What’s New Around Town

Garrett County Pride Festival

May 21, 2024

Garrett County Pride, Inc. is thrilled to announce its first-ever Pride Festival on June 15, 2024, at Leo Martin Memorial Park in Mountain Lake Park, Garrett County, Maryland. This event signifies a major step forward in promoting LGBTQIA+ visibility in Western Maryland.

Dans Mountain Pool Opens on May 25

Dans Mountain Pool Opens at Deep Creek Lake, MD
May 21, 2024

The cost to enter the pool area is $4 per person. Admission is free for children 5 and under, veterans, and active-duty military with ID, Golden Age Pass holders, and Maryland Park Service Passport holders.

Evening parties are also available by reservation.

The pool will be closed May 28 through May 30, due to our lifeguards’ school schedules.

Hours are subject to change based on staffing, weather, and other factors, so visitors are encouraged to call ahead at 301-895-5453.

Grand Opening of Brewery and the Beast

April 30, 2024

Get ready, food and beer fans! Craig Frazee and Brandy Wilt are opening Brewery and the Beast in May 2024. This brewpub, near Rolling Pin Bakery, will offer craft beers, cocktails, and amazing food. Don’t miss Sunday brunch, live music, and outdoor dining every week!

2024 Big Funky Blues Fest

April 29, 2024

The Big Funky Blues Fest is back for its second year on July 13, 2024, at the Garrett County Fairgrounds! Get ready for a day filled with music, food, and funky fun. With performances from 8 leading bands and a variety of local vendors, it’s sure to be an unforgettable event. Check out the lineup and details in the linked article!

Polska Polish Pottery of Deep Creek Lake

April 24, 2024

Polska Polish Pottery of Deep Creek Lake, a unique Polish Pottery and Gift store, will open in Dry Dock Plaza on May 10th. Offering authentic, handcrafted Polish Pottery, gifts, and apparel direct from Poland, it aims to merge the cultural heritage of Poland with the natural beauty of Deep Creek Lake. The store, owned by the Blazejewski family originally from Lublin, Poland, boasts a rich selection of handmade, hand-painted pieces crafted in Boleslawiec, Poland, as well as Pysanki hand-painted collectible wooden eggs and distinctive gifts.

The Bogey Club Golf Lounge: Your Private Golf Simulator Haven at Deep Creek Lake

April 17, 2024

The Bogey Club Golf Lounge: A new, fun-filled venue nestled in Deep Creek Lake, MD, offering pay-by-the-hour golf simulator experiences. Scheduled to open by May 2024, it’s generating excitement among golf enthusiasts with its unique unmanned system for flexible, private access. Enjoy a 15% discount until the official opening. Open 24/7, it caters to all skill levels, providing a seamless, personalized experience. Founded by Jake Forgrave, a former baseball player turned entrepreneur, it aims to foster community and enjoyment year-round.

Dress for Success Pop-Up Store

Dress for Success Pop-Up Store at Deep Creek Lake, MD
March 11, 2024

Re-opening of Dress for Success pop-up store March 15th.

The Garrett County Republican Women’s Club will be celebrating the reopening of our Dress for Success pop-up store. The store has been restocked with over 1000 new clothing items! Hundreds of beautiful items were donated by a very kind local family and included popular name brands in sizes 1X, 2XL 3XL, and 4XL. All are free to women who are entering or are in the workforce, who need professional clothing, or who just want a new outfit. The store helps women put their best foot forward and thrive in the workplace.

The reopening will be a St. Patrick’s Day special event with a “Bag of Gold” theme! Every customer will be given a large plastic bag and encouraged to fill their “Bag of Gold” with all the clothing/accessories/shoes they can fit into the bag. All free! We will also be treating our customers to some delicious St. Paddy’s Day refreshments!

The store hours will be STORE RE-OPENING ON Friday, March 15th, from 12-noon to 6:00 PM. Additional hours are Saturday, March 16th, 12-noon to 6:00 PM; Sunday, March 17th, 12-noon to 4:00 PM; and Monday, March 18th, 12-noon to 4:00 pm.The Club may be adding additional dates/times as needed and that information will be posted on the door.

