Upcoming Events

Drew Harrison: In the Spirit of Lennon
Saturday, July 20th, 7:30 PM at Performing Arts Center at Garrett College, 687 Mosser Road McHenry, MD 21541
Born in New York City, now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, singer-songwriter Drew Harrison is one of those rare recording artists with the ability to translate life into song. His passionate, honest, and intense style resonates in the vein of Bono, Ritchie Havens, and John Lennon.
 
In the Spirit of Lennon is his tribute to John Lennon. In the show, Drew goes beyond just sounding like Lennon but captures the intensity and delicate honesty that Lennon brought to the Beatles music, and later to his own post-Beatles creations.
 
Drew presents a loving, emotionally charged retrospective of the life and career of one of the most popular artists of all time, told through stories and songs from The Beatles years through the final recordings of his life. Gifted with a natural, effortless Lennon voice, Harrison has been performing John’s songs and weaving the tales and anecdotes that go along with them for nearly two decades.

“Drew’s performance captivated my audience like nothing before. Truly a magical night of stories and tunes.”
 
    – Dave Warner – Artistic Director, Darke County Center for the Arts – Greenville, Ohio

“… A very talented musician with an amazing voice. I enjoyed him very much.”
 
    – Bonnie Raitt – Recording Artist
 

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
Friday, July 26th, 6:00 PM at Performing Arts Center at Garrett College, 687 Mosser Road McHenry, MD 21541
 

Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc., founded by Keith Nelson and Stephanie Monseu in 1995, prides itself on being an integral part of America’s outstanding folk traditions of circus, sideshow, and vaudeville. Bindlestiff’s activities fall into three main areas. First, we produce original shows, festivals, and public events. Over the decades, Bindlestiff has presented nearly 600 of the world’s top artists in the circus and variety fields. Shows in our home regions of NYC and the Hudson Valley, as well as national touring in the United States, have engaged audiences in the hundreds of thousands, with performances in theaters, Spiegeltents, big tops, cruise ships, fairs, and festivals, including 2017’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival, celebrating the cultural heritage of the American circus on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
 
The second area of Bindlestiff’s work is the support of emerging and professional variety artists. The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show is the premiere circus “open mic” night in New York City, presenting acts by over 100 artists every year. Bindlestiff’s yearly First of May Award and Residency offers emerging NYC-based artists financial support and mentorship from Bindlestiff. Twice a year, Bindlestiff’s Cavalcade of Youth, produced in collaboration with Playful Productions, pairs young artists from diverse backgrounds interested in learning the craft and skills of circus and variety with professional mentors in the field, presenting public shows in New York City.
 
And third, Bindlestiff provides high-quality circus arts education and enrichment opportunities. Free Out-of-School-Time and Elder programs serve people in the Hudson Valley and New York City by using circus arts training as a medium for social justice, community building, and youth development. Circus skill workshops are also offered with touring productions. Bindlestiff yearly develops and expands its educational programs with new partnerships, greater outreach, and continued professional development for instructors.

“Imaginative…delightfully clever…the show exudes … warmth and affection…all but irresistible.”
    —Spectacle Magazine, June 2016


67th Annual Garrett County Agriculture Fair
Saturday, July 27th to Saturday, August 3rd at Garrett County Fairground, 270 Mosser Rd, McHenry, MD
The Garrett County Agriculture Fair

More than just a carnival and entertainment, the Garrett County Agriculture Fair is an exhibition for our local agriculture community. A showcase for our passionate local makers, gardeners, photographers, and various other skills and talents. An annual gathering that locals cherish, where friends and family come together, and new friendships are made.
Ann Street Trio
Saturday, August 10th, 7:30 PM at Performing Arts Center at Garrett College, 687 Mosser Road McHenry, MD 21541
The Baltimore-based Ann Street Trio is devoted to performing chamber music from the classical era to the 21st century. Comprised of several of Baltimore’s finest musicians, the Ann Street Trio believes in engaging their audience through creative programming and conversation and strives to give them an up-close look at the creativity and excitement of chamber music. The Ann Street Trio reaches audiences through chamber music series in the region, university engagements, and private salon concerts. With years of diverse performance experience, each member brings a particular expertise to their interpretation. Erik Franklin teaches clarinet at Towson University, Katlyn DeGraw is the Associate Principal Cellist of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and Hui-Chuan Chen performs recitals nationally and internationally alongside teaching at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
 
3rd Annual Mountain Maryland Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, August 24th, 9:00 AM at Broadford Park, 123 Recreation Ln, Mountain Lake Park, MD
 
