Voter Registration Deadlines Approaching PDF Print E-mail
Written by Donna Duncan   
Saturday, 06 October 2018 07:27

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 Important deadlines for the upcoming 2018 Gubernatorial General Election are approaching.  The deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation,  update an address, and request an alternate polling place for this election is 9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

 

To vote in the upcoming general election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered – including 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old on or before the November 6th General Election – must register by 9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.  This is also the last day for registered voters to update their address with their local board of elections or change their party affiliation.

 

Residents with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote, change their address, or change their party affiliation online at voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration

 

Voters and members of the military, their spouses and dependents who are overseas and who do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID, may also register or change their address or party affiliation online using different identifying information. 

 

Paper voter registration applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the voter’s local board of elections.  A hand-delivered application must be received by the local board of elections by 9:00 pm on October 16, 2018, and a mailed application must be postmarked by October 16, 2018.

 

Voter registration applications are available throughout Maryland at the following locations:

 


Local boards of elections

Motor Vehicle Administration offices

State Department of Health offices

Local Department of Social Services offices

Offices on Aging

Division of Rehabilitation Services

The MTA Paratransit Certification Office

Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces

Public institutions of higher education

Marriage license bureaus

Post offices

Public libraries

State Board of Elections


 

You may also call 1-800-222-8683 to request an application by mail or download and print a voter registration application at elections.maryland.gov/voter_registration/application.html

 

Most of Maryland’s polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities.  An elderly voter or a voter with a disability who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place may ask to be reassigned to an accessible polling place.  This request must be submitted in writing by 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The request form is available online at elections.maryland.gov/pdf/Request_for_Accessible_Polling_Place.pdf

 

Voters can also call 1-800-222-8683 to request a form by mail.  On receipt of a timely request, the voter’s local board of elections will review the request and determine whether there is an accessible polling place with the same ballot as the voter’s home precinct and notify the voter of the status of his or her request.

 

To verify voter registration status or to find out if an assigned polling place is accessible, voters may visit voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch

 

The 2018 Gubernatorial General Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Starting Thursday, October 25th through and including Thursday, November 1st, voters may vote in person between 10am and 8pm at the designated early voting center(s) in their county of residence.  Information about early voting centers and early voting in general is available at elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html

 

For more information, voters may contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or visit elections.maryland.gov

 

 

Important deadlines for the upcoming 2018 Gubernatorial General Election are approaching.  The deadline to register to vote, change party affiliation, update an address, and request an alternate polling place for this election is 9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

 

To vote in the upcoming general election, Maryland residents who are eligible to vote but are not yet registered – including 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old on or before the November 6th General Election – must register by 9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.  This is also the last day for registered voters to update their address with their local board of elections or change their party affiliation.

 

Residents with a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID may register to vote, change their address, or change their party affiliation online at voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/OnlineVoterRegistration

 

Voters and members of the military, their spouses and dependents who are overseas and who do not have a Maryland driver’s license or MVA-issued ID, may also register or change their address or party affiliation online using different identifying information. 

 

Paper voter registration applications must be hand-delivered or mailed to the voter’s local board of elections.  A hand-delivered application must be received by the local board of elections by 9:00 pm on October 16, 2018, and a mailed application must be postmarked by October 16, 2018.

 

Voter registration applications are available throughout Maryland at the following locations:

 


Local boards of elections

Motor Vehicle Administration offices

State Department of Health offices

Local Department of Social Services offices

Offices on Aging

Division of Rehabilitation Services

The MTA Paratransit Certification Office

Recruitment offices of the U.S. Armed Forces

Public institutions of higher education

Marriage license bureaus

Post offices

Public libraries

State Board of Elections


 

You may also call 1-800-222-8683 to request an application by mail or download and print a voter registration application at elections.maryland.gov/voter_registration/application.html

 

Most of Maryland’s polling places are accessible to voters with disabilities.  An elderly voter or a voter with a disability who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place may ask to be reassigned to an accessible polling place.  This request must be submitted in writing by 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The request form is available online at elections.maryland.gov/pdf/Request_for_Accessible_Polling_Place.pdf

 

Voters can also call 1-800-222-8683 to request a form by mail.  On receipt of a timely request, the voter’s local board of elections will review the request and determine whether there is an accessible polling place with the same ballot as the voter’s home precinct and notify the voter of the status of his or her request.

