FSU Musical Ensembles Join Forces to Present Festive Holiday Concert PDF Print E-mail
Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 17:56

A colorful collection of ensembles and musical groups from the Frostburg State University Department of Music will join forces to present their sixth annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center.

The Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Singers and University Chorale will be conducted by Dr. James Reddan. The ensemble will perform the big band classic “Tuxedo Junction,” made famous by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, as arranged by Kirby Shaw, and the classic English Christmas carol “What Child Is This,” arranged by Darmon Meader.

The Chamber Singers have selected the popular American song “Hard Times Come Again No More” by Stephen Foster, arranged by Mark Keller, which was a favorite of both sides in the American Civil War; “Dieu! Qui la fait bon regarder” from “Trois Chansons” by Claude Debussy; and “O Magnum Mysterium,” a responsorial chant from the Matins of Christmas, reworked into a contemporary setting by Morten Lauridsen.

The University Chorale will perform “Glow” by Eric Whitacre, which was commissioned by Disney for its “World of Color – Winter Dreams” show, and “Gaudete,” a medieval Christmas tune arranged by Michael Englehardt.

The Guitar Ensemble, directed by Patrick Sise, will present “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon, featuring vocals by Alexa Bashaw. A protest song against the Vietnam War that was released in 1971, “Happy Xmas” has since become a Christmas standard.

The String Ensemble, directed by Karen Lau, will perform “Air” from “Orchestral Suite No. 3” by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Brent Weber, will perform “Blue Christmas” by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson, adapted by Andy Allen, and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots, also adapted by Allen.

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Philip Klickman, will perform “Carol of the Shepherds,” Philip Sparke’s magnificent meditation on a 14th-century carol melody, and “Minor Alterations (Christmas Through the Looking Glass)” by David Lovrien. At the end of the concert, the ensemble and University Chorale will unite for a sing-a-long performance of “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, cash only, and are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and veterans, $3 for students and free for children 12 and younger.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

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.

 
Embassy Theatre Embraces Christmas Spirit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 17:48

CUMBERLAND, MD - Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore Street, will be celebrating Downtown Cumberland 's "Home For The Holidays" event with a showing of two Christmas movies next Saturday, December 10.

12:00 pm - "A Christmas Carol" (1935 -  vintage version, which was the first of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" with sound).

2:00 pm - "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" (1964 - the Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents).

Admission is free, although there is a suggested donation of $2 per person. Complimentary hot chocolate and homemade treats will be available for all those making a donation.

In addition to the afternoon movies, Embassy will showcase "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues", an adults-only comedy. The show starts at 8 pm, and cost for adults is $16 and $14 for seniors.

"Embassy has teamed up with The Crabby Pig for the dinner/theatre package, and owners Terry and Susan Crawford have created terrific menu selections that we can offer our patrons," states public relations director Trish Morgan. The package includes dinner, dessert and gratuity, the show, autographed playbills and reserved seating. Cost for a couple is $75, and a single package is $40.

Call (240) 362-7183 to make reservations for the package or just the show.

"Embassy is excited about Downtown's 'Home for the Holidays' event, and pleased to include our historic theatre in the festivities," adds executive director Jerard Puckett.

Embassy productions and activities are sponsored in part by the Allegany County Arts Council and the City of Cumberland.

 
Downtown Cumberland to Host Moonlight Madness Sales PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Leyh   
Monday, 05 December 2016 13:57

Downtown Cumberland makes it easy to find the perfect gift and support local businesses while shopping for friends and family (or even yourself!) at the annual Moonlight Madness event on Thursday, December 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  

Every year, for one special evening during the holiday season, downtown stores stay open late and offer great savings on distinctive holiday gifts. Sponsored by the Downtown Development Commission, Moonlight Madness is an event that brings back the feeling of a traditional night of shopping in Downtown 

Cumberland. Previously known as Midnight Madness, the event, now in its’ seventh year, has become a downtown tradition. 

“It is a magical time to be in the heart of our city, a time to enjoy the lights and decorations, be among friends and family, and support our locally-owned businesses,” said Steven Leyh, DDC Promotions Director. “Studies have shown that for every $100 you spend with locally-owned businesses, $68 will stay in the community. When you choose to spend money in a local business, you are not only supporting a local family, but an entire community.” 

In addition, U.S. Cellular will be at The Book Center taking free photos of children with Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Moonlight Madness includes stores and businesses located on Baltimore, Centre, Liberty, Mechanic, Pershing, Harrison Streets as well as Queen City Drive and Canal Place.

