Historic District Guides
Thank you for calling Downtown Frederick home! By choosing to live here, you are a key part of keeping our city’s historic buildings great.
Whether you’re a home owner, renter, business owner or simply someone who loves Downtown Frederick, you understand that this city’s wealth of historic buildings is what sets our community apart. To help answer some of the most common questions about the historic district, the City of Frederick Historic Preservation Commission and Downtown Frederick Partnership have created a series of general guides for residents, merchants and contractors who live and work here.
While these guides tackle many of the basics, we know that each project is unique. If you ever have questions, the City of Frederick Planning staff is always happy to help! The City strives to safeguard its historical and cultural heritage through the preservation of historic sites, structures and districts. We are thankful for the participation of the community in helping us preserve and protect our historic city.
Before starting your next project, take a few minutes to review the Frederick Town Historic District Design Guidelines. Visit bit.ly/freddesign for the complete guidelines, or contact us for more information.
PHONE: 301.600.1499 EMAIL: email@example.com
- Download Downtown Frederick Residents Historic District Guide
- Download Downtown Frederick Contractors Historic District Guide
- Download Downtown Frederick Merchants Historic District Guide
Neighborhood Advisory Council
The Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) is a forum for residents to become involved in identifying and recommending positive changes to improve their neighborhoods by enhancing communications with elected officials. It is the goal of the elected officials to work with residents to understand and address the issues that impact the quality of life in neighborhoods.
- Downtown Frederick residents are represented by NAC 11
- NAC 11 meets the third Tuesday of each month
- For more info contact Gayon Sampson at 301.600.2513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frederick Tree Guide
Looking to plant a tree in Downtown Frederick? The City of Frederick has created a Tree Guide to help you choose your trees, walk you through the planting process and give you tips on how to care for your trees. If you have any further questions, please email them to email@example.com.
Downtown Resident Parking
With a valid residential permit you can park along your street, any day of the week, without further charge for up to 48 hours. However, you must still adhere to the restrictions for sweeping and trash pickup night, as posted for each street. There are two types of Residential Parking Permits: Metered and Non-Metered.
Residential Metered Parking Permits allow you to park along eligible streets (listed on parkfrederick.org). Non-Metered permits allow you to park along only those streets that are not controlled by parking meters. If there are meters on your block, you may apply for either type of permit. Learn more about parking in Downtown Frederick at parkfrederick.org.
Residential Trash Pick-up
All residential trash throughout the City of Frederick is collected through either automated (mechanical arm) or rear load (manual) trash collection.
- If your area is serviced by Rear Load Trash Collection, no special arrangements are necessary. Simply set your trash out to be collected once per week. Trash should be set out after 5pm and before 12 midnight on the evening preceding your collection day. To determine your collection day click here.
- For Automated Trash Collection, City issued trash carts only are accepted. Place carts as close as possible to the public street with metal bar facing toward the street so that the lid opens toward the street. Place no closer than three feet from any obstruction.
Collections are suspended on all holidays the City observes. If your collection day coincides with one of these holidays please put your trash out for collection on the next business day. Each residence may set out up to 180 gallons of refuse per collection, both trash cans and trash bags may be used. For more information about residential trash pick-up, contact the City Sanitation Department at 301.600.1377.
Cowork Frederick is a collaborative working environment for independents, freelancers, entrepreneurs, telecommuters and others interested in the synergy that comes from working with other talented people in the same space. It’s a place you can go to escape the isolation of working at home, to get away from distractions at the office, where you can work all day without glares from cafe patrons looking for a place to sit.
