Wisp Resort to host Capitol Cup Mountain Bike Race
-- Sponsored by Monster Energy. Presented by Racers Edge & Gravity Soul--

 Wisp Resort will host the Capitol Cup Mountain Bike Race to be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 – 5, 2014.  Four race disciplines will define this race as an all-mountain challenge including downhill, enduro, dual track and pump track. 

The Capitol Cup Mountain Bike Race will take place on a variety of terrain all over Wisp Mountain including Smooth Operator and High Roller downhill trails, BMX dual track and the two new pump tracks.  One overall winner for the best combined time will be crowned on Sunday.  Entry fee is $75 for amateur and pro class riders and includes a 3-day lift/trail pass. Nationally known bike trail builders, Racer’s Edge, will construct the courses and are recognized for creating challenging and spectator-friendly racing formats.  The Monster Energy Team will provide three stunt and skills demonstrations by the Monster Energy Pro BMX Team, drink samples, prizes and giveaways.

Bike Race Schedule:
Saturday, October 4
Noon  – Monster Energy Pro BMX Team Demonstration #1
12:30pm – BMX Team Autographs
1:30pm – First Race (Enduro – Smooth Operator Trail)
2:30pm - Monster Energy Pro BMX Team Demonstration #2
3:00pm - BMX Team Autographs
4:00pm – Second Race (Dual Track)
5:30pm - Monster Energy Pro BMX Team Demonstration #3
6:00pm - BMX Team Autographs

Sunday, October 5
11:30am – First Race (Downhill - High Roller Trail)
1:30pm – Second Race (Pump Track)
3:30pm – Awards

Wisp Resort is a four season mountain resort by the shores of Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland.  Wisp offers skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, golf, lift-served mountain biking and a variety of other mountain recreation activities.  The ski resort has 14 lifts and 34 trails on 172 acres, more than 90% of which is lit for night skiing.  Wisp has a state of the art snowmaking system which is generally acknowledged as the most advanced in North America capable of covering virtually all trails with as much as a foot of snow in 24 hours under ideal snowmaking conditions. www.wispresort.com

Joan Crawford Lecture Series Offered at GC

Garrett College has announced the Fall 2014 schedule for the Joan Crawford Lecture Series which will be held on the McHenry campus beginning Wednesday, Sept. 17. Created in memory and honor of Joan Crawford, who dedicated her life to serving Garrett College and the community, this sequence of presentations is offered free of charge each year and is open to the public.

Coordinated by Beth Luers, Professor of Humanities at Garrett College, the lectures are scheduled are scheduled at 12 noon or at 7 p.m. and last approximately one hour. “We have an interesting mix of presentations lined up for the fall ranging from scientific experiments conducted in the Antarctic, hospitals during the civil war, presidential campaign memorabilia, the constitution, and we will also hear from voices from the Holocaust to the clear voice of Halina Silber who was #16 on Schindler’s List. I hope both students and the community will join us,” Luers said.

The schedule of lectures is as follows:

Wednesday, September 17, “Constitution Day” presented by Beth Luers from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 646

Monday, October 6, “Halina Silber-Holocaust and Schindler’s List Survivor” presented by Halina Silber from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Garrett College Auditorium

Wednesday, October 29, “Marketing the Presidency, A Visual Tour of Presidential Campaign Items of the Century” presented by Steve Mihaly from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 646

Wednesday, November 12, “Voices from the Holocaust” presented by 20th Century World History Class from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 620A

Thursday, November 20, “The Development of the Hospital System During the Civil War” presented by Dr. John Rathgeb from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 620A

Wednesday, December 10, “Expedition Antarctica” presented by Laura K.O. Smith from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Room 511

For more information on the Joan Crawford Lecture Series persons may contact Beth Luers at 301-387-3020.

GC to Host Course in ‘The Regional Leadership Series, VI’

 Garrett College will host a course titled, ‘The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Leadership Team’ on Wednesday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to Noon in Room 205 of the Continuing Education building. 

 e Regional Leadership Series was developed by the Greater Cumberland Committee (TGCC) in cooperation with Allegany College of Maryland, Frostburg State University, Garrett College, and Potomac State College of WVU.

 The goal of the series is to give graduates of these programs and other existing and potential civic and corporate leaders the tools they need to affect positive and sustainable change in our regional community. Based upon feedback from prior participants, the Regional Leadership Series VI includes new courses, one of which is sponsored by Garrett College. 

‘The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Leadership Team’ will be instructed by Jeannette Rudy-Fitzwater. The introductory session is aimed at helping individuals and organizations reveal what it takes to build a truly cohesive and effective team, in the most approachable, competent and effective way possible.

 “We are so excited about Garrett College’s contribution to this year’s Regional Leadership Series.  Jeannette Rudy-Fitzwater always shares her passion for maximizing individual and organizational performance in her leadership presentations,” according to Connie Meyers, Director of Professional Development & Contract Training of Continuing Education & Workforce Development at Garrett College. 

 Fitzwater will base her instruction on Patrick Lencioni’s best-selling book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and persons will discover what will happen when dysfunctions are transformed into cohesive team behaviors.  A combination of lecture, video and group activities will be used.  One will soon discover the behaviors associated with productive and highly-functioning teams. Each participant will receive a copy of Lencioni’s book, which after 12 years of being published, remains number one on several Amazon.com lists.

 Following a brief lunch, participants will hear from a representative of Deep Creek 2014.  “This year, as an added bonus, Todd Copley, Executive Director of Deep Creek 2014, will share how positive leadership and great coordination is integral in bringing an event such as the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships to Garrett County,” Meyers said. 

 Deadline to register for the course is September 17.  For information on the cost of the course or to register, one may contact Garrett College Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

Storytelling with Drs. Gail and Steve Herman returns to Garrett College 

 Former Garrett College President, Steven Herman and his wife, Gail, will present two evenings of storytelling through the Continuing Education and Workforce Development division of Garrett College. Mischievous Martha: True Tales from Pleasantville Orphanage will be presented on Monday, Sept. 15.  The following evening, Tuesday Sept. 16, they will present Tall Tales from Garrett County. Both presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. in the Continuing Education Building on the McHenry campus.

The first evening will include reading of selected stories from the diary/memoir of Martha Fishbein Herman, Steven Herman’s mother. These are true stories of her experiences at the Pleasantville Orphanage.  Tuesday evening will be a sampling of student tall tales written over the 19 years that Dr. Gail N. Herman coordinated the Tapestry of Talent Student Storytelling Festivals, the Tall Tale Student Storytelling Festival, as well as the Tall Tale Liars Contest. She will discuss techniques for writing and retelling tall tales and folk stories, as well as, guide participants to write and retell your own creations in small groups.  All ages are welcome to participate. 

For additional information or to register, persons may call Continuing Education and Workforce Development at 301-387-3069.

