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What’s Happening in Downtown Cumberland

Shop and Dine Small in Downtown Cumberland
St. Patrick’s Day – March 17

 

 

Downtown Cumberland has been under a major construction project since April 2023 and the project probably won’t be complete until sometime in the fall of 2024. The end project will be much needed improved infrastructure and a beautiful new look for our town. In the meantime, please remember our local businesses need your support. We have great local retailers, delicious restaurants, coffee shops and pubs, art, theatre, and music venues. Be sure to support them and help our downtown Cumberland thrive. 

Several of our local businesses have back doors. If their street happens to be closed, check out the back doors. 

Thanks for supporting downtown Cumberland. It matters.

 

 

EVENTS

Queen City Bar-Athalon – Saturday, February 24, beginning at noon – $ Bars, 16 Teams, 1 Big Day – Axes/Darts/Bowling/Corn Hole at Fore Axes, Mezzos, JZ’s Pub and Centre Street Collective. Each winning team member will receive a $50 gift certificate to a downtown restaurant/bar. Entry Fee: $15/person (must be 21+ years old to participate). Learn more or sign up at any of the participating bars. Presented by Cumberland Downtown Development Commission. 

Hooley Plunge – Saturday, March 2, Rocky Gap State Park. In its twentieth year, the Hooley Plunge has become the largest single-day fundraising event in Allegany County. Scheduled for Saturday, March 2, hundreds of brave souls run into the cold waters of Lake Habeeb at Rocky Gap State Park to raise money for local programs supporting the developmentally disabled, including the Special Olympics of Allegany County, Friends Aware, programs based in both the public and private schools, Boy Scout Troop #89 and more. The Hooley Plunge is coordinated by the Alhambra Wamba Caravan #89. Since its inception, over 1.9 million dollars have been raised.

On-site registration for the Hooley Plunge begins at 10 am on Saturday, March 2, and the Plungers take to the waters at 1 pm. Plungers and spectators are encouraged to arrive early to avoid a traffic backup. For more information or to register for the Plunge, visit www.hooleyplunge.com or https://www.facebook.com/HooleyPlunge.

The Passages of the Western Potomac Heritage Area (PWPHA) and Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority (CPPDA) will be hosting a public meeting for the community to update everyone on the River Park Project on Wednesday, March 6, at 6 pm at the Allegany County Museum. In addition to the in-person meeting, you can view a live stream at  https://bit.ly/3Rbm7Es and the video at https://bit.ly/CPPDAyoutube. We look forward to sharing the progress of this project and the future plans with our community members.

Hooley Pub Crawl – Saturday, March 16, 10 am – 2 am. Get Irish for the day at Downtown Cumberland’s 25th Hooley Pub Crawl, featuring music, sing-a-longs, and other popular entertainers from the tri-state area. A full slate of entertainers will perform throughout the day at Downtown Cumberland and South Cumberland locations. There will be plenty of libations and music, so wear your green and head to Downtown Cumberland.

 

RETAIL

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 – Our Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 8 pm. 37 North Centre Street, 301.723.0818.

  • Everyone seems to enjoy the Youth & Beginner’s Jam, so we will continue them into the Spring. Briana Merkel, DelFest Academy alum and founder of the band JiggleBilly will join us on Saturday, February 24, to lead it with guitar. Saturday, February 24th, from 12-3 pm on the Living Room Stage at Azad’s. BYO instruments. Practice your favorite, and come ready to share. Or join in with the others. No rules.

Barkin’ Basement Thrift Shop – It’s time for our popular Five for $5 Sale! Get five items of clothing or shoes and pay only $5. The Five for $5 sale starts Thursday, February 22, and runs through Monday, February 26. Plus we’ll have a special sale each day.

Thursday, February 22 – All purses are half price.

Friday, February 23 – All baskets are half price.

Saturday, February 24 – All board games are half price.

Sunday, February 25 – All lamps and framed pictures are half price.

Monday, February 26 – All hardback books are $1.

