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!

Local foods pop-up market

A note I received from Tom of the Salazon Chocolate Co:

We’re hosting Local Loiter, a local foods pop-up market tomorrow (Fri, 4/24) from 6pm-10pm at Area 31 in Downtown Frederick on E. Patrick Street. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the local foods movement as we launch our new, locally-focused Handcrafted Series of chocolate bars. For this series, we’ve partnered with some of our favorite artisans from the local craft food and spirits scene including Green Hat Gin, Lyon Distilling, Choco Sombra Coffee, Michele’s Granola, JQ Dickinson Salt-Works, Silver Linings Lavender, Righteous Felon Jerky Cartel, JO Spice, and Baltimore Fine Tea, to name a few. We’ve invited all of our partners to join us for this launch party and will be showcasing their products alongside our own. Here’s the link to the Facebook event.

Tour de Frederick and Clustered Spires High Wheel Race Join Forces

Carole from the Tour de Frederick sent some cool news my way and I wanted to share:

Frederick County’s two highest profile bicycling events, the Tour de Frederick (TdF) and the Frederick Clustered Spires High Wheel Race have officially joined forces to offer a full weekend’s worth of bicycling activities August 14-16. Organizers for the TdF, a weekend of recreational bike rides for cyclists of all ability levels, also announced that in an effort to attract more youth cyclists the registration fee for riders ages 11-17 has been reduced to $5.  Youth riders must be accompanied by a registered adult.

The TdF has become the biggest fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County. Presenting sponsors this year are Lancaster Craftsman Builders and M&T Bank. Cyclists can choose to either raise funds as part of a team, or they can pay a flat registration fee only. Details and registration are available at

“Our objective in joining efforts is to offer cyclists the most unique cycling weekend. There is no other place that offers beautiful scenic rides of TdF and then watching a High wheel race.” said TdF director Carole Heine.

“Having the high wheel race, a true spectator’s delight, operate under our umbrella gives us the opportunity to offer more options for those interested in riding and spectating.  We are already planning some fun additions to the high wheel event. For example, we’ve added a children’s high wheel race at 4 p.m. sponsored by Frederick County Bank just prior to the big event, which will begin at 4:30 and is sponsored by Brewer’s Alley and Visit Frederick.”  All high wheel events begin and end on Market Street in front of Brewer’s Alley.

Eric Rhodes, creator of the high wheel race, agreed saying “this partnership enables my wife Jeanne and I to focus on what we do best – organize the best and only high wheel bike race in America, while leaving the financial responsibilities and fundraising activities to the Tour de Frederick folks, who do that best.”

Tour de Frederick founder Neil Sandler, publisher of Spokes Magazine, felt strongly that more needs to be done to attract young riders to events like the TdF.  “I’ve always been concerned that not enough young people spend enough time playing outside or riding their bikes.  Hopefully, this highly discounted rate will spur more parents to bring their kids.”

This year’s Tour begins Friday, August 14 with a 2 p.m. eight-mile history loop.  The ride, led by seasoned Frederick historians, begins and ends at the Delaplaine Arts Center on Carroll Creek.  This ride, with numerous stops at Frederick City’s many historic sites, will take approximately two hours and is a good ride for riders of all abilities.  There will also be the opportunity to “Meet and Greet” some of the high wheel racers that evening to get a true close-up of these amazing machines.

Rides on Saturday range from a 10-mile family ride, a 36-mile club ride, a 64-mile metric century and a 101-mile century, which will enter parts of southern Pennsylvania and historic Gettysburg.  All of this year’s rides will be less hilly than last year, which crossed over into Middletown Valley.

Saturday’s rides, which begin and end at the Delaplaine Arts Center on Carroll Creek, are designed to end early enough for riders to attend a Finish Line Party BBQ and then walk into downtown to view the high wheel race activities which begin at 4 p.m. and run until 6 p.m.  Don’t forget to check out the antique bicycle display in front of City Hall before and during the race.

Sunday’s ride will be Maryland’s most well known ride, the Covered Bridges Ride, beginning and ending at Utica District Park just off Rt. 15 on Old Frederick Road.  The 36-mile loop will cross over all three covered bridges plus a rest stop at Loy’s Station Covered Bridge. 

For more information or to register for this year’s events go to

Having a cycling weekend in Frederick should be awesome! Plus, I always love watching the High Wheel Race!

Frederick gets a minor league soccer team

Minor league soccer coming to Frederick. I missed this news when it first came out, but it sounds cool:

The NPSL, a fourth-tier U.S. Soccer organization, features more than 60 teams, and FC Frederick will compete in the six-team Mid-Atlantic Conference of the NPSL’s Northeast Region along with ASA Charge, Chesterfield United FC, Fredericksburg FC, Legacy 76 and Virginia Beach City FC.

Hood College will host all of FC Frederick’s five home games, with the first two tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. May 29 and 4 p.m. May 31.

Admission is $5, and the club has explored the option of selling $20 T-shirts that will serve as season tickets.