18th Annual Deep Creek Dunk on February 20, 2016



The 18th Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk is coming up soon. Do something good while having loads of fun!

And don’t forget about the Goosebumps & Grapes on February 19, 2016! Enjoy an evening of wine sampling around a great bonfire! If you find a wine you like you can purchase it at Arrowhead Market. $3 per bottle purchased will be donated to Special Olympics Maryland.

For more details please go to http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1142849


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Winter is here! Finally!

Winter setting_churchThis weekend a big winter storm is supposed to move into our area, bringing some inches to several feet of snow to Garrett County!  What are you waiting for? Jump in your car and come to see us. It’s going to be beautiful! You could rent a cozy cabin to retreat to after a fun-filled day of skiing, skating or hiking or even a sleigh ride. Have dinner in one of the great restaurants or go to check out the bars and pubs around. Don’t worry too much about the roads: Garrett County people are used to snow and can handle it. Enjoy a great weekend!

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Weather folklore (?)

With the weather being as the weather is these days, bad thoughts are surfacing. Was that really it? Summer’s over already? According to the meteorologists the weather will straighten itself out by the end of week. Warm temps will return and we can go back to boating, swimming, bicycling…. The weatherforecast for McHenry, Deep Creek Lake, is calling for daytime temps in the high 70s and NO RAIN for the weekend! Enjoy it (while it lasts), this winter might get rough:

If a cold August follows a hot July,
It foretells a Winter hard and dry

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Worth a trip! If you are in the Accident area, drive up to the Lavender Farm! It’s just off 219, simply follow the signs. Anne Davidson and her family are growing and harvesting lavender on their farm. Visitors are allowed to stroll through the fields, pick some lavender and rest on one of the many benches, enjoying the beautiful setting. In their pretty farm shop you can purchase everything lavender, like soap, candles and decorative items. Want lavender for your own backyard? They also sell lavender plants!

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Snowshoeing Anyone?

Deep Creek Lake offers yet another winter activity that many people probably aren’t aware of ……… snowshoeing tours. Yes, you heard me correctly snowshoeing! I never thought about it being an option here but why not? It is a great total body workout and lets you enjoy the outdoors in the winter months. Not everyone can ski or snowboard but I think almost everyone can snowshoe. I myself was introduced to it when visiting Quebec, Canada many years ago and I loved it. Below you will find a link to one of the businesses that offers this fun family friendly activity.  Woodsy Wednesday Snowshoeing tours are available right now and the conditions are perfect for the new experience if you have never tried it before. Not only do they have the Wednesday tours that last about 2 hours but they also offer a 4 hour tour for the more adventurous and more athletic groups. Not to mention the moonlight tours that are also available! If you get a chance to do it do not pass up the opportunity it is an experience you will never forget.


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Goosebumps and Grapes

Tonight is the official kick off of the 17th Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk with Goosebumps and Grapes.

Join the festivities at the Honi Honi Bar from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. for a night of wine sampling inside a heated tent and a bonfire. The cost of admission is a $20.00 donation to the Special Olympics of Maryland. While there you can pre-register for the dunk tomorrow. The wine is being supplied once again by the Republic National Distributing Company and will be offered for sale at Arrowhead Market Friday and Saturday with $3.00 of the sale being donated to Special Olympics of Maryland.

The goal this year is to raise $170,000 for Special Olympics of Maryland and thus far $113,500 has raised.


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Winter Storm Watch for Garrett, Preston and Tucker Counties

Tomorrow Saturday, February 21, 2015 a Winter Storm Watch has been issued. Please use extreme caution as heavy snow is expected from about 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. and then turning over to a Wintry Mix for the evening hours. With the 17th Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk going on use extreme caution if you are out and about.


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2015 Deep Creek Dunk

deepcreekdunklogocmyk The time has arrived yet again for the Annual Deep Creek Dunk. The 17th Annual MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk is scheduled for this Saturday, February 21st. The preparations have already begun as they have started to remove the ice behind Uno’s. Right now the weather looks like it will be great for the festivities 34 degrees with a pretty good chance of some snow showers.

If you are still interested in participating it is not too late. You can join as an individual or as a family and help benefit Special Olympics of Maryland.In 4 short days the event will be upon us and the goal is to raise $170,000 to date $89,681 has been raised.

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President’s Day

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I couldn’t think of a more suitable image to represent President’s Day than one of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The actual origin of the holiday dates back to 1885 when it was officially established to recognize George Washington’s birthday which is February 22nd. The holiday is officially called Washington’s Birthday which the federal government still refers to the day. Senator Steven Wallace Dorsey of Arkansas was the first to propose Washington’s Birthday as a federal holiday, and in 1879 President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law. The holiday initially only applied to the District of Columbia, but in 1885 it was expanded to the entire country. In 1932 on Washington’s birthday the Purple Heart was reinstated, which is a military decoration originally created by George Washington to honor soldiers killed or wounded while serving in the armed forces. Today it is estimated that 1.8 million Purple Hearts have been awarded according to www.thepurpleheart.com/faqs.

In the 1960’s the holiday began to shift from Washington’s Birthday to President’s Day with the introduction of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This was proposed by Senator Robert McClory of Illinois it was felt that by shifting the celebration of these federal holiday’s to Monday’s would reduce employee absenteeism. Also in this Act there was a provision added to recognize Abraham Lincoln’s birthday as well. Lincoln’s birthday was already recognized on the state level in Illinois at that time. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act was passed in 1968 and officially took effect in 1971 with President Richard Nixon signing an executive order.


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Roses are Red…..Violets are Blue…..

There are many different stories as to how Valentine’s Day came about.
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The first theory is based on Christianity and the Catholic Church is about a priest known as Valentine during the reign of Emperor Claudius II. Claudius had decided that single men made the best soldiers so he outlawed marriage for all young single men. It is thought that Valentine did not approve and he started marrying young lovers on the sly. When the Emperor discovered what he was doing he ordered his execution which made him a martyr. Another story for this theory is Valentine was imprisoned for trying to help people escape Roman jails due to Christian persecution. While he was imprisoned the jailer’s daughter would come visit him and they fell in love. They would then start sending each other letters and it is said that he would sign them “From your Valentine”. The second theory is based in Paganism. The Pagans celebrated with a feast on February 15th that was called Lupercalia and was meant to increase the fertility of women. Priests would sacrifice a goat, they would then skin the hide of the goat and cut it into strips and dip it in blood. They then would walk through town gently slapping women with these strips to increase their fertility. As the day came to a close the young women of the town would have their names placed in a big urn and the bachelors of the town when then take one. Many times the matches ended in marriage. This tradition was outlawed in about the 5th Century when it was deemed “un-Christian” by Pope Gelasius.

But the popularity of Valentine’s Day came about during the 17th Century, by mid 18th Century friends and lovers commonly exchanged handwritten notes to each other. With the invention of the printing press cards were then manufactured in the 1900’s. In America the “Mother of the Valentine” was Esther A. Howland when in the 1840’s she started making elaborate hand made cards that were made of lace, ribbon, and scrap (colorful pictures). Today we as American’s purchase an estimated 1 billion cards, with 85% of the people purchasing the cards being women.


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