Barkin’ Basement is located at 45 Baltimore Street in Downtown Cumberland. Come in through the front door or use our back door, located off Merchants Alley on Pershing Street. Barkin’ Basement is located at 45 Baltimore Street and has a back door off Merchants Alley on Pershing Street. Your purchases and donations at Barkin’ Basement help support the homeless animals at the Allegany County Animal Shelter. www.barkinbasementthriftshop.com. 

The Book Center – Hot off the press! We are pleased to have Andrew Sparber’s most recent publication- “Full Steam Ahead: Allegany County Maryland’s Industrial Revolution.”  Signed by the author, it’s a great addition to your local history collection.

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

Cartridges Galore – 68 Pershing Street. 240-362-7179. Jump in LOVE with gaming! This month, we’re bringing you deals we know you will fall head over heels for! Share the love, or keep it for yourself, but we know we’ll have something you want! Everyone’s favorite is back! B2G1 FREE on all pre-owned rack games! [Including Nintendo Switch]

Significant other specials:

  • Buy any pre-owned PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch and get a free player two controller! [New wired controller]
  • Protect your most loved games with box protectors. Available for $2.99! 
  • Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: Paldean Fates available in all 8 locations! ETBs are just $49.99, and Tech Sticker Collections are $15.99! 
  • NEW controller restock! Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X controllers start at $29.99!
  • A new release you’ll be sure to love is coming out this month: Mario Vs. Donkey Kong on Nintendo Switch comes out Feb. 16th! 

Don’t forget your FREEBIE! All CG Loyalty text subscribers are eligible to receive a free Gashapon token! *One per rewards member*
These deals and more will be here all February long! So stop in and show your love for gaming!  

Charis Winery and Distillery – Get ready to warm up your winter with our exciting Charis Souper Saturdays, where you can enjoy a cozy and delicious experience with unlimited snacks, soup, and dessert for just $15 per person. Indulge in a variety of comforting flavors while savoring your favorite wine or cocktail, available for an additional cost. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to beat the winter blues, and join us for an all-you-can-eat extravaganza. We can’t wait to see you there! Saturday, February 24, 5:00 – 8 pm. Serving till 7:30 pm. This week’s menu is Chili or Black Bean Soup. Finish dinner off with a sweet treat- our luscious Brownie.

Come hang out at Charis Winery & Distillery. Eat, play games and enjoy wine and spirit cocktails. Games: use our chess or checkers or bring your own games.   

Craft Table has a wonderful selection of St Patrick’s Day or patriotic wreaths, all locally handmade in our shop here in Cumberland. Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 12-4:30 pm. Phone: 240.642.8828. Located in historic downtown Cumberland at 11 South Liberty Street. Craft Table…The hiding place of 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 –  Visit us at 119 Baltimore Street or http://energyselectllc.com to learn how much you can save by going solar. We make it easy and affordable for homes and businesses to start saving with solar power. GO SOLAR AND SAVE!

Fort Cumberland Emporium – Downtown Cumberland’s place to shop for antiques and collectibles. Open Sunday, 11 – 4; Monday, Thursday – Saturday, 10 – 5. Stop in and find a memory. 55 Baltimore Street.

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. Open Monday – Saturday, 12 – 8 pm.

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. 

Our dear friend and regular supporter of downtown businesses was looking for a way to support G&O more than he already does. Having no children to buy for, he purchased a gift certificate that he donated back to us. We have decided that starting February 1st and throughout the month, every purchase made at G&O will enter your name into a drawing. On the close of business on February 29th, we will pull a name as the $60 gift certificate winner.

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.

Myla & Maple | Style Bar & Boutique – Myla & Maple is your destination to sip and shop effortlessly chic styles until you drop! Molly Bracken, Heartloom, By Together, and more brands you’ll love. Stop by at 50 N Centre Street. 

Myla & Maple Hours: Sunday-Wednesday — CLOSED, Thursday – 11 am – 5 pm, Friday – 1 pm – 9 pm, Saturday – 11 am – 9 pm.

  • Winter Sale: Check out our winter sale items throughout February, with items up to 50% off!
  • Happy Hour: Join us for Happy Hour every Thursday from 5 pm-7 pm with 10% off drinks & clothing!
  • Interested in using our space for a bridal shower or event? Get in touch with us at [email protected]. More events coming soon!

