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Shop and Dine Small in Downtown Cumberland
Tree Lighting Celebration – November 24
Shop Small Saturday, November 25




Cumberland’s Annual Tree Lighting Celebration –  Friday, November 24 at 5 pm at Canal Place Heritage Park. Get in the spirit of the season with holiday music, hot chocolate and goodies from Queen City Creamery and AJ’s Cookies and the lighting of our beautiful tree. Many of our shops will be open late, including Azad’s of Cumberland, Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop, Fort Cumberland Emporium, Gus & Oliver Children’s Boutique,

Shop Small Saturday – November 25. Make it a holiday tradition to shop small and support local. Stay tuned; many of our local downtown Cumberland shops and eateries will have special sales and events.

North Centre Street’s Merchants’ Christmas Trees Lighting – Shop Small Saturday, November 25, 5 pm. During your Small Business Saturday escapades, please join the merchants of North Centre Street as we launch our holiday season with the lighting of our various trees and decorations. at 5 pm – grab your favorite libation from your favorite downtown Cumberland watering hole and join us outside on the sidewalks for a community Holiday Toast. Be sure to check out the North Centre Street Potted Christmas Tree, graciously provided by Nature Art and decorated by local artist Annie Kilcoyne. Make plans now to hang out for the day in downtown Cumberland or pop by while you are out and about.

Winter Festival and Market at Canal Place Plaza, Saturdays, December 2 and 9, 5 – 9 pm. Shop for unique retail & artisan gifts for your loved ones, play reindeer games and enjoy tasty treats and drinks.

Cumberland’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Celebration, Sunday, December 31, 10:30 pm at Canal Place Plaza. Celebrate 2024 with music, giveaways, ball drop and fireworks.



Help Support Our Downtown Businesses! – The Cumberland Economic Development Corporation has partnered with Cumberland’s Downtown Development Commission to create special discount cards that offer sales and promotions at participating locations throughout Cumberland’s Downtown District.

The Cards cost $5.00 and are valid through December 31, 2024.

All of the proceeds generated by the cards will be used towards special events, promotions and initiatives to help support downtown businesses during the construction of Baltimore Street.

Cards are available at Allegany County Chamber of Commerce, Azad’s of Cumberland, Basecamp Coffee Company (downtown), Cartridges Galore Video Games (downtown), The Book Center, Queen City Creamery, Wheelzup Adventures (downtown) and the CEDC (The Rosenbaum Building) and DDC (City Hall) Offices. A huge THANK YOU to all of our participating businesses downtown. Get your discount card today and SAVE!

Azad’s of Cumberland at The Tilly Gallery – We have invited some of your favorite local artisan vendors to join us this holiday season in our Mildred Galleries on the 2nd floor of Azad’s of Cumberland. Beginning Friday, November 24 through Saturday, December 23, Nathan & Becky of Two Pines Designs (Stained Glass & Tie Dye), Christina of Christina’s Yarn Shop (Knit), the guys of Bending Glass (Ornamental Blown Glass) and Austin & Sydney of Queen City Vintage (Vintage Clothing & Collectibles, Sportswear, etc) will join us during Azad’s regular business hours and events, on select dates, throughout the season. Days and hours will vary.

AZAD’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE will occur on Saturday, December 16, from 12-9 pm, with additional vendors throughout the gallery. Our Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 8 pm. 37 North Centre Street, 301.723.0818.

Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop – We’re celebrating SHOP SMAll this week – 50% OFF the entire store. The sale starts on Friday, November 24 and runs through Monday, November 27. Barkin’ Basement is located at 45 Baltimore Street and has a back door off Merchants Alley on Pershing Street. www.barkinbasementthriftshop.com.

  • Photos with Frosty the Snowman – Saturday, December 9, 1 – 4 pm. Frosty the Snowman is making a special visit to Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop. Bring your furbabies or your kids and get a photo with Frosty. He’ll be in Merchant’s Alley on Pershing Street, right behind Barkin’ Basement. There will be treats for your two-legged and four-legged family members. And while you’re at it, do a little holiday shopping at Barkin’ Basement.

Beckman’s Pharmacy on Greene – If you’re 50 years or older and are not vaccinated, every day that goes by is a RISK – Shingles can happen during Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter, so the only season that matters is the one you’re in right now! Our Pharmacist, Steve, is administering Shingles Vaccinations on Mondays and Wednesdays, so call today and ask for Sabrina or Sharon to set you up with an appointment! Also, Beckman’s has the only full-time Diabetic shoe fitter in the tri-state area. We offer a large selection of shoes and are able to bill most major insurances. We always offer gift and seasonal decor and carry a large selection of Swan Creek candles and melts. Greeting and special occasion cards are only $.99. Our pharmacists offer years of experience in knowledge, with John starting his professional career in 1976 and Steve in the early ’80s.

The Book Center –

  • Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus every Saturday, November 25 – December 16, from 1 – 3 pm except on Saturday, December 16, when the times will be 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Bring your own camera or cell phone for photos. Candy bags for each child while they last.
  • Books on the Bricks – The book group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 pm. Stay current with all the latest announcements by subscribing to our email list: https://mailchi.mp/94292…/books-on-the-bricks-email-signup. Our book club members get 20% off the selected title each month.