 

To verify voter registration status or to find out if an assigned polling place is accessible, voters may visit voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch

 

The 2018 Gubernatorial General Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  Starting Thursday, October 25th through and including Thursday, November 1st, voters may vote in person between 10am and 8pm at the designated early voting center(s) in their county of residence.  Information about early voting centers and early voting in general is available at elections.maryland.gov/voting/early_voting.html

 

For more information, voters may contact the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or visit elections.maryland.gov

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 October 2018 07:32
 
MCTA Presents Canadian Musician and Singer Matthew Byrne PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Saturday, 06 October 2018 07:18

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Frostburg State University’s Mountain City Traditional Arts will host award-winning Canadian musician and singer Matthew Byrne on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at 25 E. Main St. in Frostburg. The live entertainment is open to the public with a suggested donation of $15 or pay what you can.

Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Byrne has fashioned a repertoire heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage – the weaving together of a great story with a beautiful melody – and he supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work and a presence that fills the room. His repertoire transcends time and place, and his live performance reminds listeners of how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements.

Byrne’s music has traveled well beyond the rugged shores of his Newfoundland home since his 2010 debut, “Ballads.” Touring as a solo artist as well as singer with The Dardanelles, he has graced major festival stages worldwide. With his second album, “Hearts & Heroes,” receiving Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Byrne has established himself as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices. His newest release, “Horizon Lines,” has captured international attention and praise. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=lchBFZib5p0

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

For more information, email MCTA at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 301-687-8040.

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

 
ACM Celebrates Frontline Heroes in Substance Use Disorder Crisis PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristin Kehrwald   
Sunday, 23 September 2018 15:00

As part of National Recovery Month, Allegany College of Maryland’s Human Service Associate Program will host a Frontline Heroes: Celebrating Area Addiction Professionals program on Thurs., Sept. 27, 2018 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

 

Held in the Dr. W. Ardell Haines Student Lounge at ACM’s College Center, the program honors area addiction professionals and gives special recognition to seven Allegany College of Maryland Human Service program alumni. Current professionals in addictions counseling, prevention and treatment are encouraged to attend and be recognized.

 

“We know that prevention works, treatment is effective and people do recover – thanks in part to the thousands of addictions professionals who go unrecognized for their contributions,” explained Professor Cherie Snyder, ACM’s Human Service Associate Program director. “We believe this is the first event of its kind in our area.”

The event will begin with a light reception followed by awards ceremony and remarks from 2018 ACM Human Service Graduate Stefan Keiser. Keiser is an addiction counselor and person in recovery whose inspiring story is a tribute to those working in the field. All are welcome to attend.

Honorees include seven alumni:

  • Annette Clark, ’00, MS Human Services, Assistant Professor in Human Service Program/Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor at the Allegany College of Maryland with 15 years of service in addictions;
  • Chris Delaney, ’79, BS in Business Administration, Program Director of Behavioral Health Prevention/Certified Associate Counselor at the Allegany County Health Department with 32 years of service in addictions;
  • Maggie Gatian, ‘04, Certified Supervised Counselor at the Cumberland Treatment Center with 13 years of service in addictions;
  • Karl Glocker, ’07, MSW, LCSW-C at the Potomac Behavior and Occupational Therapy with 14 years of service in addictions;
  • Chris Hoppert, ’97, Drug Abuse Treatment Specialist at the Federal Correctional Institute with 15 years of service in addictions;
  • Theresa Sutherland, ’13, Certified Supervised Counselor at the Joseph S. Massie Unit with 25 years of service in addictions; and
  • Les Walker, ’92, Mental Health Associate at the Allegany County Health Department with 32 years of service.

