The Four Cohans Opens Thursday at Embassy Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Thursday, 06 July 2017 08:01
CUMBERLAND, MD - Broadway's Tony-nominated Mark Baker of Manhattan and Cumberland will be directing and starring in this weekend's "The Four Cohans" - set for Thursday through Saturday7:30 pm and Sunday2:30 pm at Embassy Theatre.
Also starring are Don Stephens as the Music Director, Trish Morgan, Larry McGreevy and Jennifer Webster, and featuring Amy Clise, Ryan Maust, Beth Clise, Kyle Vogtman, Raven Malone and Karl Vogtman.
Some of the songs featured in the production will be "All Aboard For Broadway", "In The Shade of the Old Apple Tree", "Mansion of Aching Hearts", "Over There", "Longing for Old Broadway", and a variety of George M. Cohan tunes.
Admission is $10 per person, with a discounted tickets price of $8 per person with a family of four or more.
All productions and events at Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore Street, are supported in part by The Allegany County Arts Council and the City of Cumberland.
For more information or reservations, call (240) 362-7183, or visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.
Cumberland Pride Fest Coming to Downtown- and More PDF Print E-mail
Written by Becky McClarran   
Thursday, 06 July 2017 07:59

What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland


Cumberland Pride Festival – Sunday, July 9


Shop Local! Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is


Love the Local! Support Your Local Businesses


Downtown Cumberland Farmer’s Market - 9:30 am – 1 pm. The Downtown Cumberland Farmer’s Market runs every Thursday from May – October.


Cumberland Pride Festival is in its FIRST year in 2017! This year’s festival takes place Sunday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in downtown Cumberland on the mall. Local businesses, performers, and organizations are coming together to celebrate the LGBTQ community in and near the Cumberland area. Members of the LGBTQ community, as well as their families and allies, are invited to come out and enjoy an afternoon of togetherness. There will be organized youth activities, live music, and performances. Cumberland Pride is dedicated to promoting diversity and creating a more visible and united LGBTQ community. Cumberland Pride is organized by local persons living in and near Cumberland, MD who are dedicated to support, educate, link, organize, and provide outreach to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community of western Maryland. We cherish our allies. To participate in the event as a business or sponsor or personally, please use the email address below! General inquiries:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Hello Cumberland Social – held each month, the first Thursday of the month, 6 – 9 pm, 37 N. Centre Street. New to town? Been here for a bit and looking to shake up your social scene? Join us. Agenda Free. Inclusive. Open minded. Newcomers. Natives. Free Admission.


The 3rd Annual National Night Out - Cumberland will be held on Tuesday, August 1, from 5-8 p.m. on Somerville Ave. (between Oldtown Rd & Industrial Blvd.) A NNO Kick - Off Event - Free Swim and a Movie will be held on Monday, July 31 at the Constitution Park Pool.  Offered will be a Free Swim, 6:30-8 p.m. and the movie "Finding Dory" on the pool patio beginning at dusk. Nationally known as America's Night Out Against Crime, National Night Out is held the first Tuesday in August annually. Cumberland joins with 35 million people and 16,500 communities across the United States to celebrate this community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships. National Night Out brings back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Contact Terri Hast, 301-759-6517 for details or to find out how you can get involved. Locally Nationally


Looking for a great location for your next big event? Check out the Windsor Castle Events Centre (the former Cumberland Armory), 210 S. Centre Street. Windsor Castle is perfect for wedding receptions, dances, conferences, conventions, reunions and more! For more information, call 301-722-0005


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




Nothing is worse than the itching, burning, and swelling of poison ivy, oak or sumac. If you come into contact with any of these plants over the summer, stop by our PharmaCare West location at 64 Greene Street to get your Leader brand caldyphen lotion and hydrocortisone cream. Also, any over-the-counter Leader brand products are backed with a 100% money back guarantee. The store and drive-thru are open Monday-Friday 9 am to 6 pm & Saturday9 am to 1 pm. Phone 301.724.1183 and Like us on Facebook at


Love to go antiquing and thrifting? Want to discover a handmade treasure? Downtown Cumberland has some great shops including MountainShine Creative, Fort Cumberland Emporium, Baltimore Street Collectibles, Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop (Thursday – Sunday), Fitzy’s Nifty Nook,  Queen City Flea Market (Friday – Sunday), Windsor Castle Antiques & Flea Market (Sundays only), Country Accents on Greene, GiGi’s Attic – all filled with antiques, collectibles, handmade items. Stop in and discover it for yourself.


