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Open Thread July 2015 Edition

These open threads provide a chance for us to chat with our neighbors. Ask questions, share news, or whatever you want. As long as it’s central to Frederick County and civil, anything goes.

Have at it in the comments!

Three New Niche Shops for Frederick

Three new establishments have recently opened up in Frederick:

Glory Doughnuts

Glory Doughnuts

Hand Forged. Small Batch. Vegan. Local. Organic. Doughnuts and Fritters rotating daily along with an all day breakfast menu!

Location: 244 E Church St

Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop


Crisafulli’s Cheese Shop combines both food and fun, offering the finest selection of cheese to Frederick, Maryland, and the surrounding Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Location: 8 E. 2nd Street, Suite 104

Gravel & Grind


Gravel & Grind is a bike shop with an artisan coffee shop located in historic downtown Frederick, MD.

Location: 124 S. Carroll St.

Anyone try these places out yet? Do you have any new businesses to add to the list?

Midsummer Soiree, a benefit to support SHIP of Frederick County

Join us for the hottest Philanthropic Event of the summer to raise funds for our FCPS students encountering homelessness! Tickets are $40 (advance purchase only due to space limitations) include wine, salad, flat-bread, dessert and a donation to SHIP. Grand Prize raffle drawing for the “The Frederick Experience”

Purchase Tickets

Submitted by Beth Mason


Free summer concerts are starting in Frederick. Sundays at Baker Park Bandshell starting June 14, 2015 and Tuesdays on Carroll Creek starting on June 16, 2015.

Open Thread June 2015 Edition

These open threads provide a chance for us to chat with our neighbors. Ask questions, share news, or whatever you want. As long as it’s central to Frederick County and civil, anything goes.

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Key103 Great Frederick Bath Tub Races Registration Open – Free Tubs For All Participants!


Resurrected in 2011 by FACKA Sports, the KEY103 Great Frederick Bath Tub Races return once again to Culler Lake onSaturday, July 4 during Frederick’s 4th – An Independence Day Celebration from 12:30 to 4:30 pm.

The field is set for 16 teams to compete in 1 versus 1 races along Culler Lake for $1700 in cash and prizes!  The first place champion will receive a $1,000 and Race Runners Up will receive $400 courtesy of Celebrate Frederick and Dynamic Automotive.  The Best in Show (Most Creative) takes home $200 cash.  While the Golden Plunger (First to Sink) dips in for $100 cash.

In 2015, race organizers are excited to announce your $20 team registration fee includes a COMPLIMENTARY tub to aide in construction of your seaworthy vessel.  We thank Thomas Sommerville and O’Connor Plumbing & Heating for their generous tub donations to this year’s race!

Register today by downloading an application online at All applications submitted will be reviewed in order of date submission and acceptance determined by the Frederick’s 4th Bathtub Race Sub-Committee. Your ‘race craft” may be constructed of any material but it MUST INCLUDE a bathtub.  The completed race craft must not exceed 6 ft in width by 8 ft in length.  Additional flotation or additions to the bath are allowed as long as they are not taken from part of any purpose built marine craft.  Craft can ONLY be propelled by human means.  Sails or motors are not permitted.  It is recommended your race craft be built to be carried short distances (i.e. starting slot to lake).  All family friendly themes and decorations are welcomed and encouraged but not required for participation.

The following Corporate Sponsors make Celebrate Frederick events possible by their generous financial contributions.  Our 2015 sponsors are:  Spires Level Sponsors – Bechtel and Nymeo; Carillon Level Sponsors – Sandy Spring Bank and Weis Markets. Bandshell Level Sponsors –The Frederick News Post, Frederick Magazine, Offit Kurman, The Plamondon Companies, Roy Rogers and WHAG.  Event Sponsor – The City of Frederick, Chobani, KEY103, Maryland Management Company, RelyLocal Frederick and SS Vape.

For more information, please contact Celebrate Frederick at 301-600-CITY (2489) or visit


Submitted by Keri Amorosi

Spring Greek Festival 2015

The Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Festival starts tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 and runs through Sunday, May 17th. Celebrate Greek customs, food, and culture. Come and experience authentic Greek cuisine, live music, and traditional dance performances by the Parathosi Dance Troupe.

