Monday September 16

The weather today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 77 and a low around 59. Tonight has the possibility of scattered showers mainly before midnight. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

You’ve probably heard this phrase spoken of Garrett County: “If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes”. That was exactly the phrase to describe this Saturday as evidenced by the following photos sent to us by Ed O’Connor at 7am and at 10am:

Ed O'Connor Weather Change at Deep Creek Lake, MD4Ed O'Connor Weather Change at Deep Creek Lake, MD3Ed O'Connor Weather Change at Deep Creek Lake, MD2Ed O'Connor Weather Change at Deep Creek Lake, MD

State Troopers are looking for more information on the theft of a compound bow and a red pneumatic air compressor between 9/13 and 9/14. If you have any information, please contact TFC Ervin at the McHenry Barrack at 301-387-1101.

The company Air BnB reports the number of stays and revenue made this summer in Maryland — Garrett County had 10,500 guest arrivals and over 1.8 million in revenue.

If you have a moment, will you give your response to this quick, local, non-profit survey?

Plan to attend the Garrett College blood drive being held at the CARC tomorrow 09/17 from 11:30am – 4:00pm.

We have some nice Mountain Coaster Vouchers for the Wisp to give away to readers. We have four (4) available right now.  If you are interested in possibly winning all four send us an email to stating your favorite Deep Creek Lake area destination, product or service and you will be entered to win.  We will announce the winner in the Friday, September 20th Daily Notes.  Please note that the vouchers are only good through September 30th, so please don’t enter if you are about to leave on a trip around the world. Good luck.

The Deep Creek Lake Lions (Mike’s a member) continue to do some great work in the area. But like all non-profits, they depend on donations to help them continue their work helping those in need. One of their most important fundraising events is their annual boat auction: if you have an end-of-season desire to end your relationship with your boat, please consider a donation. You can check out their Facebook page here.

You may have seen more dragonflies than usual — so many, in fact, they appeared on the weather radar across the tri-state area.

Friday September 13, Saturday September 14, Sunday September 15

The weather today will be cloudy with a high near 66 and a low around 60. A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. Southeast wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1pm. High near 71 and a low around 58. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Sunday will be sunny with a high near 76 and a low around 60.

The fishing has been good at Deep Creek says Barbara Gruse!

Barbara Gruse Fishing at Deep Creek Lake, MD2

Dancehall Twerkshop- Ladies Night Out tonight at 6:00pm. Come shake what your mama gave ya’ with your best friends and ladies from the community in a fun, safe, carefree, and judgment-free movement class!

There’s Greg Short at Moonshadow tonight at 8:00pm.

Farmers Market tomorrow morning beginning at 10:00am. This market is a “Producer-Only” market with fresh fruits, vegetables, berries, baked goods, crafts, jams, jellies, herbs, plants, flowers, and more!

A fundraiser with Aurora Celtic will be held at Our Town Theatre tomorrow at 7:00pm. Traditional music for guitar, fiddle, Irish flute, whistle, mandolin and tenor banjo that bridges the cultures of Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia.

Enjoy brunch with Tom Batchelor & Fiddle Mike at MoonShadow on Sunday beginning at 12-noon.

Sunday Bingo! at Mountain State Brewing Co. begins at 1:00pm.

The YAPPY HOUR fundraiser is happening at Dutches at Silver Tree on Sunday. 2:00pm-5:00pm Tito’s Vodka will donate $1 for every Tito’s drink purchased.

Today is the deadline for nominations for the Maryland Historical Trust 2020 Maryland Preservation Awards! This is the highest level of recognition for historic preservation, heritage education, and community development projects in the state.

Did you know A Touch of Class Limousines is offering NFL or College Football Game transportation!? Get 2 hours FREE with any 6 hour reservation.

The Surgeon General has issued an advisory for marijuana intended to raise awareness of the known and potential harms to developing brains, posed by the increasing availability of highly potent marijuana in multiple, concentrated forms. “No matter what your opinion is about marijuana use, the Surgeon General’s Advisory confirms there is no safe level of marijuana for pregnant women or for youth,” said Health Officer Bob Stephens.

