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DelFest - Cumberland MD

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Allegany County Office of Tourism
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD  21502
P 301-777-ALCO (2526)
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Allegany County Tourism Launches MountainMarylandDELuxe.com
The new initiative will serve as a travel-focused resource for festival goers


April 10, 2018 – CUMBERLAND, MD 
– Allegany County Tourism has announced the launch of www.MountainMarylandDELuxe.com, a new travel-focused website to complement the 11th Annual DelFest. Designed and managed by Allegany County Tourism, this new website will serve as a resource for the DelFest festival community as well as a marketing tool to promote the many travel experiences and amenities within our region.

“DelFest provides a great opportunity for Allegany County, Maryland, to sell itself as a true travel destination,” stated Ashli Workman, Director of Allegany County Tourism. “With thousands of festival goers entering our community each year, we launched this website with the idea of providing a convenient customer-service focused approach to travel as well as the opportunity to market ourselves.”

According to High Sierra Music, the production company associated with DelFest, 6,000-8,000 ticket holders attend the festival each year. The new website provides a list of county lodging, dining opportunities, and a things-to-do section promoting community events, outdoor recreation, shopping, and attractions worth exploring as part of the festival experience. The website also features a resources guide with transportation information and lists of nearby gas stations, grocery stores, and beer stores.

“Come early. Stay late. That is our motto with the new website,” added Workman. “We have a lot to offer, and our goal is to capture pre-, post-, and return stays as well as provide in-destination travel resources.”

The 11th Annual DelFest will take place from May 24-27, 2018, and at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland. For more information on the festival lineup and ticket sales, please visit www.delfest.com.

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Allegany County Tourism
Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options, and community events can be found at www.mdmountainside.com. Tourism supports 3,600 jobs in Allegany County, generates $160 million in visitor spending and $47 million in tourism tax revenues. Source: Tourism Economics

DelFest
The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of Del McCoury Music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent with a down-home feeling. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 11th Annual DelFest will offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch and features The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Old Crow Medicine Show, Greensky Bluegrass, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, The Dawg Trio with David Grisman, Sam Bush, Richard Thompson, The Jerry Douglas Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Wood Brothers,  Rhiannon Giddens and more. For more information, please visit, www.delfest.com.

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Visit Mountain Maryland - Allegany County, MD

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Allegany County Office of Tourism
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD  21502
P 301-777-ALCO (2526)
aworkman@alleganygov.org
www.mdmountainside.com

 

Allegany County Tourism Unveils New 2018 Destination Guide

April 3, 2018 – CUMBERLAND, MD – Allegany County Tourism has released its new Visit Mountain Maryland Destination Guide for 2018.

The 68-page, full-color guide showcases Allegany County, Maryland, with visual photography and an editorial approach to the content. The guide features maps of downtown Cumberland and Frostburg, a calendar of events, a lodging and dining guide, and a category-based layout specific to outdoor recreation, the arts, history and heritage, shopping, and things to do.

“Our goal is to inspire travel through destination awareness,” said Ashli Workman, Director of Tourism. “The Destination Guide will celebrate the travel experiences that are worth uncovering in Allegany County.”

New to the guide is its name. “The subtle act of referring to this marketing tool as a Destination Guide, versus a Visitor Guide, speaks to our mission as a Destination Marketing Organization,” added Workman. “Driving overnight guests and increasing visitor spending in Allegany County starts long before they arrive in our market.”

The name is not the only change for 2018. The following additions or program changes are also new:

  • Earlier distribution. The goal was to get the guides out sooner to promote travel before peak season, which runs May through October in the county.
  • 25% larger. The guide has transformed to magazine size with the aspiration that people will hold onto the guide much longer.
  • Digital version. A downloadable, digital version will be available on the Tourism website for visitors to download. It will also serve as a way for area businesses to promote through their website and email efforts.

The cover of this year’s guide was provided by Rocky Gap Casino Resort and features the 243-acre Lake Habeeb at Rocky Gap State Park.

The guide is produced by Allegany County Tourism, alongside professional service partner Nelson Marketing of Cumberland, Maryland. The distribution includes travel-focused events, Maryland Travel/Welcome Centers, Maryland AAA Centers, Allegany County Visitor Center, regional chambers of commerce, tourism partner businesses, and Travel Centers in target markets within Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

To request a copy of the Visit Mountain Maryland Destination Guide, please email info@mdmountainside.com or fill out an online request form. A downloadable version is available on mdmountainside.com.

