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Little Yough Summer Music Festival

The Town of Oakland, MD is excited to announce the much-anticipated return of the Little Yough Summer Music Festival (LYSMF) concert series. Celebrating its 26th year, this beloved summer event showcases talented local and regional singers, songwriters, and performers. Held at the picturesque Mountain Fresh Pavilion in the heart of Oakland’s Arts & Entertainment District, the LYSMF offers free, family-friendly concerts that are sure to delight music enthusiasts of all ages. In this article, we’ll explore the details of this year’s concert series and highlight the talented artists scheduled to perform.

The Little Yough Summer Music Festival will take place every Friday evening from July 7 to September 1 at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion, located in the Oakland Town Parking Lot. The concert series offers a break in the schedule on Friday, August 4. The festivities kick off with food vendor D’s Eats opening at 6:00 PM, allowing attendees to grab a bite before the performances begin at 7:00 PM. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor to the area, this event promises an enjoyable evening filled with fantastic music in a vibrant community atmosphere.

The 2023 Lineup: This year’s concert series features a diverse lineup of talented performers who will showcase their musical prowess and entertain the audience with their unique styles. Here are the artists scheduled to take the stage at the Little Yough Summer Music Festival:

  1. July 7 – The Jenny Wilson Trio
  2. July 14 – The Steve Smith Band
  3. July 21 – The Terah Crawford Band
  4. July 28 – The Wally Gingers Orchestra
  5. August 11 – To be announced (TBD)
  6. August 18 – Smoke Wagon
  7. August 25 – Crandall Creek
  8. September 1 – The Remedy

With a diverse range of musical genres, including jazz, country, rock, and more, this year’s lineup promises to cater to a variety of musical tastes. Each performance offers an opportunity to discover new talent and enjoy the vibrant music scene thriving in the Oakland c

Town of Oakland hosts Kick off to summer party

On Saturday, June 10th from 11am-4pm the town of Oakland will be putting on a kickoff to summer event in the Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Oakland! The event will include live music, food vendors, family friendly competitions, a services auction, and a beer walk. Cost for the beer walk is 20 dollars per person and registration starts at 10am. Participants can sample 7 different craft brews from local breweries including Screech Owl Brewing, 1812 Brewing Company, High Ground Brewing, Black Flag Brewery, Olde Mother Brewing Co. and more!

The event will also feature a cornhole tournament that is open to players 12 and up and will be held on Second Street. Cornhole is a lawn game in which players take turns throwing beanbags at a raised platform with a hole in the far end. A bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the board scores 1 point. The entry cost is $10 per person and the tournament will be double elimination and bring your own partner. There will be a cash payout for winners.

The Farmer’s Market will be at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion until 1pm that day and local businesses will be having in store specials and sidewalk sales all day. D’s Eats Food Truck, Rotary Fries, 206 Alder, and Grantsville Lions Club Kettle Corn will be on hand with concessions. 

for more information or to buy tickets visit Kick Off to Summer – Oakland, Maryland (oaklandmd.com)

Sock monkeys are a labor of love for Ida Maust

The Garrett County Republican

Gradually, she began making more for birthdays and other gifts as needed. Then she started teaching the nursery-aged Sunday School class at her church about 30 years ago. She started making sock monkeys to give to her students on their birthdays, and continued this for as long as she taught the class.

Maust said she’s not sure how many monkeys she has made over the years, but estimates that it is somewhere between 400 and 500.

“I don’t know how many I made each year,” she said. “I know one year I made 80, when I gave each of my children and grandchildren one for Christmas, but that’s been a good many years ago now.”

She has been trying to make one for each great-grandchild when they turn 2 (which included three last month.)

The current count is nine children, 36 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, with three more on the way.

Maust and her husband, Elmer, were married 47 years before he died in March 2002.

In the early days, she bought the socks locally, but then wasn’t able to find them at stores. She used regular socks that didn’t have the red heels for awhile until she was able to get them again. Today, she buys them by the box online.

“Sometimes I just got socks that were brown or gray or something that would look nice for a monkey,” she said. “I like these better because it’s what they were intended for.”

She said she doesn’t feel bad about cutting the socks up to make monkeys for children.

“I still get a lot of socks and give them to organizations when they need them,” she said.

Maust slowed down on the sock monkey making during some years, especially when she was busy with Garrett County Hospice, working as the volunteer coordinator.

Now 86, Maust went through some changes in her life in the last two years. It began with a knee replacement in July 2019.

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Record participants hike in new year Across Maryland

From The Garrett County Republican

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports about 5,000 hikers took advantage of sunny and mild weather New Year’s Day, joining the DNR in the state’s annual First Day Hikes initiative.

Hikers logged more than 10,000 miles on trails in parks and public lands all across Maryland, according to DNR.

Park rangers, staff and volunteers guided hikers of all experience levels ringing in the new year on the trail. With 43 hikes at more than 30 locations, the Maryland Park Service registered 3,834 hikers participating in guided hikes, while 1,152 people hiked 1,516 miles on their own — a grand total of 4,986 hikers, not counting many who didn’t check in with a ranger. Even more people hiked in Maryland’s state forests, wildlife management areas and other public lands.

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Oakland resident bicycles 5,095 miles to Alaska

The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — Alan Peachey recently returned to Oakland from an extended trip to Alaska.

Such a trip is not uncommon for those who like to travel. However, his mode of transportation was anything but ordinary. He traveled 5,095 miles on a bicycle.

“I had wanted to do a long-distance bike tour for quite some time, and this is the summer I made it happen,” he said.

Peachey left Oakland on July 19. He biked for 56 days, arriving in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, a few miles from the Arctic Ocean, on Sept. 12.

He averaged 91 miles a day on his trip.

“This was never a race,” he said. “On lots of days I could have started earlier and pushed myself harder,” he said. “Ultimately, it was more of a test of mental endurance than physical. You have to have the will to keep going day after day in all kinds of terrain, temperatures, insects and headwinds.”

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