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Not So Spooky Ghost Tours – October 7 – 28, 7:30-8:30 pm. Bishop Walsh Spartan Theatre presents Not So Spooky Ghost Tours. Join us for a candlelit walking tour that you will remember fondly for years to come! Tours are based on donations to the Bishop Walsh Theatre Department. Spots are filling up quickly! The tour start location will be sent prior to the performance. Sign up today. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bishop-walsh-spartan-theatre-presents-not-so-spooky-ghost-tours-tickets-168983782041

Go Jump in a Lake! The 17th Annual Hooley Plunge – Saturday, October 23, Rocky Gap State Park. Registration starts at 10 am, the Plunge is at 1 pm. This year, the Plunge is in October due to COVID issues, so we’ve made it the Ghouley Hooley Plunge. The Plunge supports local programs for the developmentally disabled including the Special Olympics of Allegany County; Friend’s Aware; programs through Allegany public schools, Bishop Walsh, and Calvary Christian; Boy Scout Troop #89 and more. www.hooleyplunge.com.

Hooley Plunge Post Party at 1812 Brewery, Saturday, October 23, 3-7 pm. Whether you take the Plunge or not, come out to the Post Hooley Party at 1812 Brewery on Saturday, October 23. Music by two talented local musicians, Dan Stevens and Mike Harpold, delicious BBQ from BBQ Beast and, of course, have a couple of 1812 brews. $5 Donation to the Hooley Plunge is appreciated. Kids welcome. See you there.

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Pumpkin Patch Limited – October 23, 24, 30 and 31 – $15/person. Take a 1 ¼ hour train trip to the Pumpkin Patch to enjoy games and activities. Passengers get to take a pumpkin home. Costumes are encouraged. www.wmsr.com or 301-876-2887 for tickets.

Saturday, October 23 = Join the makers of Savage Mountain Punk Arts and the Savage Mountain Punk Festival for our *2nd Annual Punktoberfest celebration! Spend your day at Dig Deep enjoying the best beer, artisans, and punk music Appalachia has to offer. All ages & fun for the whole family. Punktoberfest Lineup: Haggard Wulf, Rutabaga Suicide, Paperback Tragedy, All the Damn Vampires, Dickie Devil and the Deviants, The Homisides.

Rocky Gap State Park Trunk or Treat – Sunday, October 24, 1 – 30 pm. Costume and trunk prizes, snack bar.

Drive-thru Trick or Treating – Thursday, October 28, 5:30-7:30, Constitution Park.

Leading up to the Trick or Treat event, the City and DDC will be inviting entries for several virtual contests:

  • • Virtual Costume Contest – enter a photo of your child(ren) up to age 12. Judges will award prizes for the most creative, best superhero, best animal, best Halloween theme, best character, best overall costumes, and a new category this year will be “Best Family Costume”.
  • • Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest – carve your most creative pumpkin and send in a photo to be entered into the contest. Our panel of judges will award prizes for the most creative pumpkin, the best Halloween theme pumpkin and the best overall pumpkin.
  • • Virtual House Decorating Contest – show us what you and your family can do, whether you deck your house out with Fall decorations or have the scariest group of animated ghosts and goblins. Send in a photo or video of your decorated home exterior to be eligible to win prizes for having the scariest decorations, the most creative decorations or the best Fall decorations.

All contests will accept entries sent to: halloween@cumberlandmd.gov. They must be received by midnight on Monday, October 25th to be eligible for judging. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 29th and prizes can be picked up at City Hall the following week.

Keep up to date with the Halloween happenings on the City’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cityofcumberlandmd.Get ready for Fright Week! ACHS is already decorating Gordon Roberts House for a fun 2021 Victorian Halloween Celebration. Turns out, Victorians loved Halloween. Like today, it was a holiday of ghosts and ghouls. Parties full of games and scary corners. Tables heaping with sweet things to appease the other worldly visitors as friends and neighbors.