“For over 30 years, ACM’s Human Service Associate Degree program has prepared entry-level addictions counselors and professionals for difficult but essential positions in our community. Through this event, the College recognizes alumni who are long-time rock stars in area prevention, treatment and recovery programs,” added Snyder.

Recovery Month is an annual celebration sponsored each September by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). National Addiction Professionals Day, celebrated on September 20, 2018, was started by the National Association for Addiction Professionals in 1992 to commemorate the hard work that addiction professionals do on a daily basis.

For more information about ACM’s Frontline Heroes event or its addictions counseling coursework, call 301-784-5556 or visit allegany.edu/humanservice.

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 5,870 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 allegany.edu or call 301-784-5000. 

 
FSU Activities for Life to Offer Masters Swimming Sessions PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 04:16

Activities for Life at Frostburg State University will offer two masters swimming sessions for ages 18 and older: Session 1 from Sept. 17 through Oct. 19 and Session 2 from Oct. 22 through Nov. 30 (with no sessions Nov. 19, 21 and 23), all in the Cordts Physical Education Center pool.

Masters is a swimming group for adults of any swimming ability. Participants are assisted in improving their technique/speed/endurance, promoting efficiency in the water, getting prepared for a first triathlon/open-water swim or improving their open-water swimming ability, and even teaching adult beginners how to swim.

A fee per session entitles the student to as many as three workouts a week. The practice/workout schedule is Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.

It is strongly encouraged that all FSU masters swimmers register as members of U.S. Masters Swimming at usms.org/join so they will be eligible to compete in masters competitions throughout the year.

Sydney Fazenbaker, FSU assistant swim coach, will be the instructor.

The registration deadline is the Monday of the second week of each session. Participants may try out the program for a week to decide if they want to participate.

Participants should come in swimming attire and bring a swim cap and goggles if needed. Most equipment will be provided but participants can bring their own.

For information and registration, contact Fazenbaker at 301-687-3135 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.

 
Maryland Senators Cardin and Van Hollen to Tour Wholesome Harvest Co-op PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wholesome Harvest   
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 04:08

 

During an official Senate visit to Western Maryland, Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen will take part in a tour and meet and greet with Wholesome Harvest Co-op Board members, local officials, and business partners on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 2:00 pm.  

Wholesome Harvest Co-op has received the generous support of both Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen during the application process for a USDA federal grant under the Local Food Promotion Program. In conjunction with this show of support from the Senators and their staff, the Senators will be stopping to personally tour the Co-op. This visit is not campaign-related.

Wholesome Harvest Co-op is the first consumer cooperative incorporated in Western Maryland. Opening for business on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, the Co-op’s mission is to provide the community with high quality, healthy products, with a strong focus on locally-sourced foods and goods.

For more information on the Senators’ tour, visit www.wholesomeharvestcoop.com or contact Wholesome Harvest Co-op at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Ho-Chunk Nation General Council Approves Rights of Nature Constitutional Amendment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mari Margil   
Sunday, 23 September 2018 15:02

On Saturday, the General Council of the Ho-Chunk Nation voted overwhelmingly --86.9% in favor -- to amend their tribal constitution to enshrine the Rights of Nature.  The Ho-Chunk Nation is the first tribal nation in the United States to take this critical step. A vote of the full membership will follow.

 

The amendment establishes that “Ecosystems, natural communities, and species within the Ho-Chunk Nation territory possess inherent, fundamental, and inalienable rights to naturally exist, flourish, regenerate, and evolve.”   Further it prohibits frac sand mining, fossil fuel extraction, and genetic engineering as violations of the Rights of Nature.

 

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), with its International Center for the Rights of Nature, assisted members of the Ho-Chunk Nation in drafting the amendment.  

