Curtis Coney Island Wins Md Heritage Award PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maryland State Arts Council   
Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:45

GinoBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, is pleased to present the 12th Annual Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards - honors given each year to three of Maryland’s outstanding stewards of folklife or living cultural traditions. The public is cordially invited to attend this free event at UMBC’s Proscenium Theatre, December 1, at 7:30 p.m.

 

This year, the recipients are: in the category of Person / People, The Sensational Royal Lights, an African American gospel quartet with roots in Dorchester County; in the category of Place, Curtis' Coney Island Famous Weiners of Allegany County; and in the category of Tradition, stuffed ham, a longstanding St. Mary's County foodway.

 

[Gino Giatras, proprietor of Curtis’ Coney Island Famous Weiners. Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photographs.] 

 

Each year, UMBC, in partnership with Maryland Traditions, produces a short documentary on the Heritage Award “Place” recipient. This year, the new documentary on Curtis’ Coney Island Famous Weiners will be shown during the awards ceremony.

 

The Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards are the state’s highest honor for those who teach, practice, or steward our living cultural traditions,” said Maryland Traditions Director, Chad Edward Buterbaugh. “By taking time to recognize the people, places, and practices that are vital to Maryland folklife, we also celebrate the diversity that makes Maryland such a unique place to live.” “This is my favorite event of the year,” added Maryland Traditions Folklorist, Ashley Minner. “And if you go, I’m sure it will be yours too.”

 

The ceremony will also feature an opening performance by Meki Toalepai Sr. and Jr., recipients of a 2019 Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Award for Tahitian drumming (Anne Arundel County), and a closing concert by the Sensational Royal Lights. Cousins Jay Armsworthy and Woody Norris (St. Mary's County) will play bluegrass during the reception immediately following the ceremony.

 

 Free tickets can be reserved through the UMBC University Tickets website. For more information, contact Ashley Minner at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 410-245-4303; or visit the 12th Annual Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards Facebook event page.

 

MARYLAND TRADITIONS is the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council. Since 1974, state-employed folklorists have worked to identify, document, support, and present Maryland folklife through grants, awards, festivals, and other programming.

 

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY (UMBC) is a dynamic public research Honors University, integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. UMBC is a Maryland Traditions partner and the home of the Maryland Folklife Archives, a publicly accessible resource containing fieldwork data collected by Maryland state folklorists since 1974, along with many more folklife materials.

 
FSU Children’s Literature Centre Hosts 15th Annual Storybook Holiday PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:30

2017 Elves - Storybook HolidayFrostburg State University’s Children’s Literature Centre will begin its season of cheer with its 15th annual Storybook Holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1, in downtown Frostburg. The festivities begin at 8 a.m. and end with a holiday-themed movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starting at 7:30 p.m.

The event is welcoming to all ages and features a parade, storybook readings, cookie decorating and many more family-friendly activities. In addition, attendees get the chance to meet Santa and children’s book author Colleen Driscoll.

The day of events begins with Breakfast With the Elves at 8 a.m. at Hotel Gunter at 11 W. Main St. Tickets are $6 per person and are sold in advance at the hotel. After a delicious breakfast, some of the elves will battle one another in the Elf Olympics at the Broadway parking lot at 9:30 a.m. When the friendly competition ends, attendees can view the Mountain City Center for the Arts kickoff performance at 10:15 a.m. before the parade in front of Hotel Gunter. The fun run, Run Your Bells Off for Autism, will start the parade at 10:30 a.m.

Following the parade, from 11 a.m. to noon, Tail Waggin’ Tutors will provide storybook readings at the Frostburg Community Library at 65 E. Main St. There will also be readings from noon to 1 p.m. at Frostburg United Methodist Church and from 1 to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, both on Main Street. At 11:30 a.m., the Frostburg Dance Academy will perform at the Broadway parking lot.

In addition, a variety of high-spirited seasonal activities will take place at City Place, 14 S. Water St., from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the Elves’ Secret Workshop, letter writing to Santa, photos with elves and a miniature train display. Craft vendors will also display their items for sale.

Also at 11:30 a.m., West Virginia author Driscoll will begin her presentation at the Frostburg Community Center at 27 S. Water St. Later, from 2 to 3 p.m., she will host a book signing at City Place. Driscoll is the author of “Piper the Elf Trains Santa.” Books can be purchased at Main Street Books.

Free cookie decorating and a cookie contest will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Hotel Gunter. Other attractions include Sticker Stops, where kids can fill their winter bookmarks with stickers to win a prize, face painting and balloon animals at the American Legion at 27 W. Main St., crafts at several shops along Main Street, Cocoa With the PoPo at the Frostburg Public Safety Building at 37 S. Broadway, business and restaurant specials and a miniature railroad display beside City Place. Children can also visit Santa’s House at P.S. Hair Design at 20 S. Broadway.

As the activities of the day come to an end, the Festival of Trees takes place at City Place from 6 to 7 p.m. Celebrators will meet Santa, cookie contest awards will be announced and a performance by the Arion Band will be featured. The last activity takes place at the Palace Theatre, 31 E. Main St., at 7:30 p.m., with a showing of the 1946 movie classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Tickets are being sold in advance at Main Street Books and cost $5 per person.

Sponsors of Storybook Holiday include PNC Bank, the Frostburg Student Education Association, the FSU Children’s Literature Centre, Frostburg First and the city of Frostburg. For more information, call 301-687-3133 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/clcfsu.

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.

 
Downtown Cumberland Happenings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:16

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Annual Downtown Cumberland Tree Lighting – November 23

Shop Small Saturday in Downtown Cumberland – November 24

Free Parking – Saturdays, Sundays and After 5

 

Annual Downtown Cumberland Tree Lighting – Friday, November 23 - Join us for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Cumberland Historic City Center! Entertainment will begin at 6:30pm and the ceremony will start at 7:30pm. The tree and downtown lights will be lit shortly after the ceremony! There will be lots of activities happening this evening all over downtown, including open houses, performances by YMCA Fusion, Cumberland Theatre and Lepley's Dance Studio, refreshments, and Santa himself will be there! Please follow this event for more details as the date gets closer!

