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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!

 

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.

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.

surelocked-mikesurelocked-chrisMike and Chris Sparks of Surelocked In Escape Games

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.

surelocked-nathan-bootssurelocked-nathan-readingsurelocked-christmas-treeNathan Elbert with FiND iT FREDERiCK and the festive decorations in the Naughty or Nice Escape Room

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

Barnstormers Tour Brings History to Life

Celebrating their 10th anniversary, The Barnstormers Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out return for another memorable year in Frederick County on June 11th! The Frederick County Landmarks Foundation is proud to host this exciting event that highlights local historical sites, Maryland heritage, and so much more!

The notorious Barnstormers Tour is a self-guided tour-event that allows all guests to explore through the nine barns around the scenic foothills of the South Mountain Region and learn about the beautiful old structures that house many stories and historical accounts. This event has three components, a ticketed barn tour, an art show/sale, and various educational demos and displays.

After the barn tour, the popular groupMountain Air will provide music during the reception and art show/sale. The reception is free and open to the public.

For $15, adults can gain entry into the 9-barn tour along with guidebooks and map. Children 16 years of age and under are free. Private properties and structures will be open for the day of the event and accessible by ticket holders only. Certain locations will also offer unique exhibitions like Civil War reenactments, blacksmith presentations, and more!

Art exhibitions and a juried art panel will take place in the afternoon- enjoy as artists create right in front of your eyes and even purchase your own masterpieces at the end of your day! Afternoon art show and sale at the host farm, plus beautiful music!

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The event will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016, rain or shine. Advance tickets sales open around May 30th. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ticket/guidebooks with map will be sold in advance at the Frederick Visitor’s Center, located at 151 S. East St., in Frederick. Phone 800-999-3613. Ticket price, $15 per adult, 16 and under free.

Tickets are also available at Schifferstadt Architectural Museum.

For more information about this stunning attraction and volunteer opportunities, visit their website at: www.frederickcountylandmarksfoundation.org

Mental Health Matters

Join the wonderful team at The Mental Health Association (MHA), located at 226 South Jefferson Street, as they welcome you into the everyday tasks at MHA and give each attendee insights into this incredible group’s message. One hour to tour the facility and meet the leaders of the organization. Each month on the 2nd Thursday at 8:30am and 4th Tuesday at 4pm.

Mental Health Matters Hour

Join the wonderful team at The Mental Health Association (MHA), located at 226 South Jefferson Street, as they welcome you into the everyday tasks at MHA and give each attendee insights into this incredible group’s message. One hour to tour the facility and meet the leaders of the organization. Each month on the 2nd Thursday at 8:30am and 4th Tuesday at 4pm.

Clutch The Future Purse Auction Event Celebrates Their 7th Year!

When asked about the upcoming 7th annual Clutch the Future Purse Auction, hosted by Women to Women Mentoring (W2WM), executive director Tonya Hatosy-Stier couldn’t hold back her excitement “It really is an incredible event that brings the women of our community together,” she said.

The event will include activities and shows such as the much-anticipated Live Auction lead by Dana Dudley, where nearly 150 new and gently used brand-name purses will be auctioned off to raise money for women mentorship opportunities throughout the city. Other grand prizes include tickets to sporting events, hotel accomodations, and more! Members of the community are invited to donate their gently used or new purses for auction at any of the local drop off spots: Smooch, Digital Bard, Sylvana Institute, FISC, SoldierFit, Frederick School of Cosmetology, and State Farm Middletown at the office of Dean Rose.

Clutch the Future will also showcase local boutiques, such as Aspire, and their best selling fashions during the fashion show from 8:00pm-9:00pm. The fashion show celebrates the women of our community and encourages those desiring mentorships as well as mentor opportunities in order to become and produce high achieving members of our society.

Clutch The Future Purse Auction will be celebrating their 7th year this year at their new venue- Cobblentz Hall on Hood College’s campus. In previous years, the event took place at FCC- the original host of the Woman to Woman Mentoring program. But as of this year, the organization became their own non-profit. “This is a huge step for us, allowing for 100% of the proceeds of this event to go towards the mentoring opportunities we strive to provide to the community,” Hatosy-Stier said.

Last year, the event raised nearly $60,000, raising their 6 year accumulated fundraising efforts to nearly $225,000. “We are truly humbled by the incredible turnout these events generate,” Hatosy-Stier said.

Doors open for General Admission at 7:00pm, VIP entry begins at 6:00pm. More details about the event and W2WM can be seen below. Registration closes on March 17th, so don’t delay and mark your calendars today for this remarkable event!

Event VIP hours 6pm-7pm for $75 a person.
VIP Experience includes exclusive bidding opportunities, live entertainment, special drink offers, & a SWAG bag with local artist’s wine glasses.

Purchase your group’s table for the event:
Full Table VIP $600, Half Table VIP $300
Gen Admin Table $400, Gen Admin Half Table $200

Event website: http://clutchthefuture.com/

Facebook: Clutch The Future: Purse Auction

Website: http://www.womantowomanmentoring.org/

(PHOTO COURTESY OF Clutch The Future: Purse Auction FACEBOOK PAGE-KELLY HAHN PHOTOGRAPHY)

Mental Health Hour

Join the wonderful team at The Mental Health Association (MHA), located at 226 South Jefferson Street, as they welcome you into the everyday tasks at MHA and give each attendee insights into this incredible group’s message. One hour to tour the facility and meet the leaders of the organization. Each month on the 2nd Thursday at 8:30am and 4th Tuesday at 4pm.

Fire In Ice! February First Saturday

February 6 from 3 – 9 p.m. Come see nearly 40 ice sculptures displayed in front of participating downtown businesses. Displays will also include live ice carving demonstrations. Performances include local dance groups and their amazing fire-dancing performances!

6th Annual Easels in Frederick

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR PARTICIPATION: January 31, 2016

Sign up for your chance to participate in a Frederick tradition. The Juried Plein Air Event hosts this exciting events for local artists to paint their best masterpeices of Frederick and it’s surrounding countryside. For admission details, vist: http://easelsinfrederick.org/informArtist2016.cfm