  • • Wednesday, October 27 – FAMILY HALLOWEEN NIGHT, 5-8pm. Free. A family friendly party for “children” of all ages. Come experience a Victorian Halloween complete with ghost stories, a Ouija board, COVID friendly bobbing for apples, a scavenger hunt and more. Costumes encouraged. Traditional Victorian sweets as well as light sandwiches will be served. We will also provide non-alcoholic punch and water.
  • • Friday October 29, 2021 – THE MEGAN JEAN DEM BONES PARTY, 7-9pm $25 (Reserve tickets available on-line beginning 10/15/21) With special guest Megan Jean singing her often cemetery and bones flavored music, we will celebrate a Victorian Halloween with a twinge of SteamPunk. Feel free to join us in SteamPunk, Goth, or Halloween attire. Dance to Megan Jean, enjoy traditional Victorian punch (alcoholic), beer and wine as well as our signature Cherry Bounce. Our fortune teller will be on hand to read your palm or the tarot cards if you prefer. To keep things sweet as well as spooky there will be a sweet table to enjoy.
  • • Saturday October 30 – GORDON ROBERTS HALLOWEEN OPEN HOUSE. (Reserve tickets available on-line beginning 10/15/21). 10am – 4pm, $8 for non-members; Free to members. Gordon Roberts Open House with tours of the house in its full Halloween glory. Learn about Victorian Halloween practices and have a taste of Halloweens of the era.
  • • Sunday October 31 – GORDON ROBERTS HALLOWEEN TEA, 2pm – 4pm. $10 – members; $25 – non-members. (Reserve tickets available on-line beginning 10/15/21). A tradition returns. Please join the Allegany County Historical Society for a traditional Victorian tea and learn all about Victorian Halloween. See the house in its full spooky glory and pay a visit to our Fortune Teller. Rachelle Valladares will speak about her Victorian Halloween tradition research. Tea, finger sandwiches, scones and sweets will be served.

Trunk or Treat at the Allegany County Animal Shelter – Friday, October 29, 5- 7 pm. Join us at the shelter for a Spooktacular good time! Bring the kids out for trunk or treat and view our adoptable pets while enjoying the festivities.

Halloween Party – Fore Axes will have a Halloween event on Friday, October 29th, from 7 pm – 12 am. Enjoy a DJ, drink specials and a costume contest.

Jaded at Mezzos on the Outside Alley Stage for the Halloween Ghouley Pub Crawl! Saturday, October 30. FREE to get in! Show starts around 9pm.

The 70th annual South Cumberland Business and Civic Association’s ‘Marsha L. Thomas Memorial’ Halloween Parade is scheduled for Wednesday, October 27th. The parade will begin at 7:00 PM and follow the same route as in past years as it moves along East First Street, travels down Virginia Avenue and disbands on W. Industrial Boulevard between Kirk Auto Sales and W. Third Street.
Anyone wishing to participate in the parade may contact Sean & Kristie Thomas, parade co-chairs, at 301-722-6759 or seanbt@atlanticbb.net.

Wheelzup Halloween Night Hike/Bike Ride – October 30, 7 pm. We will be hiking a portion of the Rocky Gap State Park on Halloween night. We will have headlamps and have a little picnic post hike. We will also be night mountain biking the loop. Costumes are encouraged, and it should be a great opportunity to get together and get out.

 

HIRING

Allegany County Library System – Service Specialist – PART-TIME guaranteed 14 hour per week. SALARY RANGE: Grade 3, $12.68 – $17.75 per hour. NATURE OF WORK: Provides direct service to library patrons. Work involves circulation desk functions such as circulating materials using an automated circulation system, shelf maintenance, periodicals maintenance, and keeping basic library statistics. Must be able to work flexible and varied days/hours depending on scheduling changes. REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must be able to communicate effectively, accept direction, follow instructions, and work well with others. Excellent customer service skills. Ability to learn the general rules and regulations of the library systems. Ability to make decisions in accordance with library policies and procedures. Experience with computers and other common office equipment. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma. Two years of experience in related field or trade. Or a combination of suitable education and experience may be substituted. Reliable means to travel to varied work locations required. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Physical capability to effectively use and operate various items and equipment related to successful performance of job. Evening and weekend work will be required. Significant standing, walking, moving, carrying, bending, reaching and handling, pushing, and pulling. Requires physical agility and strength to bend, reach, lift and carry (up to 25 lbs) over 60% of the time; and extensive use of a computer terminal. Ability to work with limited supervision. Ability to maintain composure in stressful work situations. This position may require the employee to work in multiple locations. Must be able to work flexible and varied days/hours depending on scheduling changes. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday October 22,2021 HOW TO APPLY: Submit a letter of application and resume with names and contact information for three (3) current references by 10/22/2021 to Andrea Everett, Allegany County Library System, 31 Washington Street, Cumberland, MD 21502 or email: aeverett@alleganycountylibrary.info Allegany County Library System is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Chessie FCU looking for F/T Mortgage Loan Originator. Must have previous experience and full understanding of Mortgage process from application, to processing, approval, title work and closing as well as all Regulation requirements. Competitive Salary as well as Full Benefit Package Included.  Submit Resume and Salary Requirements to Mortgage Loan Originator, c/o Rhonda Riggleman, 15 Commerce Dr., Cumberland MD 21502. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Flagship Rehabilitation is hiring Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, PTAs, COTAs, email balkire@careventures.net.

