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Downtown Delights in December

Throughout November, we know you’ve seen hints of the holiday experience up and down the 50-block historic district of Downtown Frederick. From the twinkling lights on the trees lining the streets, to Frosty Friday, the official kick-off for the season, this past weekend, it’s definitely time for some holiday magic.  Are you not sure where to start with your plans? Here are some weekend highlights coming up!


A Christmas Story at Maryland Ensemble Theater

December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd from 8 — 10pm

December 3rd, 10th from 3 — 5pm

Traditional Village Christmas at the Catoctin Mountain Furnace

December 2nd from 10:00am — 4:00pm

Holiday Magic at Rose Hill Manor Park

December 2nd from 10:00am — 12:00pm

Santa Train at Walkersville Southern Railroad

December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th and 23rd from 11:00am — 3:00pm

Christmas in the Barn at Linganore Winecellars

December 2nd and 3rd

First Annual Proper Cocktail Holiday Ball at McClintock Distilling Company

December 8th at 7:00pm

Santa Run 5k/10k presented by the YMCA of Frederick County at Monocacy Village Park

December 9th from 10:00am — 1:00pm

Museums by Candlelight by the Historical Society of Frederick County

December 9th from 12:00 — 7:00pm

Holiday Open House at Thorpewood

December 9th from 3:00 — 8:00pm

Christmas in the County at Green Meadows Petting Farm

December 10th from 1:00 — 5:00pm

Festival of Lights presented by Celebrate Frederick in the City Hall Courtyard

December 15th from 4:00 — 9:00pm

A Christmas Carol, presented by Maryland Ensemble Theater, at The Weinberg Center

December 15th from 7:00 — 9:00pm

December 16th from 2:00 — 4:00pm & 7:30 — 9:30pm

December 17th from 2:00 — 4:00pm

Santa & Mrs. Santa at Roads and Rails Museum

December 16th from 2:30 — 5:00pm

Brunch with Santa at The Braddock Inn

December 17th from 10:00am — 2:00pm

Candlelight Tour of Historic Houses of Worship by Visit Frederick

December 26th from 4:00 — 9:00pm


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A special thanks to Peter Kremers for his photo “Color on the Creek”

Exotic Sweets Downtown

Frederick is sweet and strange! What a delectable combo!

We ran up & down Market Street and tried to find all of the exotic sweets, here’s what we found:


The Candy Kitchen

Chicken Feet Gummies

Popular with children and chicken-foot enthusiasts alike

Habanera Chocolates

For those who find heat is appropriate with all dishes

Sriracha Jelly Beans

Look an awful lot like cherry jelly beans…are we right?


Zoe’s Chocolates

Sesame Tahini Crunch Truffles

Yes, like in hummus. Yes, eat some.

Gold Chocolate Bars

For those of us that are fancy on the inside.

Cakes to Die For

Maple Bacon Biscuits

Actually…sounds wonderful and perfect. Can we have like…30?

 The Pop Shop

Grass Soda

Nothing like the flavor of a freshly mowed lawn.

Buffalo Wing & Ranch Dressing Soda

A classic pairing, fit for a Queen.

The Perfect Truffle

Old Bay Caramels

MARYLAND.CLASSIC. Actually, nothing weird here.

Hibiscus Truffles

Flower + Chocolate = Yes please!


Frederick Fudge Co.

Watermelon Fudge

A yummy deviation from your traditional chocolate fudge.

Playdough Ice Cream

Freakin’ delicious.


Em(paw)ees: White Collar, Blue Collar, Dog Collar.

Has your life led you to the tragic, unfortunate circumstance of NOT having a dog? Not to worry, these businesses give an invaluable gift–the gift of pettins, snugglins and cuddles with adorable canine employees.

Frederick Supply

Tell me a little about yourself:

My name is Mickey and I was rescued/adopted 2 years ago and my dad asked if I wanted to go to work. I did so well that he kept asking me to come. I rarely miss a day of work unless it rains, its cold, or I find something better to do. I am the official greeter, closer and  safety mascot. I take issue with mascot and prefer to call myself a model. I have favorite customers and I am a little embarrassed by that. I am the brains of the operation and people frequently stop in and ask for me, as they should.

Who is your role model?

Sgt Daphne Jean-Felix (pictured) of the US Army (Fort  Detrick). I respect all military and first responders and I love when they come in. Sgt Jean-Felix and I are friends at work, on Facebook and on Instagram. I send him messages telling him I am stronger and faster than him – we haven’t had that contest yet.

