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The weather for the weekend will be: today – sunny, with a high near 36 and a low of 28. A slight chance of freezing rain after 3am. Saturday will be rainy with a high near 42. and a low around 38. South wind 7 to 14 mph. Sunday will be partly sunny with a high near 49 and a low of 37.

We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We sure did. I (Mike) had an especially nice day celebrating my grandson’s first birthday as well as having friends and family over for a nice dinner.  We also had some international students over for dinner and enjoyed that added aspect to the day.  I am truly blessed and thankful.

Well, the Festival of Trees, the event that unofficially kicks-off the holiday season in Garrett County is back today and Saturday for its 11th year. There is something for everyone, including visits with Santa,  great food, treats, craftspeople and of course the wonderful, creative trees and wreaths (which you can bid on after the public event is complete Saturday evening).  Plus, the proceeds go to help the very important work of the Dove Center non-profit.

Happy Birthday to you!  By you I mean the Gallery Shop of the Garrett County Arts Council that is celebrating its second birthday. The event goes from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm on Friday at their location on south second street. They represent some wonderful artists and I always find something worthwhile for gifting.

The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) is holding a Black Friday sales event on season tickets (30% discount).  I know many of our readers like the arts and especially the GLAF performances that feature a variety of music.  So, if you want to give a different type of gift, or just give the gift of great music to yourself, go to their site on Friday.

MoonShadow in McHenry is presenting music Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They are hosting Greg Short, Gilbert Lee, and Billy Breslin, respectively on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Do you remember the 60’s band called The Animals? Well, this isn’t about them. But it is about meeting the Roving Naturalists (and the animals they care for) at the Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery Center on Saturday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

The Pleasant Valley Holiday Bazaar is Saturday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. at the Pleasant Valley Community Center.

The Harvest Moon Market is holding a Blowout Holiday Sale With Artists and Gifts and 75% off their inventory (some items are excluded).  They are closing and trying to sell their remaining inventory during the sale this Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. 

Our new water temperature gauge is set-up and reporting information. It’s a temporary device and certainly not scientific but gives good insight; reporting every 15 minutes. Check it out and see what you think even if you aren’t planning on jumping-in this weekend.

As is usually the case, there are lots of events in the area this weekend.  Check out our Upcoming Events section for additional events this weekend.

When visiting or even relocating here, it may be easy to forget the lake area’s rich history, including its historic dependence on natural resources such as coal and timber, so I thought I would include this brief story on the Farmington, West Virginia mine disaster that occurred 50 years ago.  That disaster claimed 78 lives and is a reminder of the area’s mining history, which is still present, though to a much lesser degree.