The PharmaCare Network is currently accepting applications for part-time and full-time retail sales clerks. Numerous positions are immediately available. Job duties include operating the cash register, stocking shelves, cleaning shelves, assisting with inventory, all while providing excellent customer service to our customers. PharmaCare offers great benefits and a wonderful working environment. Please stop by 3 Commerce Drive, Cumberland, between 8 am and 4 pm to pick up an application or call/email Jodi Chamberlain at 301.723.2425 or jchamberlain@3ipc.com.

Beckman’s Greene Street Pharmacy – 686 Greene Street, Cumberland. Full-time cashier position available with paid holidays and some benefits offered. Hours are M-F with alternating Saturdays. Basic medical knowledge and customer service experience are preferred but will train the right candidate. This position requires someone that can multitask in a very busy environment, greet and assist customers, answer phones, order supplies, decorate the store as needed and use the cash register.

City of Cumberland – The City is offering a $5,000 signing bonus for Maryland-licensed Paramedics. Accepting the bonus is optional, and its payment is subject to terms, including its full payment being conditioned upon the employee’s successful completion of on-the-job firefighting training and completion of a minimum of five (5) years’ employment with the City of Cumberland Fire Department. Starting Firefighter/Medic Salary: $36,524 to $41,704 depending on license.

Allegany County Public Schools is currently accepting applications in October for substitute teachers. A minimum of a two-year degree is required, with four-year degrees preferred. Pay ranges from $94 to $216 per day, depending on qualifications and time on the job. Applications can be completed by visiting the school system’s website, www.acpsmd.org, and clicking the Job Opportunities tab. Applications for the next training session in October need to be completed prior to October 22, 2021. Must be 21 years old to apply. Call 301-759-2043 for more information.

Timbrook Honda of Cumberland – Timbrook Honda of Cumberland is ready to add a new Honda Powersports Service Advisor to our team. We are a full-service Honda Powerhouse Dealer with a passion for all aspects of motorcycle service. We strive to achieve a level of excellence far above the industry standard. As a Honda Powersports Service Advisor at Timbrook Honda of Cumberland, you will have the opportunity to participate in and learn many aspects of the dealership. In addition to meeting, greeting, and checking in Service Customers with their Units for maintenance or repairs, you will be advising the customer of current and future maintenance or repairs. Also, you will learn our Service system and how to apply it. Although we specialize in Hondas, we do repairs of all brands of Motorcycles, ATV and Side by Sides.

MINIMUM Requirements for Honda Powersports Service Advisor:

  • – Have a GREAT 1st Impression
  • – Excel at selling parts, service, and accessories.
  • – Passion for motorcycles and the industry
  • – Take pride in your work
  • – Excellent attention to detail and directions
  • – Ability to take the time to attend Company Paid offsite training provided by Honda. (Overnight stays required)
  • – High school degree or equivalent
  • – Valid Motorcycle license
  • – Availability Monday-Thursday 9 am-5 pm, Friday 9 am-7 pm, and Saturday 9 am-5 pm

Benefits – Medical insurance – Paid time off – Dental insurance – 401(k) – Vision insurance – On the job training – Employee discounts

Mezzos in Cumberland, MD, is looking for one cook to join our team. We are located at 114 S Centre Street. Our ideal candidate is self-driven, motivated, and reliable. Responsibilities – Set up workstations Cook dishes to business standards Follow health and safety guidelines Prepare ingredients for use during shift Qualifications Proven working experience as a cook Familiarity with kitchen equipment and utensils Strong attention to detail Ability to listen and communicate effectively Pay $11.75 per hour plus Tips. The average night is between $15-$32 Per hour when including tips. We are looking forward to reading your application. Schedule – 20-29 hours per week. Apply online: https://www.facebook.com/job_opening/1012042726227213/?source=share