Notice: Brick Sidewalks in the Town of Oakland

March 11, 2024

NOTICE: The Town of Oakland, in partnership with Integrity Concrete, has begun replacing numerous brick sidewalks in the community. Work will take place this week in the area in front of District Court at 205 S Third Street. Additionally, sidewalks will be replaced in the downtown area in the coming weeks.

2024 Community Dunk

1st Annual Community Dunk at Deep Creek Lake, MD
January 31, 2024

On Thursday, February 22nd, SOMD hosts its first Community Dunk, presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Oak-Mar Motel & 3rd Street Diner and Casselman Creamery. Geared toward local engagement, this inaugural event promises a smaller, intimate affair with a local flair! If you’re a local, skip the Saturday Dunk crowds but still support Special Olympics Maryland – Garrett County athletes and Unified® teammates. Register now for the Community Dunk!

Amazing Dealz: Opening Black Friday

Amazing Dealz: Opening Black Friday at Deep Creek Lake, MD
November 23, 2023

Opening Black Friday! Bin Deals 🔥

Starting price on all items is $7 for Fri. Nov 24, dropping each day until Thur. Nov, 30. (There are many $30-$40 value items, and we may have seen a $100 item or so. And be on the lookout for small stand-ins for high value items.)

Enter an amazing treasure hunt through a secret (jk) side entrance in the frozen food aisle in Casselman Market in the Grantsville Shopping Plaza in Grantsville, Maryland .

45th House of Hope Cash Drive

45th House of Hope Cash Drive at Deep Creek Lake, MD
November 18, 2023

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the House of Hope Cash Drive. It will take place on Saturday, December 9, on Second Street in Downtown Oakland. Remember, all donations stay right here in Garrett County. We do not accept any Federal, State, or County money. Everything we raise stays here to help your friends and neighbors who have fallen through the cracks of life. You don’t even need to get out of your vehicle; just stop, and one of our helpers will come out to assist you. As a token of appreciation, you will receive a Christmas thank-you candy. We hope to see you there as we broadcast live on WKHJ Radio. Join us for the 45th House of Hope Cash Drive.

Grant the Elf

Grant the Elf at Deep Creek Lake, MD
November 15, 2023

This just in! Local legend, Grant the Elf, who spends December popping up throughout the town in Grantsville, Maryland, has reached out! He found out our theme this year is Elf on the Shelf, and he decided he just can’t wait until December 1 to make his annual comeback. So he will be spending his first weekend back from the North Pole at the Festival of Trees, Garrett County MD! He will be available for photographs, so be sure to find him during your visit to #FOT2023!

Lions Light the Kitzmiller Botanical Garden

Lions Light the Kitzmiller Botanical Garden at Deep Creek Lake, MD
November 11, 2023

The Kitzmiller Lions Club is excited about a new Christmas project called “Lions Light the Kitzmiller Botanical Garden.” We are putting up artificial trees throughout the park. These trees can be decorated by you. You can honor someone, in memory of someone or just decorate a tree because you want to. We will provide the tree, you will need to provide lights and decorations. (Decorations would be wired on because of wind and weather). Trees will be available to decorate from November 22nd through December 2nd. If you would like to put a sign at your tree to dedicate to someone, please feel free to do so.

Trees will be lit all at once on December 3rd at 6:00 PM. We are planning a lighting ceremony to celebrate and light refreshments will be offered at the Coal Bucket Restaurant after the lighting ceremony.

If you have any questions, you can call the restaurant at 301-453-3377 or our president, Robert Reckart, at 301-453-3418.

We look forward to all who would like to participate. This is a new project and we are excited.

Mountain Dream Property Care

Mountain Dream Property Care at Deep Creek Lake, MD
November 7, 2023

Hi everyone!

My name is Seth Kisner, owner of Mountain Dream Property Care. I was born and raised in Garrett County & grew up around Deep Creek Lake. I have almost 10 years of experience in property services. I offer Lawn care, snow removal, landscaping, dock in/out, & repairs, & so much more! I am licensed and insured!

