Tri State Events

Now – Help Seniors sustain their independence by providing
free services like transportation to medical appointments or the grocery store, running errands, making telephone reassurance calls, or friendly visits, and more. Whether they have two hours a weeks or two hours a month to offer, volunteers have the opportunity to make a direct, positive impact on the lives of others every time they participate. Join RSVP today by contacting Shirley Vanmeter at 304-257-1221 or 1-800-296-1221.

Now – Want to make a difference in the life of a child? The Foster Grandparent Program needs senior volunteers ages 55 and older to help children in schools and child care settings. Your life experience is very valuable to children who need a special person. You can be that special person while earning a non-taxable stipend, mileage reimbursement and other benefits by working as little as 15 hours per week. Foster Grandparents make strong connections with children and receive great satisfaction from making a difference in their lives. We need your help in making sure that every child has the extra help needed. We need You! For more information call: Myra Vance 304-257-1221 or 1-800-296-1221

Now – Let’s Beautify Cumberland! is gearing up for another season of cleaning up, planting and generally maintaining our public spaces. Would you like to be a part of our beautification Cumberland efforts? Adopt a parklet? As a group, family, or individual? As a one-day effort or a seasonal project? All helping hands are welcome and needed. Let us know. If you would like more information about LBC! projects or to volunteer, please send an email to office@windsorcastleevenscentre.com with your phone number so someone from LBC! can contact you. The spring season is just at its beginning. Let’s make it another successful one!

Now – Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter. Applications and information are available at www.alleganyanimalshelter.com. ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in the state of Maryland.

Now – Not a member of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA)? Even if you don’t have a business in Downtown Cumberland, you can join as a Friend of DCBA. Membership forms are available at www.visitcumberland.org. Join in and support the efforts of Downtown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.visitcumberland.org. If you and/or your business have any Downtown Cumberland special events, sales, etc. you would like to include in this weekly email, please send the information to becky@mcclarranwilliams.com

The Downtown Cumberland Farmers’ Market is a place where the community meets each week to enjoy fresh produce, locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as the work of local artists and craftspeople. The market sets up every Thursday from 9:30 am – 2 pm on Baltimore Street in Historic City Center from May to October.

Hounds Around Town – Looking for a day filled with furry friends and fun???Then look no further than the Allegany County Animal Shelter’s “Hounds Around Town” program, which allows individuals to sign a shelter dog out for the day.  Being situated in the beautiful mountains of Western Maryland presents a great opportunity for our shelter dogs to experience the joy of a long walk, hike or run in many of the area’s scenic locations. Looking for something more low-key? No problem, we have many pups that would enjoy an afternoon lounging on a couch, a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood or maybe a trip for ice cream. The most important thing is you are giving an adoptable shelter dog a much-needed break from the kennels and providing enrichment and socialization. For more information on the Hounds Around Town program, contact the shelter at 301-777-5930.

Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter. Applications and information are available at www.alleganyanimalshelter.com. ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in the state of Maryland.

July

July 15, 29 : Happy Feet Happy Trails Hike
10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Rocky Gap, White Pine Parking Lot

Hike along with UPMC Western Maryland Wellness Center staff to enjoy the outdoors with your whole family! This hike has no set distance and is suitable for all ages. 

July 15: Hula Hoop HIIT
 5 p.m. at Rocky Gap, West Beach

Join certified HoopLove coach, Desiree Bullard, for this Hula Hoop High Intensity Interval Training! Challenge yourself to explore new movement and strengthen coordination, all while having fun! All skill levels welcome. Hoops are provided to use during class.

July 15, 29 : Happy Feet Happy Trails Hike
10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Rocky Gap, White Pine Parking Lot

Hike along with UPMC Western Maryland Wellness Center staff to enjoy the outdoors with your whole family! This hike has no set distance and is suitable for all ages. 