 

Rekumani (Bill Greendeer), a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and the Deer clan, proposed the amendment.  He explained, “Everything here is sacred. We are all related. We are related to the trees, the birds, the animals, nature herself.  We all have a right to exist and thrive. Mother Earth is a sacred soul, and has rights not to be exploited for someone’s profits.”

 

Mari Margil, CELDF’s Associate Director stated, “We are honored to assist the Ho-Chunk Nation to become the first tribal nation to advance a  Rights of Nature into its constitution.”

 

Margil added, “With this vote, the Ho-Chunk Nation has taken a critical step to prohibit fossil fuel extraction as a violation of the Rights of Nature.  This comes as the Ho-Chunk see their traditional living lands stripped of trees and plant life, driving away the deer and birds, in order to dig sand mines. Those sands will be shipped elsewhere for use in fracturing Mother Earth.”

 

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CELDF, and its International Center for the Rights of Nature, has assisted the first places in the world to secure the Rights of Nature in law – including in Ecuador’s Constitution and more than three dozen communities in the United States.  Today, CELDF is working in Nepal, India, and other countries, as well as with tribal nations and indigenous peoples, to advance Rights of Nature laws.  This includes work in Australia to secure legal rights of the Great Barrier Reef.

 

In a time of accelerating climate change, species extinction, and ecosystem collapse, it is increasingly understood that fulfilling a human right to a healthy environment is dependent on the health of the natural environment.  Thus, the human right to a healthy environment can only be achieved if we place the highest protections on the natural environment – by recognizing in law the right of the environment itself to be healthy and thrive.

 
Downtown Cumberland Happenings PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Sunday, 23 September 2018 14:58

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

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. Market vendors accept cash, SNAP, WIC, debit, and credit. See everyone at the market! For more information visit our website:http://alleganymountainfresh.weebly.com

 

Canine Couture – Saturday, Sept. 22, 12 noon at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 16001 Frederick Street. The catwalk is going to the dogs! Join us for the Canine Couture fashion show. Doors open at noon, and the show is slated to start at 1pm. This red carpet event will benefit the Allegany County Animal Shelter, and other animal organizations will be present as well! Entrance: Adults are a $5 donation for the ACAS. Children under the age of 12 get in free! Keep your eyes open for more details as they come available, and watch out for our Meet The Model posts.

 

Kidney Ride 2018 – September 29 - Unite with your community, friends, and family to support those in need while enjoying a fun, exciting day at the Kidney Ride. Reconnect with nature in the forested ridges of Cumberland, Maryland where you can expect to see more bikes than cars! This adventure is for all ages and abilities. From recreational to expert riders, there is something for everyone.http://www.kidneymd.org/events/western-maryland-ride/

 

Let’s Beautify Cumberland! Committee monthly meeting – Monday, October 1, 7 pm in the Cumberland City Hall Council Chambers. Everyone is welcome.

 

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

  

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

  

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-event. We hope you take advantage of this complimentary and easy-to-use opportunity to promote your events.

 

Don’t forget, Downtown Cumberland parking is FREE on Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and every day after 5 pm.

 

RETAIL

  

The Book Center - This Saturday from 11 to 1, Jim Rada will be signing copies of his new book, "Smoldering Betrayal". It is set in Eckhart during the coal mining strike of 1922. It is about Matt Ansaro who returns home after 5 years to spy out union activity in the area, but unknown to his employer, he is also working to protect his family from being blacklisted. 

It is fiction, but based on true events.

 

Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop – It’s time to redecorate and Barkin’ Basement is the perfect place to start during our Décor Sale – 25% off all Home Décor including pictures, frames, baskets, knick-knacks, lamps, mirrors, shelves and vases. We open Thursday – Saturday at 45 Baltimore Street. 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

  • WednesdayHot Ham & Cheese Sub w/ Seasoned Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles, & Sweet Peppers w/ Fries or Side Salad $6.50

Women’s Wednesday 6p-8p

  • ThursdayMeatballs w/ Mushroom Gravy Over Egg Noodles $6.50

Sam Adams Pint Night 6pm

Trivia Night 7:30pm

  • Friday – Grilled BBQ Bacon Chicken Sandwich w/ Cheddar Cheese & Fries or Side Salad $6.50

Hot Sauce Willy 9pm

  • Saturday – Half off Pizza Day!

