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What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Shop and Dine Small in Downtown Cumberland

 

HOLIDAY EVENTS

Holiday Parking in Downtown Cumberland – Through December 31, 2022.

  • First Two Hours FREE downtown on all Metered and Kiosk Spaces
  • Times Street Parking allowance doubled up to two hours
  • FREE Parking at Canal Place

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Book Center – Every Saturday, through December 17, 1 – 3 pm, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be greeting the kids. Bring your camera or cell phone for photos. Candy bags for each while they last. Help bring the spirit of the holidays to Downtown Cumberland by being part of this annual holiday tradition. 15 N. Centre Street.

Photos with Frosty the Snowman – Bring your camera or cell phone, your fur baby, and get a picture or two with Frosty the Snowman. Frosty will be waiting for you in front of Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop on Saturday, December 10, 10 am- 1 pm. Kids and adults are welcome, too!

Allegany Arts Council Annual Open House – Saturday, December 10, 3 – 5 pm. The Annual Holiday Open House is a way for the Arts Council to thank our community for an incredible year and revel in an afternoon of festive spirit. It is also an opportunity for visitors to enjoy warm drinks and holiday goodies, hear festive music, and shop at our Holiday Market, featuring handmade gifts created by local artists and artisans. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The Loft 129 Christmas Gala is back Saturday, December 10, 8 –10:20 pm. Vocalists Barry Gurley and Beau Hartman, with support from some of the finest musicians in the region, highlight a special evening of holiday music. Classic songs from artists such as Nat King Cole, Brenda Lee, Donny Hathaway, Andy Williams, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, and more will fill the Loft with the sounds of the season. This event also serves as our annual fundraiser to support the arts in downtown Cumberland. Last year’s gala sold out, so get your tickets early! Advance tickets – $20; At the door – $22. www.tickettailor.com/events/loft129/799057.

Moonlight Madness – With our charming shops, great eateries and pubs and beautiful holiday decorations, Downtown Cumberland exudes the holiday spirit. Enjoy evening shopping and dining on Friday, December 16, when we celebrate Moonlight Madness. Several of our locally owned shops are staying open until 8 pm. Frosty and Rudolph will be making visits to the shops. Enjoy Christmas caroling by Allegany Acapella .And don’t forget to take your photo at our Holiday Selfie Station. Light up your holidays in downtown Cumberland.

Enjoy Moonlight Madness shopping at these locally owned shops –

  • Ally B. Ceramics
  • Azad’s of Cumberland
  • Baltimore Street Collectibles
  • Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop
  • The Craft Table
  • Charis Winery & Distillery
  • Fort Cumberland Emporium
  • Gus & Oliver Children’s Boutique
  • Hobbies Plus
  • Western Maryland Music Center

There’s always free parking after 5 in downtown Cumberland.

Christmas Crafting  – Cumberland area Seniors are invited to join us at The Kensington as we decorate Christmas ornaments, enjoy hot chocolate and snacks and celebrate the holidays! A special prize drawing will be held. Wednesday, December 14, 4 – 6 pm, One Baltimore Street. Kindly RSVP to Becky by 12/7, 301-777-8800, rdonnellan@kensington-evergreen.com.

Allegany County Animal Shelter’s Presents for Paws – Saturday, December 17, 11 am – 8 pm. Celebrating Christmas with our shelter animals is an amazingly rewarding experience for elves of all ages. ACAS invites you to see all the positive changes we’ve made and continue to make…and help us bring Christmas to the animals with donations of supplies, toys, blankets and pet food that will help our shelter succeed at our life-saving mission. Light refreshments will be served. 716 Furnace Street, 301-777-5930, www.alleganyanimalshelter.org.

