GLAF 2022 Season

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is the largest presenter of performing arts and arts education in Garrett County, Maryland, and serves the entire tri-state region (MD, PA, WV). The GLAF office is located on the campus of Garrett College in McHenry, MD.

Join GLAF for the 2022 Season:

April 10: Happenstance Theater’s POCKET MOXIE is an homage to the style and spirit of the Great Age of Vaudeville with slapstick comedy, tight harmonies, and celestial charades. Five versatile players breathe new life into classic old routines from a ventriloquist’s dummy to a magic act that goes awry, from novelty songs and a musical saw to waiters juggling meatballs, all with full live “foley” sound effects. This show is teeming with hijinks, harmonies, nostalgic beauty, and physical comedy. Something for everyone and family-friendly! Happenstance Theater brings old Vaudeville back! Features Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Gwen Grastorf, Sarah Olmsted Thomas, and Alex Vernon.

June 4: West Virginia Symphony Orchestra with Lawrence Loh: Join Maestro Lawrence Loh and the musicians of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for a musical evening of light classics and fun family favorites from film scores to opera.

June 25: Ken & Brad Kolodner: The dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer and clawhammer banjo, blurring the lines of Old-Time, Bluegrass, and American Roots music. They are joined by bassist Alex Lacquement who locks everything together with his commanding presence, and the dynamic multi-instrumentalist Rachel Eddy on fiddle and guitar. 

July 17: Raleigh Ringers: Founded in 1990, The Raleigh Ringers is an Emmy nominated, internationally-acclaimed concert handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The group has been dazzling audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular, and popular music, including rock ‘n’ roll tunes that the group has become noted for, along with original compositions written just for The Raleigh Ringers.

August 5: Eric Bryd Trio: For over 20 years, The Eric Byrd Trio (EBT), pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, and drummer Alphonso Young, Jr., have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and be-bop, The Trio also embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style. Their body of work spans seven unique studio and live recordings on which they shine as a Trio and as collaborators with an expanded 8-piece ensemble they call The Eric Byrd Trio: Brother Ray Band, in tribute to The Genius of Soul icon Ray Charles. 

August 20: Nashville Legacy: Featuring Jason Coleman, grandson of Floyd Cramer, and Meagan Taylor, Niece of Chet Atkins Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins. Two legends at their instruments, two giants in the music industry. Though Floyd and Chet have passed away, their Nashville Legacy lives through Floyd’s grandson, pianist Jason Coleman, and Chet’s niece, Meagan Taylor. In this concert, Jason and Meagan take audiences on a journey back in time to Nashville’s “golden era,” sharing the music made famous by Floyd and Chet, as well as by the countless country, pop, and rock artists whose careers they impacted, including Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Don Gibson, Dolly Parton, Jim Reeves, and many more. Plus, the concert is much more than just music . . . Jason and Meagan share their own personal stories of growing up with their “Grandad” and “Uncle Chester,” and audiences will enjoy hearing tales of Nashville’s early recording days as told straight from the source. It’s all topped off by heartwarming family photos and films and a series of video duets with Jason, Meagan, and their legendary predecessors that you’ll have to see to believe.

October 7: Silk Road Dance Company: Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray – World Dance professor at George Washington University – the award-winning, critically acclaimed Silk Road Dance Company (SRDC) presents an extensive repertoire of more than 200 dances from Central Asia, Iran, the Middle East, South Asia, the Caucasus. and beyond. Silk Road Dance Company has given performances internationally in Uzbekistan, Qatar, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Based in Washington, DC, the ensemble has graced prestigious national venues, including two White House performances and 11 Kennedy Center appearances. They have given presentations for 11 different embassy events, most recently at the Embassy of Albania.

October 29: Ellis Dyson & The Shambles: Ellis Dyson & The Shambles expertly blends old-time influences ranging from early New Orleans Jazz to Piedmont Murder Ballads. The result: Foot-Stompin’ and eccentric original songs that bring party music of departed eras to young and old crowds. The Shambles have made waves with their theatrical live shows and dazzling musicianship. 

