Memorial Day will soon be upon us and I have compiled a quick list of activities that are on the books for right now. For more info on the area, check out my blog.
“Have a HART” Guest Bartender Night at The Harbor Bar at Dutch’s
Date: May 23, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
“Have a HART” Guest Bartender Night (formerly PAWS, Passion for Pets) continues this year in the Deep Creek Lake area, all to benefit HART for Animals, SNAP (Spay/Neuter Assistance Program). Locals become bartenders from 6:00-9:00 PM at The Harbor Bar at Dutch’s on May 23 donating their tips to the cause. Raffles, giveaways, and entertainment will round out the evening!
The Harbor Bar at Dutch’s at Silver Tree
Memorial Day Weekend Sale at Simon Pearce
Date: May 24, 2013 - May 27, 2013
Enjoy 40-60% savings on discontinued 1sts, selected 2nds and home accents.
View glassblowing until 3:30 on May 24 and 27 and until 5:00 PM on May 25 and 26.
265 Glass Dr
Mtn Lake Park MD 21550
Grand Re-Opening of the Youghiogheny Overlook Welcome Center
Date: May 24, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Garrett County will be holding a Grand Re-Opening of their Youghiogheny Overlook Welcome Center on May 24 at 10 am. The event will feature a ribbon cutting, refreshments and remarks from various speakers and dignitaries including Garrett County Commissioner Jim Raley. This event is free and open to the public.The Youghiogheny Overlook Welcome Center offers travelers not only information about Garrett County but the entire state of Maryland as well. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce will be staffing the center which will be open Thursday - Sunday from May 24 – October 13, 2013 and Friday -Sunday from October 18 –May 18, 2014. The re-opening of the Youghiogheny Overlook Welcome Center will give Garrett County two welcome centers, as it joins the current Garrett County Visitors Center in McHenry, Maryland, located near Deep Creek Lake.
Friendsville, Maryland, off of Interstate-68 Eastbound at mile marker 6, between Friendsville (exit 4) and Rt. 219 (exit 14).
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce - Sarah Duck
Springs Farmers’ Market
Date: May 25, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturdays from May 25, 2013 - September 21, 2013
Hours - 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The largest in the area with over 80 local farmers and craftsmen providing a wide selection of fresh picked produce, home-baked goods, quilts, antiques, plants, tools and flea market items. Enjoy homemade breakfast and lunch at the snack bar. Adjacent to a 1/4 mile easy walking self-guided nature trail. Call 240-310-2086 or 814-662-4366 or visit www.springspa.org for more information. **Out-of-County Regional Event**
1711 Springs Rd Springs PA 15562
Saturdays May 25 - September 21
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Debbie Carpenter & Girls
Name: Debbie Carpenter & Girls
Date: May 25, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
An evening of Christian variety mix music, food, and fellowship. Full menu and buffet available.
254 Maple Street
301-746-5252 or Like us on Facebook @ jubilee junction
Name: Highland Festival
Date: June 1, 2013 - June 2, 2013
The traditions of Highland music, games, and dance come alive at the McHenry Highland Festival! Visit the Clan tents and Celtic vendors. Kiss the highland cattle, watch the collies herd sheep, or pat an Irish Wolfhound. Join us for a weekend of Celtic celebrations– for young and old alike–in the scenic highlands of Western Maryland at Deep Creek Lake.
Garrett County Fairgrounds
Garrett College SING Flea Market
Name: Garrett College SING Flea Market
Date: June 1, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Second Annual GC SING Flea Market Fundraiser is open to the public and proceeds will benefit Garrett College Students in Need Group (SING), a volunteer group of GC faculty and staff dedicated to providing emergency assistance to our students, on-campus and off, in times of extreme need or extenuating circumstance. Concessions will be available. Indoor and outdoor vendor spaces are available but limited - register soon! Venue will open for set-up Friday, 5-7PM. Registration fees benefit GC SING. Online registration now open!
Garrett College Special Events Center
Garrett College 301-387-3045
Free and open to the public. Vendor fees apply. Outdoors $10; Indoors $20 All sites provide table and 2 chairs
LEGO Robotics: SuGO Sunday.
Name: LEGO Robotics: SuGO Sunday.
Date: June 2, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Come and build Sumo Wrestling Robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS.SuGO teams form at 1:00pm, and build until 3:30pm. Teams can be families or friends and No experience is necessary. All equipment is provided, and help is available for rookie teams. At 3:30, teams move to the arena and the SuGO bots battle it out tournament style.
This is a great activity for LEGO lovers of all ages.
Experience the latest LEGO Robotics hardware and push your creativity to the limit..
Light refreshments are available for purchase.
GEARS Center: 116 Industrial Dr, Accident MD, 21520
Look for the yellow pickup.