122 E Patrick St
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We advance and invest in a vibrant and cohesive arts community for the people of Frederick County and for our visitors. The Arts are vital to the quality of life that all of us enjoy in Frederick County. Whether you’re engaged in the arts as an audience member, patron, educator, or artist, the Frederick Arts Council (FAC) is your arts ally. Our purpose is to foster an environment where the arts may flourish in our community through grants and scholarships, arts advocacy, and links to essential resources. The Frederick Arts Council serves as the umbrella arts organization for Frederick County, Maryland. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds a better community through arts programs, services, activities, and events. The Frederick Arts Council does not discriminate against any person on the basis of any characteristic described in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act or on the basis of political opinion or affiliation in any of its policies, procedures or practices and prides itself on maintaining a facility that is accessible to all. From time to time, FAC may host programs such as workshops and lectures off site and will consider reasonable requests for accommodations if submitted to our offices two weeks […]
11 W Patrick St
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Federated Chartities provides strategic and “bricks and mortar” support to non-profit organizations in Frederick, Maryland. The Federated Charities Corporation of Frederick was established in 1911 to help support a growing number of charitable organizations being established in Frederick County. More than 100 years later, we continue to do so by offering affordable operational space to emerging and established non-profit organizations. Our fully renovated building consists of two connected 19th century structures and houses 7-10 charitable organizations at any given time. Our tenant-partners provide a diversity of support to our community in the fields of mental health care, legal assistance, and workforce development services in addition to sharing a love of Frederick’s historic downtown. By offering below-market rents, our non-profit tenants are able to better leverage their own financial resources, grow, and frequently move on to a larger, dedicated location of their own. Federated Charities also operates the Beverly A. Sharrer Medical Equipment Loan Closet, which loans home health care medical equipment to Frederick County residents on a temporary basis – thereby eliminating the additional costs associated with an injury or illness. Walkers, canes, crutches and other equipment can be borrowed by any Frederick County resident, regardless of their financial circumstances.
22 S Market St
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The Bernard W. Brown Community Center was built as part of the Hope VI project in 2007. The Community center offers event and conference spaces for rent and is home to the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick Development Office, United Way of Frederick County and YMCA Head Start.
629 N Market St
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Celebrate Frederick is a private, non-profit corporation working in partnership with the City of Frederick. Its mission: “to plan and implement special events and activities to offer the community a shared cultural experience.” Eleven events are conducted each year over 29 individual dates by well over 400 volunteers who serve on event planning committees or assist the day of the events. The organization is supported by the City of Frederick Office of Special Events’ staff. The events serve to enhance the quality of life experienced in the City of Frederick and have become an integral part of the community. Most of the events conducted by Celebrate Frederick are free to the public. Those that charge admission, like the Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour and Candlelight House Tour, donate funds to a beautification project in the City of Frederick. Annual events include: Garden Tour Summer Concert Series Summerfest Family Theatre Frederick’s 4th Frederick Wine Festival In the Street The Holidays
121 N Bentz St
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We’re here to help the Frederick County community learn and grow. Check out our free events, discussions, research tools, books, movies and more. Services available at this location: Booksale Business Resource Center Dragon Bags Fax Services Farm City: Crossroads of Knowledge and Discovery Grantseeker’s Resource Center Maryland Room Meeting Rooms Passport Services STEM Lab Study Rooms Wireless Internet Wireless Printing
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Date Night in Downtown Frederick
There is just something about this beautiful, crisp, fall weather that makes us want to embrace the love in the air. Whether you’ve been ringing in fall for numerous seasons with the same person or you’re looking for some new arm candy as we head into this holiday season, Downtown Frederick just so happens to be the perfect place to create a spark AND keep it going. If you spent lockdown wishing for a sweetie to share it with, we have some great ideas for first dates that will break the in-person ice. Since you’ve been getting to know each other via FaceTIme, put your phone down and pick your mask up to head downtown for some safe in-person quality time. We’ve done the hard part for you and planned out everything from an early morning meet up to a night together on the town. All that’s left for you to do is explore our picturesque downtown AND the possibility of bringing your quarantine cutie home for the holidays! We’re rooting for you! On the other end of Cupid’s arrow, maybe you spent lockdown cozied-up to your longtime #1. After over six months under the same roof together, it’s possible […]
A Guide To Your Family Day in Downtown Frederick!
