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Booze Cruise for St. Patrick’s Day in Frederick

Have you noticed the influx of breweries around Frederick County? We sure have!  This St. Patrick’s Day season, you can taste all of the delicious brews that Frederick has to offer while riding in style with A Touch of Class Limousines! The tours leave from the Residence Inn by Marriott on the dates/times below:

Friday, March 17, 2017,  5:45 pm – 10:15 pm

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 11:45 am – 5:30 pm

You’ll get to tour some amazing breweries and maybe get a growler or two! Here’s a little bit of info about them:

Olde Mother Brewing Company – This brewing company on E. Patrick Street, opened the Summer of 2015 and has a wide variety of brews from IPAs to Sours on draft. Started by business partners Nick and Keith, they offer “typical craft beers that will suit your palette” but also offers a heads-up for “a few twists and unique flavor profiles.”

Flying Dog Brewery – The most regionally recognized brands of beer from Frederick, MD is the eccentric Flying Dog brand! Started in 1990 by George Stranahan and Richard McIntyre, there is a long and complicated story behind the name. Now they have a wide variety of steadfast brews, all with…let’s just say…creative names. Their seasonal brews are also popular, with the most iconic being their Dead Rise Old Bay Ale for summer.

Smoketown Brewing Station – Homed in Brunswick’s former fire station, this brewery offers a full spectrum of beers, named after Frederick County’s historical sites and stories! You can bring your own food from the restaurants around town and take a seat on their patio in warmer months or the tasting room. From there, all you need to do is order a flight to sample their brews and relax.

Red Shedman Farm Brewery –  (Saturday Only!) This brewery out in Mount Airy, Maryland has a great mix of beers, from their Honey Bourbon Rye Ale to their “Lunatic Fringe,” an IPA infused with habanero peppers. The brewmaster, Victor Aellen, trained in Beer City USA (Grand Rapids, Mi.) with two of the best brewers around. After leaving his mark in Michigan, he partnered with Linganore Winecellars, a match splendidly made.

Tastebuds Tantalized? Get the details here and your tickets here!

 

Scythian at the Weinberg

 

On Friday, March 10th 2017 at 8 p.m., Scythian, a band with “rock star charisma meets Celtic dervish fiddling” will be flaunting their “thunderous energy, technical prowess, and storytelling” on the Weinberg stage just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

This band is riddled with classically trained musicians, ranging from the fiddle and mandolin to the accordion and banjolin. Most of the members have been playing since they were children, but all of them absolutely love what they play.

Alexander Fedoryka, who plays the Fiddle, Mandolin, Bass, and sings, studied in Japan at the prestigious Suzuki School of Music.

Danylo Fedoryka, who plays guitar, accordion, and also sings, was originally trained as a classical pianist and played at the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap. He switched to guitar in order to join his brother, Alexander, playing Celtic Music.

Larissa Fedoryka started playing cello at 3-years-old and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in classical performance at the University of California-Santa Barbara and not only tours with Scythian, but Latin recording star Gloria Trevi as well.

Nolan Ladewski also has a long list of musical instruments under his belt, playing the flute, whistles, banjolin, guitar, and vocals. He started by playing the tin whistle at 6 years-old and started touring at age 12.  

Tim Hepburn, who plays the drums and other percussion, began playing at the age of 5. Although “Tim can bring the thunder on the [drum] kit, his biggest influence on the drums comes from the finesse of the jazz world.”

This spectacular quintet is sure to get you up out of your chair and jumping around as they’ve been doing with audiences all over for 10 years. Don’t believe us? Check out their youtube channel for some sweet tunes!

You can purchase your tickets online, by calling 301.600.2828, or in person at 20 W. Patrick St. in Downtown Frederick. Be sure to show your school ID or military ID for a discount! Discounts are also available for children and seniors.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

 

Float Your Cares Away

When you think of Flotation Therapy, what do you think of?

