Wednesday July 30

The weather today will be mostly cloudy with a high near 74 and a low around 61. Isolated showers this morning then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. The chance of precipitation is 60%.

What a great retreat to the mountains at Deep Creek Lake, MD — sketches his vacation:

Rob_Dimeo Journals his Deep Creek Lake, MD Vacation

The Garrett County Agricultural Fair has the baby crawl contest, pedal tractor pull, pony and horse judging, the gas and diesel truck pull and entertainment by Janice Ray today. $10 admission ticket includes rides (from 1pm-11pm), entertainment, and track events!

The Farmers Market is today from 10am – 1pm and we’re in the thick of it! There should be some sweet corn, peaches, early apples, slicing tomatoes, green, red, and hot banana peppers,  jalapenos, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, garlic, blueberries, black raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and more!

Stage Wisp Concert Series – The Plate Scrapers is tonight at 6pm! Come dance your heart out with this Appalachian bluegrass band!

Something different is happening tonight: A New Moon Ritual Women’s Circle tonight from 6pm-8pm at Roots: A Yoga and Movement Studio. Set new intentions and goals during this 60-minute fluid yoga class.

August marks the official halfway point of the Park Quest Season. Here’s what recent Park Questers had to say: “We had a great weekend out west. We started at Sang Run, enjoying the peaceful reflection. Then we hopped over to Herrington Manor for that quest, and enjoyed the walk and the stations. While there, we took a side trip to Swallow Falls, and walked the Swallow Falls Canyon Trail. I got some beautiful pictures of all four waterfalls. Tips for park questers: When we know the quest is art-related, Hannah carries a set of colored pencils to give her a larger variety of colors she can use to draw things. Tip: Research other non-Park Quest parks in the area. We loved Swallow Falls. It was beautiful.”  — Team Dynamic Duo: Terry & Hannah Sheely – first-time Questers

The GILL annual picnic is scheduled for August 22 – RSVP now.

The County Commissioners have announced the agenda for their August 5 Public Meeting.

Tuesday July 30

The weather today will be partly sunny, with a high near 78 and a low around 63. Scattered showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon; chance of precipitation is 60%.

Look at the views Heather Brown Hamilton saw this morning on her boat ride!

Heather Brown Hamilton Sunrise Boat Ride on Deep Creek Lake, MD

Have you made your guess and entered our “Where Am I?” contest for July? This one may be a little harder than some of the last ones…

The big news this morning is that Pfizer and Mylan are merging their generic drug business. Many locals are employed with the Mylan organization that is headquartered in Canonsburg, PA with facilities across the globe including Morgantown. WV. has a video on ‘what it means’.

The 63rd Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair continues today. $10 admission but FREE for seniors 60 and up! There will be goat shows, a robotics challenge, a tractor pull, and the Beatle Mania show among other events! See the full schedule for details.

Seldom Scene is this Sunday at 6pm.

There are three Garrett College Continuing Education classes beginning in August: 8/10- Handgun Qualification will be held in Grantsville from 9am to 2pm; 8/20- Expanding your Capabilities in Digital Photography will be taught by Bill Hentosh and will be 4 classes Tu-Th until 8/29; 8/21- Couch to 5k with Jen Sober will be 6 weeks of learning and training for a 5k in time for the Autumn Glory 5k. Call 301-387-3781 for more information.

Make your nominations for the 2019 People’s Choice Challenge! This is a competition designed to celebrate and recognize the Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake, MD area favorites! Nominations are only open until this Friday!

Monday July 29

The weather for today will be sunny, with a high near 81 and a low around 64.

Bonnie Richards shared these photos of her weekend with the grandkids!

Bonnie Gray Richards on the boat at Deep Creek Lake, MD Bonnie Gray Richards on the trike at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Garrett County Agricultural Fair is happening today! First on the agenda is 9am rabbit judging! Amusements are open from 1pm-11pm. There’s a car show from 4-8pm and the Barrel Ba$h begins at 7pm and Rick K and the All-Nighters playing at 7:30pm.