 

Shop Small Saturday in Downtown Cumberland - Sure, it’s easy to order gifts on Amazon, but when you shop locally, you help support your neighbors and your community—and get amazing, personal and unique gifts. Saturday, November 24 is Shop Small Saturday in Downtown Cumberland. Come down and check out the great locally owned shops and boutiques. Enjoy a meal at one of our terrific locally owned restaurants. Support the community that you live in - SHOP SMALL. Check out some of the specials and events during Shop Small Saturday.

·       Vapor Room - For Small Business Saturday, we will be doing a Vape Meet at each Location, giveaways every hour, a free TVR Goodie Bag with any purchase over $25, Buy one get one half off single Juice Bottles, 25% off one item, and then also a special gift for appcard users. 

·      Fort Cumberland Emporium – Discounts throughout the store.

·      Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop – 50% Off All Clothing and Christmas Décor

·      Azad's of Cumberland at The Qashqai Gallery Stop by during your Black Friday & your Shop Small Saturday ventures for some of the best deals on all of Azad's inventory available all season. Dave will be on hand each day to help fit you and your home with the perfect rug and/or gift for that very special someone.

·      Hush Skin Care Studio – Celebrating our 5th Anniversary with specials

·      Mezzos Blues and Brews - Blues Brothers Tribute Bands 6:30pm

Allegany County Animal Shelter’s Holiday Celebration at Mezzos – Saturday, December 1, 5 pm – 2 am. Time to break out those ugly sweaters and join us at Mezzo's on December 1 as we kick off the Christmas season! There will be vendors, music, raffles and much more, so mark your calendar and come out for a great time that helps support our shelter!  301-777-5930.

 

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.

 

RETAIL

  

Azad’s of Cumberland – One day only Glam Rug Warehouse – Saturday, November 17, 11 am – 5 pm.I have a large amount of these Karastan Style high-end machine made rugs not normally sell at Azad's of Cumberland. (The rugs that I sell at The Qashqai Gallery are all hand knotted). I am making these available to local customers for this One Day Only Sale on Saturday November 17th on the 2nd & 3rd Floors of The Qashqai Gallery. Prices will range from $99 to $799.  You cannot eat that anywhere! These rugs will be sold "AS IS" with no delivery or installation services available. All Sales are final and payment will be due at purchase by cash, check or credit card.

 

Nocturnal Storytime at the Book Center – Saturday, November 17, 10:30 am. Enjoy a reading of The Moonlight Meeting, Nocturnal Crafts and more.

301-722-2284.

 

Hush Skin Care Studio - Join us for our Holiday Event on November 24th between 1pm and 3pm for holiday savings. This will be five years since I first opened Hush Skin Care and to celebrate, I will be doing 5 drawings of my skin care favorites! I will do the first drawing at the end of the event and one drawing each Friday until December 21st. Take advantage of getting your holiday products early so you have more chances to win! Every $50 spent on skin care products earns you one ticket!
Holiday Specials include:
25% off Professional Skin Care Products
Limited Edition Holiday kits up to 50% off
$10 off Reflexology gift certificates or 4 sessions for $100
We have chosen to do a Holiday fundraiser for Heart of the Earth Sanctuary and Rescue Inc. Donate to this wonderful charity and be entered to win a 60 minute massage, Reflexology, and Hush Signature Facial. Monetary donations can be made in person with check or cash. Credit card donations can be made thru our Facebook Fundraiser. 
One raffle ticket per $20 donated!

 

Azad’s of Cumberland - Cookie Tray Open House with Sugar Plum Bakery – Saturday, December 15, 1-4 pm. Please join Dave & Tilly along with Azad's of Cumberland as we welcome the ladies from your favorite Farmer's Market sweet tooth vendor, Sugar Plum Bakery, for our third annual holiday open house market. Sugar Plum will have a variety of Holiday Cookie trays and other holiday favorites available for sale. And, Azad's will be offering some great holiday gifts available at affordable prices. As always, other vendors and local specialties will be invited to join us, so please stay posted to this event page for updates. If you would like to pre-order a Cookie Tray or other holiday treats from Sugar Plum, please contact them directly at 240.979.8086

 

PharmaCare West is having a Holiday Tasting with Bedford Candies on Monday, November 19th, 2 to 4pm. Sample fudge, chocolates and gourmet flavored popcorn!!! Find out what’s new for the holidays too! Store and drive-thru hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Follow us on Facebook – The PharmaCare Network.

 

Barkin' Basement Thrift Shop – Thanksgiving Special at Barkin' Basement. All brown or black items are HALF OFF this week. Stop in and grab some great items at Barkin' Basement Thrift Shop. We're open Thursday - Sunday in the heart of Downtown Cumberland.

 

The Vapor Room - The Vapor Room Weekly Sales and Specials: $10 30ml Flavors of the Week - 10 New Flavors Every Monday Morning

Weekenders 15ml Flavors - 4 New Flavors Every Monday Morning

Premium Juice of The Week - Every Monday one new discounted liquid from the most popular companies in vaping. The Vapor Room has added 4 parking spaces behind the shop for our customer. 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 FortCumberland Emporium, Baltimore Street Collectibles, Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop (Thursday – Sunday), Queen City Flea Market (Friday – Sunday), Windsor Castle Antiques & Flea Market (Sundays only), GiGi’s Attic and MountainShine Creative – 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 Daily Specials

·      Wed: Mango Habenero Grilled Sandwich w/ Pepper Jack Cheese & Jalepenos w/ Fries or Side Salad $6.50

We are supporting the Kids and Babies at WVU Medicine Children’s with the Q for Kids Radiothon. We will still have WWW Specials all night, but no live broadcast.

·      Thu: Firecracker Shrimp Wrap w/ Lettuce, Tomatoes, Red Onions, & Cheddar Cheese w/ Fries or Side Salad $6.50

Trivia Night -7:30pm

·      Fri: Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad w/ Lettuce Tomatoes, Red Onions, Bacon, Hard Boiled Eggs, & Cheddar Cheese $6.50

Dean Cramer and Band So Lo - 9pm - Mezzos Main

·      Sat: Half off Pizza Day!

