#52 Chautauqua Then & Now: “The Most American Thing in America,” July 5-7

Greetings Friends, and welcome to Wildfulness. This episode is all about the Mountain Chautauqua (pronounced “Shuh-TAW-Kwa”) movement here in Garrett County, and the 3-day re-enactment festival coming up July 5-7 in our very own Mountain Lake Park. It’s a celebration of this unique movement in our Nation’s and in Garrett county’s history, where you can experience … Continue reading #52 Chautauqua Then & Now: “The Most American Thing in America,” July 5-7

#47 Maple Sugaring Time

Greetings, Listeners, and welcome to episode #47, on maple sugaring. Now I ask you, who does not like maple syrup? Personally, I like maple syrup on just about anything and everything. From pancakes to grilled ribs. So, now that we’re entering that transitional time between the dead of winter and the delights of spring, when … Continue reading #47 Maple Sugaring Time

#42 2018 Autumn Glory Festival with Mother Nature & Garrett County’s Finest

Greetings, and welcome to this Wildfulness podcast episode #42, with inside information on the famous Autumn Glory Festival, held each year in October in Oakland, MD. When you hear the leaves rustle with every gust of wind, you know it’s time. When you smell the tangy smoke of a campfire & see it glowing in … Continue reading #42 2018 Autumn Glory Festival with Mother Nature’s Finest & Oakland’s Very Best

#30 The Ruffed Grouse in MD: A Bird in Decline & Why We Should Care

Hello there, and welcome to Episode #30 on the Ruffed Grouse, about that plump little partridge, his sorry state of affairs these days, and why we should care. I first heard of the Ruffed Grouse when researching our previous episode on the Mt. Nebo Wildlife Management Area off of Route 219 just north of Oakland. That managed … Continue reading #30 The Ruffed Grouse in MD: A Bird in Decline & Why We Should Care

#28 HIDDEN GEM: Drive-Thru Geology at Sideling Hill or, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Western MD

To most of us, the large v-shaped notch in the middle of the mountain that is called “Sideling Hill” in the middle of Interstate 68 on the way to Western Maryland represents the beginning of the “Ahhhhhhh. . .” That is, the deep exhale that accompanies the tremendous panoramic Appalachian mountain view that opens its … Continue reading #28 HIDDEN GEM: Drive-Thru Geology at Sideling Hill or, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Western MD

#19 Leo Beachy’s Nostalgic Photos: Visual Inspirations & Water from Another Time

To most of us, Leo Beachy is most certainly a hidden gem.  Sometimes our hidden gems feature places, sometimes things, like cool artifacts, or maybe even a new local business. This time, though, we’re focusing on the life and the prolific creations of Leo Beachy, a late Victoria era photographer, born in 1874 and raised … Continue reading #19 Leo Beachy’s Nostalgic Photos: Visual Inspirations & Water from Another Time

#16 New in Town: Monkey Business Adventure Park: Wait . . .WHAT?

We've all seen it being built, that mysterious,  floating wooden obstacle course in the sky next to the lake, but had no clue what it was. Well, now we know: It's the brand spanking new, "Monkey Business Aerial Adventure Park." Now, there are a whole lot of jokes about monkeys, and some of them are … Continue reading #16 New in Town: Monkey Business Adventure Park: Wait . . .WHAT?

#6 Hidden Gem: Mt. Nebo Wildlife Management Area

Just exactly what IS a "wildlife management area" and why should we visit one? To learn more about one of Garrett County's best kept secrets,  what gems you'll find there, how to prepare for your visit, and how to make the best memories of it, listen below, subscribe to the podcast, and read on. Nestled in the … Continue reading #6 Hidden Gem: Mt. Nebo Wildlife Management Area