Allegany Magazine highlightsreader-submitted 'faces of fall'

Rhett Wolford appears to be stark, raving mad, upside-down in a straightjacket, on the cover of the October issue of Allegany Magazine.

CUMBERLAND — For nearly 14 years, Allegany Magazine has annually asked its readers to submit “faces of summer” photographs. With the release of the October 2019 edition, for the first time, however, the monthly will highlight reader-submitted “faces of fall.”

“Last summer, while it was still 90 degrees and humid, we asked our readers to send in their ‘faces of fall.’ Much like our popular ‘faces of summer’ but with an autumnal twist,” said Shane Riggs, the magazine’s managing editor. “We received nearly as many entries for this ‘inaugural’ contest as we do for our June summertime issue.”

The October issue spotlights more than 90 reader-submitted autumn faces from the local area — all sent in to the magazine by its readers.

“We sifted through all the little vampires, werewolves and otherwise cute and creepy monsters of all ages and found more photos to feature here than we were planning on,” said Riggs. “Our readers continue to take us by pleasant surprise.”

The cover of the forthcoming issue features the “face” of Rhett Wolford, however, in a cover story about the local theater director’s love for all things Halloween. The cover picture was taken by his wife, Lisa Wolford of Wolford Photography specifically for Allegany Magazine.

“Rhett may seem when you meet him like he is shy and unassuming man but trust me, he really is a bit of a crazy wild man,” said Riggs. “Let’s face it, you have to be a little nuts to hang upside down in a straightjacket for a photo shoot. His story is about a young man who is on a mission to make his hometown a destination spot for quality attractions — haunted and otherwise.”

In addition to the cover story and the “faces of fall,” the October issue of Allegany Magazine features an interview with country music singer, Jo Dee Messina, who is coming to Frostburg State as part of the university’s Cultural Events Series in October; and an interview with Florence Williams, author of the book “The Nature Fix.” Williams will be appearing at Allegany College of Maryland in November.

There is also a story with “American Psychic” and Bedford native Marla Frees as she prepares for her November Cumberland appearance where she will conduct readings among audience members.

The October issue also includes the 70th anniversary of the South Cumberland Halloween Parade and includes personal stories about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the initiatives being taken in the area for that cause.

Allegany Magazine is a monthly and sister publication to the Cumberland Times-News. It is available by subscription and also at more than 70 retail partners in Allegany, Garrett, Mineral and Bedford counties.

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