New and Expanding Businesses Recognized at Chamber’s Business Before Hours: 3rd Annual Business & Industry Appreciation Held September 9

  The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and Garrett County Community Planning & Development partnered to present the third annual Business & Industry Appreciation at the Chamber’s Business Before Hours on September 9, 2014.  The program, sponsored by Clear Mountain Bank and Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, was held at Wisp Resort from 8:00 am – 9:30 am. 

 The purpose of the program was to recognize the economic development, job creation and investment that is happening in our community.  An update on economic development in Garrett County was presented by Mike Koch, Executive Director of Community Planning & Development for Garrett County, followed by the recognition of new businesses, growing/expanding businesses and businesses that have reached milestones for years in operation over the last 12 months.  All businesses and industries headquartered and/or located in Garrett County were eligible.  Chamber membership is not required.

The following new businesses were recognized:

Appalachia Naturals – Organic Living
Beitzel Excavating, LLC
Blue Goose Unlimited
Colonial Lumber
Deep Creek Lake Auto Auctions
DeWitt Contracting
Discount Vapes Connection
Empire Vapes
Enchanted Emporium
Fuzzy’s Scrap & Trash Removal
Garrett Equipment Rentals, LLC
Garrett Growers Cooperative, Inc.
Glamour Ray Apparel
Granny Graham’s Country Décor
Grant’s Mercantile
Harvey’s Excavating
J&W Supplies
Jessica Fike Photography
Ken’s Irish Pub
Moonshadow, LLC
Morgan Supply
Mountain Survival & Prep
Order Completion, LLC
Pioneer Building Maintenance
Premier Property Maintenance
RJ Consignment
Rock Auto
Rockin Robin’s Vending
Rosedale Auctions
Sang Run Graphics & Designs
Skidmore, Alderson & Duncan
T&L Construction
Telli’s Deli
Tenacious Tania’s Hair Salon
The Alley
Tractor Supply
Two Brothers Construction
Wild Yough Glamping
Working H Meats, LLC

The following businesses were recognized for expanding their physical location and/or workforce:

 Beitzel Corporation

Blue Moon Rising
Fourmile Wind Energy, LLC
Friend of Deep Creek Lake
Garrett Container Systems, Inc.
Garrett County Memorial Hospital
Grand Central Home Furnishings
HART for Animals, Inc.
Mountain Postal
Phenix Technologies, Inc.
Savage River Lodge
Wisp Resort

 The following business was recognized for having been in continuous operation for 50 years:

Penn Alps Restaurant & Craft Shop (56 years old)

The following business was recognized for having been in continuous operations for 75 years:

Rudy’s Clothing

“The Chamber is very pleased to recognize these businesses for their investment and commitment to our community,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Chamber.  “Last year the Chamber and Economic Development recognized 31 businesses as new or expanding.  This year, a total of 51 new or expanded businesses were honored. This proves that growth and development is happening in Garrett County and we thank these businesses for their investments in our community,” said Christian.


Swan Meadow PTO Harvest Sale September 19, 2014


            The 65th Annual Harvest Sale, Swan Meadow School PTOs fundraiser, features a concession stand that opens at 5:00 p.m., singing by students at 6:15 p.m., and the auction that starts at 6:30 p.m. This traditional celebration of the local harvest will be held on Friday, September 19, at the Pleasant Valley Community Center, south of Oakland, MD. The auction of farm produce, handmade items, and baked goods features items provided by families and students of Swan Meadow School, many of whom are Amish or Mennonite. Cash or check are the two methods of payment for sales at the Harvest Sale. The PTO cannot accept credit or debit cards as a method for payment.


            Glazed doughnuts made on the morning of the sale, as well as caramels, taffy, cookies, fudge, and cinnamon rolls, will go on sale at 5:00 p.m. Half and whole dozens of doughnuts and boxes of 4 large cinnamon rolls as well as gallons of apple cider will be sold under the white tent located by the entrance of the Pleasant Valley Community Center. People who come to the Harvest Sale for homemade goodies have the option of purchasing these items outside of the community center, then taking them to their vehicles before going inside for dinner and the auction.


            Inside the Pleasant Valley Community Center, participants can buy taco salad, fruit salad, chili dogs, sloppy joes, and hot dogs to eat. Coffee, chocolate and regular milk, lemonade, and apple cider will be sold. One of the many highlights of the auction will be the bidding on twelve dinners to be served in an Amish cabin. Another is the hand-knotted comforter that Kindergarten and first graders are busy sewing for the auction. Older students are designing Birdhouse Gourd birdhouses in art class, inspired by a local guest artist as well.

            To reach the Pleasant Valley Community Center, travel on Route 219, and turn onto Paul Friend Road.  Then turn right onto Joni Miller Road.  Finally, continue to the Pleasant Valley Community Center on the right.


Ms. United States 2014, Crystal Rush, To Be Grand Marshal of Autumn Glory Festival Parade

Ms. United States 2014, Crystal Rush, will be the Grand Marshal of Garrett County’s 47th annual Autumn Glory Festival Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 11. Crystal will be featured in the annual Grand Feature parade, sponsored by My Bank! First United Bank & Trust, which begins at 1 pm in Oakland on Saturday, October 11th.

Crowned in July 2014, Crystal will serve as Ms. United States for one year, which will include hundreds of official appearances, including staring on a televised reality show, modeling in national print ads and television commercials, and appearing as a headline model in New York and South Beach Fashion Weeks. She will also take part in numerous charity events, with her platforms Foster Care, Autism and Mental Health: End the Stigma. Crystal grew up in Garrett County. Her grandparents are Grace Rush of Friendsville and the late Deane Rush of Friendsville. Her father is Dana Rush of McHenry and Cindy Lamastra of Bethany Beach, Delaware. Crystal was recently signed as a model for New York MMG modeling agency and works as a pageant coach. She is a former Baltimore Ravens Playmaker. More information about Crystal is available at www.msunitedstates.com

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce presents the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival which runs from October 8 - 12 in Garrett County, Maryland with a kick-off reception at Chanteclaire Farm, two large parades, concerts, Oktoberfest celebration, the Maryland State Banjo, Fiddle & Mandolin Championships, Fall Foliage Driving Tours, art exhibits, the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands, antique and craft shows and much more.

Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival landed in the international spotlight five years ago, when the popular travel website, MSN.com listed it tops among fall festivals in the world. To the delight of locals and visitors alike, Autumn Glory in Oakland, Maryland, beat out Paris’ Festival d’Automne (#5) and Munich’s Oktoberfest (#7) – in addition to a bevy of domestic celebrations, including San Francisco’s Dias De los Muertos. “Music, parades and awesome colors are at the center of this festival,” noted the site, plugging in particular the Grand Feature Parade, the Maryland State Banjo & Fiddle Championships and the Tournament of Bands. In 2008, the baltimoresun.com listed Garrett County as one of the top 5 locales for Fall Foliage and the travelchannel.com has listed the Autumn Glory Festival & Garrett County as one of America’s 3 Best Autumn Road Trips from 2008 – 2013.

