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  1. What's Happening Deep Creek? July 25-27
  2. Caleb Stine and The Honey Dewdrops OTT Fundraiser
  3. Drawing Mandelas Workshop Offered in Oakland (Tues July 29)
  4. Bon Appetit Appalachia!
  5. Seventh Annual Garrett County Artist Studio Tour
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What's Happening Deep Creek? July 25-27

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


The 58th Annual Garrett County Fair opens on Saturday.  


Visit the many talented artists of Garrett County during the 7th Annual Art Studio Tour.  


Friendsville, during the 34th Annual Friendsville Days.  

Kitzmiller, during Kitzmiller Days.  


TOTL presents The Diary of Anne Frank.  

Jessica Lee is at the Little Yough Music Festival  on Friday evening.  

Caleb Stine and the Honey Dewdrops in Oakland on Saturday for the OTT Fundraiser.  


Music at Penn Alps presents Kim and Reggie Harris:  Songs of Hope and Freedom.  

Don't forget ...

the Mountain Fresh Farmers Market on Saturday from 10am - 1pm in Oakland.  

At the State Parks...

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center

Friday, July 25

11 a.m.
Creating an Owl. Join the naturalist for a talk about the adaptations and secrets of owls. Meet one of the owls up close and then create your own. Develop nature journaling skills through observation and drawing or just come for fun.

1:30 p.m.
Tie Dye on the Beach. Meet at the beach to make your own tie dye shirts and create your own conservation message for your shirt. $12 per shirt. Approximately 1 hour.

Saturday, July 26

11 a.m.
What's that Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and even have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures! Approximately 45 minutes. Free

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hayrides at Sang Run. Roughly every half hour. $2 per person.

11 a.m.
Little Guard. For kids ages 5 to 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.

9:30 p.m.
Astronomy Program. Meet in the Discovery Center parking log.

Sunday, July 27

11 a.m.
Aquatic Adventures. Join the naturalist on the docks of the Discovery Center for this exciting adventure. Check out our fish traps, aqua scopes and learn about the critters that call Deep Creek home. Approximately 1/2 hour. Free.

2 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.

New Germany State Park

Friday, July 25th:
Paddle Like a Pro, 4:00 PM
This weekly activity includes hands-on instruction on basic paddling techniques, followed by free time to explore New Germany Lake by kayak, canoe, or row boat.  Paddle Like a Pro is offered every Friday, weather permitting.  Cost is $5 per boat.  Boats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Meet at the Nature Center next to the lake house.

Saturday, July 26th:
Nature Scavenger Hunt, 1:00 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.

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

Blacksmithing 101, 7:00-9:00 PM
This fireside program will feature award-winning metal sculptor and blacksmith, Kenny Braitman.  This will be the second of three workshops, in which Braitman will provide hands-on demonstrations and instruction on the unique art of sculpting metal.  Meet at the Nature Center, next to the Lake House.

Sunday, July 27th:
Build a Birdhouse, 1:00 PM
New Germany is for the birds!  During this hands-on project, participants are invited to join the park naturalist to learn how to build their very own natural red cedar bird house.  The cost is $10 per bird house, which includes all building and decorating materials.  Meet at the Nature Center, next to the Lake House.

Weekly Craft & Story Hour, 3:00 PM
During this craft and story hour, kids will be hearing the story Bear-ly There by Rebekah Raye. Meet at the Nature Center, next to the Lake House.

 "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


Caleb Stine and The Honey Dewdrops OTT Fundraiser

The public is invited to enjoy the music of Caleb Stine and The Honey Dewdrops at Our Town Theatre's fund raising concert on Saturday, July 26.  Caleb will return to the OTT stage with the husband and wife duo Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman of The Honey Dewdrops.                                         


OTT is honored to have Caleb perform on its stage for the third time. The Baltimore Sun has called Caleb Stine the “lynch pin of the Baltimore folk scene.” To date, Stine has released six albums of original songs, played throughout the United States, and scored soundtracks. He directed the music and performed in the Off-Broadway play Woody Guthrie Dreams in 2011. He organizes the annual Round the Mountain Concert in Baltimore to showcase regional rockin’ folk groups. His sixth album "Maybe God Is Lonely Too" was released on April 12, 2014. 

The Honey Dewdrops’ first two albums were both #1 on the Folk Radio chart.  Their new CD, "The Honey Dewdrops Live from Folk Alley", features live performances at the Fayetteville Roots Festival 2013. They won first place for the 2008 talent show on NPRs "A Prairie Home Companion", met Caleb on the road, and they’ve toured together many times since.      