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Allegany County Tourism
Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options, and community events can be found at www.mdmountainside.com. Tourism supports 3,600 jobs in Allegany County, generates $160 million in visitor spending and $47 million in tourism tax revenues. Source: Tourism Economics

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Photo credit: Baseball Hall of Fame

Happy MLB Opening Day! Today we celebrate baseball’s first pitch of the season with Allegany County’s very own baseball Hall of Famer (1947) and arguably the finest left-hand pitcher in history, Lefty Grove. In fact, you can really honor Lefty Grove today by visiting his gravesite in Frostburg’s Memorial Park; strolling the streets of Lonaconing, MD, where Lefty grew up and returned (be sure to check out the George’s Creek Regional Library where his memorabilia is on display); or
raise a glass in his honor at 1812 Brewery as they serve up an MLB Opening Day Lefty Grove Party with the cover charge being donated to the Lefty Grove Memorial Committee.

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Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove was born on March 6, 1900. in the Charlestown suburb of Lonaconing, Maryland. His father John Grove was a coal miner. Lefty’s mother was Emma Catherine Beeman. The family’s surname was spelled “Groves” at the time. The “s” was dropped from Lefty’s last name in the early days of his professional baseball career.

The story of Lefty’s early baseball experiences at “First Field” in Charlestown are chronicled in part one of Ruth Bear Levy’s two-part article entitled “Recollections of Lefty Grove: Baseball’s Greatest Left-Handed Pitcher.”  The article was published in the Maryland Historical Magazine in the summers of 1987 & 1988. The article is posted on the Western Maryland Historical Library website – www.whilbr.org.

Life in the impoverished coal town of Lonaconing did not allow luxuries like real bats and baseballs. According to Ruth Bear Levy’s article, baseballs were usually homemade from a piece of cork, wound with yarn, and wrapped with tape. A fence paling was often called into service as a bat. The local youngsters would flock to First Field when Lefty pitched. A former Lonaconing native, interviewed for Levy’s article, remembered that Lefty’s fastball was like a “shot out of a gun.” Years later, major league scouts came to the same conclusion. Ford Christopher Frick, who served as the 3rd Commissioner of Baseball, later said that Lefty Grove was the fastest pitcher who ever lived.

Lefty played in his first organized league as a member of the Midland team in 1919. Beginning as the first baseman, Grove was soon moved to the pitcher’s mound, when they saw how hard he could throw. After hurling a no-hitter against the powerful B&O team at the end of the year, Grove’s ascent to greatness began.

Lefty was hired by the B&O in 1920, but before he could play a game for them, he was recruited by the Martinsburg Mountaineers of the Class D Blue Ridge League. Grove played only six games for Martinsburg before his contract was purchased by Jack Dunn of the International League Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles won the league pennant each year during Lefty’s tenure. In 1923, Lefty set a league record of 330 strikeouts, that still stands today. The International League is currently the governing body over all of the minor league teams on the east coast.

In 1925, Lefty’s services were acquired by Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics, for a record sum of $100,600. This was more than the New York Yankees paid for Babe Ruth. Lefty experienced the only losing season in his career during 1925, winning 10 games, while losing 12. This left many to wonder if Connie Mack’s expectations for Grove were unrealistic.

In 1926, Grove began to find the control to go with the speed of his fastball. In 1927, Lefty began a string of seven consecutive 20 win seasons, including an incredible two-year record of 59 wins and nine losses in 1930 & 1931. Lefty’s 31-4 record in 1931 earned him the very first American League MVP trophy that was ever awarded, beating Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the process. The Athletics won two consecutive World Series titles in 1929 and 1930. They nearly won a third, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in a seven-game series in 1931.

After suffering an arm injury in 1933, Lefty developed a curveball and a forkball, to compensate for the loss of velocity on his fastball. In 1934, Lefty was traded to the Boston Red Sox, where he played for eight seasons. Remarkably, Grove won four of his nine American League ERA titles during his stint with the Red Sox, after his career-changing arm injury. On July 25, 1941, Lefty Grove got his 300th win, in a game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.  Of the 24 pitchers who have won 300 or more games, Grove still has the highest winning percentage.

