Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

June 12, 2014

Heritage Days

Successful, long-running event returns to city

— One of the premier festivals in the tri-state area takes place this weekend on Washington Street and downtown Cumberland.

Heritage Days began in 1968 and may draw as many as 10,000 locals and visitors every year. The two-day event will run Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About 125 artisans and food vendors will be present, and there will be a children’s carnival, music and other entertainment.

Many of the vendors come back every year and consider Heritage Days as one of their favorite summer festivals.

Heritage Days is also an important fundraising opportunity for many local organizations such as Alhambra, the Kiwanis, several churches and other nonprofit organizations.

The Masonic Temple and Emmanuel Episcopal Church, with its Underground Railroad tunnels will be open for tours.

That area will be the site of encampments by Maryland Forces from Fort Frederick, Civil War re-enactors from B Company of the 3rd Maryland (Vincent’s Brigade of the Army of the Potomac) and the Band of Merry Gamesters, who will demonstrate 18th century toys and games.

Exhibits highlighting the historic industries of woodworking and beer brewing will be featured, as will glassblowing demonstrations and an exhibit of antique Appalachian quilts.

The C. William Gilchrist Gallery and Museum at 104 Washington St. will be open Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and The Allegany County Historical Society’s two museums, The Gordon-Roberts House and the Brooke Whiting House of Art, will both be open on Saturday for tours.

Admission to the festival is free. For more information, visit the Heritage Days website at www.heritagedaysfestival.com or call 301-722-0037.

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