Garrett County Chamber Hosts Maryland State Banjo, Fiddle & Mandolin Championships October 10 & 11, 2014

 The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA), present the Official Maryland State Banjo & Mandolin Championships on Friday, October 10, 2014 and the Fiddle Championships on Saturday, October 11, 2014, sponsored by GCC Technologies. 

“The Heritage Area and GOBA have joined forces again this year to host these events, which are a cornerstone of Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival,” said Dawn Hein, Director of the Heritage Area. “These events are a celebration of our unique musical heritage and provide a showcase for local and regional talent. We welcome contestants and visitors from all over the Mid-Atlantic area to Garrett County during our 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival to celebrate music and autumn with these two state-wide championship events.”

Chuck Dicken, who is the Station Director for WFWM Public Radio 91.9 FM in Frostburg, will emcee the event this year. The judges will include Jeff Munson and Cory and Heather Wharton.  New to the event this year, Rhythm and Rubbish from Crellin Elementary School will kick off Friday evening prior to the start of the Championships. The Crellin Rhythm & Rubbish Band is a STOMP inspired ensemble. Students create and perform music using buckets, trash cans, and "instruments" many would consider to be garbage. At Intermission Steve Smith, from The Steve Smith Band, will be making a special appearance and showing off his expertise on the banjo.

Saturday evening, the judges will perform during intermission. Heather Wharton was the 2010 Maryland Fiddle State Champion, 2008 Deer Creek Fiddle & Vocal Champion and the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Grand Fiddle Champion. Cory received a bluegrass music scholarship and graduated from East Tennessee State University’s prestigious Bluegrass, Old-time and Country Music program. Jeff Munson was a member of Larry and Joe and the White Horse Mountain Boys, as well as the popular local bluegrass band, Highland Grass. Jeff has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many bluegrass greats such as Ronnie Reno, Bill Yates and has expansive knowledge when it comes to bluegrass and mountain music.

The competition begins at 7:00 pm each night at Southern Garrett High School, located at 345 Oakland Drive in Oakland, Maryland. Check-in and registration for participants is from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.  The doors open for spectators at 6 pm.  Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.  Children under 10 are free.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.visitdeepcreek.com or at the following locations: The Garrett County Visitor’s Center, McHenry; City Hall, Town of Oakland; Gregg’s Pharmacy, Oakland; and The Medicine Shoppe, Grantsville.

Contestant applications are now being accepted.  Contestant applications are available at http://www.visitdeepcreek.com/pages/MarylandStateBanjoFiddleChampionships Completed applications should be mailed to: Banjo/Fiddle/Mandolin Contest Town of Oakland 15 S. Third Street Oakland, MD 21550, emailed to mainstreetgoba@gmail.com or faxed to 301.334.4401.  Contestants registered by September 29 will be listed in the program; a registration fee will be applied after October 3.

The event sponsor of the Annual Maryland State Banjo & Mandolin Championships and the Official Maryland State Fiddle Championships is GCC Technologies, a service-disabled Veteran owned small business company with a proven record of performance providing effective and efficient acquisition, business process, administrative and security services to multiple federal agencies.

Garrett County is less than a three-hour drive from the metropolitan areas of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., less than a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, PA, Winchester, VA and Hagerstown, MD and Morgantown, WV and Cumberland, MD are just 45 minutes away.

For more information about these events or the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please log onto visitdeepcreek.com or call the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 888.387.5237.

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West is a state certified Heritage Area by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority. Maryland’s Heritage Areas are locally designated and state certified regions where public and private partners make commitments to preserving historical, cultural and natural resources for sustainable economic development through heritage tourism.  At the local level, Heritage Areas focus community attention on often under-appreciated aspects of history, living culture, and distinctive natural areas, thus fostering a stronger sense of pride in the places where Marylanders live and work.

CARC Looks Back on Past Three Years

Next month, the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex (CARC) will celebrate its three year anniversary. A state of the art fitness and wellness complex hosted on the Garrett College campus, the CARC offers a full size competition pool and warm water pool, a full fitness center with cardio and free weight equipment, and group fitness programs for all ages and fitness levels. In 2011, the long-awaited community center for Garrett County became a reality. The gymnasium portion of the CARC, added in the fall of 2012, is 42,500 square feet and includes three college regulation size basketball courts and bleacher seating for up to 1,600 people.

For the past three years, the CARC has served as a venue for several large community functions. According to Paul Edwards, Director of Secondary Education at the Garrett County Board of Education, “the CARC provides a much needed resource in our community to foster fitness in all people, not just college undergrads.“

Edwards went on to say, “The CARC also provides an excellent venue to host athletic events such as AAU basketball tournaments and youth camps, as well as a place for other entertainment, such as the upcoming ‘The President’s Own’ Marine Band on Labor Day which will be free to the public and held in the CARC gymnasium.  The facility also supports our after prom activities for the high schools, which provides a variety of positive things for our high school students to do on prom nights after the dance itself.  It really has become a great multi-use facility for the entire Garrett County community.”

Community use of, and support for, the CARC has been tremendous according to CARC director, Stephen Putnam.  “Our staff has worked with many different community members and organizations and we have received numerous positive comments and feedback from the community.  We have hosted a wide variety of events from small family birthday parties and civic meetings to large events, such as high school graduations and the Garrett County Health Fair.  We just finished up with our Great Garrett Adventure Day Camps, which are open to children who have completed any grade between kindergarten and fifth grade and are offered throughout the summer. We are looking forward to another busy year, as many new and returning events are already being booked,” Putnam said.

According to Dr. Rick MacLennan, president of Garrett College, “We are a community college, and that means everything we do, every program and service we develop is for this community—and that includes the CARC.  I don’t think there’s a better expression of this commitment than the ‘I Can Swim!’ program.”  ‘I Can Swim!’ provides water safety and swimming instruction to all kindergarten children (including those who are home schooled) at no cost to their families.  It is supported through charitable donations made to the Garrett College Foundation.  Since its inception, ‘I Can Swim’ has served over 1,550 children.

CARC staff are readying the facility for the return of students and the start of the academic year, and on September 17, it will host the Opening Ceremony for the 2014 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Slalom World Championships. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information on the CARC or any of the above upcoming events, persons may go online to www.gccarc.com or by calling the CARC at 301-387-3786. 

Registration Open For Vet Assistant, Welding, Machining

It’s not too late to register for fall classes available through Garrett College Continuing Education and Workforce Development.  According to Carol Mowbray Brooks, Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development, courses in Welding, Machining and the Veterinary Assistant program will be offered at the Career Technology Training Center in Accident beginning in September.

“Classroom instruction, hands-on welding lab experience, and computer based training (CBT) are used in all classes to support learning.  Instructors are experienced and currently work in the industry.  Our students benefit from our small class size with maximum hands-on experience,” Mowbray Brooks said.

The Manual Machining Training Program includes a series of 4 courses using the curriculum, textbooks, and instructional methods recommended by National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMT).  Multiple methods of instruction prepare students to work safely in an industrial machining shop.