We thought of a scene reminiscent of a futuristic dystopia with dark, enclosed pods until we dove right into 800 pounds of epsom salt water at Float Frederick right off of Gas House Pike in Frederick!

We walked through their doors on a soggy January day and were welcomed by a pristine, peaceful lobby. The attendant came to get us and gave us a brief overview of what’s involved. We got to tour the beautiful blue facility including their Whisper Lounge for after the float which has tea, chocolate, and coloring pages, as well as a tutorial on how to operate the lights, music, etc in the flotation suite. Their suites are nice and large, and the floating tubs are behind glass doors in the suite, so it’s completely private. Once the main lights are off, they have little nightlights you can take with you if you’re not quite ready to float in complete darkness. The epsom salts in the water completely support youlike completelyand the feeling of letting go is indescribable. There is no risk of drowning because the water is only about a foot deep. People frequently fall asleep in their tubs, talk about relaxation!

We were also impressed by how clean their tubs and facility are. They run a pretty tight ship; everyone must shower with a chemical and fragrance free body wash and shampoo before their float session. The staff told us that it will neutralize any hair products or body lotion you use that could damage their tubs, but don’t worry, there is a private shower in your flotation suite. The epsom salts themselves actually sanitize the tubs after every session, so, when you go, there is no chance of getting the cold we had when we went! (It actually helped one of us get better quicker!)

Their website provides a plethora of information from an FAQ to articles and testimonials about Flotation Therapy. Floating helps with a multitude of problems including joint problems, insomnia, hypertension, PTSD, and it can help with weight loss or detox. We were also surprised to learn that they are not just claustrophobic friendly, but floating can actually help relieve the anxiety associated with all phobias. The staff are also accessible on their Facebook page, so feel free to shoot them a message if you have any other questions about their facility!

Want to try it out yourself? FiND iT Frederick’s e-Newsletter subscribers have the opportunity to win a couples Float Package! SUBSCRIBE today for your chance to float.

Enter by Monday, February 6, 2017. Winner will be announced February 7, 2017.

Joint Art Exhibit on the Creek

The C.Burr Artz Library and the Delaplaine are putting their heads together and joint-hosting a wonderful exhibit, “Frederick County Glimpses Past and Present,” that will celebrate the transformation of Frederick City from the 19th century through present day.

Photos of the city’s “past,” from the 19th century and early-to-mid 20th century, will be featured in the Library. These photographs from the FCPL archival collection will be on display in the main entrance way and in the Maryland Room on the second floor.

The Delaplaine will feature a variety of artworks by local artists, including paintings by Deborah Lovelace Richardson and Paula Rubin Wexler, photography by Brady Wilks and Harriet Wise, and sculpture by Homer Yost.

The two facilities are located along Carroll Creek Park in downtown Frederick, the Delaplaine at 40 South Carroll Street and the C. Burr Artz Library at 110 East Patrick Street. Diane Sibbison, the Exhibitions Manager at the Delaplaine, says,  “with both sites only about one block apart along Carroll Creek, we hope that people will visit both portions of the exhibit… It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring local art and local history together, and, as Mary [Mannix, the Maryland Room Manager,] said, raise the visibility of both.”

The public is invited to opening receptions at both locations on Saturday, January 7 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. This exhibit will be open at both locations through February 19th and will be available for viewing daily.

For more information, contact the Delaplaine at 301-698-0656 or www.delaplaine.org.

For more information on this exhibit, visit www.delaplaine.org

For more information on this exhibit, visit www.delaplaine.org

 

Super Sleuths at Surelocked In

surelocked-message Outside of the building in downtown. We knew we were in trouble!

Over the weekend, we found ourselves on Santa’s naughty list! The dynamic Father and Son Duo, Mike and Chris Sparks of Surelocked In Escape Games, reassured us that there was a bona-fide way of evading coal in our stockings this year: just solve a series of interlocking puzzles to find where Santa hid his list and sneakily move our names over. Santa would be back in an hour, so we only had that long to solve our way out of this Holiday Escape Room in Downtown Frederick. Needless to say, this was a challenge that we gladly accepted.

