Cumberland Needs Your Vote! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 07:49

CumberlandCumberland, Md. has been selected by our team here at Blue Ridge Outdoors to be a contender in our annual Top Adventure Towns contest on blueridgeoutdoors.com

Vote, vote, vote! - http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/top-towns/. The voting starts today (August 7 and runs through September 11, and winners will be highlighted both online and in the November issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors. Get the word out - share, vote and let's show our hometown pride!

 
Steely Dan Tribute: Not Reely Dan, Performing Saturday Night at Canal Place PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 09:21

Saturday night Cumberland Comes Alive at Canal Place with a free concert presented by Burgmeier’s Hauling. Not Reely Dan, a Tribute toSteely Dan will take the stage at Canal Place on Saturday, August 5 at 8 pm.

 

Not Reely Dan began performing in the Cumberland area during the summer of 2017. Formed by Jim Roderick, Tom Harrison, and Mark Gauthier, the group features many of the area’s finest musicians and will feature exclusively the music of the classic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band.

 

Band members include Fred Sullivan; lead vocals, Jim Roderick, guitar; Tom Harrison, keyboards; Brian Plitnik, bass; Mark Gauthier, drums; Fred Kesner and Tom Simpson, trumpet; and Bill Green, saxophone.

 

Not Reely Dan's repertoire consists of many of the hits from Steely Dan throughout the 70s and 80s and live shows performed by Steely Dan's current touring band. The performance is free of charge, but seating is limited, so don’t forget your folding lawn chair.

 

Cumberland Comes Alive is Western Maryland’s premier outdoor concert series. It is presented by Burgmeiers Hauling Inc. and is produced by the City of Cumberland’s Downtown Development Commission and Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority.

 

For more information, contact Canal Place at 301-724-3655 or visit www.canalplace.org

 
"Barefoot in the Park" Opens at the Embassy Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Friday, 28 July 2017 08:45
CUMBERLAND, MD - Opening night for Embassy Theatre's version of Neil Simon's classic "Barefoot in the Park" will kick off on Saturday, July 29 at 8 pm. The theatre is located on the downtown Cumberland Mall at 49 Baltimore Street.

The Barefoot Extravaganza will open in the Embassy's lobby at 6:30 pm Saturday - where party and theatre-goers walk inside the theatre barefoot, carrying their shoes and theatre tickets in hand.

Attendees will have the option of entering the Big Foot and Pretty Feet contests, where foot measurements are taken for Big Foot and pedicures rated on confidential score sheets for Pretty Feet.

All those attending the Barefoot Extravaganza and theatre production following will enjoy complimentary finger foods and Cranberry Pizzazz Punch, and have chances to win a bottle of Barefoot Pink Moscato wine for the contests. There will also be two doorprizes awarded at 7:30 pm- and prizes will be: 1) a full, luxurious pedicure at Envy Nails in LaVale, and 2) a relaxing footbath massager.

Complimentary appetizers served at the Extravaganza after the 6:30 pm admission will include cocktail meatballs, mini ham sandwiches, assorted fruits and veggies with dips, pretzels and peanuts, and souvenir Iced Foot Cookies with Toe Jam.

"To set the perfect ambiance for the event, local musician Jason McDonald will provide live music on the guitar in the lobby - creating a Barefoot groove for the intimate affair. Using strong vocals accompanied by guitar, Jason takes classic rock and blues and adds his own style. He performs works by Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash and more," says Embassy's PR director Trish Morgan.

The Barefoot Extravaganza is open to anyone age 21+ who purchases tickets to attend opening night of "Barefoot in the Park." Ticket purchase is required, but the Extravaganza is free from 6:30-7:30 pm.

"For every pair of bare feet that walks through the door during the Extravaganza, that person receives a ten-toe-discount of $1.00 for Saturday'sadmission only. Regular admission price is $16 adults, $14 seniors," adds Morgan.

At the opening night event, group shots of feet only and other interesting feet shots will be taken by the photographer attending, and will be used throughout the production's promotional efforts.

Embassy Theatre is also in the midst of its "Feet Campaign" on social media. Cast and director's feet are posted anonymously, with chances to guess the identity. Visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.

Glass Canvas Productions will create and post a video/slide show on social media to showcase the cast's efforts at rehearsals, as well as candid stills of the production itself.

