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Deep Creek Pottery: Art in the Park & Outdoor Festival

Don’t miss Deep Creek Pottery’s upcoming show at the Art in the Park & Outdoor Festival! Featuring food, outdoor vendors, local artisans, and music! Taking place at Rocky Gap State Park on June 10th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and June 11th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Garrett County Hospice celebrates 40th Year

Brodak’s Banquet Hall, May 18 – Hospice of Garrett County, a vital institution serving the community for four decades, celebrated its momentous 40th anniversary with a remarkable event. Sponsored by WVU Medicine-Garrett Regional Medical Center and the dedicated staff of Hospice of Garrett County, the evening at Brodak’s Banquet Hall brought together over 100 attendees to honor this milestone achievement.

The event was graced by the presence of esteemed special guests, including two founding members of the Executive Committee, Pauline Faucett and Alice Vitez-Sisler. Faucett served as treasurer, while Vitez-Sisler held the position of secretary. Their pioneering contributions laid the foundation for the organization’s success.

Prominent physicians integral to the mission, Dr. Margaret Kaiser and Dr. Dan Miller, were also in attendance. Dr. Miller received recognition for his unwavering commitment as the medical director for an impressive 28 years. Their dedication and expertise have been instrumental in shaping the organization’s impact on the community.

Reflecting on the organization’s humble beginnings, Hospice of Garrett County Executive Director, [insert name], emphasized the transformation from a group of passionate volunteers with a vision to enhance the lives of Garrett County residents suffering from life-limiting illnesses to a fully operational entity in 1983. This transition was made possible by the unwavering determination and selflessness of the “go-getters” who led the charge.

“We have since expanded to two locations with a dedicated full-time staff, working together to fulfill our mission of providing compassionate and dedicated service to the people of Garrett County, just as our founders envisioned,” Brenneman stated. “With the same spirit of love, hope, and compassion, we eagerly look forward to the next 40 years, embracing the ever-changing needs of our community.”

The celebratory evening was further enhanced by live music from the talented Steve Smith Band. Attendees were treated to delicious food catered by Sweitzer’s BBQ, and several exquisite quilts were generously donated for a silent auction held during the event.

Moreover, a significant announcement was made by current Board President Ernie Gregg and his wife Terri. The couple generously donated a parcel of land located at Alpine Lake Resort, which will be made available for sealed bids. Detailed bid packages can be obtained from the Hospice offices in Oakland and McHenry.

As the event concluded, it was clear that the 40th-anniversary celebration served as a testament to the indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment of Hospice of Garrett County. The organization remains dedicated to serving the community with love, hope, and compassion, ensuring the provision of quality end-of-life care for many years to come.

Spectacular Fireworks Display Set to Light Up Deep Creek Lake: Where to Catch the Best Seats and Event Timings Revealed

Deep Creek Lake, a picturesque destination nestled amidst the mountains, is all set to host a breathtaking fireworks display. This eagerly anticipated event promises to be a visual extravaganza, captivating audiences with dazzling pyrotechnics against the backdrop of the majestic mountain range. As anticipation builds, eager spectators are wondering where to secure the best seats for this upcoming fireworks fire on the mountain.

Fireworks will light up the sky above Marsh Mountain at Wisp Resort overlooking Deep Creek Lake on July 4th. The display is set to begin around 9:30 pm and is set off from the tubing hill at the Mountain Park. 

Prime viewing locations for the annual display include:

  • Scenic overlook along Rt. 219
  • Wisp Resort
  • Lawn at Garrett College
  • Boat on Deep Creek Lake, particularly McHenry Cove
  • Local Businesses in McHenry

Rain date: July 5th. If there is inclement weather on July 4th, please check this page or tune in to local radio stations: 104.5 WKHJ, 92.3 WKTQ, 95.9 WKTZ, 1050 WMSG radio for live updates on the status of the fireworks.

Deep Creek Celebrates its 98th anniversary

Deep Creek is celebrating its 98th anniversary this year, and its impact on the area has been felt for almost a century.

Deep Creek’s History

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 Corp. 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 to be flooded. In addition, 15 miles of primary and secondary roads were relocated.

