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What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

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Girl Scout Cookies – This Saturday will be the LAST Girl Scout Cookie booth Downtown! Come get some cookies before they’re gone for the rest of the year! Girl Scouts will be selling cookies at 15 N. Centre Street (in front of The Book Center) from 11am-3pm on 3/6/21. Troop #14089

Hounds Around Town – Looking for a day filled with furry friends and fun? Then look no further than the Allegany County Animal Shelter’s “Hounds Around Town” program, allowing individuals to sign a shelter dog out for the day. Being situated in the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland presents an excellent opportunity for our shelter dogs to experience the joy of a long walk, hike or run in many of the area’s scenic locations. Are you looking for something more low-key? No problem, we have many pups that would enjoy an afternoon lounging on a couch, a stroll through the neighborhood, or maybe a trip for ice cream. The most important thing is giving an adoptable shelter dog a much-needed break from the kennels and providing enrichment and socialization. For more information on the Hounds Around Town program, contact the shelter at 301-777-5930.


Hiring or Looking for employment? Check out our Now Hiring page at http://www.visitcumberland.org/now-hiring/. We will continue to update the list, so keep checking back. If you are an employer and looking for employees, please message your information to the Visit Cumberland Maryland FB messenger page or email the information to becky@mcclarranwilliams.com. We will include your listing.


Craft Table – St Patrick’s Day Wreaths for the home, apartment or office!Select from our handmade wreaths or have a special one made just for you. Shop hours for March… Friday 1:00 till 5:00, Saturday and Sunday noon to 4:00 and Monday 1:00 to 5:00. Craft Table, the hiding place of your creative spirit in Downton Historic Cumberland. 240-642-8828.

PharmaCare West – Stop by and check out our Spring sale on spring essentials. Over-the-counter items for allergy season, skin care and personal care are on sale. Get a jump start on Easter with greeting cards and Bedford Candies Easter molded chocolates, boxed candies and seasonal gourmet popcorn. Don’t forget the U.S. post office, inside the pharmacy, for all your shipping and postage needs. Lobby and drive thru open Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm, and Saturday, 9am to 1pm – phone 301.724.1183

Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop – HALF OFF SALE on all green items.  We’re open Sunday, Monday, Thursday – Saturday at 45 Baltimore Street. 

Cartridges Galore – 68 Pershing Street. Cartridges Galore specializes in video games from the original Nintendo to the latest release on XboxOne and PS4. Cartridges Galore buys, sells, and trades all things video games. 

Azad’s Rug Cleaning Drop Off Deadline – The next batch of rugs to be transported to our cleaning & repair facility to be cleaned and repaired under the direct supervision of Dr. Reza Azad will be leaving Cumberland on March 9, 2021. Our cleaning and repair services follow hand cleaning principles followed by the Azad family for over 5 generations using only natural solutions and methods guaranteed to bring your rug back to life. 

Rugs can be dropped off at 37 N. Centre Street in Downtown Cumberland during regular gallery hours. Thursday & Friday 11AM – 5 PM & Saturday 11AM – 3 PM. Call or text Dave at 301.723.0818 when you are on your way and bring your rugs to the backdoor on Butler Alley. Private drop off appointments are also available by texting Dave at 301.723.0818 to make arrangements. Please note that we are offering DROP-OFF services ONLY at this time due to COVID. We are not entering homes at this time – so pick up and delivery services are NOT currently available.

Lepley’s Dance Studio – Join the Never Too Late Girls at Lepley’s on Mondays and Fridays at 4:00 pm. Belly dance is Thursdays at 5:45 pm, and ballroom is Thursdays at 7:00 pm. Contact Nancy Lepley at 777-5315. 14 N Centre Street, Cumberland, MD.

Love to go antiquing and thriftingWant to discover a handmade treasure? Downtown Cumberland has some great shops, including Fort Cumberland Emporium, Baltimore Street Collectibles, Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop (Thursday – Sunday), Queen City Flea Market (Friday – Sunday), Windsor Castle Antiques & Flea Market (Sundays only) – all filled with antiques, collectibles, handmade items. Please stop in and discover it for yourself.

Great Gift Idea! DCBA (Downtown Cumberland Gift Certificates) are available at The Book Center. The gift certificates are spendable at any DCBA member’s business. You may find out who is a DCBA member online at www.visitcumberland.org.


Find out what restaurants/pubs serve indoor or outdoor dining, carryout, or delivery at www.visitcumberland.org/restaurant-update

Ristorante Ottaviani– We are open Tuesday – Saturday, 5 pm for dine-in, takeout, delivery, curbside pickup.