Dave Love of Azad’s of Cumberland would like to encourage everyone to GET OUT & GET DOWNTOWN this summer season and visit the SUMMER LONG SIDEWALK SALE at Azad’s.  Every ThursdayFriday & Saturday (weather permitting) Azad’s will display Discounted and Clearance items out on their sidewalk with savings from 50, 60 to 75% off regular retail prices.  AZAD’S OF CUMBERLAND is located at The Qashqai Gallery in the old Bistro Building at 37 North Centre Street in Downtown Cumberland.  301.723.0818  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   


Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop –Barkin’s Basement is having a patriot sale. Every item that’s red or blue is 25% OFF. Military Veterans, First Responders’ Week – 50% off red or blue items with id. We’re open Thursday – Sunday.  We’re located at 45 Baltimore Street – or like us on Facebook.


The Vapor Room, Cumberland's Award-winning electronic cigarette shop is conveniently located on the downtown mall. Come visit our location at 57 N Centre Street.

  • The Vapor Room Weekly Sales and Specials: Every Tuesday – Double Punch Tuesday. Get a Bonus stamp on your AppCard when buying a 30ml bottle or larger.
  • The Vapor Room is a trusted retailer of top electronic cigarette brands and premium nicotine e-liquids. Our Appcard rewards program offers our customers generous discounts on future purchases.
  • Our Downtown Cumberland shop is open Monday through Saturday 10AM-6PM. Stop in and speak with one of our friendly staff today! 


 GREAT GIFT IDEA! DCBA (Downtown Cumberland Gift Certificates) are available at The Book Center and may be used at any DCBA member’s business. You may find out who is a DCBA member online at




Queen City Creamery - Do you want a burger with that shake? Now offering weekly burger specials!!!


Every Wednesday night starting at 9 pm, it’s Open Mic and Jam Night at Uncle Jack’s Pub and Pizzeria, 20 S. Mechanic Street.


Ristorante Ottaviani - Every Friday night beginning at 8 pm, it’s Friday Happy Hour Wine Tasting with half price bottles of wine. Stop in and sample a new wine or enjoy your favorite.


Saturday mornings, it’s Bloody Mary Brunch at City Lights! Every Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm, enjoy Cumberland’s original make-your-own Bloody Mary bar and City Light’s Saturday brunch featuring 5 – 6 seasonal specials that change weekly. City Lights American Grill & Bar is located at 59 Baltimore Street, 301-722-9800.


Mezzos is scheduling Spirit Nights for any organizations wanting to hold a profitable fundraiser. Call Angel at Mezzos at 301-777-7750 for details.


City Lights Beer & Burger Thursdays – Every Thursday from 5:00 to close we will be offering a Gourmet Burger with Fries and a Pint of Beer for $10.95.


City Lights Wine & Cheese Wednesdays – Enjoy Three Cheese Board and 2 glasses of house wine for $15 or order any one of their Cheese Boards and get 25% off any bottle of wine. To see City Lights full menu, visit




Short Term Stay? Rehabilitation? Respite Care? Are you looking for an affordable, secure, friendly place to stay short term or recuperate from a recent surgery or another event? The Kensington Assisted Living Community is located in the heart of Cumberland. We offer all the following and more for your comfort and convenience – furnished suites – private baths – no long-term commitment – medication management – three home cooked meals daily – housekeeping services – laundry services – activity program – 24-hour staffing with personal care services tailored to individual needs – in-house rehab offering PT & OT services – free transportation for medical, social, events, clubs, churches, personal errands and shopping – all in a homelike atmosphere. Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Cumberland. Call or drop by for a tour. 1 Baltimore Street, 301-777-8800




MAKE ART THIS SUMMER! The Allegany Arts Council will once again offer summer art camps for ages 7-12. Camps will be held Monday through Friday9 am to 3 pm at the Arts Council. Teachers Marne Troutman and Roy Devore will guide children in a variety of art instruction.


July 17-21: Printmakingwith Marne Troutman

Make your mark in this week long camp. Students will utilize a variety of image transfer techniques and learn you can print with and on just about anything. Processes such as relief prints, rubbings, collagraphs, stencils and mono printing will be explored.

