Alive @ Five 2009

The Downtown Frederick Partnership has posted the schedule for Alive @ Five 2009 on its website.

Enjoy NINE Alive @ Five happy hours on the banks of Carroll Creek throughout the summer!  Great music, food, beer and wine from downtown restaurants and an exciting atmosphere make this a must attend summer event!

Alive @ Five 2009 kicks off on May 14th and is held the second and fourth Thursday of each month from through September 10th at the Carroll Creek Park Amphitheatre between Market and Carroll Streets. Each event occurs from 5 – 8pm.  Must be 21+ to enter.

ID required. $5 cover.

The first band to kick off this year’s Alive @ Five on May 14th  is Jah Works (turn your sound down if you are at work!), a Reggae band  that plays in Frederick pretty frequently.

Alive @ Five is a great time. Maybe we can try again to do another get-together.  By the way, when they say bring ID, they really mean it.  They check everybody’s ID, no matter how old you look!


Gabriel's to take certificates

Many of you out there may still have unused gift certificates from the now closed Mealey’s and John Hagan’s Tavern.  Now another fine dining restaurant, Gabriel’s Inn in Ijamsville will honor at least a portion of those gift certificates.  From the FNP business section:

The owner of a fine dining restaurant in Frederick County will honor gift certificates of two businesses that closed.

Sean DeLawder, owner of Gabriel’s Inn, said he will honor gift certificates from Hagan’s Tavern and Mealey’s, with some limitations.

The gift certificates will be honored for 50 percent of their value, up to $50. The offer is not valid for holidays or special events, DeLawder said.

“It is always a sad occasion when we lose an independent business in our area,” DeLawder said Monday.

“We are saddened to hear of the closing of Mealey’s Restaurant in New Market and Hagan’s Tavern,” he said in a notice sent to about 100 of his regular customers.

DeLawder said he is reaching out to customers and others who may have certificates from the two closed restaurants.

Gabriel’s Inn, at 4730 Ijamsville Road, offers fine French cuisine. The building has been a fine dining restaurant since 1968 and has been owned by the DeLawder family since 1988.

“We believe, and think our customers would agree, that we need more than chain stores and restaurants from which to choose,” DeLawder said. “It is part of our American heritage for a section of the marketplace to be comprised of small, independent businesses.”

He encouraged residents to support independent businesses of all types in the area, “And applaud your hard work, entrepreneurship and success in our community.”

A very classy move on the DeLawders and Gabriel’s Inn‘s part, if I may say so myself.

Info on the Frederick Marathon-2009

The Frederick County website has put up a link to a press release with information about the Frederick Marathon and other events leading up to it called the Frederick Running Festival.

The Festival will kick-off on Saturday, May 2, 2009, with a Health and Fitness
Expo, followed by a twilight 5K race. On Sunday, May 3, the marathon will begin at 6:30
a.m. and conclude with an awards ceremony around noon. All events will be held at the
Frederick Fairgrounds. The 26 mile marathon will progress throughout The City of
Frederick and Frederick County. The exact route may be obtained by viewing the
Frederick Running Festival website at All event parking
areas will be clearly marked and located close to the Fairgrounds.

For any info on the race and other events, visit the Frederick Marathon website.  For example, for maps of the route, click here.  And you can find the full weekend schedule here.

Starvin Marvin in Luke's old location

I just got my February edition of  Frederick Magazine in the mail today and read in The Dish section that a new pizza and sub restaurant is moving into the old Luke’s location off Crestwood Blvd. in the Crestwood Plaza.  It’s called Starvin Marvin and it’s their second location, the first being in Gaithersburg.  According to their website, they are expecting to open in February.  They don’t have the menu for Frederick up yet, but the Gaithersburg menu includes pizza, wings, subs, wraps, salads and gyros.

I’m looking forward to trying some new pizza in town!


Progressive Dinner Downtown

The Downtown Frederick Partnership has announced its winter progressive dinner to raise funds to benefit the Partnership.  The dinner will be on Tuesday, February 24th 2009 and the menu is below:

Tickets can be purchased for a 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, or 7:00pm seating.  Maximum of 26 people per seating.  Diners will be seated European style.  Four courses will be served. The appetizer, salad, and dinner courses will include a glass of wine and/or beer. Coffee will be provided with dessert.  Diners will walk between restaurants.


Appetizer Course: Brewer’s Alley

Vegetarian Spring Rolls and Hedge Apple Farms All Beef Meatballs

Drink: Brewer’s Alley Beer or House Wine

Salad Course: La Paz Mexican Restaurant

Marcie’s Choice – Mixed greens, tomato, corn, black beans & avocado with choice of dressing

Drink: Signature Margarita, Mexican Beer or House Wine

Entree: Cacique

Salmon Relleno – An 8oz fillet of salmon stuffed with sauteed mushrooms, spinach, onions, green peppers and pimentos then broiled to perfection


Distec a la Realeza – A 10oz Rib-Eye steak grilled over a Mesquite wood fire, served with mushrooms, brown sauce and three jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab meat and scallops

Drink: House Wine or Dos Equis Amber Lager

Dessert Course: Patrick’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

A variety of desserts including bread pudding with whiskey creme anglaise sauce, a chocolately delight, fruit tart and a surprise treat.  Plus a small gift courtesy of Downtown Frederick Partnership.

Drink: Coffee

Price per ticket is $85 including tax and gratiuty.  About $40 of your ticket is tax deductible.  To purchase tickets, contact Downtown Frederick Partnership at 301-698-8118 or


Free For All: Alcohol in Parks

So, what do you think about the County Commissioners lifting the ban on alcohol in parks?  I have to admit I’m torn on the issue.  I like the idea of weddings, company picnics and reunions having the option of having alcohol at their parties where presumably food will be served.  I’m not so keen, however on the idea of softball leagues having drinks after a game.  I’m no prude but I think that the more organized the event, the less likely alcohol will become a problem.

I’m not buying Commissioner Gray’s argument that parks will be strewn with liquor bottles, thereby sending a bad message to our youth.  I think most people respect the parks and will clean up after themselves.  I could be way off base though.  What do you think?