Spruce Forest Artisan Village Family Day

Spruce Forest Artisan Village, located in Grantsville, Maryland near Casselman River Bridge State Park, is inviting anyone and everyone to Family Day! On June 11, the village will be filled with fun, crafts, and hands-on-experience for your family.

Not only will local artisan vendors be set up but the event offers free admission to everyone!

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Show up and learn a little more about the interesting history of Garrett County, Maryland!
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39th Annual Grantsville Days

The 39th Annual Grantsville Days will take place from June 24-26. Throughout the weekend, there will be events and vendors all over town. The parade will be Friday, fireworks Friday and Saturday, tractor pulls Saturday, and truck pulls Sunday.

The Grantsville chapter of the Lions Club will be sponsoring the event. Their infamous kettle corn and BBQ chicken will be on sale all weekend!

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Towns of Garrett County- Grantsville, Maryland

Located in Northern Garrett County, is a small town by the name of Grantsville, Maryland. Grantsville is known for its rich history on the infamous National Road. The Casselman Bridge is one of the largest attractions in the small town. Built in 1813, it was the largest single span stone arch bridge at the time. Today, it is open for the public to wander around the grounds. Spruce Forest Artisan Village is located directly next to the old bridge. The village consists of old log homes, school buildings, and a church. The buildings are open to the public and filled with local artisan vendors.

Today, Grantsville is home to 800 residents. With its charming main street and local shops, it is a great place to spend a day with the family. When is the best time to visit Grantsville? The Grantsville Days celebration in June! For more information, please visit http://www.visitgrantsville.com/.

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Past and present intersect in Grantsville

This stretch of U.S. 40 in Garrett County includes an artisan village, a stone bridge and a restaurant with a lot of character

June 17, 2014 | By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun

GRANTSVILLE — — In a cabin built in the 1750s, just a few hundred feet from a 201-year-old stone bridge across the quiet Casselman River, a man sits at a slab of a wooden table, an array of carving tools spread before him.

The rush of traffic from nearby Alternate U.S. 40, also known as Route 40, does not bother Gary Yoder. Nor does the “thump-thump-thump” of the weaving loom from the cabin next door.

The most celebrated crafter of wooden bird sculptures in Western Maryland is too engrossed to notice.

“What I do is more like an addiction than a career — a healthy one, I hope,” he says, glancing up from a hawk feather he’s carving from a piece of basswood.

Yoder has been practicing his craft at the Spruce Forest Artisans Village — a cluster of working artists’ studios a mile from downtown Grantsville — for 42 of his 55 years.

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>Grantsville bank robber gets max sentence: 15 years

>From Staff Reports
Cumberland Times-News The Cumberland Times-News Thu Apr 21, 2011, 11:48 PM EDT

— OAKLAND — Amy Colleen McBride, 47, Spring Grove, Pa., was sentenced in Garrett County Circuit Court on Thursday to serve 15 years in the Maryland Division of Correction for the June 2010 robbery at the M&T Bank in Grantsville.

Judge Jim Sherbin sentenced McBride to the maximum sentence for both robbery and theft, but had to impose the sentences concurrently under the law. He also ordered her to pay more than $2,000 in court costs.

On June 11, McBride was arrested for the theft and robbery of a teller at the M&T Bank. McBride entered the bank wearing a disguise and produced a note demanding all loose bills and claiming she had a gun. Once she left the bank, a customer followed her down the street and obtained a license plate number and vehicle description.

About 45 minutes later, her vehicle was stopped as it traveled south on state Route 495 toward Bittinger. Police said that McBride had discarded the money, the note, the bag into which the money was placed and most of the disguise items. A bandana described by witnesses was found in her vehicle, as well as a tag from a shirt consistent with the one worn in the bank.

Maryland State Police searched various locations where people had reported seeing the vehicle and three days later found the demand note. It was written in the check register for an account in the name of McBride and her husband.

McBride was found guilty by a jury following a two-day trial in March and a presentence investigation was ordered. She has been incarcerated since her arrest in June.

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