Comedy Night Upstairs - 7pm

Dan Stevens Acoustic - 9:30pm - Mezzos Main

·       Sun: AYCE Sunday - Boneless Wings, Bone-In Wings, Nachos, Sliders, Fries $10.50 per person

 

Queen City Creamery Thanksgiving Cake Decorating Night – Monday, November 19, 6 pm. $25/person includes mini-cake, frosting and instruction; choice of glass of wine or sorbet mimosa; basic piping and frosting lesson; and you take home your own decorated cake. Call for reservations at 301-777-0011.

 

Ristorante Ottaviani - Join us Friday, November 23 for our Fourth annual Black Friday event. Mountain City Center for the arts will be singing Christmas Carols before the tree lighting event downtown. We will be offering wine tastings and samples from our Italian deli as well as some delicious Italian Christmas cookies. Our holiday gift baskets will be available and purchase a $50 gift certificate and receive a $10 bonus certificate. Red Clover Ghost will be offering live music Starting at 6:30pm. So come out and start the holidays off right. Make your reservations today!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

1812 Brewery –Voted Best Brewery by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine readers. Great Friends. Great Beer. Great Food. Great Music. 1812 Brewery, 13006 NE Mason Road. Check out our calendar of fun events - http://1812brewery.com/events/

Game Night every Thirsty Thursday night. $2 off 64 oz. Growler fill; $1 off 32 oz. Growler fill.

Friday, November 16 – Now open at 4 pm. Shelby Herbert (music), Good Carma Catering (food).

Saturday, November 17 Black Guy Fawkes (music), Chef Paul’s Kitchen (food).

Wednesday, November 28, 4 pm – Christmas at the Brewery, a fundraiser for Holding Hands for Haley.

Sunday, December 2 – Local Farmers/Crafts/Flea Market and Brunch with Santa Claus.

 

LITERARY/LIBRARY/FOR KIDS

  

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.

 

MUSEUMS/WMSR/CANAL PARK

 

The 2018 Cumberland Holiday Historic Home Tour is set for Saturday, December 8 2-6 PM. The Western Maryland Heritage Association has six “house stops” to date, plus our open house partners at Gordon Roberts House, the Gilchrist Galley and Museum, and Canal Place.

·      15 Prospect Square - Janet and Jim Wunderlick

·      17 Prospect Square - Carter Wagoner

·      611 Washington- The Taylor-Neumannn Family

·      615 Washington - Shauna McClure and Gary Werkheiser

·      632 Washington - The F. Brooke Whiting Hous

·      634 Washington - The Gonzaga Family

Tickets ($25) will be on sale at the Book Center in Downtown Cumberland on Friday, November 9. We will have tour details available and get them on-line mid-week next week at www.cumberlandhistorytours.com..

 

Allegany Museum –

·      Friday, November 23 – 7-9 pm – Join us for our Annual Open House after the tree lighting.

·      Saturday, December 1, 10 am – 12 noon. Join us for our Annual Kids Saturday as part of our Holiday Event Series! Kids will enjoy decorating cookies, crafts, stories, and more! This drop-in event is sure to be a blast. We hope to see you there.

 

Gordon Roberts House 

·      We are excited to announce our holiday theme at The Gordon-Roberts House museum for 2018 is Charles Dickens classic tale, “A Christmas Carol”. Join us on November 23 for our annual open house before the Downtown Cumberland Tree-Lighting ceremony for a first look at The Gordon-Roberts House display, live entertainment by the Potomac Highland Country Dancers, shopping in the museum gift shop and refreshments.

·      During the month of December we are continuing with our traditional children’s tours of The Gordon-Roberts House museum. Thanks in part to The Community Trust Foundation students will have the opportunity to receive their own copy of A Christmas Carol storybook! 

·      We invite you to be part of the Historical Society festivities this holiday season by volunteering your time decorating or leading children’s tours, sponsoring one of our community events and attending our special events. Questions? Want to be part of the volunteer crew? Call 301-777-8678.

·      November 23- Holiday Tree Lighting Open House- 4-6 pm. Free event

·      December 1- Christmas Tea- 11am. Ticketed Event

·      December 8- Holiday Historic Home Tour- Ticketed Event

·      December 15- Storytelling Event – 4 pm. Free event

 

Allegany Museum will present "History on Tap", an informal ‘hang out with a historian’, every third Tuesday of the month at Mezzos, 114 S Centre Street. Each "History on Tap" will open at 5:30 pm with a 10-minute talk by an interesting and engaging local historian, and then a lively discussion. For more information, call the Museum on 301-777-7200, or visit the Allegany Museum Facebook page.

 

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad – www.wmsr.com   

·      WinterLand on the Western Maryland November 23

 

  

ENTERTAINMENT

  

Upcoming Events at Mezzos/The Venue – 114 S. Centre Street

·      Friday, November 16 - Dean Cramer / So Low / Front band  

·      Saturday, November 17 – Comedy Show - Upstairs

·      Saturday, November 17 - Dan Stevens  

·      Saturday, November 24 - Blues and Brews - Blues Brothers Tribute Bands Upstairs 6:30pm

·      Saturday, December 1 - Animal Shelter Benefit and Band Bash - Upstairs

·      Thursday, December 6 - Bell’s Brewery Tap Takeover 6:00pm

·      Saturday, December 8 – Breakfast with Santa

·      Friday, December 14 - Ian Robinson Acoustic

·      Saturday, December 15 – Comedy Night

·      Tuesday, December 18 – History On tap

·      Saturday, December 22 – Jaded Band

 

The Embassy - Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! brings to life the holiday tale from the popular children’s books series by Barbara Park, adapted for the stage by Allison Gregory. June B. Jones is a first-grader who is super excited about the holidays at her school, including the Secret Santa gift exchange and the holiday sing-along concert. Unfortunately for Junie B., her nemesis, May, keeps ruining all of Junie B.’s fun. When Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach May a lesson, all while trying to raise enough money to buy presents for her family and have a little left over to buy a burping doll. This hilarious and endearing tale is sure to delight audiences of all ages as the Embassy Theatre offers a perfect family outing for the holidays. Performances are November 16th at 7:00 PM, and November 17th at 2:00 PM and at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for students and seniors and can be purchased through Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com or reservations can be made over the phone at (240) 362-7183. A special price of $10 is available on both Saturday matinees for children 12 years old or younger. The Embassy Theatre is located at 49 Baltimore Street.