The Veterinary Assistant Training Program consists of five courses designed to prepare students for an entry-level position in a Veterinary Clinic.  The program includes 100 hours of classroom instruction and approximately 50 hours of clinical experience at various veterinary clinics and hospitals, providing the opportunity for hands-on activities throughout the training.

More information on the above course programs or to register for a class is available by calling 301-387-3770 or at www.garrettcollege.edu.

Article by GC’s Tumbarello featured In NACCE Publication

Garrett College’s Mike Tumbarello, Coordinator of the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was featured in the Summer/Fall 2014 edition of the ‘Community College Entrepreneurship’ Journal published by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).

Tumbarello’s article, “Using Strategic Questions to Drive Entrepreneurial Performance” focused on the importance of strategic questioning, one of the most effective means to guide start-ups and build competency in the broad array of areas that are critical to the launch and ongoing success of an enterprise. 

According to Tumbarello, it is not enough to have a vague idea or concept.  Rather, the entrepreneur needs to be able to clearly, succinctly describe their product or service and explain its features and benefits. Furthermore, strong entrepreneurs understand the concept of uncertainty, embrace change and pivot quickly when it is obvious “Plan A” will not work, and using the “Questioning Success” approach is designed to help entrepreneurs deal with the unknown.

‘My experience as an entrepreneur, consultant and educator has shown me that entrepreneurs often fall into the trap of not digging deep enough to challenge their idea or product assumptions and plans. Sometimes they ask friends or family members that are unwilling to challenge the entrepreneurs’ product or plans. I have honed my questioning technique to help enable a given entrepreneur to understand and embrace the key issues and factors that will help drive their success…or failure.  My questioning centers on some key areas including: self-assessment, product concept, target market, ideal customers, industry and competition as well as operational, structural and risk management.  Once these factors are fully evaluated, then there are questions to drive the go-to-market sales and marketing efforts. It all fits together,” Tumbarello stated.

To view the entire article, one may visit the Publications and Resources section at www.naccee.com. For information about entrepreneurial opportunities at Garrett College, persons may contact Tumbarello at  301-387-3167.

Cake Decorating I - Building Bettercream Skills to be offered in Oakland

Garrett College’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development division has scheduled a hands-on course cake decorating course entitled, Cake Decorating I - Building Bettercream Skills. The course will be held on Tuesdays, September 9 to 30, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Southern Outreach Center located in the Oakland Armory.

Interested in earning some extra cash decorating and selling cakes? Experienced Wilton cake decorator and instructor, Bonnie Goebel, will guide students through this fun cake decoration class for beginners. Get in touch with your creative side and you can make beautiful, custom designed cakes that look and taste amazing. Instruction is given in the basics of cake decorating: how to bake a great cake, icing ingredients, preparing and filling the decorating bags, different decorating and texturing tips,  piping gel pattern transfer, star fill-in, curving line, tight zigzag, dimensional decorating, drop flower, rosette,  daisy, sunflower, zinnia, loops, shell border, pompom flower, leaves, filling and icing cupcakes, shaggy mum, writing and printing and the ribbon rose. Lesson one will be decorating cookies, lessons 2 and 4 will be decorating a cake and lesson three will be filing and decorating cupcakes.  A supply list will be provided upon registration.

Successive courses will be offered as interest warrants.

For additional information contact, Terry Beachy, Northern Outreach Center Coordinator by calling 301-895-4700 or via email at terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for this course, contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development by calling 301-387-3069.

Exploring the Color in Watercolor Painting

The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division of Garrett College will be offering a course titled, Exploring the Color in Watercolor Painting, on Tuesdays, September 9 to 30, from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville.

This course is being offered for individuals interested in enhancing their artistic skills, from the beginner to the individual level in the creation of modern art. The course will provide instructional demonstrations and hands-on experience with watercolors, including the topics of blending, color washes, splattering and other enhancement styles. Color theory and design techniques will be presented to help the students gain confidence, skills and satisfaction of personal expression. Information on choosing papers, brushes and paints will be discussed. 

Nancy Biggs, treasurer and executive board member of the Western Maryland Watercolor Society and resident of Frostburg, will be teaching the course. Biggs has been painting and selling watercolors for over 20 years and is represented at several local galleries. Her current work reflects her enjoyment in exploring and discovering what color does as it joins another color, and side by side or entwining, on paper, fiber or other materials, controlled or spontaneous. Biggs has taught in various venues including the public school system, homeschooled children, and a variety of workshops.

Basic supplies will be provided and the minimum age to sign up for the course is 14 years. For additional information, contact Terry Beachy, Northern Outreach Center Coordinator at 301-895-4700 or terry.beachy@garrettcollege.edu. To register for this course, contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development by calling 301-387-3069.

 Winter Hours for the GC Landfill

The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling announces winter hours for the Garrett County Landfill. Effective Saturday October 11, 2014 the Landfill will be closed on Saturdays to commercial haulers and large residential loads. Residential users may continue to use the Landfill from 8:00 a.m. till 12:00 Noon on Saturdays provided that they either have a residential permit or pay the required fees. Landfill users are also reminded that the Landfill and the Collection Sites will be closed for Thanksgiving Day.

Two Artists Featured in New Garrett Arts Display

Two artists whose work reflects their love of the area will be showcased in the next Backroom Gallery exhibit of Garrett County Arts Council.  Titled Locally Sourced, the display features the watercolor painting of Dee Arnold and ceramics of potter Chuck Stump.

In collaborating for the upcoming show, the artists discovered the mountains of western Maryland and the beautiful outdoors hold special meaning for each of them.  Whether the basis of their inspiration or the source of their material, each finds the region to be a source of creativity.

Arnold's painting reflect the beauty that she sees in nature and the environment.  She retired from the Western Maryland Health System and now paints for the sheer pleasure it brings her.  She says, "I get my artistic stimulus and strength from the valleys and scenic mountains.  I consider myself a multi-media artist.  I enjoy studying and experimenting with a variety of styles.  Watercolor encourages me to remain open to change and let the painting keep evolving." 

The artist is known for her extended postcard and postage stamp painting, many of those featured in the Locally Sourced show. She finds postcards of area landmarks and towns, using them as the centerpiece for a painting where she continues the scene with her watercolor.  She is primarily self-taught though has taken workshops from some nationally know instructors. She has exhibited and won awards at various regional galleries including Gilchrist Gallery, Roper Gallery at Frostburg University, Waterfront in Annapolis, and The Gallery Shop in Oakland.  Her home studio is located in LaVale.

Stump has been making pots for over 40 years and has been part of special exhibitions all around the East Coast.  His love of clay began in college.  After running a production pottery for several years in Indiana, Pa, he moved to the Frostburg area and began teaching art in the Allegany Public School system.  He built a studio that includes gas, oil and wood fired kilns on 11 wooded acres atop Big Savage Mountain.  He often uses local clay for his pots and local hardwood to fire his kiln.  Some of his glazes are even created locally.