Coffee & Calligraphy at Queen City Creamery, Saturday, December 17, 2:30- 4 pm. Join Sarah from Sarah Christine Calligraphy at Queen City Creamery for an afternoon of good coffee and pretty lettering! This workshop will introduce modern faux calligraphy, including the basic strokes of calligraphy, forming uppercase and lowercase letters, and connecting letters to form words. Once the basics are mastered, students will create faux calligraphy gift tags to take home. Class includes 1.5 hours of instruction and demonstration, a specialty hot drink of your choice from the Creamery, lettering guides, tracing paper, writing utensils, kraft paper gift tags, and all the instructor guidance you need. Tickets · $30, www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-calligraphy-tickets-458492592687.

Festival of Trees – Our “Enchanted Christmas” sponsored by the Woman’s Civic Club of Cumberland, 515 Washington Street. Allegany, Fort Hill, Bishop Walsh – show your school spirit by supporting your school in voting for the best decorated tree. Each school will decorate a tree and tickets will be sold to cast your votes. Voting will take place until December 11, and those with the most tickets will have bragging rights and money for “their” project. You will be in our historic home to see the beauty of over 40 trees. Each weekend we will be open 4:30 – 7:30 pm each Friday and Saturday and 1 – 4 pm on Sunday.

Cumberland’s New Year’s Eve Celebration and Ball Drop, December 31, 9 pm – 1 am, Cumberland Historic City Centre, Baltimore Street, Cumberland’s New Year’s Eve Party will begin at 9 pm and culminate with the annual ball drop at midnight. Festivities include music by DJ Jimmy Hook from 10:30 pm-midnight, giveaways, a street party with music, and the ball drop and fireworks at midnight. Open container in effect throughout downtown Cumberland

New Year’s Eve at Fore Axes! Ring in the New Year with a champagne toast at Fore Axes! Book your ace throwing lane today.

 

RETAIL

Allegany County Tourism SHOP SMALL, WIN BIG HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN – This year, we’ve teamed up with our partners at Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority, Cumberland’s Downtown Development Commission, the Downtown Cumberland Business Association, and FrostburgFirst, to bring you the Shop Small, Win Big holiday campaign.

When you shop at small businesses from November 25 – December 21, 2022, you can upload your receipt to be entered for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1,000. Each time you shop, you are eligible to win.

PRIZES

· Three (3) $50 Visa gift cards will be selected during the promotion period each Thursday on December 1, December 8, and December 15, 2022.

· A $550 grand prize Visa gift card winner will be selected on Thursday, December 22, 2022.

CONTEST OVERVIEW

The Shop Small, Win Big contest will begin at 8:00 am on Friday, November 25, 2022, and end at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. Anyone shopping at small businesses in Allegany County through the contest period can upload their receipts through the entry form for a chance to win gift card prizes. Each Thursday through the contest period – December 1, December 8, and December 15 – Allegany County Tourism will draw three winners for the $50 Visa gift cards using Random.org. All entries submitted up to that point will be eligible for the drawing. On Thursday, December 22, Allegany County Tourism will draw the grand prize winner for the $550 Visa gift card using Random.org. The more entries a person submits, the more chances they have to win the grand prize.

CONTEST RULES

· Participants must submit a separate entry form for each qualifying receipt.

· In-store and online sales to local, independently-owned businesses can be submitted for entry.

· There is no limit on the number of entries a participant can submit.

· There is no minimum purchase required.

· Winners will be contacted by the email provided in the form.

· Winners will have 24 hours to respond to claim their prize. Another winner will be selected if a response is not received within 24 hours from initial contact.

· Entrants are eligible for up to one (1) $50 gift card as well as the $550 grand prize.

· Applicants must be 18 years of age to participate in the contest.

The Allegany Arts Council’s 2022 Holiday Market continues through December 31, 2022, featuring handmade and original creations by artists throughout our community and region. As you plan for your holiday shopping, stop by and select from handmade note cards, knitted items, small artwork, and so much more – original gifts your loved ones and friends will cherish for years to come.

Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop – We’re having a That’s Entertainment sale at Barkin’ Basement. Books, music, videos, games, puzzles, and children’s toys are HALF OFF this week. Barkin’ Basement is located at 45 Baltimore Street and is open Thursday – Monday.

Book Center Book Signing – The Book Center will host author and journalist John (Jack) Gilden on Saturday, December 10, 11 am – 2 pm. He will be signing copies of his most recent book, “The Fast Ride: Spectacular Bid and the Undoing of a Sure Thing.” The book tells the story of what really happened the day “the Bid” lost the biggest race of his life. Along the way, Gilden introduces readers to a cast of characters from the gilded age of late twentieth-century horse racing, from Bid’s owners, the renowned Meyerhoff family, to Grover “Buddy” Delp, the fast-talking trainer, to teenage jockey Ronnie Franklin, whose meteoric rise to fame aboard Spectacular Bid came at the cost of his innocence and well-being.

A perfect gift for those who love horse racing and appreciate a behind-the-scenes story. The Book Center, 15 N. Centre Street, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm.

Let’s get ready for the holiday season! Commercial Press is doing 10% off on large printing from banners, signs, and cutouts. We also have good deals on holiday cards; we can help design, print, and even mail them for you! 12 S. George Street, 301-777-0570.

Craft Table has a wonderful selection of holiday wreaths and seasonal decor items, all locally handmade in our shop here in Cumberland. We now make the very popular Yarn and Ribbon wreath. Are you a Crafter but need a little help with your project? Ask about our one-on-one classes. Special orders are no problem at the Craft Table stop by the shop or give us a call. Gift certificates are available for that special stocking stuffer. Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12-5. Phone: 240.642.8828. Located in historic downtown Cumberland at 11 South Liberty St. Craft Table…The hiding place of your creative spirit. www.craft-table.com.

Little Free Library has opened in Historic downtown Cumberland. Our Minecraft-themed Little Free Library is located at the corner of Merchants Alley and South Liberty Street. Take a book, leave a book. If you see a book you’d like to read, feel free to take it with you. Return it to the Little Free Library when you have finished. Give a book and help keep this Little Free Library operating by leaving a book for others to read.

Chessie Federal Credit Union – Calendars and Pocket Planners are back and available at all branches to be taken! Holiday Money Envelopes are also available again this year for your Christmas cash giving!

We are proud to be a drop-off location again this year for the Tri-State Toys For Happiness! Drop off toys at our branches or donate online on their website! https://www.toys4happiness.org/

Hidden Treasures on Centre Street – For every $5.00 you spend, you will receive a ticket for our Christmas Drawing. Our drawing will be held on December 23 at 5:00 pm. So, come out and visit us during the Christmas season for a special gift. JOIN THE FUN AT HIDDEN TREASURES ON CENTRE. We invite everyone to visit our new Shop, located at 127 N. Centre St. We carry a wide variety of merchandise. As you enter the store, you will see items from the past to the present that range from Antiques, Vintage pieces and semi-new to new. The items will cover furniture, dishes, glassware, paperweights, collectibles, old toys, vintage jewelry, and much more. Open Thursday – Saturday, 12 noon – 4 pm, and Sunday, 12:30 – 4 pm.

MIXX 112 – December 7, 5 –7 pm. Easy Holiday Gift Shopping. Our personal shoppers will help you find the perfect gift for your special someone and wrap it before you leave. Enjoy a cocktail while you shop our great sales.

PharmaCare West – Our post office has Christmas stamps! Remember to ship your holiday packages via the US Post Office at PharmaCare West and skip the long line at the post office. The post office is open at the same hours as the store.

