Open Thread December 2013 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!

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69 thoughts on “Open Thread December 2013 Edition

  1. Anywhere to see some Christmas Lights/big displays other than Adventure Park? The Yaglenski family announced they’re not doing this year due to an illness in the family.

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    • There is always Symphony of Lights in Columbia. I think you can search around for coupon codes. I think Living Social has them for $13 instead of $20 per car. Adventure Park made my kids get sick, in the car! The lights blink way too fast.

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    • I know of two spots, not too far. One is off Yellow Springs Road, Go down Mountain View, there are a few competitors there. Also, in Damascus (20min) on 27 near the corner of Sweepstakes there used to be a big one! You can always go to DC, plenty to see there too!!!
      Good Luck

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  2. The Meadows Frozen Custard invites you to….PICTURES WITH SANTA!
    December 7th (1:00 -2:30 p.m.) & December 10th (7:00-8:00 p.m.)
    Take your child’s picture with Santa for FREE! Just bring your own camera. You might even see Mrs. Claus!
    Meadows Frozen Custard
    2401 Whittier Drive
    Frederick, MD.
    301-662-1115

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    • We were in there this past Saturday. It’s very tiny and was quite crowded so we didn’t try to stay to sample anything. They also carry a selection of hot sauces so we did buy the ghost pepper sauce that I’ve been looking for.

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  3. I had great luck here on finding a website designer and a drum teacher when I asked about it. What a resource! I don’t want to get into “selling things online” here, but I have a sincere request that comes from the heart:

    I have a folding collapsible two person sea kayak, 1989 authentic Folbot which I really want to find a good home for. It is kept in two large bags that it came with so you can pack it in your car! We took it to Maine, Alaska, Virginia, Maryland…Many happy memories!

    I am not an eBay or Craig’s list person. I tried calling some outfitter places in Harper’s Ferry and even contacted the Folbot company directly. I also put up an add at the Common Market. Are there any kayakers/camps/outdoor outfitters out there who might be interested in my kayak?

    I appreciate your creativity. 🙂

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  4. Ideas where I may be able to get a ham, cooked, and then ready to pick up hot? Looking to get one for a small office luncheon. With everything going on with holidays I would prefer to pick up ready to go right before I need it. Thanks!

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  5. I don’t know if they have it hot, but Honey Baked Hams over by Wonder Book and Video has great hams. They’re a little pricey, but very worth it.

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  6. Just a note to let everyone know that the Catoctin Popcorn Company has moved to a more accessible location. Used to be over in the back of an industrial complex by Mattress Warehouse off of I270. Now they have moved to a place on MedImmune Court, still off the beaten track but not so hard to get to. This is off of Ballenger Creek Pike, follow Solarex court and follow the signs. Place smells heavenly and they have lots of nice things in gift baskets that are ready to purchase, or you can create your own. Also I found that they now sell BBQ sauces and meats.

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  7. We invite everyone to join the Frederick Symphony for their upcoming concert on December 14th featuring two local Frederick flute soloists!

    The Frederick Symphony Orchestra’s “Winter Reveries” concert to feature sounds and spirit of the season.

    Frederick, MD – The Frederick Symphony Orchestra (FSO) will be featuring two of its own, Paulela Burchill and Linda Moss, as flute soloists performing Domenico Cimarosa’s Concerto for Two Flutes in G Major in two concerts on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at 3pm and 8pm in the J.B. Kussmaul Theater at Frederick Community College. They will be accompanied by the FSO under the baton of Music Director, Elisa Koehler.

    Paulela Burchill is employed by Music & Arts Center as a special order accessory buyer and works to help procure musical product for the company’s over 120 stores. She holds a B.A. from Shepherd College in Music Education and M.M.E. from Shenandoah College & Conservatory of Music. Paulela has been a member of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra as principal flutist for 16 seasons and was a featured performer in FSO’s Baroque Christmas concert in 2009 playing Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto No.2. Having served on the orchestra’s Board of Directors since 2002, Paulela also currently holds the position of the orchestra’s library manager. Other musical groups she performs with regularly are Frederick Strings, Kokopelli Woodwind Quintet, Wedgewood Winds Flute Quartet, Frederick Children’s Chorus, One God One Voice, and Zion Lutheran’s Handbell Choir. Paulela has studied flute in the studio of Dr. Frances Lapp Averitt, more recently with Nancy Mulholland and currently studies with David LaVorgna. As a fan of World Music and African drums, she enjoys participating in drum circles and also delves into Celtic music by fiddling on viola and playing tin whistle. Paulela’s husband Rob, an antique car aficionado, restores antique cars and they can often be found enjoying a countryside ride in a vintage era auto.