 

Sunday, November 18, 4-6 pm – To Sing to the Lute presented by Mountainside Baroque, Saville Gallery. Join us in sampling this intimate music, in intimate spaces. Rebecca Beasley, one of Mountainside Baroque’s most popular sopranos, is joined by lutenist Lyle Nordstrom. Tickets available at www.mountainsidebaroque.org.

 

The Cumberland Choral Society will present the Winter Concert on December 1st at 7:30 and December 2nd at 3pm at First Presbyterian Church. The group will be performing Rutter's Magnificat and sections from Handel's Messiah.

 

Christmas Party at The Embassy – Sunday, December 9, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. You, a guest and any children you may have are invited to celebrate the Christmas holiday season with us at the Embassy Theatre.Bring a covered dish, and we'll have dinner together...enjoying the beautiful Christmas ambiance and holiday spread. RSVP to this invitation to let us know whether or not you can attend. If you plan to attend, please let us know how many in your party will be coming, as well as what kind of food you plan to bring.RSVP by no later than November 30.

 

Saturday, December 15 - Join Discover Downtown Cumberland by Burgmeiers Hauling as we welcome all Downtown Cumberland merchants, building owners, residents and the community for a celebration of the Season. The doors will open at 5 PM with a Holiday themed reception in the Embassy lobby followed by a legendary performance by Baltimore's Queen of the Blues, Ursula Ricks and the Ursula Ricks Project LIVE on the EMBASSY STAGE from 7-10 PM. This is a free community concert sponsored by the generous sponsors of Discover Downtown Cumberland and the Downtown Development Commission and co-hosted with our friends at the DCBA. A non-perishable food box will be available to collect items to be donated to the Union Rescue Mission.The Passport Café will be open for service and guests are welcome to bring a tray of holiday treats to share with all.

 

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

 

ART

  

Life Drawing Class – The group will meet every other Thursday from 7-9 pm at the Cumberland Theatre. The class will continue every other Thursday 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

·      The Wills Creek Exhibition is a national juried exhibition of contemporary American art hosted by the Allegany Arts Council in its professional Saville and Schwab galleries in Cumberland, Maryland. Now in its 19th year, the Will's Creek Exhibition runs through December 1, 2018. Each year, the exhibition focuses on a central theme. In 2018, the selected theme is "Overlooked."

·      The Allegany Arts Council is proud to co-sponsor an evening of music and literary arts with the Cumberland Theatre as we present, Shakes 'n" Jazz, November 18 beginning at 8:00PM.  Vocalist Christiana Drapkin and her group celebrate the beauty and power of William Shakespeare's poetry and present it in a lively, sometimes haunting, jazz arrangements." In concerts and workshops, the group intersperses the Shakespeare material with lighter but no lesser fare, standards from the Great American Songbook, which address the same age-old themes that were already sung about in the Bard's day. The song selections are direct quotations from Shakespeare's plays and treatments of his sonnets in their entirety. Join us for an evening combining the arts in a powerful and creative way.  Tickets are available by visiting The Cumberland Theatre.

·      Friday Stitchers 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.

 

LIVING, BUSINESS, FINANCIAL & EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

Prime Retail/Office Space available – Former location of Victorian Creations. 2000 square feet plus, off street parking, high traffic location. Interested? Call Ed Mullaney at 301-268-2135.

 

Great location to start a new business or relocate an existing business. For rent: 49 N. Centre St (former Tea Cupboard). 960 sq. ft. plus storage space and parking space $750 mo. Contact: 301-708-7586.

 

JOB/CHARITABLE/VOLUNTEER /OPPORTUNITIES

 

MD Health Insurance - Beat the Rush. Open Enrollment for Health Insurance - November 1 - December 15 Get local help at wmdhealthconnect.org, 1-888-202-0212. Western Maryland Health Connection can help. Be sure to bring - a government issued ID with birthdate, social security number, immigration/citizenship papers (for some people), pay stubs or W-2 wage and tax statement (if employed), policy #s for any other health insurance.

 

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

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Allegany County Tourism Gearing Up for Holiday Marketing Campaign - Planning a Holiday event or activity this season? Allegany County Tourism will launch its holiday campaign next week, so be sure to get your events and activities uploaded to the Allegany County Tourism website, at

 
Downtown Cumberland Happenings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Saturday, 06 October 2018 07:43

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Fall for Downtown Festival – October 13

Free Parking – Saturdays, Sundays and After 5

 

The Downtown Cumberland Farmers’ Market is where the community meets each Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Allegany Farmers Market is a producer’s only market and offers the area’s best locally-grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, meat, baked goods, coffee, soap, and much more. Join us from May-October in the Historic City Center on Baltimore Streets Pedestrian Mall. For more information visit our website: http://alleganymountainfresh.weebly.com

 

Fall For Downtown Festival – Saturday, October 13, 10 am – 9 pm. The Fall for Downtown festival celebration will feature a variety of vendors and activities with live music during the day by three of the area's favorite Good Ole Boys on the McCoury Family Stage –

  • Jason McDonald, Jonathan Zinn and Kenneth Swanger – 11am until 3 pm
  • The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers, 5:30 pm
  • Grand Ole Ditch – 7 – 10 pm

PLUS join MC Cornhole Tournaments & Discover Downtown Cumberland during the 2018 Fall For Downtown Festival for "CORNHOLE #4 ...on the Bricks!" hosted by Christopher Reuschel & the Cumberland VFW. Sign ups will take place from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm at Town Centre. Tournament will begin at 1 pm.

AND Queen City Waiter Race - Each participant must be a currently employed wait staff member and is asked to represent their employer with the best in wait staff gear. Registration will begin at 3:15 PM with a 4 PM race start time. Each waitperson must bring a standard sizes serving tray, and Discover Downtown Cumberland will provide the rest. 

