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GARRETT COUNTY ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT ARE FLOURISHING — with nearly as much color and variety as the western Maryland foliage in fall.
Fresh from its 40th birthday celebration, the Garrett County Arts Council ( continues to support and showcase area artists as it has since 1976. “We work closely with other arts organizations to keep all forms of art thriving through grant support, event management, advocacy and community development,” said Karen Reckner, the council’s executive director.
Its Oakland Gallery Shop is open throughout the year, selling the work of more than 150 artisans who create paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography and more.
This year, the council was instrumental in earning an official arts and entertainment designation for its hometown — The Oakland Renaissance Arts & Entertainment District is the state’s 25th.
The nonprofit council also hosts an Artist Studio Tour in July. Visitors can travel at their own pace to nearly a dozen studios to see resident and guest artists at work. Many of the studios are open to the public only during this tour.
In addition, the council organizes the Heritage Craft Fest, featuring dozens of regional artists and crafts folks, as part of the annual Autumn Glory Festival. The council partners with Western Garrett County State Park to produce Art in the Park, an annual festival of arts and crafts at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake. Art in the Park ( showcases more than 50 artists, working in media ranging from ceramics to wood.
The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival ( provides high- quality fine arts performances. The 2018 season opens with the Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble in April and includes The Maryland Symphony Orchestra in June.
Grantsville in the northern reaches of the county is a hub of artistic endeavors. The town, also a state-designated Arts & Entertainment District, is known for its popular Spruce Forest Artisan Village, once a stagecoach stop along the National Road. Today it is a collection
of historic buildings that house studios and galleries for resident and visiting artists. The village offers a full schedule of classes and workshops from March through November.
Nearby is PennAlps Restaurant and Crafts Shop (, housed in a former inn; the shop brims with regional artwork all year. Christmas in the Village is a special two- day event with luminary-lit grounds, music, children’s activities and plenty of gift ideas.
Music at Penn Alps ( presents informal Saturday night concerts
of mostly classical music with a dash of traditional on several nights. Most of these concerts are in the Great Hall of Penn Alps with some in the Spruce Village Chapel, which is handicapped accessible.
Theatre on the Lake in Deep Creek (totltheatre. org) presents a summer series of plays and a reader’s theater for aspiring playwrights. Since its founding in 2006, the theater has presented more than 50 productions, and supported youth camps, commissions for original works, summer internships for young actors and salaried work for local performers.
The opportunities just keep on coming. Here are a few
more arts and entertainment possibilities for your Garrett
County visit:
• Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival (, each September, features local and regional artists and local and national wines, and benefits area nonprofits.
• Celtic Festival (, a new addition to the entertainment scene, is set for its second year — on June 2, 2018, in Friendsville — of food, fun and lots of good music and dance.
• Barn Quilt Tour ( is a drive you can do any time of year. See quilt squares painted on more than 40 barns.
• Glassblowing demonstrations ( at Simon Pearce factory outlet and workshop, long a popular spot in Mountain Lake Park, are another year-round favorite.  27

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