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When we arrived at Surelocked In, we were enthusiastically greeted by Santa’s helper elves (AKA Mike and Chris) and both helped explain the rules. I’ll spare some details, but the express version of the Escape Room rules are: you get 60 minutes to solve a huge puzzle, everything you need is in the room, you get three hints if you get stuck, and NO PHONES! For us Millennials, that last rule seemed particularly daunting; however, separation anxiety aside, the rules sounded simple enough and we all clamored into the room. At that point, it was a race against the Santa timer in the upper corner of the room.

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What happens in the room is classified, but I will tell you that, at least for us, it involved a lot of playful yelling, running in circles, and a ton of fun! Unfortunately, we also ran out of time and are thus resigned to Santa’s Naughty List forever, but as far as we’re concerned, we’re glad to get the coal! As puzzle lovers, we loved the experience, and as technologically dependent Millennials, we didn’t even miss our smartphones.

surelocked-piratesurelocked-groom    An exclusive puzzle-free sneak peek of Ship Outta Luck and Escape Groom

Even though we couldn’t quite get out, Mike and Chris were very gracious and offered us an exclusive sneak peek of their other two rooms, the brand new “Ship Outta Luck” that is pirate-ship themed, and the seemingly impossible “Escape Groom” that Chris repeatedly told us has a zero percent solve rate.

It goes without saying, but, we are excited to go back and see them again! (We might have already made reservations for Ship Outta Luck…) Not only is this an affordable activity for birthday parties, corporate events, or just a great night out, it is a memorable one for sure. Once you try one of these escape rooms, we promise you, you’ll be eager to get locked up again!

This family-owned business takes reservations on their website and are conveniently located in Downtown Frederick next to Volt at 220 N. Market Street.

Photography © 2016 Pulse Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved

Gifts Around Town

If you find yourself like us, you’re struggling to think of Holiday presents for everyone on your list. The passing thought that, maybe, a good lecture in the “true meaning of the Holiday,” will cover up the fact that we, not for the first time, waited until the 11th hour to get presents. With our present-buying window getting shorter by the day, we are optimistic that this gift giving season will be the year of thoughtful presents for everyone, regardless of when we purchased them! Hopping in and out of town, there are some great last minute gifts just waiting to be wrapped up and lovingly given out at the opportune moment.

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Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel is truly the gift of an experience! Getting your loved one a gift card there means the perfect romantic getaway, complete with luxury accommodations and gourmet dining- right here in Frederick County. You can also remember your time together there with a keepsake ornament that is only available around the Holidays!  For more information, visit their website. big-cork-2

Big Cork Vineyard ships their wine and varieties are available at multiple retailers throughout the DMV! You can also schedule a group tasting for all of your favorite wine connoisseurs or take advantage of the events they have throughout the year. (And yes, Uber does go out to their tasting room!) For more information, visit their website.

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Colonial Jewelers has this stunning pair of diamond studs on sale for only $95! They also have a huge selection of beautiful rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more at great prices year-round.  PLUS, you can have them engraved! For more information, visit their website.

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The Delaplaine has incredible and unique artworks for sale, including these adorable handmade foxes and wolves by Kathryn Toothman at Keighty Crochet. Perfect for your little aspiring artist! All of their gifts are on commission, so your money goes right to the artist and educational programs at the Delaplaine, so it’s definitely a gift you can feel good about. For more information, visit the Delaplaine’s website

Linganore Winery is offering free shipping on your first 3 bottles when you sign up for a Wine Club Membership through December 14th. They can make custom labels made for your gifts for the perfect personal touch. Be sure to take advantage of their events throughout the year, including festivals, concerts, and more! For additional information, visit their website. 

