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  1. National Public Lands Day at New Germany State Park
  2. Applications for Mini-Grants Offered
  3. The Casselman River Bridge Celebrates 201 Years
  4. Purchase Tickets for the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Kick-Off Reception
  5. What's Happening Deep Creek? September 19-21
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National Public Lands Day at New Germany State Park


New Germany State Park will be celebrating America’s 21st-annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27th, 2014. National Public Lands Day is a celebration of the work, play, and learning that takes place on public lands every day throughout the nation. National Public Lands Day brings together thousands of volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise, and enjoyment. Last year, more than 175,000 Americans participated at more than 2,200 sites in all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.

In honor of this year’s National Public Lands Day, New Germany State Park will be hosting a volunteer activity for those who want to “lend a hand for public lands,” and also a guided hike for those who want to celebrate the recreational and educational benefits of public lands. The volunteer activity will begin at 9 am at the New Germany Lake House. From there, volunteers will team up with park staff to remove bush honeysuckle – an invasive plant that out-competes native plants in the park. Participants will learn the benefits of replacing non-native species with native plants to promote conservation and healthy ecological processes. This activity is best suited for participates ages 7 and up, and will require closed-toed shoes. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves and drinking water. The project will conclude at 12 noon.

The guided hike will consist of a 4.3-mile hike on the Monroe Run Trail, which travels from New Germany Road to Big Run State Park. The hike will begin at 1 pm at the Monroe Run Trailhead on New Germany Road. This mostly down-hill hike is considered moderately difficult and will take about 3 to 3-1/2 hours complete. Participants must bring their own drinking water and wear hiking boots or shoes suitable for multiple ankle-deep stream crossings. At the conclusion of the hike, a shuttle service will be provided from Big Run State Park back to the trailhead on New Germany Road. The hike is limited to 10 participants, ages 7 and up. Participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453.


Applications for Mini-Grants Offered

Applications for Mini-Grants, offered by the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area in Garrett County, are now being accepted.  The Heritage Area's mini-grant program is designed to provide funding for innovative exhibits, tours, marketing, planning and projects which build upon interpretive themes identified in the Management Plan including: Transportation, Man and Nature, Historic Recreation, Cultural Uniqueness. Projects should seek to attract cultural heritage tourists to the region. Applications are due by September 30.


For More Information including instructions and the application visit the website below.


The Casselman River Bridge Celebrates 201 Years


The Casselman River Bridge turns 201 years old this September, making it one of the oldest surviving bridges in the nation.  In recognition of this milestone, a series of programs and activities will be held at the historic bridge on Saturday, September 20th, 2014.   Programs will include guided walking tours with a park ranger at 2 pm and 4 pm, followed by a special fireside program at 7 pm.  The walking tours will begin and end on the bridge, and each will consist of a 30 minute stroll on easy terrain.  The fireside program will take place at the stone fireplace in the picnic area at Casselman River Bridge State Park.  During this special program, retired Forest Manager, Champ Zumbrun, will present “The Lore of the Casselman” with campfire songs and stories.  At the conclusion of the fireside program, the Casselman River Bridge will be adorned with 201 candle luminaries.  All programs at the State Park will be offered free of charge.  Gift items commemorating the Casselman River Bridge Bicentennial will be available for purchase at the bridge from 2 pm to 7 pm. Parking will be available at Casselman River Bridge State Park or at Penn Alps and Spruce Forest Artisan Village.  

Spruce Forest Artisan Village will also be celebrating the 201st anniversary of the bridge by hosting its second annual Plein Air painting event on September 20, from 9 am to 4 pm.  Artwork completed en plein air will be on display from 4:00 -4:30 pm, during which time the audience will be asked to choose their favorite submissions to be honored with one of two people’s choice awards.  All artwork entered for Plein Air awards must be created entirely on site during the event.  For more information or to pre-register for the Plein Air painting event, please e-mail Kathy at or call Kathy at 814-634-0200 or 814-233-3262.

At the time of its construction in 1813, the Casselman River Bridge was the longest single-span, stone-arch bridge in the nation.  The bridge served as an important transportation link until 1933, when a new steel bridge was built nearby.  The bridge was closed to vehicles in 1953 and the area became established as a State Park in 1957. Today, the Casselman River Bridge is listed as a National Historic Landmark, and serves as a picturesque relic of the nation's early transportation history.


Purchase Tickets for the 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Kick-Off Reception

Tickets for the 47th annual Autumn Glory Festival Kick-Off Reception, presented by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, are now available.

Along with the annual announcement of this year’s Golden Ambassador, the reception on October 8th  at Chanteclaire Farm in Friendsville, includes the coronation of the Autumn Glory King and Queen and recognizes the festival sponsors. Clear Mountain Bank is the official sponsor of the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception. Sounds Fun Entertainment will provide the evening’s entertainment, sponsored by Long & Foster Resort Rentals and Premier Power Solutions, LLC.

“This prestigious event provides an elegant, yet lively atmosphere to kick-off the Autumn Glory festivities,” said Nicole Christian, President of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.  “We invite you to help us celebrate our 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival.”

Each attendee to the Kick-Off Reception receives a 47th Annual Autumn Glory Commemorative Postcard, Magnet and a collectible Autumn Glory pin, which entitles the holder to priority seating on the bleachers near the reviewing stand for the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 11th.

The evening kicks off with a 6 pm social hour featuring complimentary beer & wine and a cash bar available. The sit-down dinner begins at 7 pm with the program following at 8 pm. The reception ticket includes hors d’oeuvres and a sit-down dinner with assigned seating. Reserve your seats or tables early for preferred seating, which is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Admission to the event is $195 per couple and $100 per individual. Tickets purchased at the door will cost an additional $5.00.
The reservation deadline for the reception is Sept. 26. To purchase tickets, buy online at or please call 301.387.6171.


What's Happening Deep Creek? September 19-21

Here's what's happening around Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County this weekend.

All eyes are focused on the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships happening now through September 21st.  Visit Deep Creek 2014 for a full list of events.  

Don't forget the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market on Saturday morning in Oakland.  

The Casselman River Bridge celebrates another birthday with events an a plein air painting festival.  

At the State Parks

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center


Saturday, September 20

11:00 a.m. Indoor Hawk Watching - Meet in the Discovery Room to learn basic identification of hawks in flight. Migration season is the perfect time to begin or hone your skills in this area. Learn characteristics of flight, wing beat and shape for identification from a distance.

2:00 p.m. Naturalist in the Discovery Room

Sunday, September 21

10:00 a.m. Fall Brant Mine Hike. Take a guided hike with the naturalist to the historic Brant Mine. The hike begins in the center of the newly designed mine room. Once at the mine site you will see the remnants of a coal mine that was operated in the 1920’s. Plus, you never know what wildlife we will see on the way. Approx. 1 ½ hour. Moderate walking.

Science Room open all day



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