Lefty retired on December 7, 1941. Consumed with the news about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the nation paid scarce attention to Grove’s departure. Coupled with the misfortune of playing in an era before games were televised, Lefty seemed to be consigned to an obscure legacy.

Awards bestowed after his retirement revived Grove’s legacy. Lefty was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947. During baseball’s centennial celebration in 1969, he was named the left-handed pitcher on the All-Time All-Star Team. In 1999, Lefty was named to baseball’s All-Century Team. His nine ERA titles still stand as a record today.

In Bill James’ book Historical Baseball Abstract published in 1985, James rated Lefty Grove as the greatest pitcher of all time. In the newer version of the book, released in 2001, James reversed the order of the first two pitchers and ranked Grove’s hero Walter Johnson first, and Lefty second. Either way, Grove would surely have been flattered just by the comparison to Walter Johnson.

Even though some pitchers posted better numbers than Grove, Bill James gave particular emphasis to the fact that Grove played in an era that predated the existence of specialized relief. In the era when Lefty played, the starting pitcher was also expected to be available to pitch in relief. Lefty has 55 saves, in addition to his 300 wins. Grove completed 48% of his major league games, which is 50% more than modern pitchers Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens, combined. Bill James also ranked Grove 19th among the greatest of all baseball players in history.

In a testament to the accuracy of Bill James’ calculations, the 2002 Oakland Athletics employed James’ statistical model to build a team that won 20 consecutive games. At the end of the 2002 season, the Boston Red Sox hired James as a player analyst. Two years later, the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.

Robert Moses Grove - MVP trophy - 1931

Robert Moses Grove – MVP trophy – 1931. Photo credit: Western Maryland’s Historical Library

Grove never relinquished his residency in Lonaconing during his professional baseball career. He returned to Western Maryland each year during the offseason. Lefty supported youth baseball in Lonaconing, and he donated his 1931 American League MVP trophy to his hometown. The trophy is now displayed behind bullet-proof glass, in a specially designed $25,000 showcase, at the Lonaconing Public Library.

To quote Bill James, in his book Historical Baseball Abstract: “what argument, if any, can be presented against the proposition that Lefty Grove was the greatest pitcher who ever lived.”

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Guest Author: Bucky Schriver

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Bucky Schriver of the Lefty Grove Memorial Committee visits the late pitcher’s gravesite. Photo credit: Cumberland Times-News.

 

 

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Easter-Egg-Hunts-In-Allegany-County-MDThe hunt is on! Easter egg hunt that is. We have rounded up a list of local Allegany County, Maryland, organized egg hunts. Celebrate the Easter holiday with one of our charming small towns!

ANNUAL CONSTITUTION PARK EASTER EGG HUNT – Cumberland, MD
March 30, 2018, at 1:00 pm
Join the City of Cumberland at Constitution Park for their annual egg hunt.

EASTER EGG HUNT – Cumberland, MD
March 30, 2018, at 5:00 pm
Hosted by the Lighthouse of Hope Church, the egg hunt includes a bounce house, face painting, and refreshments.

FROSTBURG’S ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT – Frostburg, MD
March 31, 2018, at 1o:00 am
Located at the Frostburg Armory, the Frostburg Easter Egg Hunt is a tradition!

CITY REACH EASTER EGG HUNT – Cumberland, MD
March 31, 2018, at 12:00 pm
Crafts, food, bounce houses, and egg hunt.

COMMUNITY EASTER PARTY – Westernport, MD
March 31, 2018, at 12:00 pm
A community event featuring an Easter egg hunt, games, prizes, and more!

DAN’S MOUNTAIN EASTER EGG HUNT Lonaconing, MD
March 31, 2018, at 1:00 pm
The annual Easter egg hunt is one of the regions largest with over 4,000 eggs!

For a full list of community events happening in Allegany County’s Mountain Maryland, please visit www.mdmountainside.com/calendar.

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Mountain-Maryland_2018-Photo-Contest
Allegany County’s Mountain Maryland is seeking photos for their NEW, annual, 2018 Photo Contest.

The spirit of the Allegheny Mountains contain secret stories worth telling, and a picture is worth 1,000 words. Share images from life in Allegany County, Maryland, or from your recent getaway experience. Allegany County’s Mountain Maryland is seeking photos that tell the county’s story of culture, lifestyle, and recreation during the First Annual 2018 Mountain Maryland Photo Contest. Enter your photos for a chance to win cash prizes in the four categories listed below. 1st through 3rd place will be awarded in each category. The contest will run from April 2 – October 31, 2018.