Open Monday through Saturday, 10-5 and Sunday, 10-3, 15 N. Centre Street, (301) 722-2284.

Cartridges Galore – Thanksgiving specials you’ll want to gobble up! We’ve got some delicious deals running all month long; make sure you get in before they’re gone!

  •  Buy any pre-owned Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, or Nintendo Switch and get a pre-owned game FREE!
  •  B2G1 FREE on all pre-owned rack games!
  •  CONSOLE CLEARANCE SALE: 50% OFF select pre-owned “B” grade consoles! *Consoles may show minor cosmetic damage and will be paired with a third-party controller*
  •  New releases are coming this month! Pick up a copy of these Nintendo Switch titles, new Amiibo or the new Pokémon TCG set, Scarlet and Violet: Paradox Rift!
  • Don’t miss out on this month’s FREEBIE! All CG Loyalty Rewards Text Subscribers are eligible for a $10 OFF single-item coupon! *Must be subscribed to our text rewards; cannot be combined with sale items*

Send us a message or call 240-362-7179 today! 68 Pershing Street.

Chessie Federal Credit Union – Did you know Toys 4 Happiness served over 1,100 local children last year? They received multiple toys, a book, a hat, and gloves. This organization is doing great work in our community. Donate at any of our local branches today!

Craft Table – Snowmen, Candy Canes and Christmas wreaths are available now at the Craft Table! We have small and large snowmen from 10 to 26 inches tall, which can be personalized with a name on the hat. 21-inch Candy Canes for your holiday door, office, or classroom. We can also help you with wreath restoration as you unpack that holiday wreath… spruce it up with a new bow and a few embellishments. Special orders are no problem at the Craft Table. Let us hand make your creation right here in our shop, Craft Table, in historic downtown and still under construction, but the sidewalk is open in Cumberland, Maryland. Shop hours are Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 pm. Shop Small Saturday 10:00 till 5:30 pm. 11 South Liberty Street. Call 240.642.8828 Craft Table, The Hiding Place for your Creative Spirit www.Craft-Table.com

Elaia Oil and Vinegar Store – Elaia Oil and Vinegar has moved out of the Charis Winery & Distillery tasting room into its own store in Canal Place Shops across from the Charis patio. Elais Oil & Vinegar is expanding and adding more selections. Hours are daily from noon to 6 pm, closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Energy Select –  GO SOLAR AND SAVE:

  1. Visit our showroom at 119 Baltimore Street from 9 am to noon on Shop Small Saturday to learn more about going solar.
  2. Schedule a no-cost solar appointment by December 15 and mention the Shop Small offer; we will pay 1/2 of your residential or commercial electric utility bill from the date signed through the installation.
  3. Learn more at http://energyselectllc.com.

Fort Cumberland Emporium – Downtown Cumberland’s place to shop for antiques and collectibles. Open Thursday – Monday. Stop in and find a memory. 55 Baltimore Street.

  • At Fort Cumberland Emporium, we love our customers! Just for you, we’re having a Jingle Bells Scavenger Hunt and Sale. Friday, November 24, from 5 – 9 pm; Saturday, November 25 (Shop Small Saturday) from 10 am – 5 pm; and Sunday, November 26, from 11 am – 4 pm. 20% Off all items marked $10 or more (not previously reduced or marked firm.) We’re hiding little red and silver jingle bells throughout the store; find one and get a prize.

Downtown Hobbies & Toys – Now carrying a large selection of LegosNew items in stock. Science kits, woodburning kits, new model kits and die-cast playsets. Be sure to like our page, Downtown Hobbies & Toys, and be among the first to discover what’s coming to the store. Downtown Hobbies & Toys is an Official Traxxas Dealer carrying RC cars, trucks, parts, and more. 113 Baltimore Street.

Gus & Oliver Children’s Boutique –  A specialty store focused on clothing for newborns through 5T, as well as select toys & decor. Open Thursday – Saturday, noon – 6 pm. 54 N. Centre Street. 1-240-580-6651.

Hometown Hobby Sports, 66 Pershing Street. If sports memorabilia is your game, Hometown Hobby Sports is your place to shop! Locally owned Hometown Hobby Sports sells, buys and trades sports memorabilia. Open Wednesday – Friday from 12 noon – 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm.

Dance lessons at Lepley’s – Children, teens, and adults. Tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tumbling, baton. And for adults: Ballroom, belly dance and “Never Too Late Girls.” Call 301-777-5315. Piano and guitar lessons are also available. We are located at 14 N Centre Street.

PharmaCare West – PharmaCare West and all other PharmaCare/Medicine Shoppe locations have the seasonal flu vaccine available. It’s not too late to get your flu shot! Stores have the regular flu vaccine (for people under the age of 65) and the high-dose flu vaccine (for people 65 and older). There is no charge to Medicare Part B recipients; we bill most third-party insurance, including Medicaid.