July 16th Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Allegany County Judy Center, the library will host Bright Star Theatre performances at two community locations on Friday, July 16. The first performance will be at 10 AM at Hoffman Park in Frostburg. For those in Cumberland, join them at Canal Place at 3 PM! Bright Star Theatre specializes in literary and character-education based performances that are sure to delight all ages! This event is free to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or a blanket to sit on.

July 17th Riverside BMX Benefit Open House –Saturday, July 17, 5 -10 pm, Mason Recreation Road. $5 admission. 

  • Corn Hole Tournament. 80/20 payout. $10 entry fee. Teams chose at random
  • Skateboard show
  • BMX race at 7pm- must have BMX membership to participate. $10 fee. Open practice after
  • Food available
  • Vendor booth – any vendor interested in setting up please contact Riverside BMX
  • Bike Show – Award for Top Fan Choice
  • Band Bash – The Stinkoidz, Middle Age Brigade, DJ Rob Zembower
  • Bonfire at dark

July 17th ABATE of Western Maryland will hold a Heads Up Awareness Ride to help promote pedestrian awareness Saturday July 17th. Sign up at Haystack in LaVale from 10:30am-noon kick stands up at noon. The ride will start at Haystack and end at the Steel Pony in Mt. Savage. There will be food and entertainment provided for riders at the Steel Pony. The cost is $10 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the New Life Bible Camp in honor of Karleigh Adams.

July 17th Cruisin’ at the Hanger will be held at Greater Cumberland Regional Airport from 4-7:30pm Back by popular demand we bring you Cruisin’ at the Hangar. Car Show starts at 4:000pm. The State Police Helicopter will be on display.  Music starts at 6:00pm. There will be food available by Hummingbird Cafe
Bring a chair.

July 18th Emma’s Benefit will be held from 5-9pm at the PVAA Complex in Cresaptown. The event will include a car show, corn hole tournament, paint ball, food vendors, family fun and local bands. Donations will be taken at the gate. All proceeds will go to the support the family of Cresaptown Eagle Emma Patton.

July 21st Join Frankfort Energy Express for an evening of fun next Wednesday, July 21st from 4-6 at the Fort Ashby Fairgrounds.  This event is open to the public! Your child does not have to be enrolled in Energy Express to attend.  **All children must be accompanied by an adult**

July 22: Happy Feet Scrambled Legs Hike
5 p.m. at Rocky Gap, White Pine Parking Lot

Stretch those legs and enjoy the outdoors with UPMC Western Maryland Wellness Center staff! This hike will be geared to ages 6-10, but all are welcome.

July 23rd-24th The Mt. Storm VFD will be holding their annual carnival on July 23rd & 24th. The 23rd they will be having bingo starting at 6pm. Kitchen will open at 5:30pm. Saturday the 24th, the carnival grounds will open at noon with a car show. Chicken dinners at 2, parade at 6 and fireworks at dark! Please visit their Facebook page for more details!

July 28th On Wednesday, July 28 at 5 PM the library will be holding a Pet Portrait studio for artists of all ages at Glendening Park in Frostburg. The Allegany County Animal Shelter will attend with shelter animals as models for artists. Members of the Western Maryland Water Color Society will be joining as well to give pointers to the artists-in-training. Participants can choose to draw a shelter animal or work from a pet photo submitted by the owner. Portraits will be given to the pet owner or shelter pet’s adoptive family. Pet owners: want a portrait of your pet? Please send a photo of your pet with a donation and your contact information to the Allegany County Animal Shelter before July 28.

July 29: Hula Hoop Dance Sequence Workshop
5 p.m. at Rocky Gap, West Beach

Join certified HoopLove coach, Desiree Bullard, to learn a short, but fun, hula hoop dance sequence! Learn how the hoop can help accentuate movement and unlock skills you never knew you had! All skill levels welcome. Hoops provided for use during the program.

July 30th-31st The 3rd Annual Ellerslie Days will be held in the field behind the USPS Post Office on Ellerslie Road in Ellerslie. July 30th beginning at 7:30pm there will be a fire truck display, movie night at sunset with free popcorn, hot dogs and cotton candy for the kids. On July 31st there will be vendors, live entertainment, free pony rides for the kids, kids power wheels derby, JTF games, kids candy hunt, antique car show and motorcycle cruise in, free zip lining, a fireman’s parade and fireworks. The event will be from 9am until 9pm.

