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  1. What's Happening Deep Creek? August 29 - September 1st
  2. Garrett County Chamber Hosts Education Seminar: Marketing Plan 101
  3. Proposed Water and Sewer Service Area Amendments - Property Listings
  4. Speaker Series Tuesday Night at the Oakland B&O Musuem
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What's Happening Deep Creek? August 29 - September 1st

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



At the Wisp Outdoor Labor Day Sale all weekend. 

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

Arts and Entertainment

Take a drop-in watercolor class with local artist Robert Yonke on Friday morning. 

The Terah Crawford Band is on for the Little Yough Music Festival on Friday evening in Oakland. 

The Honeycutters will be at Moonshadow Cafe on Saturday night. 

Enjoy the Hillbilly Gypsies at the Hillbilly Bash.

The "President's Own" Marine Band presented by GLAF at Garrett College on Monday. 

At the State Parks

Enjoy Campfire Songs and Stories at Swallow Falls State Park on Sunday.

Deep Creek Lake State Park and Sang Run 

 Friday, August 29
Service Reduction Day.  Center closed.
Saturday, August 30
11:00 a.m. What’s that Reptile? Come to theDiscoveryCenter to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and even have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures! Approx. 45 minutes. Free

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Hayrides at Sang Run roughly every half hour. $2 per person.
11:00 a.m. Little Guard For kids age 5-7. Meet at the beach and learn the skills of a lifeguard.  Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more.  NO swimming required. Free.
Sunday, August 31
11:00 a.m. Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist on the docks of theDiscoveryCenter for this exciting adventure! Check out our fish traps, aqua scopes and learn about the critters that call Deep Creek home.  Approx. ½ hour, Free.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter.   Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with the birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat! Bring a camera because they will be perched for a great photo opportunity!  Free.

Monday, September 1

2:00 p.m “Fire”  Oyster Wars   1:00 p.m.  Fire!  Oyster Wars  Meet a Ranger/Historian at the old cannon in the Discovery Center.  How was the cannon loaded, fired and used in the Chesapeake Bay wars mid 1800s.


New Germany State Park

Friday, August 29th:
Growing Up at New Germany, 6:30 PM

During this program, special guest speaker, Bill Martin, will provide a first-hand account of what it was like to grow up at New Germany in the 1930's and 40's.  Bill Martin's father, Matthew E. Martin, Sr., was the area's first appointed Forest Warden in 1930, and later became the first Superintendent of Savage River State Forest in 1938.  The Martin Family lived in the residence now known as the "Martin House", located across from Cabin #11.  As a child, Bill Martin witnessed the arrival of the Civilian Conservation Corps at New Germany in 1933, and watched as the 120 enrollees of Camp S-52 transformed the area into a popular recreation destination over the next several years.  Mr. Martin will also provide a first-hand account of what it was like to attend school in New Germany's one-room schoolhouse in the 1930s.  Originally built in the late 1800's, the New Germany School served an average of 25-40 students each year, with grades 1-7 all taught in the same room.  Although the original schoolhouse building burned down in 1902, the school reopened in the early 1910’s, and continued to serve the local community until the 1940’s.  Today, efforts are underway to restore the schoolhouse as an interpretive center.  The program will take place inside the Lake House at 6:30 pm.  For more information, please call the Ranger Station at 301-895-5453.

Saturday, August 30th:
Woodsy Walk, 10:00 AM
Participants are invited to join the park naturalist on this guided one-mile hike and learn how to identify some common plants found in the park. Participants are encouraged to bring drinking water and wear appropriate footwear.  Meet at the Nature Center.

Weekly Craft Hour, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Participants are invited to join the park naturalist anytime between 11 AM and 3 PM to create a nature-inspired craft to take home with them. Cost is $3 per craft.

Nature Scavenger Hunt, 3:30 PM
During this kid-friendly program, participants are invited to explore the park in search of random things found in nature.  Meet at the Nature Center, next to the Lake House.

Old Time Jam, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Musicians and listeners of all ages are invited to share and enjoy traditional folk, bluegrass, and other “old-time” Appalachian music.  The “Jam” will take place at the Lake House from 6:30 – 9:30 PM.  Admission is free, and food and gift items will be available for purchase.

Sunday, August 31st:
Toad Time, 11:00 AM
The park naturalist has been caring for some tadpoles that are now beginning to morph into toads!  Participants will learn about the life stages of the American toad. Meet at the nature center Next to the lake house.