Stump's special interest is wood-fired, salt glazed stoneware.  The richly textured and decorated forms are wheel thrown with slab and coil additions.  The patterns on the surfaces of his forms are enhanced by the subtle, natural effects of salt glazing.

An avid whitewater kayaker and skier, Stump draws inspiration from the environment around him.  Favorite themes include water motifs.  He is known for his large forms that are created using combinations of wheel-thrown, slab, and coil techniques.  He also enjoys making functional pieces such as bowls and tea pots.

  The Locally Sourced exhibit will be on display  through October 3.  For more information, contact Garrett County Arts Council at 301-334-6580.

Garrett assumes role as Vice President for Instruction and Student Learning at GC

Garrett College recently welcomed a new member to the Garrett College community. Dr. Sarah Garrett, J.D., of Baltimore, is the new Vice President for Instruction and Student Learning with Garrett College, and she is charged with the responsibility for the supervision and development of all credit and non-credit instructional programming. With over 24 years of experience in community college systems in Maryland, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, she brings a rich history with student success and retention to this position. 

Garrett’s appointment with Garrett College will mark her fourth time serving as a Chief Academic Officer in higher education. Prior to coming to Garrett College, she served Bronx Community College in New York as the Asst. Vice President for Workforce Development and Continuing Education.  Before that, she served:  Bristol Community College in Massachusetts as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer (2007-2012); Asnuntuck Community College in Connecticut as the Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Academic Affairs (2005-2007); and Baltimore City Community College as the Vice President for Learning and Chief Academic Officer (2000-2005).

Garrett has earned an outstanding reputation for working with the business sector and faculty and staff to develop and expand innovative credit/non-credit courses, programs, stackable credentialing and professional development institutes to prepare students to meet 21st century industry needs and demands and provide ongoing certificate training to ensure that professionals are current in their disciplines.

While at Bristol Community College, Garrett’s ground-breaking partnership with private industry led to the development of the eHealth Careers Program, which provided health career opportunities for students taught in hybrid modalities. It earned the college the Massachusetts Economic Impact Award from Gov. Deval Patrick for changing the lives and business community of the City of New Bedford “through bringing new educational opportunities into the downtown area and attracting not only students, but also new businesses to the area”.

With a diverse background including experience as a lawyer, Garrett has had appointments at the state and national levels, to include: the NAACP National Headquarters in both New York and Maryland as the Executive Assistant to the General Counsel reporting to the renowned late CEO Rev. Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks; the Office of the Mayor of Baltimore City as Special Assistant to Mayor Kurt Schmoke – with duties as the Legislative Liaison for the City of Baltimore, Lead Public Information Officer for the City of Baltimore, and Editor of The Baltimore Progress Newspaper (where under her leadership she grew the once local City Hall Newspaper to become the third largest newspaper in the state of Maryland); the National Bar Association, where she served as Editor for the The Newsletter of the Civil Rights Law Section of the National Bar Association (NBA) and The Law Digests – both nationally distributed monthly publications of the Civil Rights Law Section of the NBA. 

Garrett’s family roots are in Maryland.  In her personal time, she enjoys horseback riding, cheering her father and brother on at Marathon events, time with family and singing. Speaking of her new position at Garrett College, Garrett made the following comment.  “It is such an exciting opportunity for me to return to my home state and serve Garrett College, the best community college in the state of Maryland.  I am very much looking forward to working with President MacLennan, the faculty, staff and community to build upon the rich heritage of the college and creating courses and programs that help our students to be the best prepared students for the 21st century workforce.”


Olympic Athletes Training at ASCI

Team USA's Canoe/Kayak Slalom recently competed at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Cup Final in Augsburg, Germany. Congratulations to Casey Eichfeld, Fabien Lefevre and Zach "Bug" Lokken for capturing the Gold for the Single Canoe (C1) Men's team race! In their individual races Lefevre and Eichfeld made the finals where they finished 8th and 9th respectively. Micki Reeves also made the C1 Womens Final, finishing 8th.

Deep Creek 2014 will welcome back Team USA September 1st as they begin their final preparations for the World Championships being held at ASCI- Adventure Sports Center International September 17 – 21. Over 40 international teams will begin arriving September 2nd. The ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships is a tremendous opportunity for Garrett County to shine on an international stage. Residents and businesses should show the teams our support and hospitality by putting out welcome signs and flags! It is an honor to host to this historic event that has only been held in the United States of America once before in 1989 on the Savage River. We are the epicenter of adventure sports!

Deep Creek 2014 is the event production company and host organization presenting the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, the largest inbound sporting event to the United States in 2014, at Adventure Sports Center International in Garrett County, Maryland from September 17 – 21, 2014. The 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will bring tremendous international focus to Maryland’s scenic western-most county with 300 athletes from over 40 countries competing and over 21.5 million international broadcast television viewers around the world by NBC Sports and Eurovision. Over 10,000 spectators are expected in Garrett County to watch the event and the events planned throughout the summer leading up to the competition. The anticipated economic impact is expected to be great and will help the community by bringing in millions of dollars to our economy. The 2013 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships were held in Prague, Czech Republic, Deep Creek, MD hosts the 2014 World Championships and the 2015 Championships will be held in London, England.

POA Elects New Board Members

Two new board members were elected to fill vacancies on the board of the Property Owners' Association of Deep Creek Lake, Inc. [POA] during the General Membership Meeting on Saturday August 16.  Lulu Gonella and Paul Weiler agreed to serve on the board and were elected by the members to serve three year terms. Details about presentations made and discussions held at the general meeting have been sent as an eBlast to the membership.  Following that meeting the board held a brief organizational meeting and elected their officers for the coming year.   The currently serving officers were recommended by the Nominating Committee to continue in their positions and all were reelected for the coming year by the board.  

The officers who agreed to continue serving are: Robert Hoffmann, President; Susie Crawford, First Vice-President; Tom Myers, Treasurer; Karen Smith, Secretary; Chris Nichols, Assistant Treasurer and Vice-President Membership; Ed Neff, Vice-President Communications and Babs Hafer, Assistant Treasurer.  

Krista McGowan, past secretary of the board completed her term as a board member and Troy Ellington, past president of the board also completed his term and has been elected to Emeritus Status on the board.

Lulu Gonella is an Executive Coach and Human Resources Consultant for LWG Consulting LLC which she founded in 2007 after spending nearly 20 years in Big 4 accounting firms.  She and her husband, Geoff, bought a house in Thousand Acres on Green Glade Cove in 2009 after having spent many summers with their two sons renting summer homes at the lake.  She has been on the board of the Thousand Acres Association since 2011.  She and her family permanently reside in Kensington, Maryland.  Paul has been a DCL property owner since 1973.  He and his family have spent every summer here during that time and now, in retirement, Paul and his wife Pat live at the lake for at least half the year if not longer.  Paul is also on the Boards of GLAF and The Garrett College Foundation; he serves as treasurer for both these organizations. Paul has served this past year as the co-editor of the Deep Creek Dispatch.  Paul is a retiree of both IBM and Lockheed Martin where he worked as a Program Manager and Quality Systems auditor. More details about the board members can be found at the POA website - http://deepcreeklakepoa.com/about-the-poa/board-of-directors.