Your Family Itinerary Can you feel it?! The weather is getting chillier, the leaves are starting to fall, and pumpkin spice has officially made its seasonal debut. After a summer spent inside, we have some great ideas for safely spending this fall season out and about with your family. Time spent with family is time well spent! From our residents to our businesses and visitors, Downtown Frederick is a destination for all kinds of families and we couldn’t be more proud. This guide provides a full list of ways to explore and enjoy Downtown Frederick as a family. As you venture downtown, please be sure to wear your mask and stay at least six feet away from those not in your direct household. For families with younger kids: Take a walk down Carroll Creek Fish, and flowers, and water, oh my! Take a relaxing walk down this beautiful and functional creek to observe the different animals and flowers that call it home. Depending on the time of year you are exploring, you will also be able to admire incredible sculptures or illuminated boats to make this mile and a half long stretch that much more magical. Grab a scoop (or […]
About the Artists – Downtown Gallery Tour
We have spent the last couple of weeks exploring the galleries downtown and the unmatched art displayed on their walls. We hope you’ve enjoyed the expressive art on the walls of Downtown Frederick as much as we have. We’re excited to take you even further into the lives of the artists that generously share their talent with our community. This week, we are introducing the artists that dedicate their lives to creating a world for people like me and you to escape to. Each day, we will highlight artists from a different gallery on the tour so check in daily to discover the artists found on our Downtown Gallery Tour. Eastside Artists’ Gallery 313 E Patrick St To highlight the artists that can be found on this tour, we have started at Eastside Artists’ Gallery. This gallery is a co-op of local artists to Frederick. The artists here come from all different artistry backgrounds that join together for a beautiful display of talent and passion for their work. Mary Paul Barnaby Mary Paul Barnaby is a photographer and a painter. Retiring from the Air Force, she finally settled down in Frederick, Maryland after a lifetime of travel and adventure. She […]
Living in Downtown Frederick
The friendly faces, lively spaces and sense of community in Downtown Frederick make it much more than a destination – it’s our home. We’re fortunate to live in a community full of great people, focused on making each day better than the last. Downtown Frederick Partnership is focused on improving quality of life downtown. Each year, the Partnership tackles strategic initiatives to make living downtown easier and better. By choosing to live here, our residents are a key part of keeping our city’s historic buildings great. Whether you’re a home owner, renter, business owner or simply someone who loves Downtown Frederick, you understand that this city’s wealth of historic buildings is what sets our community apart. To help answer some of the most common questions about making building changes in the historic district, the City of Frederick Historic Preservation staff planners and Downtown Frederick Partnership created a series of general guides for residents, merchants and contractors who live and work here to help guide these groups through the process of improving our historic buildings. The Partnership is committed to reimagining and advancing our community to welcome more residents to our downtown. Over the course of the last 30 years, the […]
Cultivating Community in Downtown Frederick
The Partnership cultivates community – through events, experiences, and the work we do each day, to bring an opportunity for all to connect, engage, make memories and celebrate what makes us each unique. Community engagement and the momentum generated by placemaking is essential in generating longer-term positive economic outcomes and the Partnership is committed to making Downtown Frederick a continually successful place. Downtown Frederick Partnership’s Alive @ Five event is not only our organization’s largest fundraising event, it also provides an opportunity for our business and resident communities to intermingle, while listening to bands they may have never heard before. Music brings the community together and, with 21 events each year, the Partnership is able to offer a variety of bands from different genres and backgrounds. Bands are selected by an Alive @ Five selection committee, representing a wide variety of backgrounds and people who all love music. Continuing to activate the creek, Movie Night on Carroll Creek is a free, family-friendly event the Partnership launched in 2014. Keeping this event free and open to the public was a priority of the organization, and each year the event has been supported by great community partners who believe in offering programming […]