A complete schedule of holiday events can be found at www.downtowncumberland.com

 
Our Town Theatre to Host 9th Annual Christmas Market PDF Print E-mail
Written by Our Town Theatre   
Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:10

Our Town Theatre's 9th Annual Christmas Market will be held at St. Peter's Parish Social Hall on Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 am until 3 pm. We will have a variety of vendors on site for Christmas shopping. Join us for lunch and enjoy local musicians playing Christmas music and original pieces. Santa and Mrs. Claus will happily pose for pictures. Please make plans to attend and share the festive atmosphere with your friends and family. More information, including vendor names, available at www.ourtowntheatre.org.

 
Embassy Theatre and Crabby Pig Offer Dinner and Theatre Package PDF Print E-mail
Written by Trish Morgan   
Saturday, 26 November 2016 09:27

Embassy Theatre, a historic nonprofit theatre located at 49 Baltimore Street, Downtown Cumberland Mall, announces its dinner and theatre package for the upcoming "The Eight: Reindeer Monologues", December 9 and 10...an adults only comedy, directed by Tom Valentine.

The package consists of dinner and gratuity at Crabby Pig of Canal Place before the show, the theatre production at 8 pm on Friday or Saturday, autographed playbills and reserved seating.

Buyers of the package may choose from a variety of four entrees, numerous side dishes, soft drinks and homemade, in-house special-recipe desserts.

Guests have choice of one of the following:

                *Crab Cake Dinner, 1 crab cake (broiled or fried) with choice of two sides

                *6 oz Steak with 4 shrimp (sautéed, fried or steamed) and choice of two sides

                *Rib & Seafood Combo (4 bones & 4 shrimp fried, steamed or sautéed), cornbread and one side

                *Soft Shell Crab Dinner with choice of two sides (fried or sautéed)

                *Pasta  Alfredo (vegetarian, chicken, shrimp) or Scampi, with salad and garlic bread

Dessert:    Choice of Signature Bread Pudding or Chocolate Cake
                   
Dinners have a choice of the following sides:  french fries, baked potato, garlic mashed potatoes, long grain wild rice, baked beans, fresh sautéed green beans, applesauce or sweet coleslaw.

Reservations for the dinner/theatre package are to be made through Embassy Theatre (240) 362-7183. All calls will be confirmed with a dinner reservation time. Cost for an individual is $40, couple is $75.

For more information, visit the Embassy's Facebook page at embassytheatrecumberland.

 
"The Nutcracker" to be Performed by the Appalachian Ballet Theatre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Appalachian Ballet Theatre   
Tuesday, 06 December 2016 17:41

NutcrackerThe Appalachian Ballet Theatre will grace the stage this December with the holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” at the Allegany High School Theatre. “The Nutcracker” is a wonderful ballet for the entire family, and is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season. For over one hundred years, the story of the ballet has proven irresistible to both children and adults alike. The “Nutcracker” can be seen on Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 PM at Allegany High School Theater, Cumberland. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for seniors and Children 12 and under. Ticket will be available at the door. Group Tickets are available. For ticket information call 301-729-6722.

 
Frostburg Shortlisted for the Small Business Revolution Main Street Makeover PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessica Palumbo   
Monday, 05 December 2016 13:54

Frostburg, MD was announced as one of eight shortlist finalists for the Small Business Revolution $500,000 Main Street Makeover, out of almost 14,000 nominations. In January 2017, Small Business Revolution will visit Frostburg to tour the town, talk with business owners, and film a short promotional video. Top finalists will be announced on February 9, 2017, and the nation will have ONE WEEK, closing on February 16, to vote online for their favorite community.

In mid-October, Katie Morgan, a Frostburg State University alumna currently living in Southern Maryland, contacted the City of Frostburg to say she had submitted a nomination for Frostburg, a town she instantly grew to love as a student. The nomination caught the eye of Small Business Revolution. Katie says about her nomination, “I loved the small town feel and the beauty of the mountains surrounding us, so when the opportunity presented itself to give back to Frostburg and help renovate the beloved Main Street, I jumped at the chance.” After the City answered an additional questionnaire and completed a phone interview with Deluxe, a small business growth engine and sponsoring organization of Small Business Revolution, Frostburg received a call to say they had been selected as a shortlist finalist.