Allegany County Animal Shelter Hospital Bachelor Auction After Party - 7:30pm-2am

  • Sunday – All you can eat Sliders, Fries, Boneless Wings, Bone-in Wings and Nachos

 

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, September 21– Now open at 4 pm. Jacob Blank (music), BBQ Beast (food)

Saturday, September 22 – Shelby Herbert (music), Chef Paul’s Kitchen (food)

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

 

 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.

 

LITERARY/LIBRARY/FOR KIDS

  

Allegany County Libraries are a great resource for references like Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 which provides access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps for more than 12,000 American towns and cities. Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in libraries, and are valuable historical tools. In electronic form, Sanborn maps allow users to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections, and layer maps from different years.  http://alleganycountylibrary.info/contentpages.asp?loc=32

 

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.

 

All children from birth to their 5th birthday are eligible for the Imagination Library of Allegany County! The only requirement – the child must live in Allegany County! This program mails one age-appropriate book each month to children at no cost to the family! For more information and/or a registration form or information about sponsoring a child, please call the United Way office – 301-722-2700!\

 

MUSEUMS/WMSR/CANAL PARK

 

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. Join us on Tuesday September 18th for a discussion on Allegany High School’s History by Brian WhiteFor 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 –Sept. 20, 27, 29, Oct. 2, 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 Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 20.
  • Hands on the Throttle – Sept. 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, October 1, 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!
  • Wine Train Featuring the Wines of Toasted Goat – September 22
  • 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.
  • September 22 & October 20, 11 am and 2 pm – Paw Paw Tunnel Tours
  • Saturday, September 29, 9:30 am – Bike Your Park Day – Join a park ranger for a bike ride from the C&O Canal NHP Terminus at Cumberland to Lock 75, North Branch and back. Enjoy this 19-mile round trip C&O Canal bike adventures as fall gets underway. For more information, call the Cumberland Visitor Center at 301-722-8226.

 

Outdoor Strength & Conditioning at Canal Place – Mondays through September 24, 5:15-6:00 pm. All fitness levels welcome – bring a mat and water. $6/class. Class instructed by Jen Thomas, 443-938-0936.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

  

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

  • Tuesday, September 18 - History on Tap  5:00pm
  • Thursday, September 20 – Sam Adams Pint Night
  • Friday, September 21 - Hot Sauce Willy  9:00pm
  • Saturday, September 22 - 7:30pm to 2:00am  Allegany County Animal Shelter Hospital Bachelor Auction After Party
  • Tuesday 9/25 -
  • Saturday 9/29 -
  • October 4 -7 – Queen City Film Festival

 

Mountainside Baroque presents Eastern Europe: Bohemian and Austrian Musical Courts, Sunday, September 30, 4-6 pm, Shrine of St. Peter and Paul. Featuring trumpets, strings and voices, in festive music of the 17th century. Guests: the award-winning University of Kentucky Baroque Trumpet Ensemble; Brent Wissick, viola da gamba; Daniel Moody, countertenor. Tickets are $20/person and are available at www.eventbrite.com

 

 

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

  

An Evening with Picasso – Friday, September 21, 6 pm – C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts - Join us for an inspiring and fun evening of modern art, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and friends. Then paint your own 11x14 Picasso inspired work of art! You’ll learn a little about the creative process of Pablo Picasso while enjoying refreshments, complimentary wine or beer, iced tea and water. Followed by a workshop to create your own modern masterpiece! $45 includes all materials needed, guidance and instruction, hors d’oeuvres, coffee, iced tea or water, and complimentary wine or beer. You may pay at the door, however, space is limited so please call or message to reserve your spot. Call or text Balance Essential Wellness at 410-967-9112.

