The weather for today will be partly sunny during the day and then changing to rain tonight. A high near 41, falling to near 37 by 8pm, then rising to around 47 during the remainder of the night. Southeast wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

I saw “The Mule” last evening at Garrett 8 Cinemas with my wife Jean. Good movie, directed, produced and starring Clint Eastwood, and also starring Bradley Cooper.  Certainly interesting, even if a bit “dark” in an effort, I think, to get viewers thinking about life and how they live it, along with the consequences of their decisions along the way.

It’s Team Trivia tonight at Mountain State Brewing Company in McHenry from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.  It’s free and any number can play on a team and win prizes.

A reminder that the Allegany Arts Council’s Holiday Market Artisan Village is still running until December 30th at their gallery on Centre Street in downtown Cumberland. If you like nice artwork from local artists, you can see it and purchase it there.

Speaking of artwork, and this time much closer to home, don’t forget to check out the Garrett County Arts Council’s Gallery Shop on second street in downtown Oakland. They always have a great selection of locally crafted art at attractive prices. While you are there, don’t forget to check out some of the downtown museums and other local retail shops and eateries. You can easily spend a very nice few hours in downtown Oakland. Check it out!

Here’s one for our readers with serious artistic ability and you definitely have our stamp of approval.  The State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the twenty-third annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest. The contest is open to artists that submit an entry by March 8th.  I know we have some very talented artists in Garrett County, one of which has already designed some US postage stamps.

OK, one last thing on the local arts scene, this time the performing arts. Our friend Mary Callis at the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) asked us to remind everyone that GLAF’s 2019 schedule is now set and tickets are for sale. If you enter the special code holiday18, Mary will even give you $10 off the season subscription price.  Check out this link to GLAF’s site for “the scoop.”  It will be another great season and I will be there as often as possible.