Festa Italiana Frederick, 2015

Habitat for Humanity Frederick county announces third annual Festa Italiana Frederick to benefit neighborhood revitalization efforts

festaOn Saturday, May 30 the Frederick County Maryland community will come together to celebrate over two decades of providing affordable housing for families in need. The 3rd Annual Festa Italiana event will be held at the Rose Hill Manor Park where an authentic Italian village festival atmosphere will be recreated for the public to immerse themselves into the sights, sounds, and aromas of an Italian countryside neighborhood.

The funds raised will support the organization’s mission of providing housing for low-income families and continue its work on the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative that works within the second most impoverished areas of Frederick County aiding young families and the elderly by transforming their neighborhoods into safe communities.

Maria Giovanna Galasso, Event Chairwoman, said “Habitat for Humanity isn’t just about building houses it’s also about “building” neighborhoods and fostering this same awareness in our own hometowns. The Revitalization Initiative has been able to change the face of communities and the lives of the families who live there. City neighborhoods are what make a city. Happy neighborhoods are what make a happy community. Our hope is that Festa Italiana will inspires every one who attends to support HFHFC in creating beautiful neighborhoods in our communities so we can all live La Bella Vita.”

Since 1993, Frederick Habitat has built or renovated 35 homes, transforming the lives of 116 adults and children, and have mobilized more than 4,500 volunteers, and trained partner families in budgeting, home repair, safety and maintenance. Habitat homes are scattered throughout Frederick County, Maryland in the Middletown, Brunswick, Frederick City, Thurmont, Emmitsburg, and Buckeystown communities.

“For twenty-two years, Frederick County volunteers have turned out in impressive numbers to help us give hope to families who are desperately in need of affordable and safe housing,” said Ron Cramer, Executive Director. “Our organization is very fortunate to have these dedicated volunteers to raise funds, help build or improve homes, work with partner families, and serve on committees. These same volunteers help make it possible for the Festa to happen. It’s a family day to enjoy the beautiful Italian life in a picturesque setting.”

This year’s Festa will feature a performance by The Sicilian Tenors, once described by the late Joan Rivers as “The Three Tenors meets the Rat Pack”.

The Sicilian Tenors performance will start at 6:00 p.m. Admission to Festa Italiana includes the performance.

Festa Italiana will feature a variety of delicious authentic homemade Italian food and desserts, a wine and beer garden, a wood fired pizza oven, a gelato truck. Fun for all ages with Bocce Ball, Grape Stomping, and a children’s field where kids will enjoy Arts and Crafts, Zumba Kids, Soccer Skills, Story Time with author Shannon Jones, and much more. The adults can indulge on homemade biscotti served in the Italian Cultural Tent while enjoying slide shows and live presentations. Cast your vote at the Annual Sauce Taste off and stroll through the Italian Market. Cooking Demos and Italian Karaoke will complete the fun day. Live music through the day will be provided by The Monaldi Brothers who have gained widespread fame and popularity within the Italian community throughout the area, with a repertoire of classic Italian favorites. The i-Talian the band will hit the stage with a repertoire of Italian pop-rock form the ‘60s to the present. Based in Washington Dc, the band’s components are all professionals brought together by their passion for music.

Let’s not forget Festa Italiana’s Big Prize Raffle: WIN A FREE ONE WEEK VACATION IN ITALY FOR TWO!!! Raffle tickets are available on line.

Festa Italiana Frederick is a rain or shine event to be held from 11am to 7:30pm. Advance admission is just $7 with children ages 5 and under free. Family discounted available on line and at the gate. At the gate, tickets are $12 for adults. Admission tickets include the evening performance of The Sicilian tenors.

To learn more about Festa Italian or to purchase tickets to the event, please visit

Event Contact:
Maria Giovanna Galasso
Event Chairwoman
Organization Contact:
Habitat For Humanity Frederick County
Ron Cramer


Submitted by Maria Giovanna Galasso

Open Thread May 2015 Edition

These open threads provide a chance for us to chat with our neighbors. Ask questions, share news, or whatever you want. As long as it’s central to Frederick County and civil, anything goes.

Have at it in the comments!

Does anyone know what the heavy police presence downtown yesterday was about? It was a little worrisome.

Submitted by Missy.

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