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Deep Creek Discovery Center Hosts Award-Winning Musician

Swanton, Md. (August 1, 2011) — Deep Creek Lake State Park will host an evening with award-winning musician Greg Latta at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 at the Park’s Discovery Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Greg Latta is a singer/songwriter who plays the hammered dulcimer, banjo, guitar, Irish bouzouki, cittern, harmonica, recorder, Appalachian dulcimer and concertina. He is a three-time Mid-Eastern Hammered Dulcimer Championship winner and a two-time runner up in the National Hammered Dulcimer Championships. Greg is also an award winning banjo player.

The Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center, a 6,000 square foot interpretive environmental center, includes a classroom, conference areas and a Nature Shop. Through hands-on exhibits that showcase the natural resources of Western Maryland, the center teaches families about the flora and fauna and the wildlife and heritage that turned a former logging and coal mining region into a popular modern day vacation destination.

For more information, visit http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/western/discovery.asp or call 301-387-7067.

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.


   August 1, 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 a 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