Monday April 1

Sunday was cool and snowy (see photo below), perhaps fitting for the last day of the season at Wisp. Today’s weather will be isolated snow showers before 9am. Then, partly sunny through mid morning, then becoming sunny, with a high near 37 and a low around 28.

Wisp Resort is continuing their “Mission: Affordable” season pass offer through tonight at 11:59pm! The 2019/2020 season pass is just $279 with no blackout dates!

We had a nice time at the GLAF fundraising event Saturday evening. Great food, great entertainment from some very talented individuals and great attendance by those that support the arts around the lake:

Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) Fundraiser at Deep Creek Lake, MD

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources opens registration April 3rd for Park Quest the family-based outdoor adventure program in state parks throughout Maryland. This year’s theme is “Off the Beaten Path — Arts, Activities and Adventures in Maryland State Parks.” Park Quest aims to engage families in outdoor activities to experience Maryland’s vast cultural, historical and natural resources on public lands and parks, including those in Garrett County.

Speaking of the Department of Natural Resources, anglers of all ages can now become citizen scientists by recording some basic information from their catch such as species, location and size directly to survey on their smartphone by becoming part of the Volunteer Angler Survey. This creative use of technology will help the DNR track species and related date.  Here’s more information.

In “my spare time” I review funding deals (pro-bono) for Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS), a program of Mtech at the University of Maryland.  These grants help all types and sizes of organizations across the state gain funding and utilize state of Maryland technical resources. I wanted to make sure our readers knew the deadline is May 1st for grant application submissions for the next round of funding. I know a number of western Maryland enterprises that could benefit from this program.

Here’s a photo of my wood pile Sunday morning.  Saturday was 72 degrees and Sunday we awoke to snow on the ground with flurries most of the day, and that’s no April Fools joke!

Late Snow at Deep Creek Lake, MD