The Moderna SPIKEVAV COVID-19 vaccine is available at PharmaCare/Medicine Shoppe retail pharmacies. It doesn’t matter which vaccine you had in the past or how many you have been given. This is the new vaccine for 2023-24 from Moderna. You do not need to present your COVID vaccine card, but please remember to bring your insurance cards. Call the store of your choice to see if we have vaccines on hand, as we receive shipments weekly and run out of vaccines quicker at some stores than others.

Additionally, the new RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) vaccine is available for people 60 and older. Stop by and talk to the pharmacist about this new vaccine. These and other preventative vaccines are available on a walk-in basis; no appointment necessary. 64 Greene Street – open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm – Phone 301.724.1183 – follow us on Facebook at The PharmaCare Network.

Western Maryland Music Center – We are the area’s only full-service music store, offering great brands at unbeatable prices! 115 Baltimore Streethttp://www.westernmarylandmusic.com/

Allegany County Tourism’s Shop Small Win Big Campaign – The Shop Small, Win Big contest will begin at 8:00 am on Friday, November 24, 2023, and end at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. Anyone shopping at participating small businesses in Allegany County through the contest period will have the opportunity to upload their receipts through the entry form for a chance to win the gift card prizes. Each Thursday through the contest period – November 30, December 7, and December 14 – Allegany County Tourism will draw three winners for the $50 Visa gift cards using Random.org. All entries submitted up to that point will be eligible for the drawing. On Thursday, December 21, Allegany County Tourism will draw the grand prize winner for the $550 Visa gift card using Random.org. The more entries a person submits, the more chances they have to win the grand prize. Participating businesses and more information can be found at https://www.mdmountainside.com/shop-small-win-big/.

Love to go antiquing and thriftingWant to discover a handmade treasure? Downtown Cumberland has some great shops, including Fort Cumberland Emporium (Thursday – Monday), Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop (Thursday – Monday), Queen City Flea Market (Friday – Sunday) – all filled with antiques, collectibles, and handmade items. Please stop in and discover it for yourself.

Great Gift Idea! DCBA (Downtown Cumberland Gift Certificates) are available at The Book Center. The gift certificates are spendable at any DCBA member’s business. You may find out who is a DCBA member online at www.visitcumberland.org.



Basecamp Coffee – Now in two locations –   118 Baltimore St., “The Rosenbaum,” and our original location at 108 Greene Street, open daily, 7 am – 3:30 pm. CONGRATULATIONS! Basecamp Coffee was voted Best Coffee Shop in Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine’s 13th annual “Best of Awards.”

We honor our heritage by producing quality specialty coffee right here in Western Maryland. Our coffee can be found at restaurants, coffee shops, and retail shelves locally and in homes worldwide. www.basecampcoffees.com.

Charis Winery & Distillery – 16 Howard Street. Charis bourbon will be released to the general public on Black Friday!

Tasting, Tours and Sales Hours at the Winery: Mondays: Noon to 5:00 pm; Tuesday-Thursday, Noon to 6:00 pm; Friday: Noon to 8:00 pm; Saturday – 11:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sunday – 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Handcrafted for excellence and made for your pleasure, Tastings are $10 for a flight of four wines on a walk-in basis—tours upon request 16 Howard Street, Canal Place www.chariswinery.com.

City Lights: An American Bar and Grill – Wine and Cheese Wednesday Get two glasses of house wine and a three-cheese board for $20 or order any cheese board and get 25% off a bottle of wine from —4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 301-722-9800.

Mezzos – 

  • Every Tuesday – Open Mic Night, Mezzos Main, 7 pm – midnight
  • Every Wednesday – Working Woman’s Wednesday, Mezzos Main, 6 pm to 8 pm. Spin the wheel for cash prizes up to $594.00. Wacky Wednesday Liquor and Beer Specials – 8 pm – midnight. Rock Hazel Band – 9:00 pm.
  • Thursday, Thanksgiving Day – Open at 4 pm
  • Hyatus returns to Mezzos on Saturday, December 2, at 8:30 pm. Enjoy Acoustic Classic/Alt/Pop Rock – ALL THE HITS!

Book your rehearsal Dinner, Wedding, Birthday, or Anniversary Party NOW at 301.777.7750 – 114 South Centre Street.

Mezzos has three rooms to choose from to fit any budget.

Dine in, or go to www.mezzosbar.com to order carryout and delivery.

Need a covered dish for a get together? Just order online and have it picked up or delivered!

Ottaviani Tasting Room & Lounge Weekly Events – 27 N. Centre Street Open Tuesday – Saturday, 12 noon – 10 pm.

  • Tuesday – Thursday Lunch Special – Lunch Special 12–4 pm. Small Pizza and salad of your choice for $14, Wine, and specialty Cocktails. Ask about our Sizzlin Plates!
  • Tuesdays – Live music 6–9 pm with Donnie Carmen
  • Wednesdays – Martinis and Vinyl – bring in your vinyl records or choose from one of ours.
  • Saturdays – Afternoon wine tasting – noon – 4 pm
  • Brick Pizza Oven Lunch Tuesday – Saturday, 12 noon – 10 pm.
  • Retail wines and beers are available during regular hours.