Crabby Pig – Crabby Pig is a very popular attraction, and we can provide a good income for our people as a result. But we require DEPENDABLE help. If you are willing to work and report on time, let’s talk! https://www.facebook.com/jobs/job-opening/255941249313445/?source=post_timeline

Fore Axes hiring servers, email play@foreaxes.com

If you’re looking for a new opportunity, Fort Cumberland Emporium has an open space available for a new vendor. Interested? Call the shop for more information at 301 -722-4500.

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 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.

 

RETAIL

Farm Fresh Is Best! Cumberland Farmers Market every Thursday, 9:30 am – 1 pm through the end of October.

The Book Center – Saturday, 10/23 from 11-1 – Book signing by author Chip Zimmer and his newest book, “The Battle of the Potomac “ on the WVU-MD football rivalry.

Hobbies PLUS, 113 Baltimore Street, has many Traxxas items in stock, including RC cars and trucks, batteries, chargers, fuel, and a large selection of parts. Stop in and check it out. Hobbies PLUS offers 90-day layaways, perfect with the Christmas holidays just a few months away.

Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop – It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in recognition, everything pink is Half Price for the entire month of October.  Plus this week, all books, Halloween costumes and décor and all green items are Half Price. Barkin’ Basement is open Sunday, Monday, Thursday – Saturday, 45 Baltimore Street.

The Glittery Pineapple Boutique — Trendy, affordable women’s clothing & accessories located @ 441 N Centre St. New Simply Southern tees in stock starting at $17.99 and new fall graphic tees!

The Book Center – Books on the Bricks – Did you know we have a book group? BOOKS ON THE BRICKS Schedule:

  • • November 9th – The Girls in The Stilt House by Kelly Mustian (Author speaking)
  • • December 14th – The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

Join us for books group on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30 pm at The Book Center! Join our book group mailing list at https://mailchi.mp/94292fd8a230/books-on-the-bricks-email-signup?fbclid=IwAR3LgOufDthQq00AG82tSlPQLl7W6ewJ9m_GiueJSlg7a1GVYGzztiKidBs

Craft Table – Wreaths and seasonal decor items all locally handmade. We even do special order wreaths. Special this month $5 off any wreath $25 and up.  Hours: Friday 2–5, Saturday and Sunday 12-4. Open by appointment only Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The hiding place of your creative spirit. www.Craft-Table.com 240.642.8828 Located at 11 South Liberty Street in historic downtown Cumberland

PharmaCare West – PharmaCare West, and all other locations of PharmaCare/Medicine Shoppe, offer walk-in flu shots (regular and high dose for those people 65 and older). No cost to Medicare Part B recipients and most 3rd party insurances.

PharmaCare now has the Pfizer vaccine, in addition to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We can do boosters for Pfizer also.

Vaccines and COVID-19 testing are available through PharmaCare Infusion Services, 3 Commerce Drive, Cumberland. Please call 301.723.2440 to make an appointment.

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

If you’re looking for a new opportunity, Fort Cumberland Emporium has an open space available for a new vendor. Interested? Call the shop for more information at 301-722-4500.

Love to go antiquing and thriftingWant to discover a handmade treasure? Downtown Cumberland has some great shops, including Fort Cumberland Emporium (Thursday – Monday), 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

Mezzos –dine-in, take out or delivery – 301-777-7750. This week’s Specials at MEZZOS