Mezzos – Offering delivery! Call 301-777-7750. Mezzos open for lunch at noon.

This Week’s Specials

  •  • Wed 3/3: Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas – 7.50. Fried Chicken, blue cheese crumbles, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions topped with your favorite sauce. Served with Fries or Side Salad.
  •  • Thu 3/4: Burger Mania w/ Brew City Fries – $7.50. A Full-Size Sandwich with a quarter pound of Black Angus Burger served as Cajun Burger, Bacon, Mushroom, Swiss Burger w/ Sweet Horseradish, or Deluxe Burger with a side of Brew City Fries.
  •  • Get a DOUBLE Burger for $10.50. That’s 2 patties for a half a pound of Black Angus Burger total! 
  •  • Fri 3/5: Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup – 7.50. American and Provolone Cheese freshly grilled. Served with freshly made Tomato soup.
  •  • Sun 3/7: BOGO Wing/Slider Day. Every Sunday you can choose BOGO 50% Off on Chicken Wings, Boneless, Black Angus Sliders, Brew City Fries, and Cheese Nachos. Order by calling 301-777-7750, going to our website and ordering, or just by hitting the shop now button. Choose the flavors you want in chicken wings, boneless, or our Black Angus Sliders.

City Lights: An American Bar and Grill – Wine and Cheese Wednesday. Get two glasses of house wine and a three-cheese board for $20 or order any cheese board and get 25% off a bottle of wine from —4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Call for outdoor reservations at 301-722-9800.

Crabby Pig – March Lunch Specials – $7.99 – Dine-In or Carry Out – 301-724-7472, 13 Canal Street.

  •  • Tuesday – Cheesesteak Sub, Fries
  •  • Wednesday – BBQ Pork Basket, Fries, Slaw
  •  • Thursday – Crab Cake Sandwich, Fries
  •  • Friday – Fish Sandwich with Cup of Soup, Chips, and Pickles

Crabby Pig – All You Can Eat Fish Fry every Friday in Lent – $14.99, 4 pm – closing.


Apartment for rent – Apartment 306 is available for rental. Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, lots of closet space. Available beginning mid-May. Located at 9 N. Centre Street in the heart of Downtown Cumberland. For more information, contact Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab at 240-58-0399 or email BHS@9northcentre.com. See more at www.9northcentre.com.



PharmaCare West – Stop by and check out our Spring sale on spring essentials. Over-the-counter items for allergy season, skin care and personal care are on sale. Get a jump start on Easter with greeting cards and Bedford Candies Easter molded chocolates, boxed candies and seasonal gourmet popcorn. Don’t forget the U.S. post office, inside the pharmacy, for all your shipping and postage needs. Lobby and drive thru open Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm, and Saturday, 9am to 1pm – phone 301.724.1183

Community Acupuncture has a new location – 113-115 Baltimore Street, Suite 202. Enter at the back of the building through the double glass doors. Appointments may be made via Facebook (Community Acupuncture) or email blythebmsom@gmail.com.



Come back to the past! The Gordon-Roberts House is open for private tours. The Allegany County Historical Society is making its three sites available for private event bookings. The Gordon-Roberts House, Union Grove Schoolhouse, and The Brooke-Whiting House can be rented for your small group gathering. Call or message for details – 301-777-8678,  info@alleganycountyhistory.org.


On March 1, the Allegany County Library System welcomed library users back into the library buildings with modifications to operations and services as part of Phase 4 of the library reopening plan. The library’s phased plan has progressed in accordance with the safety and health guidelines set by the State of Maryland and ongoing assessments of library staffing, facilities, resources, and supplies.

Available services vary by location, but library users will be able to browse adult material, pick up holds, return items to the book drop, use the public computers, printers, and copier machines, as well as access the public WiFi at all reopening libraries. Please visit www.alleganycountylibrary.info/coronavirus for a list of modified services and temporary policy changes in this phase of reopening.

We invite you to join us in a virtual series of discussions centered around racial and economic injustice as depicted in Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson. Beginning on March 3rd, discussions will be held every other Wednesday night through the end of April, totaling five events. Each discussion will be focused on themes from certain chapters in the book and the last event will be centered around the movie. Just Mercy book and movie are available to request from the Allegany County Library System. Books can also be purchased at The Book Center in Cumberland and at Main Street Books in Frostburg. To learn more and to register for the discussions, please visit www.alleganycountylibrary.info/justmercydiscussion or call 301-777-1200.