Queen City Creamery – Award-Winning Homemade Frozen Custard, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Deli serving Boars Head meats & cheeses Daily specials Carryout, curbside pickup and online ordering available Our winter hours are Monday – Thursday, 7 am – 3 pm; Friday, 7 am – 7 pm; Saturday, 8 am – 7 pm, Sunday, 8 am – 3 pm.

Ristorante Ottaviani – A taste of Italy from our family to yours. Open Sunday, 4 -8 pm; Tuesday – Saturday, 5 pm – closing. 25 N. Centre Street, 301-722-0052.

Breakfast with Santa – Bring the Kids and join Santa Claus for a holiday breakfast and make it a holiday memory.

  • Saturday, November 25 – 8:30 – 11:30 am – Cafe Mark, 37 Baltimore Street. No reservation required.
  • Saturday, December 2 –  10 pm – Culinaire Cafe Gateway Center, 110 -114 Baltimore Street, 301-784-5413. Two seatings, 9:30 and 10:30, are required.
  • Saturday, December 2 – Community Cafe, 121/127 N. Centre Street. Two seatings – 9 am and 10:30 am. Reservation required.
  • Saturday, December 9 – Queen City Creamery, 108 Harrison Street, 301-777-0011. Three seatings – 8 am, 9:30 am and 11 am. Reservations required.
  • Saturday, December 16 – Mezzos, 114 S. Centre Street, 301-777-7750. 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Reservations required.


Reptilian Arts – We carry a large variety of pet supplies for reptiles, dogs, cats, and aquatics. Located at 205 N. Mechanic Street, Reptilian Arts is open Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm.

Allegany County Animal Shelter – www.alleganyanimalshelter.org, 301-777-5930. November Special Adoption Fees – Adoption fees are reduced/waived through the end of November. Find your new BFF at the Allegany County Animal Shelter.

  • Cats & Kittens – waived with an approved application
  • Dogs & Puppies $75.00 – also with an approved application

Love dogs and cats? The Allegany County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers to help at the shelter. ACAS is the only municipal no-kill shelter in Maryland. Applications and information are available at www.alleganyanimalshelter.com.

Hounds Around Town – Looking for a day filled with furry friends and fun? Then look no further than the Allegany County Animal Shelter’s “Hounds Around Town” program, allowing individuals to sign a shelter dog out for the day. The beautiful mountains of Western Maryland present an excellent opportunity for our shelter dogs to experience the joy of a long walk, hike or run in many of the area’s scenic locations. Are you looking for something more low-key? No problem. We have many pups that would enjoy an afternoon lounging on a couch, a stroll through the neighborhood, or maybe a trip for ice cream. The most important thing is giving an adoptable shelter dog a much-needed break from the kennels and providing enrichment and socialization. For more information on the Hounds Around Town program, contact the shelter at 301-777-5930.


PharmaCare West – PharmaCare West and all other PharmaCare/Medicine Shoppe locations have the seasonal flu vaccine available. It’s not too late to get your flu shot! Stores have the regular flu vaccine (for people under the age of 65) and the high-dose flu vaccine (for people 65 and older). There is no charge to Medicare Part B recipients; we bill most third-party insurance, including Medicaid.

The Moderna SPIKEVAV COVID-19 vaccine is available at PharmaCare/Medicine Shoppe retail pharmacies. It doesn’t matter which vaccine you had in the past or how many you have been given. This is the new vaccine for 2023-24 from Moderna. You do not need to present your COVID vaccine card, but please remember to bring your insurance cards. Call the store of your choice to see if we have vaccines on hand, as we receive shipments weekly and run out of vaccines quicker at some stores than others.

Additionally, the new RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) vaccine is available for people 60 and older. Stop by and talk to the pharmacist about this new vaccine. These and other preventative vaccines are available on a walk-in basis; no appointment necessary. 64 Greene Street – open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm – phone 301.724.1183 – follow us on Facebook at The PharmaCare Network.

The AHEC West Health Insurance Program opened an outreach center in Cumberland at 138 Baltimore Street, Suite 100, called “The Possibility Shop.” Located near the Union Rescue Mission, the shop offers space for other agencies and programs to provide services to vulnerable populations they might not otherwise reach. Thirteen organizations offer 21 programs from the Shop, including the Allegany County Health Department, Horizon Goodwill, HRDC, Maryland Coalition of Families, Maryland Wellness, Mountain Laurel Medical Center, Maryland Physicians Care, Aetna Better Health, Western Maryland Food Bank, and County United Way AHEC West offers three programs at the site.

A wide range of services includes a small food pantry, clothing, hygiene supplies, outdoor gear, phones, and bottled water. Harm reduction programs offer clean needle exchange and testing for Hep C and HIV. Visitors are also provided connections to mental health services, Peer support, health insurance assistance, and other health and social services screenings. The Shop has also hosted expungement clinics to clear old criminal records.

For more information, call AHEC West at 301-777-9150 or email Health Insurance Program Director David Stewart at [email protected].