Need a handyman to fix something? Give me a call for a free estimate for the job. I’m your guy!

Call 301-616-5265 or email mountaindreamps@gmail.com for a free estimate anytime!

We Got’cha Covered: Clothing Giveaway

We Got'cha Covered: Clothing Giveaway at Deep Creek Lake, MD
October 31, 2023

We Got’cha Covered has a Clothing Giveaway!

Thursday, November 2 – 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 4 – 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM


If you’ve never been to one of our clothing giveaways or would just like to stop in & see our new space…. COME AND SEE – they are now located in the big building at the corner of Accident-Bittinger & Rock Lodge Roads. Entrance is on Rock Lodge Rd side. (5104 Accident Bittinger Road)

All donations should be dropped off at new location at the door labeled

“Donation Drop off only”

LOTS OF CLOTHES & SHOES – household, kitchen, toys & misc., some fall decorations….

Riverside Grille is Now Open!

Riverside Grille at Deep Creek Lake, MD
October 31, 2023

Riverside Grille is the town’s latest culinary attraction, offering a menu of American-style dishes with a unique twist. It’s conveniently situated at 1527 Maryland Highway in Oakland, MD, formerly the Long Branch Saloon.

Notice of Closing of Deep Creek Fitness

Notice of Closing of Deep Creek Fitness at Deep Creek Lake, MD
October 5, 2023

Deep Creek Fitness will be closing as of October 31, 2023. We’ve appreciated your business for the past 11 years. Thank you for making us a part of your lives and fitness journey!

Notice of Closing of Four Storm Artists Gallery

Notice of Closing of Four Storm Artists Gallery at Deep Creek Lake, MD
October 5, 2023

It’s been a pleasure showcasing my family’s art and the art of many talented local artists. Becky and I are grateful for the support of so many over the past 15 years.

Please stop by and see us October 7,8,14 or our last day October 15th!

Hawks Flight Studio (Caroline’s Photography) will continue on. Please support her and our other Four Storm Artists at local festivals, the Gallery Shop Oakland and other art venues.

Espresso Alley

August 8, 2023

Espresso Alley is the first drive-thru coffee shop in the Deep Creek area. They offer a range of freshly made specialty coffee and tea beverages as well as locally made pastries and charcuterie for a perfect grab-and-go breakfast or lunch.

Leigh Friend Solar Project

Trout’s House Seafood has reopened for the 2021 summer season. Tell ’em Deep Creek Times sent ya!

Leigh Friend Solar Project

State Farm Agent Andy Nelson has opened an office right beside Shentel opposite of the Walmart intersection in Dr. Wolfes old office. Andy is taking over a part of Rob Michael’s previous book of business since Rob has recently retired. Andy plans to work hard to fill the shoes of Rob and continue his legacy of providing excellent customer support and integrity to the community. State Farm offers a variety of policies based on customer’s needs, and Andy and his team would love to help. Feel free to call them today at 301-859-4040

Leigh Friend Solar Project

The Leigh Friend Solar Project is a new 3.2 megawatt DC (MWdc) community solar project located in Friendsville. With 9,300 ground-mounted solar modules, the project generates enough clean, renewable solar energy to power the equivalent of 405 homes per year. 

Ledo at DCL

State Farm Agent David Jochynek has opened an office in the Genus Center in Oakland, MD.  He is taking over the book of business from the recently retired Rob Michael and plans to continue the legacy of community-oriented insurance services. State Farm offers a variety of policies based on customer needs, including financial services through partners at US Bank and Rocket Mortgage.