With Deep Creek sealed off, the expectation was that at least six months would be required for the lake to fill. But, boosted by heavy rains and snowfall, the process took only a couple of months. On May 26, 1925, the hydroelectric plant kicked into service, with water from the lake transported to the powerhouse through a 7,000-foot tunnel.

As the years passed, the area’s fishing and boating prowess became well-known to visitors from Pennsylvania. Residents of the Baltimore/Washington population centers also found the area to be a convenient getaway place, especially after interstate highways were built. Among the last of these was Interstate 68 — the national freeway — a major transportation route that arrived in 1991 and further opened up Western Maryland to tourism, commerce and more.

Today, 1.4 million visitors each year take advantage of the limitless recreational options offered in and around the Deep Creek Lake area, creating their own Deep Creek experience.

Deep Creek Lions Club Boat Auction

The Lion’s Club at Deep Creek is auctioning a plethora of boats, as well as kayaks, sailboats, jet skis, deck boats, and speed boats on Saturday, June 10, 2023. Auction is open to all and will begin at 9 am at the Lion’s Club Park on 1249 Bumble Bee Road in McHenry, MD.

Funds for the auction will benefit blind skier and other community programs.

View more photos of the boats to be auctioned at https://rb.gy/6i7fs. And get more details at deepcreeklions.org/fund-raising/boat-auction-donations/. Come hungry! Geohringer’s Catering food truck on site at 7 am.

Garrett County Road Closures

Glendale Road will be closed to traffic in both directions from the Route 219 entrance to Zeddock Miller Road beginning June 14 through the first part of August.

The Glendale realignment is an ongoing project to remove a curve in the road and provide entrances to the northern and southern portion at the front of Glendale Road.

To access the south end of Glendale Road, please follow the detour signs: Take Sand Flat Road, to Paradise Point Road, to Zeddock Miller Road. This detour will allow access to all restaurants, businesses and homes on Glendale Road.

Note, Glendale Road from Route 495 to Zeddock Miller Road will remain open. Signage will be posted on Md. 495, US 219 and Glendale Road.

The public can address any questions to Excavating Associates at 301-777-0444. You can also access interactive maps on www.garrettcounty.org/news.

GRANTSVILLE — The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will temporarily close and detour the eastbound I-68 (National Freeway) ramp to US 219 (Chestnut Ridge Road) (Exit 22) in Grantsville during daytime hours Monday, June 5, to Friday, June 9, weather permitting.

Signs will be in place to assist drivers in navigating the detour. Contractor Excavating Associates of Hyndman, Pennsylvania, also will use detour signs, portable message signs and arrow boards to safely guide motorists through the work zone. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra travel time.

The State Highway Administration understands that lane closures and detours are inconvenient, but the work is needed to maintain a safe and reliable transportation system.

Drivers are asked to stay alert, stay focused, pay attention to reduced speed limits, as well as driving pattern changes, and slow down in construction zones. Motorists in need may dial #77 on their mobile devices for roadside assistance.

For a list of all major State Highway Administration projects, visit the project portal. Visit the homepage at roads.maryland.gov. For real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.maryland.gov.

Deep Creek Lavander Farm offering summer yoga sessions

Enjoy a 60 minute Gentle Stretch Yoga Session this summer in Deep Creeks beautiful Lavander Farm with Sheri Kosh, E-RYT 500, of Beach to Peak Yoga. First date is JUne 8th! Bring your own mat or towel.  This is a slow, yoga perfect for beginners or those just wanting to stretch and enjoy outside yoga in nature.  Class starts right at 9 am. so arrive early.  Weather-dependent – class will be cancelled if weather is not conducive.  Bring your own mat/towel, please. 

Registration required. Please follow the link and accept the online waiver. No walk-ins. $15 pay at the Lavender Farm.  To register: https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/BTP8KU/classes
* Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in, set up your mat/towel, and say hello!
* If it rains, we have some covered options and we often add a rain date the next day. We will email people the night before or the morning of  class by 7:00 a.m. with options and you can decide if you still want to come.
* Relax on the porch afterwards, shop the amazing gift shop which usually includes lavender infused ice cream, lavender short bread cookies, and lavender lemonade.
* Private or Private Group Classes available.  Please inquire.

Encountering a bear in Deep Creek

“The best way to be proactive to minimize the chances of having an encounter is to remove any and all food attractants from your property or the community. When these bears fill up in backyards, they’re looking for food, unsecured trash, BBQ grills.”

