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.”
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.
DEEP CREEK LAKE — Fireworks will once again light up the sky over McHenry Cove of Deep Creek Lake on July Fourth during the annual “Fire on the Mountain,” presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.
Fireworks will be launched about 9:30 p.m. from the top of the Bear Claw Tubing Park at Wisp Resort and out over the waters of Deep Creek Lake.
Prime viewing locations include the Scenic Overlook on Route 219, the lawn at Garrett College, Wisp Resort, various McHenry businesses, and from a boat on the lake, particularly around McHenry Cove.
ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will undertake restoration projects at lakes throughout Maryland under the new State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund, which provides $1 million for each of the next three years to improve state-owned lakes.
Gov. Larry Hogan approved the total $3-million fund in May 2018, and the department was tasked with determining priorities and a work plan for the funding. Five public open houses were held around the state in the fall of 2018 to solicit project ideas, and the department’s lake managers also helped identify the most pressing needs to protect and restore the water bodies under their care.
“The input we received from local governments, organizations and citizens was very valuable to the department as we made decisions about the first year of funding,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio said. “We are pleased to announce maintenance and restoration projects at all 16 state-owned lakes.”
McHENRY — The Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County salute members of the Armed Forces with a Military March promotion.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is offering discounts for military members on its website, www.visitdeepcreek.com. The promotion, which is sponsored by Mountain State Brewing Co., runs from March 1-31 on non-holidays.
Eighteen businesses are participating in the promotion that offers military discounts on dining, shopping, lodging, event package bookings, whitewater rafting, printing services, vet services, carpet/upholstery cleaning, mobile entertainment/sports activities, lift tickets, rentals, lessons, snow tubing and mountain coaster.