Orange Barrels in Cumberland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 18:25

Anyone who has gone down Mechanic Street in the center of Downtown Cumberland in the past several months has had to maneuver several orange and black barrels. The barrels are part of a 1.8 million dollars project begun in early April by the city of Cumberland.  Funding for the project came from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Community Development Block Grant and city funds. Completion of the project is expected by November 1.

The project included new ADA compliant sidewalks, mill and overlay from Bedford Street to Howard Street, the replacement of 58 manhole frame and lids on the entire length of Mechanic Street and some infrastructure repairs.


“The barrels have been up since the beginning of the project and we have received several queries about why they are still up,” commented Kim Root, Contract Labor Compliance Specialist for the City of Cumberland Engineering Division. “The answer is two-fold. First, for the safety of the workers and second, we have found that keeping the same status was better for our drivers. Instead of taking the barrels up and down, minimizing the changes helped traffic on Mechanic Street recognize a consistent traffic pattern. Final paving should be completed by November 1.”


For more information about the City of Cumberland’s Engineering Division, visit

FSU Appalachian Festival Returns to Frostburg PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 18:19

Festival logoFrostburg State University’s much-anticipated Appalachian Festival will return for its 14th year from Thursday, Sept. 19, to Saturday, Sept. 21. The free, family-friendly event brings together artists and craftspeople to celebrate all that makes the region unique – its history, culture, music and dance, folk arts, food and more – with performances, workshops, displays, discussions and activities. This year’s event focuses on “Just Transitions: Climate, Economy and Culture.”

On Saturday, two stages will host a variety of musical groups from across the region. Blue Hill Bluegrass, T-Mart Rounders, Hickory Bottom Band, Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble, Buffalo Run, Allegheny Drifters, Black Diamond, Andy Cohen, Highland Grass, Flower Hill String Band, Critton Hollow String Band, the Barnstormers and the RockCandy Cloggers will perform on the Compton stage. On the Thomas Subaru Hyundai stage, Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Hay Fever with Pete Hobbie, the Time Travelers, Michael and Carrie Kline, Davis Bradley Duo, Loretta Hummel and Paul Dix, Day Old News, Jeff and Myles Thomas and Tabby Finch, Jay Smar, Casselman Valley Travelers and Twang! will appear. In addition, the Garrett Highlands Pipes and Drums and Frostburg Arion Band will perform on the grounds.

Chapel Happenings, beginning at 11 a.m. in Cook Chapel, will include personal stories of hope and resilience. Community members are invited to join this story-sharing session to hear local community members narrate how they were inspired to keep going despite economic, health, social or spiritual challenges. Appearing in the chapel from 12:30 to 3 p.m. will be accomplished storytellers Jo Ann Dadisman, Adam Booth, Katie and Otto Ross, Ilene Evans and Mikalena Zuckett, who will enchant the audience with stories and lore inspired by their Appalachian upbringings. Afterward, festival attendees can learn the fundamentals of songwriting from professional songwriter Robert Smith.

Throughout the day, attendees can visit the Explorations Tent. Come learn about Frostburg’s historic African American community, Brownsville, from author Lynn Bowman; the interracial documentary project, Hope, which consists of more than 40 life story interviews from sons and daughters of coal miners; the plight of the honey bee as presented by 14-year-old Finian Stroup, who began a fundraising campaign to raise money for honey bee research; and addressing climate change in Appalachia. Also featured are an open discussion of the collection “Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to ‘Hillbilly Elegy,’” which addresses J.D. Vance’s book that explores a more complex view of Appalachia, and artist and author Regina Holliday, who has advocated for transparency in medical records and began “The Walking Gallery” movement.

In the Folkways Tent, festivalgoers can participate in several Appalachian dance and dance-calling workshops, as well as learn about the Maryland Folklife Network, the African American ballad tradition and the traditional medicinal plants of Appalachia.