PharmaCare West – Stop by and pick up some Bedford Candies chocolates and gourmet popcorn for your sweetheart. 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.

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. 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 Street. Open Monday – Saturday, 12 – 8 pm.  http://www.westernmarylandmusic.com/

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.

 

WINING & DINING

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. 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 – Time to make your New Year’s Eve reservation @citylightsamericangrill by calling 301-722-9800. Open 4 to 9 pm.

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.

Crabby Pig – Dine-in or take-out. Give us a call at 301-724-7472. 

Jin’s Asian Cuisine – Chinese/Thai/Japanese cuisine. Open Tuesday – Thursday, 11 a m – 10 pm; Friday – Saturday, 11 am – 10:30 pm; Sunday, noon 9:30 pm. Dine-in, Take-Out, Delivery. 36 Queen City Drive, 301-777-5555 & 301-777-2233. www.jinasiancuisine.com.

Mezzos – 114 S. Centre Street, 301-777-7750. 10:30 am – 1:30 pm. Mezzos will be open until midnight on Christmas Eve and at 5 pm on Christmas Day.

Mezzos Valentine Steak Special – 1 1/2 inch thick New York Strips! Cooked how you want and served with mashed potatoes, gravy, bacon green beans. You can never go wrong with the Steak Dinner. Valentine’s Steak Special starts on February 14.  

  • Mondays – Margarita & Tacos Monday. All day special – $1.50/$2.00 beef, chicken or steak tacos. See Bartender for great beer and Liquor specials!
  • Tuesdays – Open Mic Night, 7 pm, Mezzos Main
  • Wednesdays- .60 Bone-in-Wings All Day (dine-in only.) Working Woman’s Wednesday with WQZK Radio/ Amy Ryan – 6 – 8 pm. 
  • Burger Day – $9.99. Trivia with Randy Means – 7:30 – 10:15 pm. SIN (Service Industry Night) with DJ Racos from 10:15 pm – 1:30 am.
  • Friday – Baked Potato Day. Choose your favorite – $6 – $7.
  • Saturdays – ½ off Artisan Pizza Day. Downtown Cumberland Barathalon – Play bar games (axe throwing, darts, bowling, and cornhole in friendly competition with the other bars in Cumberland. Sign up at the bar with your phone number. 
  • Sundays – AYCE Boneless, Nachos, Sliders, Fries – $11.50 per person! 

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!

Ottaviani Tasting Room & Lounge Weekly Events – 27 N. Centre Street Open Tuesday – Friday, 5 – 10 pm; Saturday, 12 noon – 10 pm. 

  • 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.
  • Sunday, Mary 17, 3 pm – Get Irish this St. Patrick’s Day at Ottaviani Tasting Room and Lounge. Cumberland’s own Irish band, the Shanty Irish, will play your favorite Irish songs at 3 pm. Go Green. Go Irish.

Queen City Cravings – 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.

PETS AND ANIMALS

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. 

  • 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.

YOUR HEALTH, WELL-BEING & EDUCATION

PharmaCare West – Stop by and pick up some Bedford Candies chocolates and gourmet popcorn for your sweetheart. 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.

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. 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. The entrance is donation-based; 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.

 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Allegany Arts Council, 9 N. Centre Street.

  • The Allegany Arts Council is pleased to announce the invited artists who will be included in its upcoming February exhibition, “What Is…Love?”. Twenty-nine artists will have work represented in this exploration of love and its impact on our lives. Local artists and Allegany Arts Council members selected for inclusion in the competition include Cecelia Battle, Clarksburg, MD; Albert Feldstein, LaVale, MD; Elizabeth Hestick, Fairmont, WV; Dale Lazar, Pittsburgh, PA; and Michael O’Brien, Romney, WV. The exhibition will be available for viewing through February 27, 2024, and online. While construction is currently impacting access to the gallery’s front door, visitors may access the gallery through our back entrance in Butler’s Alley. 
  • Saturday, March 2, 3 – 5 pm – Public Opening: The Imagination Generation: Mysterious Mythical Creatures. Join us for the Public Opening of our newly expanded youth art show, The Imagination Generation. Works submitted will be from area youth ages 2-18 exploring the “Mysterious Mythical Creatures” theme.
  • March 12 – Life Drawing Program –  Join us for a two-hour guided live drawing workshop to improve and expand your figurative practice. Arts Council members may register for free; non-members cost $15.00. To register, please contact us at 301.777.2787 or [email protected]