PharmaCare West has flu shots available now – high dose (for people over 65) and regular vaccine. No appointment for walk-in service to get your shot. No charge for Medicare Part B recipients and no out-of-pocket expense for most 3rd party insurances. Our pharmacy staff is available to answer any questions you may have about the seasonal flu vaccine. 64 Greene Street – open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm – phone 301.724.1183 – follow us on Facebook – The PharmaCare Network

Western Maryland Music Center – It’s December, so it’s Holiday Season!! We’ll have sales and specials all month, so be sure to like and follow our page so you can be the first to know and get first choice! We are so excited about these sales, and we can’t wait to make this our biggest month yet! 115 Baltimore Street. http://www.westernmarylandmusic.com/

Azad’s 7th Annual Rug Gift Away – Shop any of the following North Centre Street businesses and retailers from November 9—December 17 and get entered to win a FREE rug from Azad’s of Cumberland—just in time for the holiday. Bring a copy of your receipt (paper or digital) from one of these establishments to Azad’s (during regular business hours) to redeem your raffle ticket. The winner will be selected on December 17 at 9 pm following the Holiday Marketplace and Friends & Family Open House. And will be announced on FB on Sunday, December 18. Email Dave at azadsofcumberland@gmail.com for any further details.

Love to go antiquing and thriftingWant to discover a handmade treasure? Downtown Cumberland has some great shops, including Fort Cumberland Emporium (Thursday – Monday), Hidden Treasures (Thursday – Sunday), Baltimore Street Collectibles, Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop (Thursday – Monday), 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.

 

WINING & DINING

Charis Winery & Distillery –  Be sure to sample our recently released Pikros. Pikros is an herbal liquor, very smooth 80 proof. A delicate brandy base with an infusion of herbs & spices.

Tasting, Tours and Sales Hours at the Winery: Mondays: Noon to 5:00 pm; Tuesday-Thursday, Noon to 6:00 pm; Friday: Noon to 8:00 pm; Saturday – 11:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sunday – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Handcrafted for excellence and made for your pleasure. Tastings are $8 for a flight of four wines and are on a walk-in basis. Tours upon request. 16 Howard Street, Canal Place. www.chariswinery.com.

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. 301-722-9800.

Crabby Pig – 

  • AYCE Fish Fryday – December 9, 4 – 8 pm.
  • Crabby Pig Gift Cards and T-Shirts are available for your holiday gift-giving.

JJ’s & Sons Pizzeria – 301-777-3994

  • Buffalo-Style Wings & Pizza // Famous Bleu Cheese Dressing // Fresh Subs & Salads
  • Join the JJ’s Fan Club for News & Special Offers
  • Open 11-9 Every Day for Takeout & Delivery
  • Visit us at: jjsandsons.com // 158 N Centre St, Cumberland, MD 21502
  • To help fight inflation, we’ve added new LUNCH & COMBO SPECIALS // buy more + save more = delicious!

Mezzos

  • Wednesday, December 7 – Working Woman’s Wednesday, Mezzos Main, 6 pm to 8 pm. Spin the wheel for cash prizes up to $594.00.
  • Thursday, December 8 – Tito’s Ugly Sweater Party at 7 pm; Trivia with Randy Means Mezzos Main, 730pm; Cornhole, Upstairs, 6 pm.
  • Friday, December 9 – JiggleBilly Band, Mezzos Main, 930 pm
  • Saturday, December 10 – Rock the Halls Band Event, 1:00 pm to ????? Bands include BrickYard Folly, Slice Girlz, Aloner, Jason Mathew McDonald, Almost Indigo, Anntarro, Dry Spell, Mezzos Downstairs.
  • Sunday, December 11 – $11.50 All You Can Eat and Buy one, get
  • one Half Off Buffet Boneless wings, Fries, Sliders, Nachos, noon to midnight

Book your rehearsal Dinner, Wedding, Birthday, or Anniversary Party NOW! 301.777.7750 – 114 South Centre Street

Mezzos has three rooms to choose from to fit any budget.

Dine in, or go to www.mezzosbar.com to order carryout and delivery.

Need a covered dish for a get together? Just order online and have it picked up or delivered!