The mission of the Property Owners' Association of Deep Creek Lake, Inc. is to advocate on behalf of the property owners of the Deep Creek Lake area.  To accomplish this we strive to promote, preserve and protect the quality of life, environment, recreational opportunities, historic sites and historic areas on Deep Creek Lake and in its watershed, Garrett County, Maryland.  The POA has served the community since 1939 and its board members serve in many leadership positions in Garrett County.  Over the years the POA has contributed funds to Garrett Memorial Hospital, Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Fire on the Mountain 4th of July Celebration, purchased defibrillators for each deputy sheriff's vehicles, purchased several hands only CPR training units for community use and assisted in the funding of the DNR led sediment study and the current Hydrilla eradication efforts.



            The construction for the new wing at Garrett County Memorial Hospital is well underway.  The $22 million dollar project, which broke ground on June 2, 2014 will have a great impact on the community, bringing new services and new jobs into the community.  Massaro Construction is the firm hired to complete the project and is committed to using as many local sub-contractors as possible to contribute economic growth to the community. This week, Massaro presented costs to hospital administration that will bring the project in over a half million dollars under budget. Earlier this week, the Board of County Commissioners approved a Resolution allowing the County to borrow funds for the benefit of Garrett County Memorial Hospital.  While half of the project will be funded by hospital reserves and community donations, the other half will be borrowed through the county via low interest bonds.  “The support from the County Commissioners and the community donations is really amazing,“ stated Mark Boucot, President and CEO.  Mark went on to say, “Through the efforts of the hospital foundation and Steve Bortz leading the philanthropy efforts of the hospital, we’ve raised nearly $800,000 through contributions and pledges.”

The construction and renovation project will impact traffic patterns on the Hospital campus and inside the facility.  Patients, visitors and vendors are encouraged to watch for directional signage or ask staff for assistance.  Specific changes to date include the access road behind the Hospital is now blocked off to any thru traffic. All deliveries must enter off the Memorial Drive, rear entrance.  The first floor exit door at the north side of the Hospital leading to the Community Services Building and the basement exit door outside the cafeteria are now sealed off.  Signage will be posted at the entrances, lobbies, and other points of access to the Hospital.

“We have always gone above and beyond for our patients and this will be no exception. We want to make sure everyone is aware of the changes. There will also be a large amount of noise created during the construction, however, we will make our patients and visitors feel as comfortable as possible,” explained Steve Peterson, Vice President of Operations. “While, it’s inconvenient now, in the long run the hospital will be poised to serve the community with more services for many years to come,” stated Mark Boucot, CEO.  Anyone with concerns about the project should call the Plant Operations Department at 301-533-4030.

GC Earns Second Place In Adventure School Challenge

The results are in - after six weeks and over 115,000 votes cast online - Garrett College finished in second place, slightly behind Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C, for the ‘Best Adventure College’ in a contest hosted by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine. 

Garrett College, one of 32 schools throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region, was chosen by editors to compete in this year’s Top Adventure College bracket challenge. Competing schools that have an outdoor recreation degree or offer students a strong extracurricular outdoor program were featured in the contest. 

Mike Logsdon, Executive Director of the Garrett College Adventuresports Institute, commented on this achievement.  “First of all, what an absolute honor it is to be included in a list of 32 top outdoor adventure colleges in the mid-Atlantic/southeast.  To have all the tremendous support of our local people, the coordination of effort within Garrett College, and the many personal contacts that were put into action that allowed ‘little ole Garrett’ to successfully go up against some of the largest and prestigious colleges and universities was unbelievable.  Out of the field of 32 schools, the average enrollment of the other top 7 ranked schools was just over 12,200 students (enrollment range was 700 to 31,205).  Not a bad showing that Garrett College, with an enrollment listed at 901, can earn this second place accomplishment,” he said.

Additional information on the Adventure Sports degree program at Garrett College is available at 301-387-3000 or adventuresports@garrettcollege.edu.

New Business Start-Up Course Open To Credit, Non-Credit Students

Garrett College has introduced a course which is designed to assist anyone interested in starting or managing a business and is open to both degree-seeking students and those looking for non-credit education on how to plan and run a business. Non-credit students will not need to take exams

The curriculum for this one-semester course includes exploration of the complexities of launching a new business or non-profit organization, with discussions on topics such as building a business plan, identifying and marketing to potential customers, financial planning, and legal risks and benefits.

Adopted from a course created and delivered at Johns Hopkins University, it will be presented as a straightforward workshop that is experience-driven and practical in nature, according to Mike Tumbarello, director of the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship, and instructor for the course.

“This course is a first-time offering for entrepreneurs and small business managers or those that want to become one. We will get into all aspects of starting and growing a business and attendees will gain a practical knowledge they can use right away to build their business,” Tumbarello said, adding: “This combined offerings is one more example of Garrett College’s continued effort to help small business owners and managers”

This new combined course is listed in the GC credit course catalog as Entrepreneurship: Business 289.01 and in the non-credit catalog as Entrepreneurship: Credit Course for Non-Credit Students.  

For information on the new entrepreneurship course one may contact Tumbarello directly by email at mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu

Heritage Area Mini-Grant Program Applications Are Now Being Accepted

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area’s Mini Grant Program is now accepting applications!  The mini-grant program is a matching grant up to $2000.00 designed to provide funding for innovative exhibits, tours, events, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Heritage Area’s Management Plan. These include: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, and Cultural Uniqueness. Projects should seek to attract cultural and heritage tourists to the region.  Non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions are eligible.  Individuals and businesses with proposals fitting the guidelines may apply in partnership with non-profit organizations.  Applications are due September 30, 2014 by 4:00pm.  Applications and guidelines are available online at www.garrettheritage.com.  Take advantage of this funding opportunity!  Contact Dawn Hein at dawn@garrettchamber.com or 301-387-4386 for more information or to find out how your project fits the criteria!

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce which supports heritage tourism in Garrett County through technical assistance and grant opportunities with a focus on heritage related initiatives that preserve valuable heritage resources and enhance tourism in the County.  As a state certified heritage area, effort is made to create public and private partnerships to preserve historical, cultural and natural resources focusing on under-utilized resources fostering a greater sense of community pride.

GC Extends Hours for Fall Registration

It’s not too late to register for fall semester credit classes at Garrett College.  The Office of Admissions at Garrett College has announced that though the semester begins on September 3rd, one may register through September 9th. In addition, the college will offer extended registration hours, according to Rachelle Davis, Director of Enrollment Management. 

