taylor Hill (music), Chef Paul’s Kitchen (food)

Venice and Rome presented by Mountainside Baroque - Italy will be the focus on Sunday, March 29, in a concert titled “Venice and Rome.” Drawing on music from these two famous and evocative Italian cities, the performance will offer up two distinct musical moods: the rough and ready, often suggestive, popular village style, and the exquisite later madrigal. The Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble—a favorite from the first “Music in the Mountains” Summer Festival—will provide toe-tapping dance music of the time. Expect plenty of variety at this concert, held in the Allegany Museum’s Arthur and Bernice Friedland Ballroom. Tickets available at www.mountainsidebaroque.org.

ART

Allegany Arts Council

The Allegany Arts Council is thrilled to be exhibiting the work of some of the region’s premier artisans during its Touchstone Center for Crafts Exhibition. Touchstone Center for Crafts is a unique three-seasons craft school located 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Founded in 1972 as Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of traditional crafts. Today, this unique craft school has expanded to include contemporary and experimental techniques in disciplines such as blacksmithing, ceramics, metals & jewelry, glass, drawing & painting, and special topic areas. As Pennsylvania's premier craft school, Touchstone offers beginning and seasoned artists 1-5 day workshops taught by some of North America's finest artisans. More than 20 of these artists will have pieces in the show, which will run from February 1-29, 2020, in the Arts Council’s Saville Gallery

Colors of Compassion - February 1 - 29. Archway Station is an Allegany County-based no-profit organization serving children and adults with emotional and developmental disabilities. In 2020, Archway celebrates its 40th Anniversary of helping people learn to help themselves. Archway believes in the connection between mind, body and spirit, and supports artistic and creative endeavors. The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to celebrate that creativity by featuring the clients and users of Archway Station in its Colors of Compassion exhibition.

Colors of Compassion: Public Reception, February 26, 4- 6 pm. Join us for a public reception for Colors of Compassion: The Artistry of Archway Station. Archway Station is an Allegany County-based non-profit organization serving children and adults with emotional and developmental disabilities. Archway believes in the connection between mind, body, and spirit, and supports artistic and creative endeavors. The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to celebrate that creativity by featuring the clients and users of Archway Station.

Kids' Photo Boot Camp, March 26, 12 noon – 2 pm. The Kids' Photo Boot Camp is back and better than ever! This is a great opportunity for kids to work with award-winning, local photographers who teach the fundamentals of photography in a fun and laid-back atmosphere. Participants will hone their skills during a photo scavenger hunt and learn the basics of still life and portrait photography in a studio environment. Finished photographs will be digitally shown during the public opening of the 6th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Requirements: Participants must be between the ages of 8-18. Students should bring their own camera & SD card (A limited number of cameras will be available from the AAC on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents must submit a completed field trip and photo release form. Call 301-777-2787 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register.

Join us on Saturday, April 4, for the public opening and award ceremony of the 2020 Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition. The show will feature an outstanding collection of photographic work from around the nation and will include an experimental category--photography as sculpture. The exhibition will be on display through May 2.

FridayStitchers at the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery - Join the Friday Stitchers every Friday in the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery from 10 am until 12 pm. This group gathers to chat, stitch, and simply enjoy each other's company. They have just three rules: no gossip, no discussing politics, and no discussing religion. Each attendee pays $3 to participate. Please call (301) 777-2787 for more information.

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. If you and/or your business have any Downtown Cumberland special events, sales, etc. you would like to include in this weekly email, please send the information to becky@mcclarranwilliams.c

 
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