  • Mezzos –dine-in, take out or delivery – 301-777-7750. This week’s Specials at MEZZOS
    • • Margarita Mondays – $1.50/$2.00 plus Tacos and Liquor Specials
    • • Wednesday, October 20 – Cobb Salad – $10.50. Fresh Cut Chicken Breast grilled on a bed of lettuce with Egg, Bacon, Fresh Tomatoes, and Smoked Blue Cheese. Comes with your choice of dressing
    • • Thursday, October 21 – FULL SIZE BURGER MANIA – $7.50. Make it a DOUBLE Burger Mania – $11. 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.
    • • Friday, October 22 – Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla with Brew City Fries – $8.50. Chicken breast soaked with Buffalo Sauce with blue cheese crumbles, Onion, & tomato. It comes with a side of Brew City Fries with a side of ranch or blue cheese dressing for a dip.
    • • Saturday 10/23 – Half Off ALL Pizzas! Every Saturday is 50% Off Pizza Day!
    • • Sunday 10/24 – Wing & Slider Day! Sunday is BOGO 50% Off! Choose from Chicken Wings, Boneless Wings, Black Angus Sliders, Brew City Fries, & Cheese Nachos. Choose the flavors you want! Dine Inside, Pick-Up, or Delivery. No minimum order. They’re the perfect dish for a get-together! Order online for pick-up or delivery!

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

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.

Jin’s Asian Cuisine – Chinese, Thai, & Japanese Restaurant. Take-Out & Delivery. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 10 pm. 36 Queen City Drive, 301-777-5555.

 

YOUR HEALTH

PharmaCare West – PharmaCare West, and all other locations of PharmaCare/Medicine Shoppe, offer walk-in flu shots (regular and high dose for those people 65 and older). No cost to Medicare Part B recipients and most 3rd party insurances.

PharmaCare now has the Pfizer vaccine, in addition to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We can do boosters for Pfizer also.

Vaccines and COVID-19 testing are available through PharmaCare Infusion Services, 3 Commerce Drive, Cumberland. Please call 301.723.2440 to make an appointment.

 

DOWNTOWN LIVING & WORKING

Live in Downtown Cumberland – The apartments at 9 North Centre have one apartment available. Apartment 302 http://9northcentre.com/302.html is a nice sized two bedroom and two bath unit. Please contact bhs@9northcentre.com for more information.

Offices on the Mall – A two-office suite is available on the 2nd floor of a secure professional office complex at 31 Baltimore Street on the busiest corner of the Downtown Mall. Fully carpeted, freshly painted, and ready to move in. Includes AC, heat, electricity, restrooms, visitor waiting area and locked mailbox. 430 sq ft total at $450/month. Call John at 443-510-5724.

If you’re looking for a new opportunity, Fort Cumberland Emporium has an open space available for a new vendor. Interested? Call the shop for more information at 301-722-4500.

 

ENTERTAINMENT

Mezzos, 114 S. Centre Street – 

  • • Sundays – NFL Sunday ticket – Buy one, get one Half Off, 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • • Wednesdays, 5 – 7 pm – Working Woman’s Wednesdays
  • • Thursdays, 7 pm – Trivia Night with Randy Means
  • • Friday, October 22 – The Hounded Band, 9:30 pm – 12:30 pm, Mezzos Main
  • • Saturday, October 23 – Western Maryland Elite Poker Tournament, 4 pm
  • • Saturday, October 30 – Jaded at Mezzos on the Outside Alley Stage for the Halloween Ghouley Pub Crawl! FREE to get in! Show starts around 9pm; UFC Fight Night, 8 pm

Fore Axes 

  • • Family of 4 Players Pack (1st Wednesday of each month)
    $27.50 per person ($110.00 total)
    2 hours of guaranteed funAn expert coach to show you the ropes
    1 Golf Bay
    1 Axe throwing lane
  • • Wine Wednesdays
    White Wine Flight $18.00
    Red Wine Flight $25.00
    Plus: Buy 1 bottle and get a complimentary sweet treat!
  • • Thirsty Thursday (3rd Thursday of each month)
    DJ RACSO
    $1.00 off beers
    $2.00 off mixed drink
  • • Saturdays & Sundays
    Bottomless Mimosas 1:00pm – 3:00pm

New Hours – Wednesday – Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Friday 5:00pm – 12:00am, Saturday 1:00pm – 12:00am, Sunday 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Little Shop of Horrors – The Broadway horror comedy rock musical “Little Shop of Horrors” will open Friday, October 15 at the Embassy Theatre in Cumberland, Maryland for six performances over two weekends. Directed by Timothy Bambara and Sawyer Jenkins, it is musically directed by Mikayla Dodge, with choreography by William Clinton Price III. Meek flower shop assistant Seymour pines for his co-worker Audrey. He discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store on Skid Row. Seymour feeds Audrey’s dentist boyfriend Orin to the plant after his accidental death, but he must continue to come up with more bodies for the increasingly large and bloodthirsty plant. Seating will be limited to provide spacing, and masks will be required to attend. Tickets, available on Eventbrite, are $18 and $16 for seniors and students. Reservations may also be made to purchase at the door by calling (240) 362-7183. The Embassy is located at 49 Baltimore St. in the downtown Cumberland mall.

