Tuesday December 31

The weather today and tomorrow will be snow showers with a high near 33 and a low around 25. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible and total nighttime accumulation of around an inch possible.

New Year’s Day: Isolated snow showers before 8am. Cloudy through mid-morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 34. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.

The Garrett County Health Department wants to help you quit tobacco and nicotine. Classes begin on Thursday, January 2nd, at the Oakland office of the Health Department, and Wednesday, January 8th, at the Northern Garrett Rescue Squad in Friendsville. Classes meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the designated days.

Our friends at First United Bank & Trust have been busy — we’re at the “tail-end” of their collection for pet items at their McHenry branch (open until 2pm today) and they were celebrating their People’s Choice Challenge Diamond win!

Here are the Deep Creek New Year’s Events! 🎉

★ 12 Days of Christmas @ Wisp Resort
S’mores by the Fire Pit between DC’s and the Lodge at Wisp (4pm – 5pm)
Waffles and Hot Chocolate Bar in the McHenry Lodge (2pm – 4pm)
Loco Cocoa Bar in the McHenry Lodge (2pm – 4pm)

★ Pasta Night all day @ Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub
12:00PM – 8:00PM

★New Year Eve Party! @ The Green Turtle
3 PM-midnight
Happy hour drinks specials start at 3PM. 6 PM Turtle Buffet. 8 PM music by Jason Shaw. Champagne Toast at midnight!!

Specialty New Year’s Eve Menu @ Pine Lodge Steakhouse

★New Years Celebration for the Whole Family @ Wisp Resort
DJ Connor from 6 pm – 10 pm. Torch Light Parade at 9:30 pm on the mountain. New Year’s Eve hats and party favors will be given out for all to enjoy. Wisper’s & DC’s Bars will be open until 12:30 am.

2019 HART for Animals, Inc. Fur Ball Casino
New Year’s Eve at Dutch’s at Silver Tree!
6:00PM- 11:30 PM
All benefits go towards HART for Animals

New Year’s Eve @ The Manor Steakhouse
6:00PM – 11:30PM
Special Menu. Enjoy and Dance to the Music of Pat O’Brennen with Barry Dalton. Reservations Please!

★ Byron Six Six Cooper NYE Party @ Black Bear Tavern
6:00PM – 10:00PM

New Year’s Eve Party at the Mooniverse @ MoonShadow
7:00PM – 1:00AM with the best live music!

Roaring 20’s NYE Bash @ The Black Bear Tavern & Restaurant
9:00PM -1:00AM
Fun & flapper-filled 20’s-themed NYE Bash featuring DJ THORO

★ First Day Hikes @ local State Parks
== time varies ==
Spend some time outside!


Monday December 30

The weather today will be a chance of showers before 10am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a temperature falling to around 45 by 5pm. Southwest wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Tonight is a chance of rain and snow showers with a low around 31.

It looks like LeAnn and her crew had a good time snow tubing at Wisp this holiday week:

Leann Rhodes-Ickes Snow Tubing at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Speaking of #good times and #deepcreektimes at Wisp, we will have a few lift tickets, rentals vouchers, and tubing tickets available for a few lucky readers! Stay tuned in 2020!

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The U.S. Census has started sharing stories with its America Counts 2020 Census campaign. It’s critical that everyone in Garrett County is counted since Maryland, and our county, receive funding that is based largely on census population counts.

The Maryland Farm Bureau is offering five $2,000 scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicants must be current high school seniors with plans to start college autumn semester 2020, or may be current full-time college students at any accredited community college or four-year institution. The deadline for application is February 10, 2020.

On December 27, Maryland Department of Natural Resources crews stocked 3,450 trout into the Savage River Reservoir.

Friday December 27, Saturday December 28, Sunday December 29

The weather today will be a chance of showers, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 51 and a low around 40. West wind around 9 mph. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high near 52 and a low around 42. Sunday will be showers mainly after 1pm. High near 53 and a low around 46.

This was a special sunset at Deep Creek Lake, MD shared by Jenn Sherman:

Jenn Sherman Sunset at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Wisp Resort has an app! Download at: https://www.wispresort.com/wisp-app/

Wisp Resort App

HART for Animals has two positions available as Kennel Assistants at the Bed ‘n Bark Inn pet hotel. Kennel assistants work with several important aspects such as animal care and treatment, customer service, and pet hotel cleanliness. Weekend and holiday hours are required and must be able to lift 50 lbs.

Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales has two new pages on Deep Creek Times — take a look at the TM real estate and TM rentals pages and share them with your friends and family! They still have a few home rentals available for New Year’s, too — call 301-387-5999.

Double Oak Farms is having a huge sale! Hamburger Patties on Sale from $5.99/lb to $4.75/lb while supplies last. They also have Brisket, Sirloin Steak, Cube Steak, Roasts, Ground Beef, Stew Meat, Soup Bones, Short Ribs, Baby Back Ribs, etc. Open Saturday from 9am to 6pm. Visit or send Megan and Josh a message.

Double Oak Farms Swanton, MD

AccuWeather is currently reporting that we may see some snow flurries in the forecast for New Year’s Eve.

What do you have planned?

Thursday December 26

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 55 and a low around 40.

The days have been warmer but the evenings have been perfect for this (thanks to Jennelle Cyr for sharing her view!)

Jennelle Cyr Relaxing by the Fire at Deep Creek Lake, MD

It’s a quiet day today – I think every one must be enjoying a little downtime.

Pine Lodge Steakhouse is offering an exclusive New Year’s menu – tell em Deep Creek Times sent ya when you make your reservation! YUM!


Tuesday December 24

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 47 and a low around 28.

Tomorrow, Christmas Day, will be mostly sunny with a high near 51 and a low around 37.

We had a gorgeous sunset last evening — Mike Tilley sent this one into us:

Mike Tilley Sunset at Deep Creek Lake, MD

There are still TWO more opportunities to meet up with the big man himself today. One will be at Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales from 10am to 12pm and one at Wisp Resort from 1pm to 4pm. Both events are free for the community but bring your cameras!

With the holidays in full swing, check out all of the events and entertainment around town.

Quick fun: Remember to make your guess and enter your name to win in December’s “Where Am I?” contest. We are looking for the simple name for the “structure” seen through the trees….

We celebrate the Christmas Holiday here at DCT so we wish you and your family the very best; it’s such a special time of year! We will talk to you on Thursday!

Monday December 23

After a sunny and warmer Sunday, the weather for today will be mostly sunny with a high near 51 and a low around 29.

Thanks to Beka Beka for sharing this neat pic with us:

Beka Beka at Deep Creek Lake, MD

I (actually, I mean Santa) went to Cashmere & Company and got some nice presents for my wife. Not an advertiser, but a nice new establishment at “The Fort” in McHenry, worthy of mention here.  Nice women’s clothes at a good price point. Owner Marcia Warnick has done a nice job of merchandising her new store, which is open today “all day”  and Tuesday until 2:00 pm. Check ’em out.

Speaking of shopping (and dining), please visit all of our great advertisers for your holiday and year-round needs. Their support helps Deep Creek Times continue to bring you the latest lake-area news and events. Here’s the link to our Deep Creek area guide and be sure to check out our specific area dining, shopping, and lodging guides as well. Please tell them Deep Creek Times sent you!

Have you heard of plogging? We can all try it — it’s picking up litter while jogging. And, you don’t have to be a great runner to try. There are groups that have been formed for just such an activity — I don’t know if there is a local group formed yet but let me know if you start the Deep Creek Plogging group!

The Deep Creek Watershed Foundation asked us to wish all a “Happy Holidays” and sends a big “Thank You” to everyone that donated so far this year.  This organization does a great job helping us better understand and protect the Deep Creek Lake watershed and deserves our support.  You can learn more and also can still make a 2019 donation very easily on their website. They truly deserve our support.

Friday December 20, Saturday December 21, Sunday December 22

The weather today will be sunny with a high near 34 and a low around 23. Tomorrow will be mostly sunny with a high near 40 and a low around 26. Sunday, more of the same; mostly sunny with a high near 43 and a low around 28.

Here’s a photo my dad, Larry, captured this morning:

Larry Mullenax Sunrise Ice at Deep Creek Lake, MD

Check out the wDCT.live page later today to see a drone video from yesterday (I don’t want to delay the publishing of the notes). It was quite the sight; ice was sparkling everywhere!

Don’t forget 25% off Ty characters at the Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop 10 Days of Christmas Sale. TODAY.