August 7-11: Sculpturewith Marne Troutman

If you love to build and construct, this camp is for you! The focus will be on viewing, exploring and creating three-dimensional artwork. We will create sculptures with a variety of materials and investigate sculptors such as Henry Moore and Alexander Calder.

Cost is $145 per session for members / $160 for non-members with a 15% discount for siblings. To register, contact the Arts Council at 301-777-2787. A $50 deposit is required at registration. Arts Council family memberships are available for $45 and are good for 365 days of family programming discounts.


Looking for something fun to get the kids into this summer? Check out MountainShine Creative! Several weeks of kids’ camps are already scheduled for this summer! Sign up today!


At The Book Center - Join us for STORY TIME, the 3rd Saturday of every month at 1:00 pm! We will have fun story readings along with interactive crafts for your child. We recommend ages 2-6, but all ages are welcome. A parent or guardian must attend with the child.


At the Book Center - Join us for ADULT BOOK CLUB, the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm! If you like food, wine, and great books, then this is the place for you! Call us to reserve a copy of our monthly selection and receive a members’ only discount.


Allegany County One Card - Your Allegany County Library card, FSU student ID card, or Allegany College of Maryland Library Card can now be used to borrow materials from any of the Allegany County Libraries, FSU library or AMC library. More information about using your library card at any library across the county can be found by visiting or contacting any of the libraries or email


Summer is just around the corner and so is the Allegany County Library’s System’s Summer Reading Club! SRC is for all ages, not just kids, although the research is clear that children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to 3 months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect. People of all ages can pick up a reading log at any library branch starting May 15th; adults receive a free tote bag with their first log. Completed logs can be turned back for a prize (Ages 0-12) and the chance to win a grand prize pack (Ages 13-18 and 19 and up). Grand prize packs are designed around genres of reading and offer a variety of gift certificates, tickets, and merchandise to local retailers and attractions. Winners may choose the package of their choice. Children and teens also have the chance to win a $500 College Savings Plan of Maryland package as well as free tickets to see the Orioles play in August and visit the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore.


Looking for free and fun activities this summer? Allegany County Library’s  “Wednesdays With Us” program series is back again this year with the theme of “Build A Better World.” Every library branch will host a free family event at 2:00 p.m. every Wednesday. All library programs and events are available on our online calendar at or contact Jennifer Spriggs at 301-777-1200 or


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




Gordon Roberts House  - Hands-On-History: Story-writing with a local author. On Saturday, July 22nd from 10 am– 12 pm, join new author Reverend Martha Magill for a free, mini writing workshop. Come ready to be inspired to tell your own story! For additional information about this class and Hands-On-History call 301-777-8678


The Gordon-Roberts House at 218 Washington Street, Cumberland, presents Third Thursday Theater. Each month a classic movie will be shown, starring a famous Hollywood personality born in that month. These events are free and open to the public. Bring a camp chair and a snack and enjoy the discussion after the movie! Film & discussion begin at 7 pmFor more information call the Allegany County Historical Society at 301-777-8678 and visit us on the web at

  • July 20th (Olivia de Havilland) -- "Devotion"
  • August 17th (Gene Kelly) -- "The Three Musketeers"
  • September 21st (Mickey Rooney) -- "Boys Town”
  • October 19th (Jean Arthur) -- "The More the Merrier"
  • November 16th (Gene Tierney) -- "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir"
  • December 21st (Humphrey Bogart) -- "We're No Angels"

The Docent & Volunteer Team of C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts is searching for a few local individuals interested in joining the Docent Team for the 2017 season. There are immediate needs to fill open spaces on the calendar with future opportunities available throughout the season. Training and scheduling will be available in the days to come with one of our veteran docents. If you are interested please contact Dave Love at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Commitments levels for the season vary from docent to docent and can be as light or as heavy as you like and are available. The Gilchrist is a great opportunity for individuals looking to get involved in the art and history community and welcomes volunteers from all levels of interest. To learn more about the Gilchrist visit Please feel free to share this need.


Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

  • Mountain Limited – July 6, 7, 13, 14 at 11:30 am; July 9, 16 at 1 pm. A scenic ride on the rails on our Mountain Limited trains, departing from Cumberland to Frostburg. Dining Class guests enjoy a 3-course meal while riding in our vintage dining cars. Standard Coal general seating is also available.
  • Cumberland’s Crescent – July 8, 15 at 11:30 am – Join us for a scenic ride on the rails with our Cumberland’s Crescent rains. The train departs from Cumberland to Frostburg.  Dining Class guests enjoy a 3-course meal while riding in our vintage dining cars. Standard Coal general seating is also available.
  • Evening Paradise Murder Mystery – July 815 – 6 pm – Join us for dinner and a show. Dining Class guests enjoy a 3-course meal. “Bonded by Murder” – after 10 years of playing international super spy Ian Strong on the silver screen, actor Roger Less is hoping to come back for one more Strong flick, but the Executive Producer of the film series has other ideas. Ian Strong movies are renowned for their exotic locales, big budgets and, of course, those beautiful Strong Girls. Every actor and agent in Hollywood would kill to secure the next Ian Strong movie, and maybe, just maybe, one actually will. Boarding begins at 5:30 pm and the train departs at 6 pm. Advance reservations required.
  • Shop Tour – July 15, 9 am –l Join WMSR’s CEO John Garner for a one-hour, in-depth tour of the Ridgeley Shop and 1309 restoration.
  • Christmas in July – July 13 - 16, 3 pm – Santa Clause and his little helpers are on a well-deserved vacation and their summer won’t be complete until they take a festive holiday-themed train ride with their favorite friends! Saint Nick in his Hawaiian shirt and the elves will be on hand for family photo ops, story time featuring a Christmas tale about our own railroad, fun Christmas games, yummy holiday treats and each child will receive a snowing surprise.
  • Hands on Throttle (Diesel) – July 16, 10 am – Enjoy a unique opportunity to operate a piece of history. Handle a locomotive with one of our experienced engineers for an entire 60 minutes. Call for requirements.
  • For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit


The 4th Friday of each month March through October, you are invited to sip n' learn with the Allegany County Historical Society. A presentation by a local educator, artisan or historical re-enactor is followed by a light two-course luncheon and 2 flavors of tea. Often tea from The Tea Cupboard in Cumberland is featured and guests enjoy goodies from local bakeries like Lorenzo’s in Frostburg or M&M Bake Shop in Cumberland. Fourth Friday teas each month are hosted at The Gordon-Roberts House / 218 Washington Street, Cumberland MD & begin at 11:00 am. Tickets for ACHS partners (members) are $15.00 and $20.00 for non-partners. Call 301-777-8678 for reservations. Seats sell quite quickly so reservations are necessary. 

  • July 28- Becky McClarran & the Allegany County Animal Shelter present, Sgt. Stubby: WWI decorated Dog and Pets of the White House. You are invited to bring donations for the Shelter!
  • August 25- First Lady Edith Roosevelt, Presented by Historian Amy Monaco
  • September 22- J.B. Walton & Western Maryland by ACHS Executive Director, Evan Slonaker
  • October 27- A Special Christmas Story by Reverend Martha Magill  


10th Annual Gilchrist GalaSaturday, August 19. Located in the beautiful Gilchrist Gardens, featuring assorted Tapas Stations, Cocktails and Wine, Musical Welcome with Wesley Mason, Dancing under the Stars with Hot Sauce Willie, Painting on-site by artist Tony Romano, Live and Silent Auctions, and much more. Mark your calendars.


The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172 Museum is open to the public every Friday from noon – 6 pm. On display are actual weapons and replica weapons, photographs, equipment, souvenirs, rations, uniforms and other memorabilia provided by Vietnam veterans or their families or friends. A video is available for the public to watch. The museum is open each Friday, there is no admission fee and groups may tour the museum at other times by appointment by calling 301-777-7001.