In addition to plenty of food and entertainment for all ages, the festival will provide activities and programming specifically for children, who can join in singalongs with multi-instrumentalist Ray Owen; join the Sunnyland Band and play along on spoons, jugs, washboards and all kinds of instruments from other countries; try out instruments at the Cat and the Fiddle musical instrument petting zoo; explore Appalachian arts through hands-on activities; paint goat-shaped silhouettes at the Capering Kids 4-H Goat Club display; make “weaving” crafts; and meet the members of Cub Scout Pack 24.

A variety of artisans are also featured throughout the festival, offering tatting, pottery, ceramic wares, industrial-style sculptural pieces and accessories, quilting, watercolors, jewelry, knitting, basket making, decorative gourds, fiber arts, cigar box banjos, stained and fused glass, woven pot holders and slate paintings. Also on the grounds are Dragonfly and Company (natural soaps and body products), Finian Stroup (honey-bee-themed bath bombs and chocolate pretzels), Heishman HoneyB Hut (honey and beeswax products), the Nettle Patch (organic products), the Western Maryland Chapter of the Archeological Society, Friends of Ashby’s Fort, Wynter’s Haven (natural personal and home care products), Garrett County Celtic Festival, Frostburg Museum Association, Allegany County Women’s Action Coalition, Allegany and Garrett County Bird Club, NAACP – Allegany Chapter, FrostburgFirst, Wholesome Harvest Co-op (grocery store), Nemacolin Chapter of Trout Unlimited No. 199, Appalachian Laboratory, Green New Deal, Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, Allegany County Truth and Reconciliation Committee (to recognize the victims of lynching), Garrett County Road Workers Strike of 1970, Mountain Watershed Association, American Red Cross, Allegany Allied Arts Inc., Dickerson African Methodist Episcopal Church, International Geographical Honor Society – Gamma Theta Upsilon, Phi Mu Delta, Delta Sigma Pi and Residence Hall Association.

The Multimedia Learning Center will offer planetarium shows from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2019 18:20
ACM Graduates Donate to the Judy Center PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristin Kehrwald   
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 09:37

ACM Donation to Judy CenterAllegany College of Maryland Human Service Associate Class of 2018 donated its $1,000 Bernie Ronan Award from The Democracy Commitment to the Allegany County Public Schools’ Judy Center. The ACM Class were recently notified that their April 2018 Stressbusters Fair for elementary children won the Ronan Award. The Judy Center, a Stressbusters Fair community partner, was a natural recipient for the donation, according to the ACM alum. L-R: Judy Center Director Deb Kolb, Judy Center Resource Coordinator Dan Snyder, Christine Dicks, Krysta Brown (and infant), Julia Wiland, Madison Chestnut, Colton Clark, ACM Professor Cherie Snyder and ACM Senior Vice President Kurt Hoffman.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2019 09:38
Dozens Rally Against Condemnation Lawsuit to Construct Pipeline PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chesapeake Climate Action Network   
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 09:29

Pipeline 19Dozens of activists rallied this week to oppose Columbia Gas’s complaint in condemnation for the right-of-way to build a highly controversial fracked-gas pipeline underneath the Western Maryland Rail/Trail. Known as the “Potomac Pipeline,” this pipeline would drill under the Potomac River and put the drinking water of 6 million people at risk. In January, the Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously rejected this right-of-way easement for the project, which is proposed by a subsidiary of notorious energy company TransCanada.


“Such a corporate takeover of Maryland’s public land has never been attempted in Maryland before,” said Brooke Harper, Maryland Director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “The people of Maryland said no to this pipeline, Governor Hogan said no to this pipeline, the entire state has said no to this pipeline. So it seems this fracking giant has resorted to pulling the rug from under us. We support the Hogan Administration’s decision and will stand with them in the fight to protect state land from this harmful and unnecessary pipeline.”

Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, said, “We cannot let a private company take public land for profit, especially for the unnecessary Potomac Pipeline which risks the quality of life and drinking water for thousands of Marylanders.  Governor Hogan and the Board of Public Works were right last January when they denied the easement that Columbia Gas is now seeking through its lawsuit.”