“Our admissions counselors and staff are available to assist with the process of becoming a Garrett College student.  Our extended registration hours will be available Monday, Aug. 25th through Tuesday, Sept. 9th from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, with the exception of Labor Day Monday on which the college is closed.  We are happy to accommodate those who work and need a few extra hours in the day to meet their goals,” Davis said.

New students may complete and submit the application for admission online or download the application from the Garrett College website, fill it out, and bring it directly to the Office of Admissions.  “Those who wish to come to Garrett College and talk with an admissions counselor about the registration process or have questions are encouraged to stop by the McHenry campus or give us a call directly,” Davis explained.

Once the application process is complete and prior to registering for classes, new students must take a placement test.  “An academic advisor will assist new degree and certificate-seeking students with course selection.  There are also plenty of advising dates left before the start of the semester,” Davis said.

Information on applying and registering for credit classes is available at www.garrettcollege.edu or by calling the Office of Admissions at 301-387-3044.



This month, HART for Animals is kicking off “Race to the Finish”, a five-month fundraising campaign with the goal of finishing the HART Animal Center’s Adoption Wing this year. In addition to the recent Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant and the matching funding, HART is still in need of $300,000 to complete the foundation and the interior of building and purchase the equipment and supplies necessary for the care and feeding of over 100 homeless animals. The additional funds are being raised through private donations, fundraising events such as the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, and private grants.

The ARC grant is part of Garrett County’s Office of Economic Development’s Workforce Training Program and will support 10 new full-time jobs and provide clinical training to Garrett College students enrolled in the veterinary assistant program, which recently debuted at the college. HART was awarded the ARC grant of $250,000, after matching the grant with $250,000 in additional funding. “This funding fills two critical community needs,” said Michael Koch, Garrett County’s Director of Planning and Community Development.  “It provides skills training in a growing field, and delivers essential services to animals living in or visiting our region.”

“This grant will help us towards our mission: a complete facility dedicated to the protection of animals in our region. Our mission is all about saving the lives of our homeless and neglected animals, something we know our entire community embraces and supports,” says Michael Pellet, President of HART. “Through our combined efforts, and continued contributions from our community, we will permanently change the outcome for animals in Garrett County and our region.”

As a community partner, HART makes referrals to area veterinary organizations and supports the efforts of the Garrett County Animal Shelter.  Anchored by funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and private donors, the organization recently opened Phase I of its HART Animal Center.  The 8,000-square-foot space features a full-service veterinary clinic, a pet hotel, grooming services, and retail.  Phase II (4,000 sq. ft.) will incorporate the workforce training project and an adoption wing, courtesy of funding from private donors, ARC, USDA, Garrett County, and the State of Maryland.

The revenue generated from all services supports HART’s operating costs and all its charity programs to achieve its mission of improving the condition of animals in Western Maryland. The organization continues to provide low-cost spay/neuters to those who qualify, as well as transport animals from the Garrett County Shelter to larger adoption organizations and shelters in Maryland and Virginia. Since it was founded in 2003, HART, working closely with the county shelter staff, has rescued and transported over 6,210 animals.

HART for Animals, Inc. is a charitable animal welfare organization founded in 2003 to improve the condition of homeless animals in the Western Maryland region. HART is a 501(c)(3) corporation and all donations are tax-deductible. For additional information on HART or any of its programs, or to donate to the capital fund campaign for the HART Animal Center on Bumble Bee Rd., visit the HART web site at www.hartforanimals.org.


Ruth Enlow Library Participates in One Maryland One Book Program

The Ruth Enlow Library is pleased to participate in this year’s One Maryland One Book project – a program designed to bring diverse groups of Marylanders together in library, school, or community settings to share a common reading experience by discussing a work of literature and participating in related events. Two book discussions are scheduled at local libraries: one at the Accident Library on Wednesday, September 10, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., and another at the Oakland Library on Thursday, September 25 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ruth Enlow Library. Registration is required by contacting Susan at the Accident Library (301-746-8792 or susan@relib.net) or Bonnie at the Oakland Library (301-334-3996, x117 or bonnie@relib.net).

 This year’s selected book is The Distance Between Us: A Memoir (2012) by Reyna Grande. Born in Mexico and raised by her grandparents after her parents left to find work in the U.S, Reyna, at nine years old, enters the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant to live with her father. Filled with hope, she quickly realizes that life in America is far from perfect. Reyna finds solace from a violent home in books and writing, inspired by the Latina voices she reads. Copies of The Distance Between Us will be available to those who register for the library program.

 The discussions at both Accident and Oakland will be facilitated by Gloria Salazar, Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical. She will begin each event by providing the historical perspective on immigration and then open the evening to discussion. She suggests several movies as optional, supplemental viewing either before or after the book discussions: El Norte (available at the Ruth Enlow Library), The Better Life, and La Familia.

 Born of American parents in Mexico City, Mexico, Ms. Salazar speaks both English and Spanish and for the first ten years of her life moved back and forth between Washington, D.C. and Mexico City.  She also spent two years living outside the Canal Zone in Panama. In 1959, the family settled in Silver Spring, Maryland, where Ms. Salazar remained until the early 70s. “I attribute my bi-cultural childhood and my coming-of-age in the 60s in the Washington, D.C. area as pivotal in how my life has unfolded,” she noted.

 Ms. Salazar returned to university in 1995 and completed her Bachelor’s in Social Work in 2000. Shortly after 9/11, she returned to New Mexico and worked with Child Protective Services, where she began helping Central American immigrant families. Ms. Salazar completed her Master's in Social Work in 2005, focusing on cultural diversity and immigration. “I held various clinical positions in Albuquerque, always with a focus on providing services to bi-cultural children and their families,” she said. Ms. Salazar has retired from clinical practice and resides in McHenry, MD. She continues to provide community-related services and always is open to discussions related to cultural diversity.

 One Maryland One Book is Maryland’s only statewide community reading project and is the signature program of the Maryland Center for the Book at the Maryland Humanities Council. Initiated in fall 2008, this year-long project culminates with two months of public programs, using literature to spur conversations in communities around the state. “We are delighted to be a part of the One Maryland One Book program,” said Library Director Cathy Ashby. “Our participation in this initiative allows us to offer quality programming to our community.”

 A listing of events and services at the Ruth Enlow Library is available on the website at www.relib.net. Follow the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RuthEnlowLibrary.

Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival Celebrates 10 Years
10th Annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival – September 5-7, 2014

The Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival returns to McHenry, MD September 5-7 with a weekend of food, wine, art, and entertainment. The festival will be held on Saturday, September 6 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds.

The three-day festival, held as a benefit for HART for Animals and the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF), begins Friday, September 5, with pre-fix wine pairing dinners at local restaurants surrounding Deep Creek Lake and the nearby vicinity. The popular dinners pair appetizers, entrees, and desserts with wines from vineyards and distributors from Maryland, as well as, throughout the United States.