Additionally, according to event chair Don Llewellyn, the first-ever "Barefoot in the Park" set artwork has been designed, created and donated by local artist William C. Pfaff, and limited pieces will be autographed and available for purchase in the lobby. "These are exclusive pieces of art, and they will be grabbed up in no time," explains Llewellyn.

Cast is as follows: Lisa-Anna Maust, Kirk Yutzy, Linda Julien, Tom Vogtman Sr and Matt Armentrout. 

Tom Valentine will be directing the production. Other personnel involved are Jerard Puckett, producer; Lisa Castleman, stage manager; Sam Bennett, photographer.

City Lights American Grill & Bar will be partnering with Embassy Theatre for this "Barefoot" production on Saturday, July 29, and Friday and Saturday, August 4-5. Reservations are required through Embassy Theatre.

Cost for a single package is $45 and a couples package is $85. The package includes City Lights' menu as follows: Side House Salad, Lemon Thyme Chicken, Asiago Red Skin Mashed Potatoes, vegetable medley, rolls and butter and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, non-alcoholic beverage, gratuity, theatre admission, complimentary cocktail or beverage at Passport Cafe in the lobby, reserved VIP seating and optional photos with the cast after the show.

"These dinner/theatre packages are fan-favorites, so call for your reservations as soon as you can! Dinner, Extravaganza, the production, the VIP seating, the complimentary cocktail and SO MUCH TALENT...what a terrific night out," sums up Morgan.

To make reservations, call (240) 362-7183. Tickets can also be ordered directly through Eventbrite. Seating is limited, and sell-outs are anticipated.

All events and activities at Embassy Theatre are supported in part by Maryland State Arts Council, The Allegany Arts Council and the City of Cumberland.

 
Optimus Riff, Mustangs on the Mall Friday in Downtown Cumberland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 16:58

optimusriff2The Cumberland Comes Alive concert series and First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union presents ‘Optimus Riff’ to Bands on the Bricks on Friday evening, July 21. The band will be performing on the First Peoples Credit Union Historic City Center Stage at the corner of Liberty & Baltimore Streets at 6:30 pm. The performance is free of charge, but seating is limited, so don’t forget your folding lawn chair. 

Dubbed by many as the “Funk Super Group of the Mid-Atlantic”, Optimus Riff is a culmination of the area’s top musical talents. The band is comprised of four young members that have over five decades of combined experience taking the stage and melting faces.

In addition, Mustangs on the Mall will take place on Friday, July 21 from 5 pm to 10 pm. The region's best Ford Mustangs will be on display on Baltimore Street. 
If you would like to display your automobile, no registration is required. Simply show up with your vehicle between 4 pm and 5 pm and carefully enter pedestrian only Baltimore Street from either George Street or Mechanic Street and volunteers will help direct you.

Cumberland Comes Alive is Western Maryland’s premier outdoor concert series. It is presented by Burgmeiers Hauling Inc. and is produced by the City of Cumberland’s Downtown Development Commission. Bands on the Bricks concerts take place in the heart of Cumberland on Baltimore Street in Historic City Center from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm every Friday until August 25.

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact the Downtown Development Commission Promotions Director at 301-724-3655 or visit www.downtowncumberland.com

 
FSU Presents Gala Concert as Part of Summer Music Academy Concert Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Monday, 17 July 2017 16:09

As part of its Summer Music Academy Concert Series, Frostburg State University will present a gala concert featuring academy students on Friday, July 28, at 7 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. A reception will follow the concert. The performance and reception are free and open to the public.

The students will perform works selected from the following:

“String Quartet Op. 18 and Op. 127” by Ludwig van Beethoven: Beethoven’s unique string quartets contain genuine emotion and contrasts characteristic of his symphonies. Each sounds almost like a mini-opera.

“String Quartet No. 1, Op. 41, in A Minor and No. 3 in A Major” by Robert Shumann: In 1842, Schumann began his remarkable instrumental explorations with the three-string quartets. Published together as Opus 41, his composition displays intensely expressive musical poetry.

“String Quartet Op. 76” by Joseph Haydn: The six string quartets form the last complete set of string quartets that Haydn composed and are among his most ambitious chamber works, deviating from standard sonata form and emphasizing the thematic continuity through the seamless exchange of motifs among instruments.

“Regenlied” and “4 Balladen und Romanzen for Vocal Duet, Op. 75” by Johannes Brahms: “Regenlied” is a distinctive work in which Brahms sets four texts to music by the poet Klaus Groth. Brahms’ Op. 75 settings occasionally take on the air of a dramatic scene in the tradition of the medieval ballad.

“Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert: Officially titled “Ellens dritter Gesang” (“Ellen’s Third Song”), this work was composed by Schubert as part of his Opus 52, a setting of seven songs from Walter Scott’s popular epic poem, “The Lady of the Lake.”

“Piano Quartet” and “Old American Song No. 1 for Voice and Piano” by Aaron Copland: In the 1950 “Quartet for Piano and Strings,” Copland returned to the adventurous path of his youth to produce more “modern” music. “Old American Songs” were originally scored for voice and piano, but they were reworked for baritone (or mezzo-soprano) and orchestra. Song No. 1, “The Boatman’s Dance,” is a minstrel song from 1843.

The FSU Summer Music Academy was created with the mission to promote classical music education, and its goal is to develop individual musicianship for string, woodwind, brass and piano instrumentalists in a supportive environment. The academy brings top artists from around the world to the Western Maryland region to inspire local residents and develop interest in music programs in all types of educational systems.

For more information, contact the director of the Summer Music Academy, Karen Liu, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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

 
The Cadillac Cowboys Performing Friday for Bands on the Bricks PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 09:18

Volkswagens on the Mall Set

Cumberland Comes Alive concert series welcomes The Cadillac Cowboys to Bands on the Bricks on Friday evening August 4. They will perform on the First Peoples Historic City Center Stage at the corner of Liberty & Baltimore Streets at 6:30 pm. The performance is free of charge, but seating is limited, so bring a lawn chair. The Cadillac Cowboys performance was rescheduled for August 4 after their June 16 performance was rained out.

 

The Cadillac Cowboys are a Country-Fried Rock 'n' Roll band based in Western Maryland. The boys joined forces prior to the turn of the century and have been entertaining audiences in the Tri-State area ever since. Influenced by a wide range of country, bluegrass and rock 'n'roll music, the Cowboys play anything from Merle Haggard to the Rolling Stones and beyond. 

 

Appealing to a wide audience, the Cowboys deliver a high-energy, boot-stompin' style show. The band is comprised of five members: Randy Ruhl & Eric Baker on guitars, Randy Bandura on electric mandolin, Jeff Griffith on stand-up bass, and Rob Marker on 

drums.

 

In addition, Volkswagens on the Mall will take place on Friday, August 4 from 5 pm to 10 pm. The region's best Volkswagens will be on display on Baltimore Street.

 

If you would like to display your automobile, no registration is required. Simply show up with your vehicle between 4 pm and 5 pm and carefully enter pedestrian only Baltimore Street from either George Street or Mechanic Street. Volunteers will help direct you.

 

Cumberland Comes Alive is Western Maryland’s premier outdoor concert series. It is presented by Burgmeiers Hauling Inc. and is produced by the City of Cumberland’s Downtown Development Commission.

 

Bands on the Bricks concerts take place in the heart of Cumberland on the bricks of the one-and-only Historic City Center from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm every Friday until August 25.

 

For more information or to become a sponsor, contact the Downtown Development Commission Promotions Director at 301-724-3655 or visitwww.downtowncumberland.com

 
“Kayaktivists” to Call On Gov. Hogan To Reject TransCanada Fracked-Gas Pipeline in Protest on the Po PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Robbins   
Friday, 28 July 2017 08:41

*Original date of 7/28 changed due to weather.

 

SHARPSBURG, MD — On Friday, August 11 at 1:00 pm, dozens of activists — many in kayaks — will span the Potomac River in a powerful showing of opposition to TransCanada’s proposed pipeline under the Potomac. The activists will paddle down the Potomac with large protest banners, drawing attention to the treasured river through which the pipeline is proposed to be constructed and calling on Governor Larry Hogan to reject the project.

 

The kayaktivist action will be the latest stage in a months-long rolling encampment titled “Standing Rock to Hancock: Camp Out to Stop the Potomac Pipeline,” which is taking place throughout the summer with camp-outs along the C&O canal near Hancock, Maryland. Momentum is building and the encampment is growing as part of efforts to urge Hogan to reject the Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project. This three-mile long pipeline would carry dangerous fracked gas from Pennsylvania through Maryland and into West Virginia.