The group gathered at the Rail Trail entrance in Hancock, Maryland, carrying banners and signs and chanting “Hey hey, ho ho, Columbia Gas has got to go!”.

The Board of Public Works, which includes Governor Larry Hogan, State Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot, is responsible for protecting Maryland’s “public works,” including state-owned land. It rejected TransCanada’s proposal in January citing the fact that Maryland stood to bear no benefits of the pipeline and all of the harm. The company is now attempting to seize the land through eminent domain proceedings in federal court. To our knowledge, no pipeline company has ever tried to condemn state-owned land in Maryland.  

Patrick Grenter, Senior Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club, said: “These polluting corporations just don’t get it. Maryland has already banned fracking and unanimously rejected this fracked gas pipeline. We don’t know how to make it any clearer - we don’t want fracking, we don’t want fracked gas, and we certainly don’t want TransCanada’s dirty, dangerous Potomac Pipeline. TransCanada may put their profits ahead of our water, climate, and communities, but Maryland puts Marylanders first.”

“This pipeline is being built by, and for the benefit of, powerful multinational corporations,” said Tracy Cannon of the Eastern Panhandle Protectors. “On this end, here in Maryland, Canadian multinational, Transcanada is the owner of Columbia Gas, the company trying to sue the state for the right to build the pipeline. On the other end, Danish multinational, Rockwool, would buy the fracked gas to fuel its toxic factory in Jefferson County, West Virginia. On both ends, we the people understand what an abuse of corporate power this project is and we are fighting back in every way we can.”

This pipeline has faced two years of intense opposition to the pipeline from grassroots groups statewide, as well as a growing list of legislators. In December, a letter signed by 63 Maryland legislators called on Governor Hogan to reject the easement to build underneath the Rail Trail. “Given that Maryland has banned fracking, it defies our state’s existing energy policy to bring the same public health risks to our residents by way of a pipeline,” the legislators stated.

Surface and ground waters can suffer long-term harm during the construction of fracked-gas pipelines. A drilling blowout can release toxic drilling chemicals into the soil and adjacent waters and construction can alter routes and rates of water flow. Once in operation, gas pipelines continue to pose contamination dangers. Gas leaked from a pipeline includes toxic chemicals and a pipeline failure will release explosive methane.


Estonian Music Ensemble to Perform in Western Maryland PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Publications   
Tuesday, 28 May 2019 07:02

EstoniaThe Estonian music ensemble, Wana Wõromaa Wunkorkestri, will visit Western Maryland in June, performing in Cumberland on Monday, June 3, at 7: 30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Mountains, St. Mary Catholic Church, 300 E. Oldtown Road, and in Oakland on Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at the Oakland Community Center, 14 N. Eighth St. These events, supported by the Estonian Embassy and the cities of Cumberland, Frostburg and Oakland in partnership with Folklore and Folklife Programming at Frostburg State University and FSU’s International Studies Program, are free and open to the public.

The performances highlight the Sister-City Cultural Exchange Program – a special relationship between Estonia and Maryland, which began more than 25 years ago with the end of the Cold War as part of a NATO Partnership of Peace Program. Over the years, the partnership has grown to include civilian-to-civilian relationships focusing on the themes of education, twin cities/counties, cultural activities and economic development. As part of the exchange, Maryland residents have visited Estonia and several Estonian groups have visited Maryland. June’s programs highlight Cumberland’s sister city, Viljandi, and Oakland’s sister city, Valga, through the exploration and performance of Estonia’s rich folk music traditions.