The MD Fall Foliage reporting has started…. I just love watching the fall colors sweep over the state!

Thursday September 12

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 78 and a low around 62. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

A lovely sunset photo was shared by Scon Boccuti:

Deep Creek Lake, MD Sunset by Scon Boccuti

Newly listed in our online marketplace is a 2001speedboat — check it out under “boats”.

The Ruth Enlow Library is holding the first discussion about this year’s One Maryland One Book. A discussion on “What The Eyes Don’t See” by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will be at the Accident Library at 11:30am. The second discussion will be October 16th at the Oakland Library at 6:00pm and the third discussion on October 21st at the Grantsville Library at 6:00pm.

A Jazz Night Fundraiser for, “It’s In The Bag” is tonight from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Tickets are $30/each to help support and fund meals for local kids. Plan to stop by for a nice evening event.

Every Thursday is Team Trivia Night at Mountain State Brewing Co. Deep Creek. Trivia starts at 6:30pm and house prizes are awarded for first, second & third places!

The SavageMan Triathlon is this weekend — there are several different courses and race distances happening. It all begins at the Deep Creek Lake State Park tomorrow at 5pm.

A reminder: Lake Management reported that the boat ramp will be closed at the DCL State Park this weekend because of the Savageman race.

There is a Western Maryland Health System affiliated urgent care opening soon in McHenry. Our What’s New Around Town page has the details.

Several Negro Mountain Elevation signs have been removed from local roadways. The signs seem to be missing and the story behind the mountain name could be one of three stories.

We have an opportunity for a local sponsor for our webcam! We are working to get an updated camera system but I’ll publically say that if you sign up with us now, you’ll get 12 months’ sponsorship (once the new camera is live) for our current “vintage” price. Message us if you’re interested!

Wednesday September 11

We’d like to take a moment to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001 and in the aftermath.

God bless.


The weather for today will be mostly sunny with a high near 84 and a low of 64.  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. West wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

The Farmer’s Market is today beginning at 10am — a reminder to get your fresh fruit, veggies and baked goods.

The Maryland State Police McHenry Barracks celebrated their 25th anniversary at their location at the intersection of Route 219 and Route 42.

Little Crossings Pantry & Grant’s Mercantile will be hosting the Chamber September Business After Hours tomorrow September 12 from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm. Register with Holly Lane at (301) 387-6171.

The Eyes on the Lake newsletter reviews several of the lake management programs.

Tuesday September 10

The weather today will be warm! Sunny with a high near 81 and a low around 63.

The new mountain bike trails are open and complete at Deep Creek Lake State Park! On this linked map of the State Park, the trails indicated as “coming spring 2019” (yellow and purple) are open!

Obviously, the new trails are magical … photo by @courtroland


The first date of the three-class Maryland Hunter Education Course is tonight at New Germany State Park from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm. The class is for first-time hunters obtaining their hunter education certification. Students must attend all three sessions to be eligible. Any student under the age of 13 must have an adult (21 years of age or older) accompany them during all three sessions.

Deep Creek Lake water quality monitoring allows scientists and managers to form a baseline assessment of water quality conditions from which any future changes can be assessed. The 2019 sampling season is the third year in which nearshore, shallow water monitoring is the focus, with 25 nearshore locations being monitored in addition to four mainstem historic sites.

The Chamber’s Business & Industry Appreciation Business Before Hours is next Tuesday, Sept 17 from 8:00am – 9:30am. New businesses, growing/expanding businesses and businesses that have hit milestones of 50, 75 or 100 years in operation will receive recognition. Contact Holly Lane at (301) 387-6171 to register.

The organizers of the Savageman Race need bikers to escort lead runners Saturday and Sunday. Saturday report at 0945 and start leading athletes around 1020, done by 1215. Sunday report at 11 and start leading at 1145. Contact Steve Green if you can assist!