It’s a Caroling Elvis Tour collecting Toys for Tots from 5:00 – 11:00pm tonight. Here’s the map:

The Caroling Elvis Tour Map at Deep Creek Lake, MD

There’s still time to get your photo with Santa!

Mt. Fresh Winter Farmers Market is from 11:00am – 1:00pm tomorrow. In the Community Action Building Conference Room with fresh produce, winter storage veggies, baked goods, meats, eggs, jams & jellies, baked goods, crafts, and more!

The Oakland Express at the B&O Museum is tomorrow from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.  It’s an event for children ages 4-9. Crafts, Snacks, and Santa! Reservations are required – (301) 334-2691

The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2020 Legislative priorities:

  1. Support Small Business Participation in Association Health Plans
  2. Oppose Mandated Increases of Local Share Funding of Education
  3. Support $1 Million Appropriation for Deep Creek Lake Dredging
  4. Oppose Unnecessary Workplace Regulations Such as Predictive Scheduling & FMLA Insurance Fund
  5. Support Additional $2 Million Annual Allocation for State Lakes Protection & Restoration Fund

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites everyone to join a First Day Hike, Maryland’s annual tradition for a fun, healthy kickoff to the New Year.

Thursday December 19

The weather today will be sunny! A high near 22. Wind chill values as low as zero and a low around 21.

Mike took these before and after photos from his place in Swanton. The ice really weighed the trees down!

Ice Before and After in Swanton MD

Also, Mary Freese (top photo) and June McClosky (bottom photo) captured the sunrise through the ice yesterday morning:

Today is Coffee, Books & More… at the Accident Ruth Enlow Library from 1:30 – 2:30pm. Relax with your fellow book lovers at the Accident Branch Library on the third Thursday of each month and you just may discover a new favorite author!

Cheer for the HomeTown! It’s HomeTown Night at The Manor Steakhouse – enjoy a 10% discount on all dinner menu from 5 – 9pm.

This looks fun: Ornament Painting at MoonShadow from 6 – 8pm. $20 per person plus happy hour drink and food specials!

If you’re a First United customer, you can use Bill Pay for a chance to win $5,000 in the Merry Money Sweepstakes! Until Dec. 31, 2019, you can earn up to 10 entries! Contact your local branch for more info.

Governor Hogan Proclaims 2020 “Year of the Woman” in Maryland as the state prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop continues their Ten Days of Christmas Sale — TOMORROW will feature 25% off Frozen 2 Ty characters, Sven, Olaf, Princess Anna and Elsa.

Wednesday December 18

The weather today will be snow showers likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 20 with wind chill values as low as zero. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Tonight will be a low around 12 with wind chill values as low as -3. New snow accumulation of less than an inch possible.

This is Deep Creek. From Allegheny Mountains Weather on Facebook:

The St. Peter “Senior Moments” group will be meeting at Ace’s Run Wednesday, December 18th, at 1pm for their Christmas ATTIRE Gathering. All are welcome but make your decision based on how you feel about driving!

Be “A Problem Finder!” at the Oakland Ruth Enlow Library today from 6:00-7:00pm. “Learn to pinpoint the root causes of issues in your life, and how to take the steps you need to fix them from speaker Jerry Frigaard!”

Or, if music is your style, attend the Acoustic Rock Jam at MoonShadow from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Bring your instrument and join in on the open jam!

Team Trivia at the Greene Turtle also happens tonight from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Team Trivia allows you and any amount of players on your team to compete and test your knowledge for some Greene Turtle prizes. It’s a six round game of trivia broken up by a halftime and final question for a total of twenty questions.

The Garrett County Board of Education voted to accept the Strategic Facilities Report (with recommendations of over $50 million in expenditures) at the Board’s most recent public meeting.

Here’s something interesting to read: December 2019 DNR Newsletter.

Late Resident Goose Hunt will take place Dec. 16–Mar. 10 with a bag limit of 5 per day (possession limit of 15). Scroll down this DNR page to see specific Garrett County bag limits and timing.