Representing traditions of Vana-Võromaa, a region in the country’s southeast, this group is one of many community ensembles keeping alive Estonia’s rich folk music heritage. These ensembles are intergenerational, including children, adults and senior citizens. The region’s folk music heritage plays a particularly important role in Estonia’s political history, where the performance of its traditional choral music bolstered a cultural reawakening, contributing directly to what scholars refer to as “The Singing Revolution.” Choosing song over violence, Estonians gathered en masse to declare Estonian Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

While in Western Maryland, the group will tour the newly remodeled Allegany Museum and downtown Cumberland, visit FSU and Frostburg’s Main Street, engage in an informal cultural music exchange with traditional musicians at FSU’s Mountain City Traditional Arts and tour downtown Oakland.

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

ACM Online Nursing Program Ranked Top in Nation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristin Kehrwald   
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 09:42

Allegany College of Maryland has the top ranked online LPN to RN program in the nation according to


ACM was selected based on a myriad of factors, including student performance on the NCLEX-RN exam, tuition cost, average program list, coverage area, further educational pathways and partnerships and number of cohorts annually.

The program was lauded for being “designed to work around the employed LP, with lectures and coursework delivered in a fully online format with supervised clinical rotations arranged in the student’s local area.”

Registered Nursing also recognized the value of ACM’s required nursing courses which are designed to prepare students for higher level care. 


ACM’s 18-month LPN to RN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing. The college’s online programis authorized for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia residents. Program graduates receive their Associate’s Degree in Nursing.


Ranked among the top 20 community and technical colleges in the country by the Brookings Institution, Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) offers world-class education in a caring environment that transforms lives, strengthens communities and celebrates life-long learning. Serving more than 3,000 credit and 7,000 continuing education and workforce students annually, ACM offers over 80 associate degree, certificate, and letters of recognition programs at affordable rates. To learn more, visit or call 301-784-5000. 

Downtown Cumberland Events and Programs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 09:31

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland


Heritage Days Festival – June 8 & 9


Free Parking – Saturdays, Sundays and After 5.



  • 51st Annual Heritage Days
  • Five Alarm Garden Party
  • Queen City AACA Heritage Days Festival Car & Truck Show, Saturday, June 8 from 9 am –Join us for our annual Heritage Days Car & Truck Show located at the Western Maryland Scenic Railway Station. Arrive around 9 to be parked before the crowds arrive! All cars welcomed (stock and modified). Free registration and free fun!
  • Whiskey Paint & Sip –Thursday, June 6, 6 – 8 pm, Allegany Arts Council. Sign up for this fun evening of whiskey painting and tasting! Brent B. Nelson, a charter member of The Whiskey Painters of America, will lead the painting portion of the evening. Brent will demonstrate the whiskey painting technique in which the artist mixes pigment with alcoholic spirits and applies it to canvas or paper. Participants will then have the chance to try their hands at whiskey painting with Brent as their guide. The event will also include hors d’oeuvres and whiskey tasting with whiskey expert Steve Settimi, owner and master distiller at RADA Brand Appalachian Spirits. Tickets are $30/person for Arts Council members and $35/person for non-members. Registration is required and participants must be at least 21.
  • Allegany Museum’s signature event, the George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest, is on again in 2019, on Friday evening June 7 from 6 to 10 pm. The Fest commemorates President George Washington’s visit to Cumberland to lead the suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794. That was the only occasion that a sitting President has lead troops into the field, and the last of several visits to Cumberland, beginning when George was only 16. At the Fest, guests enjoy tastings of whiskey and other spirits, historic re-enactments, a colonial ‘pub’ room providing authentic colonial games, photos with ‘President Washington’, canapés, an open beer and wine bar, and presentations of cigar/whiskey pairings with cigars for purchase. To get your tickets to the Fest, go to, the Whiskey Rebellion Cumberland Facebook page, or look for us on Eventbrite.
  • 6th Annual CASA Wine and Craft Beer Festival

·      Friends of the Washington Street Library Heritage Days Fundraiser Book Sale, Saturday, June 8, 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday, June 9, 1 pm - 5 pm. We will be located in front of the Washington Street Library during the Heritage Days Festival. New or nearly new children's books are just $0.50, $1.00 or $2.00! Plus, we'll have games and puzzles as well. Hundreds of titles from which to choose!


