Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Festival

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 • 11:00 AM – Sunday, May 15, 2016 • 8:00 PM

The Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Festival celebrates Greek customs, food, and culture. Come and experience authentic Greek cuisine, live music, and traditional dance performances by the Parathosi Dance Troupe.

Each year, we feature vendors of beautiful Greek art, jewelry, books, religious icons, and more. Browse our Greek Agora Marketplace. Sample a variety of Greek pastries as well as imported wine and beer.

Our kids’ corner features a moon bounce as well as various games and activities.

We offer free admission, free parking, and we’re open rain or shine – our large overhead tents will keep you dry even if it rains.

Come and experience a slice of Greek life. There’s fun and entertainment for the whole family



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?

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

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.

Initial thoughts on Market Street Fusion

Just a quick note on Market Street Fusion. My wife and I had lunch there a couple weeks ago. We both had the burger which was really good. Thick, juicy, and tasy! The staff was very nice and welcoming. The place looks great, I hadn’t been in Griffs for awhile, but I remeber it being much darker back then. Now the place looks and feels much more open. The only complaint I have is that when we went, the menu was limited and they ran out of fish and chips while we were there. So there wasn’t much to choose from; that may have changed by now though. Anyone else try Market Street Fusion? Thoughts?