Ledo at DCL
The Cloud Factory is an electronic cigarette store in Oakland, MD. Conveniently located in downtown Oakland near The Town Parking Lot. With a complete stock of juice, coils, mods, and much more. Soft opening January 28, 2021.
Ledo at DCL
The newest Dollar General store in Grantsville, MD is located at 131 Main Street, Grantsville, MD 21536. Note the other location is still open and operating on Chestnut Ridge Road.
Ledo at DCL
RattleHead carries a wide variety of Anime and gaming merchandise and gothic jewelry. Located in Grantsville.
Ledo at DCL
A Mountain Fix is Deep Creek Lake’s newest boutique for fine jewelry and gifts. New Buddy By The Lake tees, sweatshirts, hats and fun dog bandanas. Much, much, more!
Ledo at DCL

Elite Appalachian Development is a training service focused on improving the overall performance and athleticism of Youth Athletes. Now offering group sessions for middle and high school students at central gym location.

Ledo at DCL

Ledo’s Pizza at Deep Creek Lake is opening a second location in LaVale at the former site of Pizza Hut along National Highway. Owner Mike Amezcua says they will be closing on the property around December 1st, and will rebuild on that site, beginning in April. The original Ledo’s Pizza at McHenry will remain open.

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“The only thing good about 2020” .. a new restaurant accessible by boat opening mid-November. Located beside Ace’s Run Restaurant and Bar. “With limitless views of the lake our outdoor space has a sprawling 1700 sq. ft. deck featuring a 32 ft. linear, gas fire pit. It’s all built around the original inspiration… a delicious & diverse menu, craft beers & fresh-made craft cocktails.”

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D’s Eats is owned and operated by Dalton Smith offering house-made seasonings and low-n-slow cooking techniques. D’s Eats offers pulled pork sandwiches, Italian sausage subs, and hotdogs at 314 S. 1st St., Oakland MD 21550, right next to the town parking lot. Check their Facebook page for their schedule.


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The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has initiated the MD 39 (Hutton Road) bridge replacement project at the crossing of the Youghiogheny River (GA1975180). The purpose of the project is to address the deteriorated condition of the existing bridge in accordance with the goal of keeping Maryland’s Transportation System in a state of good repair.


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www.thetinycornerbikeshop.com opened the weekend of Autumn Glory on October 8! Located in Oakland, the shop will offer repairs, apparel, parts, and tools, as well as new and used bikes. Also, there will be rentals starting in April 2021.


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The Buther Block is under new ownership! Now known as Farm 2 Table Direct, selling free range, grass-fed animals that are raised traditionally. Learn more by calling 301-334-4140 or visiting http://www.madhunterfarms.com/.


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Ari’s Pizza is under new ownership! “Come for the homemade hand-tossed dough and special sauce…and stay for the amazing food & friendly service!” Monday – Thursday 11am – 8pm; Friday – Saturday 11am – 9pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm. Stop in or order online at https://arispizzaandwings.com/

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The newest title company at Deep Creek serves all of your real estate needs. Using the latest technology in title work; they will keep you up to date. Competitive rates for a variety of services. Call 301-687-2198 or visit http://laketitleco.com/

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Garrett Regional Medical Center (GRMC) has opened a new primary care facility on Wolf Acres Drive in Oakland. Garrett Family Medicine will provide comprehensive primary care services for people of all ages, from infants and children through those in need of geriatric care. The new practice is located in the same building that previously housed the primary care practice of Dr. Daniel Miller, who recently retired

Located at the Oakland Golf Course, Shrimp on the Barbie is a  steak, seafood, & BBQ Restaurant open to the public. They currently have 50% indoor air-conditioned seating and patio seating around the building… Come and experience some Aussie Hospitality…

The new Vanity Station Salon is now open in Oakland! Stephanie Cornish and Jennifer Paugh have started the full-service salon to take care of all of your needs.

In efforts to keep members and the public safer, you may notice a couple of new street signs on Third Street in Oakland. These warning signs will help the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department when leaving or returning to their station.

Rolling Racks BBQ is a concession trailer in the process of becoming a fast casual restaurant specializing in grilled chicken, barbecued ribs, various sides served with homemade breads and desserts. A sample menu is pulled pork sandwich, brisket sandwich, BBQ Ribs, and 1/2 Chicken. They will also be doing meat ball subs, Italian Sausage sandwiches, smoky bacon cheese burgers, and prime rib sandwiches. Check their Facebook page for open hours.