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Photo Categories:

  • Arts and Entertainment: Allegany County boasts a lively art and entertainment scene including two state-designated Arts and Entertainment Districts in Cumberland and Frostburg. This category serves to document events, festivals, activities, nightlife, art, music, and entertainment in Allegany County.
  • History and Heritage: The foundation of Allegany County’s history and heritage lies largely in transportation, between the National Road, C&O Canal, Western Maryland Railway, and the recently completed Great Allegheny Passage. The county is full of stories, mountain lore, and heritage that makes us uniquely us. This category serves to document Allegany County’s rich history.
  • Active Outdoor Recreation: From trail riding on the Great Allegheny Passage, stand-up paddle boarding, and canoeing at Rocky Gap State Park, to hiking in Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany County has plenty of opportunities to play in the outdoors. This category serves to capture the community and visitors active in the outdoors. These shots should feature people in movement and recreation in the outdoors.
  • Nature and Scenic Landscapes: Public lands, historic architecture, streetscapes, overlooks, waterways, and more, Allegany County, Maryland, has many scenic landscapes. Show us your favorite views of Allegany County’s backdrop.

Prizes:

Cash prizes to be awarded in each category for the following amounts.
1st Place:  $250
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place:  $75

How to Enter:

  1. Please complete the entry form below.
  2. Please attached one high-quality photo per submission. Each submission should be sent separately.
    Note: Files must be named following this format: “Photographer’s First-Name-Last-Name_Photograph-Subject_Photograph-Location” (e.g. John-Henry_Dans-Rock_Frostburg-MD)
  3. Please review contest rules below before submitting.

Contest Rules:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age to participate in the contest.
  • The applicant acknowledges that any persons appearing in submitted photograph(s) have given the applicant and Allegany County Tourism consent for reproduction and promotional use.
  • Only photos that were taken in and of Allegany County, Maryland, will be eligible.
  • Photo(s) must be submitted in the high-quality format: .jpeg format, 300dpi minimum.
  • Photo(s) must be submitted in full color.
  • The following will result in disqualification:
    • Black and white photo(s).
    • Collages, composite images, and images that have been digitally transformed with special effects.
    • Use of watermarks.
  • Files must be named following this format: “Photographer’s First-Name-Last-Name_Photograph-Subject_Photograph-Location” (e.g. John-Henry_Dans-Rock_Frostburg-MD). Photos failing to be formatted properly will be disqualified.
  • You may submit an unlimited number of photos for the contest.
  • No photographs from previous contests will be accepted.
  • We may disqualify any submission for failing to comply with contest rules.
  • By submitting the entry form you agree to the contest rules listed above. The applicant also agrees that all photography submitted shall become the property of Allegany County Tourism, and Allegany County Tourism reserves the non-exclusive right to use the photo(s) in publications or for promotional purposes. By submitting the entry and photo(s), the applicant also acknowledges that any persons appearing in the submitted photo(s) have given the applicant and Allegany County Tourism consent for reproduction and promotional use.

Please direct any questions regarding the 2018 Mountain Maryland Photo Contest to tourism@alleganygov.org with a subject line: Mountain Maryland 2018 Photo Contest.

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National-Day-Of-Unplugging
We are an uber-connected society. Texting, Facetiming, Following, Tweeting, InstaStoring – if it is a digital connection, our nose is to the grind or pointed towards the phone. No wonder one had to create a National Day of Unplugging to force us to re-focus and detox from the constant technology that surrounds us all.

Welcome to Mountain Maryland, where disconnecting is all about reconnecting. Here, we encourage you to put your phone down, get outdoors, explore, reconnect with nature and ultimately yourself.

Green-Ridge-State-Forest_NationalDayOfUnplugging1Take a Scenic Overlook DriveGreen Ridge State Forest features multiple scenic overlooks throughout the forest. Stop by Headquarters to pick up a self-guided tour map, hop in your car, and drive. We promise the views are worth the gas expense.

Emmanuel-Episcopal-Church_NationalDayOfUnplugging2. Experience History – Did you know that the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland, Maryland, served as a hub for the Underground Railroad? The church features a series of underground tunnels, which escaped slaves would use on their route to Pennsylvania. Learn more.