AND Queen City Chili and Cornbread Challenge – 11 – 3 pm

Downtown Cumberland Store Sidewalk Sales – 10 – 5 pm

 

Join us as we finish the fight against Breast Cancer. The 2017 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Western MD 5K/3-Mile Fundraising Walk will take place on October 21. Proceeds from the walk will benefit the American Cancer Society's Breast Cancer Research and our local support programs. Registration for the walk and stage program begins at 9 a.m. The walk begins at 10 a.m. Please note: You can register for the walk on the day of the event. The walk is free to participate. Don't forget everyone needs to check in at the registration tent upon arriving. Warmups performed by Zumba Instructor(s): Ashley Wolfe. Teal Steel will be returning to perform after the walk. We will have a bounce house for kids and face painting for all ages available and other activities for kids. We will have a pink out station to help you get ready for the walk (face painting, pink hair streaks, tutus and more) and come dressed in your best pink and get your photo taken at our photo booth. For more details and to register visit http://www.makingstrideswalk.org/westernmd

 

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.

 

RETAIL

  

PharmaCare West – It’s flu season and PharmaCare West has flu and pneumonia vaccines available. Walk-ins welcome. No charge to Medicare Part B recipients, and most 3rd party prescription plans. Stop in today at 64 Greene Street or call 301.724.1183. Store and drive-thru hours are Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Follow us on Facebook – The PharmaCare Network.

 

The PharmaCare Network is supporting the fight against breast cancer with a multi-prize raffle. Prizes include a Yeti Tundra 35 cooler, 2 tickets to NYC, and more! Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. Stop by any PharmaCare/Medicine Shoppe locations today. Raffle will be drawn November 16th.

 

Mr. Toad’s Pottery – Mr. Toad's is having a yarn bowl night! Friday, October 5, from 5PM to 8PM, you can come in and paint a yarn bowl. We will be giving free knitting and crochet patterns for everyone who comes and paints a yarn bowl during the event! Reservations are required, as we only have a limited quantity of each bowl. You can reserve your spot by messaging us on Facebook (Mr. Toad’s Pottery) or giving us a call at 240-362-7032.

Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop – This week – 50% off all kitchenware plus a free cookbook with each kitchenware purchase. We’re open Thursday – Saturday at 45 Baltimore Street. Don’t miss our big Sidewalk Sale – October 13. Like us on Facebook.

 

The Vapor Room - The Vapor Room Weekly Sales and Specials: $10 30ml Flavors of the Week - 10 New Flavors Every Monday Morning

Weekenders 15ml Flavors - 4 New Flavors Every Monday Morning

Premium Juice of The Week - Every Monday one new discounted liquid from the most popular companies in vaping. The Vapor Room has added 4 parking spaces behind the shop for our customer. 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), GiGi’s Attic and MountainShine Creative – 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 Daily Specials

  • WednesdayMeatloaf, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Broccoli $6.50

Working Women’s Wednesday 6p-8p - Mixx Fall Fashion Event

  • ThursdayLasagna w/ Side Salad $6.50

Berkeley Springs Brewery Tap Takeover- 4pm

Queen City Film Festival

Trivia Night -7:30pm

  • Friday – Fried Buffalo Chicken Sandwich topped w/ Smoked Bleu Cheese Crumbles, Lettuce, & Pickles $6.50

MidLife Crisis 9pm

Queen City Film Festival

  • Saturday – Half off Pizza Day!

Great Allegany Run Breakfast Break FAST

Queen City Film Festival

  • Sunday – AYCE Sunday

Boneless Wings, Bone-In Wings, Nachos, Sliders, Fries $10.50 per person

Queen City Film Festival

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

1812 Brewery –Voted Best Brewery by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine readers. Great Friends. Great Beer. Great Food. Great Music. 1812 Brewery, 13006 NE Mason Road. Check out our calendar of fun events - http://1812brewery.com/events/

Game Night every Thirsty Thursday night. $2 off 64 oz. Growler fill; $1 off 32 oz. Growler fill.

Friday, October 5 - Now open at 4 pm. Gibb Cochrum (music), Mighty Kimchi (food)

Saturday, October 6 – Someone to Ride the River With (music), SOB BBQ (food)

Sunday, October 7  - Farmer’s/Crafts/Flea Market - 1st Sundays of the month from May – December) 10 am – 3 pm – Farmer’s/Crafts/Flea Market.

Wednesday, October 10 - Octobeerefest Dinner with Good Carma Catering. Limited seating, reservations required. 240-362-7576

 

LITERARY/LIBRARY/FOR KIDS

  

Allegany County Library - With the anniversary of the end of World War I happening soon in November, it is time to commemorate the lives of Allegany County’s service men and women. The Allegany County Library System will be presenting World War I In Your Attic: Western Maryland in the First World War on Friday, October 12th, at noon at the South Cumberland Library. Jill Craig, Digitization Librarian for the Western Maryland Regional Library, will speak about Western Maryland’s Historic Library website (https://digital.whilbr.org/digital/), historical research methods, and the information she has about Allegany County’s participation in the Great War. Bring any World War I related material that belongs to your family members:  photographs, letters home, official documents, etc. that you would like scanned and included in the collection. Scanned items will be added to the Western Maryland Historic Library website (https://digital.whilbr.org/digital/).

  • Bring as much information about the photograph as you have – the who, what, when and the names of as many people in the photo that you know. 
  • Your information will be made available online and if you like, you can get a copy of the scan via email, disc, or thumb drive.
  • Items that cannot be scanned, like helmets or medals, will be photographed and added to the collection.

 Please contact Jennifer Howell, Director of Programming, with any questions about this event, at 301-777-1200, ext. 1006 or atjhowell@alleganycountylibrary.info.

 

Ghosts of the Historic District – Monday, October 22, 6-7 pm at the Washington Street Library, 301-777-1200. Just in time for Halloween, Keith and Anne Potts of Cumberland Historic Ghost Tours will be at the Washington Street Library to present a special program. They will talk about Cumberland's Historic District and introduce the group to some of Cumberland's past residents who have taken permanent dwelling among current residents. According to tour guides Keith and Anne Potts, "The inability to 'move on' is often attributed to a tragic death or unfinished early business; through meticulous research, some specters are identified, but others remain a mystery, for now."