Queen City Creamery – Award-Winning Homemade Frozen Custard, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Deli serving Boars Head meats & cheeses. Daily specials! Carryout, curbside pickup and online ordering available!

 

PETS AND ANIMALS

Reptilian Arts – We carry a large variety of pet supplies for reptiles, dogs, cats, and aquatics. Located at 205 N. Mechanic Street, Reptilian Arts is open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Allegany County Animal Shelter’s Presents for Paws – Saturday, December 17, 11 am – 8 pm. Celebrating Christmas with our shelter animals is an amazingly rewarding experience for elves of all ages. ACAS invites you to see all the positive changes we’ve made and continue to make…and help us bring Christmas to the animals with donations of supplies, toys, blankets and pet food that will help our shelter succeed at our life-saving mission. Light refreshments will be served. 716 Furnace Street, 301-777-5930, www.alleganyanimalshelter.org.

 

YOUR HEALTH

AHEC West has opened the “Possibility Shop” in Cumberland at 138 Baltimore Street. We invite other agencies to share four offices at the Shop. By helping other organizations with their outreach, we bring consumers to us that would otherwise be very hard to reach. Current organizations and programs at the Shop are Horizon Goodwill – housing navigation and disability applications; Associated Charities – prescription assistance; Allegany County Health Department – Medicaid/MCHP caseworker; and Healing Allegany – harm reduction services. Coming soon, we will have programs from HRDC and Maryland Wellness. County United Way provides children’s books and other supplies for us to give to consumers. http://www.ahecwest.org/.

PharmaCare West – PharmaCare West has flu shots available now – high dose (for people over 65) and regular vaccine. No appointment for walk-in service to get your shot. No charge for Medicare Part B recipients and no out-of-pocket expense for most 3rd party insurances. Our pharmacy staff is available to answer any questions you may have about the seasonal flu vaccine. 64 Greene Street – open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm – phone 301.724.1183 – follow us on Facebook – The PharmaCare Network

Led by AHEC West, Healing Allegany is a consortium of healthcare, law enforcement, and social-service agencies serving Allegany County and numerous volunteer supporters. The consortium is working to improve treatment for opioid misuse, address community and internal stigma associated with addiction, and reduce illness and death related to opioid misuse. For more information, visit ahecwest.org/healing.

Chair Yoga – Improves flexibility, calmness, spinal strength & mental awareness. Chair Yoga is offered by UPMC Western Maryland every Monday at 2:30 pm at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington Street, Cumberland. You must register to attend these classes in person by emailing Christina Collins-Smith Nicolas, UPMC Western Maryland Health Coach, @collinssmithcd@upmc.edu.

This class is also offered simultaneously via Zoom so that you can attend from the comfort of your own space—Call 240-964-8424 for registration information.

Community Acupuncture is now solely doing house calls and parties (Swarovski Crystals or gold pellets on the ears). They were a hit at Pridefest! Call Blythe at 240.802.8153 or email BlytheBMSOM@gmail.com to make an appointment. I will bring either my massage table or anti-gravity chair for your treatment.

 

EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Fore Axes – Fore Axes offers a wide variety of fun! Visit the premier, private axe-throwing, and golf simulator experience lounge in Downtown Cumberland, MD. Fore Axes is the only facility in western Maryland that gives our guests private throwing lanes and golf bays packaged with 1-on-1 coaching before your reservation time begins. Book your online today to reserve your discounted experience!

New Fall Hours! Fall football package and new seasonal drinks!

www.ForeAxes.com

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Monday & Thursday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday 4:00 pm – midnight

Saturday 12:30 pm – midnight

Sunday 12:30 pm – 8:00 pm

  • DJ OMGitzChachi – December 7, 7 pm
  • New Year’s Eve at Fore Axes! Ring in the New Year with a champagne toast at Fore Axes! Book your ace throwing lane today.

