Spruce Forest Artisan Village is a unique Garrett County treasure that has been enjoyed for decades. It suffered extensive damage in April 2020. They are now in the process of returning this local landmark to its former glory.
About Spruce Forest Artisan Village
Located in Grantsville, the Artisan Village offers the chance to step back in time. It was established thirty-five years ago. The village is a sister property to Penn Alps, a favorite Garrett County restaurant that dates back to 1818.
Artists in residence demonstrate and sell their crafts. Classes are also offered to the public. All of this takes place in historic buildings situated throughout the beautiful grounds. There are thirteen log and frame structures. Two of them go back to the Revolutionary War Period. Most of these are used as studio space.
Resident artists are highly skilled and produce items that include: bird carvings, pottery, hand-forged iron, natural soaps, and more.
Spruce Forest Artisan Village is along the historic National Road that played a big part in the development of the our area. It is adjacent to the historic Casselman Bridge State Park.
New at the 2021 Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival is a fun Friday night event. From 5-8PM on the 10th, you can attend a premium tasting. A selection of premium wines will be chosen by participating wineries. Also, you can have a bite to eat in the Premium Wine Tasting Area.
Friday night is highlighted by wine pairing dinners at local restaurants. Reservations are suggested. You’ll enjoy carefully crafted, prixe fix menus. Wines are specifically paired to enhance each course. Details will be announced closer to the event.
On Saturday, the main event takes place from noon-6PM. National and regional wineries offer a variety of 200+ wines for tasting. If you find one you like, they are available for purchase in the wine shop.
The Garrett County Fair is one of the best-loved summertime activities! There is no shortage of fun for the entire family. The 2021 Garrett County Fair dates are July 31st-August 7th.
Growing up in Garrett County the fair was not to be missed. Every kid wants to spend as much time there as possible. Rides, games, food and farm animals are just a few reasons to visit the fair at least once during the week.
Garrett County Fair 2021 Schedule
The schedule for the 2021 Garrett County Fair was recently released. Here is the full schedule for the entire week:
Oakland, MD is starting summer a little early! The Greater Oakland Business Associations’s event team has something special planned to celebrate the season.
Oakland Kick-Off to Summer
The “Kick Off to Summer” event is Saturday, June 12th. It will be held in the Arts & Entertainment District in downtown Oakland. Festivities will take place from 2-6PM. Activities include a cornhole tournament, a Beer Walk, food vendors, live music, sidewalk sales, artist exhibits, kid’s activities, a car show, and much more.
Tickets are available for the Beer Walk and can be purchased in advance or on the day of the event. The cost is for $15 per person. You must be at least 21 years old and will need to present a valid ID to event personnel on staff. Tickets can be purchased on the porch of the Garrett County Historical Society building. Six locations will offer samples of two different types of local, craft beer. Visit all six locations to get a free commemorative glass. Beer tent locations include: the B&O Museum, The Gallery Shop, Sipside Lounge, Gean & Olive, The Vagabond Taproom, and Smoke n Mirrors. The Beer Walk is sponsored by: Craig Ingram, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales, and Deep Creek Times.
The Garrett County Celtic Festival 2021 is happening! Organizers recently announced that they are moving forward with the event. There will be a few changes from past years, but it will still be a fun event for the entire family.
About the Garrett County Celtic Festival 2021
This year’s festival will once again be held in the Friendsville town park on the Youghiogheny River. It is a picturesque venue with lots of space to spread out. It will take place Saturday, June 5 from 10:30AM-6PM.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. They will not be sold on-site. Prices are reasonable for adults and kids. Adults $15, ages 11-18 $10, and $10 and under are free. Click here for ticket info.
If you have attended in the past, keep in mind that the festival will have a different look. It will be pared down but still lots of fun. The pipe and drum corps will play throughout the day. There will be three stage bands – Shanty Irish, Sean Heely Celtic Trio, and Aurora Celtic. Additionally, there will be a performance by the Teelin Irish Dance Company. Ruth Enlow Library will provide activities for the kids. Food and beverage vendors will be on-hand as well.