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The Main Cup Restaurant in Historic Downtown Middletown sells gift cards with adorable mugs, aka the perfect functional present! But, with their beautiful bar, awesome food, and live music, The Main Cup makes for a great date night, girls or guys night! (What a great way for your recipient to spend their gift card!) For more information, visit their website

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The Muse is the place for eclectic, kitschy, one-of-a-kind local merchandise from artists right here in the DMV!  For this Holiday, you can get some dated ornaments made from colorful newsprint, hilarious Man Torch soy candles in playful Holiday scents, and all sorts of winter and Christmas goodies. If you’re not looking for gifts specific to the Holidays, don’t fret! They have a wide variety of merchandise that is sure to please anyone on your list!  For more information, visit their website. 

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Sabor de Cuba doesn’t only have delicious homemade Cuban food, but you can make reservations online and they have gift cards for some soon-to-be scheduled, much needed, time together! For more information, visit their website

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The City of Thurmont offers a way to bypass all of the guesswork around present giving with the added benefit of supporting your local economy! Just pop on down to the Thurmont Town Office and get some Thurmont Business Bucks. Your recipient will be able to buy whatever they’d like at a number of businesses on Main Street in Thurmont! For more information on Business Bucks, see this article or look them up on Facebook. For more information about Thurmont’s Main Street, visit them here.

‘Tis the Season!

We don’t know about you, but we think that one of the most magical times of year in Frederick County is the Holidays! The trees are all lit up, the streets are festive, there’s clippity-clopping up and down the streets of Downtown Frederick, and sometimes, there is even snow! We’re so excited to put on our winter jackets, gloves, and hats to meander through the county this year and take part in all of Holiday hustle and bustle. Here are just a few highlights of the season:

FESTIVALS

Christmas in Thurmont: Come out for Santa, the Festival of Trees, gingerbread displays, crafts, face painting, prizes, and more on Main Street in Thurmont.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Festival of Trees & Gingerbread Display Viewings:

Saturday, December 3,10,17, 2016, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 4,11,18, 2016, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday, December 8,15,22, 2016, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Friday, December 9,16, 23, 2016, 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Traditional Village Christmas at the Catoctin Furnace: Decorate a wreath, drink some hot mulled wine or apple cider for kids, sing, and dance!

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Middletown’s Christmas in the Valley: You can vote for the most festive house or business in Middletown and see the lighting of the town Christmas Tree! You can also enjoy a puppet show while eating delicious cookies and if you bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Toy Drive, you’ll get a “santa sack” that the local businesses will fill up with goodies.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A Main Street Christmas on Mt. Airy Main Street: Stroll along classic Main Street, light the beautiful tree, see the Santa Parade and more!

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Joyful Jingles Holiday Open House at the Urbana Library: Treat your ears with awesome local talent and many other family friendly activities!

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Walkersville: Listen to local choirs sing while drinking delicious hot cocoa and eating scrumptious cookies in Creamery Park.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Hometown Holidays in Brunswick: This town has got it all: breakfast with Santa, pop-up shops, gingerbread house making, crafts, horse drawn carriage rides, museums by candlelight, and a children’s holiday party at the American Legion.

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 am – 5:00 pm

Holiday Open House at Thorpewood Lodge in ThurmontGroove to local music, relax by a roaring fire, and let your kids decorate their tree!

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

TOURS

Candlelight House Tours in Downtown: These tours are so beautiful every year! Take a peek into these gorgeously festive homes during a self-guided tour through Downtown Frederick. You can buy tickets from a number of retailers as well as on their website.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Visit Celebrate Frederick’s website to purchase tickets and look at a map of the homes.

Candlelit Tours of the Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton: This beautiful shrine, nestled in the Emmitsburg mountaintop, is even more serene by candlelight. You’ll be guided through the chapel, two historic homes, and the surrounding grounds.

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Monday, December 5, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Friday, December 9, 2016, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Candlelit Historic Houses of Worship Tour in Downtown Frederick: If you’re a fan of Frederick’s Clustered Spires, make sure to plan for this tour.  Most of the participating houses of worship have refreshments as well as music programs throughout the evening.

