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


NOVA BrewFest Offers Craft and Micro Brews From Over 60 Breweries June 22nd & 23rd in Leesburg, VA

Northern Virginia Beer Festival Offers Family Fun In The Sun This Summer

In just a few weeks, the 6th Annual Northern Virginia Summer BrewFest will take place in Leesburg, Virginia’s Morven Park on June 22nd and 23rd. The NOVA BrewFest elevates beer tasting to a whole new level and is ready to host serious brewers and beer connoisseurs. Beers with “aromas of coriander and orange peel with a flavor of wheat”, or “golden in color with an intense floral aroma and flavors of citrus, fruit, light malt with hints of powdered sugar and American hops” are just a few of the flavors that will be on tap at this year’s Brewfest.

Fans of small-batch and hand-crafted brews of all kinds can sample from the over 60 breweries who will be there, including local favorites Flying Dog, Port City, and DC Brau, as well as others from across the nation.

It takes skill, patience and experience to create craft beers, and brewers take immense pride in their creations. Selecting and pairing foods with beer is becoming as popular as wine and food pairing; give it a try with some of the delicious food that will also be on hand. From savory pulled pork to spicy chicken satay and even oysters on the half shell, there’s a perfect match for every glass. There will also be music and even activities for the kids, making for a great summer family outing.

Tickets are on sale now; the price includes entrance to the BrewFest, a special commemorative beer tasting glass, and 4 tickets for tastings of your choice. There’s even an option to include round-trip busing from the Vienna Metro stop (Orange Line western terminus), and discounted tickets for designated drivers!

If you can’t make it to the summer NOVA Brewfest, don’t despair; they’ll be doing it all over again on October 20th & 21st at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA.

A Call to all Frederick area Restaurants and Grocery Stores

I am a little upset, but that’s okay, because this has lead me to an action that seems to be steam roll-able.  I know, I know.  I have been very lame on this site but a new cause, near and dear to my heart has reminded me of the generosity and logical thinking of the FMO community.

Remember back in 2008 when I put out an appeal to locals that a nice way to dispose of your family Christmas tree would be to donate it to the family goats I used to have?  That one simple request lead to many years of my ex-husband and me answering many requests for us to pick up your old trees.  It was a win-win.  The goats got to eat the trees, you didn’t have to figure out how to get rid of them and they stayed out of the landfills.

I have a friend who is running a farm in Bedford County, PA,  just north of the Maryland line off of Rte 68.  He is trying (and succeeding)  to raise humanely raised, woodland-foraging pigs.  But it isn’t cheap and, especially over winter the feed costs are pretty high.  Currently the farm has three nursing mothers and three pregnant sows who all need additional calories for successful pregnancies and healthy babies.  And many more of all sizes in between.

For a while now, the farm has tried unsuccessfully to get any one to listen to how much it makes sense to donate the old, unfit for human consumption produce and breads/grains to small farmers to give them a chance to fulfill their mission of humanely and responsibly raised animals and to help off-set the fluctuating prices of animal feed.  (Truthfully, they have been hung up on, been sworn at and had doors slammed in their faces.)  Especially during  the times of the year when the farm is unable to give their own leftovers to the animals, like winter when the fields are idle and early summer when all the produce is going to local farm markets.

So, I am on a mission.  So far, I have had two very generous donations from the lovely folks at Philly Rabe’s.  They are a new restaurant and have already done so much to help.  (And not just me.  They have already donated to many local causes and told me at our first discussion that human donations were their first priority.)  I have spoken to a couple other Frederick restaurants and am hoping that I can create a movement to keep food that is not good enough for human consumption but perfectly fine for animals, out of the local landfill.  By the way, my friend’s farm also has chickens and he composts almost everything so if a donation is unable to be fed to pigs, it will go to chickens.  Failing that (I can’t even imagine) it will still be composted for the gardens.

Here’s the catch.  There is no catch.  All you would have to do is fill a bucket or bag with your scraps (no meat please) and I will pick it up and deliver it.  Pretty simple really.  If you want, I will provide the bucket or bag.

If nothing else, the realization that so much usable food is being thrown away shocked me.  I want your help to make this right.

If you want to help, leave a comment here or email me at or message me on Facebook, Elizabeth Gillison.  Thank you so much in advance.

Maryland Ice Cream Trail

From Maryland’s Best:

Maryland has seven dairy farms that offer fresh, delicious on-farm ice cream. Together, they make up the newly minted Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail. Visit each creamery and get your trail passport stamped by September 7th and you may be named Maryland’s 2012 Ice Cream Trail Blazer.

Two of the stops are in Frederick. Download the passport here (pdf).

Via @tourfrederickmd

Frederick Link Drop for March 23, 2011

An occasional round-up interesting links about Frederick:

Note: In a previous version of this post I had confused both new cupcake purveyors coming to Frederick as one store, but there are actually two (Sweet Angela’s Cupcakery and Angel Cakes). I apologize for any confusion and appreciate Susan’s help in alerting me to the mistake.