What are your greatest professional strengths?

I am the CEO – Chief Eating Officer

Greeting, modeling, eating, napping, repeat!

My ridiculous good looks.

My professional courtesy at all times.

I close the sale!

What are your greatest professional weaknesses?

Walking away from a coworkers unattended lunch (I have never walked away, I can’t resist!).

The cute beagle next door.

Not being more famous, but this will help!

My height.



Tell me a little about yourself:

My name is Riley, I live at Viniferous.

Who is your role model?

The little rascals dog “Petey”

What are your greatest professional strengths?

I am a really good greeter and mingler

What is your greatest professional weakness?

I love treats! Sometimes I can get cranky when on a leash, and I can be impatient with smaller dogs.


Pulse Publishing

Tell me a little about yourself:

I’m an 8 month old yorkie named Miss. ZuZu Petals. I’m a professional people watcher and employee relations manager. You can often say hi to me in the window of 12 South Market.

Who is your role model?

Charity because she is always outside the Federated Charity building, even in the rain! What dedication! ( but she never seems excited to see me)

What are your greatest professional strengths?

I can remain calm under pressure and I never bark at the UPS guy. I have a really long tongue so I can lick my coworker’s faces!

What are your greatest professional weaknesses?

I’m flawless.


Dragon Distillery

Gunny (Bulldog)

Tell me a little about yourself:

I’m a four-year old English Bulldog who is responsible for overseeing our distillery tours – and keeping the futon warm. I really enjoy meeting people.

Who is your role model?

I’m a bulldog. We don’t have role models, We ARE role models.

What are your greatest professional strengths?

I’d have to say, my amazingly good looks and my award winning smile.

What are your greatest professional weaknesses?

Probably my lack of a tail (I lost it when I was young). So it’s harder for people to see how happy I am to see them.

Thor (Morkie)

Tell me a little about yourself:

I’m an eight-year old Morkie. I’m basically in charge of everything here at the distillery – but my official title is Tasting Room Manager.  I generally stay behind the bar ensuring the staff is friendly and responsive to our guests needs. I can to this from my perch on the chair behind the bar.

Who is your role model?

I’d guess Lassie – if he was smaller, smarter, faster, and cuter.

What are your greatest professional strengths?

Oh – that’s easy – my hypo-allergenic coat

What are your greatest professional weaknesses?

I’d have to say it’s the fact that I’m too cute – sometimes I’m not taken seriously.


Hunting Creek

Tell me a little about yourself:

My name is Maizey, I’m a tri color English setter, specifically a Llewellyn Setter, I was born deaf and just turned 4 yrs old. I come to work at Hunting Creek Outfitters nearly every day.  I’m excited to meet new people, especially kids and have some favorite dog friends who visit me too. I love to run, eat and sleep, not necessarily in that order.

Who is your role model?

I would say my role model would be any professional competitive eater.  The thought that I could be rewarded for eating crazy amounts of food seems like a dream come true. In the meantime, I have mapped out the best people and places to give me treats.

What are your greatest professional strengths?

I feel like I’m an ambassador to Downtown Frederick, I’m very good at greeting people and having my picture taken with them.  There is no doubt my good looks attract humans to my store but my skills go well behind just being beautiful.   I posses a quality that brings a calmness to those I meet. If someone is having a bad day they can stop in and see me and it helps them feel better. I’m also good at remaining perfectly still, being a throw rug, a pillow for kids, blocking the doorway and holding the sidewalk down from moving.

What are your greatest professional weaknesses?

I sneak out of the store when Murray or Brian are not looking and go down the street to the Muse and Molly’s Meanderings for treats. I’m pretty nosey and have a tendency to stick my nose in people’s bags, purses and strollers and have even snatched a cookie or two out of an unsuspecting kid’s hand.  Murray tells me I’m good at getting people in the store but need to work on my closing the sale skills.


Frederick Coin Exchange

Tell me a little about yourself:

I’m Charlie and I love Frederick! Tim, my walker, and I have a great time exploring Frederick every day…..visiting friends, checking in with the nice people at the South Market Street Sandwich Store, touring the canal, Baker Park, saying hi to the ducks….there is a lot to do in Frederick!

Who is your role model?

The great people who thought to put the bowls of fresh water outside of businesses because it can get very hot in the summer when you are wearing a fur coat. Also, the businesses that have biscuits and treats available as sometimes I need a little energy boost along the way. They really thought of everything.

What are your greatest professional strengths?

