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was a home cooked meal prepared by the women of the church. The dinner for many years was held inside the casino, where refreshments were sold. But the popularity of the picnic dinner got bigger and bigger and the church people had to erect a large tent outside to take care of the ever-increasing dinner crowds. There were other parks or groves where picnics were held, such as down the C&O Canal. Church groups and clubs would rent a canal boat to transport their group to various groves along the canal. Smith Grove was near the South End Fair Grounds at the end of Virginia Avenue. Leidinger Grove was five miles down the canal. Bloss Grove was located eight miles down the canal. The church groups and lodge groups would go to the canal groves nearer to Cumberland, but the groups that would take beer and other refreshments with them would go farther down the canal away from town. In 1901, people would picnic at Blacks Grove on Virginia Avenue at Oldtown Road, at Allegany Grove on Route 40 West from the 1890's to about 192 0, at People's Park on Route 40, now the site of King's Store and the A&P Market. On Evitts Creek there were several good picnic grounds, Union Grove on the Mason Road, plus Smouse and Malamphy Groves off Christie Road. The most popular picnic grounds now are Constitution Park, where on a holiday or Sunday in summer all fireplaces and picnic areas are taken early. Ali Ghan Country Club has picnic grounds on Evitts Creek. SS. Peter & Paul's Church has an excellent picnic ground along Evitts Creek off Mason Road. The Cumberland Fair Grounds at Fairgo is used occasionally for picnics. If one will go to the Hospitality Park at Liberty and Centre Streets at lunch time any week day, one will see many downtown employees sitting on the benches provided and the scene takes on the


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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