Don’t forget to support the large number of community organizations and non-profits working hard for you this week fixing food, drinks, sharing information and more!

Fair admission is $10 today and includes all attractions and track events. View the full schedule here.

MIAMI VICE Dance Lessons are happening tonight from 5:30pm – 6:15pm. Get ready for the Oakland A&E District’s MIAMI VICE & Little Havana event on August 24th with salsa lessons — the cost is just $5 per lesson. Tickets are available at The Gallery Shop or call 301-334-6580. NOTE: Please wear comfortable shoes with a smooth bottom.

Nearby casino, Lady Luck Nemacolin, has been ranked in the top 10 of the top 50 casinos in the United States.

The Department of Public Works – Roads Division advises the public that road maintenance will be taking place on River Road on the date of Tuesday, July 30, 2019.  River Road will be closed to traffic from the hours of 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between the Crab Run intersection and the Pennsylvania line. Any questions can be directed to the Grantsville Roads Garage at 301-895-5631.

The C&O Canal Trust is sponsoring a monthly photo contest highlighting the best photos you have taken of the nearby C&O Canal National Historical Park! The C&O Canal runs from Cumberland, MD and ends in Georgetown, Washington, DC.

NOMINATE! 2019 People’s Choice Challenge!

Friday July 26, Saturday July 27, Sunday July 28

The weather today and tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high near 76 and a low around 60. Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 2pm each day. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 78 and a low around 63. It sounds like an amazing weekend!

Look at the fun Michelle Buttry and her family are having at Deep Creek Lake:

Michelle Buttry Family Time at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Have you nominated your Deep Creek Lake, MD area favorites in the People’s Choice Challenge? We will take the TOP nominations in each of PCC Nominations in each category within products, services, experiences, and professionals until August 2!

Here’s a HOW-TO for the People’s Choice Challenge nomination forms:

  1. Nomination Name: [[YOUR NOMINATION]]
  2. Nomination’s Contact Information or Business Name [[HOW TO CONTACT YOUR CHOICE]]
  3. Your Contact Information (name, email and/or phone number) [[YOUR INFORMATION]]

The annual agriculture fair is here! 🎡And, tomorrow is the Entry Day for exhibits! Specific details can be found in the Premium Book.

  • 10:00 am-4:00 pm Entering All Indoor Exhibits – Report to Computer Office building for exhibit numbers (Rabbits and Poultry MUST be entered)
  • 11:00 am Stock, Hot Stock and Antique Tractor Pull (Light Weights) at the race track
  • Noon ALL Commercial Exhibits must be in place
  • 5:00 pm-11:00 pm REITHOFFER SHOWS – Open – $10.00 Unlimited Rides – Paid at Carnival Ticket Office

Maryland State Police are warning the public about telephone scams in which the caller has cloned, or, “spoofed” a Maryland State Police telephone number and requested personal information from people as part of a so-called “criminal investigation” or asked for money in the form of gift cards to avoid being arrested. Be diligent and report any such scams to our local dept.

Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room of the Center for aquatic adventures today at 2pm: use aqua scopes and dip nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home.

Join a park ranger on a 2-mile hike and learn about some of New Germany’s native plants and animals along the way.

The Garrett County Artist Studio Tour is this weekend. Spend some time traveling to visit area artists and learn about their techniques and inspirations.

As always, I can’t list everything here: the rest of events and entertainment are listed in our guides!

From the Friends of Deep Creek Lake organization: “Don’t forget to Contact Governor Hogan and urge him to include capital funding for DCL restoration and protection in his next budget. Contact information: Phone: 410-974-3901; Address: 100 State Circle. Annapolis, MD 21401; Email: … the bottom-line is the lake continues to decline and there is no comprehensive and effective lake management structure or processes or funding to ensure DCL will be restored.”

Bill’s Aerial Photography shows an update of the Route 50 Progress on 7/23:

Bill's Aerial Photography - Route 50 Progress

Thursday July 25

The weather today will be sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 2pm and 3pm. A high near 72 and a low around 59.