Gilchrist Gallery Every 2nd Saturday morning of the month throughout 2023, Gilchrist Gallery will host yoga and sound healing at 9:30 am with Paula Reeves. Entrance is donation-based, and attendees are encouraged to bring a yoga mat, blanket, and water.

UPMC Western Maryland offers Chair Yoga every Monday at the Gilchrist Museum of the Arts in Cumberland at 2:30 pm. Chair yoga is also offered on scheduled days at several area senior centers. Group yoga sessions for special events or regular groups are also available to be scheduled. Please register to attend in person or online via ZOOM by contacting Christina at [email protected].

Led by AHEC West, Healing Allegany is a consortium of healthcare, law enforcement, and social service agencies serving Allegany County and numerous volunteer supporters. The consortium is working to improve treatment for opioid misuse, address community and internal stigma associated with addiction, and reduce illness and death related to opioid misuse. For more information, visit ahecwest.org/healing.



The Allegany Arts Council

  • Join us for a live figurative drawing workshop on the second Tuesday of each month. The session is free for Allegany Arts Council members and $15 per session for non-members. Space is limited, so register now! To register, contact us at 301.777.2787 or at [email protected].
  • Tree Grove Treasure Trove, Allegany Arts Council’s holiday winter experience, begins Tuesday, November 28. Tree Grove Treasure Trove offers artists and the community a chance to enjoy a winter holiday experience perfect to complement your downtown shopping, concerts or other seasonal activities. The tree grove will open on Tuesday, November 28, and continue through Friday, December 22. For Artists: The Allegany Arts Council is now accepting applications from individual artists or artist teams who wish to collaborate on developing a tree grove concept for display. More information, rules and eligibility may be found at: https://www.alleganyartscouncil.org/…/tree-grove…/…

Cumberland Theatre – 101 N. Johnson Street, 301-759-4990, [email protected]

  •  ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas this weekend for a limited run of three performances. The show is part of the CT’s Theatre for Young Audiences initiative and is under an hour in length, making it ideal for families with young children. As the familiar story goes, “‘twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But wait! A mouse is stirring – because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say “Merry Christmas!” everyone is off on a wild adventure with a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas will run on November 25 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and November 26th at 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be available in the lobby before and after the performances.
  • The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon – December 7 – 17, recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Christmas is a time for mic, a time for traditions we cherish, a time to watch as many original TV movies as a human being can endure. But now, with The Holiday Channel Christmas Movie Wonderthon, you can enjoy the sugar rush of six Christmas movies all at once! Welcome to Hopewood Falls, Vermont, where singles in adorable sweaters converge to look for love. Can disguises help royalty and movie stars find the down-to-earth connections they crave? Will evil city slickers destroy charming inns and Christmas tree farms? Isn’t it a little creepy for a meet-cute to depend on one person being in a come? Grab a hot chocolate and your favorite wise single friend to find out in this wildly entertaining parody of holiday rom-com.

C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts – 104 Washington Street.

  •  “Arts For Giving” exhibition. The exhibition will be open to the public for shopping each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 24-Dec. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m.Purchases can be taken home immediately. An opening reception is scheduled for Nov. 24 from 4 to 6 pm. . For more information, visit facebook.com/gilchristgallery or call 240-580-1070 and leave a message.
  • The Gilchrist will be decorated for the holidays and is available to rent for events—contact gilchristgaller[email protected].
  • Play board games at the gallery. Every 3rd Thursday at 7 pm, the Gilchrist is hosting a game night. Our bar is available, and a selection of board games will be provided. You can also bring your own board game. Join us for good games and good times.

Embassy Theatre – 2023 Complete Season Details – 49 Baltimore Street, 240-362-7183, embassytheatre@atlanticbbn.net

  • Dear Edwina – Book by Marcy Heisler, Music by Zina Goldrich, Lyrics by Marcy Heisler, December 7-10 and 14-17, 2023 Directed by Denise Adams Admission: $2 0adults, $18 seniors/student

Fore Axes – Fore Axes offers a wide variety of fun! Visit Downtown Cumberland, MD’s premier, private axe-throwing and golf simulator experience lounge. Fore Axes is the only facility in western Maryland that gives our guests private throwing lanes and golf bays packaged with 1-on-1 coaching before your reservation time begins. Book your online today to reserve your discounted experience! www.ForeAxes.com, 157 Baltimore Street.