 

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.

 

Usbourne & More Book Fair & Benefit - Sunday, October 14, 2 – 4 pm, Ali Ghan Shrine Center Ballroom. Come have a SUPER time as we gather to browse and buy these incredible books. This fundraiser benefits Re 118 Daughters of the Nile’s many endeavors including our tote project which provides hand sewn special totes filled with books and fun items for the children admitted to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Bring your children to participate in an indoor fun activity as we promote reading and encourage children who find themselves in a hospital facing life changing surgeries. Feel free to dress up...be a princess or a super hero! Perhaps you will meet a princess or hero there as well. These books make wonderful gifts for all ages! You can even buy a book to be placed in a tote for one of our special children who range in age from infant to seventeen. Come join the fun!Refreshments will be sold. If you can not make it to the event please order online and help our cause. Http://1103284.myubam.com/1074884

 

MUSEUMS/WMSR/CANAL PARK/TOURISM

 

Emmanuel Episcopal Church Tunnel Tours - Come tour the beautiful tunnels beneath the Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Every Saturday and Sunday in October at 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm. No reservation necessary! 

http://www.emmanuelparishofmd.org/the-tunnels/

 

Allegany Museum will present "History on Tap", an informal ‘hang out with a historian’, every third Tuesday of the month at Mezzos, 114 S Centre Street. Each "History on Tap" will open at 5:30 pm with a 10-minute talk by an interesting and engaging local historian, and then a lively discussion. For more information, call the Museum on 301-777-7200, or visit the Allegany Museum Facebook page.

 

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad – www.wmsr.com   

  • Frostburg Flyer –Oct. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 19, 11, 12, 13, 14. 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 11:00am; train departs at 11:30am. This 3-hour excursion includes a 1-hour layover in Frostburg and will return to Cumberland at 2:30pm. There are also 6 pm excursions on Oct. 6, 20.
  • Hands on the Throttle –October 7, 8 , 9, 10, 11, 12, 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!
  • Mountain Moonshine Train – 6 pm - November 10
  • WinterLand on the Western Maryland – November 23

 

C&O Canal National Historic Park, Cumberland. The C&O Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center is located at the WM Railway Station, 13 Canal Street and is open 9 am – 5 pm daily.  

  • Every Friday, 1-4 pm, thru October 26. Explore a full-sized replica cargo boat with a mule stable, hay house, and captain’s cabin and learn about life on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Free. Program may be canceled in inclement weather. Call (301) 722-8226 for more.

 

Mountain Maryland Marketing & Tourism Summit - Allegany County Tourism is excited to bring you a new opportunity for business development and growth. Alongside our partner, the College Business at Frostburg State University, the new Mountain Maryland Marketing & Tourism Summit will feature industry leaders within the State of Maryland, covering topics on social media, digital marketing, customer service & more. Wednesday, November 7, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Room 397, Gira Center – Frostburg State University
Schedule & Speaker Lineup: 
https://www.mdmountainside.com/the-summitPurchase Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mountain-maryland-marketing-tourism-summit-tickets-50003345352

 

Submit You Event Online to Allegany County Tourism’s Events Calendar - Planning an event in Allegany County? Allegany County Tourism now offers the new ‘Submit You Event’ feature on the website, which allows you to upload your event details to be included on the events calendar. Please click the link below to start loading your events to the calendar. A photo is encouraged to be submitted with your event, and you can load it right to the submission form. It must be horizontal and high-res (optimal 894px X 525px).  Please note, Tourism reserves the right to edit content for clarity.  Submit Your Event:  https://www.mdmountainside.com/submit-an-eventWe hope you take advantage of this complimentary and easy-to-use opportunity to promote your events.

 

Allegany County Tourism Accepting Submissions for the Mountain Maryland Photo Contest Be sure to enter your favorite snapshots from events and adventures in Allegany County to the Mountain Maryland Photo Contest, accepting photos in four categories: Arts and Entertainment, History and Heritage, Active Outdoor Recreation, and Nature and Scenic Landscapes. Your photos could earn you prizes totaling $1,700 between the four categories. For more details and contest rules, visit https://www.mdmountainside.com/mountain-maryland-2018-photo-contest. For questions regarding the Mountain Maryland Photo Contest, please contact Allegany County Tourism at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Contest closes October 31, 2018.

ENTERTAINMENT

  

Upcoming Events at Mezzos/The Venue – 114 S. Centre Street

  • October 4
  • October 4
  • October 5
  • October 6
  • October 13
  • October 18
  • October 19
  • October 19

 

Pre Ghouley Pub Crawl – Come get your spook on before you head out to the annual Ghouley crawl. The Worn Out Flannel will highlight this Downtown Area Costume Party from The McCoury Family Stage from 6 - 9 PM on Saturday October 27. More details to come with costume contest, apple bobbing, and Spooky Drink Specials from all the downtown hot spots and some other tricks & treats we might have up our sleeves. Mark your calendars.

 

Allegany Allied Arts is pleased to present the cult favorite "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (1975) with full audience participation encouraged. Saturday, October 27, 2018, Windsor Castle Events Centre, 210 S Centre Street. Doors open 7:30pm, "Virgin Games" pre-show and costume contest at 9:30pm. Feature presentation - 10pm. A limited number of "Survival Kit" grab bags will be available for $5 each. Arrive early and don't miss out.100 minutes. Rated R. Under 17 not admitted without parent or guardian. 21+ for alcohol. $8 General Admission. $150 Premium Table (for 6) includes six admission tickets, six grab bags, and six t-shirts. Please contact us for sponsorship and fundraising opportunities. Bulk ticket sales available, please enquire by email for 20+.

 

The Seventh Annual Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) will be held October 4-7, 2018 at The Venue At Mezzos. Four days of screenings featuring films from around the world. Four-day Festival Passes are $50 and are discounted to $40 through 8/31/2018. Individual General Admission tickets are $8 and will be available at the door. Ticketing for individual programming blocks will be available online after full program and schedule are announced.

 

Save the Date – B’er Chayim Temple Goods and Services Auction, October 6, 6 pm Viewing and social – wine, cheese, desserts. 7 pm auction. 107 W. Union Street. Cumberland.