    Linda Moss has played with Frederick orchestras for over 30 years and is a charter and current member of the Frederick Flute Choir. Linda earned her B.S. in Education at Frostburg State and her M.A. in Education at Hood College. She has played in pit orchestras for many area musicals and shares music ministry at area churches. Her most influential flute instructors were Karen Blake and William Montgomery. She is a member of the National Flute Association and Flute Society of Washington and is a flute instructor at Duet with Music. Linda is also an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Brunswick and the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance Co. Ladies Auxiliary. After 30 years with FCPS, she currently is a 5th grade teacher at New Life Christian School.

    In addition to the Flute Concerto, the FSO will be performing a number of winter and holiday classics under the direction of Elisa Koehler. Audiences are sure to be delighted by performances of Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Bach’s Serenade No. 6 in D Major, K. 239,”Serenata Notturna”. Following a brief intermission, Tchaikovsky’s Christmas masterpiece Nutcracker Suite No. 1, Op. 71a will continue to ring in the holiday spirit. The “Winter Reveries” concerts will also feature the always popular Holiday Pops Sing-Along with the audience and a medley of favored holiday songs and carols in A Most Wonderful Christmas.

    Be sure to arrive 30 minutes prior to the concerts’ start times to attend an informal pre-concert talk led by Elisa Koehler. This special pre-concert talk will enhance your enjoyment of the music and is a perfect way start off a symphony performance.

    Tickets are $20, adults; $15, seniors; and $10, students. Season subscriptions and group rates are also available to purchased; Online at FrederickSymphony.org/tickets, Phone: 301-685-3585, Email: tickets@fredericksymphony.org, Mail: PO Box 1439, Frederick, MD 21701-0439, or at the Box Office one hour prior to each concert.

    Upcoming Frederick Symphony Orchestra concerts in 2014 are:

    Sense & Sensibility – Saturday, March 8, 2014 8:00 p.m.

    Sounds of Spring – Saturday, May 3, 2014 8:00 p.m.

    Magic is in the Air – Saturday, June 14, 2014 8:00 p.m.

    The Frederick Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community orchestra that is committed to the growing arts community of Frederick, MD. For more ticket information and to learn more about supporting the FSO, please visit our website fredericksymphony.org or call 301-685-3585.

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  8. We just adopted a shelter dog. She doesn’t seem to have any major behavioral issues but want to take her in for some obedience training. I know some of the large pet stores offer training but was wondering if there was another, reasonably-priced resource anyone has used. (She came from a shelter in Howard County, so their recommendations wouldn’t work for us here.)

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  9. Can anyone recommend a good drycleaner in Frederick. We usually take our stuff to Zips, which is okay, but I’m looking for a place a little more…ummm, lets say gentle…for my wedding dress. Thanks!

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    • Renee, we have used Prospect Cleaners on Jefferson Street in the Rugged Wearhouse shopping center since we moved to Frederick in 1997. Plus, we periodically get 20% off coupons in the mail for dry cleaning there.

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      • I agree that Prospect Cleaners is the Best in Frederick!! My Family has used them for at least 15 years and have nothing but good things to say about them!! Check out the Coupon Clipper when it comes in your mailbox, it has coupons that are good there!!

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  10. I highly recommend Georgetown Valet in Urbana. The owner is wonderful and they have done great work with our dry-cleaning, including comforters that had stains on them.

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  11. Without having to call every jewelry store in town…or out of town…I’m hoping someone can help me. I was given a very nice piece of jewelry by a friend. It had been a gift to her 10 – 12 years ago and she knew nothing about it. I want to have it appraised not only to insure it, if necessary, but also because I may consider selling it as it’s simply not something I’d ever wear. I called two jewelers downtown and was told they’d have to send it out for a week to have it appraised and one of them said they’d only appraise it on site if I was looking to sell it right away. I definitely don’t want it out of my hands for a week! And I don’t want a low-ball value given by someone who wants to buy it cheap. I just want a jeweler to appraise it right there in the store in front of me. Of course I’m willing to pay for an appraisal if necessary.

