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Winterfest 2010 in downtown Oakland, Maryland

As you can see, we had a dazzling sunny day for Winterfest in Oakland yesterday. The temperature was perfect, and there were a lot of Garrett County folk who shook off their latest episode of cabin fever and took to the streets. I am always particularly impressed with the Oakland train station and the downtown Garrett County Historical Society museum. There is such a rich history of the area contained in that museum, you should really stop by to check it out. You could easily spend a few hours reading all of the displays and looking at the photos. I’ll blog more about that later.

As for Winterfest, it was a perfect day to pull it off. Lots of activities for the kids, plenty of diverse ice sculptures to ogle and a plethora of local vendors and artisans peddling their wares on the streets and at the Oakland train station.

We really enjoyed it – the kids thought sitting in an ice throne (sponsored by Grand Central Station) was ‘awesome’ and the Dragon Slide (sponsored by Long & Foster Real Estate) was pretty cool, too. We were hoping to ride the horse drawn sleigh, but the line was just a little too long.

We enjoyed a tasty lunch at Wendy’s Town Restaurant, which was packed. Their buckwheat cakes and sausage are among the best in town – Englanders and OakMar have pretty darn good buckwheats, too 🙂 Winterfest seemed to be a great success in terms of business for local merchants and vendors – which was great to see.

I didn’t get to make it to the snowmobile races because of a sleeping little boy, but I heard they were awesome. I’ll find some info out there and share in the coming days. Winterfest is still going strong today (Sunday), so get out there and enjoy it! It’s a bright sunny day!

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Oakland ready for third annual Winter Fest

Ice sculptures focal point for three-day celebration; activities planned for all ages

For the Cumberland Times-News
Cumberland Times-News

OAKLAND — Oakland Main Street is sponsoring its third annual Winter Fest on Feb. 19, 20 and 21, with a wide variety of activities planned for Garrett County residents and visitors alike.

Organizers said last year’s festival was a huge success and this year’s festival has been expanded to a three-day event. Once again, ice carving demonstrations will be held during the run of the celebration. The event relies on sponsorships from local businesses and contributions from the public.

Festival crowds will be treated to an encore performance by expert ice sculptor Bill Sandusky, whose company, Frozen Assets, has been a member of the National Ice Carvers Association since 1999. Sandusky, an award-winning ice carver who served Western Pennsylvania for 15 years, is now located in Colorado. This will be his third Oakland Winter Fest.

Five carvings will be created during the daylight hours with an additional 25 sculptures being displayed throughout town. Tons of sparkling ice art will grace downtown Oakland throughout the day and evening during the festival.

Highlights of the festival include:

• Progressive Dinner, starting at Oakland’s historic train station with diners arriving at each dinner course via horse-drawn sleigh.

• All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the local fire hall.

• Lighting ceremony, with most of the ice sculptures lighted after dark. During previous festivals, many people drove around downtown in the evening to see the sculptures.

• Announcement of Oakland’s 2010 Snowflake Toddler, selected by the community.

• An “ice throne” to sit on, providing an opportunity for photographs.

• Dragon slide.

• Frozen bowling alley.

• Snowmobile drag races.

• Snowman building competition.

• Wine tasting.

• Music by the Preston Madrigals and Maria Rose and Danny Elswick.

• Campfire with s’mores.

• Photo scavenger hunt

• Arts and craftr vendors at the train station.

• Food vendors

For more information, call Jim Johnson, Winter Fest Committee chairman, at (301) 616-4008, or Arlene Murray, Oakland Main Street manager, at (301) 616-2411.

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Our Town Theatre in Oakland

I wanted to do a quick blog post about Our Town Theatre in Oakland, Maryland. I dropped my daughter, Kayleah, off on Saturday for one of their kids programs (Kidstuff). I saw the owner/operator, Jane Avery, and Angie Sincell was there assisting. Kayleah had a great time and it was tough getting her to leave when it was time!

Jane was also working on some props for ‘Letters to the Editor’, their current production. I have included some info on the schedules from their website. Stop by and support Our Town Theatre!

Letters to the Editor will run January 28 – 30 at 8PM and Sunday January 31 at 2PM. There will be a dress rehearsal at 8PM January 27 for high school students.

Auditions for Our Town are noon – 4PM on January 30, 7PM-9PM on January 31, and 7PM-9PM on February 1. Rehearsals will start February 8. Performances will be March 24-28.

Our Town performances will be March 22 through 28.

Kidstuff, creative dramatics for children grades K-5, will meet 10:30AM – noon January 23, February 6, February 20, and March 6.

For more information about any event, call 301-334-5640

Our Town Theatre
121 East Center St
Oakland, MD 21550

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Southern High School retires Tobi Stoner baseball jersey

No. 13 proved to be not unlucky for Rams baseball star

Mike Mathews
Cumberland Times-News

OAKLAND — Chalk up another first for New York Mets pitcher Tobi Stoner.

Friday night Stoner, the first Southern Garrett High baseball player to reach the Major Leagues, became the first Rams baseball player to have his uniform number retired. The ceremony was held prior to the Northern-Southern boys basketball game.

Jim Bosley, Stoner’s head coach at Southern, presented the right-hander with the No. 13 jersey he wore during his high school career. Stoner’s No. 13 Southern jersey and his No. 29 New York Mets jersey will be displayed in the gymnasium lobby.

Stoner, 25, graduated from Southern in 2002 and was an All-Area pitcher and infielder. He led the Rams to an Area championship and a 43-3 overall record in his two seasons, and was one of the state’s top junior college players at Garrett before transferring to Davis & Elkins College. He was 15-9 with a 2.68 earned run average in two seasons for the Senators, and batted .465 as a senior.

Stoner, the first Davis & Elkins player and the second Garrett College player to reach the Majors, was selected by the Mets in the 16th round of the 2006 draft.

His quick rise through the minor leagues led to a call-up to the Mets last fall. He made four appearances, all in relief, including a scoreless inning in his debut against the Florida Marlins on Sept. 10. He also had 3-inning stints against Philadelphia and Atlanta, and pitched two hitless innings in his final appearance against the Braves.

Stoner finished 0-0 with nine innings pitched, five strikeouts and a 4.00 ERA during his time with the Mets.

The Major League promotion capped an impressive year for Stoner. Used exclusively as a starting pitcher, he began at Double-A Binghamton and was 2-2 with a 2.68 ERA before moving to Triple-A Buffalo, where he was 7-7 with a 3.96 ERA in just under 100 innings pitched.

In the two minor league stops, Stoner pitched 144 2-3 innings, allowed only 120 hits, walked 47 and struck out 92. Hitters managed just a .224 average against him.

After the Major League season Stoner played for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League and was 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA in nine starts.

Also taking part in the ceremony last night were Matt Wondolowsky, the Mets scout who signed Stoner; high school coaches Bosley, Danny Holler and Steve Weaver; Ed Wildesen, Stoner’s coach at Garrett College; and Phil Carr, who coached Stoner on the Garrett County American Legion team.

Stoner will be a guest speaker at the 62nd Dapper Dan Awards Banquet on Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Ali Ghan Shrine Club. The dinner starts at 4 p.m. For ticket information, call The Original Sports Shoppe at (301) 722-5490.

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