Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, 15 Visitors Center Drive, McHenry, (301) 387-4386, www.garrettchamber.com.
Friend Family Association's National Museum, 261 Maple St., Friendsville, (301) 746-4690. In 1765, John Friend purchased some land from the Native Americans. In case you didn't see this coming, that site became Friendsville. And this museum is all about Mr. Friend and his relatives.
Spruce Forest Artisan Village, 177 Casselman Road, Grantsville, (301) 895-3332, www.spruceforest.org. This little village offers log cabins, schoolhouses, and even a Village Church. Furthermore, these structures are packed full of local artisans including a bird sculptor and a teddy bear artist.
Art in the Park, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 17-18, Deep Creek Lake State Park, Discovery Center, (301) 387-0002. Natural and man-made beauty coexist here as art is displayed for purchase against the backdrop of the state park.
Friday Evening Market, 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 6, Mount Fresh Pavilion, Town Parking Lot, Oakland, (301) 334-6960. Hand-dipped ice cream, ring-toss, a dunking booth, crafts, and baked goods kick off the first occurrence of what is intended to become an annual event.
Friendsville Fiddle and Banjo Contest, 3 p.m. July 17, Friendsville Town Park, (301) 746-5480. It's not Baltimore's Peabody Institute, but it should be amusing at the very least, especially when you add in fishing and picnicking throughout the day. You won't find that at one of them city concerts.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
American Cancer Society Relay for Life, 7 p.m. Friday through 11 a.m. Saturday June 11-12, Southern Garrett High School track area, (301) 334-6305. Unless you're a superdoctor, walking in circles may be one of the best ways that you can help fight cancer. Soak up some good vibes, get some exercise, and do it all for a worthy cause.
Wisp Young Guns 5-Man Paint Ball Tournament, 5 p.m. Aug. 8, Wisp, 296 Marsh Hill Road, McHenry, (301) 387-4911, ext. 2112. Kids ages 10-16 armed with $65 cases of paint? Sounds like a huge mess and a really good time.
New Germany Fishing Rodeo, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. June 16, New Germany State Park, (301) 895-5759. For a measly $1 charge, kids ages 15 and under can compete within their age group for awards for biggest fish. Whether you catch one or not, no one goes home hungry cuz refreshments will be served after the awards ceremony.
Night Hike, 9-10:30 p.m. Aug. 27, New Germany Nature Center, (301) 746-8359. Unlike many night hikes, this one doesn't even suggest participants bring a flashlight. Instead, you get blindfolded and led along by a naturalist as you use their other senses to experience the night.
Western Maryland Amateur Golf Tournament, Aug. 20-22, Oakland Golf Club, (301)-334-3883. If you're good at golf, or even if you're just one of those folks whom golf does not put to sleep, you may want to head over to this three-day golf extravaganza.
Book Market and Antique Mezzanine, 111 S. 2nd St., Oakland, (301) 334-8778. This shop offers old antiques along with new books. They also boast an extensive children's collection.
The Country Shopper, 219 South at Red House School Country Mall, (301) 334-4660. If your grandma ever opened her own shop, we imagine it was something like this (assuming your grandma makes jam and quilts.)
Sacred Ground, 20294 Garrett Highway, Oakland, (301) 387-8474. Undoubtedly a curiosity to most Marylanders, this shop carries handmade Native American pottery from the Southwest. They also offer a collection of Native American jewelry and T-shirts.
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