Allegany County Animal Shelter’s Annual Woof-Stock – Saturday, June 22 at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. Join us for our 4th annual Beer, Wine and Music festival to benefit the homeless pets at our shelter. It will be a day filled with great wine and craft beer, music, food, and raffles as well as craft and artisan vendors. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Ticket locations include: Southern States in Cumberland, The Book Center, Barkin' Basement Thrift Shop, The Draft, Madison Paige Boutique and the Allegany County Animal Shelter. Online tickets are available at




Beatitudes Hair and Beauty Supply Store has opened at 62 Baltimore Street, previously Rays Jewelers location. Stop by and say Hello to Helen, owner and operator of Beatitudes.


PharmaCareWest wants to remind you about Tetanus. Has it been 10 years or more since you had a Tetanus shot? The bacteria that cause tetanus can be found in soil, manure, or dust. They infect humans by entering the body through cuts or puncture wounds. Now that Spring has finally sprung and we are outside cleaning up the yard, it is important to keep up on your tetanus vaccine. The CDC recommends a tetanus shot every 10 years or after a severe cut or burn to prevent tetanus infection. PharmaCare West offers tetanus vaccine to walk-ins. We bill most third party prescription insurances. Stop by and talk to our pharmacist about tetanus and prevention. 64 Greene Street – 301.724.1183 – drive thru and store open Mon – Fri 9am to 6pm and Sat 9am to 1pm.

Are you planning an international trip this summer? Know before you go…about vaccination requirements, safety, food, water and insect contamination, plus embassy contact information and much more. Call PharmaCare’s Travel & Vaccination Center at 301.723.2440 to make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with a travel health nurse. Make sure the only thing you bring back from your trip is memories!


Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop  - It’s baaaack. Our $5 a bag clothing sale is back this week. Bring your Shop Small Bag from previous sales or fill up one of our paw print bags with all the clothing/shoes you can fit in a bag for only $5. We are open this week Thursday- Sunday, 45 Baltimore Street in historic Downtown Cumberland.


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 10AM-6PM. 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




Ristorante Ottaviani Live Music This Week

  • Wednesday 6pm to 9pm featuring Shelby Herbert
  • Thursday 6pm to 9 pm featuring Gilbert Lee
  • Friday 6pm to 9 pm featuring Dan Stevens


Mezzos’ Specials

  • Wed 6/5Fire Cracker Shrimp Wrap with Lettuce, Tomatoes, red onions, cheddar cheese and spicy mayo.  Fries or Side Salad   $6.50

Working Women's Wednesday 6p-8p

  • Thursday 6/6: Grilled or fried chicken sandwich with ham and Swiss cheese.  Lettuce, tomatoes and mayo.  Fries or side salad   $6.50

7:30PM  - Trivia Night     MEZZOS MAIN

  • Friday 6/7Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwich with Coleslaw, Fries or Side salad      $6.50
  • Saturday 6/8: Half Off-Pizza Day

UFC Fight Night   9:00pm     Mezzos Main

  • SUNDAY 6/9: AYCE SUNDAY    Boneless Wings, Bone in Wings, Nachos, Sliders, Fries    $10.50 Per person


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


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 $12.


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 8pm.


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

  • Thursday, June 6 Hoppy Hour/Game Day
  • Friday, June 7 – Pints & Pilates – 5:30 – 6:15; Fred-N-Josh (music), Klavuhns Wood Fired Concessions (food) – 5 – 10 pm
  • Saturday, June 8  – Gibb Cochrum (music), SOB BBQ (food)
  • Sunday, June 9




The Middle School Readers book group will meet on Thursday, June 20 at the Washington Street Library at 5:30 p.m. The theme for June is mysteries.

Each month the group votes on a different theme and chooses books to read and discuss within the chosen theme. Readers will have the opportunity to get creative and make art projects during the meetings. Middle School Readers meet the third Thursday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Questions? Contact Program Specialist Lindsay Lindsay or 301-777-1200, extension 1009.


