Dominick’s Italian Kitchen Closed
I just learned that Dominick’s Italian Kitchen, located at 5227 Presidents Court, in Frederick, has closed its doors.
A huge disappointment to us, as we loved their gourmet pizzas, especially The Bronx, which was to die for.
Dominick’s location, tucked away in a small, out-of-the-way strip mall, did it no favors.
- Matthew Robb
Smashburger coming to Frederick
Sign is up at FSK Gateway Shoppes, next to Jersey Mikes
Market Square new businesses
I notices on the JBGR website, that Bennigans is opening a location at Market Square. There are a few others on the site plan that I can not make out the logo name. It looks like one is called something “Tap” AutoZone is moving there, as well as another FroYo place and Black Hog. I am not sure when they are opening.
FREDERICK’S 4th – AN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
THIS FRIDAY, JULY 4 IN BAKER PARK
Celebrate Frederick, Inc. and Frederick’s 4th-An Independence Day Celebration Committee presents the Annual Frederick’s 4th – An Independence Day Celebration on Friday, July 4, 2014 in Baker Park, Frederick, Maryland.
The celebration kicks off at Noon with Opening Ceremonies at the Drees Homes Band Shell Stage. Festivities continue until dusk including activities and amusements for kids, music and entertainment for all ages, delicious food, and a fantastic fireworks display!
Join us for headliners Almost Journey on the Drees Homes Band Shell Stage, while the WFRE Country Stage will feature country superstar, Cole Swindell. And don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the Celebrate Frederick 50/50 Raffle – the winning ticket receives 50% of the sales generated at Frederick’s 4th!
FREDERICK’S 4TH OPENING CEREMONIES
Drees Home Band Shell Stage, Noon
Opening Ceremonies - Join local dignitaries and representatives from The Constitution Week Committee of the Frederick Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution for a special reading of the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence.
DREES HOME BAND SHELL STAGE, Baker Park, Near Talley Recreation Center
2:00 PM – Alter Ego
Alter Ego was formed in 2011 by bringing together the varying styles and influences of five of the area’s most active musicians. Focusing on a diverse mix of covers, featuring the best of Rock, Pop and Dance, Alter Ego brings one of the most entertaining, energetic and polished acts to the stage.
4:15 PM – The Original Booze Brothers
The Original Booze Brothers is a Rhythm & Blues band featuring Fred Humbert and Lee Radcliff. This dynamic duo knows more about the music scene in Frederick than most. The two owned and operated Frederick’s first downtown bar to feature live music, Carroll Creek Dam, beginning in 1978. Humbert said they had a hand in the beginnings of what are now annual Frederick events, such as the concert series in Baker Park and In the Street. Humbert and Radcliff are the heart and soul of one of the oldest musical duos in the area, the Original Booze Brothers.
6:30 PM – Almost Journey
Almost Journey has been playing to rave reviews at hundreds of venues for the past eight years. The utmost attention has been paid to detail. Feeling that it is not enough only to emulate Journey’s music “to the note”, which this band does second to none, AJ recreates a live “80’s Journey experience.” While their lead vocalist is indeed a vocal dead ringer for Steve Perry, all of the band-members sonically replicate their respective counter-parts as well. With many of Journey’s hits performed at EVERY show, this band is a CROWD PLEASER, and passes muster for even the most discriminating Journey fan.
DUSK - National Anthem Performance Pre Recorded by Trix E Black
Jesse “Trix” Black received a B.M. in vocal performance from George Mason University and a M.M. in vocal performance from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She has been privately teaching piano and voice for the past ten years. In addition to teaching, she and her husband perform as an acoustic duo in the pop, cover band Trix and Black.
99.9 WFRE PARTY IN THE PARK COUNTRY STAGE, Baker Park, Southwest side of the Swimming Pool
1:15 PM – National Anthem Performance
1:30 PM – Joe Bachman
With a tattoo of Bob Marley and Bono on his right arm and the face of John Lennon on his left leg, Joe Bachman doesn’t look like the typical country artist. But his slow-rolling, laid-back tunes are born for today’s country radio. Somehow, the Philadelphia native turned Nashville mainstay has hit upon the perfect recipe for good-time music, songs that are 100 percent guaranteed to make listeners smile. Simply put, they’re impossible to resist.
4:00 PM – Leah Turner
Leah Turner has a ready laugh that conveys all the joy and adventure she finds in life, and a voice with the power and grit to personify its ups and downs. The combination makes her one of country’s most compelling new artists, someone with the talent and personality to own any stage–or studio–she walks onto. It’s earned her a spot on Brad Paisley’s 2014 tour and made her debut single, her co-penned track with Cary Barlowe and Jesse Frasure, “Take the Keys,” a Top 40 hit on country radio. Leah’s distinctive voice and fiery personality make her unlike anyone on the current scene, and both are outgrowths of a life journey that could have led nowhere but Nashville.