The reason for seeing so many bears is because the bear population is growing. Breeding season occurs from June through July, and bears breed on a two-year cycle. The young ones get displaced and they have to find their own place.

“They’re just out trying to find an area where a big male bear won’t beat them up,” Eyler states.

Residents can see bears all across Maryland, especially in Garrett County.

DNR says- “We don’t relocate bears. If a bear gets into a situation where it absolutely can’t find its own way out, we will do that. But we prefer to allow the bear to find its own way out of situations.”

It’s very difficult to trap them because they move quite a distance. It’s very rarely the same location unless there’s a good food source. For us to try and trap one, the success rate isn’t really high.” Elyer adds.

DNR adds people in Garrett County live with bears every day, with generally no problems.

Other tips listed on the DNR’s website include:

  • Don’t panic. Don’t shoot! Don’t approach. Don’t feed!
  • Make the bear aware of your presence by talking in a firm voice
  • Ensure the bear has an escape route, so give it space, and keep domestic animals away.
  • Back away slowly with your arms raised up to appear large.
  • Have all people and pets go inside to wait for the bear to leave.

Remember to never intentionally feed bears. It’s illegal in Maryland, and it is dangerous for you and the bear.

Top local shopping destinations in Deep Creek

When it comes to tourist shopping areas near Deep Creek Lake, there are a few options that offer a variety of unique shops and boutiques. Here are some of the best places for shopping:

  1. Deep Creek Lake Town Center: Located in McHenry, the Deep Creek Lake Town Center is a popular destination for shopping and dining. It features a collection of shops, boutiques, and specialty stores where you can find everything from clothing and accessories to home decor and gifts. The Town Center also hosts events and festivals throughout the year, adding to the vibrant atmosphere.
  2. The Fort at Deep Creek Lake: Situated along Garrett Highway (Route 219), The Fort at Deep Creek Lake is a shopping complex that offers a diverse range of stores. Here, you can browse through clothing stores, souvenir shops, art galleries, and specialty stores. Whether you’re looking for outdoor gear, handmade crafts, or local artwork, The Fort has something to offer.
  3. Schoolhouse Earth: This unique store is located in the heart of downtown Oakland, a short drive from Deep Creek Lake. Schoolhouse Earth features an eclectic mix of home decor, gifts, jewelry, clothing, and more. It specializes in eco-friendly and fair-trade products, ensuring that your purchases have a positive impact on the environment and communities.
  4. FireFly Farms Creamery & Market: If you’re a food enthusiast, don’t miss a visit to FireFly Farms Creamery & Market in Accident, near Deep Creek Lake. This award-winning creamery offers a delectable selection of artisanal cheeses made with local ingredients. The market also features a curated collection of gourmet products, including wines, chocolates, and condiments, making it a great place to find unique culinary souvenirs.

Deep Creek Daytrip: Visit Blackwater Falls

Take a scenic hike to see the majestic Blackwater Falls. You can also explore other trails within the park, such as Elakala Falls Trail or Lindy Point Trail, for stunning views of the canyon and surrounding forests.

Blackwater Falls is a natural wonder that captivates visitors with its awe-inspiring beauty. Known for its picturesque waterfall and surrounding wilderness, Blackwater Falls State Park offers a tranquil retreat for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Let’s dive into the enchanting world of Blackwater Falls and explore the wonders that await.

With a mighty roar, the Blackwater River plunges 62 feet into the scenic Blackwater Canyon, creating a stunning spectacle of cascading water. The falls, named for their unique amber-colored water, are a result of tannic acid from fallen hemlock and red spruce needles. This striking contrast against the dark rocks and lush greenery makes for a mesmerizing sight that leaves visitors in awe.

Exploring the Park’s Natural Splendor: Beyond the falls, Blackwater Falls State Park beckons adventurers to immerse themselves in its natural splendor. Miles of well-maintained trails wind through the park, leading hikers and nature enthusiasts to breathtaking vistas and tranquil forests. The park’s diverse ecosystems support a rich variety of plant and animal life, offering opportunities for wildlife spotting and birdwatching. Don’t forget your binoculars to catch a glimpse of elusive species such as black bears, white-tailed deer, and songbirds.