Monday, December 26, 2016, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

CARRIAGE RIDES

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides in Downtown Frederick: There is nothing like seeing those iconic carriages flurried about Downtown Frederick to remind you of the Holidays! If you’d like to catch a weekend tour, they run almost every weekend in December.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Cookies and Carriage Holiday Light Tour: If riding in a carriage makes you a little peckish, this tour is the perfect way to sate your sweet tooth! Tours depart from the Skater House, where you can get some cookies and hot cider before a ride through Downtown Frederick.

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

SANTA & NATIVITY

Open House with Santa: Meet Santa and get some helpful tips to keep your home safe during the Holidays at the Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Company. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Live Nativity: The Urbana Fire Hall is hosting Wesley Chapel’s presentation of the Nativity with live animals (including a camel!) A Sign Language interpreter will be present at the six o’clock and seven o’clock showings and, did we mention there will be hot chocolate and cookies? 

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 6:00 pm –6:30 pm, 7:00 pm –7:30 pm, 8:00 pm –8:30 pm

Shelbyville 2016 Outdoor Christmas Display: This is their last year, so visit the North Pole for the last time at 105 Harrison St. in Mt. Airy! Don’t forget to bring a food donation for the Mt. Airy Food Bank.

Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Kris Kringle Procession: Don’t miss Santa Claus himself marching with local children in Christmas costumes! This adorable Christmas walk begins at the corner of South Carroll and West Patrick Street and ends at the Bandshell in Baker Park for the tree lighting ceremony!

Friday, December 9, 2016, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Breakfast with Santa and Friends: Adventure Park USA in New Market will feed you breakfast then let you ride the roller coasters, play games, do crafts and more!

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Big Country Breakfast with Santa: This hearty breakfast is hosted at the Fire Company Carnival Grounds in the Activity Building, so you can let Santa know everything on your list while eating delicious food!  

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 7:30 am – 11:00 am

CONCERTS

Frederick Community College

The Spires at Christmas: Classic Christmas carols played by The Spires Brass Band of Frederick at the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater on campus.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 8:00 – 9:00 pm

The Mannheim Steamroller Style Christmas: Holiday favorites played by The Frederick Symphony Orchestra at the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater on campus.

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Hood College

A Candlelight Vespers Service: Seasonal music, prayers, and readings will take place in the Coffman Chapel on campus. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Mount Saint Mary’s University

Mount St. Mary’s Chorale Concert: Timeless hymns accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble at the Seton Shrine.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Carols by Candlelight: Classic Christmas Carols sung at the Seton Shrine followed by a tree lighting ceremony.

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Downtown

Christmas with The Frederick Chorale:  An eclectic selection of Holiday music and carols at the Evangelical Lutheran Church at 35 E Church St.

Sunday, December 4, 2016, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Monday, December 5, 2016, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Holiday Caroling and Bazaar: If you love singing carols and don’t want to knock on doors in your neighborhood, you can join the crowd at the Sky Stage at 59 S Carroll St. for singing and some last minute shopping.

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Winter Frederick County Scenics photographed for the Tourism Council of Frederick County

Frederick Symphony Orchestra Brings Silent Films Sound!

(photo credit Steve Friedman)

The Frederick Symphony Orchestra (FSO) is excited to announce a TRUE Summer treat for music and movie goers. This stunning group of musicians will be performing three concerts in July and August throughout Frederick County for free! The performances will showcase the talents of the local orchestra with silent film accompanist- Ben Model.

I’m excited to bring the talent of the FSO into the wider community,” said FSO Camerata conductor, Tyler Austin. “I’m thrilled that [we’re] getting more music downtown. It will make for a relaxing, enjoyable summer evening.”

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(FSO Camerata conductor,, Tyler Austin)

The FSO’s first concert, Buster and Charlie at the Park, will be on July 20 at 8 p.m. in the Baker Park Bandshell in Downtown Frederick. The performance will include three silent films, “The Immigrant,” “Cops,” and “Pedigreedy,” that will be accompanied by Model’s original compositions.