A special thanks to long-time reader Jannie Chapman for this gorgeous photo!

Jannie Chapman Boat Day at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Ok, so all of our regular readers know about the 2019 People’s Choice Challenge and how it’s designed to celebrate all of our local favorites! But, I need to mention it again to be sure we receive your nominations in the PROFESSIONALS category:

  • Doctor / Nurse
  • Dentist / Hygienist
  • Insurance Agent
  • Lawyer / Attorney
  • Performer or Band
  • Hair Dresser / Cosmetologist  / Masseuse
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Photographer
  • Banker / Financial Advisor / CPA
  • Community Member / Champion / Volunteer

At 5pm tonight, there is a forum for individuals ages 16-24 years old who are not in school nor employed. Discussion topics will include education, workforce development and employment, substance use, transportation barriers and living with disabilities. Come share your perspective!

Also, there’s Team Trivia at Mountain State Brewing and the Pocket Park movie at dusk is Ralph Breaks the Internet.

The Maryland Department of Tourism shares 11 Ways to Get Out on the Water! Deep Creek Lake is listed at #10 on their list (but we know we’re #1 in your hearts!).

The Deep Creek Watershed Foundation is auctioning off a FLYING SCOT #16 that was graciously donated to the Foundation by the family of the late General Joseph P. Franklin, a long-time resident of Thousand Acres. The Flying Scot sailboat in the listing photos will be sold to the highest bidder via email auction format closing on August 16th. It’s in our marketplace under “BOATS”.

Over 12,000 vendors have pre-registered with the new state e-procurement system. If you’d like to do business with Maryland and its local governments, register by going to

Justin Berk, of Maryland Trek fame, has been announced as Grand Marshal of the 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival Parade!

Wednesday July 24

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 70 and a low around 53.

Thanks to Chad Wood for sharing a view of Deep Creek from the boat! A gorgeous day!

Chad Wood Deep Creek Lake, MD from the Boat

2019 People’s Choice Challenge NOMINATIONS are open! This is a competition designed to celebrate and recognize the Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake, MD area favorites!

Nominations: July 19 – August 2
Voting: August 16 – September 27

We want to hear from you! Please take a moment to nominate your favorites in the PRODUCTS category:

  • Burger
  • Shopping / Retail Store
  • Steak
  • Drink
  • Ice Cream
  • Crab Cake
  • Local Food Creation
  • Donut
  • “Must Try”
  • Locally Produced Product
  • Pizza

The Farmers Market is today beginning at 10am at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion. There was sweet corn and peaches on Saturday as well as some early apples and red, ripe slicing tomatoes on many tables. We are seeing both green and red peppers and both sweet and hot banana peppers and some jalapenos.

.Some animals are born with a bad reputation. The First Impressions program today at 11am at the Discovery Center shows that even creepy crawlies have their own important role in nature.

The Remedy is playing tonight as part of the Stage Wisp Concert Series beginning at 6pm.

Here’s the Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping.

In addition to the “Skyhoundz” Classic World Canine Disc Championship Series, you can try your pet’s jumping and fetching skills this weekend! Expert disc competitors will conduct an amateur event from 4:30 – 7:00 pm on Friday, July 26th.

Tuesday July 23

The weather today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 66 and a low around 54. Chance of showers, mainly after 2pm (chance of precipitation is 30%).

2019 People’s Choice Challenge NOMINATIONS are open! This is a competition designed to celebrate and recognize the Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake, MD area favorites!

Nominations: July 19 – August 2
Voting: August 16 – September 27

We want to hear from you! Please take a moment to nominate your favorites in the SERVICES category:

  • Vacation Rental Company
  • Art or Music Venue
  • Real Estate (Sales)
  • Outdoor Outfitter
  • Hotel / Motel / Bed & Breakfast
  • Wedding Vendor
  • Car Dealership / Repair Shop
  • Community Service Organization
  • Bank / Credit Union
  • Non-Profit
  • Neighborhood Bar


It’s not too late to join! Mountaintop Soccer Camp will start at 5pm on both Tuesday and Wednesday in Loch Lynn. Any players are welcome to attend on either or both nights even if you have not registered – cost is $18 per night for ages 4-6 and $25 per night for ages 7-middle school.