Tuesday December 17

The weather today will be rain before 1pm, then snow likely. Temperature falling to around 30 by 4pm; overnight low of 21. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible; overnight snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

There are many power outages this morning — reported by First Energy:

Accident: 221 of 1,279
Bittinger: 62 of 63
Bloomington: <5 of 152
Deer Park: 173 of 449
Friendsville: 9 of 746
Grantsville: 644 of 2,332
Kitzmiller: 268 of 332
McHenry: 1,110 of 2,911
Oakland: 3,110 of 8,178
Swanton: 2,378 of 2,846

Kitzmiller Fire Department shared photos of their work last night:

Kitzmiller Fire Dept Clearing Trees Dec 16 2019

Garrett County Public Schools and Garrett College are both closed today. We have seen that several businesses are without power, so check before you venture out today.

The Maryland Sport Fisheries Achievement Award will recognize an individual who has provided sustained efforts in habitat management, conservation, education, research, or other meaningful contributions that benefit fish and recreational fishing in Maryland. Read more.

Judy Center Early Learning Hubs celebrate.

The Maryland Insurance Administration wants to hear from you — the University of Baltimore is conducting a survey of Maryland residents who live in low-income, rural, or medically underserved areas in Maryland. The survey explores why some individuals don’t buy health insurance and why some other individuals who have health insurance don’t use their benefits.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced that hunters reported 8,061 deer taken on the opening day of the 2019 Maryland firearm season, Nov. 30. This represents a 29% increase over last year’s Saturday opener. The overall weekend harvest of 9,201 was down 9% from 2018 due to nearly non-stop rain and wind across the state on Sunday. The harvest total includes 4,248 antlered and 4,953 antlerless deer, including 147 antlered and 126 antlerless sika deer. The two-week deer firearm season runs through Dec. 14.

Stay safe and warm out there!

Monday December 16

The weather today will be snow and freezing rain before 11am, then freezing rain likely between 11am and 1pm, then rain after 1pm. High near 33 and a low around 32. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. New ice accumulation, overnight, of less than 0.1 of an inch possible.


Snow over the Yough in Oakland, MD


The Deep Creek Lake Community Office of First United Bank & Trust is teaming up with the Garrett County Animal Shelter!  Drop off your pet supply and monetary donations now through December 30. Most needed items are below but all donations are welcome and appreciated!

Dog & Puppy/Cat & Kitten Food – Dry and canine Cat Litter – Pellet and Clay
Blankets, towels and sheets
Dog & Cat Treats – Soft & Crunchy

This week the Loar Auxiliary Gift Shop will be continuing their Ten Days of Christmas Sale. Each day a different gift item will be on sale for 25% off. Items include purses, Santa and Snowman motif items.  All Jewelry will be 25%, including Ginger Snaps. They will also be placing all Christmas Decor such as wind chimes and ornaments on sale for 25% off this week. On Friday they will be featuring 25% off Frozen 2 Ty characters, Sven, Olaf, Princess Anna and Elsa.

Does Alcohol Use Affect People Who Don’t Drink? by the Garrett County Health Department.

The Gift of Trees is a program where Marylanders purchase native trees — either a single tree or a grove of 10 trees — for planting in a public place to honor a celebration, commemoration, or observation. Orders must be placed by Dec. 17 to ensure delivery of a Gift of Trees certificate in time for the holidays. Read more.

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area was recently awarded $100,000.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will host an online information session from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18 to solicit public input regarding the development of a work plan for the second phase of the State Lakes Protection and Restoration Fund. The fund is providing $1 million annually for three years to protect and restore 16 state-owned lakes throughout Maryland.

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has developed a winter-themed infographic to help homeowners keep everyone in the family, including family pets, safe during the winter months.

OPEI_Wise Winter Weather Tips for Your Family Yard_v3 copy

Friday December 13, Saturday December 14, Sunday December 15

The weather today will be rain or freezing rain before noon, then a chance of rain. High near 37 and a low around 34.

Saturday will be rain before 2pm, then rain and snow. High near 40 and a low around 29. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 12 to 17 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch possible.

Sunday will be snow showers mainly before 7am. High near 32 and a low around 24. West wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

By authority of Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack, and Maryland State Highway Administration, the Snow Emergency Plan is In Effect for Garrett County, Effective 0900 hours, Friday, December 13, 2019.

