Downtown Flooding

In case you missed it, the rain we had on Tuesday really socked Downtown Frederick:

Some businesses also sustained major damage:

Berberich estimated he lost close to $50,000 of inventory, including records, display cases and stereo equipment. His store, along with those on either side — Whidden Willow and an office of Verizon Wireless — were hardest hit by the overnight rainstorm, although others also reported minor damage, said Kara Norman, executive director of the Downtown Frederick Partnership.

Berberich said the shop’s location — below street level in a valley, with Patrick Street sloping upward on either side — made him and his neighbors prime targets for the torrential water that accumulated Tuesday night.

If you want to help contact the Downtown Frederick Partnership or make a donation to the shops directly effected.


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 Wins Music Grant

From the FNP:

The city of Frederick was named Monday as one of 10 cities across the country to receive $25,000 in matching funds from the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. Sponsored by Levitt Pavilions, a nonprofit aimed at helping small to mid-sized cities bring live music to areas across the U.S.

[Kara Norman with the Downtown Frederick Partnership] revealed the plan for the series: Each Tuesday from June 16 to Aug. 18, artists will take the Carroll Creek Amphitheatre stage at 7 p.m. The shows are scheduled to last about an hour and there will more than likely be only one act performing per event.

Unlike the partnership’s Alive@Five concert series, which will continue as scheduled through the summer, these Tuesday concerts will be free to the public and family-friendly. No alcohol will be for sale, and the shows will be open to people of all ages.

The article also mentioned that in case of rain the Weinberg would be used.

6th Annual New Media & Technology Conference

The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce has announced the workshops and presenters for their annual marketing conference:

The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce invites marketing professionals and small business employees in the Frederick region to register for the sixth annual New Media & Technology Conference (Fred NMT). Fred NMT brings expert local presenters together to discuss tools and strategies that help organizations create and foster online communities. The conference will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Mount St. Mary’s University’s Frederick Campus on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

Eight sessions will be presented, covering a broad range of topics. General sessions include “Utility Content: Rocket Fuel for Your Success” by Jon-Mikel Bailey of Wood Street, Inc. and “Digital Detox” by Beth Schillaci of VillageWorks. Breakout sessions are tailored to niche topics and experience levels. Presenters for break out sessions include Brittany Diehl of Downtown Frederick Partnership, Cyd Maubert of Mount St. Mary’s University, Mayra Ruiz-McPherson of Ruiz McPherson Communications, Michelle Kershner of Tourism Council of Frederick County, Monica Spilman of 270net Technologies, Tobin Lehman of New North, and Whitney Hahn of Digital Bard.

Learn more about the event and register online at the Chamrber’s website.

Nice Write Up of Design Shops In Downtown Frederick

Destination Design: Downtown Frederick (Washington Post, October 23, 2013):

For a special few, Frederick might be a pit stop on the way to Camp David. For many others, this historic town is a day-trip destination for a stroll through dozens of design stores.

This time of year, downtown Frederick exudes seasonal charm: The brick sidewalks are covered with yellow and orange leaves, and pumpkins are lined up on rowhouse steps. This city 45 miles northwest of Washington boasts lots of tempting small shops to poke around. If you go looking for a painted chest or a cozy throw, you’ll find many to choose from. You’ll also pass by a yarn shop, a tea room, a bike place, a craft beer joint, a pawnbroker and a hookah bar.

Via @relishdecor

Frederick in the NY TImes

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.