News from the DNR Office of Communications

New Germany State Park Hosts Cabin Fever Fundraiser

Annual event benefits local nonprofits

Grantsville, Md. (March 24, 2011) — The fourth annual Cabin Fever Fundraiser to benefit the Friends of New Germany and the Savage River Watershed Association will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on March 26 at New Germany State Park’s Lake House and Recreation Hall.

Attendees will enjoy an evening of homemade soups, breads and desserts, plus door prizes and live music by Joe-Pye-Weed. A 50/50 raffle and a silent auction will be held and door prizes include products and services from local businesses. New this year is a “treasure trove” table filled with previously owned items available for a donation on a first-come basis. Payment will be accepted by cash or check only.

Unique items donated for the silent auction include: artisan items, a blacksmithing lesson, a bluebird box, books, collectibles, a cord of firewood, a computer tech service, an eco-tour, a French dinner for six, a guided bird walk, a massage session, a ping-pong table, a rain-barrel, silk flower arrangements and Maryland and USA flags. A “buy-it-now” option has been added this year allowing individuals to pay a premium price for item(s) and checkout at their convenience.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 6 to 12 at the door. Tickets are available in advance at Beachy’s Pharmacy in Grantsville or Red Ridge Auto in Frostburg for $8 and $4 respectively.

In case of bad weather the event will be held on Sunday, March 27 from noon to 3 pm. For more information contact the Savage River Watershed Association at 301-689-7156 or srwadirector@gmail.com or the Friends of New Germany at 301-895-5453 or newgermanyfriends@yahoo.com.

The Friends of New Germany is a non-profit organization made up of citizens interested in enhancing and preserving the beauty and quality of the recreational resources of New Germany State Park.

The Savage River Watershed Association (SRWA) is a group of local landowners and other citizens dedicated to preserving and enhancing the rural nature and natural resources of the Savage River watershed by assisting with environmental stewardship efforts and educational outreach.

Maryland State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks —during their visits. And 94 to 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.


   March 24, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov