Allegany County Arts Council, (301) 777-2787. Allegany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Western Maryland Railway Station, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, (800) 425-2067, www.mdmountainside.com.
C&O Canal National Historic Park Visitors Center, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, (301) 724-3655, www.canalplace.org. Visitors can explore the C&O Canal by steamboat, canal boat, or by hiking or biking along the canal paths. George Washington's Headquarters, Riverside Park, Greene Street, Cumberland, (301) 777-5132. This 250 year-old cabin was once utilized by George Washington while he was an aide to General Braddock. Heritage Koaches, 16 Howard St., Cumberland, (301) 777-0293. Horse-drawn carriages will carry you through downtown Cumberland as you take in the historic sights or just pretend you're Cinderella.
Allegany County Fair and Agricultural Expo, July 18-25, Allegany County Fairgrounds, Rte. 220 S., I-68 exit 42, Cumberland. (301) 729-1200. There will be pig races--what else could you want? Except maybe the fireworks and demolition derby. Flower Market, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. May 20 and 27, Town Centre, downtown Cumberland, (301) 777-2800. If your flower bed failed, fragrant blooms and leafy plants are be available here for purchase. Heritage Days, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 12, noon-6 p.m. June 13, I-68 exit 43C, Cumberland, (301) 777-2787. For families who can never agree, 200 booths of food, crafts, entertainment, and kids' activities may be the answer. There are also antique cars and scenic railroads to check out. Mountain City Summerfest, July 31, Glendening Recreation Complex, (301) 689-6000. Feeling competitive? Compete in the International Chili Cookoff, hot-pepper eating contest, or Miss Hot Tamale/Mr. Hot Sauce pageants.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Rocky Gap State Park, 12500 Pleasant Valley Road, Flintstone, (301) 777-2139. Looking for the outdoorsy type? Rocky Gap offers 3,000 acres in which to look, or in which to hike, swim, fish, etc.
Bohemia Value, 64 Baltimore St., Cumberland, (301) 722-7300. Own the neighborhood's most well traveled light fixtures. Here's your source for Bohemian-Czechoslovakian and Russian chandeliers, crystal, and other shiny trinkets. M. and M. Bake Shop, 80 Baltimore St., Cumberland, (301) 722-2660. This old-fashioned bakery produces doughnuts, cookies, and other sweet things made of dough. Atkins can kiss our asses cuz we just went to the Rocky Gap State Park.