Today is Summer Reading Club at the Ruth Enlow Libraries across the county, Solar Flow Yoga, and Ladies Lounge.

The Garrett County Arts Council has announced the 2019 Artist Studio Tours (and pre-tour Artist Preview Party) to be held this weekend! The Studio Tours are a FREE opportunity to visit artists and their studios to share details about their creative inspiration, technical processes and the tools and materials they use to make their hand-crafted work. Items will be for sale as well. Click on the photo below for a download of the brochure and map.

GCAC Artist Studio Tour Brochure

The Civic Club of Garrett County is still looking for a few vendors for their Antique and Maker Fair event this Autumn Glory. Are you a fiber artist, weaver, potter, cast iron refinisher? Antique dealers? Send a message for more information.

Here’s an article on education and our Maryland neighbor to the East, Allegany County — A research team discovered the school system in Maryland with the greatest number of high-poverty elementary schools beating the odds in math. I don’t have the stats in front of me but Garrett County schools are also excellent-performing rural schools with a significant population of students in need of free or reduced lunch.

If you’re coming to the area and looking for a friend or group to hike, bike or paddle with; take a look at Garrett County Outdoors on Facebook. This group is run by a friend of mine where he is always posting about group rides or paddles with the location, the difficulty, the time, and how long the event may take. He always says, “there’s always something to do in these hills!”

Monday July 22

The weather for today will be showers likely with possibly a thunderstorm. High near 70 and a low around 60.

Thanks to @sarah_naurato for sharing her weekend Deep Creek Lake, MD view:

Deep Creek Lake, MD Lake Life sarah_naurato

2019 People’s Choice Challenge NOMINATIONS are open! This is a “competition” designed to celebrate and recognize the Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake, MD area favorites!

Nomination Period: July 19 – August 2
Voting Period: August 16 – September 27

Take a moment to nominate your favorite area services, experiences, products and professionals — today we highlight “EXPERIENCES“. We will take the top nominees in each of the following categories. Nominate your favorite:

  • Historical Site
  • Rainy Day Activity
  • Indoor Activity
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Local State Park
  • Hiking Trail or Biking Route
  • Lake View
  • Golf Course
  • Festival Event
  • County Secret

Get outside today! There is Fishing with the Naturalist at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and also Seed Starting 101 at the Discovery Center today.

Kelly M. Schulz, Maryland’s secretary of commerce, will visit the McHenry campus of Garrett College to tour the Daniel E. Offutt III STEM Center tomorrow, Tuesday, July 23rd, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Congratulations to Larry Smith who has been named Realtor of the Year by the Garrett County Board of Realtors!

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Celebrates 50 Years — The DNR was created by Governor Marvin Mandel on July 1, 1969 replacing the former Board of Natural Resources with the new cabinet-level designation. Today, DNR maintains more than 461,000 acres of public lands, protects more than 17,000 miles of waterways, and is an important driver of Maryland’s thriving tourism industry.

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2019 Business & Industry Appreciation program to recognize economic development, job creation, and investment that has occurred in our community over the last year. The form can be found at

Friday July 19, Saturday July 20, Sunday July 21

It looks like it will be an excellent weekend! The weather for today will be mostly sunny with a high near 85 and a low around 71. Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high near 84 and a low around 71. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 82 and a low around 67. A chance of showers and thunderstorms on Sunday, mainly after 2pm.

It’s not very often we have a heat advisory from the National Weather Service but from noon today to 8:00pm on Saturday: the combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

NOW ANNOUNCING: 2019 People’s Choice Challenge!
Join us in nominating your favorite area services, experiences, products and professionals as part of the 2019 People’s Choice Challenge! Deep Creek Speaks

People's Choice Logo_2019

Have we mentioned how much we love Deep Creek Lake?

