GLAF’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our first priority is the health and well-being of our patrons, artists, staff, volunteers, and community at large, Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) has canceled all public performances and events scheduled through April 15th, 2020, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

GLAF staff is exploring options for rescheduling artists and productions for a future date where possible. For the most up-to-date information regarding our response to COVID-19, please visit The GLAF Board of Directors will be MEETING (virtually) as usual next week as scheduled to attempt to bring some sort of normalcy amid the raging storm outside!

Please know that although we may need to adjust our season we will do so first-most for the wellness and safety of YOU our GLAF patrons and secondly for the safety of our performers.  As we monitor the current situation our goal is to keep information forthcoming over the coming weeks.


Andrew H. Harvey,
GLAF Board Chair

#StayHome #StaySafe

The Seldom Scene

The Seldom Scene is an American bluegrass band formed in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland. The Scene has been instrumental in starting the progressive bluegrass movement as their shows include bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even pop. What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun.

Concert is this Sunday, August 4th starting at 6:00 pm at Wisp Resort

Visit to purchase your tickets.

GLAF presents Chautauqua Then and Now coming July 2019

–by Mary Callis, Executive Director, Garrett Lakes Arts Festival

“So said President Theodore Roosevelt of the education movement known as Chautauqua. The origins of Chautauqua (pronounced “Shuh-TAW-Kwa”) can be found in the Chautauqua Lake area of southwestern New York State, where the movement began in 1874. Initially organized by Methodist minister John Heyl Vincent and businessman Lewis Miller as a Methodist summer retreat, Chautauqua quickly grew to be a popular source of adult education as the lectures presented the latest thinking in politics, economics, literature, science, and religion.

Chautauqua by the National Park Service

Courtesy of National Park Service.

By 1900, more than 400 summer communities had developed from the original Chautauqua model, and touring companies presented lectures, debates, and performances at sites throughout the country. However, the growing popularity of radios, movies, and cars in the early twentieth century led to the gradual decline in the Chautauqua movement.

In Maryland, where the tradition dates back to the late nineteenth century when Chautauquas took place at Mountain Lake Park in Garrett County and at Glen Echo Park in Montgomery County, Maryland Humanities launched the modern Chautauqua in 1995 at Garrett College. Since then, this popular program has spread to other parts of the state, educating and entertaining thousands of Marylanders every summer.” (from the Maryland Humanities website).

Chautauqua in Mt. Lake Park, MD

Courtesy of the Maryland State Archives

GLAF (Garrett Lakes Arts Festival), Garrett College, and Maryland Humanities worked together in 1995 to restart Maryland Chautauqua. To celebrate the upcoming 25th modern day Maryland Chautauqua, GLAF, with help from a grant from the Maryland Historical Trust, will be returning to historic Mountain Lake Park July 5-7, 2019, with a three-day re-creation of Maryland’s early Chautauqua events.

This three-day celebration of the original Maryland Chautauqua will include a schedule of daily lectures, historical re-enactments, musical presentations, and more. Re-enactors of notable historical figures from those earlier Chautauqua years will also be on hand to celebrate our return to earlier times. A special addition to this program will be the opportunity for participants to share their own personal stories and connections to the development of Mountain Lake Park and the Chautauqua influence.

While the daytime schedule will focus on re-creating and commemorating some of the earlier Chautauqua programs, the regular program for the 2019 Maryland Humanities Chautauqua presented by GLAF will continue to be scheduled as evening performances, and those will also be held in Mountain Lake Park.  The Chautauquas were restarted in 1976 in North Dakota as a humanities program, incorporating the now-standard format of a monologue by a scholar/re-creator acting as a historical character, then interacting with the audience while still in-character, and then coming out of character to answer audience questions as a modern scholar. The Maryland Humanities Council restarted the Maryland Chautauqua at Garrett College in 1995 through the efforts of Steve Herman, former President of Garrett College, and was the only site in Maryland until 1999, when it began at Montgomery College. Presented through GLAF (Garrett Lakes Arts Festival), the Garrett County Chautauqua remains one of the highest attended venues in the Maryland Humanities Chautauqua line-up.

Garrett County has remained a leader of the Chautauqua Movement in Maryland, both in its nineteenth-century origins and in its modern resurgence.In July 2019, this small town in Garrett County hopes to recapture the magic and history of those first years.

GLAF Annual Meeting Open House

We are trying something new for our Annual Meeting!

Instead of a boring stuffy long drawn out meeting, GLAF is hosting an Open House.

Tuesday, December 11th from 2:00 – 5:00
Stop by the GLAF office for some cookies, punch and cocoa.
Spend some time looking over and talking about the 2019 Season.

