News from the DNR Office of Communications

New Germany State Park To Feature “Old-Time Jams”

Grantsville, Md. (May 25, 2011) — Beginning in June, New Germany State Park will be hosting “Old-Time Jams,” providing an opportunity for musicians and spectators of all ages to share and enjoy traditional folk, bluegrass and other “old-time” Appalachian music.

“The ‘Old-Time Jams’ are simply unique,” said Ranger Erin Thomas of New Germany State Park. “Whether you choose to play an instrument, sing, dance or just sit back and enjoy the music, the jams are a great way to relax and feel connected to our local Appalachian heritage.”

The events will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every other Friday, starting June 10 and ending September 2, at the New Germany Lake House. Admission is free and refreshments and gift items will be available for purchase at the New Germany Snack Bar & Gift Shop, located inside the Lake House.

For more information, please call 301-895-5453 or email

Maryland’s 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 almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.

   May 31, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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