Cumberland Theatre – 101 N. Johnson Street, 301-759-4990, [email protected]. You can buy your 2024 Season Pass here: https://www.cumberlandtheatre.com/passes-subscriptions 

  • William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts– 104 Washington Street. 
  • 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 – 49 Baltimore Street, 240-362-7183, www.embassytheatrecorp.org

2024 Complete Season Details

  • Murder Mystery at the Museum by Tom Valentine in partnership with Allegany Museum, April 11-13, 2024 – 8:00 pm. Written and Directed by Tom Valentine
  • Li’l Abner the Musical – Book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, Based on characters created by Al Capp, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer, Music by Gene de Paul. May 9-12 & 16-19, 2024 – 8:00 pm Thurs/Fri/Sat and 2:00 pm Sun
  • Yes And/In Bob We Trust by Andrew Nicholls. June 13-16 & 20-23, 2024 – 8:00 pm Thurs/Fri/Sat and 2:00 pm Sun
  • Anne of Green Gables. July 11-14 & 18-21, 2024 – 8:00 pm Thurs/Fri/Sat and 2:00 pm Sun
  • Western Maryland Shakespeare Festival – August 2024 (dates and plays TBA)
  • Anything Goes – Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter, Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse, New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman. September 12-15 & 19-22, 2024 – 8:00 pm Thurs/Fri/Sat & 2:00 pm Sun
  • Misery – Adapted by William Goldman. October 10-13 & 17-20, 2024 – 8:00 pm Thurs/Fri/Sat and 2:00 pm Sun
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – Adapted by Noah Smith
  • November 7-10 & 14-17, 2024 – 8:00 pm Thurs/Fri/Sat and 2:00 pm Sun.
  • Christmas Belles by Jones Hope Wooten – December 12-15 & 19-22, 2024 – 8:00 pm Thurs/Fri/Sat and 2:00 pm Sun

Box Office and Cafe open 7:00 pm Thurs/Fri/Sat & 1:00 pm Sun

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 HoursMonday & Tuesday – CLOSED, Wednesday & Thursday – 5 pm – 10 pm, Friday – 4 pm – 11:30 pm, Saturday – 12:30 pm – 11 pm, Sunday – 12 pm – 6 pm

  • Hooley Pub Crawl, 3/16: Stop by Fore Axes for a sham-rocking time! Food brought to you by B-Rad’s Pizza, drinks by Western MD Distributing, and music by Let’s Go & DJ South!!! Doors open at 1 pm.
  • Trivia Thursdays: Trivia Thursdays are BACK starting 1/25. Do you and your team have what it takes to win?! Stop in every week for drink specials, catering, new prizes & questions. For more information, please email [email protected]. No sign-up fee!
  • Mobile Axe-Throwing: Looking for your next big party trick? Look no further than Fore Axes’ mobile axe-throwing trailer! Contact us at [email protected] for use, or come visit us at a local event!
  • Party Packages & Event Rentals: Party at Fore Axes! Book online for your next birthday, corporate, or holiday event! Choose from the following packages: Shiloh, Bullseye, Hatchet, Perfect Game, Corporate, Graduation, etc., to make your next axe-perience one to remember. Visit www.foreaxes.com for more details.
  • More events coming soon!