Reservations for adults are $12 through July 25 and $17 on the day of the concert, July 26. Reservations for children under 16 are $5. All reservations will be paid at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the performance begins at 8:00 p.m. Our Town Theatre is located at 121 Center Street in Oakland, Maryland 21550, across from Ruth Enlow Library.    

When OTT doors open at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, the audience will be able to purchase CDs and beverages. For those with proper identification, beer and wine can be sold, limited to a maximum of two selections of beer or wine. Soft drinks and water will also be sold. Light refreshments of sweet and savory goodies will be offered.       

Call OTT at 301-334-5640 to make a reservation.                                        

Our Town Theatre is funded, in part, by grants provided by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Garrett County Arts Council.


Drawing Mandelas Workshop Offered in Oakland (Tues July 29)


Garrett County Arts Council will sponsor a short workshop on creating mandalas using colored pencils. Local artist Paula Browning will lead students through the process from design to completion.

#2A mandala is a design used in ancient religions as a sacred symbol that represents the universe and its energy.  Symmetrical patterns draw your eye into the center and can be used for meditation.  In this class, students will learn to draw the circular shapes in a pattern that represents their own creative ideas.

Ms. Browning earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in drawing and painting from the Philadelphia College of Art.  She is a regular contributing artist at The Gallery Shop in Oakland.  Her work was featured there in a one-woman exhibit in June of 2013.

"Drawing Mandalas with Colored Pencil" will be held on Tuesday, July 29 at the Southern Outreach Center of Garrett College.  Students will be required to bring materials and a list will be provided upon registration.  The class fee is $20.  To register and for more information, call GCAC at 301-334-6580.


Bon Appetit Appalachia!

Seventh Annual Garrett County Artist Studio Tour

LogoArtists of Garrett County, in conjunction with the Garrett County Arts Council, invite the public to visit their working studios on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27. Studios will be open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday. The tour will encompass a broad section of the county and includes more than 25 artists at 10 separate locations. Artists will provide demonstrations and artwork for sale, as well as the opportunity to talk with them about their artistic process and the business of art in the region.

An array of work will be featured. Bear Creek Studios, home of woodworker Jeff Lyon and potter Joan Lyon will host Michelle Arrington of Evening Song Photography and Connie Pardini of Wirestorm Creations jewelry. Deep Creek Pottery (formerly Laurel Ridge Pottery) will feature the work of Ron and Lorie Skidmore as well as 4Wheels Photography by Marcia Warnick. Four Storm Artists Gallery on Swallow Falls Road showcases the work of over 20 artists including the owners, members of the Blizzard family. A special guest artist from Germany will be at this location as well. Peter Schweifer is a glass blower and will be demonstrating his craftwork. Nearby, acrylic painter Sharon Elsey will open her home studio to showcase her work that includes landscapes and whitewater sports scenes.

In addition to the owners Alan and Sue Arnson, at the Loft Shop near Bittinger tour participants will find jewelry by Frostburg artist Mary Kammauff, the photography of Jon Philipson, whimsical furniture of Meg Romero and artful pottery by Josh Brown. Also in the Bittinger area, handmade paper artist Annie Simcoe will be joined by painter Josh Gambetta at her ABPH Studio along Rock Lodge Road.

Snowbird Creations Glass Studio, home to glass artist Julie Turrentine, hosts potter
D. Ann Schneider and Debra Robinette, known for her rustic bird and bat houses. On Ezra Savage Road, just off Turkey Neck Road, Mary Lou Bauer's studio features brilliant color abstracts on Yupo paper, a synthetic, archival paper that produces intense colors and patterns. Bauer paints transparent watercolors of Deep Creek Lake in all seasons. Just around the corner is Appalachian Studio, home of watercolor artist Robert Yonke. His subjects include music, the mountains, and local wildlife and landscapes. His paintings on both paper and canvas will be available.

In the Oakland area, two studios are taking part in the tour. Eye for Art Gallery & Studio owned and operated by photographer Angie Sincell and the J.F. Mazur Fine Art Studio, owned by painter and art instructor Jillian Mazur. Sincell focuses on fine art photography specializing in traditional black and white techniques. Mazur's subjects include contemporary interpretations of landscapes, portraits, still-life and everyday life. She uses various mediums including oil, watercolor, acrylic, and ink.

The Artist Studio Tour is free. “This is a chance for the community and our guests to really make contact with the variety of talent we have locally. Some of the locations are not generally open to the public.” said an Arts Council spokesperson.

A brochure of the studios is available at a number of area locations including The Gallery Shop, the Visitors Center in McHenry, Ruth Enlow Libraries, and various businesses throughout the area. There will also be directional signage along the tour route to guide drivers to the sites.

For more information, contact the Garrett County Arts Council at 301-334-6580.


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