Fore Axes Hours

Sunday – Tuesday: Closed (Available for private parties & events)

Wednesday – Thursday: 5 – 10 pm

Friday: 4-11:30 pm

Saturday: 12:30 pm-11:30 pm

  • Attention Bishop Walsh alums! This Wednesday, November 22 @ 5 pm – ?, join together at Fore Axes for a pre-Thanksgiving celebration! Featuring live music from Sam DeMartino & Molly Twigg—with special guests Ava DiNola & Ben Koch + DJ RACOS until late, and guest bartenders Jennifer Flinn (Principal), Raleigh Davis (Vice Principal), Mick Burkett, & John Meyers. Win big & support education—one lucky winner will receive x4 Club Level tickets to see the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers on January 7th @ M&T Bank Stadium. All raffle contributions help fund the Brady J. Loffert Memorial Scholarship. The Bishop Walsh Alumni Association is excited to see everyone—there will even be BW school merch available! Go Spartans!
  • Kick-off to Christmas: Friday, November 24, from 4 – 6 pm. Come kick off Christmas at Fore Axes! Spend the evening with us before the Downtown Cumberland tree lighting at Canal Place — We’ll have kid-friendly hot chocolate, karaoke, & pictures with Santa *Kids must be 6+ years old. More details to follow!
  • Ugly Sweater Party: December 7 – Celebrate the holiday season with us at Fore Axes Ugly Sweater Party! Embrace the festive spirit by donning your most hideous holiday sweater, indulge in delicious winter drinks, and have a blast throwing axes! Stay tuned for additional information.

*Fore Axes will be temporarily closed January 1st – January 16th for renovations & maintenance! 

  • Drink Specials – Stop in for Fore Axes’ Happy Hour every Wednesday and Thursday—$ 1 off select beer – 2 for $5 select beer. And on the weekends – enjoy bottomless mimosas & bellinis from 12:30 – 2 pm – $25/person!
  • Mobile Axe Throwing: Interested in having mobile axe throwing at your next event? Read more & reserve today https://www.foreaxes.com/mobile. Come check us out at public community events as well. $10 for seven throws!

Loft 129 – Loft 129 is an event venue that provides live concerts and other entertainment. 129 Baltimore Street, (301) 268-3971, www.loft129.org.


  • Mondays – Margarita Monday
  • Tuesdays – Open Mic Night, 7 pm, Mezzos Main
  • Wednesdays- .60 Bone-in-Wings All Day (dine-in only.) Choose your sauce Working Woman’s Wednesday with WQZK Radio/ Amy Ryan – 6 – 8 pm. Rock Hazel Band – 9:30 pm.
  • Thursday, November 23 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Opening at 4 pm. 
  • Saturdays – ½ off Artisan Pizza Day
  • Sundays – AYCE Boneless, Nachos, Sliders, Fries – $11.50 per person! NFL Sunday Ticket – see all the NFL Games at Mezzos!

Book your rehearsal Dinner, Wedding, Birthday, or Anniversary Party NOW! 301.777.7750 Mezzos has three rooms from which to choose for all your event needs.

Dine in, or go to www.mezzosbar.com to order carryout and delivery.

Need a covered dish for a get together? Just order online and have it picked up or delivered!

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cumberland, will hold its annual Advent Vespers service featuring the Frostburg State University Chamber Singers presenting Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat canticle. The service will be at 6 pm on Sunday, December. 3.

Bach composed his setting of the Magnificat canticle in 1723 after becoming music director at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Leipzig. Part of Bach’s duties as the “Thomaskantor” (as the position was called) was to compose music for the liturgical year, usually in the form of cantatas.

As the flagship choral ensemble of FSU, the Chamber Singers is a highly select group of singers performing a wide variety of choral literature designed to promote individual musicianship, advanced techniques, and ensemble quality. They perform under the direction of Dr. Scott Rieker, with Dr. Joseph Yungen as collaborative pianist. The Vespers service is open to the public. St. Paul’s is at the corner of Washington and Smallwood streets. For information, visit www.stpaulcumberland.org.



The Allegany County Library System – 

  • All ACLS Libraries will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 and remain closed through the holiday weekend. Libraries will reopen for regular hours on Monday, November 27.
  • The Digital Library is Open 24/7! Check out the links below for access to digital collections like hoopla, Libby, and Kanopy, where users can download books, audiobooks, movies, music, and magazines! As always, you can access your account through the library’s homepage to renew books and other items from home.
  • Save the Date: Taste of Civility – December 19 at the LaVale Library. Discover the richness of Allegany County at Taste of Civility on December 19, a collaborative event by Choose Civility: Allegany County, the Allegany County Library System, and the Allegany County NAACP Branch 7007. Join us for an inspiring evening fostering cultural awareness, promoting respect for diversity, and celebrating our vibrant community with stories, music, art, poetry, and delicious food from diverse cultures. All are welcome to join the celebration and collective learning for a more enriched Allegany County!
  • Book Rave – Join us with this new twist to book club. No required reading; bring a list of titles to share that you’ve loved or hated and leave with recommendations from others. Every 1st Tuesday, 5:30 pm at Frostburg; Every 3rd Tuesday, 5:30 pm at LaVale; Every 4th Tuesday, 5:30 at Washington Street.
  • Have you ever wondered what it’s like working in a library? Do you need service learning hours for graduation? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Volunteer at the Washington Street Library! We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with shelving books and other materials, creating displays, and helping with other projects as needed. Volunteer welcome packets include a position description, an application form, and a shelving guide. We provide self-paced shelving training, so there is no need to worry about learning everything on your first visit. Call the Washington Street Library at 301-777-1200 or email jshipley@alleganycountylibrary.info for more information!

Allegany County Historical Society – 218 Washington Street, 301-777-8678, www.alleganycountyhistory.org.