 

The Comedy Club at Mezzos will be bringing in Gallagher's Jokes On You Comedy Tour, Friday, October 19, 9 pm, live upstairs at Mezzos new venue. Due to the large expected crowd the doors will open for this one early at 7:00 pm. Seats are 1st come 1st served except in the "Splash Zone" Seating. "Splash Zone" Seating will be assigned at a advanced price only of $30. General Admission Tickets are just $20/advance and $25/door. Tickets that are purchased online in advanced are to bring the printed receipt with an ID to the door the night of the event for entrance. Add on the buffet dinner for just $12.50 or $22.50 for two people. Buffet will open at 7:00 pm and will be open until 8:50 pm. It will include Black Angus meatloaf with brown gravy, buttered noodles, chicken Marsala, grilled mushrooms, broccoli with butter sauce, baked potato bar with all the fixings, and desert. Tickets are available athttps://tickets.mezzosbar.com/.

 

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

 

Ghouley Pub Crawl - What's a Ghouley? The 10th Annual Ghouley (rhymes with Hooley) is a Halloween Pub Crawl and it's scheduled for Saturday, October 27th at 8PM in Downtown Cumberland. Get your Halloween costume ready and prowl Downtown Cumberland's favorite haunts with your friends.

 

ART

  

C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts Three dimensional stained glass artist, Michael O'Brien, and painter, Eric Carter, will have an exhibition of their art, from Oct. 5 until Nov. 4th, at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts. The public is invited to the opening reception on Oct. 6th, from 5 to 7 pm.

 

 

Life Drawing Class – The group will meet every other Thursday from 7-9 pm at the Cumberland Theatre. The class will continue every other Thursday 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

  • Join us Friday, October 5, 4:30 – 7:30 pm for the kickoff. of Resilience: Healing What Ails Us Through Strength, Tenacity & Fellowship with a screening of the Sundance and Academy Award-nominated film, "Heroin(e)" at Allegany College of Maryland.  This 39-minute documentary follows the brave work of three women in Huntington, WV, all passionate about ending the label of their city being named "ground zero" of the opioid epidemic in the U.S.  These women, with strength, determination and bravery, are making a difference in the lives of their community through ministry, through compassion within the judicial system, and with educated and informed law enforcement. Then, join us for a conversation where we ask ourselves, "Is This Us?" and explore how, as a community, we can tackle these issues directly using wellness, education, compassion, information and resources.

4:30PM-5:15PM

Opening Reception

College Center Lounge

5:15PM-6:30PM

Film Screening

Zimmer Theatre

6:30PM-7:30PM

Community Conversation

Zimmer Theatre

 

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting the artwork of local artist, Hilmar Gottesthal, in his show entitled,“Half A Century of Art”, from October 6-28, 2018, in its Saville Gallery, located at 9 N. Centre Street, Cumberland, MD 21502. Gottesthal’s exhibit will include works from his half century of prolific painting, using watercolor and oils, along with original drawings from squid ink, sculpture and stained glass. The Allegany Arts Council will host a Public Opening on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 6:00-8:00PM at the Saville Gallery. Gottesthal will conduct an intimate Gallery Walk & Talk, where he will go in-depth on his exhibition Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 3:00-5:00PM.  Both events are free and the public is invited. For more information, please visit www.alleganyartscouncil.org or contact the AAC at 301.777.2787.

Day of the Dead Skull Painting Workshop – October 27, 3-5 pm. Celebrate Dio Del Los Muertos with this fun skull decorating workshop! Join us after Downtown Cumberland’s citywide Trick or Treating event for a Day of the Dead-themed activity. We will provide the pre-made ceramic skulls, decorations, a little history, and music; You provide the creativity! Participation costs only $5 per skull! To RSVP, please call Samantha Kennedy at (301) 777 -2787.

Friday Stitchers 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.

 

LIVING, BUSINESS, FINANCIAL & EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

Prime Retail/Office Space available – Former location of Victorian Creations. 2000 square feet plus, off street parking, high traffic location. Interested? Call Ed Mullaney at 301-268-2135.

 

Great location to start a new business or relocate an existing business. For rent: 49 N. Centre St (former Tea Cupboard). 960 sq. ft. plus storage space and parking space $750 mo. Contact: 301-708-7586.

 

JOB/CHARITABLE/VOLUNTEER /OPPORTUNITIES

 

Tire Recycling Event – Saturday, October 6, 9 am – 2 pm at the Allegany County Fairgrounds, 11400 Moss Avenue, Cumberland. $1/tire (cash only). Allegany County residents only – valid driver’s license required; up to 20 tires accepted per vehicle; have more than 20, contact the recycling office by Sept. 28 for authorization; passenger and light truck tires only; rims on tires will be accepted; remove standing water and debris from tires, no commercial or business tires. For information, call Allegany County Recycling at 301-777-5933, x210 or email recycling@alleganygov.org.

 

The Western Maryland Mission of Mercy (MOM) needs both clinical and non-clinical volunteers for its two-day Free Dental Clinic, October 12 and 13 at the Allegany County Fairgrounds (must be 18 by October 11, 2018 to register.) www.westernmdmom

 

Allegany County Tourism Accepting Submissions for the Mountain Maryland Photo Contest. Be sure to enter your favorite snapshots from events and adventures in Allegany County to the Mountain Maryland Photo Contest, accepting photos in four categories: Arts and Entertainment, History and Heritage, Active Outdoor Recreation, and Nature and Scenic Landscapes. Your photos could earn you prizes totaling $1,700 between the four categories. For more details and contest rules, visit https://www.mdmountainside.com/mountain-maryland-2018-photo-contest. For questions regarding the Mountain Maryland Photo Contest, please contact Allegany County Tourism at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Contest closes October 31, 2018.

 

The volunteer committee of the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is looking for some extra hands to help with a few tasks for this year’s event. Whether you have 2 hours or 10 hours to give us this year, we would be grateful to hear from you. The event will be held Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at Canal Place. This is a great event that celebrates breast cancer survivors, honors those loved ones we have lost, and brings everyone together as we fight breast cancer. Whether you have been to a Strides walk or not, if you know someone who has had breast cancer or not, but you would like to contribute to a great event by lending a hand please give us a call. Contact Jennifer Hare, volunteer committee member, at 301.697.7618 or Shari True, ACS Community Development Senior Manager, at 703.507.3878 to find out how you can help make a difference!