7:00 PM – Cole Swindell
Earlier this year, Cole Swindell was nothing more or less than a terrific songwriter with a Nashville publishing deal and a growing reputation as one of the city’s most exciting young performers. Now, he’s on the road to stardom. The gateway is “Chillin’ It,” a song as infectious and groove-laden as anything out there, with a laid-back summertime charm that perfectly captures the guy who wrote and performs it. In fact, Cole’s high-energy show wins converts every time he steps in front of a crowd, whether as a headliner in a club or as an opening act in front of 20,000 people. As anyone who’s seen him perform can attest and, with “Chillin’ It” hitting airwaves everywhere, fans nationwide can get their first look at one of country’s most compelling performers.
Parkway Elementary School, Dusk
Don’t miss Frederick’s one and only fireworks display on the 4th! Sit on the grass, potluck at the picnic tables, or walk around and enjoy the city at night while explosions light the sky! The park will be open to free seating at 6:00 pm – grab yours early, because the Park fills up quickly.
The show is visible from most areas of Baker Park with the exception of limited visibility from the Drees Home Band Shell Stage seating area and adjacent playground. Large trees immediately in sight lines will also impact visibility. Signs around Parkway Elementary will indicate areas where visitors can and cannot sit.
For more information on the show and a Viewing Locations Map visit http://www.celebratefrederick.com/events/fredericks-fourth/fireworks/
Love Frederick’s 4th? Love the chance to win a little extra money? Then help support Celebrate Frederick by purchasing a 50/50 raffle ticket (or 10) at Frederick’s 4th!
Tickets can be purchased at the Frederick’s 4th Information Booths between Noon and 7:00 pm. Information Booths are located at the Gazebo in the Carillon Area, W. Second Street midway between College Avenue and N. Bentz Street on Fleming Avenue, next to the Edward P. Thomas Jr. Municipal Pool.
Tickets are just $1.00 and the winner will be announced at the Drees Homes Bandshell Stage at approximately 8:30 pm.
Prize will be available for redemption on Monday, July 7. Contact Celebrate Frederick at 301-600-2841 if you hold the winning ticket. Winner does not need to be present to win, but must present ticket to claim prize.
KEY 103 GREAT FREDERICK BATHTUB RACES
Culler Lake, Races begin at 12:30 PM
Returning to Culler Lake once again is the KEY103 Great Frederick Bath Tub Races. Stop by to see 10 teams compete in 1 versus 1 races 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 and four Total Car Care Gift Certificates courtesy of SRE and Clearview Car Care. While the Golden Plunger (First to Sink) dips in for $100 cash and $50 Adventure Park Gift Certificate courtesy of Dynamic Automotive and Adventure Park.
In addition to the competition on the lake, KEY103 brings back two eating competitions:
1:10 PM – KEY 103′s Pie Pig Out Pizza Challenge from Starvin Marvin Pizzeria & Grille
2:10 PM – KEY 103′s Pie Pig Out Blueberry & Cherry Pie Challenges from A Dessert for Me
FUN FOR THE FAMILY
CARILLON AREA, Baker Park near Carillon Tower, Times Listed Below
12:30 to 6:00 PM - Big Country Amusements will be providing tons of inflatable amusements 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
12:30 to 6:00 PM – Live demonstrations by Korean Martial Arts or visit the Shadowland Laser Adventures Trailer for fun prizes and a turn at a balloon pop carnival game. Both are free to the public and sure to entertain and educate children and adults of all ages.
12:30 to 6:00 PM - Summer’s Farm Petting Zoo will bring their furry friends to the Fourth of July festivities with a wide array of animals for you to pet. After meeting your new farm friends, jump on their giant rocking chair for a great photo op. 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!
2:00 to 4:00 PM - Want a snack? Visit the DIY PB&J Tent to build your own peanut butter and jelly creation, courtesy of Jubilee Foods
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.
CULLER LAKE AREA, West College Terrace between Fleming and W. Second Street, Various Times Below
5:00 pm to Dusk – The Paddle Boats & Kayaks on Culler Lake are a great place to cool off during the day or watch the fireworks by night. Rent a paddle boat and get your float on, $5 per ride
1:00 to 5:00 pm - Dunk your favorite Frederick Celebrity, 3 throws for $1.00
2:00 to 4:00 PM - YMCA Water Balloon Launch gives you two choices - launch or be splashed, $1.00 per launch
Noon to Dusk - While you’re in the area, stop by and test your skills on the rock climbing wall provided by River & Trail Outfitters, located by the WFRE County Stage. This amusement will run all day until dusk, so catch your bird’s-eye view of the festivities for just $5 per climb.
ANGLEBERGER FIELD AREA, W. Second Street past W. College Terrace
12:30 to 5:00 PM - Don’t feel like riding a pony? How about controlling a car? You become the driver on the Hobbytown USA race track as you sample a variety of remote control cars. This attraction will be available from noon to dusk.
