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Or call the GLAF Office at 301.387.3082

GLAF is partially supported by grants from The Garrett County Arts Council;

The Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a

vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive; Pennsylvania Performing

Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by The Heinz Endowments;

the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state

agency; and the Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic

Arts Foundation. Garrett Lakes Arts Festival is committed to making all of

its programs and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. Please

contact GLAF office 30 days prior to performance for special needs

accommodations. 301-387-3082.



Michael Cooper: Masked

Marvels & Wondertales

Michael Cooper spins tales and weaves

stories using an unusual and colorful

cast of characters. Creating a world

where dogs wear hats, wild stallions

are tamed, giant noses sneeze and fish

bait candy to catch children in a pond,

Masked Marvels & Wondertales is an

unforgettable experience.

April 18, 2015

Garrett College Auditorium

Doors open at 6:45 pm

Show starts at 7:30 pm

Special Family Package: Adult ticket

includes free student ticket.

Children under 5, free with any Adult

Ticket • Adults: $15




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ship, creating a “significant”

economic development op-


Commissioner Jim Hine-

baugh also noted that two

local businesses want to ex-

pand their operations and

are looking at spaces in the

Keyser’s Ridge Business Park.

He added that Strata Safety

will be located there, plus

American Woodmark still

has a lease at the site.

“It will eventually fill up,

but it’s going to take some

time,” Hinebaugh said about

the 240-acre park.

He added that planned

upgrades to U.S. Rt. 219

North will make the park

more attractive to prospective


Local resident Ken Jasko

asked the commissioners

about the county-owned Ad-

venture Sports Center Inter-


“I can tell you there are

some negotiations going on

right now that may allow us

to remove ourselves from that

equation,” Edwards said. “I

can’t say much about it. Obvi-

ously, those negotiations are


He called the issue a “com-

plicated mess” and indicat-

ed that the commissioners

wanted to get the facility in

“private hands” and were

working hard to accomplish

that goal.

The possible negative ef-

fects of natural gas drilling on

the local economy and envi-

ronment were also discussed

at the Friendsville meeting.

By a vote of 5–1, the town

council recently voiced its

support for a moratorium on


While the commissioners

were holding their meeting in

FriendsvilleMonday evening,

the Maryland Senate passed

a bill that would prohibit

drilling permits until October

2017. That proposed legisla-

tion is now in the House,

which recently passed its ver-

sion of the Senate bill.

Friendsville councilman

Jess Whittemore expressed

his concerns to the commis-

sioners about drilling near

his town, which is located

along the banks of the Yough-

iogheny River. Friendsville

residents rely on the river

for their drinking water and

incomes. Canoeists, kayakers,

nature lovers, and tourists are

drawn to the town because of

the river.

“I’m just hoping over the

next 30 months that you guys

will change your minds, do a

flip-flop, and go the way of

saving our beautiful Garrett

County,” Whittemore told

the commissioners, who sup-

port hydraulic fracturing.

That statement received

a standing ovation. Most

of those in attendance at

the Friendsville meeting are

members of Save Western

Maryland and EngageMoun-

tain Maryland. The local

groups have been instrumen-

tal in garnering support a

moratorium. The members,

many of whom are busi-

ness owners, have also tried

to sway the commissioners’

views on “fracking.”

With that in mind, Elliot

Perfetti, operations manager

of Deep Creek Lake’s Blue

Moon Rising, gave a Pow-

erPoint presentation titled

“Shale Drilling Threatens the



of Garrett

County.” Using the county’s

2011 Economic Development

Strategic Plan and related

data, Perfetti outlined numer-

ous reasons why he felt drill-

ing should not be allowed.

He indicated that the goals

and visions outlined in the 66-

page plan should be brought

back to the “forefront.”

Under “Visions for 2025,”

the plan, in part, states, “Gar-

rett County will be known

as a growing, thriving, rural

community with successful

farms and businesses, vibrant

towns, and user-friendly pub-

lic parks and forests. Garrett

County will be a rural leader

in environmentally and so-

cially sustainable growth.”

“We don’t want to risk

that vision for something in

the short term,” Perfetti said,

referring to fracking.

He ended his presentation

with a PowerPoint slide that

read “Tourism or Fracking

(you can’t have both).”