  • Whiting House Special Holiday Tours – December 9, 12 – 4 pm (reservation 3 pm).
  • Gordon Roberts House Special Holiday Tours – December 15, 2 – 7 pm and December 17, 1 – 6 pm.
  • Gordon Roberts House Christmas Tea, December 15

Allegany Museum -Explore some local history at the Allegany Museum. Our hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm, and Sunday, 1 – 5 pm. 3 Pershing Street, www.alleganymuseum.org.

  • Frostburg State University Honors students enrolled in IDIS 151 Experiencing Appalachia will host a community listening session on Wills Mountain State Park on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 7 pm in the ballroom of the Allegany Museum in Cumberland. Students will share aspects of a research project, documenting the historical, cultural and environmental significance of Wills Mountain State Park and its surrounding landscape. For more information, contact Rogers Thomas at [email protected].

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad – Reservations may be made by calling 301-759-4400 or online at www.wmsr.com.

  • Polar Express – November 24 – December 24, 1:30 and 7:30 pm. Join the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad for a magical, family-friendly event that’s fun for all ages! Immerse yourself into the story as we journey from Cumberland or Frostburg to the North Pole to see the Big Man himself. The Polar Express Train Ride™ will operate out of Cumberland and Frostburg this winter! Climb on board as our train is full of lights, singing, actors from the movie, and more, and experience a journey to The North Pole! Tickets start at $40; premium seating is available at increased ticket pricing. Visit https://wmsr.com/the-polar-express-train-ride for tickets and other information!
  • Get ready for an all-new experience this winter with the Allegheny Winter Express. Take in the stunning winter views from the comfort of our climate-controlled passenger cars as we travel uphill to Frostburg. Indulge in delicious meals prepared fresh on the train from our ‘Brunch & Munch’ menu while you sit back and enjoy the ride. Choose from two seating options: Coach seating or Lounge Class, which offers full bar service. The train departs twice every Saturday and Sunday until the last weekend in April. The first trip departs at 9 am from Cumberland and has no layover in Frostburg, while the second train departs at 1 pm and has a 1 hour and 45-minute layover. The Allegheny Winter Express will begin its journey from Cumberland on January 13, 2024. Don’t miss out on this amazing experience! Book your tickets now at https://wmsr.com/alleghenywinter-express.

Come back to the past. The Gordon-Roberts House is open for private tours. The Allegany County Historical Society makes three sites available for private event bookings: The Gordon-Roberts House, Union Grove Schoolhouse and The Brooke-Whiting House can be rented for your small group gathering. Call or message for details – 301-777-8678, [email protected].

The Friends of Ashby’s Fort are pleased to announce an unveiling and holiday market event at the Museum on Saturday, December 2. Noted historical painters Pamela Patrick White and Bryant White will unveil “The Parlay,” a work commissioned by the Museum, at 11:30 am.

The Whites will have prints of their artwork, illustrating America’s colonial history, for sale. Also attending with items for sale will be:

  • Fikar’s Finest is an 18th-century-style milliner.
  • Stone House History, makers of finely carved wooden utensils and hand-woven tape trim.
  • Donna Selfridge Spangler is a fraktur artist who creates pieces in the style of Pennsylvania-Dutch folk art.

The Museum’s gift shop will be open as well. Credit cards will be accepted. The event will be held in the Museum at 227 Dan’s Run Road, Fort Ashby, WV, from 11:00 to 4:00. Admission is free and open to the public. The Museum at Ashby’s Fort is located on the site of a French and Indian War fort, one of the first two to be commissioned by George Washington in the fall of 1755. For additional information, call Barbara Crane at 301-697-9967



The City of Cumberland’s Community Development Department Home Rehabilitation Grant Program is accepting applications to help revitalize properties within our community.

It is intended for the improvement of a property in city limits that is vacant and uninhabitable in its current condition. Applicants will be eligible for a 50% matching grant, up to a maximum of $25,000 upon project completion.

Application packets can be obtained in person from the Community Development Department (lower level of City Hall), 57 N. Liberty Street, by calling 301-759-6459, emailing denise.adams@cumberlandmd.gov, or by going to our website at https://www.ci.cumberland.md.us/718/Home-Rehabilitation-Grant.

Mountainside Home Realty – Thinking about buying or selling? Our market is still strong and we are seeing sellers getting multiple offers and favorable terms. If you have been thinking of selling or buying in Western Maryland or West Virginia, give us a call at 301-722-0190. [email protected]

Suite Thirty-One, LLC – Located in the WCBC Building –  Second floor office suite featuring an executive office with windows on the mall and an administrative assistant room. An optional large, multiple-purpose office is also available. This second floor suite includes the use of a first-floor ADA-compliant office with direct access to the mall. Contact John for more information- 443-510-5724.

546 N. Centre Street – 1st Floor Commercial Unit for Lease
4 Large rooms, Parking Lot, ADA accessible & ADA bathroom and kitchenette. All utilities are included in the lease.
Contact Kevin 301-707-0799

1000 sq. ft. Commercial Space for Rent – 53 N. Liberty St.
Ideal for investment or insurance company Rent is $1995 per month.
View pictures and more details at Steepleviewrentals.com.