Cycling-In-Maryland_NationalDayOfUnplugging3. Breath in the Fresh Mountain Air – Cumberland, Maryland, features the connection of the Great Allegheny Passage, a rail trail connecting Pittsburgh, PA, to Cumberland, and the C&O Towpath, a 184-mile trail which continues to Washington, DC. If you need a bike or riding equipment, visit one of our local outfitters for riding needs. Turn off the phone, and hit the great outdoors! PS – Picture above is not reflective of the current season. Pack your bike, but also warmer gear.

Shift-Frostburg_NationalDayOfUnplugging4. Come to Dine – Entrepreneurs have set Allegany County up for a great location that appreciates the food and beverage culture. We have farm-to-table restaurants, bars with live entertainment, specialty coffee shops, fine dining locations, and so much. Grab your loved one, call up a friend, and go enjoy a meal and have a meaningful conversation.
MrToadsPottery_NationalDayOfUnplugging5. Get Creative – Put down the phone and pick up a paintbrush! Allegany County features many opportunities to let your artistic side shine through. Mr. Toad’s Pottery features a pottery studio and MountainShine Creative hosts a variety of artistic workshops, both located in Downtown Cumberland. While in Frostburg, check our Sadie’s a rotating gallery or make reservations for one of the Toasted Goat Winery’s many paint and sip classes.

As John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” The mountains are calling.

Learn more about Allegany County, Maryland!

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Jessica-Palumbo

ALLEGANY COUNTY GOVERNMENT
NEWS RELEASE
January 16, 2018

Jessica L. Palumbo has joined Allegany County Government as the Marketing and Sales Manager for Allegany County Tourism. Palumbo had been Director of FrostburgFirst, Inc., a Maryland Main Street Community, for the past two and a half years.

Palumbo’s key achievement there was her involvement with the Small Business Revolution project championed by Deluxe Enterprise Operations, LLC, in 2017. FrostburgFirst competed against 14,000 entries and rose to be a top-eight finalist for a $500,000 Main Street Makeover.As the Marketing and Sales Manager, Palumbo will report to the Director of Tourism Ashli Workman. “Jessica definitely possesses a wide range of relevant skills and applicable experience. She has successfully worked with a variety of stakeholders on highly collaborative projects and programs. Jessica has been and will continue to be a strong advocate for Allegany County,” Workman stated.

Jeffrey S. Barclay, Allegany County Department of Economic and Community Development Director, stated: “Jessica is an excellent addition to our tourism team and will provide much-needed assistance to the Director of Tourism.  Jessica has demonstrated her abilities through past experience and should prove to be a valuable asset and ambassador for Allegany County and the region.”

Palumbo’s background includes digital and print marketing campaigns, media writing, social media and website management, grant research, writing, and management, event planning, project organization, business retention, budget development, paid and volunteer staff management, and data collection and analysis.

Palumbo’s other experience also includes employment by Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts as the AmeriCorps Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. She began as a Communications Intern for this organization.  In the community, Palumbo serves on the Board of Directors for Mountain Maryland Trails.

A life-long resident of Allegany County, Palumbo earned a Bachelor of Science in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from Frostburg State University in 2009.  She is a graduate of Bishop Walsh School, Cumberland.

Palumbo lives in Frostburg with her son.

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701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD 21502
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Allegany County’s Lodging Partners Celebrate the New Year
Last minute getaway? Allegany County, Maryland, offers multiple holiday options.

December 12, 2017 – CUMBERLAND, MD – Sometimes the hype of the holiday season leaves New Year’s Eve planning in the dust. If you are a true procrastinator, or just haven’t given the thought of old father time hanging his hat on 2017, Allegany County in Mountain Maryland, has you covered.