The following State Highways in Garrett County have been designated Snow Emergency Routes:

Interstate 68                    Maryland Route 38                   Maryland Route 495
U.S. Route 40                   Maryland Route 39                   Maryland Route 546
U.S. Route 50                   Maryland Route 42                   Maryland Route 560
U.S. Route 219                 Maryland Route 135                 Maryland Route 669

Angela Faye’s view at Deep Creek Lake, MD:

Angela Faye at Deep Creek Lake, MD

It’s Wisp’s opening day! The lifts will be open 9am – 9pm today and the Mountain Park will offer Snow Tubing and the Mountain Coaster from 1pm – 8pm. Here’s the first chair photo (courtesy of the Wisp and just like a first day of Kindergarten photo!)

Wisps First Chair at Deep Creek Lake, MD 2019-2020

The Garrett College Wildlife Club is selling 2020 calendars for $10 each featuring wildlife photos that were taken by the Natural Resources and Wildlife Technology (NRWT) students across the country. All proceeds support the Wildlife Club; contact Kevin Dodge at 301-387-3328 or kevin.dodge@garrettcollege.edu.

Check out all of the events and entertainment this weekend; here’s a few:

Tonight is the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Pine Lodge Steakhouse — from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Live Music, Door Prizes, Ugly Sweater Contest, Drink Specials and more!

Tonight is also the Wine Pairing Evening at The Manor Steakhouse; reservations please 240-488-1104

Garrett County’s High School Robotics Team 1629, GaCo, will celebrate National Hour of Code week by hosting its twelve annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) qualification tournament at Northern Garrett High School on Saturday, December 14, 2019. Fourteen teams from Garrett County will be competing for top spots to advance to the Maryland State FLL Championship. As with all FIRST Robotics competitions, the tournament is free and open to all. During the day, teams will be competing with their EV3 LEGO…

The Oakland Express at the B&O Museum is a free event for children ages 4-9. Crafts, Snacks, and Santa! Reservations are required – (301) 334-2691.

The Garrett County Adolescent Wellness Group of the Garrett County Health Department is requesting help to identify needs in our community through a survey. Only available for adolescents or parents/guardians of 6th-grade level or higher students; it should take 1-3 minutes to complete.

Thursday December 12

The weather will be sunny with a high near 31 and a low around 24. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

There may be a narrow band of freezing rain and/or ice build-up starting early tomorrow morning according to AccuWeather.

AccuWeather Storm Potential

The air temperature has gone “off-the-chart” … and the lake temperature is holding just above freezing,

The Dec 11 Fishing Report: “Fishing for a mix of walleye and yellow perch is good along some of the steeper and rocky shorelines of Deep Creek Lake. Live minnows are one of the best baits to use whether under a slip bobber or drifting in a boat. Casting crankbaits from shore in the evening hours is a great way to catch walleyes.”

Business After Hours is tonight from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at Pine Lodge Steakhouse. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the local “Toys for Tots Campaign” to the December Business After Hours and receive a free ticket to a future Business After Hours event.

A Toy Drive & Pictures with Santa is also tonight at Mlend in Dry Dock Plaza.

Other photo ops with Santa are here.

The Tundra Swans are still hanging out at Deep Creek — Vicki Schwinabart was able to share this close-up she took yesterday!

Vicki Schwinabart Tundra Swans

SAVE THE DATE: Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Weekend Workshop will be held in Garrett County​ on August 7 -9.  This is an outdoor skills workshop specifically for women — classes are designed to be as hands-on as possible, giving participants enough knowledge to further pursue their interests once the workshop is over.

Wednesday December 11

The weather today will be mostly sunny with a high near 24 and a low around 15. West wind 14 to 17 mph.

Tonight is the annual GLAF Annual Meeting — reviewing the many successes from the 2019 season, highlighting the upcoming 2020 GLAF Season, as well as, holding the annual Board of Director elections. Additionally, there will be special guests talking about the new Performing Arts Project.

Cynthia C. Farmer shared this video — very cool!

Wisp Resort is gearing up for their opening day and offering Misson: Four-dable passes! This is four unrestricted lift passes for $209.

Trout Stocking Activities have been posted — Youghiogheny River was stocked with 900 fish on December 3, 2019.

A gallery of Rural Opportunity Maps was just released — allowing anyone to find insight and opportunity related to small-town America. There is a map defining rural, opportunity zones, healthcare, etc. It’s interactive and pretty neat to delve deeper into Garrett County insights.

Our friends at Boal and Associates, CPA have shared their advice: Think about Year-End 2019