July 31st It’s the Rock N Roll Party of the Summer!! ROCK N RIBS IN THE PARK! Featuring Lost Mountain Barbecue And Music by So Low and Special Guests Saturday, July 31st at the Constitution Park Amphitheatre. The party starts at 6pm. All beer sales and donations will benefit the Western Maryland Food Bank. Admission is free. The event is presented by Hype-Man. Sponsored in part by Grow West, Lost Mountain Barbecue, and Western Maryland Distributing.

August 

Aug 1st Back the Blue will be Sunday August 1st from 2-4pm at Cumberland City Hall 57 N. Liberty Street. Come out to support area law enforcement and criminal justice professionals. 

Aug 2-3rd 7th Annual National Night Out Cumberland with 3 events to ‘Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party’. We ask our local community to come out and get involved.  ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ now involves 16,000 communities and 38 million neighbors nationally. NNO Free Swim Kick-Off Event will be held at Constitution Park Pool on Monday, August 2nd from 6 – 8 p.m. with a visit from the Cumberland Police Department. Swimmers have a chance to win prizes. National Night Out Cumberland‘s main event will be held on Tuesday, August 3rd from 5 – 8 p.m. on Somerville Ave. in Cumberland. The Opening Ceremony will be begin at 5 p.m. Event is held on the street between First and Fourth Streets in front of the Salvation Army. Locally we will have many public safety partners, nonprofits and businesses participating with music, games, information, giveaways, food and drink. This is a great opportunity to bring Cumberland Police and neighbors together in a positive atmosphere to build a safer Cumberland.NNO ‘Porch Lights On from Dusk ’til Dawn’ campaign begins at dusk on Tues., Aug. 2 through dawn on Wed., Aug. 3. This is a way for City residents to stand together and promote awareness, safety, and neighborhood unity while also reducing criminal activity and inappropriate street behavior.  We encourage everyone to lock your doors, and turn on your porch lights. For additional information or to get involved, contact terri.hast@cumberlandmd.gov, call 301-759-6517, or message us from Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/NNOCumberland. Event flier available on FB page.

Aug 6th The  40th Annual Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Crab Feast will be held from 6-9pm All You Can Eat – Beverages Included (on the premises) at the Ali Ghan Shrine Club Picnic grounds.No coolers or outside liquid refreshments allowed CRABS SERVED TO YOUR TABLE BY THE “CRAB CORPS” ! TICKET PRICES: Early Bird Price $60.00  $75.00 (Admission 21 years and older) Advanced Reservations Required & Tickets Will Be Collected At Gate NO TICKETS SOLD AT THE GATE TO ORDER TICKETS CONTACT: Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Bell Tower Building, 24 Frederick Street, Cumberland, MD 21502 Phone 301-722-2820 — Fax 301-722-5995E-mail: krista@alleganycountychamber.com. 

Aug 10th Help Save Lives at Our Community Blood Drive The Red Cross has a critical need for blood donors. That’s why Grace Community Church is hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, August 10th from 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm. The need for blood is constant, but only 3% of the U.S. population donates. To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If you have any questions or need assistance scheduling an appointment feel free to contact Lori Beal in the church office 301-777-1670.

Aug 17th Allegany County Habitat for Humanity BBQ will be held Aug 17th at 6pm hosted by Savage River Lodge. Tickets are $35 and include great food, a 50/50 drawing, cupcake contest bring two dozen of your best cupcakes and enter to win. All proceeds will help build the next house planned for Cumberland. For tickets call 301-687-1006. 

Aug 18th An informative lunch and learn event will be held to discuss prevention and screening for breast, lung and colon cancer. The event will be held from 10am until 2pm at Iron Furnace Park in Lonaconing there will be a wellness van and giveaways from 10am until 2pm, a farmers market from 10am until 1pm, 15 minute fitness fun class at 10:30am, lunch at 11:30am and a learning presentation from 12-1pm. All are welcome and bring a chair. For questions call Jen Thomas at 240-964-8424.

