Here I am, finally able to breathe a little. I have been so busy this summer - doing all kinds of things I love to do. Summer's like that, isn't it?

By Trish Morgan
For the News Tribune
Here I am, finally able to breathe a little. I have been so busy this summer - doing all kinds of things I love to do. Summer's like that, isn't it?
I just finished up a run as Helen "Nannie" Cohan at Embassy Theatre's "The Four Cohans"...what an awesome, crazy experience that was! Having the chance to work with and on-stage with Broadway's own Mark Baker - I will remember it always! But, now that the rehearsals and the production are over, I can spend a little time relaxing.
Some of summer's delights that make me happy are spending time with my grandchildren, fireworks, picnics, swimming, carnivals, campfires and s'mores, flower and vegetable gardening, going to live theatre productions, sweet tea and fresh-squeezed lemonade, watching old classic movies (with popcorn, of course) at restored vintage theatres, Kona Ice, Higson's corn, fresh strawberries and sweet watermelon, farmers' markets, chicken barbeques, special community events, and savoring the ultimate, perfect sandwich - a big slice of a picked-from-the-garden beefsteak tomato, salt and pepper, Hellman's mayonnaise, two slices of crisp bacon - all on fresh Wonder Bread. These are a few of my favorite things.
I've put together a little list of things that this newspaper's readers might want to attend this weekend. For a more comprehensive list of events and activities, visit Community Happenings on Facebook. I post a master list, as well as postings of daily happenings. There are also Summer of '17 Recommendations!
Public swimming pools are open for the summer season, located right here in Keyser, as well as in Piedmont, Frostburg, Romney, Dan's Mountain in Lonaconing, Constitution Park in Cumberland and Petersburg. Prices and hours vary, and weather dictates opening each day.
I am a lifelong fan of small-town carnivals, and New Creek Volunteer Fire Department, located at 3628 New Creek Highway, will continue its annual firemen's carnival on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6-10 p.m. There will be bingo, the firemen's parade on Saturday, zoo dip, fish bowl toss, dime toss, kiddie rides, foods and beverages. Support your local fire companies. We never know when we might need their services.
Cumberland Theatre will present "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," at 101 N Johnson Street, Cumberland, through July 30...starring Daniel Atwood, Rhett Wolford, Johnna Leary, Tim Bambara, Jessica Adcock, Kimberli Rowley, and featuring Alex Barrett, Katie Benson, Aimee Conley, Brittany Eberly, Tyler Detrick, Savannah Humbertson, Austin James, Adam Leatherman, and Justice Sifford. Get your tickets by call 301-759-4990 or visit
Bedford Road Volunteer Fire Department, 13200 Bedford Road NE, Cumberland, will hold its monthly chicken barbeque on Saturday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or until sold out. Cost is $5 for 1/2 chicken and a roll, or $7 for 1/2 chicken, roll and two sides - which are coleslaw, baked beans and pasta salad. Proceeds benefit the fire department.
The Tri-Towns Homefest Parade will be held rain or shine on Friday starting at 6 p.m. The parade starts in Piedmont and ends at Roderick Furniture in Westernport. Line-up begins at 5 p.m., and candy is allowed to be thrown by parade participants. Trophies will be awarded after the parade in Piedmont. Those taking part in the parade are asked to add a little gold to show support for the school bus pull recipient - Holley Crowe.
Homefest activities on Saturday include a royalty contest, games, business specials, pro wrestling, fishing rodeo, car show, sno-cones, potato bar; Piedmont Presbyterian Church on Ashfield Street will have funnel cakes and homemade pies; bounce houses, giant slide, dunk tank, kiddie rides, bike raffle, milk chugging contest, music entertainment, and fireworks (YEA!!!) at 10 p.m., sponsored by Tri-Towns Fireworks.
(NOTE: THIS HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL AUG. 25): On Friday evening, SOS Summer Jam '17 will be held at South End Park (across from McDonald’s and near Keyser Pool), Keyser, from 6-9 p.m. This event features live music by Sirens on Sunday (SOS), face painting by Cheyenne Weisenmiller, bouncy house and obstacle course, pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers, and beverages. SOS will also show the movie "Big Hero 6" and offer fresh-popped popcorn. The good news is that EVERYTHING is FREE! Bring your own chairs and blankets, and bring the entire family. Raindate: Aug. 25
Also on Friday, there will be an Outdoor Movie Night featuring "Sing" at Ridgeley Community Center, Ridgeley,  from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. FREE, with popcorn, too! In case of rain, the movie moves to inside the community center.
Friday and Saturday - Soup and Bake Sale at St Peter's Episcopal Church, Lonaconing,  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with vegetable beef and chicken noodle. The church will also have baked goods for sale. I have it on a good source that their soups are THE best!!
From July 14-22, the Allegany County Fair will be held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds, 11480 Moss Avenue SW, Cumberland. The gates open 4-11 p.m. and rides start at 5 p.m. The fair features animals, fairway rides, exhibits, demolition derby, musical performances, games, raffles, concessions, and fireworks (July 14 and 21 at 10:45 p.m.). Going to this fair is one of the highlights of my summer every single year. I love the exhibits, the carnival lights at night, the fireworks, and I always  leave with a caramel apple with nuts and a box of popcorn! For more information, call 301-729-1200 or visit
Saturday on the downtown Cumberland Mall, the Channel Cats will be playing the blues, and the Fire and Ice Car Show will be held at Historic City Center as part of the Cumberland Comes Alive program. Start time will be 6:30 p.m.
Another outdoor movie on Friday will be shown at the Midland ballfield, with the movie "A Mile in his Shoes." The event starts at 8 pm. Bring seating and blankets.
The 17th annual Lisa Wade 5K and 10th Annual Corey's Dash, sponsored by George's Creek Soccer Club, will be held at Creekside Park, Westernport,  on Saturday. The event will be held from 8:30-11 a.m. There is a $20 day-of event registration from 7:00-8:15 am, and t-shirts, prizes and doorprizes will be awarded.
At Saturday's Homefest, Pentecostal Holiness Church at 62 Second Street, Piedmont, will have baked goods, lunch and plenty of singers inside the air-conditioned church from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday night, there will be a Night Swim at Frostburg Pool, 200 S Water Street, Frostburg, from 8:30-10:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per person, with proceeds benefitting Mountain Ridge High School Band & Chorus. There will also be baked goods and concessions available.
Open Mic on Sunday Nights at Embassy Theatre, 49 Baltimore Street, Cumberland, from 6-10 p.m. This week, Open Mic will be hosted by Zach and Mikayla Dodge, and it is FREE for all ages. Come be part of a welcoming audience, or come sing, dance, do comedy, read poetry, play your favorite instrument. The entertainment is extraordinary!
We are so fortunate to have these events and so many others to choose from. One can actually plan an entire summer from the scores and scores of events on Facebook alone. So, if you want something to do instead of just sitting at home, read your local newspapers, listen to local radio stations, read through the events on Facebook, read posters at businesses you patronize, follow pages on Facebook or email me at There is an incredible wealth of activities all around us, and many cost nothing! I'll be happy to share info with you.
Summer of '17 is ticking away. Make the most of it. Before you know it, leaves will be turning and falling to the ground, and we will need our sweaters and hot chocolate!
Until next week...