Thursday was amazing weather-wise. Friday will have showers until mid-afternoon and then mostly sunny with a high of 56, with wind gusts as high as 30 mph. Saturday has a chance of snow showers, mainly before 11:00 am, with a high of 34 and a low of 22. Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 35 and a chance of snow showers after 1:00 am.

Here’s a short piece from AccuWeather on the Bomb Cyclone weather system moving eastward. The spring-like warm temperatures many have experienced in the northeast will give way to cold temperatures and precipitation later this weekend and into next week. Check this out if you are traveling.

The Chamber’s Business After Hours at First United Bank & Trust in McHenry Thursday evening was well attended and well done.  Great space and room to converse, plus nice catering from a variety of local catering establishments. Great job to all involved.

The Black Bear Tavern and Restaurant in McHenry has some nice entertainment scheduled for this weekend. Here’s a link to their site. In addition, Buffalo Run will be appearing at MoonShadow on Friday from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The Tom Batchelor Band will be appearing there on Saturday evening. As always, these two venues have some great acts on tap (yes, pun was intended, as they have great food and libations as well)!

I bet you didn’t know we had Lavender Ladybugs at the lake?  Well we do, at least on Saturday at the Deep Creek Lavender Farm, where owner Anne Davidson will read from her book ‘Lila the Ladybug: A Deep Creek Lake Adventure,’ and serve Lavender tea, cookies and scones to children and their caregivers. Here’s the scoop!

There will be a “Night of Mayhem, Mystery and…Murder” at Dutch’s at Silver Tree Saturday evening starting at 6:00 pm.  But don’t worry, all of the proceeds go to benefit HART for Animals. Sounds like fun.

While at the Business After Hours, I caught-up with two of my favorite people: Kiley and Traci Royce, former owners of Oakland’s Get-n-Go.  Traci now works at Sunrise Shred and Kiley has formed his own business, K-R Home and Commercial Remodeling & Improvements. He does big and small jobs and while he didn’t ask me to, I am putting this plug in for his fairly new enterprise to anyone needing work done.  He can be reached at 301-616-1673 or kiley@kileyroyce.com.

You can celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at Sipside Lounge in Oakland on Sunday from 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm, with live entertainment, Irish-themed snacks and giveaways. So, check-out this new establishment and “get on your green!

We have a winner for this season’s last Wisp Ski/Tubing voucher giveaway. We randomly drew the entry of Matt M., who’s from the Garrett County area. Congratulations Matt and we hope you can have some fun on the slopes. Matt won one lift ticket, one ski/snowboard rental and two tubing session tickets.

There’s lots to do at and around the lake this weekend. Check out our Upcoming Events section for additional events. And, don’t forget the variety of great dining options we have in the area including Greene Turtle, Brenda’s Pizzeria, Pine Lodge Steakhouse, Penn Alps, Ledo’s Pizza, etc., etc.  Check them all out here on our Area Dining Guide and tell them Deep Creek Times sent you!