Today kicks off palindrome week … if you write your dates month / day / year:


GC Commissioners announce public meeting agenda for Tuesday, September 17th –

Monday September 9

There’s a slight chance of rain before 11:00 am today, then a chance of showers between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2:00 pm. Overall, there’s a 30% chance of rain with a high near 71. There will be a light and variable wind with a low temperature Monday night of 57 degrees. Hopefully there will be more sun than clouds and the rain will hold off.

I can’t believe it is “deep” into September already.  Where did the summer go? There were still a good number of boats and personal watercraft on the lake yesterday cruising around and taking advantage of the great weather late-season.

My wife Jean and I were volunteer pourers at the Art, Wine and Beer event on Saturday. Lots of engaged and happy people sampling various beverages and checking out the art offerings. We always enjoy interacting with the attendees. Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) and HART for Animals and all the volunteers did a great job as usual.  I hope these two very worthy non-profits also did well financially as I know it is a very major undertaking that takes many months of planning and action.

Sarah also volunteered.  Here’s a photo of her (on the right) and her (soon-to-be) sister in law Jenna Fadely from HART channeling their inner Rosie the Riveter at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) booth at the event.

Art, Wine and Beer Festival 2019

As the summer season winds down, don’t forget to keep in mind all of the other, non-lake specific activities available to us all in Garrett County.  Here’s a downrange photo of Lisa Schoberg from San Diego (in silhouette) target shooting at the New Germany State Park range this past week. Fall is a great time to try something different “on the mountain.”

New Germany State Park Practice Range

Speaking of something perhaps a little different on the mountain, I think Swallow Falls State Park is worth a trip even if you have been there recently.  Every time I visit I experience the trails and the falls in a different light, both literally and figuratively. On a recent visit just last week, the falls were great and the park was beautiful.  Based on the comments, visitors and locals were also impressed. Even my little grandson Andy was engaged in exploring the paths and playing with things he found (and getting dirty). Here’s a photo of Andy and his Nana on the path near Muddy Falls. Check it out and be sure to take your out-of-town visitors there in any season.

Swallow Falls State Park Muddy Falls area

I hope you all have a great Monday!

Friday September 6, Saturday September 7, Sunday September 8

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 71 and a low around 54. Also, partly sunny for the weekend! Highs in the upper 60s and low in the mid to low 50s.

Samantha Degen’s family and friends had a great Deep Creek Lake, MD trip!

Samantha Degen Tubing on Deep Creek Lake, MD

There are a few specialty wine pairing events tonight for folks who may be in town for tomorrow’s Deep Creek Art, Wine & Beer Festival.

There’s a Spanish Wine Pairing at Sipside Lounge, a Yoga, Wine, and Chocolate Pairing at Roots Yoga, the Pine Lodge Steakhouse pairing dinner we mentioned, and a special guest (Brian Moore from the Paris Valley Road Vineyard) sharing all about the wines at The Manor Steakhouse.

The 2019 Deep Creek Fire Dept Crab Feast will be tomorrow — 3pm to 9pm. All you can eat crabs, shrimp, corn on the cob, crab soup and more!

There are just too many events and entertainment options to list.

Results of the 2018 Pilot Zebra Mussel Monitoring Program found no evidence of zebra mussels in Deep Creek Lake based on both visual analysis (SCUBA diving surveys) and presence/absence surveys (monitoring plates placed around the lake). Read the full report online.

The 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival brochure has been published. Plan “the best” fall weekend now!

Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking comments on the proposed changes to fishing regulations. Please visit the Changes to Fishing Regulations page for detailed information and all comments may be emailed.

Thursday September 5

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 71 and a low around 56. East wind 5 to 7 mph.

My apologies for the late post this morning — looks like my internet service provider, Shentel, has some work to do to get back up and running:

CHIPS Network Shentel Update

Tonight, September 5, the crescent moon will appear to the right of the bright planet Jupiter in the early evening and the evening moon will appear half-full with its right side in the sun’s light. The evenings of September 4-6 are the best for spotting lunar surface features with a telescope.