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

  • Saturday, February 24, 8 – 11 pm- DJ Rob Zembower Presents Punk Pop Party for the Plunge. Proceeds will be donated to the Hooley Plunge. There is a $5 entry; you must be 21+ with a valid ID. 
  • Friday, May 3, 8 – 10 pm – Mama Said String Band. Delivering a refreshing reinvention of sounds once forgotten through their own brand of grassroots, Mama Said String Band has been making an impact on the bluegrass scene and beyond since its 2016 debut. Mama Said String Band is a four-piece collection of songwriters and players based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Tickets – $12/advance; $15/door. https://www.tickettailor.com/events/loft129/1110517.
  • Friday, May 10, 8 – 10 pm – David Singley. David Singley is a singer-songwriter-guitarist whose music is born of the street, the country, and the academy. An experienced veteran with decades of backing world-class artists and performers, he weaves rock, country, and jazz elements together. $10/person. https://www.tickettailor.com/events/loft129/1108797. 
  • Friday, May 24, 8 – 10:30 pm – The Bob Band – Bob Dylan Tribute Band. The Bob Band, a Bob Dylan tribute band, is a group of veteran musicians based in Washington, DC, dedicated to capturing the vibe, spirit, and arrangement of Bob Dylan’s original recordings. A faithful musical journey through the amazing Dylan catalog – 50 years of folk, rock, country, blues, even gospel. Advance tickets/$12, $15/door. https://www.tickettailor.com/events/loft129/1110510
  • Saturday, July 13, 8 – 10 pm  Blue Diggity. Bluegrass at the Loft! Between their passionate vocal leads, tight harmonies, and powerful instrumental arrangements, Blue Diggity generates a dynamic presence on stage that is sure to engage the audience. $15/person. https://www.tickettailor.com/events/loft129/1117220,

Mezzos – 

  • Open Mic Night is hosted by the Slice Girlz, Mezzos Main, every Tuesday from 7 pm to 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. 
  • Every Thursday – Trivia with Randy Means, 7:30 – 10:15 pm. 
  • Saturday, February 24 – Downtown Cumberland Barathalon – Play bar games (axe throwing, darts, bowling, and cornhole in friendly competition with the other bars in Cumberland. Sign up at the bar with your phone number.
  • Hooley Pub Crawl at Mezzos – March 16, 4 pm. Let’s get Irish for the day at Mezzos. Jaded and Anger Box are ready to rock it out, and Mezzos is always the place to meet, so let’s have some fun. Jaded will play 4-7, and Anger Box goes on at 8:00. There is no cover! 
  • Medusa’s Disco with Shadowburn at Mezzos Underground, Thursday, March 28, 8 pm.
  • The Perishables Death Mental Tour with Anxiety at Best and Trapratt at Mezzos Underground, Tuesday, June 4, 7 pm.  

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.

Mountainside Baroque’s – The regular concert schedule resumes on March 10 with “About the Maypole: The Tudor Rose,” featuring Elizabethan and Jacobean England music. This delightful English style is still popular today. Mountainside’s favorite singers will be joined by the “great, young, virtuoso” lute player, Arash Noori. This ear-pleasing “fa-la-la” afternoon of madrigals, lute music and songs will be presented at 4 pm at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Smallwood and Washington Streets in Cumberland. Individual tickets and FlexSaver cards can be purchased at https://www.mountainsidebaroque.org/shop.

For the most updated information, visit www.mountainsidebaroque.org or call 301-338-2940.

 

HISTORY/MUSEUMS/ALLEGANY COUNTY TOURISM/LIBRARY/WMSR

The Allegany County Library System – Patrons can check out the eBooks & More page on the library’s website to access digital collections like hoopla, Libby, and Kanopy, where users can download books, audiobooks, movies, music, and magazines! As always, library patrons can access their accounts through the library’s homepage to renew books and other items from home. For more information, go to www.alleganycountylibrary.info or contact any branch of the Allegany County Library System at Frostburg, 301-687-0790; George’s Creek, 301-463-2629; LaVale, 301-729-0855; South Cumberland, 301-724-1607; Washington Street, 301-777-1200; or Westernport, 301-359-0455.

  • Drum roll, please; get ready for mobile printing! Available in February, you can print to the library printers directly from your phone, tablet, and laptop. It’s easy and convenient, and it’s another way we’re making your library experience even better. Learn more here: alleganycountylibrary.info/mobileprinting/
  • 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.
  • 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. 

Allegany County Historical Society – 218 Washington Street, 301-777-8678, www.alleganycountyhistory.org. Your Historical Society Program Team is working on a full calendar of educational and entertaining programs for the coming year at all four historic facilities, including these dates already circled in our book.

