Whiskey Painting is just one of the many attractions planned for the weekend of June 9, 10, and 11 in Cumberland, Western Maryland.
Cumberland is celebrating its history as the site of George Washington’s first and last military commands.
The only time a sitting President has lead troops into the field, and the last time he led troops – was when President Washington rode to Cumberland to put down the Whiskey Rebellion. To commemorate these events and other local history, Cumberland is holding a Heritage Whiskey Rebellion weekend, June 9-11 2017.
The Whiskey Rebellion Fest kicks off a weekend of ‘history served with a twist’. On Saturday June 10, historic Canal Place will host reenactments of scenes from Cumberland’s history by the Embassy Theatre, and authors and academics will provide seminars on local history. The Kegs and Corks tent will serve beer and wine, local and out-of-town food trucks will provide ethnic foods, the Cumberland Theater troupe will perform extracts from Hamilton, children will be able to build Fort Cumberland models and listen to Cumberland stories, a ‘green screen’ will enable visitors to have their photos taken in virtual history scenes, and bands will entertain into the evening. Visitors will watch a Whiskey Painting demonstration by Brent Nelson (see one of his paintings below), and have the opportunity to ‘fire’ at a ‘rebel’.
On Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11, visitors can enjoy hundreds of attractions at Heritage Days on historic Washington Street, including food, crafts, and entertainment, with attractions for the kids.
Allegany Museum’s second Whiskey Rebellion Fest will take place on Friday evening, June 9. Guests will enjoy tastings of whiskey and other spirits from a dozen high-end distillers, including Maker’s Mark. As well as the tastings, the event offers live music, historic re-enactments, a colonial ‘pub’ room providing authentic colonial games, an exhibition of historic whiskey bottles, jugs, and ephemera, photos with ‘President Washington’, canapés, and presentations of cigar/whiskey pairings.
Tickets to the Fest are $50 (pre-purchase), or $75 at the door. Tickets are available through the Whiskey Rebellion Cumberland Facebook page, or through Eventbrite.
It’s a big weekend. Book your accommodation and your tickets now.
General Braddock and his senior Aide, George Washington, at Fort Cumberland.
Mountain Queen, by Brent Nelson