 

Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter. Applications and information are available atwww.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

 

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Allegany Arts Council’s Announces October Exhibition: Half A Century of Art – Hilmar Gottesthal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allegany Arts Council   
Saturday, 06 October 2018 07:35

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce it will be exhibiting the artwork of local artist, Hilmar Gottesthal, in his show entitled, “Half A Century of Art”, from October 6-28, 2018, in its Saville Gallery, located at 9 N. Centre Street, Cumberland, MD 21502.

Gottesthal’s exhibit will include works from his half century of prolific painting, using watercolor and oils, along with original drawings from squid ink, sculpture and stained glass. Originally from Austria, Gottesthal’s world travels and time spent in Turkey, Greece and beyond brings a unique and eclectic sense to his artwork, evoking images of world events, religion and place.

The Allegany Arts Council will host a Public Opening on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 6:00-8:00PM at the Saville Gallery. Gottesthal will conduct an intimate Gallery Walk & Talk, where he will go in-depth on his exhibition Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 3:00-5:00PM.  Both events are free and the public is invited. 

For more information, please visit www.alleganyartscouncil.org or contact the AAC at 301.777.2787.

 
Spring Registration Opens at ACM PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristin Kehrwald   
Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:21

CUMBERLAND, Md. (Nov. 12, 2018) –Start off the new year with 586 opportunities for learning at the Allegany College of Maryland. With nearly 600 courses available for the spring 2019 semester, ACM invites new students to register early for credit classes. 

 

Students may preview the spring semester schedule using Webadvisor, an online self-serve registration system, which is available at allegany.edu/coursecatalog.

New students are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to registration. Students may contact the Advising Center at 301-784-5654 to schedule a virtual advising appointment at their convenience using GoToMeeting (an Internet-based, face-to-face meeting platform) or visit the Cumberland campus during regular business hours. Students with general enrollment questions may chat online with ACM’s Information Center staff through the College’s website at allegany.edu.

 

In addition, the College will host a general information session and tour of its Cumberland campus on Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in its Continuing Education Building Room 8. Prospective students considering enrolling in the spring semester are encouraged to attend. To sign up, call 301-784-5005 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

ACM’s full-term classes begin on Jan. 14 with delayed start classes beginning on Feb. 11. The semester ends on May 8.  ACM offers over 80 associate degree, certificate and letters of recognition programs at its Cumberland and Everett campuses.

 

ACM provides annual financial aid exceeding $20 million to 87 percent of its students. The College’s Student Financial Aid staff are available to assist students through the free application for student financial aid (FAFSA) process. Financial Aid staff can be reached at 301-784-5213/5400 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

ABOUT ALLEGANY COLLEGE OF MARYLAND

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, visitallegany.edu or call 301-784-5000

 
FSU Student Davani Cooper to Present Senior Soprano Recital PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:06

Davani CooperFrostburg State University student Davani Cooper will present her senior soprano recital on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. She will be accompanied by pianist Dr. James DeWire and on one number by student guest artist Tyavia Jones. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Cooper’s program will include “When Love Is Kind” by Thomas Moore; “Lachen und Weinin” by Franz Schubert; “Where the Bee Sucks” by Thomas Arne; “Sull’aria … Che soave zeffiretto” from “Le Nozze di Figaro” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Er ist’s” by Hugo Wolf; “Chason D’amour” by Gabriel Fauré; “Star Vicino” by James P. Dunn, arranged by Arthur Schoep; “Noche Serena,” arranged by Edward Kilenyi; “Nuit D’etoiles” by Claude Debussy; “Music for a While” by Henry Purcell; “Ridente la Calma” by Mozart; “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth” from “Messiah” by George Frideric Handel; “Zartliche Liebe” by Ludwig van Beethoven; and “I Attempt From Love’s Sickness” by Purcell.

 

Cooper studies under Scott Rieker and Dr. Sally Stephenson at FSU. She anticipates graduating in December 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in music studies and plans to become a creative arts director. Cooper is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, Md.

 

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 Presents Writer Tamara Winfrey-Harris in “Black (Women) Power” PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 06 October 2018 07:41

Tamara Winfrey HarrisFrostburg State University’s Women’s Studies Program will host writer Tamara Winfrey-Harris in a presentation on black (women) power on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. in FSU’s Lane University Center room 111.

Modern black women are using their power in surprising ways. Indeed it was three black women who founded Black Lives Matter, taking a central role in a new civil rights movement. This presentation looks at ways black women are harnessing their power to make societal change.

Winfrey-Harris is a writer who specializes in the ever-evolving space where current events, politics and pop culture intersect with race and gender. “I want to be a storyteller of the black female experience and a truth-teller to all those folks who got us twisted – tangled up in racist and sexist lies,” she said. “I want my writing to advocate for my sisters. We are better than alright. We are amazing.”

Well-versed on a range of topics, including Beyoncé’s feminism, Rachel Dolezal’s white privilege and the black church and female sexuality, Winfrey-Harris has been published in many media outlets, including The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, New York, Ebony, The American Prospect and Ms. She pens a regular column, “Some of Us Are Brave,” for Bitch magazine. Her work, including “No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability,” which first appeared in Bitch magazine, has been republished in textbooks, including The Arlington Reader (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013).

Winfrey-Harris has also shared her analysis with media outlets, including NPR’s “Weekend Edition” and Janet Mock’s “So Popular” on MSNBC.com, as well as university campuses nationwide, including Princeton University, Purdue University and The Ohio State University.

Her first book, “The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America” (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2015), won the Phyllis Wheatley Award, IndieFab Award, Independent Publishers Living Now Award and the IPPY Award.

This presentation is sponsored by FSU’s Office of the Provost; Student Affairs; the Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the Office of Regional Development and Engagement; and the African American Studies Program.

For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Earles in FSU’s Department of Sociology at 301-687-3198 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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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