Wednesday October 18

Areas of patchy frost again this morning. Sunny, warmer, highs in the mid-60s.

Ruth Enlow Library is hosting a “One Maryland, One Book” discussion this evening at the Oakland library from 6:00pm-7:30pm. The book is Purple Hibiscus.

The Mountain Fresh Farmers Market will be open this Wednesday and Saturday and does not close until October 28th. Some Winter dates are also planned. Wednesday’s market opens at 10:00am and goes until 1:00pm.

The Master Gardeners, under the direction of Ashley Bodkins, University of Maryland Extension, have been answering questions at the Market each month this year. You can also bring a sample of a problem to the Extension Office and let her help you there. Just call ahead to be sure she is on the premises before you visit: 301-334-6960.

Eat your veggies! We have great restaurants offering a variety of dishes here in Garrett County, including Vegan and Vegetarian fare. With 8 million Americans either Vegan or Vegetarian, we know some of our readers are as well. Travel site WalletHub just announced the results of their “Best Cities for Vegans Study” and New York, Portland and Orlando came in first through third, respectively. The study also has some related interesting facts.

Engage Mountain Maryland launched the You+2 Initiative yesterday in Garrett County. The intiative asks residents to pledge to vote in the 2018 midterm election and also challenge two more people to do the same. The goal of this is to achieve the greatest per capita voter turnout in the country.

Congratulations to George Kullgren from Westminster, Maryland. George supported the Garrett County Arts Council by purchasing chances on the raffle quilt and was the lucky winner, as drawn and announced at the Heritage Craft Fest.

Famous painter Thomas Kinkade’s brother, Patrick, visited Oakland over the weekend and had this to say:
“If Placerville, where Thom and I grew up, were uprooted and moved to Maryland, it would become the mountain town of Oakland, where I visited this weekend. From the local landmarks and community parade to the collection of colorful characters that live there, I honestly love the place. Yes, I will say it. “Ich bin ein Oaklander.”

The “Most Awesome Bake Sale and trail Town Quilt Show” will be at the Confluence Creative Arts Center this weekend.

Garrettt College is offering a course, Fly Tying, on Thursdays, October 26 to November 16, 6:00pm-7:30pm. at the Northern Outreach Center in Grantsville. The class will be taught by local fly fishing expert, guide and instructor Tony Lolli.  Call the College at 301.387.3069 for more information or to register.