The Ruth Enlow Library has announced a new club, “The Make It Club”! There is new craft to make each month and all materials will be provided. Happening tonight at 3:30pm at the Grantsville Branch — register with Kim Lishia at 301-895-5298 ext. 0141.

Roots Yoga is beginning a youth yoga program. Mon-Thurs @4:15pm to learn breath control, emotional regulation, body autonomy, and mindfulness while unwinding their busy minds from the school day.

Deep Creek Lake will receive about $420,000 from the State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund. Projects will include invasive species control efforts, shoreline stabilization efforts, and construction of fish habitat structures. The MD DNR will conduct another round of open houses to solicit projects beginning in July 2020.

Are you still voting each day for your favorites in the People’s Choice Challenge? So far, we have received over 7,000 votes!

Wednesday September 4

The weather today will be partly sunny with a high near 74 and a low around 54. A chance of showers, mainly between 2pm and 5pm.  West wind 11 to 14 mph.

Eric Williams shared this pup enjoying Lake Life! See more area photos in our Photo Gallery.

Eric Williams Dog2 at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Farmer’s Market is today beginning at 10am – from the market: “We are still seeing plenty of late summer vegetables, so don’t quit looking for tomatoes, peppers and zucchini – also cabbages, eggplant and cucumbers.  The sunflower bouquets are gorgeous, one of the vendors is offering huge stalks of gladioli and potted mums are starting to appear. In my opinion NOW is the best time of the summer. Last week I made a huge tomato salad (with fresh basil, garlic and mozzarella) to take to my brother’s for his birthday, and I am still “turning” my half-gallon jars of raspberries in “hootch” mode.”

“The “Tow Like A Pro” brochure (developed by DNR and DCLPOA) was published here and was sent to all dock permit holders as well as local businesses and marinas. Take a look, if you haven’t already, to review safe towing procedures for water sports on the lake.

The Deep Creek Art, Wine & Beer Festival planning is in high gear. I am going to be a cashier for most of the day on Saturday — will I see you there? The event benefits GLAF and HART for Animals.

Next Wednesday the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is holding a Marketing Roundtable event to learn about Garrett County’s new Performing Arts Center from Mary Callis, the Executive Director of the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, The event is for members only and requires registration.

Is your company considering outside funding now or in the future? Organized by TEDCO, a FREE 90-minute workshop will be held at Rocky Gap to highlight the fund raising process, how investors evaluate opportunities by industry and best practices for raising capital.

Pine Lodge Steakhouse will be offering special wine-pairing dinners each Friday in the month of September. The first menu has been published for this Friday and it sounds amazing!

Have a great day!

Tuesday September 3

The weather today will be patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 78 and a low around 64.

This photo by Gail Burkett has been selected as our Photo of the Month! Congrats, Gail!

Gail Burkett Sunflowers

The regularly scheduled Cancer Support Group happens tonight at 6:30pm at the Garrett Regional Medical Center boardroom.

It’s also Ladies Lounge at Sipside Lounge: bottomless chocolate and specials all night.

Mountain State Brewing Co restaurant will be closed TODAY and TOMORROW and back open for Team Trivia on Thursday. Trivia starts at 6:30pm on Thursday and house prizes are awarded for first, second & third places.

Speaking of closed: the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center will be closed until early 2020 for some significant HVAC repairs and upgrades.

The Addictions Counseling program at Garrett College has earned a Statewide and Health Manpower designation.

The August “Where Am I?” contest winner is Mary Ellen Dore. CONGRATULATIONS! Take your guess in the September photo contest!

We’d like to offer a big “welcome” to the Deep Creek Mountain Land Company as a new advertiser with Deep Creek Times. The Deep Creek Mountain Land Company has a wide selection of land and homesites available. Choose golf-front, mountain view, or lakeview sites and choose your own builder!

Monday September 2

Happy Labor Day!

The weather today sounds like “summer weather” to me! Partly to mostly cloudy with a high near 73 and a low around 58. Just a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.  West wind around 10 mph.

Enjoy your holiday and we will be back tomorrow with the September edition!