Wildflower Walk, 1:00 PM
Join the park naturalist for a relaxing walk around the park and discover some of the beautiful wildflowers now in bloom.  Meet at the Nature Center, next to the lake house.

Monday, September 1st:
Survival Bracelets, 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Come to the Nature Center any time between 11 AM and 2 PM and learn how to make your own survival bracelets out of paracord.  Cost is $5 per bracelet and includes a clasp and all the cord needed.

"What's Happening Deep Creek" is a weekly post on The Deep Creek Blog.  Please note that some events may have admission fees and/or require a reservation.  Please contact the sponsoring business or organization for more information.  If you'd like to submit an event send it to


Garrett County Chamber Hosts Education Seminar: Marketing Plan 101


Join the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, September 3 from 8:00 AM -10:00 AM at the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation when Sarah Duck, Garrett Chamber’s Director of Tourism and Marketing, will present Marketing Plan 101.  Sarah will use Garrett County’s tourism marketing plan to educate you on how to create your own business marketing plan.  At this seminar, you’ll learn the contents of a marketing plan, how to establish strategies, the difference between marketing and advertising and metrics of measurement.

Since 2007, Sarah has served as the Director of Tourism and Marketing at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, where her duties include managing the promotion & marketing of the Deep Creek Lake area & Garrett County. Her efforts have propelled Garrett County to a 28% increase in visitors, including the highest visitor increase in Maryland in 2012. The County has also experienced a 23% increase in lodging collections including record collections in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013. A 19% increase in county sales tax collections, 157% increase in Visitor Guide requests and a 22% increase in website visits have helped secure Deep Creek Lake Area and Garrett County’s spot as a premier vacation destination in the Mid-Atlantic. Prior to the Chamber, Sarah was the Marketing Manager at Wisp Resort from 2001 to 2007.

The Lake-Front Magazine is the sponsor of this event.  The cost to attend is $20 in advance and $25 at the door for members and $30 for non-members. To register, please log onto or call 301.387.6171.


Proposed Water and Sewer Service Area Amendments - Property Listings

From the Garrett County Department of Public Works:


The Garrett County Department of Public Works - Utilities Division is proposing to amend all service area boundaries to match where existing water and sewer service lines are located. Please be advised that all properties located within a service area are subject to ad valorem taxes where applicable. These rates are available at the bottom of this page. The maps of the proposed changes were posted to the website on July 3, 2014 under the "Current News, Events, and Press Releases" section. These maps continue to be available for review.  The lists below identify the properties that we are proposing to remove from the service areas as well as the properties we are proposing to add to the service areas.  For questions or comments regarding these amendments please contact the utilities office @ 301-334-6983.


Speaker Series Tuesday Night at the Oakland B&O Musuem

Courtney Wilson, Executive Director of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, will be at the Oakland B&O Museum on Tuesday August 26th from 6:00 - 8:30 pm to talk about the John Work Garrett era of the B&O and the Deer Park & Oakland Hotels as part of the museum's Speaker Series.   

Mr. Wilson holds two Master's Degrees in American History with specialized post-graduate work in American decorative arts, design and museum administration. He served with the National Park Service until his departure in 1983 to begin a career in the field of antiques. A lifelong student of furniture and decorative arts he specialized in American military material culture, arms and armor as well as political and patriotic Americana. Mr. Wilson was the president of a private museum consulting, exhibit design and object conservation firm completing hundreds of contracts for national, state and local institutions. In 1997, he joined the staff of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland as chief curator. In 2000 he was selected to be Executive Director of the institution, a position he holds today. In addition to his museum duties, Mr. Wilson continues to work in his field of expertise doing appraisals and consulting work for numerous museums, private clients and the auction houses of Christie's, Sotheby's and is on the firearms staff for James D. Julia's Auctions in Maine.

He serves the Baltimore community as a board member of several non-profit institutions and consortia and has been a member of the Mayor's Commission on Culture and Tourism, a trustee of the Baltimore National Heritage Area and the president of the Greater Baltimore History Alliance. He is the only two time winner of the Academy Award for Tourism & Attractions Professional of the Year (2004 and 2007). He has written numerous articles and two books on history and heritage related subjects and is the winner of three Telly awards for educational video programming.

Reservations are $25 per person and seating is limited. The cost includes appetizers and desserts.

Reservations can be made by calling Michelle Ross (301-334-2691) or Terry Helbig (301-616-0661).


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