Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County continue to see record tourism increases

McHENRY — Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County have seen record increases in tourism during fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018) with a 6.3-percent increase in county accommodations sales, a 12.2-percent increase in heads on beds, a 3.9-percent increase in Admissions & Amusement collections, an 11.5-percent increase in visitors to the Chamber’s website, visitdeepcreek.com, and an 18.8-percent increase in Visitor Guide requests. The Chamber attributes much of the continued growth in tourism to their aggressive marketing plan with concentrated efforts and new ad strategies.

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Celtic Festival to celebrate 30 Years in Garrett County

FRIENDSVILLE — On the green riverside of Friendsville Community Park, the Garrett County Celtic Festival will once again take place, celebrating for the 30th year the history and traditions of Scots, Irish and Welsh ancestry of the mountaintop.

The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 2.

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Partnership will expand high-speed internet in Garrett County

OAKLAND — A public-private partnership with Microsoft Corp. and Declaration Networks Group Inc. will expand rural broadband access in Garrett County.

The three-year agreement announced Tuesday will expand broadband internet access to approximately 65,000 people in Garrett County and two counties in the Eastern Shore of Virginia as part of Microsoft’s Rural Airband Initiative. The expansion to unserved homes and businesses will use a combination of fixed wireless and television white space deployments.

“Reliable access to high-speed internet is critical for Maryland’s small businesses, families and students to thrive in our 21st century economy,” Gov. Larry Hogan said. “We are working diligently to eliminate the rural broadband gap and ensure that all Marylanders have the opportunity to access trusted, cost-effective broadband solutions.”

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Arts at a Glance

 

Thursday, April 12

• Risa Binder Concert, Frostburg State University’s CES series, FSU Performing Arts Center, 8:15 p.m. For more information, including ticket prices, persons should visit ces.frostburg.edu or call the Lane University Center Box Office at 301-687-3137.

Saturday, April 21• Garrett County Public Schools Student Arts Fair 2018, CARC of Garrett College, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All are invited to join students and educators from Garrett County Public Schools in a celebration of the arts. Exhibits of both visual and performing arts by all local students will be on display until 2 p.m.; the Garrett County Arts Council will host its make-and-take craft room with are teachers, with fabric totes from Samantha Funding the Arts will be available for coloring; and live performances will take place every half hour. This is a free event.

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Deep Creek Lake Vacation Rental Firm Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, a leading vacation rental and sales firm located in McHenry, Maryland, is celebrating their tenth anniversary this month. There have been many changes in the past decade, but the company’s commitment to their guests, home owners and the community remains steadfast.

Jodi Taylor Refosco, her husband, Joe Refosco, and her brother, Chad Taylor, started the vacation rental management company in April of 2008. Each had many years of experience in the vacation rental and hospitality industries. Chad and Jodi were continuing a tradition that was started by their parents who previously owned a vacation rental firm. With only one home and no employees, Jodi, Joe and Chad did everything themselves. From lawn care and maintenance to reservations and housekeeping, the trio built the company from the ground up.

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National Road Visitors Center to find home near Casselman Bridge

GRANTSVILLE — An icon of Deep Creek Lake from a bygone era will soon have a new life.

The former Deep Creek Visitors Center, which at one time was located along U.S. 219 beside Johnny’s Bait House (which closed in 2003,) has been reclaimed by Mike Dreisbach and Jan Russell, along with Paul Edwards, director of secondary education for Garrett County. It will be used as the National Road Visitors Center, and will be placed near the Casselman Bridge. For more information click here

Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County offer Spring 3-2-1 promotion

 

“The 3-2-1 promotion is a terrific way to save on your spring trip to the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County,” said Sarah Duck, director of tourism and marketing for the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “With discounts on both lodging and area activities, visitors will be sure to find a discount offer to suit their vacation.”

The 3-2-1 promotion includes lodging offers from Carmel Cove inn at Deep Creek Lake, Haley Farm Inn & Retreat Center, Railey Mountain Lake Vacations, Savage River Lodge, Ski Cove #3, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, and The Lodge at Wisp. Discounted activity offers are available from Fun Unlimited and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival.

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Deep Creek Lake Boating

SAFETY TIPS
• Know and obey the rules.
• Display required dock number plate and use the nearest
number to identify your location in an emergency event.
• Be attentive and look out for others.
• Control your speed and dock slowly—boats have no brakes.
• Navigate carefully into narrow coves and watch for restrictions.
• Watch your wake. You’re responsible for damage it may cause.
• Never swim near a running engine.
• Always sit in a moving boat—never on it.
• Be respectful of Natural Resources Police officers, who are
there for your safety.
• Control personal watercraft speed safely—jet drives have
no steering when you cut power. Keep required distances
from other boats, docks and the shore.
• When overtaking another boat from behind, the boat in
front has the right of way.
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Annual Winter Fest in Oakland this weekend

OAKLAND — Oakland’s annual Winter Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18, featuring expert ice sculptor Bill Sandusky.
With his ice carving company, Erie Ice Works, Sandusky has been a member of the National Ice Carvers’ Association since 1999. He worked in Western Pennsylvania for 18 years, lived in Colorado for a time, and has returned to Erie, Pa.

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HGTV’s Lake House Hunters Features Top Deep Creek Lake Real Estate Agent Jay Ferguson

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, a leading vacation rental and sales firm located in McHenry, Maryland, is pleased to announce that Jay Ferguson, Broker & Co-Owner of the real estate company, was chosen to be featured on HGTV’s new series “Lake House Hunters”. It is a spin-off of the wildly popular “House Hunters” series.

Premiering January 1, 2018 at 6PM EST (check local listings to confirm), the Deep Creek Lake episode follows Ferguson and the DuPlessis family as they search for the perfect lakefront property. A lifelong resident of the Deep Creek Lake area, Jay Ferguson is a top-producing agent who started his real estate career in 2000.

He became co-owner of the Taylor-Made real estate company in 2014. His extensive knowledge and dedication to client relationships have bolstered his reputation as a Deep Creek Lake real estate expert.

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