The commissioners did

not immediately comment

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MARY LINCOLN TO SPEAK – The 150th anniversary

of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination will be April 15, and

on that evening at 7 p.m., JoAnn Peterson will portray

Mary Lincoln on the Preston Community Arts Center

stage in Kingwood, W.Va. Peterson will relate stories of

the first lady’s childhood, her courtship withAbe, her love

for and service to the Union cause, and how her family

was torn apart by the Civil War. The audience will have

the opportunity to ask questions both of Mary Lincoln

and Peterson, who has researched the couple and time

period since 2009. Peterson also portrays Jenny Lind,

Nellie Bly, and Margaret “The Unsinkable Molly” Brown,

and has begun researching Shirley Temple Black. She is

a presenter with the West Virginia Humanities Council

HistoryAlive program. Donations fromaudiencemembers

will be appreciated. For more information, persons may

call 304-329-6336.

GLAF To Present Michael Cooper

And Masked Marvel Wondertales

World Music Show

To Be Given At

WVU Clay Theatre

The West Virginia Uni-

versity World Music Per-

formance Center will pres-

ent its spring World Music

Concert at the Creative Arts

Center, Morgantown, W.Va.,

focusing on contemporary

arrangements for traditional

ensembles, including music

fromTrinidad, Ghana, Guin-

ea, Brazil, Uganda, and Ap-

palachia. The concert will be

presented on Saturday, April

11, at 7:30 p.m., in the Lyell

B. Clay Concert Theatre.

WVU ensembles partici-

pating include the African

Music and Dance Ensemble,

Steel Band, Brazilian Ensem-

ble, and the Bluegrass Band.

Directed by Michael Ver-


The Great Gatsby

, presented by theMontana Repertory Theatre on the stage at Mountain

Ridge High School, Frostburg, 7:30 p.m. Information/tickets: 301-687-3137.

FRIDAY, April 10

Hand-Maker Space

, hosted by the Ruth Enlow Library, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the

library. The space is provided for guests to bring portable handcrafts to work on. Participants

can share ideas and tips with others, and may attend for the entire three hours or drop in

for a short time. Free. No registration required. Information: 301-334-3996, ext. 107 or 117.

The Phisbins with Terah Crawford

at the MoonShadow Café, Accident, 7 p.m. An

open bluegrass jam. 301-750-5094.

Optimus Riff

at Ken’s Irish Pub, Friendsville, 8 p.m., a rock and funk jam.

SATURDAY, April 11

Anthems & Gershwin

, the spring concert by the Garrett Choral Society, St. Mark’s

Lutheran Church, Second Street, Oakland, 7 p.m. Advance tickets available at Jan Florist

or from any choral member. $12 for adults; $5 for youth 18 years or younger.

The Masons and Soul Shine

at the MoonShadow Café, Accident, 7 p.m. Americana

folk, blues, acoustic. 301-750-5094.

Plank Stompers

at Ken’s Irish Pub, Friendsville, 8 p.m. Folk, bluegrass, and “cosmic


Bill Staines, Folk and Americana Concert

, Laurel Mountain Coffeehouse Singer-

Songwriter series at Preston Community Arts Center, 123 S. Price Street, Kingwood, W.Va., 8

p.m. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for students through high school. Doors open at 7:30. Guests

may pay at the door. Information: 304-288-7024.

World Music Concert

, presented by the West Virginia University World Music

Performance Center, in the Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre of the Creative Arts Center,

Morgantown, W.Va., 7:30 p.m. This concert will focus on contemporary arrangements for

traditional ensembles, including music from Trinidad, Ghana, Guinea, Brazil, Uganda, and

Appalachia. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students. Tickets and informa-

tion: 304-293-7469.

SUNDAY, April 12

Anthems & Gershwin

, the spring concert by the Garrett Choral Society, St. Mark’s

Lutheran Church, Second Street, Oakland, 2 p.m. Advance tickets available at Jan Florist

or from any choral member. $12 for adults; $5 for youth 18 years or younger.

TUESDAY, April 14

Open Jam

at Preston Community Arts Center, Kingwood, W.Va., 6 to 9 p.m. These

jams are open to all and will take place each Tuesday. Information: Paul Burger at 304-698-

3408. (These events were previously held on Wednesdays but now will be on Tuesdays.)


Keith Roberts

at the MoonShadow Café, Accident, 7 p.m. Acoustic rock, folk. $5

cover to benefit the Accident Elementary School music program and library. Information:


Mary Lincoln Portrayal

by JoAnn Peterson on the 150th anniversary of Abraham

Lincoln’s assassination, presented at the Preston Community Arts Center, 123 S. Price

Street, Kingwood, W.Va., 7 p.m. See photo. Donations will be appreciated. Information:


SATURDAY, April 18

Grand Ole Ditch

at the MoonShadow Café, Accident, 7 p.m. Bluegrass. 301-750-5094.