  • Saturday, March 16, a new St. Paddy’s Day High Tea marks the season opening of Gordon-Roberts House. You’ll enjoy a presentation on the traditions of Ireland and St. Paddy’s Day and learn more about the prominent Irish graves of Allegany County. Composer/performer Tom Espinola, so well received at Christmas, will add acoustic Irish music. This tea will feature a buffet of Irish-themed foods served in our beautiful dining room, decorated in the style of Vanderbilt family wallpaper patterns. Seating is limited to 30 patrons, so don’t delay. As always, tickets are discounted for active ACHS members. Online 2024 membership is available at https://alleganycountyhistory.org/membership-application.
  • Saturday, April 27, Third Annual Gatsby Gala Fundraiser at the Brooke Whiting House, 632 Washington Street. Doors open at 6 pm. It’s that time again! Dress in your best 1920s outfits and re-live what a racy 1929 prohibition party was like as Brooke and Ruth Whiting guests in their 1911 home. This was Cumberland’s heyday, and the Whitings were active in everything from banking to beer brewing. Known simply as “Gatsby,” this event has become a “must-do” social gathering for all the right reasons! Surprise arrivals. Great food. An amazing setting among Brooke Whiting Jr and his sister Anne’s collections of art, books and furnishings, astutely acquired from American antiquities dealers, and during their world travels between 1948 and 1990. Ticket buyers will enjoy the musical talents of “Lulu’s Fate,” a talented three-piece acoustic group from Washington DC, making their first Western Maryland appearance. Proceeds benefit the Allegany County Historical Society’s preservation and educational mission, established in 1937. Seating is limited to 80 attendees, so don’t delay. As always, tickets are discounted for active ACHS members. Online 2024 membership is available athttps://alleganycountyhistory.org/membership-application/

Allegany Museum -. The museum is closed for the season. 3 Pershing Street, www.alleganymuseum.org. 

Murder at the Museum – Allegany Museum and Embassy Theatre announce an upcoming murder mystery event on the evenings of Thursday, April 11, Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13. Written and directed by Tom Valentine, this interactive experience in the museum ballroom features an eight-member cast mingling throughout the crowd before the performance and dropping clues. Refreshments will be available at a cash bar, and charcuterie boards will be set at each table. Attendees will be invited to guess the murderer by ballot at the end of the performance. Prizes for the winners include a Whiskey Rebellion ticket or a Triple Play theatrical event pass from the Embassy Theatre. Seating will be limited to 100 people per night. Tickets will be $40 per person and a ticket link for this joint benefit is available on the websites and Facebook pages of both Allegany Museum and Embassy Theatre.

A troupe of actors is on their way to NYC for the opening of a new show, “Titanic: Ship of Fools.” They stop in Cumberland to rehearse at the Embassy Theatre but end up at the Allegany Museum instead. https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/ticketing/4c5e2aca-489e-4cfd-94f5-b0a92fbb3828?fbclid=IwAR1yDQI4NsmNvp_PqCUQR1bTK-X1dBbQlGjhj1paX7vscmwN3QEGmqoNXpo

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

  • Our Murder Mystery Dinner Trains have returned every other Friday evening! Enjoy a candlelit dinner and a fresh meal cooked on board our former Pennsylvania Railroad Kitchen Car while interacting with characters and helping solve a murder mystery case! These trains will sell out; select your meal when buying your tickets! Make your reservations here: https://wmsr.com/murder-mystery-trains
  • 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. Don’t miss out on this amazing experience! Book your tickets now at https://wmsr.com/alleghenywinter-express.
  • A Cumberland tradition returns in 2024 as our popular Spring Fling trains return for the weekend of April 27th, 2024! It’s time to break out of those winter blues and plant some fresh flowers at Bone Cave! These trips are just $15 a ticket and fabulous for a quick trip out with family to play yard games and enjoy the fresh spring air. Visit https://wmsr.com/spring-fling-express-family-train-ride to get your Spring Fling tickets today!

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].

 

DOWNTOWN LIVING & WORKING

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.

