Frack-Free Maryland Celebration and Picnic

Engage Mountain Maryland (EMM) will be hosting its first Annual Meeting and Frack-Free Maryland Celebration on Sunday, June 25 at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in downtown Oakland from 11:30AM till 2:30PM. The event will present a look back over the nonprofit’s accomplishments and share future plans for the organization. There will be opportunity for guests to meet EMM board members and learn how they can be more involved in the organization.

“Although we were entrenched in the fracking issue, our organization has focused on education and engaging the community in matters that have local and state consequences,” says Mark Stutzman, EMM President. “I’m happy to say we are no longer a sleepy rural area. People are ready and willing to face and solve the challenges of our unique rural economy.” 

A star lineup of legislators who worked to pass the fracking ban include Senators Bobby Zirkin and Roger Manno, Delegates, David Frasier-Hidalgo and Shane Robinson, and Mountain Lake Park Mayor Britten “Leo” Martin, who helped pass the first local municipality fracking ban in Maryland. Each representative will have an opportunity to address attendees followed by a meet and greet. 

“In a true bipartisan effort, legislators and our Governor, worked together to protect Maryland from the potential effects from fracking,” shared Eric Robison, EMM Legislative Chair. “We built some great friendships in Annapolis that have supported our efforts for education around legislative issues and we look forward to welcoming some of those legislators to Garrett County. I’m also looking forward to sharing EMM's latest economic development initiative that is moving quickly."

Along with distinguished guest speakers, there will be live music by the Terah Crawford Band, a special appearance by Emma the 45 foot dragon, food, beverages, corn hole, and a bouncy house for the kids. The Mountain Fresh Pavilion enjoys a lovely backdrop of the B&O Train Station, the Little Yough, and historic downtown Oakland. There is ample free level parking, plenty of seating, a grassy park, and on-site public restrooms. The event will be family-friendly and is free and open to the public. There will be brand new EMM t-shirt sales, a silent auction and cash or credit card donations will be accepted. Each guest will receive a complimentary commemorative program and buttons while supplies last. 

“It’s bound to be a fun day where we can personally thank everyone in the community who played a vital role in passing an historic piece of state legislation,” shared Dawn Beitzel, EMM event coordinator. “There is still plenty to be done in Mountain Maryland, but this is a wonderful victory worth celebrating.”

EMM would like to thank it’s “Orange Grove" sponsors, Garrett County Orthopaedics, Blue Moon Rising, Hartcorn Studios, and Keith Schrum & Cynthia Murphy. For more information and a full list of event sponsors visit