  • New Year’s Eve Bash – Gatsby Speakeasy Party – Frostburg, Maryland’s historic Hotel Gunter, which was built in 1896, is under new ownership and recently renovated. Featuring an elegant trip back through time, the Gunter Hotel’s New Year’s Eve party will feature a four-course dinner, entertainment by Pittsburgh’s Gatsby Gang Jazz Band and a champagne toast at midnight. A fitting event since the Gunter Hotel features a speakeasy in the basement which was concealed in a secret room during the 1920’s Prohibition era. Packaging available. Contact the Gunter Hotel at (301) 689-6511 for more details.
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner and Mystery Experience – The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cumberland, Maryland, has partnered with the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad to ring in 2018 with a train excursion and overnight package. Guests will enjoy a five-course seafood dinner and champagne NYE toast on the train with a murder mystery ride. Enjoy a stay at the Fairfield Inn and Suites with complimentary late check-out Monday morning. Package details available online. Please contact the Fairfield Inn & Suites at (301) 876-6037, or book online at www.fairfieldcumberland.com, use code EVE. Limited availability.
  • Ramada Inn Downtown’s New Year’s Eve 2018 Bash – Featuring live entertainment from locally-known acts, Butterscotch Blonde & DJ Hook, guests are welcome to ring in 2018 at the Ramada Inn Downtown, in Cumberland, Maryland. Bash tickets include hors d’oeuvres, one drink coupon per person, a champagne toast, and party favors. Advanced and day-of tickets are available. Contact the Ramada Inn Downtown at (301) 724-8800 for more information.

Special dinners and a fireworks display at Rocky Gap Casino Resort are also taking place across the county. For a full listing of these New Year’s Eve special events, please visit www.mdmountainblog.com/ring-in-2018/, and for a full list of area lodging, please visit www.mdmountainside.com/category/lodging.

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Allegany County Tourism
Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options, and community events can be found at www.mdmountainside.com.

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The-Cumberland-Connection_VideoPRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:
Bryan Perry, Allegheny Trail Alliance – 724-309-9334
Ashli Workman, Allegany County Tourism – 301-876-9595
Greg Phillips, Enterprise Rent-A-Car – gregory.d.phillips@ehi.com

Enterprise-Rent-A-Car Films Digital Content Pieces on the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath Cumberland, Md.

(Nov. 29, 2017): Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the country’s largest transportation solutions provider, released a pair of new video shorts featuring bicyclists on the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage and 184.5-mile C&O Canal Towpath. Filmed in Allegany County, Maryland, in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, and in Pittsburgh, “The Cumberland Connection” videos highlight a father-daughter duo who ride the Pittsburgh-to-Washington, D.C. journey and make their return trip by renting a vehicle from Enterprise’s Cumberland location. The shorts are featured on Enterprise’s website as part of Pursuits with Enterprise, the brand’s digital magazine designed to inspire and enable more purposeful travel experiences. One of the videos is narrated by Larry Brock of Mountain Maryland Trails.

Production took place during the summer of 2017, and the final cuts feature shots of the Great Allegheny Passage along the Cumberland Narrows, over the Salisbury Viaduct, through the Pinkerton Tunnel, across the Ohiopyle Low Bridge, and in Point State Park.

“We’re pleased that Enterprise highlighted Cumberland as a premier trail town along the Great Allegheny Passage,” said Bryan Perry, Executive Director of the Allegheny Trail Alliance. “For many cyclists, renting a car for a return trip is a convenient choice that makes a thru-ride seamless and attractive.”

“With our location right off the connection point of these two legendary bike trails, we’ve had the opportunity to create a bond with the cycling enthusiasts, families and friends that come through our doors before embarking on their journey,” said Conrad Suter, Enterprise branch manager in Cumberland. “These video pieces showcase what’s special about this destination – not just the beautiful countryside and picturesque views, but also the community of cyclists and friendships developed along the way.”

The video shorts are available at https://www.enterprise.com/en/inspiration/weekend-adventures/cumberland.html.

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About the Allegheny Trail Alliance
The Allegheny Trail Alliance is a coalition of trail owners and trail groups that built and now steward the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile rail-trail connecting Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Md. The Great Allegheny Passage is the longest rail-trail in the eastern U.S., and welcomed over a million visits in 2016. 2 It connects with the historic C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland, allowing cyclists and hikers to complete a 332-mile journey to Washington, D.C. For trip-planning ideas, visit www.GAPtrail.org.

About Allegany County Tourism
Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options, and community events can be found at www.mdmountainside.com.

About Enterprise
The Enterprise brand – which comprises Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Enterprise CarShare, Enterprise Truck Rental, Enterprise Car Sales, the Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise, Zimride by Enterprise and RideShare by Enterprise – offers customers a total transportation solution. Its flagship brand, Enterprise Rent-ACar, was founded in 1957 and is known for an extensive network of convenient locations, affordable rates, and outstanding customer service. Enterprise Rent-A-Car was ranked on BusinessWeek magazine’s annual list of “Customer Service Champs” for four years in a row. Enterprise operates not only as a key provider for insurance replacement, weekend getaways, and special occasions but also as a local transportation alternative. With more than 5,800 fully staffed airport and neighborhood offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population, Enterprise can meet whatever transportation needs customers may have – renting, buying or sharing.