NextReads Newsletters – For those that love reading the latest and greatest books but have a hard time keeping up with all the new great titles that come out, we’ve just started a new perfect service for you, Next Reads Newsletters! You can now sign up to receive monthly emails with a list of new books in your favorite genres! The best part is that the list is linked to our library catalog, so you can instantly place a request and be one of the first to read all those new books! It’s super easy to sign up, go to our website www.alleganycountylibrary.info/nextreads, select the genres or topics of your reading interest, enter your email, and you’re all set!

Let’s Get Lit! from the staff at the Allegany County Library System – Another great service for the book and movie lovers is a new podcast/video series from the ACLS staff, called Let’s Get Lit! In this series, library staff discuss and give a surefire reading, listening, and watching recommendations. There is a mixture of new and old titles from our collection that we think you will enjoy. New episodes are released every second and fourth Friday of the month and are available on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts!


UFC is Returning to Mezzos with UFC 259, Saturday, March 6, 6 pm. Mezzos is once again The Place to Meet to watch the UFC with a very exciting card and no cover! We have a championship tripleheader that will have the entire sports world tuned in. In the main event, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will attempt to make history when he challenges Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight title. With a win, “The Last Stylebender” will become just the fifth fighter in UFC history to hold two divisional titles simultaneously. Come enjoy the night with us! Limited seating. Please call 301-777-7750 to make reservations.

Opening Friday March 19 for five performances, Philip King’s “See How They Run” returns to the stage of the Embassy Theatre. In 1947, the Cold War has just begun. A small-town English vicar named Lionel Toop deals with both his free-spirited Penelope, and town busybody Miss Skillon, who is upset with Penelope. When Lionel leaves for the evening, Clive, an American GI and friend of Penelope’s, arrives unexpectedly to catch up on old times. They make plans to go out, but since Clive can’t be seen out of uniform, he disguises himself in one of the vicar’s suits. This leads to several cases of mistaken identity when Penelope’s uncle, the Bishop of Lax, arrives, all while the search for an escaped communist takes place. With slapstick humor and wry wit, “See How They Run” has delighted audiences around the world for over seventy years. Tickets for this socially distanced live performance are $16 or $14 for seniors and students and may be obtained on Eventbrite.com. All state mandated ordinances will be observed. For more information please contact the Embassy Theatre at 240-362-7183, email us at embassytheatre@atlanticbbn.net, or visit us online at www.embassytheatrecorp.org. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/see-how-they-run-tickets-141869380135  

Queen City Film Festival 2020, originally scheduled for October 1-4, 2020, has been postponed until April 1-4, 2021. The Venue At Mezzos remains our venue for this event, and we appreciate their indulgence in rescheduling. Full program and schedule are available at https://www.alleganyalliedarts.org/qcff-2020-program/

While reduced capacity, masking and social distancing may remain necessary, we remain committed to live screenings, and are not planning to switch to a virtual online format. General admission tickets for any screening are $10 at the door, and four-day Festival Passes are $100 and are discounted to $75 through February 28. More event info can be found at 



The Allegany Arts Council in partnership with The Book Center are pleased to announce the second installment of Young at Art: Going Behind the Cover with Russell Shorto to take place Thursday, March 25, 2021, from 6:00PM-7:30PM via Zoom. Young at Art is an initiative of the Allegany Arts Council and generously funded by the Community Trust Foundation. It is specifically geared towards adults 55 and older. Enjoy the unique experience of participating in a book club with the author! Set within his own family—and centered not in a big city but in the once-bustling steel town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania—Shorto’s take on the mafia shows how it was woven into the fabric of everyday life, and deep into the lives of families, in small cities all across the country. In this case, his grandfather and great-uncle ran the rackets, and effectively ran the town. Russell Shorto is author of The Island at the Center of the WorldAmsterdam, and Revolution Song, and is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. Young at Art is an initiative of the Allegany Arts Council and generously funded by the Community Trust Foundation. Registration and materials are free, but space is limited. The event will take place via Zoom. Registrants should be 55 or older. To register, please contact 301.777.2787 or art@alleganyarts.org.

The Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition is one of the Allegany Arts Council’s signature events, this year taking place April 3-24. Established in 2015, it began as a way to showcase photography talent in the region, but quickly grew into a nationally recognized show, this year garnering more than 800 entries from 41 states. The show offers a diverse and wide-ranging look at the world of photography, including street photography, portraiture, landscape and still life, fine art and many other styles and techniques.


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

Not a member of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA)? Even if you don’t have a business in Downtown Cumberland, you can join as a Friend of DCBA. Membership forms are available at www.visitcumberland.org.Join in and support the efforts of Downtown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.visitcumberland.org.If you or your company have any Downtown Cumberland special events, sales, etc., you would like to include in this weekly email; please send the information to becky@mcclarranwilliams.com