Washington Street Library has a Toddler Time every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and a Story Time every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The descriptions are below.

  • 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 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! 


The Book Center Adult Book Club is the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm! If you like food, wine, and great books, then this is the place for you! If you'd like to join, call us at 301-722-2284 or drop in to let us know. All Book Club members receive a discount on monthly selections.




Building For Sale – Hirsch Brothers Tannery, built in 1910 – 109 Cumberland Street, $88,000. Designed by Wright Butler. 7,500 sq. ft. above ground level, 3 floors, plus full attic. Office/warehouse/residential space in historic Westside area, 3-minute walk to Downtown Cumberland. For information, call Ed Mullaney, 301-268-2135 or 301-777-2828.


Apartment for rent downtown, one bedroom, all utilities and on site parking included for $1,200 per month. Pets welcomed and smokers, too. Contact Shirley Giarritta at 301-707-7586.



Community Yoga at the Gilchrist Museum, Friday, June 7, 5:30-6:30 pm. What better way to transition from the workweek to the weekend than with a yoga class? Clear your mind, stretch your body, and gather with like-minded wellness friends as expert yoga instructor Hari-kirtana guides you through one of his trademark vinyasa yoga classes. You are guaranteed to leave feeling better than when you came. If you are a yoga teacher, please also check out the weekend workshop Hari is teaching about hands-on assists: class is suitable for all ages and experience levels, although a basic fitness level is advised.
Please bring your yoga/exercise mat and/or blanket. There are a few on site, but a limited selection. Water will be provided.


Visit the Historic Cumberland Masonic Temple during Cumberland Heritage Days! Free Tours of the Historic Cumberland Masonic TempleSaturday, June 8, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. AYCE BreakfastSaturday, June 8, 7:30 - 10:30 am includes Pancakes, Eggs, Sausage, Sausage Gravy, Biscuits, Juice, Coffee, and MilkChildren Age 7 and Under Free, Children Age 8-12 $5.00Adults $7.00 – open to the public. Proceeds Support the Restoration and Preservation of the Historic Cumberland Masonic Temple.


Emmanuel Episcopal Church Tours - Our church is once again offering tours of its historic Gothic-revival Sanctuary (which includes three magnificent Tiffany stained glass windows), its beautiful Spring gardens, AND a first-hand examination of the Fort Cumberland-era tunnels located under the Sanctuary. Hour-long tours, conducted by experienced church docents, will be conducted every Saturday and Sunday from May 4th through June 2nd, all leading up to the 51st annual Heritage Days celebrations, set for the weekend of June 8th and 9th.Tours begin at 3, 4, and 5 PM, departing from the church Cloister. Although there is no charge for the tours, donations are deeply appreciated. For more information, please visit the church web site,, or call the church office between the hours of 9 AM and 1 PM, Monday through Thursday, at 301-777-3364.


Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

  • 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.
  • Frostburg Flyer
  • Murder Mystery – Tennis Anyone? Saturday 15th and Saturday 22nd 6:00pmJoin us for dinner and a show! Our Murder Mystery trains depart from Cumberland to Frostburg. Dining Class guests enjoy a 3-course meal consisting of a salad, choice of entrée, and a signature dessert of Chef’s choice. It is a big week in the world of Pro Tennis. It’s once again time for The Simpleton Tennis Tournament! Famed Announcer Coward Hosell is on hand to broadcast the festivities, and League Commissioner Dulaney Volley plans some major announcements for the sport, some potentially great news for Hall of Fame player Martha Rashe and Hall of Fame Candidate Martinia Havanova! Head of Security- Officer Harvey D. Grace has his hands full, trying to keep things safe and orderly during this heavily attended event! Boarding begins at 5:30pm; train departs at 6:00pm. This 3-hour excursion will return to Cumberland at 9:00pm. Advance reservations are required. NOTE: Murder Mystery shows are designed for an adult audience and may contain some mild adult humor and innuendo not suitable for children.
  • Family Pizza Train -Join WMSR for a family-friendly evening, June 8, 5 pm. Ride the rails to MountainView, with your family or friends, and enjoy a large pizza on the way. At MountainView, relax around a campfire and play outdoor games. Additional snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase from our snack bar! Train departs from Cumberland at 6PM. Boarding begins 5:30PM. Guests will arrive at MountainView by 7PM and will depart by 8-8:15PM with a return to Cumberland by 9PM.
  • The Royal TrainJune 1610:00 am and 2:00 pmCome and join the royal fun! WMSR is proud to partner with "So Classy Princess Parties" as we celebrate all royal princesses and princes on Father's Day Weekend! There is more to being a princess or prince than meets the eye! Join us this weekend as our royal court or princesses will share life lessons such as bravery, kindness, patience, confidence and true friendship as we ride along to a magical place, Mountain View. Through imaginative stories, performances and personal interactions, your young ones will feel truly special and valued.

