Garrett County Gazette, September 2022

Welcome to the second issue of the Garrett County Gazette.  I’m Chris Nichols, your guide to helping you find out what’s going on, what’s coming up and interesting tidbits from the area. Let’s jump right in!
Garrett County’s 150th Anniversary
Garrett County was officially created in 1872 and our local government is celebrating the 150th Anniversary  with a big, FREE event on Saturday, September 17 from 10 am – 6 pm at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry. There will be music, a history walk, food, car show, artwork displays & more. Plus, collect a commemorative bronze coin for each of the 8 municipalities in the County will be available.  For more info on the event, check out
The county’s first public disc golf course opens
Deep Creek Lake Lions Club  held the grand opening of the new public disc golf course (the Glades at Meshach Run Disc Golf Course) at the McHenry Community Park on 1249  Bumble Bee Road, McHenry, Maryland. The Glades at Meshach Run is a 9 hole, free-to-play disc golf course. Disc golf is similar to conventional golf, with throwing discs taking the place of balls, and raised metal baskets taking the place of holes. 

Ryan Harlow and Chrystal Stroud had the honor of performing the ribbon cutting.  They were the community members who brought the idea to the Deep Creek Lake Lions Club and organized the volunteer construction. 
Approximately 25 people attended the event and participated in a group disc throw that was captured by a drone.
Door prizes were awarded to winning participants and included DCLLC swag bags, maps donated by Narrows Hill, and 3 disc golf packages donated by Ryan’s Disc Golf Stop located on Accident Bittinger Road, Maryland

The Club hopes to expand from 9 holes to 18 holes in the near future and is looking for more sponsors to complete the additional 9 holes. The course has been a testing ground for use by the visually impaired, another of the Club’s primary service areas. Using remote-activated beepers on the discs and targets, the Club has been able to have visually-impaired kids play a few holes at the course. 
One the visually-impaired participants in the Blind Camper program was able to play a few holes of the disc golf course with special discs and beepers

Garrett County – Pet Paradise
Garrett County, MD is a great place to live or visit with your pet! In a recent Youtube video, I cover all the places to take your furry companion (OK mainly your dog) out on the trails, swimming and more! 
Some action shots with my dog Spencer 

History Corner
In a joint project with Garrett County Historical Society and Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales, I had the pleasure of coordinating a panel discussion on stories and tales from Deep Creek Lake with “old-timer” panelists: Beverly Railey Robinson, Ed King, Karen Frazee Myers and Ann Smith. We met in the Deep Creek Lake room at the Transportation Museum in Oakland and just had a great time chatting and sharing stories about “the good old days”. It’s important to get these stories recorded before they’re gone forever!

The video of the entire session is here on Youtube

The GCHS helps to protect, preserve and promote our local history, and membership is just $25 per year!  And much thanks to Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations and Sales for the professional level video recording and editing!  

Upcoming Events

Grantsville Oktoberfest, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2022 AT 12 PM – 5 PM-The Third Annual Grantsville Lions Club Oktoberfest is back with local brews, German beers, live music, kids activities, and traditional German contests! The Oompah Band and the Wurstband will be providing music all day long at the amphitheater stage. The Grantsville Arts & Entertainment District will have their scarecrow making station, as well as face painting for kids. JTF1 will also be there with their outdoor set up. There will be a car show in the upper field a full slate of German food this year! 
Check out the Grantsville Lions Club Facebook event for more details! 

Autumn Glory Festival,  October 12 – 16, 2022 throughout the County
I probably don’t have to tell most of you about Autumn Glory, but there are some new cool events and activities planned this year including a week-long carnival, more craft shows and others! Check out the Chamber’s site that does a great job of bringing all these events together in one spot:
Real estate perspective
The number of residential properties on the market is growing, but slowly, and sales are still happening fairly quickly and close to listing price.  So, it may be a good time to get an idea of what your property is worth.  On the buying side, even though interest rates are rising, there are still good ones to be found, especially given the innovation in financing products that has happened over the past few years.
I’m always happy to talk about buying or selling property or just chat with you about the market and the area. Check out my real estate agent website, or call or email me anytime! That’s it for this edition! Thanks for checking it out! If you’ve got ideas, suggestions or questions about the area, don’t hesitate to reach out!


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Explore and connect with where you live. Some mapping, history and community service organization stuff related to Garrett County, Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding area. I'm Chris - welcome to my online attic!

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