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Shop-Small - Made in Allegany COunty Maryland
A gift from the heart is the sentiment that is often shared when describing the perfect holiday gift. Yet, does one ever take a moment to consider that homemade means it started at the hands of a craftsman or artist? We are fortunate in Allegany County, Maryland, that many area business entrepreneurs and artists have settled down in our mountains to hone in on their crafts. Whether it is a chocolatier, artist, brewmaster, or winemaker, this holiday season we salute our list of made in Allegany County products.

We are proud of our Made in Allegany County partners and hope you consider shopping with them this holiday season.

1812-Brewery_Allegany-County-MD1812 Brewery
Nestled in the historic Evitts Creek Valley, the mill barn and farmhouse built by John Folck in 1812 have become Allegany County’s first farm brewery. Current brew selections change throughout the year. These are a tasty reminder of the work and art it takes to be a brew master.
Growlers are available and may just be the best thing sitting under the tree for your beer lover! 
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AlleganyArtsCouncil_AlleganyCountyMDArts & Galleries
The arts are alive and Allegany County is home to a vibrant arts community. Art galleries, studios, and art exhibits feature local and regional artists of all mediums. One-of-a-kind mosaics, portraits, paintings, wooden furniture, custom framing, and much more are available. Plus, each holiday season the Allegany Arts Council features a Holiday Market showcasing many handmade holiday gift ideas under $100. Learn More

 

Basecamp-Coffee_Cumberland-Maryland_Allegany-CountyBasecamp Coffee
Cumberland, Maryland’s, micro-roaster is quickly garnering a name for itself with its smooth flavor and distinct taste. Coffee shops across the region brew and serve from Basecamp, and the coffee company is now expanding with blends available for online orders. If you attended one of our many Farmer’s Market you will see company Founder and Owner, Hayden onsite passing out this liquid gold. Basecamp Coffee aims to provide consistent high-quality coffee. Learn More Shop Online!

 

CharisWinery_Allegany-County-MarylandCharis Winery & Distillery
Allegany County’s first winery and now distillery. Charis Winery & Distillery is located at the Canal Place Shops in downtown Cumberland. Locally produced premium wines as well semi-sweet and sweet blends, Charis Winery will release their new Pomace Brandy Thanksgiving Weekend. Tours, public and private tastings are available. Multiple wines to fit your palate are available and made onsite. Pair the 2015 Mountain Thunder with train tickets from the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, and you have yourself a one-of-a-kind, Mountain Maryland gift. Learn More  |  Shop Online!

 

Early-Rise-Flies_Cumberland-MDEarly Rise Flies
Top Adventure Town! Yes, we like the sound of that and Allegany County gets to tout that award thanks to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their Top Adventure Towns contest. Love the outdoors and the water? Early Rise Flies in Cumberland features traditional custom hand-tied, premium flies available in-store and online. Learn More  |  Shop Online!

 

ChocolateCoveredStrawberries_McFarlandCandies_AlleganyCounty-MDMcFarland Candies
Founded in 1944, this Frostburg, Maryland, based business now is operated by a third generation chocolatier. Their homemade chocolate recipe has been passed down and sweet favorites like their chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate dipped apples and peanut butter squares are what sweet dreams are made of. Even John Travolta has ordered these chocolates. Learn More  |  Shop Online!

 

MilestoneCubeCompany_CumberlandMDMilestone Cube Company
In 2003, local area woodworkers came up with an idea of a special designed wooden keepsake cube. You can say the idea took off as they have now sold their handmade art to recipients in over 17 countries. Milestone Cube Company is a double whammy made in Allegany County with much of their products made from local wood. Learn More

 

Toasted-Goat-Winer_Frostburg-MarylandToasted Goat Winery
Allegany County, Maryland’s newest winery, the Toasted Goat, located on historic Main Street in Frostburg, offers a variety of wines. Bottles are named and labeled after many community attractions, which makes giving a bottle feel very authentic and like our Mountain Maryland home. Learn More

 

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