Volunteers, arts council host 20th-annual Art in the Park

From The Garrett County Republican

DEEP CREEK LAKE — Once again on the shores of Deep Creek Lake, be inspired.

More than 45 artists — including several new to the festival — will display and sell their work at the 20th annual Art in the Park on July 14-15 at Deep Creek Lake State Park.

Arrive by boat, car or foot — enter thru the gate at Deep Creek Lake State Park (service charge applies.) Food, naturalist programs and children’s art tent will be among featured activities.

“Art in the Park is an event for the entire family to enjoy,” said Caroline Blizzard, volunteer coordinator of the Western Garrett County State Park Volunteers Inc. “Beautiful artwork, hands-on activities, delicious food will delight children and parents alike. We are proud to offer such programs that can bring family, fun, art and education together.”

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Garrett County Board of Realtors active in county for decades

From The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — For more than 30 years, the Garrett County Board of Realtors has been active throughout the county, not only working to assist its membership, but volunteering in numerous programs, as well.

These include Habitat for Humanity, Community Action programs including first-time home buyer programs, annual school supply drives, clothing drives, Garrett Mentors and several other organizations.

Member Larry Smith has been in real estate since 2002 and involved with the GBCR since 2005. He has served in various roles during that time, including three times as president.

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Maryland’s largest freshwater lake turns 94


DEEP CREEK LAKE —Deep Creek Lake marks its 94th anniversary this year. With that in mind, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has provided the following information:

Deep Creek Lake is Maryland’s largest freshwater lake, covering 3,900 acres and 65 miles of shoreline. The man-made lake got its start in 1925 as the result of an effort undertaken by the Youghiogheny Hydro Electric Corporation to harness the power of Deep Creek, a tributary of the Youghiogheny River.

Large swaths of land were purchased, a 1,300-foot-long impoundment dam was constructed to stem the flow of water in Deep Creek, and thousands of trees were removed from the area so it could be flooded. In addition, 15 miles of primary and secondary roads were relocated.

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Deep Creek Lake Lions hosting annual boat parade


DEEP CREEK LAKE —The Deep Creek Lake Lions Club will hold its seventh annual Boat Parade on Saturday, July 7, starting from McHenry Cove and ending at Dutch’s at Silver Tree.

Registration will start around 6 p.m. with the grand marshal’s boat anchored in McHenry Cove. The minimum entry fee is $50 for individuals and nonprofits; $100 for businesses.

The parade of decorated boats will get underway around dusk (about 7 p.m.) and proceed single file past four judging stations along the route.

Onshore spectators can “vote” for their favorite boats by placing cash in the matching cup for each boat’s number at the Creamery, Dutch’s and Uno’s. In addition, the Lions Club boat will follow the parade and collect donations dockside.

At the end location of the parade, all of the votes will be counted. The boat that raises the most money will receive a grand prize, a custom-designed winner’s pennant and trophy.

Runners-up in various categories will receive donated prizes (gift cards, baskets, etc.)

Around 9 p.m., lighted boats will proceed back to McHenry Cove.

Funds raised benefit the DCL Lions Club’s Blind Skier and Camper programs. Other nonprofit organizations that enter a boat can keep all the money they raise.

More information can be obtained by calling Chris Nichols at 301-616-7881 or visiting deepcreeklions.org/Boat-Parade.html.

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