Now that school is back in session and Summer is heading out the door I figured it’d be a good time to round up a list of upcoming Fall fun happening in the Frederick area.
- Artomatic@Frederick – September 4th – October 5th. Creates community, builds audience and expands economic development by transforming available space into a playground for artistic expression. Unjuried events showcase creative work in visual art, performing art, music, dance and film.
- The Great Frederick Fair – September 13th – September 21st. Martina McBride, rides, food, crash up derby and much more.
- In the Street – September 14th. For over 25 years the In The Street festival has been held in downtown Frederick. The all day festival, spanning Market Street from Carroll Creek to 7th Street, brings food, fun and entertainment for the whole family.
- Frederick Oktoberfest – September 28th and September 29th. Bratwurst, Oktoberfest bier, German wines, dancing, music, children’s events and much more.
- 4th Annual Great Pumpkin Race – September 29th. The challenging cross-country course will run throughout Summers Farm, including a run through the adjoining fields. Fun Run course will include optional participation in activities on the farm. The run is benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
- Cotoctin Colorfest – October 12th and 13th. In 1963 when Colorfest begain it started as a nature walk but quickly evolved into a juried Arts & Crafts Show featuring 300 well known and respected artists from the across the United States. Catoctin Colorfest has been recognized in Sunshine Artists Magazine and ranked in the top 35 shows in the United States and one of the largest on the East Coast. Also a wide selection of delicious food is available to satisfy everyone’s appetite.
- Downtown Frederick First Saturdays – September 7th is Dog Days of Summer and October 5th is Harvest celebration.
- Local farms that will have fall/pumpkin patch festivals: Gaver Farm, Lawyer’s Moonlight Maze, Crumland Farms, and Summers Farm.
The Frederick dining scene was featured in an article in the NY Times:
For a city once nicknamed “Fredneck” because of its reputation as an unsophisticated working-class town, Frederick, Maryland’s second largest city after Baltimore, has had an impressive makeover. The flourishing culinary scene is undoubtedly the biggest change. Natives of this metropolis of 55,000 are transforming the city, one hour from Washington, by opening restaurants and food shops.
Of course VOLT has to be mentioned but at least some others got some recognition as well. Interesting. Read the whole article here.
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!
This month a new yarn store, The Knot House, opened at 129 E. Patrick Street. Owned by a mother and daughter team, they specialize in hand-dyed yarns and feature yarn from several local farms and dyers. Cathy shared that one of their goals is to bring a warm and friendly atmosphere to inspire new and seasoned knitters and crocheters.
The shop is full of light, and the walls and shelves are lined with their gorgeous yarns. There is also a lovely, large sitting area.
They offer classes as well as knit nights on Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 9pm.
The City of Frederick has set up a website to collect public opinion about a bike sharing program in Downtown Frederick:
The City of Frederick is exploring the feasibility of implementing a bike share system. While we are still in the exploratory phase of bike sharing in Frederick, we would like to hear from you. Please use this website to learn more about the project, about bike sharing and about the possibilities that bike sharing represents for the City.
Visit to frederickbikeshare.com to read more about the program, fill out a survey, suggest bike sharing locations, and learn about bike sharing programs in other cities.
From the Frederick News-Post:
After hearing more than an hour of impassioned public comment Thursday, the city’s Board of Aldermen voted 5-0 to rezone the Frederick Towne Mall property.
The rezoning will allow Rockwood Capital, which owns the 20 acres on U.S. 40, to move forward with a proposal to bulldoze the nearly vacant mall and build a Wal-Mart. The developers will need to bring forward a site plan before finalizing its plan.
This Saturday, July 20, 2013, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, with We Are Hex, will perform at the Flying Dog Brewery’s outdoor stage for Gonzofest, their annual homage to Hunter S. Thompson.
- Belgian Devil (world premiere of the August Brewhouse Rarities release)
- Brewhouse Rarities Pineapple Saison
- Brewhouse Rarities Easy IPA
- Natural Selection Ale (our collaboration with Evolution Brewing Co.)
- Gonzo Imperial Porter
- Woody Creek Belgian White
- Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
- Doggie Style Pale Ale
- UnderDog Atlantic Lager
- Snake Dog IPA
- Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA with mango and habanero
- Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout in oak
- Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout with chocolate mint
- Dogtoberfest Marzen with basil, green peppercorn, and grains of paradise
- Snake Dog IPA with CTZ hops and cinnamon basil
- El Cuervo Tacos
- The Smoking Swine BBQ
- Wheyich Gourmet Sandwiches
You can purchase tickets and get more info about the event @ flyingdogales.com.
Looks like the plan for to make a movie in the old Frederick Towne Mall hit a snag:
Hey MAULERS fans…Long night…spent four hours at a city hall hearing on the mall redevelopment project and hoped to hammer out a deal with the owners of Frederick Towne Mall to film MAULERS there…no such luck. Guess it’s back to the drawing board. Really hoping to make this project in Frederick, Maryland, but forced to open the search to other vacant malls around the country.
I hope they let the movie go forward before the mall is demolished forever. It’s be a great send off for the old place.
From the Frederick News-Post:
The “closed” sign is about to be set in front of Mealey’s Restaurant and Pub once again.
Owner Carl Miller is closing the eatery for the second time in less than two years because the food and the restaurant’s sales aren’t meeting his expectations, he said Wednesday.
“They don’t have the class of food there that I would like,” he said. “It’s not getting any better.”
The restaurant opened under new management less than a year ago on July 25, 2012, but this version of the Main Street anchor will close July 19.
I’m not up on my restaurant superstitions, but if they do re-open they should probably call the place something other than Mealey’s. Thanks for the tip Jenny.
Just a reminder about the 8th Annual JoAnn Garrett Classic taking place this Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater.
The event features an evening of music, food, and drink to benefit local and national cancer charities. This years music lineup features RUSTED ROOT, with performances by SHANE GAMBLE, ROYAL TEETH, FIELDHANDS, and OLD RECEIVER. Vendors include: CarterQue, Rappahannock River Oysters, Keep It Smokin’ BBQ, Shady Tree Tea, and more. This is an all ages event.
I’ve been to the classics (including the very first one!) and they are always well run and fun events benefiting a great cause. Plus tickets are only 20 bucks in advance!