 

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

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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Arts Counciil to Host 10th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Westendorff   
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 04:13

Centre Street Church - 2017  Winner - Yeliseyev 2Cumberland, MD – (September 2018) The 10th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air event is an exciting week-long arts event taking place here in Western Maryland from September 24 – 29, 2018. “Plein Air” is the French word meaning “painting out in the open air”. French Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Renoir all advocated painting outdoors and many of their works were produced in this manner. This event is being produced by the Allegany Arts Council. “The annual Plein Air event is a wonderful opportunity to share the natural beauty and small-town charm of our area with artists from across the country," said Julie Westendorff, Executive Director of Allegany Arts Council. “As it is also the Arts Council’s primary fundraising opportunity for the year, we hope the community will come out to take advantage of these one-of-a-kind pieces, many of which capture the unique architecture, landscape and beauty of the place we call home.” Many artists applied to be part of this prestigious event, but only 30 were selected by this year’s Juror & Awards Judge, Vlad Yeliseyev, founder of Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, where he teaches the basics of visual art: perspective, lighting, shading and color, and winner of the 2016 and 2017 Plein Air competition.

 

The 10th Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air will begin on Monday, September 24, as artists arrive and begin to stake out their selected painting locations across Allegany and Garrett Counties. You will likely see easels set up along the sidewalks, in front of stores and restaurants, at scenic overlooks, in public spaces, or in open farm fields. The event is specifically designed for the general public to respectfully engage these modern day Monets while they are painting. And, if your timing is good, you will actually get to see a masterpiece being created right before your eyes!

 

Photo: Centre Street by Vlad Yeliseyev, winner of the 2017 Mountain Maryland Plein Air competition

 

On Wednesday, September 26, as artists continue painting, the Allegany Arts Council invites members of the public to preview previous work from the participating artists at a special Pop-Up Happy Hour. The event is open to the public and free to attend. It will be hosted at the AAC’s Saville Gallery, 9 N. Centre Street, Cumberland, MD, from 5-7PM. The following day, Juror Vlad Yeliseyev will host a Juror Talk and Demonstration from 2-4PM at the Allegany Arts Council.  Yeliseyev’s session is a ticketed event which will discuss taking a bold approach and incorporating discipline in watercolor.  In the session, Yeliseyev will discuss his philosophy of careful planning and rapid completion of art, creating the most fail-safe path to a successful work. Tickets for the Juror Talk and Demonstration can be purchased by calling the Allegany Arts Council at (301) 777-ARTS and are $60.00 per person.  Both aspiring and accomplished artists are invited to participate. 

 

The week’s activities culminate on Friday, September 28, as each artist’s body of work is unveiled during the 2018 Collector’s Reception and Awards.  This elegant evening includes a formal cocktail reception, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to meet the 2018 participating class, as well as have a first chance to purchase the 2018 works.  The evening also includes the presentation of $11,000 in prize money to the winning artists.  Tickets are available by calling the Allegany Arts Council at 301.777.ARTS (2787).

 

To close the 2018 program, the annual Quick Draw competition will take place Saturday, September 29.  The community is invited to the Downtown Cumberland pedestrian mall for this fun, timed, painting competition.  Registration is free and all are invited to participate. Registration begins at 9AM at the Allegany Arts Council and the event will take place from 10AM-Noon. Prize money will be given to both 2018 participating artists as well as community artists and students. Plein Air Juror Vlad Yeliseyev will judge the final Quick Draw artwork, determine the winners and award prizes. Judging will begin at 12:15PM.

 

The public is invited to view the 2018 artworks at a Public Opening taking place Saturday, September 29 from 12:00PM-3:00PM.  For more information, please visit www.mmpleinair.org or call (301) 777-ARTS.

 
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