Oakland is filled with small town charm, and that is never more evident than at Christmas. The COVID-19 crisis has impacted many events. However, the town has found safe and fun ways to celebrate the holidays this year. It might look a little different, but you can still catch the spirit of the season!
Oakland Christmas Events
The town of Oakland is gearing up to celebrate A Great Small Town Christmas. You are encouraged to shop at local stores and “Snap an Elfie”. December 5th through 19th, participating businesses will have an Elf on display. When a you make a purchase at their establishment, you can take an “Elfie” (selfie) with the elf and your receipt, purchase, shopping bag, etc. Upload that Elfie to Facebook and check into the business. By making a purchase and checking in on facebook, you are entered into a drawing for a prize to be chosen by that participating shop. The Lucky Elves displayed in the businesses will be provided by local artist and GOBA member, Lin Gilbert from Artists and Dreamers. More information on participating businesses will be available soon. Visit the town of Oakland on Facebook for details.
Due to COVID-19, the Soup and Santa event is cancelled. Instead, Santa Claus will visit Oakland and hanging out at the Front Page Stage. He will be there Saturday, December 5th, 12th, and 19th from 11am until 2pm. To ensure safety and social distancing, there will be a drive through for children to see Santa. He will be able to talk with them from a distance using a PA system and treat bags will be given out as they drive by.
Thanksgiving 2020 will be filled with all the fun and happiness that holidays with family bring. Just like everything else though, this year will be a little different. There are still lots of ways to make special holiday memories at Deep Creek Lake this year.
Also, just a friendly reminder that masks are required in all public spaces.
Thanksgiving 2020: Where to Eat
Dining at home is encouraged, but you can also pick-up food or take the family out to eat. Below are a few of the options for traditional turkey dinners.
Arrowhead Market Individual dinners from the deli are available on Thanksgiving day for $11.99 each. Call 301-387-4020 for info.
Dutch’s at Silver Tree Thanksgiving buffet from 11:30AM-8PM. Reservations are required. Call 301-387-0525 for more info.
Moonshadow Farm-to-Table Thanksgiving Boxes serve 8 – 10 people for $90. Available November 27 – 29. Last day to reserve is Monday, November 23. Call the restaurant at 240.442.5542.
Penn Alps Pre order your Thanksgiving dinner by Wednesday the 25th. Call 301-895-5985.
The Casselman Inn and Restaurant Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 26! All meals will be served with a drink. $15.99 for adults and $7.95 for children 4 – 10 years of age. Ages 3 and under are free with the purchase of one adult meal per child.
Festival of Trees Garrett County is a favorite holiday season event. It is fun for the entire family and benefits an important cause. Like many events, this year will be different due to COVID-19. The festival organizers came up with a way to continue the tradition in a safe, virtual way.
Festival of Trees Garrett County 2020
The 13th Annual Festival of Trees will be a virtual tree decorating contest. Unlike years past, these trees will not actually be auctioned or available for purchase. They are simply entered into a decorating contest.
There will be three classes: 1) Individual 2) Commercial 3) Junior (16 and under)
You can vote for a tree by making a donation to the Dove Center, designated for that tree. The cost per vote will be $5 and multiple votes are encouraged. The contest runs from December 7th through December 21st.
Deep Creek Lake fireworks are something that everyone looks forward to year-after-year. Due to COVID-19, many summer events have been cancelled. Keeping everyone safe it of utmost importance.
That being said, this favorite local event is NOT cancelled. The July 4th Deep Creek Lake fireworks are happening as scheduled. Much to the delight of area residents and vacationers, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is proceeding with their plans.
When are the Deep Creek Lake Fireworks?
The Deep Creek Lake fireworks are scheduled for Saturday, July 4, 2020. They will begin at approximately 9:30PM. In the event of inclement weather, they will be held on the 5th at the same time. You can tune in to local radio stations: 104.5 WKHJ, 92.3 WKTQ, 95.9 WKTZ, 1050 WMSG radio for live updates on the status of the fireworks.