Cumberland, Maryland (Entertainment)
years. George Clyde Smith Shows, a carnival, wintered in Cumberland and worked out of Cumberland for many years.
While not a circus or carnival, the Chautauqua mostly showed under canvas. It first started coming to Allegany Grove for a week or two. They would present band concerts. Speakers were at the Allegany Grove Chautauqua July 25 to August 5, 1903, for nine evenings. There were four concerts, a speaker and concert by McCauley's Band, Polk Miller, banjoist, a storyteller, and others. The price was $2.50 for nine performances. Allegany Grove was a summer resort for mostly Cumberland people who went to the Grove by streetcar, horses, buses, or later, by auto. After the park closed as a resort in the 1920's, the Chautauqua continued to come to Cumberland. At the Grove there was an auditorium. In Cumberland, a tent was used. Locations for the tent were Footer's Dye Works lot on Wineow Street, now the Century building parking lot, the rear of the Girl Scout Headquarters, and on a vacant lot at the corner of Paca and Johnson Streets near the old Blue Bridge to Ridgeley.
9. Describe street entertainment in Cumberland. When and where was it held?
Many years ago Baltimore Street from Mechanic Street to Centre Street would be roped off so that the holidays such as Halloween and Armistice Day could be enjoyed by the people of Cumberland. About 6:00 PM the street would be closed, and the City Band would play from a band stand at the corner of Liberty and Baltimore Streets. The people could dance or just wander up
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976