Vote to get free music to Frederick

From the Downtown Frederick Partnership:

Want to enjoy ten weeks of free live music next summer? Help get Downtown Frederick in the Top 15 candidates by VOTING TODAY!

We need your support in order to be eligible for a $25,000 grant from the Levitt Foundation. We can’t do it without you! Deadline to vote is Monday, November 21.

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Some fun for the weekend

Two fun things going on this weekend:

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.

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!