Cumberland Comes Alive – Live Music and Entertainment in Downtown Cumberland Come down, have a great meal, enjoy some music and check out some of our shops. Music starts at 6:30 pm. The Downtown Cumberland schedule includes:

  • Friday, July 7 – Back Beat (Rock & Roll)
  • Friday, July 14 – Channel Cats (Blues)/Fire & Ice Car Show
  • Friday, July 21 – Optimus Riff (Jam)/Mustang Car Show
  • Friday, July 28 - Flood City Brass (Funk & Soul)
  • Friday, August 4 – Crazy Nites (Rock & Roll)/ VW Car Show
  • Friday, August 11 – Surrender Dorothy (Rock & Roll)
  • Friday, August 18 – Butterscotch Blonde (Rock & Roll)/Hogs on the Mall
  • Friday, August 25 – Gina Powell & the Enablers (Throwback)


Open Mic On Sunday Nights will be held every Sunday, May-September at Embassy Theatre on the historic downtown Cumberland Mall, 49 Baltimore Street. Open Mic Nights will be held from 6-10 pm, with sign-ups beginning at 6 pm. You don't have to be a musician to join the fun. Performers of all ages and genres are welcome and encouraged. There is no cover charge, and those under age 18 are permitted with adult. Passport Cafe will be open during each Open Mic on Sunday Nights, with a full cash bar and snacks. Call (240) 362-7183 for more information. Or, visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.


Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., is pleased to continue a new collaboration between the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) and The Movie Brewdio, "The Film Lab." "The Film Lab" is a monthly gathering bringing together film professionals, patrons, and fans. Each meeting features a guest speaker and may include a short screening block. Every first Monday* from 6-9pm (speaker at 7pm) at Oscar's Restaurant, 1103 E Oldtown Rd, Cumberland, Maryland 21502. These are the dates for "The Film Lab" at Oscar's:

  • Monday, August 7, 2017
  • *TUESDAY, September 5, 2017
  • Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Monday, December 4, 2017

Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., can be reached by mail at 101 Decatur St., Cumberland, MD  21502. Please visit us at, or For more information, please contact


JULY 6-9 - "The Four Cohans," Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore Street. Broadway's Tony-nominated Mark Baker of Manhattan and Cumberland will be directing and star in this weekend's "The Four Cohans" - set for Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday, 2:30 pm at Embassy Theatre. Some of the songs featured in the production will be "All Aboard For Broadway", "In The Shade of the Old Apple Tree", "Mansion of Aching Hearts", "Over There", "Longing for Old Broadway", and a variety of George M. Cohan tunes. Admission is $10 per person, with a discounted tickets price of $8 per person with a family of four or more. For more information or reservations, call (240) 362-7183, or visit embassytheatrecumberland on Facebook.


Cumberland Theatre will be kicking off its 29th season with the opening gala for the musical comedy "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels". The theatrical season will officially start in July with the Tony Award Winning musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", based on the 1988 film starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine. The popular comedy centers around two competing con men, living on the French Riviera. At first, the suave and experienced Lawrence Jameson takes the rookie con man, Freddy, under his wing. But soon Freddy is successful enough that he tries to compete directly with Lawrence. The competition comes to a peak when they agree that the first con man to extract $50,000 from the female heiress, Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town forever. The celebratory opening night gala will be held on Friday, July 14th following the performance. Tickets purchased for that evening include the post-show party with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The audience can also take this time to chat and mingle with the cast and crew of the show. Tickets and more information are available at


The Allegany Arts Council hosts a group dance lesson and social dance for all ages. In cooperation with Patricia Golden, owner of Industrial Ballroom, the "Third Friday" dance sessions offer the opportunity to learn a new dance step and then practice it with others in the lovely wooden-floored spaces of the Saville and Schwab Galleries. There is an optional potluck bring a dish to share if you're up to it. Bring your own beverage of choice. Water is provided. The Lesson will rotate through swing, salsa, rumba, chacha, Waltz, fox trot, and tango. Each session costs $10 for an individual, or $18 for a couple. The lesson begins at 7:15 pm and the Dance starts at 8:00 pm. The Saville Gallery is located at 9 N. Centre Street in Cumberland, MD. All are welcome.




The Cumberland Cultural Foundation will present “Form and Function” at the C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington St, through July 30. The exhibit features works by painter Bill Dunlap and jewelry designer Lisa Morshead.  The opening reception will be held July 1 from 5 to 7 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public. The Gilchrist is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  For more information, visit, call 301-724-5800, or


July 8 – August 5 – Allegany Arts Council. 'Artists Birch, Mickey and Sheirer blend their talents to create a show that is a tapestry of multimedia creativity. Karin Birch uses delicate hand embroidery and beadwork combined with acrylic paint on linen fiber. Shane Mickey brings his wood-fired vessels and functional objects beautified with color and texture. Lisa Sheirer brings her "Entropic Mandalas", composed from digital photos and scans along with patterns generated from components that are related to the subject matter. The opening reception is in the Saville Gallery on Sat., July 8 from 6 to 8 pm.




Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter.  Applications and information are available at 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 Join in and support the efforts of Downtown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant.


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The Chinese Bandits to Perform, Rescheduled Corvettes on Display in Downtown Cumberland on Friday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Friday, 30 June 2017 07:58

The Cumberland Comes Alive concert series welcomes The Chinese Bandits to Bands on the Bricks on Fridayevening June 30. The band will be performing at the First Peoples Community Federal Credit Union Stage at Historic City Center located 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.


The Chinese Bandits formed in 1973. The original group included Charles Maddy, guitar and vocals; Greg Green, saxophone; Dick Mongold, bass guitar and vocals; Terry Workman, keyboards; and Paul Gallagher, percussion. Maddy, Mongold and Workman have played together since 1963 as the Envaders.


Based in Cumberland, the Chinese Bandits regularly perform in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The band plays rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the present.


The current lineup includes Ed Harvey, guitar and vocals; Marty Sine, drums and vocals; Terry Workman, keyboard and harmonica; and, Dick Mongold; bass and vocals.


The group offers an entertaining mix of great vocals, smooth harmonies and good dance music.


Over the years the Chinese Bandits has worked with such legends as Chubby Checker, Martha Reeves, Gary Lewis, Danny and the Juniors, Little Anthony, The Jordanaires, The Diamonds, The Coasters, The Drifters, Bobby Vee, Gary Puckett, BJ Thomas, Jay and the Americans, Tommy James and the Shondels, and many others.


In addition, the rescheduled Corvettes on the Mall event will take place on Friday, June 30 from 5 pm to 10 pm. The region's best Corvettes 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 between4 pm and 5 pm and carefully enter pedestrian only Baltimore Street from either George Street or Mechanic Street. Volunteers will help direct you. For more information about the Corvette show contact Don Davis at (301) 697-3929.


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 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

Potomac Concert Band to Perform on July 4 at Canal Place PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Friday, 30 June 2017 07:54

Come celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday evening with a free concert at Canal Place as part of Cumberland Comes Alive concert series presented by Burgmeier’s Hauling. 

The Potomac Concert Band will take the stage at Canal Place on Tuesday, July 4 at 8:00 pm


The Potomac Concert Band based in Cumberland, is a community concert band comprised of some of the area's finest musicians.  With a performance season that runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the band plays at local festivals and patriotic celebrations. The band takes pride in its repertoire of quality music appealing to a wide audience of diverse age and musical preference which includes traditional marches, Broadway show tunes, TV theme music, patriotic selections, and popular songs as well as instrumental features. The band has been affectionately called our area's version of the Boston Pops because of the variety of light, entertaining fare.


Canal Place is the perfect location to watch the City of Cumberland’s annual fireworks display following the concert at dusk. 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 in cooperation with the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority.


For more information, contact Canal Place at 301-724-3655 or visit

Advocacy Groups to Announce Months-Long Encampment Against Pipeline PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Robbins   
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 14:33

Following The Lead Of Standing Rock Protesters, Groups Launch First Of Its Kind Protest Encampment To Urge Gov. Hogan To Reject TransCanada’s Fracked-Gas Pipeline


CLEAR SPRING, MD-  Area citizens and environmental advocates on Friday will launch a months-long encampment to protest 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 will gather to 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 groups, concerned citizens, 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.


What: Area citizens and environmental advocates to launch “Standing Rock to Hancock: Camp Out to Stop the Potomac Pipeline.”

Where: McCoys Ferry Campground, Clear Spring MD (drive into the parking lot and look for the signs)

When: Friday, June 29, 11:00 am

Visuals: A 30-foot inflatable pipeline; signs depicting fracked-gas pipeline spills and calls for Hogan to reject the pipeline; Potomac River backdrop


  • Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper Network

  • Josh Tulkin, Director, Maryland Sierra Club

  • Rianna Eckel, Maryland Organizer, Food & Water Watch

  • Mike Tidwell, Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network



The Eastern Panhandle Expansion project is intended to connect a TransCanada pipeline in Pennsylvania to a Mountaineer Gas line in West Virginia. It would carry fracked gas through Maryland underneath the treasured C&O Canal, as well as the Potomac River -- the source of drinking water for six million residents in Maryland and the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

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.