Holly Slusser Kern‎ Sunrise at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Garrett County Government was honored with a silver award for worksite wellness.

A big “welcome” goes out to our newest advertiser, Rob Michael, CLU. Rob is Oakland’s State Farm insurance agent offering auto, home, and life policies. I can personally vouch for the attention and expertise of his office as I am requoting some of my policies this week. His number is 301-334-3774.

There are limited tickets available for the meet and greet with pianist Thomas Pandolfi on Sunday afternoon. His concert, A Night with Chopin, begins after the reception at 6pm.

More events and entertainment are happening this weekend: 31st Annual Charity Golf Tournament, Brant Mine Hike, Summer Reading Club: Nocturnal Animals, Aquatic Adventures, Dancehall Vinyasa, Terah Crawford & Scott Alexander at Sipside Lounge, Kelly Lynott at Black Bear Tavern, Old Time Jams, Rise and Recover Yoga, Little Yough Summer Music Festival – Blue Steel, Our Town Theatre presents, “The Stone in the Road”, 18 Strings at MoonShadow, DJ Leroy & the Mechanical Bull at Black Bear Tavern, Friendsville Town-Wide Yard Sale, Farmers Market, Summer Reading Club: Star Wars Saturday!, Herp Walk at the Discovery Center, EMANATE yoga, VIBE Restorative Yoga, Baer Bones at Black Bear Tavern, The Masons at Smoke N Mirrors Gallery, Karen Lau, cello; Brent Weber, saxophone/bassoon; and Joseph Yungen, piano at Penn Alps, Howl at the Moon, Campfire Program – Snakes of Maryland at the Discovery Center, Independent State at MoonShadow and MORE!

My friend Jessica Fike featured me, my marketing business, and Deep Creek Times on her vlog. We have just too much fun at Deep Creek!

You’ve probably seen the FaceApp across your social media where friends are using it to “age” themselves about 40 years — but KDKA news is announcing there are red flags. Using the app allows the company to modify, reproduce and publish your picture with no limits. Be careful!

Jazzercise Oakland is offering an introductory special now through August 18th. Try unlimited classes for ten days for just $39! Classes range from high impact/intensity to low impact/intensity and dance cardio to strength training.  Get more information at

Just a quick note to let you know about the latest Wildfulness podcast episode is on rye whiskey in Western MD and Melky Miller’s Accident Distillery.

The Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club is holding a camp on Deep Creek Lake Jul 22-25 for visually-impaired kids. There will be tubing, fun at the Wisp and lots of other great activities! Everything is taken care of by the Club, all you have to do is arrange for transport and chaperone! Food, fun, and camping! Contact Chris for more details!

Thursday July 18

Good Morning! My apologies for getting off schedule yesterday … apparently, my Wednesday post did not publish! Dear Readers, please help me stay on track and let us know if you see any issues.

The weather for today will be partly sunny with a high near 77 and a low around 67. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm.

What an awesome image captured by Vicki Schwinabart last night! I love it!

Vicki Schwinabart Rainbow at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Don’t forget to check our events and entertainment pages for all of the things to do in Deep Creek through the weekend!

What local feature is located at the following GPS coordinates?
N 39° 30.656 W 079° 19.351
17S E 644209 N 4374821

Well, it’s “a chubby chainsaw bear” eating an enormous ice cream cone listed on Using GPS coordinates, geocaching or waymarking documents places in the physical world and can be a fun family activity!

The 2019 black bear hunt lottery is now open; 800 applicants across Garrett, Allegany and Washington Counties will receive a permit valid for the five-day hunting season in late October.