3rd Annual Mountain Maryland Dragon Boat Festival

Amateur teams of all skill levels will race dragon boats, competing for the championship title.
Spectators will enjoy the excitement of the race, as well as food and artisan vendors, music, and kids activities. A full day of family fun!
Villages of Wisp Board of Director's Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, September 3rd, 7:00 PM
Villages of Wisp Board of Directors Third Quarter Meeting
 Meeting Access Via Zoom: Members Access
THE DEEP CREEK LAKE ART & WINE FESTIVAL
Saturday, September 14th, Noon to 6:00 PM at Garrett County Fairground, 270 Mosser Rd, McHenry, MD
THE DEEP CREEK LAKE ART & WINE FESTIVAL
 

Friday, September 13, 2024: 5-8PM: Premium Wine Tasting 
Saturday, September 14, 2024: Noon-6PM Art & Wine Festival
Seth Kibel Quintet
Monday, September 23rd, 7:30 PM at Performing Arts Center at Garrett College, 687 Mosser Road McHenry, MD 21541
Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, and more. Wowing audiences on saxophone, clarinet, and flute, Seth has made a name for himself in the Washington/Baltimore region, and beyond. He is the featured performer with The Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more. Winner of 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, “Clown With A Stick,” was released in May 2023 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. He’s won numerous prizes in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) including the Grand Prize in 2016 and a Gold Prize in 2022.
 
He is the leader, clarinetist, and composer for The Kleztet, a genre-bending klezmer band he founded in the Baltimore/Washington area. The band’s four albums (released under the name “The Alexandria Kleztet”), Peace, Love and Coffee (2009), Close Enough for Klezmer (2005), Delusions of Klezmer (2002) and Y2Klezmer (1999) are all available nationwide. All four recordings received the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMA) award for Best World Music Recording following their release. Additionally, Seth was named “Best World Music Instrumentalist” by WAMA every year from 2003 through 2011. In 2012, he was bestowed the honor of “Emeritus” status in this category. In 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2011-14 he was also named “Best Jazz Instrumentalist.” In 2017, his song “New Waltz” took home the Grand Prize in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, sponsored by the Songwriter’s Association of Washington (SAW).
 
The Latin Ballet of Virginia
Saturday, September 28th, 7:30 PM at Performing Arts Center at Garrett College, 687 Mosser Road McHenry, MD 21541
The Latin Ballet of Virginia (LBV) was founded in 1997 in Richmond, Virginia under the direction of Ana Ines King, a native of Colombia. LBV is a professional dance company and school of dance, providing multicultural dance programs, instruction, and performances for a diverse community. The Company is Central Virginia’s pre-eminent Hispanic dance company, performing throughout the State and at select venues in North and South America. It was incorporated as a 501(c) 3 organization in 2000. LBV offers a wide variety of weekly classes in 2 dance schools taught by 13 faculty members. Over the years, LBV has built a company of 11 professional dancers from around the world, featuring 6 professional musicians, and mentoring 25 apprentice dancers. LBV enrolls approximately 400 students of all ages per year, conducts 5 professional dance productions annually, supports 85 long-term residencies and 120 short residencies, and presents master classes and lecture demonstrations.

57th Annual Autumn Glory Festival
Wednesday, October 9th to Sunday, October 13th at Garrett County, Maryland
The Town of Oakland and the Greater Oakland Business Association is proud to present the 57th Annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 12th at 1pm. 
Noa Baum, Storyteller
Saturday, October 19th, 7:30 PM at Performing Arts Center at Garrett College, 687 Mosser Road McHenry, MD 21541
Noa Baum is an award-winning storyteller, author, coach and public speaker presenting internationally for diverse audiences ranging from the World Bank, prestigious universities and congregations, to festivals, government agencies and schools.
 
Born and raised in Jerusalem Noa offers a unique combination of performance art and practical workshops that focus on the power of stories to heal across the divides of identity and build bridges of peace.
 
Discover the power of story to ignite the imagination, spark innovation, and facilitate connection, communication and collaboration.

“Noa Baum is a world class educator. The transformation I’ve gone through as a storyteller has been life changing. Any leader requiring a deeper understanding of connecting with others will be richly rewarded by working with Noa.”
    – Chris Costa, Executive Director, the International Spy Museum, DC, Former Special Assistant to the President, National Security Council

Festival of Trees
Friday, November 29th to Saturday, November 30th, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM at Garrett County Fairground, 270 Mosser Rd, McHenry, MD
Festival of Trees 
Over the years, this cheerful, affordable family event has become a tradition for thousands of locals, as well as visitors to the County. Decorated trees, wreaths, and centerpieces donated by local designers. Christmas entertainment for children to create keepsake crafts, sand art, and have their faces painted in holiday themes. All proceeds go to support the Dove Center.
Villages of Wisp Board of Director's Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday, December 3rd, 7:00 PM
Villages of Wisp Board of Directors Fourth Quarter Meeting
 Meeting Access Via Zoom: Members Access