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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, www.artsandentertainment.org; 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.