Fall dance registration is now in progress for children and adults.  Also, Ballroom and belly dance is offered on Thursday evenings. Lepley’s Dance Studio, 14 N Centre Street, Cumberland, MD. 301-777-5315.

 

ART

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce the Public Opening for two exhibits featuring local artists—Conversations in Color: The Artistry of Sibyl MacKenzie, Elizabeth Blaisdell, and Michael Kenneth O’Brien in the Saville Gallery, and the Allegany Area Art Alliance Membership Exhibition taking place in the Schwab Gallery. Conversations in Color will feature paintings by Sibyl Mackenzie and Elizabeth Blaisdell, and glass sculptures by Michael Kenneth O’Brien. All proceeds from the works of these three artists will be donated to a charitable organization, Protect Afghan Women. The Allegany Area Art Alliance, or 4 As, as they are known, is an artist membership organization comprised of local Western Maryland artists practicing a variety of mediums. As a reminder, due to the ongoing nature of COVID-19, masks are required within the building.

The Allegany Arts Council will present the joint exhibition, Cloth-Metal-Art, featuring the work of artists Peggy Black and Dustin Davis. The exhibition will be on display in the Arts Council’s Saville Gallery from November 13 through December 4. A full-time textile studio artist in rural Pennsylvania, Black makes vibrant, original wall quilts inspired by color, value selection, and abstract patterning. A sculptor and professor emeritus in Frostburg State University’s Department of Visual Arts, Davis creates colorful sculptures from metal. A Public Opening will take place Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 6:00PM-8:00 pm, and is free and open to the public.

The Allegany Arts Council’s galleries will become an artist gift extravaganza during our 2021 Artist Holiday Market, to take place December 11-31, 2021. The Artist Market has become one of the retail highlights of the gift-giving season as local artists, makers, and craftspeople create beautiful and original handmade gifts perfect for people of all ages. The market will feature various handcrafted items, which often include hats and mittens, postcards, small works of art, wood-turned items, jewelry, and so much more! Shop local and support artists by giving handmade treasures to your loved ones and friends this holiday season.

The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce tickets are available for A Charlie Brown Christmas featuring The Eric Byrd Trio to take place Friday, December 10, 2021, at 6:30PM, on the 2nd floor of 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland.

The evening performance will include watching the classic 23-minute “A Charlie Brown Christmas” film followed by a live performance of the complete soundtrack by the Eric Byrd Trio. The ticket price includes VIP admission to the Allegany Arts Council’s 2021 Artist Holiday Market, which will be available exclusively to ticket holders from 5:00 PM-6:00 PM on Friday, December 10, 2021. Tickets are $12.00 per person and are limited.

 

HISTORY/MUSEUMS/ALLEGANY COUNTY TOURISM/LIBRARY

Allegany County Library System – Fall Food for Fines – Thursday, October 21 is our fall Food for Fines drive for the Allegany County Animal Shelter!  On Thursday, October 21, all branches of the Allegany County Library System (except LaVale Library) will accept pet food donations in exchange for library fines. Library staff will waive $1 for each pound of food (10lbs bag = $10 waived) or each can of food donated.  Patrons can have up to a maximum of $10.00 waived per person. Donations should be within their expiration date, undamaged, and unopened.

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad Pumpkin Patch Limited – October 23, 24, 30 and 31 – $15/person. Take a 1 ¼ hour train trip to the Pumpkin Patch to enjoy games and activities. Passengers get to take a pumpkin home. Costumes are encouraged. www.wmsr.com or 301-876-2887 for tickets.