The 2019 Deep Creek Art, Beer, and Wine Festival is looking for volunteers! Sign up on at Volunteers will be given a festival t-shirt, free non-tasting entrance into the festival, a discounted tasting ticket only available to those who volunteer, and food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Volunteer at the Deep Creek Art, Beer & Wine Festival

Also, Michelle R. with the Town of Oakland is still in need of at least two volunteers for this week’s Little Yough Concert Blue Steel. If anyone can help out, call Michelle at 301-334-2691.

Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has started repairs on U.S. 50. Currently, there is a detour in place as the road had washed away in late June due to high waters. The repairs are estimated to be completed by August 2, 2019.

Wednesday July 17

The weather for today will be cloudy with showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. High near 80 and a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 80% and new rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thanks to Jenny Dayton for sharing this photo with us! What a great week to be at Deep Creek Lake.

Jenny Dayton Yoga on Deep Creek Lake, MD


Tuesday July 16

The weather today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 80 and a low around 68. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm.

Thanks to Sean Dobich for sharing this early morning kayaking photo at Deep Creek Lake, MD:

Sean Dobich Kayaking at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Summer Reading Club is today at the Accident branch from 11:00am-12:00pm. Ruth Enlow Library Director Thomas Vose will present lunar samples from NASA!

Are you or a loved one impacted by cancer? Join the Cancer Support Group tonight at Garrett Regional Medical Center.

The Garrett County Health Department participated in a two-year research project on the implementation of Play Streets events in rural communities, with researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Department of Public Health at Baylor University. Garrett County is featured in the Guide to Implementing Play Streets in Rural Communities.

We don’t usually see such serious criminal charges here on the mountaintop; here’s the latest from an incident this weekend: Garrett County resident Cody Andrew Upole was charged with attempted first and second-degree murder, first and second-degree rape and first and second-degree assault, following an incident in the area of Pine Drive, off Gorman road late Sunday. Upole was being held in the Garrett County Jail.

The third of four scheduled Deep Creek Lake hydrilla herbicide treatments has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 24. This date change is due to positive monitoring results. Treatment dates are always subject to change due to weather conditions.

The next meeting of the Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board is scheduled for 6 p.m. on July 29 at the Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery Center, 898 State Park Road, Swanton, Maryland 21561.

Here’s a nice write-up of the Chautauqua “Then and Now” festival held recently in Mountain Lake Park.

Monday July 15

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 79 and a low around 62. It’s going to be a beautiful day!

Driving back home last night, I couldn’t help but pull over for a sunset photo!

Subaru and Bikes Sunset Photo

Season 2 of “Deep Creek” on SnapChat has launched — you can find it on the Discovery page of the app.

The Maryland Trek is coming up! Meteorologist Justin Berk begins wanted to use this platform to “do something good”. So, he treks from Western Maryland (beginning at Wisp Resort) all the way to the Eastern Shore to empower and encourage kids with cancer.

Allegany and Garrett Counties will be the recipients of hundreds of thousands of dollars in Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grants, which support heritage tourism projects and activities that draw visitors and expand economic development, and tourism-related job creation. In Garrett County, funding will go toward a management grant to the Mayor and Town Council of Oakland, Oakland Heritage Trail improvements, and to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce to promote Deep Creek Lake.

WNAT: a new sign has been installed recognizing the contributions made by individuals and groups to improve the Lion’s Club park on Bumble Bee Road.

Get outside today!

Learn about Weed or Wildflowers at New Germany State Park this morning at 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Bring your work gloves, kneeling pads, weeding tools, and some elbow grease to help remove unwanted plants from our native plant garden. Please come prepared with your own insect spray, sunscreen and water.

Or, at 10am, visit the Discovery Center for Fishing with the Naturalist at 10am (for kids 7 and up – $4/each) and Seed Starting 101 at 2pm.

Enjoy your week!

Friday July 12, Saturday July 13, Sunday July 14

The weather today will be partly sunny, with a high near 72 and a low around 59. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 79 and a low around 63. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high near 75 and a low around 60. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon; chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thanks to Andrew Gibson for this adorable photo — the dark clouds always get better with some ice cream by the lake!