HIRING & OPPORTUNITIES

Ferleman Art Gallery – We are hiring multiple Art Gallery Assistants. Are you passionate about art and eager to be a part of a leading Fine Art Gallery? Ferleman Art Gallery on North Centre Street Cumberland seeks multiple professional and enthusiastic Art Gallery Assistants to join our team. This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals interested in fine art who possess excellent verbal communication skills and enjoy engaging with artists and art collectors. Apply online at https://ferleman.com/art-gallery-assistant.

Wheelzup Adventures – We are hiring boat rental staff, guides, shuttle driver and bike mechanic. Send us an email at [email protected]

Allegany County Chamber of Commerce- OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

General Job Description

The Office Administrator shall support the mission and policies of the Chamber of Commerce by providing administrative support for annual and special events, committee work and daily office activities.

Specific Job Responsibilities

  • Annual & Special Events: provide administrative support – collect RSVPs, arrange off-site locations, including pricing and food coordination, arrange all planning meetings, distribute materials, take notes, and coordinate follow-up tasks.
  • Regular & Special Committee Meetings: arrange all meetings with notices to Chamber members, distribute materials, take notes, and coordinate follow-up tasks.
  • Chamber Programs: Work with Chamber staff to provide administrative support, including but not limited to assisting with scheduling meetings, preparing and distributing materials, and any off-site arrangements, including pricing and food coordination.
  • Manage and maintain through the Chamber’s membership software:
  • Distribute communications and notices
  • Prepare annual and monthly membership invoicing
  • Provide administrative support for the coordination and distribution of marketing materials
  • General office management: maintaining the operations and workflow through coordinating supply purchases, maintenance, overall scheduling, organization, time management, and basic bookkeeping.
  • Serve as a main point of contact for members and guests by phone or in person.

Education/Experience

A qualified candidate will hold a high school diploma, preferably with additional training in business administration and/or business technologies, and administrative experience in managing and coordinating a successful, fast-paced office.

Proficiency is required in writing, communication, and Microsoft Office 365; familiarity with database management will be strongly considered.

Additional Details

Work days: Monday – Friday

Work hours: 32/week (scheduling flexibility)

Benefits: paid parking, PTO

Wage: $16/hour

Interviews: February 5 – 8, 2024

Second Interviews: February 12 – 15, 2024

Start Date: Friday, March 1, 2024

To Apply

Email cover letter, resume, and references to [email protected]

Forever Media – Job Position: Account Executive-Cumberland, MD 

Job Description: Forever Media, Inc. is seeking a self-motivated, goal-driven individual with knowledge of and a desire to work with local business owners, helping them to grow their business through the power of local radio and digital solutions. The desired candidate will identify client needs prior to proposing marketing recommendations, conduct market research, plan and execute creative branding and promotional campaigns, and assist in driving results for advertisers. 

Responsibilities: Responsibilities will include developing new business, maintaining and servicing accounts, and reactivating inactive accounts. Account Executives will work to grow revenue by developing strong partnerships with existing and potential advertisers to assist in increasing sales, traffic count, and visibility through local radio and digital solutions, promotional opportunities, and interactive initiatives available with Forever Media’s Cumberland stations. Additional responsibilities will include performing ongoing client needs analysis and market research to ensure that current marketing campaigns effectively meet advertiser needs. 

Qualifications: Prior sales or marketing experience is preferred, along with a willingness to learn and a desire to win. Strong communication and presentation skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced, team-focused environment are required. Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license. 

Compensation: Competitive compensation and benefits package based on past experience and performance. If you think you have what it takes to be a member of our Cumberland, MD team, please email your 

resume to [email protected]

Chessie FCU – Join our team and elevate your career. We’re on the lookout for full-time and part-time tellers in our local branches. Ready to make a change? Apply today. Learn more: https://www.chessiefcu.org/abot-us/careers.html.

Coney Pizza, 50 Main Street, Lonaconing, is hiring cooks and delivery staff. 25-plus hours a week. Daylight and nights available. Must be able to work weekends. 301-463-2227

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 [email protected]

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) 

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 service 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 Servicesare 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.

 

GET INVOLVED/OPPORTUNITIES

Interested in helping children and making a difference in their lives? CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) of Western Maryland always seeks volunteers to work with the children. Give your voice to a child in need. Call 301-777-1262.

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].