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    • Did you try Gold Thumb on Patrick St? I recently had a diamond appraised and reset there. They graded the stone while I was in the store and then gave me a couple of printed copies of the appraisal for my insurance when I picked up the finished ring a week later.

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    • I called littmans in the mall (where my wedding ring was bough) and came to an onsite appraisal event they were doing. She said they do it few times a year. Left it with the appraiser there and came back two hours later to the paper work completed. Cost me a small chunk of change but needed it regardless for insurance purposes.

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  12. We just purchased some furniture from the Antique Emporium downtown and need to hire a mover to deliver it to our house. Does anybody have a recommendation for a mover who is local and will do a small job like that?

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  13. Finally, we are proud to announce our services to locals in Maryland. if you need Cell Phone Repair, Computer Repair or Game Console Repair, US Wireless Repair is here to help. We repair all your gadgets in less than 20-35 mins. All repairs are done in store, so you don’t have to worry about your products getting out of your hands.

    Visit us today! US Wireless Repair- best cell phone repair store in Baltimore Maryland.

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    • Do you repair handheld portable Garmin Nuvi GPS navigation systems. Mine went blank for no reason. It turns on but then the screen goes black. It’s about 3 years old.

      Thanks!

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  14. Holiday and artful happenings in Downtown Frederick this Saturday…Come out and join us to support the arts in Frederick! Canned good will also be collected for donation to Frederick Rescue Mission…

    GRIFFIN ART CENTER TO HOST HOLIDAY CELEBRATION & BENEFIT
    ON DECEMBER 14, 2013 FROM 9AM – 4PM
    All Proceeds benefit the Young Griffin Scholarship Fund

    Griffin Art Center invites the community to ring in the Yuletide with free, family fun for everyone on December 14th from 9AM-4PM at its Annual Holiday Celebration & Benefit. All proceeds benefit the Young Griffin Scholarship Fund for young artists in need. Activities include holiday music by the Martin Family Band, art demonstrations by Griffin artists and instructors, children’s crafts, original artwork auction and dance performances of the Nutcracker by Urbana Dance. Complimentary refreshments and light holiday fare will be provided during the event. For more details, visit the Griffin Art Center website at http://www.griffinartcenter.com.

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  15. Any know what happened to City Buffet of Rt. 40? I was told it had closed. I hadn’t been there in quite some time but it always seemed busy… just curious if anyone knows anything.

    Thanks!

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    • I had not been there in years and while I don’t think it was the best food, it was always consistent and I had my favorites I could count on. I finally went a couple of months ago, and found it was under new management. I can say that the food was the worst I had ever had – things tasted rewarmed, stale and cardboardy. If that was the way the new management ran things, I’m not surprised that they are now closed. I wish we had a good asian buffet in Frederick! Matsutake’s buffet is good for sushi but not the other things.

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      • Have you tried the new Flaming Grill buffet? It’s in the shopping center with Joann’s and Hard Times. Our family likes it. They have a Hibachi grill and sushi included with the usual offerings.

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    • Hi Jeff- I hadn’t heard that about the buffet there. We used to go there frequently especially when it was the only one around. But then the one on Jefferson opened and we wound up going over there for our buffet fix. And of course more have popped up over time, most recently Flaming Grill near JoAnns. Hard to compete I guess?

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    • Canal Bar, Bushwallers (bar only), Sumitra, Cacique and Old Town Tavern downtown. Champions usually opens at 4:00 p.m. on Christmas. Miyako at FSK is supposed to be open until 9:00 p.m. and Mariachi on 85 has been open in past years. Any others that anyone knows of. (We need take out options later.)

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      • So we did Summitra for take-out (only after getting a constant busy signal when we tried to call into Matusaki). Everything tasted fishy or god-awful sweet (in a Coke-syrup way). Not sure if I can attribute this to Christmas (since you don’t change your sauces depending on the day.) Has this place declined in anyone else’s experience or is it just me?

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  16. So I found out Aldi is the parent company of Trader Joe’s…did anyone else know that? Odd that their excuse for not opening one out here is being due to out of their delivery area…yet, we have an Aldi.

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    • Yes, I did know. They, and other markets like them, don’t have any reasonable excuses anymore. Once Wegmans came to town and became such a huge success, all of the “the demand isn’t there” and “you don’t have the demographics” nonsense was crushed.

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      • Joe, I was basing my info on an article based on Aldi/Trader Joe’s being under fire for their waste and how it killed a sperm whale. Was just going off the info there.

        Thanks for clearing things up.

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