Andrew Gibson eating ice cream at Deep Creek Lake, MD

As always there are several music acts this weekend – check out the details in our entertainment guide.

It’s a Saturday of chicken! Oakland VFD and Bittinger VFD are having their BBQ Chicken Dinners. YUM!

An interesting event, Wilderness Wayfinding will be at New Germany State Park on Saturday at 3:00pm — learn how to navigate the old-fashioned way — without GPS.

More state park events are going on this weekend like Art in the Park! Held Saturday July 13th 2019 from 10am-5pm and Sunday July 14th from 10am-4pm Art in the Park is a juried art event located in Deep Creek Lake State Park with 50+ vendors each year!

On Sunday nearby Cumberland, Maryland hosts the 2019 Cumberland Pride Festival.

Hospice of Garrett County is looking for “Inmates” for their 2019 Jail and Bail at the Garrett County Agricultural Fair! If you or your organization would like to support Hospice for an evening serving in the “jail cell” raising funds for bail (from 6:00 to 9:00 pm) please call Donna at 301.334.5151.

A friend of mine will be taking part in the Beachbody Classic Physique Competition live today July 12 at 5:45PM ET — you can watch here:

Here’s more information about hiking, biking and paddling the Eastern Continental Divide Loop. Click on the link to enlarge the photo –it’s pretty cool!

The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission is accepting nominations to celebrate significant achievements that represent or inspire collaboration, innovation, conservation, community impact. Nominate an individual or business today.

Our Deep Creek Lake, MD temperature gauge looks to be reading at about 76 degrees and the Maryland State Fishing report is here.

Downtown Oakland has a new mural thanks to local Girl Scout Troop 55004 and the GOBA Green Team.

The US Census Bureau is hiring for census takers (enumerators). The pay is $18.50/hour and the details can be found at

The Town of Oakland has authorized a “smoke test” to test the integrity of the sewer system — the smoke is non-toxic, odorless, non-staining, and is not a fire hazard. The tests will be performed July 15, 2019 through August 9, 2019. For additional information or to report a resident with respiratory issues and immobility, contact Gwen Evans at 301-334-2691.

Thursday July 11

The weather for today will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 78 and a low of 63. A chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms most of the day.

Here’s a great photo of life at the Lake from Eric Tatum:

Eric Tatum Hammocking at Deep Creek Lake, MD

An Opportunity Youth Community Engagement Forum will be held (for adults 16-24 who are not in school nor employed) today, July 11th, from 1 to 2:30 PM at the Senior Center in Grantsville.

The Deep Creek Lake Fire Tower is open today from 1:00pm-3:00pm for self-guided hikes.

Auditions for the next Our Town Theatre children’s show will be held tonight and tomorrow from 5-7 pm at the theatre! Production dates are July 18-20. Anyone who will be in grades kindergarten-12 in the 2019-2020 school year is invited to participate! Auditions are very informal and no materials are needed.

Enjoy an evening under the stars watching the original Little Mermaid tonight; beginning at dusk at the Oakland Mountain Fresh Pavilion.

There is a new hot tub listed for sale in our Online Marketplace (under “Hot Tubs”):

The kids at Camp Caring (a camp for students with disabilities held this week at Southern Middle School) got to see a demonstration by Maryland Trooper 5 helicopter and other fire and EMS providers. I saw Troper 5 fly overhead in Oakland yesterday… pretty cool.

The Garrett County Government has entered into an agreement with Maryland Environmental Service (MES) to operate the County’s water and wastewater treatment plants as of August 5, 2019. This will reduce the County’s labor force by thirteen positions; however, any affected employees will have the opportunity to apply with preferential consideration for similar positions with MES, or to apply for other positions that may be open within the County or throughout MES’ extensive area-wide operations.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now recruiting members for the Maryland Conservation Corps (for young adults ages 17-25) for training in extensive conservation, environmental, and natural resources management projects across the state. The department seeks to hire 35 full-time members who will work on seven teams for an 11-month period, beginning in late September 2019.