Garrett Regional Medical Center has earned the highest rating possible from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): winning 5-stars for quality of care. CMS evaluates hospitals throughout the United States and GRMC is one of only eight in the state and 407 in the nation to receive 5-stars.

Advanced Heeating and Cooling is the area’s only Factory Authorized CARRIER brand dealer. This family-owned business provides service on all HVAC makes & models, water heater repair & replacement, refrigeration service, and heating and cooling system installation & replacement.

A grant was awarded to Mountain Lake Park for a new park that will memorialize former Mayor, Leo Martin. Plans have been drawn up for the site on the southern intersection of Maryland Highway (Rt. 135) and G Street. There will be an elevated stage, outdoor classroom with terraced seating, a castle spire with slides and a water jetted splash pad.

Rise and Grind Coffee is Deep Creek Lakes first ever coffee trailer! Holding their soft opening this week — November 18-21, 2019 — in the Brodak’s plaza in Oakland from 7:00am-12:00pm. Available for special events! https://www.facebook.com/riseandgrindcoffee/
A new state roads sign directs travelers unfamiliar with local Mountain Lake Park area to sites such as the historic Ticket Office and Broadford Lake Park. Also, a self-guided mobile app called Gateway To The West is available on Google Play or iTunes and begins at the Ticket Office.
(photo and information courtesy of the Town of Mountain Lake Park)

Western Maryland Health System is opening an urgent care location in the previous Mountaineer Log & Siding building in McHenry called Advanced Lakeside Medical Care. It will be open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


A neighborhood bar & grill known for family-friendly casual atmosphere and great food. The website for the current Cumberland location is https://www.shootersmd.com/



The Vagabond Taproom is located on Alder Street in Downtown Oakland and will a unique menu of light refreshments and, of course, local beverages on tap. Look for pint glass drop-off locations, leave a destination themed pint glass, and get a token towards your first pint with Vagabond’s pint-for-a-pint program.


The DCL Ninja Factory is now open! Watch the Deep Creek Adventures website for more updates!


WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) is a federally funded program which provides nutritious foods, health screening, nutrition counseling and referrals to eligible pregnant women, postpartum women, breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age five.


Starting August 2, 2019 pick-up at Oakland Walmart is open!


The Deep Creek Lake Lion’s Club has just installed a sign at their park on Bumble Bee Road recognizing the contributions made by individuals and groups to improve the amenities. You’ll notice that there are a lot of extra spaces new projects – perfect for Scout projects, church groups, business outreach and more!

Downtown Oakland has a new mural thanks to local Girl Scout Troop 55004 and the GOBA Green Team. Each letter-square is made with a combination of bottle caps!

The Dove Center’s heated Pet Pod is officially open! The Dove Center bases its pet housing program on the Sheltering Animals & Families Together – SAF-T model, and to date, they are the only SAF-T program in Maryland. Did you know that up to 65% of those experiencing domestic violence do not leave out of fear of leaving their pet behind?

The “old” Smiley’s is now Deep Creek Fun Zone! Featuring go-carts, bumper boats, an arcade, restaurant and bar, and more. Also, the The Deep Creek Ninja Factory is coming soon!

Slopeside Market (a gas station located along Route 219 in McHenry) now has a new Lottery machine. You can purchase any game from this machine, including Mega and Powerball.

The Rooster’s Nest is now open at 12336 National Pike in Grantsville, Maryland 21536. Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner with daily specials. There is a bar and lounge area and food is also available to-go!


The new watering stations are in at the Oakland Dog Park. Your dog can use the lower fountain or bring your own bowl and fill it up.

Subway at the Lake (Trader’s Landing) has gotten a facelift and is under new management.

Cashmere  Clothing Co is a new designer fashion boutique in the heart of Deep Creek Lake, MD. Located in The Fort in McHenry, Cashmere has blouses, pants, accessories and even vegan leather jackets! Open daily starting May 11 from 10am-6pm.