The Loft 129 Christmas Gala is back Saturday, December 10, 8 –10:20 pm. Vocalists Barry Gurley and Beau Hartman, with support from some of the finest musicians in the region, highlight a special evening of holiday music. Classic songs from artists such as Nat King Cole, Brenda Lee, Donny Hathaway, Andy Williams, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, and more will fill the Loft with the sounds of the season. This event also serves as our annual fundraiser to support the arts in downtown Cumberland. Last year’s gala sold out, so get your tickets early! Advance tickets – $20; At the door – $22. www.tickettailor.com/events/loft129/799057.

Mezzos – 

  • Wednesday, December 7 – Working Woman’s Wednesday, Mezzos Main, 6 pm to 8 pm. Spin the wheel for cash prizes up to $594.00.
  • Thursday, December 8 –  Tito’s Ugly Sweater Party at 7 pm; Trivia with Randy Means Mezzos Main, 730pm; Cornhole, Upstairs, 6 pm.
  • Friday, December 9 –  JiggleBilly Band, Mezzos Main, 930 pm
  • Saturday, December 10, 1 – 10:30 pm. Rock the Halls showcasing local bands this winter, featuring Brickyard Folly, Almost Indigo, Slice Girlz, Jason Matthew McDonald, Aloner, Anntarro, and Dry Spell. Seven of Western Maryland’s best bands! There will be a full bar, seating, and concert attendees can order food from the Mezzos menu. Get tickets at https://www.sunstonemusicmd.com/upcoming.

Opening December 9, Embassy Theatre presents Schoolhouse Rock LIVE!, based on the animated musical educational series created by David McCall. A teacher is nervous about his first day of teaching. When he turns on Schoolhouse Rock!, the characters come to life and help him prepare for his lessons. It features popular songs, including “I’m Just a Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly,” “Do The Circulation,” and “Conjunction Junction.” Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com/cc/schoolhouse-rock-live-1258359. A special ticket price is available for children twelve years of age and younger. Unpack your adjectives this December.

Mountainside Baroque  – https://www.mountainsidebaroque.org/A Festival of Lessons and Carols/Favorites Old and New, on Sunday, December 18 at 5 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Cumberland), is Mountainside Baroque’s annual gift to the community. Featuring the Scholars of St. Cecilia, Mountainside Baroque’s resident chamber choir, the celebration encompasses six centuries of Christmas music, including traditional carols and readings by local clergy and officials. Mountainside Co-Artistic Directors Ryan Mullaney and Lyle Nordstrom will lead The Scholars. This favorite holiday tradition is not a ticketed event, but donations will be welcomed!

 

ART

The Allegany Arts Council’s 2022 Holiday Market hours are from 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Tuesday through Sunday, through December 23. The market will feature handmade and original creations by artists throughout our community and region, including handmade note cards, jewelry, ceramics, ornaments, knitwear, woodwork, paintings, photography, and more.

The Arts Council will host its Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 10, from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm. This annual event is a way for the Arts Council to thank our community for an incredible year and revel in an afternoon of festive spirit. It is also an opportunity for visitors to enjoy warm drinks and holiday goodies, hear festive music, and shop at our Holiday Market. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts annual Arts for Giving show features works of art by local artists. Shop for unique art pieces that make great holiday gifts for your loved ones. The show is “cash and carry,” which means you can take your artwork with you at the time of purchase. Come soon! 104 Washington Street.

Life Drawing: A Studio Experience – The Allegany Arts Council will host in-person Life Drawing Sessions on the second Tuesday of each month from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. The life drawing sessions will be uninstructed, featuring a single, nude male or female model. The first hour of each session will focus on short poses, followed by two 30-minute poses in the second hour. Easels will be provided, but artists should bring their own materials. The sessions are free for Allegany Arts Council members; $15 for non-members. Each session will be limited to 10 participants, and pre-registration is required. To register, email art@alleganyarts.org or call 301-777-2787.