The Allegany County Library System and Western Maryland Jaycees will host a professional development book discussion on the book, Dare to Lead by Brene Brown at Charis Winery, located at Canal Place, on Thursday, October 28 th starting at 6:15 PM. All are welcome to participate and network during this professional development book discussion, called ‘Read between the Wines.’ Copies of the book are available through the library catalog and online through the Maryland Digital Library. The Western Maryland Jaycees is a local volunteer organization of active citizens ages 21-40, dedicated to Western Maryland, sharing the belief that in order to create positive change we musttake collective action to improve ourselves and the world. Members gain leadership experience and improve professional skills through community projects, individual training, and local and international connections.To learn more, please visit www.alleganycountylibrary.info or call 301-724-1607.

Walking Tour: Frederick Douglass in Cumberland & Allegany County – Saturday, October 30, 4 – 5:30 pm. Tickets on Eventbrite.com – $8.50 – $12. Learn about the public visits of Frederick Douglass to Cumberland and Allegany County and his relationship with Lloyd Lowndes. Frederick Douglass is closely associated with Baltimore City and Maryland’s Eastern Shore but on multiple occasions he visited and addressed communities within the mountains of Western Maryland’s 6th Congressional District. Join a debut walking tour sharing the history and highlights of the high-profile visit United States Marshal Frederick Douglass made to Cumberland, Maryland, arriving by train, escorted through town by a large procession and speaking at the old fairgrounds in company of local AME pastors, politicians and community leaders. Author, journalist and local historian John Muller will detail the visits of Frederick Douglass to Cumberland and Frostburg, as well as share insights into his relationship with Cumberland-based Governor Lloyd Lowndes, as well as other political and community leaders in Allegany County.
Total walking distance is around two miles. Please wear comfortable shoes. Photography encouraged. Questions and conversation will be encouraged throughout the tour.
Starting location of the tour will be George Washington’s Headquarters, 38 Greene St
Cumberland, Maryland 21502
Following the tour please consider patronizing eateries in downtown Cumberland.
For more information please visit: http://www.visitcumberland.org/

During the fourth annual Mountain Maryland Photo Contest, Allegany County Tourism invites visitors and community members to celebrate our region’s story. Photos will be collected in four categories representing Allegany County Tourism’s four pillars of destination: Arts and Culture, History and Heritage, Scenic Landscapes, and Outdoor Recreation. Qualifying photo submissions will be eligible for $1,700 in cash prizes between the four categories. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category, with first place receiving $225, second place receiving $125, and third place receiving $75. Winning photos will be displayed during an exhibition and reception at the Allegany Arts Council in January 2022. They will also appear in the annual publication, Visit Mountain Maryland, Allegany County’s official Destination Guide. Photo submissions may appear in the destination guide, on Allegany County’s Tourism website, mdmountainside.com, or social media. Only photos taken in Allegany County, MD, will be eligible for the contest. Photos must be high-resolution, with a minimum of 300 dpi. Collages, composite images, images that have been digitally transformed with special effects, images containing watermarks, and black and white images will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted ongoing until the deadline of Thursday, October 31, 2021. Photographers may submit an unlimited number of images in each category throughout the contest time frame. For complete details, full contest rules, and to upload photo submissions, please visit mdmountainside.com/photo-contest. For questions regarding the 2021 Mountain Maryland Photo Contest, please email jpalumbo@alleganygov.org.

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.

 

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Allegany County Animal Shelter Pet Adoption and Vaccination Clinic at Thomas Subaru. Thomas Cumberland LOVES pets! Allegany County Animal Shelter will have cute cats and dogs at the dealership for adoption on Saturday, October 23rd 11am-2pm. Rabies vaccinations will also be available for your own pet for $5 from 11am-1pm.

  • • While you’re here, enjoy:
  • • Adoption Specials
  • • FREE Pet ID Tags
  • • Giveaways
  • • Light Refreshments
  • • A Live Broadcast from QZK
  • v$5 Rabies Vaccination for Your Pet (11am-1pm)

ACAS is always in need of supplies, so feel free to bring a donation such as food, treats, collars, litter, and more to the event. We hope to see you there.

The Western Maryland Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind seeks new members as it starts its local membership drive! Are you blind, visually impaired, or know somebody who is, or maybe you work with the visually impaired? Consider joining the state’s fastest-growing chapter here in Western Maryland. You can live the life you want; blindness is not what holds you back. The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise the expectations of blind people because low expectations create obstacles between blind people and our dreams. For more information about the Western Maryland chapter and the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland, please call 443-426-4110 or email at info@nfbmd.org

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.

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