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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.

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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.


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.


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.


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. 


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


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. 


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


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.

Clutch The Future

7th Annual Clutch the Future
Enjoy silent and live auctions featuring hundreds of beautiful, brand named, new and gently-owned purses as well as fashion shows, raffle drawings, catering delights and so much more

Saturday, March 19, 2016
VIP Reception 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Event 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Coblentz Hall Hood College

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/


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


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