I am pawsitively proud that I have been working since I was 4 months old and have never missed a day of work!  I spent 6 happy years at the coin shop on Market Street and enjoying people watching as I hung out on my couch by the window. It took me a while to get used to the shop’s new location on East Street in Everedy Square but there is a lot more room and lots of people watching.  The shop’s customers are the best……….I can always count on them for needed hug, pets,or treats!  My colleagues treat me as an equal and always include me in celebrations which I really appreciate. I’m sure they have something planned for my 8th birthday on July 4th (hint, hint)

What are your greatest professional weaknesses?

My greatest professional weakness is that I don’t have a thumb and I don’t have a pocket.  It seems to me that having a thumb and a pocket  (with a cell phone in it)  would make me a lot more independent and a whole new world could open up……..opening cabinets and doors, calling friends, ordering pizza, finding out what the other shop dogs are up to,…..the possibilities are endless!

*Remember, always ask to pet a dog before you get your snuggle on*

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!


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

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/


Easels in Frederick Returns for 6th Year of Local Artwork Showcases

(Photo Credit: Easels in Frederick- www.easelsinfrederick.org)

A Frederick favorite returns this Spring for the 6th Annual Juried Plein Air Event presented by Easels in Frederick! Thirty of the nation’s most talented artists and their easels will fill our city and surrounding counties to bring us one-of-a-kind artwork that displays some of our area’s finest scenery.

The painters can be seen from June 13th- June 18th. Monday and Tuesday, expect to see artists scattered around Frederick County paying homage to historic buildings, landmarks, and farmland in the early morning near sunrise and late evening around dusk. This is when the light will yield the most lucent colors and pronounced shadows.

Downtown Frederick invites all participating artists to the downtown scene of their choice on Wednesday, June 14th all day. Thursday through Friday morning, assigned areas will be mapped out for each artist, who must bring their skillset to the table in order to produce the specified scene provided to them by the Juried Plein Air Event officials. Thursday night from 6:30pm-9:00pm, the Frederick Tourism Center will host a special Plein Air presentation by the Awards Judge.

See a piece of art you wish to hang in your own Frederick home? Preview the easels created throughout the week at the Grand Exhibition Collector’s Preview event on Friday night from 6:30pm-9:30pm in the William Talley Recreation Center in Downtown Frederick. Artists will also take this opportunity to earn cash prizes and numerous awards. Purchase your favorite pieces from 1pm-4pm on Saturday, as well as cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award.

All of this, including more open-art projects and a Quick Draw Competition at the Art Market, arriving to Frederick THIS SPRING! Don’t forget to mark your calendars today so you don’t miss this exciting Frederick staple in our city of steeples! For more information, please visit  http://www.easelsinfrederick.org/.

Art of Beauty in Frederick!

(Logo courtesy of www.theartofbeautyskincareassociates.com)

The Art of Beauty Skincare Associates, located on Rosemont Avenue in Frederick, is home to a number of friendly licensed estheticians that offer an abundance of services to leave you feeling healthy, pampered, and rejuvenated.

That’s why we are excited about partnering with our friends at The Art Of Beauty  for our current GIVEAWAY GIFT (happening Wednesday 11/4 through Friday 11/6) to help you pamper yourself before the big Holiday Hurry sets in! What can you win?

PicMonkey Collage

  1. Keyano Aromatics Green Tea Scrub
    This exotic exfoliating cream will douse your skin on tired hands, feet, and body with natural sea salts and vitamins to leave you feeling fresh and smooth. Just scrub into skin and rinse. Perfect for busy bees!
  2. $70 Towards a European Facial
    Use the gift card to treat yourself to a day of pampering while the licensed estheticians give you a unique aromatherapy massage for your face, neck,  and decollete. Their most luxurious facial utilizes essential oils from pure flower and plant, to balance, lift, tone, and hydrate. Followed by a customized mask treatment tailored to your needs. The package also includes a paraffin hand dip and foot massage.
  3. Age Defying Eye Complex and Solar Protection Cream
    Samples of Age Defying Complex and Solar Protection Cream to apply when your skin needs a jolt of healthy antioxidants, vitamins, and other natural skin inflammation remedies.
  4. Keyano Aromatics Green Tea Butter
    This luxurious, hydrating cream will illuminate your skin with its combination of shea butter and vitamins to leave your hands, feet, and body feeling healthy and protected from harsh winter temps and wind. Just rub into skin and voila!

Visit Theartofbeautyskincareassociates.com for more information on their products! And don’t miss your chance to enter for a chance to win this beautiful basket of amazing products on our Facebook- HERE