October 30: National Players Fences: Troy Maxson was a star in the Negro Baseball League, but he was past his prime by the time Jackie Robinson broke the color line in 1947. Now in 1950s Pittsburgh, Troy hauls garbage to provide for his family. When his son Cory wants to play football, Troy worries the same barriers he faces will crush Cory’s dreams, and he’ll crush them first before anyone else does. But Troy’s own mistakes and regrets may be as big a threat to his family’s security as the racism that limited his opportunities. As the past closes in, Troy finds the walls he’s built for protection crumbling. For the first time in its history, National Players takes August Wilson’s most acclaimed drama in his Century Cycle Plays to the stage.

November 20: River City Brass Holiday Concert: Under the baton of conductor Robert Bernat, the River City Brass took to the Carnegie Music Hall stage for its inaugural concert on November 21, 1981. It was an evening of musical excellence and determination – determination to bring about the revival of the grassroots tradition of the American brass band.

GLAF Sponsors Virtual Fine Arts and STEM Programming for Garrett County Public Schools’ Students

Garrett County Public Schools would like to recognize and thank Garrett Lake Arts Festival (GLAF) for sponsoring several virtual learning experiences for our students during the 2020-2021 school year. Long standing partners and supporters of Arts in Education, GLAF has worked diligently to ensure our students have access to high quality programs that support the Garrett County Public Schools curriculum. Early in December, all 2nd and 3rd graders experienced Charm City Junction perform Bluegrass style music while sharing about Appalachian Music. Additional virtual programming shared below has occurred since and is planned starting in January 2021.

December 2020: Pirate School: Follow Your Compass (in III Acts) is a madcap, swashbuckling show created and performed by veteran New York actor David Engel for students in grades K-5. Set to an original cartoon-inspired musical score, complete with sound effects, Pirate Professor Billy Bones teaches the finer points of lighthearted mischief and offers up zany lessons on how to stand, talk, sing and laugh like a boisterous buccaneer. Follow Your Compass is a pro-kid, character building, anti-bullying performance that is divided into three sections to provide opportunities for class discussion. Students explore empathy and social courage while learning simple, memorable solutions to conflict resolution. Through humor, the important concepts of respect, responsibility, compassion, and daring are underscored from the unique perspective of joining a pirate’s crew.

January 2021: Pirate School: The Science of Pirates is a refreshing twist on the “Mad Scientist” show meme. Much like the questing citizen-scientists of old, students will explore their own rebellious curiosity for science. How is the wind made? How is a sail like a wing? What are the forces behind a cannon ball’s flight? How did sailors heave and how such heavy objects? How are navigation, time-telling and map-making all math related? This program will engage students in grades K-6 with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math concepts through the lens of seafarers of the past.

January 2021: Janet’s Planet an interactive live virtual experience where students in 4th grade in Garrett County Public Schools will engage in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math learning by exploring next generation science standards by designing their own crew module and building their own heat shield.

January 2021: National Players will present As You Like It for the Northern and Southern High School students virtually. As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s comedies; a female-driven story combining classic elements of romance and hidden identities. Banished from the only home she’s ever known, Rosalind assumes the identity of a man and escapes to the Forest of Arden with her cousin Celia and their fool Touchstone. While there, they run into other exiled folks from the old court, including the dashing and brave Orlando, who won Rosalind’s heart prior to her banishment, but he was too tongue tied to express his love in return. Determined to woo him, Rosalind persuades Orlando in her male disguise to win her heart. For only if Orlando loves her in disguise will Rosalind know he truly loves her.

Garrett County Public Schools would like to thank GLAF for sponsoring these very special and high quality programs for our students. For more information about how GLAF supports Arts in Education please visit: .

GLAF Sofa Series: The National Players – Jan 23

The first virtual performance will be “As You Like It”, one of Shakespeare’s comedies; a female-driven story combining classic elements of romance and hidden identities. Banished from the only home she’s ever known, Rosalind assumes the identity of a man and escapes to the Forest of Arden with her cousin Celia and their fool Touchstone. While there, they run into other exiled folks from the old court, including the dashing and brave Orlando, who won Rosalind’s heart prior to her banishment, but he was too tongue-tied to express his love in return. Determined to woo him, Rosalind persuades Orlando in her male disguise to win her heart. For only if Orlando loves her as a man will Rosalind know he truly loves her.

National Players meld classic language with the contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s imaginative tale about city folk venturing into the woods. A romantic comedy about gender roles, losing oneself and discovering oneself anew.

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