For more information, please visit our website at or call 1-800-TRAIN-50 or 301-795-4400.


Fresh from their debut at DelFest 2019, welcome Bowman, Bowman and Dre back to Cumberland on Saturday evening June 29th from 6-10 PM under the stars in the Gilchrist Garden at 104 Washington Street for "An Intimate Evening with Bowman, Bowman, & Dre"; a benefit performance for Discover Downtown Cumberland music program with a portion of the donations donated directly to the Union Rescue Mission of Western Maryland. Doors open at 6 pm with food available from Good Carma Catering and a cash bar. Live dinner music by Day Old News. Bowman, Bowman and Dre at 8 pm. Family friendly, kids under 12 free with adult donation. $65/person. For more information contact Dave Love: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  301.723.0818 by text or voice.




Upcoming Events at Mezzos/The Venue

  • June 7  - Matt Borror Acoustic   9:30pm
  • June 8 – UFC Fight Night   9:00pm     Mezzos Main
  • June 14 - ToMaJiTo Jazz FUNk-tet    9:00pm     Mezzos Main
  • June 15 – 9:30pm   28 Speedway   Mezzos Main/Outside
  • June 22 - WESTERN MARYLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL FUND RAISER  - All Day Event    All 3 Floors 
  • July 6 – 8:00pm - UFC Fight Night   Mezzos Main
  • July 12 - ToMaJiTo Jazz FUNk-tet    9:00pm     Mezzos Main
  • July 13 – 9:30pmPride 2019 Club Night    Mezzos Upstairs
  • JULY 18 - 8:00PM - Emo Phillips Comedy Night
  • July 20 - FH Class of '84 Reunion   Mezzos Downstairs
  • July 27 – 5:00pm     Mezzos Middle Room    Frankfort Class Reunion Mixer; 7:00pm     Mezzos Upstairs - Frankfort Class Reunion  
  • July 27 - 7:00pm    Mezzos Main - Fort Hill Class of 1999  
  • July 27 - 7:00pm – Mezzos Downstairs - Fort Hill/Allegany Class of 89 Reunion
  • August 2 – Jaded Band    Mezzos Outside /Main
  • August 16th – FH Class of 79.  Mezzos middle room
  • August 17th - Lip Sync Showcase for Relay for Life
  • August 30th – 9:00pm Dan Stevens Acoustic. Mezzos Main/Outside   


June Events at the Embassy

  • The Rocky Horror ShowEmbassy Theatre is proud to announce the production of The Rocky Horror Show as part of our 2019 Season! This is similar to the cult movie classic that so many of us so dearly love, but this stage production has its own merits. A cult classic. Show dates are June 14th, 15th, 16th, and 21st, 22nd and 23rd.
  • Steel MagnoliasJune 28 and 29, 8 pm$16 adults, $14 students/seniors
  • Trailer Park Drag Show, Friday, June 12, 9 – 11 pm. Our favorite Queens of Pride are back! And trashier than ever! Before you see them take the stage at Cumberland Pride, come check them out at the Embassy Theatre for ages 18+ show!