We know that spills happen. Last year, TransCanada spewed nearly 17,000 gallons of oil on rural land. Just this month, the federal government suspended horizontal drilling on a pipeline in Ohio after crews discharged about two million gallons of drilling fluid into a wetland. A spill from the Potomac Pipeline during construction or operation could be a disaster.


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.


Hogan recently signed a statewide ban on fracking, but this pipeline shows that Maryland residents are not safe from fracking infrastructure. Approval of the Eastern Panhandle Expansion pipeline would undermine the strong action Maryland has just taken to protect our drinking water and health by banning fracking. Fracked-gas infrastructure poses a similar risk to our health and our environment.

Toasted Goat Winery to Host Opening Artist Reception PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kristin Kehrwald   
Thursday, 06 July 2017 07:55

MarissaFrostburg resident Marissa Turner explores themes of renewal in her upcoming art show at the Toasted Goat Winery located at 10 E. Main Street in Frostburg. An opening reception for Turner will be held on Friday, July 7 from 6:00-9:00 PM. All are welcome to attend.


Turner returned to painting after a 14-year hiatus. "My last art show was in Rockville, Maryland," explained London-born Turner. "Over the last few years, I began to re-explore my own creativity as my children have grown older. I feel as though I've experienced a renewal." 


Turner credits the book, "Life, Paint and Passion," for her love of abstract painting. "That book gave me permission to view art as play," confided Turner. "I use my fingers, experiment with flicking and splattering paint, and enjoy where the painting process takes me." 


A graduate of Guildford College in Surrey, England, Turner earned her diploma in Graphic Design before moving to the Washington metro region in 1994. With her husband, James,  and family, she relocated to Frostburg in 2011. 


Turner's paintings will be for sale at the Toasted Goat Winery until mid-August. To contact Turner about her artwork, please email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more about the Toasted Goat Winery, please visit

Our Town Theatre to Present Summer Monologues PDF Print E-mail
Written by Our Town Theatre   
Friday, 30 June 2017 07:55

Our Town Theatre will be presenting Summer Monologues in July at the Historical Society gazebo in downtown Oakland. Each Saturday, starting on July 8, at noon, a different actor or actors will present monologues from Ghost Walk productions by Jane Avery and various other authors. Actors include Brittney Hostutler, Sue Lisantti, Liam Elmlinger, Charlie Wroten, Savannah Hamilton, and Cory Stieringer. More information will be posted on our website,, and across our social media accounts. OTT is funded in part by the GCAC and the MSAC.

Frostburg’s Pirates Ahoy! Welcomes Young Buccaneers, Author Beth Ferry PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Friday, 30 June 2017 07:52

The Frostburg State University Children’s Literature Centre (CLC), in collaboration with FrostburgFirst, will once again host this year’s Pirates Ahoy! event on Wednesday, July 12. Activities will be held at City Place, 14 S. Water St., and guest author Beth Ferry will speak at 10 and 11 a.m. in the Palace Theatre on Main Street. All events in this day of pirate merriment, tales and treats are free and open to the public.

Children coming aboard this year’s Pirates Ahoy! will have the opportunity to meet Ferry, author of the picture book, “Pirate’s Perfect Pet,” at the Palace Theatre.

Buccaneer activities, including arts and crafts and a treasure hunt, will take place throughout the day in City Place. Visiting marauders will be challenged to complete numerous pirate activities and crafts in order to become a “Certified Pirate Expert.” All are encouraged to dress as pirates, as prizes will be awarded at a costume contest.

After their huge popularity at Storybook Holiday in December, Tail Waggin’ Tutors will be making their much-anticipated return to the Frostburg Community Library. Stop by at 11:30 a.m. to get a chance to read to these fantastic therapy dogs.

Frostburg businesses and restaurants will be open, with special bargains on food and drinks for visiting swashbucklers.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Space is limited. Pirate crews of five or more are encouraged to contact the CLC to reserve spaces.

The activities are designed for children ages 4 to 10 but are not limited to that age group.

For more information, contact the Children’s Literature Centre at 301-687-3133 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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

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