Aug 28th Superheroes start at home! A Free event for children and their families for family fun will be held at the White Oak Bowling Alley Parking Lot on Saturday August 28th from noon until 3pm! Kids come meet your favorite Superhero or Princess! Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor and more will be here! Disney Princesses will be here too, Cinderella, Ella, Belle, Sleeping Beauty! Local everyday heroes will be running the activities and will be honored also.

September 

Sept 10th As part of Emmanuel Episcopal Church’s initiative to expand participation in local heritage programming, Rev. Martha Macgill recently announced completion of a year-long research project on the parish’s history of Rose Hill Cemetery. “Our parish family is very excited about our central role in the upcoming Wills Creek Muster and Cumberland Heritage Days event,” Rev. Macgill commented. “Early last year, Rebecca Thayer, our church archivist, along with the help of our Rose Hill Committee chaired by Jakki Rogers, and our History Committee chaired by Barb Crane, and with Head Docent Ron Growden, began assembling a detailed record of the historical highlights available for visitors to Rose Hill Cemetery and we are pleased to announce that this work had led to a walking tour brochure that we will be distributing and promoting at Heritage Days 2021,” she noted. Through their History Committee, Emmanuel Church is partnering with the Allegany County Historical Society in the logistics and programming of the 2021 Heritage Days event. The church campus will be used as the primary location for a new Wills Creek Muster component, featuring 18th reenactors and period heritage presenters and sutlers. The 2021 event will be expanded to four days of programming, including activities coordinated by the Women’s Civic Club who will host a kick-off dinner on Thursday, September 9 and the Allegany Museum’s popular Whiskey Rebellion reception on Friday, September 10. According to Rev. Macgill, Emmanuel’s participation will include traditional Heritage Days activities such as tunnel tours and strawberry shortcake sales but will now feature new programming as part of the expanded weekend. “We are particularly happy to have new interpretive materials for our tunnel tour and cemetery tour and are looking forward to our 18th century liturgy on Sunday, September 12,” Macgill concluded. Nationally renowned reenactors portraying George Washington and Benjamin Franklin will read lessons in period dress at the Sunday service and a section of the church will be reserved for event participants who wish to attend in their 18th century attire. More information can be obtained about the Wills Creek Muster and Heritage Days can be obtained on line at http://heritagedaysfestival.com and http://alleganycountyhistory.org and from by searching Facebook for Cumberland Heritage Days or Allegany County Historical Society

Sept 10th The 2021 Whiskey Rebellion Festival on September 10th from 6-10pm at the Allegany Museum 3 Pershing St in Cumberland. Your ticket to the 2021 Fest includes:

  • Tastings from more than a dozen small-batch Maryland and national distillers of whiskey, moonshine, vodka and rum (Bottle sales available)
  • Open beer and wine bar
  • Fabulous food from Culinaire Cafe
  • Historic re-enactments
  • Colonial ‘pub’ room providing authentic colonial games
  • Your photo with ‘President Washington’
  • Presentations of cigar/whiskey pairings and cigar sales
  • Goodie bags
  • A free ride home with Sober Rides

Sept 11th Stop by  Canal Place for the 7th Annual CASA Wine and Craft Beer Festival 1-6pm ! Save the date!!! This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, September 11th, 2021 (Heritage Days weekend) from 1pm-6pm at Canal Place in Cumberland. Ticket details will be released closer to the festival date, as we continue to monitor COVID-19 and the safety of the community. Non-drinking tickets and tickets for those under the age of 21 will be available. CASA of Allegany County adheres to all Liquor and Gaming Laws as required by the State of Maryland. A variety of vendors, food, tip jars, cornhole tournament, raffles, live entertainment, and Maryland Winery’s, Distillery’s, and Breweries will be offering tastings at the festival.