McCoury Family Stage

  • Thursday, June y, 6 – 7:30 pm. An Evening of Cello with Musician Genevieve Batman –The music will range from The Beatles to Beethoven.
  • Loretta Hummel & Country Grass LIVE– Friday, June 7, 6-8 pm. Join Burgmeier's Hauling Discover Downtown Cumberland as we welcome legendary award winning local Country Gospel, Country and Bluegrass artist, Ms. Loretta Hummel for a Heritage Days Weekend launch.
  • Day Old News
  • Black Guy Fawkes
  • Joey Harkum Band
  • Sundays on the Square with Jason McDonald
  • Red, White & Americana with Gilbert Lee & Friends
  • Red, White & Bluegrass with The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers


Open Mic Night at Uncle Jack’s - Open Mic is back after a Winter break. We’ll be back to Wednesdays starting at 9PM.




Life Drawing Class – The group will meet every Wednesdays from 7-9 pm at the Cumberland Theatre Studio. The class will continue every other Wednesday unless otherwise announced. Further information about the class or if you are interested in being a paid model for a session, contact Shirley Giarritta at (301) 707-7586.


Allegany Arts Council


·      2019 Annual Members Exhibition – June 5 – 22. The Annual Members Exhibition gives Allegany Arts Council members an opportunity to showcase their artwork in a professional gallery setting. This yearly event is a fun way for artists of all experience levels to get involved in making and showing their work. It is also an opportunity for community members to see the talent that exists right in our backyard!

  • Blurred Lines: Deborah Hicks OdgersThe Allegany Arts Council is pleased to exhibit the work of Deborah Hicks Odgers in its Saville Gallery, June 29-July 20, 2019.
  • Friday Stitchers at the Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery




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 is FREE on Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and every day after 5 pm.




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


The Rocky Horror Show Plays Live at the Embassy Theatre PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 09:22


Opening on Friday, June 14th, the Embassy Theatre presents “The Rocky Horror Show.” This is the live stage musical by Richard O’Brien which was adapted into the cult midnight movie. The show runs for two weeks on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.


Hayden Davis, a senior Allegany High School, directs and is portraying Frank-N-Furter. Some of Hayden's favorite roles include Pinocchio in "Shrek, Jr," and The Artful Dodger in "Oliver!" In school, Hayden is in chorus, show choir and drama club. When he is not on stage, Hayden attends Mountain City Center for the Arts in Frostburg, MD, enjoys doing voice acting, filming, photography and editing, and helping with his mom's animal rescue.


Music director Sawyer Jenkins, who also plays Riff Raff, started doing theatre in 6th grade and has been doing it continuously since senior year of high school. Among many other roles, last fall he was seen at the Embassy as Sheldon in “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells,” and recently as Monsieur D'Arque in “Beauty and the Beast” at the Cumberland Theatre.


Choreographer William Price III began dancing at an early age. In college, he coached a dance team for four years. He also has choreographed or acted as dance captain locally for more than a dozen local theatrical productions at Potomac State College and for Apple Alley Players and Front & Centre Stage. In 2014 he co-directed/choreographed with Natalie Fisher to bring "Chicago" to the Embassy Theater.William teaches hip hop, jazz/street jazz, and musical theater classes, and also does private lessons.


Rounding out the cast are Brendon McCabe as Brad Majors, Tawney Jenkins as Janet Weiss, Whitney O’Haver as Magenta/Trixie, Hannah Anderson as Columbia, Ryan Marvin as Rocky, Kirk Squires as Eddie/Dr. Scott, and Connor Ward as Narrator and stage manager.


Tickets are $18 and $16 for seniors and students, and are available on and for purchase at the door. Reservations are required as seating is limited, and may be obtained by calling 240-362-7183. Embassy Theatre is located at 49 Baltimore St. in Cumberland, Maryland on the downtown mall.

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