Lovelight Pediatrics is now open! Dr. Stephanie Sisler started Lovelight as a pediatric office located in Oakland, MD at the previous location of Dr. Williams’ Chiropractic office. Call 301-533-7060 to schedule an appointment for your child.

Sipside Lounge is a relaxed venue to enjoy wine, liquor, and craft beer right in the heart of historic Oakland.
GRAND OPENING: 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 15th.

We just heard from Jamie and Rayetta of Deep Creek Catering; they have recently purchased the Jubilee restaurant in Friendsville. With their planned opening towards the end of this month, they will continue to offer offsite catering for weddings, and large corporate events and will also be reopening the Jubilee restaurant.

Oakland Oil and Propane now has a new McHenry location offering propane fireplaces and accessories.

Funded through Community Legacy, Friendsville, MD has several new blue way-finding signs. Look for them the next time you go through town! Photo from the Town of Friendsville.

A new salon, RejuvenEyes by Janice, at the DryDock Plaza offers custom eyelash extensions, microblading, permanent makeup, ombre lips, lash lifts and more. Call 724-880-4664 for more information.


The Mason Dixon Outlet has officially opened in the Grantsville plaza; this store has something for everyone. The store is open 9 to 7 Monday thru Saturday, and 10 to 4 on Sunday. For more information, call 301-895-8110.


The Humble Produce Stand is open for business! Located at 6936 Sang Run Road, McHenry, MD 21541 this stand is privately run and offers “Take what you need, leave what you can” produce. This week there is zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, hot banana peppers and salad tomatoes.


Thanks to the Western Maryland Singletrack Initiative, there is a new mountain bike trail at Deep Creek Lake State Park. For now, the trail is marked with blue tree flags. The first new segment spans the south face of Meadow Mtn connecting into Indian Turnip by the bridge to East and in the CCW switchback near the Mine to the West. Definitely has a different feel! Some steeper grades, tighter switchbacks, and a good bit of rock. Should be extra popular with walkers as it shaves over a mile from the current Turnip Loop to the top of the mtn.


A railroad coal car has been delivered to the Oakland B&O Train Station. A new steam engine will be part of the display soon.




Plan to have lunch at the Mountain Fresh Farmer’s Market in Oakland when you shop for local produce. This new building is open as the 4-H snack stand with hot dogs, sodas, chips and coffee all available to benefit a local 4-H club.





Double Oak Farms is your source for angus cattle raised naturally on grass and finished with grain without added hormones, growth promotents & antibiotic residues. Located here in Swanton, MD, all beef are slaughtered in a local USDA-inspected facility. Feel free to contact Joshua or Megan McKnight for any questions — 301-616-7210 or 301-616-7577.
JG’s Pub is celebrating 30 years in business! 1988-2018…Thank you to the many customers, friends and family that have made this possible!
Breathe Grace Medical Supply an ability to bring quality and compassionate care close to home. Your local provider of durable medical equipment and scrub uniforms. Located at 221 S. 3rd Street, Oakland, Maryland 21550.
The Deep Creek Lake Little Free Library is open for the season at 3311 Turkey Neck Road in Swanton, Maryland.
Flipside Sounds, with a planned opening in July, will be offering new and vintage vinyl records and related items. The Sipside Lounge, with a planned opening in October, will be offering craft beers, and fine wines and spirits. Sounds interesting.
 Have a blast gemstone mining in a new sluice while overlooking Deep Creek Lake & learn a lot about gemstones from all over the world! Sacred Ground Mining Company offers mining starting at $12.95.
Now Open in Garrett County is Doctor Tint and Details: Automotive, Residential & Commercial Window Tinting. Automobile Detailing. Taking Appointments 240-409-2381. Accident, MD.
Ella’s Enchanted Treehouses is a newly open business offering fully furnished, luxurious treehouses designed for daily rental with full utilities and amenities.
Discount Duo retail store carries the biggest mall and big box retailer brands at discount prices. Planned opening in April 2018.
Brookside Health & Wellness is a newly opened nurse-managed family practice located at 6500 Thayer Center in Oakland.