Frederick High School Lawn, 9:00 AM
Make sure to stop by for a dose of professional volleyball right here in Frederick. The 32nd 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.
BEER & WINE GARDENS
Various Locations, 12:30 to 8:00 PM
Looking for a place to relax during Frederick’s 4th? Visit one of three Beer and Wine Gardens conveniently located throughout the Park. Pay just one $5.00 cover charge for the day to visit any of the gardens to enjoy Spin the Bottle Wine Company wines and sangria and Flying Dog and Premium Distributor brews. All garden guests must be 21 years of age or older with valid I.D. to drink.
The Family Friendly Garden presented by RelyLocal Frederick is open to guests of all ages. Those 21 & under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. ALL guests 21 & over must present valid id to drink.
NEW IN 2014 Family Friendly Carillon Garden presented by RelyLocal Frederick, Carillon Area Baker Park, Close to Second Street Tennis Courts
Talley Recreation Center Garden, Second Street next to Recreation Center
Country Stage Garden, Fleming Avenue close to Tennis Courts
Want a discount to enter the Beer Gardens? Text CELEBRATE to 87365 for $1 off the cover charge, or show your military ID for $1 off.
Food and Alcohol
A wide variety of food will be offered at this year’s Independence Day celebration. Whether you’re looking for a meal, or just a snack, there is something for everybody. Visitors are not permitted to bring their own alcohol into the park. Consider visiting one of the three Frederick’s 4th Beer and Wine Gardens located throughout the park.
A city ordinance prohibits pets at this event.
Visitors are permitted to bring a tent or umbrella to the festivities however, they may be asked to take it down should it impede other’s view.
ATM’s will be available for patron use until 7:00 pm at the William Talley Recreation Center and at the Edward P. Thomas Jr. Municipal Swimming Pool courtesy of Sandy Spring Bank. There are also multiple ATMs within walking distance of the park, with several located on the square, at the intersection of Market Street and Patrick Street.
All events will be held rain or shine. In the event of a storm, activities will be suspended until it passes. Visitors are urged to seek shelter in a sensible fashion. No standing under trees!
There will be FREE parking provided all day in the Church Street, Court Street, W. Patrick Street, and Carroll Creek Parking Decks. The decks provide ample parking and are a short walk from the park.
Parking will also be provided by Frederick High School (located at 650 Carroll Parkway) for a cost of $4 with proceeds benefitting the Frederick High School Sports Boosters.
NOTE – Due to the fireworks relocation, parking is no longer available at Parkway Elementary School.
Handicap parking has been reserved along Second Street just west of College Avenue and from West College Terrace to Midnite Alley, and on Carroll Parkway near the intersection of West College Terrace. This parking will be clearly marked and accessible to those individuals who need easier access to the event.
Police and Emergency Medical Services
For any safety or medical needs, police and First Aid are located on College Avenue, between West 2nd Street and Fleming Avenue. If you experience a serious emergency, dial 911.
Please report any suspicious or inappropriate activity to one of the information booths or any event day volunteer. All will have access to promptly contact law enforcement and emergency personnel throughout the park. If your child is lost, please report immediately to one of the information booths or any event day volunteer. Additionally, the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Service will provide bike medics during the day to assist those in need.
Smoking and Littering
A city ordinance (G-12-06) prohibits smoking in several park locations. Violators will be cited with a Municipal Citation and face a fine of $25. The event areas are any playground within a City park and any point within 10 feet surrounding the playground, and the fixed seating area adjacent to the Baker Park band shell. Likewise, a city ordinance (Section 10-2 City Code) finds the throwing cigarette butts on the ground as a Municipal Infraction. Violators will face a fine of $50 and possibly be charged with the cost of clean-up.
Information Booths and Volunteers
Information centers are located at the Gazebo in the Carillon area and next to the Edward P. Thomas Jr. Municipal Pool. Event schedules, 50/50 Raffle Tickets, and answers to questions are available at both locations. Both locations will be open from Noon to 7:00 PM.
This Independence Day Celebration is coordinated by volunteers who meet throughout the year. Volunteers will be wearing blue ‘VOLUNTEER’ shirts. Be sure to thank them for their hard work when you see them!
Volunteers are always needed! To help out and volunteer for Frederick’s 4th contact the Office of Special Events at 301-600-6238, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit CelebrateFrederick.com/volunteer.
The following Corporate Sponsors make Celebrate Frederick events possible by their generous financial contributions to Celebrate Frederick, our sponsors are: Spires Level Sponsors – Bechtel and Nymeo; Carillon Level Sponsors – Sandy Spring Bank, Weis Markets, and 99.9 WFRE and 930 WFMD. Bandshell Level Sponsors – Clym Environmental Services, Comcast, The Frederick News Post, The Plamondon Companies and WHAG. Event Sponsors – The City of Frederick, Tourism Council of Frederick County and Showtime Sound.
For more information, please contact Celebrate Frederick at 301-600-CITY(2489) or visit CelebrateFrederick.com.
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