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"The Deep Creek Blog " - 5 new articles

  1. What's Happening Deep Creek?: September 26-28
  2. 57th Springs Folk Festival October 3 and 4
  3. 2014 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours
  4. Online Access to Shale Gas Public Health Study Meeting on September 25th
  5. Fall Fest at Friends Delight Store
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What's Happening Deep Creek?: September 26-28

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



At the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market on Saturday morning in Oakland.  

Arts and Entertainment

The Terah Crawford Band plays at Moonshadow Cafe  tonight.  

GLAF presents War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II  on Saturday night.  

Greater Good...

The Deep Creek Lake Lion's Club hosts Bark in the Park 5K on Saturday.  


at the Oakland B&O Station Lecture Series with Dr. David Turner on Saturday.  

At the State Parks

Lend a Hand for Public Hands at New Germany State Park on Saturday 

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center 


Saturday, September 27

2:00 p.m. Critter Encounter
Meet inside the Discovery Center as they feed the critters! You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian!

Sunday, September 28

11:00 a.m. Fall Leaf Creations
Make your very own fall leaf while learning about what makes each leaf unique.

2:00 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.

 "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


57th Springs Folk Festival October 3 and 4


Can't wait til Autumn Glory for a fall festival?  Check out the 57th Springs Folk Festival Oct. 3 & 4

The Springs Folk Festival will get your foot-a-tapping with continual music performances including country bluegrass, clogging and the lilting tones of Mennonite a Capella singers in the large music building. The 57th Festival will feature over 100 live demonstrations of days gone by.  

Your appetite will be satisfied as you sample the PA Dutch foods. All items are meticulously prepared from the bean soup to the homemade pies. Signature items are the smoked sausage, Dutch fried potatoes, and dried corn as well as the pancake and sausage meal served all day, representative of the diet of early German and Swiss Amish and Mennonite settlers of the area.

View how apple butter is prepared as well as sample homemade bread baked in an outside bake oven, spread with a choice of homemade butter or locally made Beachy apple butter. A maple sugar camp guides you through the process of creating maple candies and syrup. Watch the making of sauerkraut, frying donuts and roasting peanuts.

Admission price includes demonstrations, music performances, museum tours and pageant. Parking is free. The Springs Folk Festival will be held Friday and Saturday October 3 and 4, 9:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M. and is located on 1711 Springs Rd., Springs, PA 15562, 4 miles north of Grantsville, MD I-68 exit 19. For more information, go to the Folk Festival page on call 814-442-4594.


2014 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours

The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to announce the 2014 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tours.


Travel along some of Garrett County’s most scenic routes. Enjoy spectacular fall foliage, panoramic vistas, historical landmarks, museums and stunning natural features. This year, the Chamber is offering two Fall Foliage tours. The Fall Foliage Heritage Tour Highlights include: Friendsville, Friend Family Museum, Youghiogheny Lake, the Cove, Schoolhouse Earth, and Meshack Browning’s grave. The Extended Tour Fall Foliage Highlights include: Bloomington Viaduct, Savage River, Monroe Run Scenic Overlook, Barn Quilts and Historical Markers and Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway.

Scenicdrive“This year’s colors are absolutely spectacular and the driving tours are the perfect way to take in the colors of the fall season and experience Garrett County in all its splendor,” said Nicole Christian, President & CEO of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. “Be sure to bring your camera – you’ll have plenty of scenic photo opportunities during the tour.”

Stop into the Garrett County Visitors Center from 9 am – 5 pm daily at 15 Visitors Center Drive in McHenry to pick up a copy of the Fall Foliage Driving tour(s) and you’ll receive a complimentary pair of Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area binoculars, while supplies last.

For more information on the detailed tour routes, accommodations, the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area and the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s 47th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, please log onto, stop in or call the Garrett County Visitors Center at 888.387.5237.


Online Access to Shale Gas Public Health Study Meeting on September 25th

From Garrett County Government:

Online Access to Shale Gas Public Health Study Meeting Available

Local public health officials and the general public will learn about and make comments concerning the Final Report: Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland at a public meeting on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Garrett County Health Department on Memorial Drive in Oakland.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone on Thursday, September 25, 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Use your microphone and speakers (VOIP) for audio. You'll sound best with a headset. Or, you can also call in using your telephone. United States (Long distance): +1 (646) 749-3131 Access Code: 702-206-733 Audio PIN: Shown after joining the session online

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene contracted with the University of Maryland School of Public Health, Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) to study the potential public health impacts of natural gas development and production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland. This project is part of Governor O'Malley's Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative and was funded by the State. The results of this independent study were presented on June 28, 2014 at Garrett College, and to the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission at its August 18, 2014 meeting. Representatives of MIAEH will attend the Commission's September 15, 2014 in Frostburg to answer questions.

"Comments on the report will be accepted through the close of business on Friday, October 3," said Cheryl DeBerry with Garrett County's Office of Economic Development and staff for the Garrett County Shale Gas Advisory Committee. "We are using this meeting on the 25th to learn from local public health advocates and the broader community about the implications of this report." DeBerry also said that comments received during the meeting will be shared with the Garrett County Commissioners and the state.

According to the Executive Summary: "Our assessments of potential health impacts are not predictions that these effects will necessarily occur in Maryland, where regulation is likely to be stricter than in some states where UNGDP [unconventional natural gas development and production] is already underway. Rather, we provide assessments of the impacts that could occur and that need to be addressed by preventive public health measures if and when drilling is allowed."

This report provides information and recommendations on important issues that will have a direct bearing on the decision whether to allow Marcellus Shale gas development and, if so, with what measures to protect human health.

The report contains 52 recommendations for addressing the potential risks to public health. Many of them match the recommendations in the interim final best practices report that Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released on July 11, 2014. Others are new. All will be carefully considered as MDE and DNR, in consultation with an Advisory Commission, complete the work of the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative.

For more information about the study, visit

For more information about the Shale Gas Advisory Committee, visit

Comments on the report can be made directly to or sent to Environmental Health Bureau, Marcellus Shale Comments, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 W. Preston Street, Room 327, Baltimore, MD 21201.


Fall Fest at Friends Delight Store

The sixth annual Fall-fest celebration is set for Friends Store on Saturday October 4, 2014 from 10am-3pm. This year’s event includes pumpkin carving and decorating, hayrides around the farm, Dutch oven cooking demonstration, candle dipping, sack races and scarecrow making. Artisans and demonstrations will be on going with Bee Keeper Hop Cassidy and Basket Weaver Georgia Johnson. Local author Deborah Wagner-Brenneman and illustrator Elizabeth Friend we be signing and selling their new children’s book called “Snakes Give Me a Freak Out”.

The Historic Friends Store will also be open and decorated for the holiday. This is a great family event and a perfect time of the year to experience Deep Creek Lake State Parks newest park.

For more information about our aviary other programs offered at the Discovery Center, please call 301.387.7067 or visit

Friends opening photo


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