First Sunday of every month: Team registration at 1:00pm
Contact Phil Malone: 301 387-2331
Free for GEARS Members, otherwise $10 per team.
Railey Realty is proud to announce the addition of long-time Deep Creek Lake REALTOR ® and Associate Broker Lisa Goodfellow and her team of professionals to their real estate brokerage. In addition to Lisa, the Goodfellow Group includes licensed salespersons Nancy Geisler, Cindy Sanders, Cindy Mahoney, Jim Wilmot, Susanne Roszell, and Kevin Heselbach. Lisa has been selling real estate for 26 years and has won many prestigious sales awards throughout her career.
Railey Realty co-owner Mike Kennedy commented “We are extremely excited to add the Goodfellow Group to our existing team of top producing real estate agents. They are a natural fit at Railey Realty with their many years of experience, high sales volume, and attention to customer service.” Lisa Goodfellow says “This merger allows me to continue to work with the part of real estate that I love best, which is working with sellers and buyers. With Railey Realty taking over our administration, management and marketing, it allows me to focus on sales. Our group of terrific agents will continue to do business in the same location enhanced by Railey’s systems which has made them the area’s top real estate company in market share. Railey’s excellent marketing and hard-working, experienced agents combined with the Goodfellow Group will result in better service to our clients and all consumers.”
Garrett County’s largest real estate brokerage now has two offices to better serve their clients. In addition to their main sales office located at 2 Vacation Way in McHenry, the Railey group purchased the former Goodfellow Real Estate Services building near the Dry Dock Plaza. The Goodfellow Group will continue to operate out of their existing location at 19567 Garrett Highway in Thayerville which is now a Railey Realty branch office.
Installation of the water line on Glendale Road is scheduled to recommence on Monday, April 1, 2013 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weather permitting.
The roadway will be closed to thru traffic and only school buses and emergency vehicles will be allowed to enter the work zone and cross Glendale Bridge. All other traffic will be redirected to detours. Access will be permitted to residences and businesses located in the work zone but delays may be experienced.
Daily updates will be posted on the Department of Public Utilities web site at www.co.garrett.md.us/public-utilities. Questions may be directed to the Department of Public Utilities at 301-334-6983.
Continued stabilization characterized the overall Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County real estate market in 2012. Both total sales and dollar volume sold in the Deep Creek area increased 10% last year with most of the growth concentrated in the $250,000-$500,000 market segment. Both indicators have now increased for 3 consecutive years. The upward trend in sales can be attributed to the improving national economy, low interest rates, and the lowest prices experienced in the past several years. However, a few market segments, including the higher-end properties continued to experience corrections. Some trends we are seeing include;
- Total Deep Creek Lake area residential sales were up 15% - 205 in 2012 versus 178 in 2011.
- In the $250,000-$500,000 market segment dollar volume sold grew by 41% last year and sales increased 37%.
- The average lakefront sold price decreased approximately 10% in 2012.
- There were 6 fractional sales in 2012 versus x in 2011. Fractional properties are relatively new to the area but very popular in other resort markets. They are expected grow in our market.
- Eight (8) sales over $1 million in 2012 versus seventeen (17) in 2011.
- Current total sales for the first few months of 2013 are tracking nearly the same as the first few months of 2012.
The problem of excessive inventory and the uncertainty surrounding the future of Wisp Ski Resort both dissipated near the end of 2012. Current inventory is about 30% lower now than last year at this time. In December, 2012 the Wisp Ski Resort was bought by a publicly traded real estate investment trust that operates other ski resorts. This will put to rest any doubt about one of the area’s largest recreational amenities.
If you are a prospective buyer, interest rates have remained very low but may increase slightly in the upcoming months. While values continued to soften and correct last year in a few segments, this trend may reverse as overall sales continue to show improvement. Now is a good opportunity to take advantage of the lowest prices seen in several years as the current buyer’s market seems to be losing steam. Property values appreciated in other parts of the county last year and are predicted to start appreciating here in the northeast again in 2013.
As a seller it is still imperative to accurately price your property based on recent comparable sales. Buyer interest remains steady in our market for well maintained, quality lake properties in good condition. Prospective buyers are still searching for values but are becoming more realistic with values as they correct closer to pre-bubble levels. Inventory in certain segments is currently at the lowest levels experienced in several years. Now is a good opportunity to list your property for sale with overall less active properties on the market for sale. If you would like an opinion of the current value of your property please contact us for a free, no obligation market evaluation.
The professional assistance of a REALTOR is still very critical in today’s market whether you are buying or selling. Railey Ralty has the area’s most professional and experienced team of sales agents. As Deep Creek’s leading brokerage we have the largest selection of properties for sale. Our agents list and sell nearly 70% of all Deep Creek Lake properties and look forward to assisting you with all your real estate needs.