Chessie FCU is hiring full-time and part-time tellers for our local branches. Candidates can submit an application through our website at www.chessiefcu.org and click on About Us and then Careers or fill out an application at any of our branches.

Coney Pizza, 50 Main Street, Lonaconing, is now hiring inside workers 25-30 hours per week, who must be available for evenings and weekends. We are also hiring delivery drivers. Stop by to pick up an application.

Crabby Pig – We’re hiring experienced servers. If interested, message our Facebook page (Crabby Pig Cumberland) or stop at 13 Canal Street.

First Peoples is hiring. We are currently looking for Manager Trainees/Assistant Branch Managers and part-time Tellers. If you’re interested, please send your resume to humanresources@firstpeoples.com.

Hotel Gunter – JOIN OUR TEAM! We are searching for a highly motivated person to join our staff. Responsibilities include working the front desk for the Hotel Gunter, Barista duties in the Gladstone Beanery, and sales associate in the Gladstone Mercantile. Must be at least 18 years old and available to work evenings and weekends. Please apply in person. 11 W. Main Street, Frostburg.

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is NOW HIRING for many different types of positions.

  • Correctional Officers – $51,563 w/ $7,500 sign-on bonus
  • Correctional Officers with food service interest – $51,563 w/ $7,500 sign-on bonus
  • Correctional Maintenance Officer $57,969
  • Correctional Officers with trade skills, two years experience, NO Certifications Needed – starting at $56,832.
  • Administrative
  • Human Resources
  • Social & Case Workers and more

To see all open jobs, CLICK HERE

Contact: Nicole Stotelmyer

Western MD Field Recruiter

Dept of Public Safety and Correctional Services

18411 Roxbury Rd

Hagerstown, MD 21746

[email protected]

 (301) 745-3673 (O)

 (443) 204-5491 (M)

Mountain Laurel Medical Center – Oakland & Westernport Locations – Come Work With Us! We offer a strong compensation package and many perks! Now Hiring for the following position:

  • Medical Assistant (2) – Oakland

Apply Today!! Click here -> Mtn Laurel Jobs or email [email protected] or call 301-533-3300, ex.t 3235.

UScellular Virtual Hiring Event! LaVale, MD – Hiring for Part-Time & Full-Time In-Store Positions

UScellular – Multiple Job Locations

Sales Representative

$20.00 – $23.00 / hour, Full-time, Part-time

Sales Representative

$20.00 – $23.00 / hour, Full-time

Sales Representative

$20.00 – $23.00 / hour, Full-time

Job location(s)

Interviews will be held virtually, not at the following physical location(s).

  • 12317 Winchester Road SW, Cumberland, MD 21502 US
  • 940 Foxcroft Ave, Martinsburg, WV 25401 US

What is a virtual interview?

Virtual interviews help employers connect with job seekers when they are not in the same physical location. Since hiring is a human process, employers would like to talk with you online (chat, video or phone) to see if you meet the requirements for the job.

Opening DORS to Employment – the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) – DORS helps people with physical, emotional, intellectual, developmental, sensory, and learning disabilities go to work and keep their jobs through a variety of vocational rehabilitation (VR) services.

Eligible individuals will work with a DORS counselor to choose from VR programs and services such as:

· Career counseling

· Training to prepare for employment.

· Job skills training

· Job search and job placement

· Job coaching and supported employment

· Assistive technology

 DORS also provides two Transition Services tracks for Students (ages 14 to 21) with Disabilities. Transition Services for Students with Disabilities are activities that prepare students with disabilities to move from school to post-school life.

·  Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) provide students with disabilities the opportunity to experience and explore the world of work.

·  Student Employment Services are for students with disabilities who would like to receive Pre-ETS and also obtain or prepare for meaningful employment and a successful career. A broad range of employment and VR services may be available to these students.

Get more information or Request DORS Services online at dors.maryland.gov 

Hiring or Looking for employment  Check out our Now Hiring page at http://www.visitcumberland.org/now-hiring/. We will continue to update the list, so keep checking back. If you are an employer looking for employees, please message your information to the Visit Cumberland Maryland FB. Messenger page or email the information to [email protected]. We will include your listing.



The City of Cumberland is seeking individuals interested in community service to serve on boards and commissions when openings are available. Areas where citizens can serve include the Administrative Appeals Board, Downtown Development Commission, Parks and Recreation, Historic Preservation, and Shade Tree Commission. The City is compiling a list of interested citizens to minimize the time between appointments when there is an opening. A complete list of boards and commissions is available on the City of Cumberland website.

Not a member of the Downtown Cumberland Business Association (DCBA)? Join in and support the efforts of Downtown Cumberland businesses in keeping our Downtown alive and vibrant. Even if you don’t have a business in Downtown Cumberland, you can join as a Friend of DCBA. Membership forms are available at www.visitcumberland.org. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.visitcumberland.org. If you or your company have any Downtown Cumberland special events, sales, etc., you would like to include in this weekly email, please send the information to [email protected].