Menus for the dinners are posted on the event’s 0 website at www.deepcreekwinefest.com according to Paula Yudelevit, event committee co-chair.

“The wine pairing dinners have become enormously popular with festival goers,” Ms. Yudelevit says. “We would recommend that anyone interested in attending a dinner make reservations. Information on the menus and securing reservations at the various restaurants will be posted on our website. Coming to the festival Friday and then spending the weekend is a great idea – it makes for a relaxing, fun fall weekend get-away.”

The festival gets underway on Saturday, September 6 at noon and continues until 6 p.m. at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. Maryland wineries as well as wine distributors from across the United States will provide tastings of over 200 wines. In addition, a selection of premium wines will be available for tasting in the VIP Wine Tasting Area. For an additional cost, guests will enjoy highly rated and estate-bottled wines, along with music and hors d’oeuvres in a private area.

Wine lovers will also be able to enjoy a juried art show, with over 35 professional artisans displaying jewelry, pottery, oil paintings, hand crafted wood work and more. Children’s activities will also be available on-site, and a silent auction will be held.

Live music will be provided throughout the afternoon.

The festival features an online program for smart phones and other mobile devices that will allow patrons to view the wines and save their selections to a Favorite page and will be available on Saturday at the event.

“This is a website that works similar to an App on your mobile device,” says Ken Carbone, inventory chair for the Art & Wine Festival. “You can sort the wines several ways, for example, by type of wine. When you’re ready to purchase in the wine store, you no longer have to rely on your memory.”

Tickets to the festival are available online at www.deepcreekwinefest.com, and at the entrance to the festival on Saturday, September 6. Tickets are $25 for adults 21 and over and include entry to the festival, unlimited wine tasting and a commemorative glass. Under 21 and entry only is $10 per person. 12 and under are admitted free. The VIP Wine Tasting Area is $20 per person and includes ten wine tasting tickets. New this year: guests may purchase the VIP wines in the wine tasting area, as well as the main wine store. Guests must have a $25 adult festival wrist band for admittance.

Art & Wine Festival lodging packages are available at participating hotels, B&Bs and resort rental agencies. The package includes entrance to the festival, wine tastings, a commemorative wine glass and a certificate that can be used towards the Friday evening wine pairing dinners at local restaurants.

“We could not have this event without the generosity of our sponsors,” notes festival co-chair Mary Callis. Sponsors include McHenry Beverage, Long & Foster, Susquehanna Bank, Taylor Made Vacations, Arrowhead Market, Taco Bell, My Bank! First United, RBC Wealth Management, Mountain State Brewing Company, Vacation Surfing, Addison Farm & Industrial Equipment, Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, Shop ‘n Save, Little Mountain Promotions, Schoolhouse Earth, NuWay Interiors, Deepcreektimes.com, Piet & Rosie Versteegen, Lake-Front Magazine, Clear Mountain Bank, Archie’s, Good Timber Bed & Breakfast, Eye Candy Signs, and The Loft Shop.

HART for Animals, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of homeless pets in Western Maryland. Through a network of volunteers – individuals and rescue organizations – HART is able to rescue animals from the Garrett County shelter and give them a chance to find a permanent home. The HART Animal Center on Bumble Bee Road in Accident, MD, offers full-service veterinary services at the Bredel Veterinary Clinic, day and overnight accommodations at the Bed ‘n Bark Inn pet hotel, and grooming services at MUTTWorks Salon. The 12,000 square foot building will be completed by the end of this year with the addition of the HART Adoption Center and Shelter, where adoptable animals will never have to be euthanized.

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival’s (GLAF) primary purpose is to improve the quality and scope of performing arts for local residents and visitors to Garrett County.  The non-profit organization considers high-quality performing arts to consist of nationally or regionally recognized professional artists in the fields of dance, music and theatre. Arts education provides elementary through high school students experiences that enhance their appreciation and understanding of performing and visual arts.

GLAF’s mission is to present high-quality performing arts and provide arts education that appeals to diverse tastes, is affordable, and is suitable for all ages.  A core of 22 citizens evolved from the originators, many of whom remained in leadership roles serving with dedication and distinction in the ensuing years.

For more information on the Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, please visit www.deepcreekwinefest.com.

11th Annual Quilt Raffle to Benefit Friendsville Library

The Friendsville Library Quilters have completed their 11th quilt titled "The Amazing Log Cabin Quilt," 60 x 72 inches in size (twin-full) and hand-quilted.

“This quilt has been accumulating its own story ever since it was begun,” noted the quilters. “Three of us chose the fabric for it with amazing unanimity of opinion, and four of us cut it and stitched it together with only minor problems, most of our own making. Seven of us quilted and finished it in record time. What a wonderfully easy quilt, we thought. Then we took the quilt up to the office of one of our group to await her return to put on the binding, and the quilt began its own series of amazing adventures. It was thrown into the trash by an overzealous cleaning woman and made its way to the landfill, from whence it was rescued and given its first bath. It survived that and being put on a towel that bled blue dye before it ever received its binding. Now it is yours (if you win the raffle). Will it continue its adventures with you? We think this quilt will have an interesting life.”

The quilt will be on display at the Friendsville Library, which is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 - 8 p.m., on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  The quilt also will be displayed at the Heritage Quilt Show during the Autumn Glory Festival in October.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, and all proceeds benefit the library. Tickets will be available mid-June from the quilters, local Friendsville merchants, and End of the Line Bookstore in Oakland. Tickets are not available at the library. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn at noon on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Friendsville Library.

Library Quilters who created this quilt are: first row, left to right – Ina Hicks and Mimi Demaree; second row – Glenna Reese, Marilyn Moors, and Louise Lawrence. Missing from the photo are Helen Bowser and Jennifer Pletta.

World Championships Tickets Now On Sale

 Tickets for Deep Creek 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships which will be held at Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry, MD on September 18 – 21, 2014, are now on sale on www.deepcreek2014.com. Be the first to get tickets and merchandise for this exciting event.

Deep Creek 2014 is the event production company and host organization presenting the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, the largest inbound sporting event to the United States in 2014, at Adventure Sports Center International in Garrett County, Maryland from September 17 – 21, 2014. The 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships will bring tremendous international focus to Maryland’s scenic western-most county with 300 athletes from over 35 international countries competing and over 21.5 million international broadcast television viewers around the world as well as post production airings on NBC Sports. Over 20,000 spectators are expected in Garrett County to watch the event and the events planned throughout the summer leading up to the competition. The teams and athletes will be arriving in the region during the Labor Day weekend and will be onsite through the end of the World Championships on September 21. A total of over $20 million dollars is anticipated in regional economic impact. The 2013 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships were held in Prague, Czech Republic, Deep Creek, MD hosts the 2014 World Championships and the 2015 Championships will be held in London, England.

For more information, about the Deep Creek 2014 event, please visit their website at www.deepcreek2014.com. For more information about Adventure Sports Center International, the host site of Deep Creek 2014, please visit www.adventuresportscenter.com.