The Arts & Entertainment District of Cumberland is pleased to announce a new initiative, Studio Sessions, which will take place in January and February 2023. Studio Sessions will take place from January 10-27, 2023, on the 2nd floor of the Allegany Arts Council. During this time, artists will be given separate, 8’x8′ studio spaces where they can paint, draw, sketch, sew, write, dance, or develop their practice. Space will also be made available for collaborations between artists. The goal is to create, learn and develop the artist’s practice in a supportive and creative space. At the conclusion of the Studio Sessions makerspace, participating artists will be invited to show works created during this time in the Saville Gallery of the Allegany Arts Council. Exhibited works may include paintings, drawings, sculptures, poetry, essays, video, original music and performance. Our goal is to celebrate local artists and showcase the incredible talent of our community.

Entries are now being accepted into the 9th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition & Exhibition (ANPCE)The Allegany National Photo Show, which began in 2015, has grown from the mountains of Western Maryland into a national powerhouse, attracting nearly 1000 entries annually. With more than $6500 in prizes this year, the competition invites photographers to submit work in three categories, traditional black and white, color, and the exciting Photography as Sculpture, which challenges photographers to think beyond the 2D image to incorporate innovative and out-of-the-box thinking. All entries are submitted through our online platform, and the deadline to enter is February 10, so dust off those cameras and get going. https://artist.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=9737.

 

HISTORY/MUSEUMS/ALLEGANY COUNTY TOURISM/LIBRARY/WMSR

Allegany County Library System –The Allegany County Library System is partnering with Mountain Laurel Medical Center to offer special health-themed Story Times during November and December. Staff from Mountain Laurel Medical Center will read stories of Diggory Doo and Drew, adventures that cover health topics such as overcoming the fear of going to the doctor, controlling emotions, and more. Following Story Time, participants can enjoy a craft and healthy snack. These special Story Times are appropriate for children ages five and under. Mountain Laurel Medical Center Story Times will follow the schedule below:

December 7 at 11 am – South Cumberland Library

December 14 at 10:30 am – Washington Street Library

December 15 at 12:30 pm – Frostburg Library

December 19 at 11 am – LaVale Library

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad – Reservations for our full 2022 schedule may be made by calling 301-759-400 or online at www.wmsr.com.

  • THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride is the largest annual fundraising event for 2022 at the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR). The nonprofit’s Christmas train has become a holiday tradition drawing over 26,000 passengers in 2021! Western Maryland Scenic considers this year extraordinary and wants to ensure that this Allegany County holiday tradition continues with journeys from both Cumberland & Frostburg to the North Pole. Departures featuring recently restored steam locomotive No. 1309, premium seating options and Frostburg evenings sell out first. Don’t be left out in the cold. We are excited to showcase enhancements aboard the train and at our destination, the NORTH POLE! All passengers will receive hot chocolate and cookies and receive a silver bell. Tickets are available for select dates between November 25 and December 24. We can hear the bell ringing for Christmas. BELIEVE!

The Allegany Museum – Museum Hours – The holiday season is about to begin and our space is busy as can be as we get ready to host holiday parties and events. We can’t wait to celebrate with each and every one of you. Museum Hours: Wed-Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4. The Allegany Museum is located at 3 Pershing St, Cumberland. It covers two floors of a fully restored neo-classical revival building built in the 1930s. The Museum serves the Allegany area, which is part of the Appalachia region. The Allegany area includes Allegany and Garrett Counties in Maryland, Mineral County in West Virginia, and Bedford and Somerset Counties in Pennsylvania. The Museum’s Mission is to engage the community by preserving and promoting our region’s unique heritage. http://alleganymuseum.org/

Come back to the past! The Gordon-Roberts House is open for private tours. The Allegany County Historical Society makes 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.