MaskedMarvels &Wondertales

presented by Garrett Lakes Arts Festival at the Garrett

College auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Storyteller Michael Cooper will spin tales and weave stories

using an unusual and colorful cast of characters. Tickets and information: 301-387-3082 or

go to




Through May 1:

Spring Blizzard Exhibit

, a display of the artwork of the Blizzard fam-

ily at the Gallery Shop, downtown Oakland. See information and reception date (April 4)

above. Information: 301-334-6580.

The Garrett Lakes Arts

Festival will present Michael

Cooper and his MaskedMar-

vel and Wondertales per-

formance on the campus of

Garrett College on Saturday,

April 17. The performance

begins at 7:30 p.m., with

the doors of the auditorium

opening at 7.

“This is a special family

friendly performance, mean-

ing that students’ tickets are

free with the purchase of an

adult ticket for the price of

$15,” saidMary Callis, execu-

tive director of GLAF. More

ticket information can be

found on the GLAF website or

by calling the GLAF office

at 301-387-3082.

Michael Cooper is a visual

artist andmime who has been

performing for more than

30 years. His one-man show

combines his handcrafted

masks, original stories of

courage, stilt dancing, and

a physical repertoire that re-

sults in a “moving sculpture,”

Callis said.

“Taking up to 300 hours

to produce a single paper or

cloth mask, Michael has ele-

vated this most ancient of the-

ater crafts to the level of a fine

art,” a Cooper spokesperson

said. “In addition, his ability

as a wordsmith enables him

to reel in the most discerning

of crowds with the nuance

of a poet, the joy and timing

of a first rate comedian, and

the twists and intrigue of a

master storyteller.

“And whether he’s high

kicking on giant legs, ani-

mating one of his magical

creations or quite literally

‘leaning on air,’ the unending

enthusiasm of this masked

marvel captivates both young

and old,” the spokesperson


Cooper graduated from

Goddard College with a

degree in peace studies, a

major that he said continues

to fuel his dedication to cre-

ating wholesome, uplifting

entertainment that appeals

to his audience’s sense of


He then went on to study

with mime teachers Etienne

Decroux of Paris, France,

and Tony Montanaro of

Paris, Maine. Since then he

has traveled the world, pre-

senting his art to over 9,000

audiences in such places as

the Brooklyn Academy of

Music, the Hong Kong Inter-

national Children’s Festival,

the Comedy Store in Los

Angeles, the Dublin Theater

Festival, Great Woods, the

Eugene O’Neill Theater,

Bass Performance Hall, and

the Tampa Bay Performing

Arts Center.

In addition to local do-

nors, Garrett College, Wisp

Resort, Sincell Publishing,

Coldwell Banker, First Unit-

ed Trust and Investments,

and Garrett Surgical Group,

GLAF is partially supported

by grants from the Gar-

rett County Arts Council,

the Maryland State Arts

Council, and Pennsylvania

Performing Arts on Tour

developed and funded by

the Heinz Endowments, the

William Penn Foundation,

the Pennsylvania Council

on the Arts, and the Pew

Charitable Trust.

GLAF is committed to

making all of its programs

and activities accessible to

persons with disabilities,

Callis said.

celli and graduate students Ja-

mie Sunshine, Mitch Greco,

and Juliana Vita, the con-

cert will also feature Travis

Stimeling, director of the

Bluegrass Band.

Oakland natives Robert

and Alex McEwen will both

be performing with the Af-

rican Music and Dance En-


Tickets for the World Mu-

sic Concert are $10 for the

general public and $5 for

students. For tickets and in-

formation, persons may call


Folk Performer

Staines To Play

At Preston CAC

The final show of the

2014-2015 Laurel Mountain

Coffeehouse series held at

Preston Community Arts

Center, Kingwood, W.Va.,

will be given by folk singer-

songwriter Bill Staines. He

will perform on Saturday,

April 11. The door will open

at 7:30 p.m., with the show

beginning at 8.

Admission at the door

is $10 for adults and $5 for

students through high school.

Staines performs more

than 175 shows a year and

drives close to 70,000 miles

getting to them, he said. He

has made 26 recordings and

has written more than 300

songs, some of which have

been recorded by musicians

such as Peter, Paul, andMary;

Makem and Clancy; Glen

Yarborough; and Jerry Jeff


His songs include “All

God’s Critters,” “The Rose-

ville Fair,” “Child of Mine,”

and “River.”