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(Viola, Theresa Rupp)

Projects such as the silent film score concert present completely different challenges from our usual concert programs,” said Austin. “The musicians have to be particularly flexible to adjust tempos and styles to fit each film.”

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(Trombone Player, Matthew Stegle)

This incredible group of 90 talented musicians (all volunteers!) return for their 20th year of bringing classical music to modern audiences around the Frederick area. Their dedication to the community is strong, as they participate in performances and educational opportunities as often as possible!

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(Violinist, Alyssa Boxhill)

The FSO’s second performance, Symphonies at the Basilica, will be on August 6 at 7 p.m. in the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg. The third concert, Classics on the Creek, is set for August 13 at 7 p.m. in the Carroll Creek Amphitheater in Downtown Frederick.

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(Violinist, Julius Isaac)

All of the concerts will include composer Philip Glass’ “String Quartet No. 5, Movement III” and the latter two performances will include C.P.E. Bach’s “Symphony No. 3 in F major” and Josef Haydn’s “Symphony No. 88 in G major.”

More information can be found at www.fredericksymphony.org.

Frederick’s Fantastical Fourth of July Returns!

This year’s Frederick’s Fourth of July event is sure to be the highlight of your patriotic plans! The day’s lineup includes live music, your favorite foods, games, prizes, rides, and so much more! Check out Celebrate Frederick‘s Fourth of July in Baker Park schedule below!

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Amusements presented by BGE HOME, 12:30 to 6:00 PM
There will be tons of inflatable fun sure to keep the smile on a young child’s face. They’ll never want to leave after sliding, twirling, and climbing on air.  Tickets are $1 each or Unlimited Ride Wristbands for $10 each.

Summers Farm Petting Zoo and D&D Pony Rides, 12:30 to 6:00 PM 

Visit furry Frederick friends at the 4th with a wide array of animals for you to pet courtesy of Summers Farm. After meeting your new farm friends, jump on their giant rocking chair for a great photo opportunity. But that’s not all – hop onto a real, live pony and take if for a spin with D&D Pony Rides. Both the petting zoo and the pony rides are completely FREE!

KEY103 & 106.9 The Eagle Splash and Crash Zone, 12:30 to 5:00 PM

Frederick Celebrity Dunk Tank, 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Stop by and dunk your favorite Frederick celebrity! $1.00 for three throws

Key 103 Water Balloon Wars, 12:30 to 5:00 PM
Get set for this FREE fast frenzy competition! Players go to opposing battle stations, load water balloons in their own launcher, pull back, aim and fire! Your balloon soars high through the air and comes crashing down on your opponents’ battle station

Pie Pig Out Challenges, 12:45 and 2:00 PM
Join us at the stage by the gazebo for the KEY 103 Pizza Challenge from Starvin Marvin Pizzeria & Grille and 106.9 The Eagle Blueberry & Cherry Pie Challenge from Weis Markets Spring Ridge.  Sign up in advance online at key103radio.com to secure one of ten spots in each challenge.  Contestants must be 18 or older.

106.9 The Eagle presents Hub City Inflatables “Bubble Balls”, 12:30 to 5:00 PM
Take one part soccer, one part pillow fight, one part vaudeville slapstick comedy, mix well, and what you get is unlike any fun you have ever experienced.  Stop by to experience Bubble Balls in person for FREE!

Frederick’s 4th VIP Lounge, 12:30 PM to Dusk
Key103 and 106.9 The Eagle have your spot for Frederick’s 4th – already reserved for you.  Register in advance for the chance to enjoy the entire day from Noon to fireworks from the exclusive Frederick’s 4th VIP Lounge located right in the middle of all the festivities. Sign up in advance online at key103radio.com or 1069theeagle.com for your chance to be a Frederick’s 4th VIP.