Talk about how GLAF can best serve you and our community
(including the new Performing Arts Center ideas).

You will also get a written Annual Report, an opportunity to vote on the new GLAF officers, and a summary of our committee activities over 2018.

Hope to see you there as we open our doors and our arms and
WELCOME YOU into our home (so to say). The 300 building of Garrett College is located off the Bumble Bee Road entrance to Garrett College.The doors to the 300 Building (Information and Technology Building) are across the parking lot from the new STEM Building.

GLAF to Host Spooky Soirée

Garrett Lakes Art Festival will present its fall fundraiser – A Spooky Soirée! This fun filled and exclusive evening will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm on Halloween, October 31, 2018, at the Lake Pointe Inn in McHenry. Participants will enjoy hors d’ouevres and wine provided by Lake Pointe Inn.  Entertainment will be stories recounting legends and lore of Garrett County. Costumes are encouraged! Tickets are $40 each or $60 per couple. Space is limited so order your tickets now by visiting the GLAF website at or calling the GLAF office at (301)387-3082.

GLAF wishes to give special thanks to the Lake Pointe Inn for hosting and sponsoring this very special event. GLAF is sponsored in part by grant funding provided by the Garrett County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, as well as by the patrons and donors who support GLAF programming.

GLAF’s mission is to enrich our community with high quality performing arts and arts education. GLAF’s primary purpose is to improve the quality and increase the scope of performing arts for both local residents and visitors to Garrett County in the fields of dance, music, and theater. Our arts education is focused on making available to our elementary through high school students experiences that enhance their appreciation and understanding of the arts. GLAF is a non-profit 501(3)(C) corporation.


Bumper Jacksons to Perform August 12

Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America’s story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style. The group began as a duo, a city-meets-country experiment between songstress Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley. They hopped on bicycles, touring the country, instruments on their backs, seeking to reimagine roots music. In five short years, Bumper Jacksons grew to a brassy seven-piece, with horns and pedal steel. They’ve been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic’s “Artist of the Year” & “Best Traditional Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone’s invited and the dance floor never sleeps.

For tickets, visit or call the GLAF office at 301-387-3082.

Pandolfi to Perform July 29

Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will be performing on Sunday, July 29, at 6:00 at the Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland. Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) is bringing Mr. Pandolfi back by popular demand to present “Burt, Barry, and Beyond: The Music of Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow.” This promises to be a concert filled with familiar music and nostalgia. Dinner options are available at the Wisp.

Back by popular demand!!! Come as you are, relax, take in the natural beauty. American pianist Pandolft is an exciting virtuoso who, with each passing season, is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and is showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique.

An outstanding cross-over artist, Pandolfi’s virtuoso transcriptions of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marvin Hamlisch, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein are in much demand. Pandolfi earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the legendary Juilliard School as a scholarship student.

He has collaborated with conductors such as Piotr Gajewski, Dimitru Goia, Sabin Pautza, Emil Seigbert Maxim, Peter Schmelzer, Mihail Agafita, Grigori Moseico, David Russell Hulme, Andreas Delfs, Elizabeth Schulze, Miriam Burns, Sebrina Alfonso, Nicholas Palmer, William Intrilligator, Kim Allen Kluge, Robert Hart Baker, Crafton Beck, Ray Fowler, Glenn Quader, Scott Wood, Lawrence Rapchak, Gordon Johnson and Raffaele Ponti.

The Washington Post

“Pianist Thomas Pandolfi lent depth and perception to Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, clearly enunciating the probing, even groping, cast to this work, which Beethoven himself categorized as an anticipation of the Ninth Symphony Finale.”

Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will be performing on Sunday, July 29, at 6:00 at the Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland. Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) is bringing Mr. Pandolfi back by popular demand to present “Burt, Barry, and Beyond: The Music of Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow.” This promises to be a concert filled with familiar music and nostalgia. Dinner options are available at the Wisp.

For more information or to order tickets, go to, or call the GLAF office at 301-387-3082.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra

Join Garrett Lakes Arts Festival as the Maryland Symphony Orchestra returns on Saturday, June 9, at 7:00 at the Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland to present “Space, the Final Frontier”. Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) will sponsor a concert that will take you on a musical journey through the cosmos. The orchestra will perform selections from Holst’s
“The Planets” as well as some John William’s selections.

Since its founding in 1982, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s influence and reputation has reached far beyond Western Maryland. It is one of only four professional symphony orchestras in Maryland and audience members from South Central Pennsylvania, West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area are drawn to concerts held at the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. Under the baton of Music Director Elizabeth Schulze—whom the Washington Post calls “a superb conductor”—the MSO has become a first-class orchestra of exceptional artistic quality.

This  MSO concert will take you on a musical journey through the cosmos. The performance selections from Holst’s The Planets to Star Wars, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, will delight and enthuse the novice to avid classical music lover. The concert is a come as you are performance setting at Wisp Resort. Dinner reservation can be made at Wispers at Wisp Resort.

Season sponsors of Garrett Lakes Arts Festival are: Wisp Resort, FirstEnergy Foundation, Garrett College. The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is partially supported by grants from Garrett Arts Council, The Maryland State Arts Council, and the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area. Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is committed to making all of its programs and activities accessible to persons with disabilities.

Footworks Kicks Off GLAF Season

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival’s (GLAF) 2018 season will begin on Saturday, April 7, with a performance by Footworks, a percussive dance ensemble from Annapolis, Maryland. The dancers will perform for the general public at the Garrett College Auditorium at 7:30.

Prior to the performance beginning at 7:00 pm, local historian Albert L. Feldstein will present “John Work Garrett.” The presentation will incorporate the development of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the Oakland, Deer Park and Mountain Lake Park areas as a resort destination.

A multi-award-winning public historian, Albert Louis Feldstein has since 1980 successfully published over thirty books, prints, videotapes, and DVDs depicting the history of all three western Maryland Counties – Allegany, Garrett and Washington, as well as nearby West Virginia. His works have focused upon such varied subjects as historic postcards, newspapers, floods, gravesites, women’s history, African-American history, Presidential Campaigns, coal mining, railroads, and tour guides to historic sites. A 2003 effort, a political history poster entitled, “Buttons of the Cause, 1960-2003,” was in 2005 through 2013, accepted for exhibit and sale at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History in Washington. A second poster, on African-American History, was accepted for sale at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Feldstein has also developed five educational websites, all initiated in collaboration with the Western Maryland Regional Library.

Two performances will be given for Garrett County Public School middle school students on Friday, April 6 to accomplish GLAF’s mission of complementing and enhancing the GCPS arts curriculum. In addition, in order to increase involvement with the school community, GLAF will sponsor a Footworks workshop for a local Girl Scout Troop earlier in the day on Saturday, April 7. The girls will be able to earn their dance badge through this personalized workshop.

In the words of Footworks, the ensemble presents a uniquely American story: an exuberant fusion of live music, comedy, singing, and a dazzling array of percussive dance forms rooted in different cultures. Since 1979, Footworks has represented American culture internationally, including a Smithsonian Institution tour of Japan, and as guest artists with Riverdance in London.

Tickets can be purchased online at the GLAF website,; by calling 301-387-3082; or by mailing a check to GLAF, c/o Garrett College, 687 Mosser Road, McHenry, MD 21541. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. GLAF is partially funded by grants from Garrett County Arts Council, Maryland State Arts Council and Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area. Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is committed to making performances accessible to persons with disabilities. Please contact the GLAF office at 301.387.3082, 30 days in advance for special needs accommodations.

Garrett County Students Attend Presentation of “Tosca”

The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival sponsored a trip for Northern and Southern High School Students to attend the presentation of “Tosca” by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and HUB Opera.

Theatre students from both Northern and Southern High Schools were provided with tickets and transportation to this event held on February 11, 2018. This opera was presented as a semi-staged production in Italian with English supertitles and featuring guest artists: Hub Opera Ensemble.

This opera leads the audience to “Step into the web of politics, police brutality, betrayal, jealousy and murder in Puccini’s blood-soaked and intense Tosca. In Rome, the fiery and celebrated singer Floria Tosca has no idea that her life, and that of the man she loves, will irrevocably change the very next day. In a whirlwind of events, Tosca is forced to save her rebellious lover from the tainted hands of the treacherous chief of police and must take a stand while looking death in the face. Will she murder for the man she loves? Will she save her lover in time? What will become of her?  With passionate arias and soaring, sensuous melodies, Tosca’s power and raw emotion will leave you breathless.”

The students had the opportunity to meet with MSO Conductor/Music Director, Elizabeth Schulze after the performance to discuss the opera and the dramatic turn of events in contract to the last opera, Carmen, that some of them were able to see two years ago at the Maryland Theatre.

The education portion of the GLAF mission is important and vital to the future of arts in our community and GLAF is partially funded by grants from the Garrett County Arts Council, The Maryland State Arts Council and Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area.

Northern and Southern Garrett Students Attend Tosca Opera Orchestra at Tosca Symphony Director Speaks with Students