As part of the project for the winning town, Deluxe will choose six businesses to work with in the Main Street district, and will also work with community leaders to choose aesthetic projects to complete. “If we win, this would be an opportunity for Frostburg to get a much deserved boost to its revitalization progress,” says Jessica Palumbo, Main Street Manager for Frostburg. “I am so proud of all of the dedication our community members invest, which makes an opportunity like this possible!” The project will be filmed and released as an eight episode, online documentary series.

Frostburg has opened nine new, small businesses, expanded two small businesses in 2016, and is looking forward to more growth and progress in the coming year. Palumbo credits the shortlist finalist nomination to the influx of small business entrepreneurs, volunteerism, and citizens’ dedication to community. To find out more about Frostburg’s Main Street, visit www.downtownfrostburg.com.

 

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Frostburg, MD was announced as one of eight shortlist finalists for the Small Business Revolution $500,000 Main Street Makeover, out of almost 14,000 nominations. In January 2017, Small Business Revolution will visit Frostburg to tour the town, talk with business owners, and film a short promotional video. Top finalists will be announced on February 9, 2017, and the nation will have ONE WEEK, closing on February 16, to vote online for their favorite community.

In mid-October, Katie Morgan, a Frostburg State University alumna currently living in Southern Maryland, contacted the City of Frostburg to say she had submitted a nomination for Frostburg, a town she instantly grew to love as a student. The nomination caught the eye of Small Business Revolution. Katie says about her nomination, “I loved the small town feel and the beauty of the mountains surrounding us, so when the opportunity presented itself to give back to Frostburg and help renovate the beloved Main Street, I jumped at the chance.” After the City answered an additional questionnaire and completed a phone interview with Deluxe, a small business growth engine and sponsoring organization of Small Business Revolution, Frostburg received a call to say they had been selected as a shortlist finalist.

As part of the project for the winning town, Deluxe will choose six businesses to work with in the Main Street district, and will also work with community leaders to choose aesthetic projects to complete. “If we win, this would be an opportunity for Frostburg to get a much deserved boost to its revitalization progress,” says Jessica Palumbo, Main Street Manager for Frostburg. “I am so proud of all of the dedication our community members invest, which makes an opportunity like this possible!” The project will be filmed and released as an eight episode, online documentary series.

Frostburg has opened nine new, small businesses, expanded two small businesses in 2016, and is looking forward to more growth and progress in the coming year. Palumbo credits the shortlist finalist nomination to the influx of small business entrepreneurs, volunteerism, and citizens’ dedication to community. To find out more about Frostburg’s Main Street, visit www.downtownfrostburg.com.

Follow us @FrostburgFirst on facebook, twitter, and Instagram to follow our journey!

For more information on the Small Business Revolution project and Deluxe Corporation, visit http://smallbusinessrevolution.org/

 
Middle States Renews ACM Accreditation Through 2022-3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gil Hazelwood   
Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:09

CUMBERLAND, Md. – The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which recently evaluated Allegany College of Maryland for institutional and educational effectiveness, has reaffirmed its accreditation through 2022-23.

 The regional accrediting agency’s approval, issued at a mid-November meeting, follows a comprehensive review of the college as a whole and of individual units.

 The process included an institutional self-study and an onsite evaluation by a team of nine community college executives, administrators and faculty members.

 Middle States examines for 14 standards that demonstrate its Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education in colleges seeking accreditation.

 The 14 are divided evenly among overall institutional operations and aspects of the education and related services that a college delivers to students and the community.

 Institutional standards include such wide-ranging areas as mission and goals; planning resource allocation and institutional renewal; leadership and governance; administration and institutional assessment.

 Educational effectiveness pertains to such standards as student admissions and retention; student support services; faculty; educational offerings; general education and assessment of student learning.

 “We are pleased that Allegany College of Maryland has been fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education,” said ACM’s president, Dr. Cynthia Bambara.

 “This external validation reaffirms that the college continues to move in the right direction of providing excellence in education.”

 Added Kim Leonard, chair of ACM’s Board of Trustees: “Quality higher education that is both affordable and accessible is a hallmark of our institution. ACM will continue to provide education and services to meet the needs of our students.”

 The Middles States Commission on Higher Education is responsible for more than 525 accredited and candidate institutions in, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

 ACM received its initial Middles States accreditation four years after its 1961 founding. The college’s accreditation was last affirmed in 2010.

 More information about the commission’s action can be found at Middle States’ website, www.msche.org. More information about ACM is available at www.allegany.edu.

 
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