 

DOWNTOWN LIVING & WORKING

Mountainside Home Realty – Thinking about buying or selling? Our market is still strong and we are seeing sellers getting multiple offers and favorable terms! If you have been thinking of selling or buying in Western Maryland or West Virginia, give us a call! 301-722-0190. info@mdmountainsidehomes.com

Your own office on the Cumberland Mall- Looking for a first-floor, individual office for a great price? Call John at 443-510-5724.

 

HIRING & OPPORTUNITIES

Uncle Jack’s Pizzeria and Pub is hiring full-time waitstaff and bartenders. Open interviews. Friday, November 12, 11 am -3 pm. 220 S. Mechanic Street.

Chessie Federal Credit Union – Join the Chessie family! Apply today! Contact us for information about our current employment opportunities. 301-777-1781, chessiefcu.org.

First Peoples is hiring! We are currently looking for Manager Trainees/Assistant Branch Managers and part-time Tellers. If you’re interested, please send your resume to humanresources@firstpeoples.com.

Wheelzup Adventures –  We are hiring boat rental staff, guides, shuttle driver, and bike mechanic. Send us an email at wheelzupjobs@gmail.com.

Western MD Dept of Public Safety and Correctional Services

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Department of Public Safety and Correctional Svcs $50,551-$69,336

CORRECTIONAL MAINTENANCE OFFICER I Electrical 22-004050-0001

Allegany – Anne Arundel – Baltimore City – Carroll – Frederick – Howard – St. Mary’s – Washington County – Wicomico

Department of Public Safety and Correctional Svcs $56,832 – $73,970.00/ year

Apply by Friday, December 30, 2022, 11:59 pm

CORRECTIONAL MAINTENANCE OFFICER I Electronics 22-001405-0001

Allegany – Baltimore City – Carroll -Frederick – Howard – Somerset – St. Mary’s – Washington County – Wicomico

Department of Public Safety and Correctional Svcs $56,832 – $73,970.00/ year

Apply by Friday, December 30, 2022, 11:59 pm

CORRECTIONAL MAINTENANCE OFFICER I Maintenance Mechanic

22-004052-0005

Allegany – Anne Arundel – Baltimore City – Carroll – Howard – Somerset –

Washington County – Wicomico

Department of Public Safety and Correctional Svcs $56,832.00 – $73,970.00/ year

Apply by Friday, December 30, 2022, 11:59 pm

CORRECTIONAL MAINTENANCE OFFICER I Plumbing 22-004056-0004

Allegany – Anne Arundel – Baltimore City – Howard – Somerset – Washington County – Wicomico

Department of Public Safety and Correctional Svcs $56,832.00 – $73,970.00/ year

Apply by Friday, December 30, 2022, 11:59 pm S

CORRECTIONAL MAINTENANCE OFFICER I Refrigeration Mechanic

22-004057-0004

Allegany – Anne Arundel -Baltimore City – Carroll – Frederick – Howard – Somerset – St. Mary’s – Washington County – Wicomico

Department of Public Safety and Correctional Svcs $56,832.00 – $73,970.00/ year

Apply by Friday, December 30, 2022, 11:59 pm

MENTAL HEALTH GRADUATE PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR

22-000311-0001

Allegany – Baltimore City

Department of Public Safety and Correctional Svcs $50,709.00 – $80,992.00/ year

Apply by Monday, December 19, 2022, 11:59 pm

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR 22-000312-0002

Allegany – Anne Arundel – Baltimore City – Somerset – Washington County

Department of Public Safety and Correctional Svcs $57,467.00 – $92,290.00/ year

Apply by Monday, December 19, 2022, 11:59 pm

Contact: Nicole Stotelmyer

Western MD Field Recruiter

Dept of Public Safety and Correctional Services

18411 Roxbury Rd

Hagerstown, MD 21746

Nicole.Stotelmyer@maryland.gov

 (301) 745-3673 (O)

 (443) 204-5491 (M)

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GET INVOLVED/OPPORTUNITIES

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. The beautiful mountains of Western Maryland present 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.

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

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