There’s a lot going on this weekend at the lake! The Deep Creek Dunk is set for Saturday at the Honi-Honi, and its always a great time. I am taking the plunge this year with my wife, Jessica (her 1st time) and my daughter, Kayleah. Stop by and enjoy some time outdoors at the Honi & Uno’s Support the MD Special Olympics by donating!
Friday night, before the dunk, is the annual Goosebumps & Grapes event. Saturday night, the Hillbilly Gypsies are playing at Mountain State Brewing Co. - they are SPECTACULAR!
More details on these events here.
The Garrett County Commissioners have adopted a program whereby the County will grant to Deep Creek lakefront property owners a $1600 incentive for new completed shore erosion projects in fiscal year 2013. The program is designed to help property and real estate owners with the costs of construction of shore erosion structures along the lake shoreline. The funding applies to both structural (e.g. rip-rap) and nonstructural (e.g. vegetative) control measures.
DNR estimates that there are 8 to 10 projects that might be eligible for the funds. The project must be completed and inspected by both DNR and MDE in order for the property owner to be eligible for the incentive.
The program is part of a broader package of policies that the county is looking at for the protection of the watershed. This is a pilot year for the program and no decision has been made as to if it will be made available in the next county fiscal year.
At the end of December, EPR Properties finalized their purchase of the Wisp Ski Resort. EPR Properties is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns several other ski areas. EPR has partnered with Everbright Pacific, an affiliate of Pacific Group, to run and manage the entire resort.
Wisp General Manager Tim Prather and his team will remain in their current positions which will provide successful and experienced management to the resort going forward. Pacific Group will bring its operations and development experience from ski and golf resorts in New England, Canada, and throughout the West to help Wisp as it expands its on-mountain services and associated amenities.
Several improvements are planned to the resort over the next several years with most of the concentration being focused at the mountain’s base.
An unrelated real estate company purchased most of the other undeveloped land atop Marsh Mountain including the Lodestone Golf Course and some of the existing subdivisions.
This news is good for all real estate owners in the Deep Creek Lake and Wisp area as questions of the resort’s future are now answered in a most positive way. As the area’s leading real estate company we can assist with all your real estate needs.
Wisp Ski Resort opened for the season on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Here is the report for opening weekend.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
9am - 9pm: Chair 3 & Belly Flop Carpet
2 Trails: Belly Flop & Wisp Trail
Sunday, December 16, 2012
9am - 5pm: Chair 3 & Belly Flop Carpet
2 Trails: Belly Flop & Wisp Trail
Extended Day Lift Ticket (Sat or Sun)
Junior 6 - 12: $29
Maryland DNR Secretary John Griffin visited Garrett County on November 14 and presented a “State of the Lake” report to the County Commissioners and members of the public in attendance. Overall the Deep Creek Lake water quality was described to be in “good shape”. Below are some high points of the DNR presentation.
- Deep Creek Lake continues to be a healthy reservoir and it meets Federal and State Clean Water Act Standards. Secretary Griffin said that “the water quality is in good shape and we want to keep it that way.”
- The lake has recovered from the 2010 fish kill which was caused by heat stress. A summer of unnaturally high air temperatures probably caused the problem. Recent fishery studies now show good reproductive rates in fish and there has been a remedial bass stocking to build that population back up.
- Overall algae levels are limited by low phosphorous levels and this helps to keep the lake under thresholds. Oxygen levels in the upper layers of the lake are good.
- No toxic compounds or other contaminants have been found in any sampled bottom sediments.
- Some coves have experienced sedimentation. DNR is studying how that sedimentation occurred, and when, before recommending any solutions. In 2013 DNR hopes to have some cost estimates for dredging should it be feasible to do so.
- Submerged vegetation (SAVs) are an indicator of a healthy lake environment but are perceived to be a problem for recreational boaters. In 2013 DNR will be doing some test eradication projects to see what techniques work best in the lake.
- Some chemical indicators show the impact of increased land development in the watershed but are not considered to have an impact on overall lake water quality at this time.
On Friday the owner of Wisp Ski Resort asked the bankruptcy court to approve the sale of the ski area to Entertainment Properties Trust, a Kansas City based real estate trust. Entertainment Properties made a bid of $20.5 million for just the ski area that includes 600 acres. Another bidder can still come along and make a higher bid. An approval hearing has been set for December 4th for the proposed transaction.
The bid does not include the Lodestone Golf Club.
The Wisp plans to open as normal for the 2012-2013 ski season on November 23rd.
Entertainment Properties owns 11 other ski resorts in the mid-west along with Pennsylvania and Vermont.