 

Campers will be available throughout Friday and Saturday morning for interviews. There is also an option to join a cave tour at 11:00am before the press conference to view the region’s fragile karst geology, which makes the proposed pipeline an even greater threat to our drinking water.

Speakers at the press conference will include Patricia and Dean Kesecker — West Virginia residents whose land has been taken by eminent domain for the construction of this pipeline — and Maryland State Senator Richard Madaleno, who supported the recently-passed statewide ban on fracking.

 

What: Citizens and environmental advocates to kayak down the Potomac Pipeline with protest banners as part of “Standing Rock to Hancock: Camp Out to Stop the Potomac Pipeline.”

Where: Taylor’s Landing, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, Sharpsburg, MD 21782

When: Friday, August 11, 1:00 pm

Speakers:

  • Sen. Richard Madaleno (D-18)

  • Patricia and Dean Kesecker, landowners whose land was forcefully claimed by Mountaineer Gas to build the pipeline;

  • Tracy Cannon, organizer with Eastern Panhandle Protectors;

  • Brooke Harper, Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Environmental Chair for the MSC NAACP

 

Background Information

 

On June 30, a coalition of area citizens, elected officials, and environmental advocates announced the launch of a protest encampment to stop TransCanada’s proposed pipeline under the Potomac River. This encampment is the first of its kind in Maryland history to protest fossil fuels. The proposed pipeline would threaten millions of residents in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who rely on the Potomac river for drinking water. The protesters are camping out to draw attention to the issue and demand Maryland Governor Larry Hogan reject the permit required for construction of this pipeline.

The encampment, titled “Standing Rock to Hancock: Camp Out to Stop the Potomac Pipeline,” will take place throughout the summer with camp outs along the C&O canal near Hancock, Maryland. The coalition intends to draw attention to the many concerned citizens, environmental advocacy groups, and elected officials who are opposed to endangering drinking water for a pipeline that won’t benefit Maryland citizens.

TransCanada’s proposed Eastern Panhandle Expansion project would transport fracked gas from Pennsylvania to West Virginia by way of Maryland underneath the Potomac River and C&O Canal. The encampment will take place at McCoy’s Ferry, near the pipeline’s proposed route.

 

"Fracked gas and the supporting infrastructure has no long term benefits to the State of Maryland, and this pipeline project puts an enormous amount of risk on Maryland residents,” said Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper. “Drilling under the Potomac River --the drinking water source for millions of people -- for a fracked gas pipeline in sensitive karst geology that threatens water quality is not a plan we support. And strong arm tactics, like threatening eminent domain, don't play well out here. But they're trying it anyway."

 

The pipeline would cross sensitive karst geology, which is characterized by underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves and is easily susceptible to transmission of pollutants through connected underground aquifers. The pipeline could degrade pristine streams and further threaten public and private water supplies. Using hydraulic directional drilling under streams in karst geology would create pathways for water to drain down the bore holes and dissolve the limestone around the piping. This activity can create sinkholes that could impact the integrity of the pipeline, causing subterranean ruptures and even explosions, further threatening the Potomac River.

 

There is already a growing movement of opposition among citizens that live along the route. When TransCanada held a forum about the pipeline, more than 100 residents of Maryland and West Virginia showed up to oppose its construction. In order for the pipeline to move forward, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) would need to grant the 401 Water Quality Certificate under the Clean Water Act. Hogan has the ability to direct the MDE to reject this certificate.

 

Organizations participating in the encampment include the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Eastern Panhandle Protectors, Potomac Riverkeepers, Food & Water Watch, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, and the Sierra Club MD Chapter.

 
Published Writers Teaching Future Authors at Frostburg’s WordQuest PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Monday, 17 July 2017 16:10

For middle-school booklovers and creative writers, WordQuest is the place to be inspired this summer. Taught by the staff of Frostburg State University’s Center for Literary Arts, the weeklong day camp beginning July 31 at the 22 E. Main St. center and other Frostburg locations introduces incoming seventh- to ninth-grade students to creative writing and the literary scene.

Students have the opportunity to write poems or stories during the course of the week alongside a community of writers in the same age group. On the final day, students build books and celebrate their works with a reception at the Center for Literary Arts, where they get the chance to share their finished work with an audience of friends and family.

WordQuest runs from July 31 to Aug. 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuition costs $75, and includes a week of studying with a published writer, as well as daily snacks and an end-of-camp reception. The registration deadline is July 24.

To register or for more information, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 301-687-4340.

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

 
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