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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.


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.

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

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.


(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.”


(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!

Alyssa Boxhill_FSO
(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.


(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!


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.


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.


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


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.


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

6th Annual Easels in Frederick Showcase

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 more information, vist: http://easelsinfrederick.org/informArtist2016.cfm


Festa Italiana

Saturday, June 11th 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM

This all day Italiana Festival celebrates all things Italy with family friendly events and activities throughout the day benefiting Frederick’s Habitat for Humanity!  Last year this event drew over 1600 people, and this year, we only plan on meeting more of you!

Rose Hill Manor Park
1611 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701

“Stand by Me” Movie Screening at Weinberg Center

The Flying Dog Movie series continues at the Weinberg Center for the Arts with a screening of the 1986 coming-of-age adventure film “Stand by Me” onWednesday, May 25 at 7:30pm. A pre-show happy hour will take place in the Weinberg Center lobby beginning at 6:30pm.

Tickets for the screening are $5-$7 and can be purchased online at WeinbergCenter.org, by calling the Box Office at 301.600.2828, or in person at 20 West Patrick St.