 DIY PB&J, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Want a snack? Visit the DIY PB&J Tent courtesy of Jubilee Foods to build your own peanut butter and jelly creation.

930 WFMD PROTEL WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY TENT & DUNKIN DONUTS MOBILE, 12:30 to 5 PM

Recharge yourself with a complimentary iced coffee sample from Dunkin Donuts and recharge your phones courtesy of Protel Wireless and 930 WFMD.

ENERGY TENT, 3:00 to 7:00 PM

This inaugural teen focused space hosted by Retro/Ricole will feature Carlos J. Lopez (DJ Javy) and guest DJ Tim Cunningham.  Special thanks to PITCREW and Velvet Lounge for support of the Energy Tent raffle.

FLEMING AVENUE AREA, Edward P. Thomas Jr. Municipal Pool, 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Take a refreshing dip at the Edward P. Thomas Jr. Municipal Pool, Fleming Avenue during Frederick’s 4th and shake off that July heat. Costs remain $3 for children 12 and under, handicap, and senior citizens who are city residents, $4 for non-city residents.  Adult price is $5 for city residents, $6 for non-city residents.

CULLER LAKE AND ANGLEBERGER FIELD AREAS

Due to ongoing construction on Culler Lake these areas will be inaccessible for the 2016 event.

VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT

Frederick High School Lawn, 9:00 AM

The 34th Annual 4th of July Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Grass Doubles Volleyball Tournament hits the lawn of Frederick High School along West College Terrace at 9:00 am. Cash prizes for top two Open winners and prizes awarded to top two teams in all levels. Pre-registration required online at CelebrateFrederick.com. Special thanks to the Frederick Volleyball Club.

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Other events include the much anticipated Beer and Wine Gardens, live music happening all day on two different stages and at the Band Shell, as well as the grand finale- Fireworks at dusk!

For more information, please visit the Celebrate Frederick website with more info on each of the exciting events and vendors!

(Photos and info courtesy of Celebrate Frederick)

5th Annual Cigar and Whiskey Night at Sugarloaf Mountain with the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Atop the beautiful slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain, The National Museum of Civil War Medicine celebrates their annual Cigar and Whiskey Night at Stronghold Mansion. This Friday, June 24th, marks another great event as NMCWM members and supporters enjoy Civil War-inspired spirits, snacks, and cigars throughout the evening.

It’s a known fact that Civil War soldiers enjoyed their whiskey rations, and Civil War surgeons relied heavily on alcohol as the core pain reliever and “stimulant.” Whiskey and beer could be found in most Civil War hospitals and were given liberally to patients whether they were recovering from battle wounds or sick from disease.

A Smith Bowman will provide the spirits for the evening and Flying Dog will be serving the museum’s very own Civil War beer – SawBones.  The Wine Kitchen will provide the vittles and the NMCWM will provide the cigars and the stories.

Join the NMCWM as they toast to the surgeons and medical personnel who saved lives on and off the battlefield during the Civil War. Enjoy stories about the incredible history of the property.

Did you know? Sugar Loaf Mountain played a vital role in military campaigns during the Civil War. An outpost on the top of the mountain housed a Signal Corps station, where flags were used to send messages over long distances.  Living historians will portray Signal Corps members and conduct firing demonstrations with Civil War weaponry.

Come out, experience a taste of history on the ground where momentous events took place, and enjoy the company of fellow history, whiskey and beer lovers.

Event Details:

Cigar and Whiskey Night 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016; 6 – 9 PM

The Strong Mansion at Sugarloaf Mountain
7802 B Comus Rd.
Dickerson, MD 20842

Registration is required and can be done online at http://www.civilwarmed.org/cigar-and-whiskey-night-2016/ or at the NMCWM. Tickets are $75 for NMCWM members and $90 for non-NMCWM members.

 

For more information, contact Jake Wynn at jake.wynn@civilwarmed.org or 301-695-1864.

Press Release and photos courtesy of: The National Museum of Civil War Medicine