On stage, Staines will mix

in traditional tunes with his

own contemporary folk bal-

lads. His humorous tales of

life on the road and obser-

vations of everyday people

provide an entertaining blend

of story and song, a spokes-

person said.

He has recorded two chil-

dren’s albums,

The Happy



One More River


both of which have won

the Parents’ Choice Award.

His music has appeared in a

number of films, including

the HBO series



Return of the Secaucus Seven



Off and Running


Cyndi Lauper.

The Laurel Mountain Cof-

feehouse series is presented

with financial assistance from

the West Virginia Division of

Culture and History, and the

National Endowment for the

Arts, with approval from the

W.Va. Commission on the

Arts. Preston Community

Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) non-

profit organization.

“Watercolor For

The Beginner”

Slated At NOC

Local artist Sue Arnson

will teach a course titled “Wa-

tercolor for Real Beginners,”

in coordination with Garrett

College, on Tuesday, Wednes-

day, and Thursday, April 14,

15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to

2 p.m. at the Northern Out-

reach Center in Grantsville.

This workshop is designed

for people who have no expe-

rience with watercolor. Day

one is an introduction to

supplies (such as watercolor

paper) and painting a color

wheel (describing primary

colors and such). Day two

and three are painting along

with the instructor: a land-

scape and lake, respectively.

Arnson has been painting

for over a decade and belongs

to theWesternMarylandWa-

tercolor Society and Allegany

Arts Council. Prior tomoving

to Garrett County, she was

a teacher in Montgomery

County. She has studied with

Alexis Lavine, Jim McNeil,

David Daniels and Frederick


The minimum age to take

her course is 16 years. Par-

ticipants need to bring a con-

tainer for water, some paper

towels, an old bath towel, and

a hard surface (approximate-

ly 16 inches by 20 inches) to

put paper on (cardboard is

good). The needed supplies

can be purchased from the

instructor for an additional

fee. Class size is limited to a

small group so the instructor

may give individualized at-

tention to each student.

For more information on

this course, persons may

contact Terry Beachy at 301-

895-4700 or terry.beachy@ Registra-

tion is available by calling the

GC Continuing Education

andWorkforce Development

office at 301-387-3069.


University’s Department of Theatre and Dance will present a fresh take on an old show


Romeo & Juliet: Choose Your Own Ending

, written by brother-sister team Shawn

and Ann Fraistat. Performances will run Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, and

Thursday through Saturday, April 23 to 25, at 7:30 p.m., with a Saturday matinee on

April 18 at 2 p.m., in the FSU Performing Arts Center. The show puts the fates of the

star-crossed lovers in the audience’s hands. Throughout the play, the audience will

decide such outcomes as who will live, who will die, and whether Romeo and Juliet

live happily ever after. The production is directed by Mairzy Yost-Rushton, a professor

of Theatre and Dance, and is recommended for mature audiences. For reservations

or more information, persons may call 301-687-7462, Monday through Friday from 9

a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students and children and $12

for adults. Group reservations are available.

on Perfetti’s 25-minute pre-

sentation. Near the end of

the meeting, however, local

business owner Michael Bell

asked the commissioners for

their reactions to the presen-

tation and if anything had

changed their stance.

“I’m here to listen,” Hine-

baugh said. “I think Elliot did

a great job with his presenta-


He said tourism is a very

important part of the county’s

economy, but it’s not all of

the economy. Hinebaugh

indicated that he has been

“working on” and research-

ing the drilling issue for five

years, and has changed his

thinking a little bit in that

time period.

He added that it was his

idea for the commissioners

to establish a Marcellus shale

advisory committee, which

will collect input and infor-

mation so that the county can

be “smart” about it.

“The whole thing comes

down to whether or not you

think it can be done safely,”

Hinebaugh said about frack-


“You all know my stance

on this,” Commissioner Larry

Tichnell said. “I will say that

a presentation like that is very

compelling. I will say that. As

far as right now changing my

mind, it’s not going to hap-

pen. That’s where I stand.”

He indicated that he was

elected by people who sup-

ported him in his campaign

and he was going to stand

by them.

“That doesn’t mean I won’t

change mymind, because I’ve

said this before, but I don’t

think it’s sinking in,” Tichnell

said. “I personally would not

allow it (drilling) on my farm