Unemployment Rates in Frederick County for November 2009

Unemployment in Frederick County

Unemployment in Frederick County, 2009

A screen shot of an interactive map from the Washington Post site showing unemployment rates across the country by county. In case you can’t read the text in the image above it shows an unemployment rate of 6.1% in Frederick County for November 2009. Washington County has a 10% rate for November 2009 and Montgomery County has a 5.3% rate. The national average is 9.4%.

Maryland Wine Festival 2009

The 26th Maryland Wine Festival is this upcoming weekend,  September 19th (10-6) and 20th (noon-6) at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.

Take pleasure in Maryland wine with tastings from the wineries, live music, foods from local restaurants, arts and crafts and wine education seminars. Don’t miss the presentation of the Governor’s Cup Awards announcements on stage each day of the festival.

Ticket information is as follows:

The gate admission price of $25.00 for adults 21 and older with I.D. entitles ticket holders to a logo-engraved wine glass, samples of Maryland wines, attendance at the Wine Education Seminars, continuous on-stage entertainment, guided tours of the Museum’s 19th Century Farmhouse, and self-guided tours of period artisan exhibits and demonstrations.Those aged 7-20 are admitted for $5.00, and children 6 and under are admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult.  Designated driver tickets may be purchased for $20; no wine glass and no samples are included.

For festival information, click on the wine festival logo in the left sidebar of the museum website.  Local wineries participating include Linganore Winecellars, Black Ankle Vineyards, Elk Run Vineyards and Frederick Cellars.  For a complete list of participants, after clicking on the festival logo, go to the “At the Festival” tab and scroll down to the “Wineries link”.  I can’t link there directly because every page on the website just takes you to the main farm museum page.

Giant Slide at Rocky Ridge

I can’t believe I’ve lived here over 20 years and never heard about the giant slide at Rocky Ridge.  My friend Danny told me about taking his 4 year old son there today and I was all, huh?  What are you talking about?  A giant wooden slide that’s been there for forever, that I could have taken my kids to when they were younger but never knew about??

Apparently the land it’s on is owned by a church or something.  There are signs that tell you to slide at your own risk and there are burlap sacks available to slide on down the slick wooden surface.

Imagine a bumpy bowling alley tilted on end. You are the human bowling pin! No fear! A pile of sawdust awaits you at the bottom. Grab one of the scraps of fabric at the base (burlap sack is the fastest), climb the ramp and slide away!

Locally known as a “Sliding Board”(35 ft High x 100 ft Long). Close to Thurmont, MD, home of Camp David.

How did I not know about this?  Has anyone been there?

It’s located on Motter’s Station Rd  (MD 76) , 1/4 mile north of Rocky Ridge.  Admission is free!

Maryland Brewer's Oktoberfest

This year’s Maryland Brewer’s Oktoberfest is  on Saturday, October 10th in Timonium, MD at the Timonium Fairgrounds.

The Entire Show Is Under Cover- so Rain or Shine-  you are totally wunderbar!  As you enter the show, you’ll receive a souvenir tasting mug and 6 beer tokens. For those who like to drink more, you are welcome to purchase more tokens, just drink responsibly. There is nothing worse than a professional person (dressed in a German outfit) slurring their words as they sing drinking songs!
There will be lots of the best Maryland brews and lots of Oompah bands to enjoy your favorite German drinking songs. You can also enjoy the sausages, potato cakes, sour beef, schnitzel and other great German classics!  Is that a snitzengruben I smell?!?!?!?!?
Other great Festival foods will be there, as well.  If the food and the drinks aren’t enough then go to the Main Stage and enjoy the great music.  Also check out a seminar or two about your favorite beer in the tasting theater.

So why is this tidbit of info on Frederick Maryland Online you may ask?  Because we will be very well represented at this festival with three local breweries participating.  Brewer’s Alley, Barley and Hops and Flying Dog will all be there to represent our lovely county.

B-More Blog

Check out this blog about the restaraunt scene in Baltimore. Adventures in Baltimore Restaraunts looks like a good read even if you don’t make the trip to Charm City very often.

Speaking of local blogs, if you live in Frederick and have a blog please let me know. It doesn’t have to be about Frederick, just by a Frederick resident. I love supporting the local blogosphere as much as I can. Don’t be shy just shoot me an email or leave a comment and I will add you to FMO’s blogroll.

~Guy~