Have you heard of the term “third place?” For most, a third place is the place between home (first) and work (second). In his influential book The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg argues that third places are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement and establishing feelings of a sense of place. According to Project for Public Spaces, there will never be a time when the work of establishing a third place is done. “Real-world communities are incredibly dynamic, ever-changing things. A public space cannot be finished any more than the city in which it resides can be. At their best, public spaces are the most tangible reflections of cities and neighborhoods and the people who make them special. They are stages for public life, and should reflect the people who live, work, and play nearby.” The Partnership recognizes that Downtown Frederick is a third place for many. For some, it’s our first, second and third places and we strive each day to make Downtown Frederick a destination and home for all in our community. Over the last 30 years, the Partnership has been continually striving to make Downtown Frederick not only a third place but your favorite third place. […]
Art on Main: Virtual Tile Project
Art on Main We have a virtual art project for our community… all ages and skill levels are encouraged to participate! Download your flower template from downtownfrederick.org/artonmain and get creative. More about the Art on Main project: This fall, the five Main Street communities of Frederick County — Brunswick Main Street, Main Street Thurmont, Middletown Main Street, Town of New Market and Downtown Frederick Partnership — will be installing temporary public art sculptures in each of our downtowns. The sculptures will be composed of brightly glazed mosaic tile designs and will be in place for one year. To help decorate our sculpture, we’re looking for 60 community members to draw their own unique flower designs between now and June 27. Sculpture artist Parran Collery will then translate these designs into tiles and incorporate them in the final piece. Learn more at downtownfrederick.org/artonmain
Unprecedented Times Mean You Have an Opportunity for Impact
Unprecedented Times Mean You Have an Opportunity for Impact Unprecedented times call on each and every one of us to support our local community. By following social distancing guidance, we can each do our part in flattening the curve, keeping others safe and preventing our critical healthcare facilities from being overwhelmed. While we’re all in this together, at times of crisis, those things we hold dear are always first in our thoughts. Friends and family. Places we love. I have had the good fortune to work for Downtown Frederick Partnership for more than 15 years. For those less familiar with the organization, the Partnership works year-round to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality and livability of Downtown Frederick. I am personally and professionally vested in this community. When I think about what I hold dear, Downtown Frederick is at the top of my list. I value Downtown Frederick as the place I go to mark life’s milestones, the place where the downtown businesses are made up of not only people I work with but also my friends, the place where I can find things that exist nowhere else in this world and the place where I feel at home. This past […]
Spring Event Changes in Downtown Frederick
With Governor Hogan’s executive order prohibiting gatherings of 50+ people (changed to 10+ people on March 19) and the recent announcement from CDC recommending the cancellation of these events over the next 8 weeks, Downtown Frederick Partnership has made the following changes to our upcoming spring events. These decisions are not taken lightly as we understand the impact on our downtown community.The safety of Downtown Frederick’s residents, workers and visitors is of the utmost importance to Downtown Frederick Partnership. The first priority for everyone is to take appropriate steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our entire community remains healthy.As an organization that is grounded in a love for our local community, we encourage you all to look for ways where you can help to safely support each other in these troubling times. Photo used in this post taken by Bill Adkins. April First Saturday & May First Saturday (Mayfest)EVENTS CANCELLED — originally scheduled for April 4 & May 2. Currently, many Downtown Frederick businesses remain open daily, and are taking extra steps to ensure their spaces are clean and safe for customers. Support small businesses remotely, even if you cannot visit them physically. Visit downtownfrederick.org/covid-19 to learn how.Bring a Broom SaturdayEVENT CANCELLED — originally scheduled for April 25. The Partnership […]
Redevelopment of Historic Whitehill’s Row in Downtown Frederick
What appears to be an inconspicuous row of three-story homes nestled along B&O Ave, is actually an exciting redevelopment project for the southeast corner of Downtown Frederick, Maryland. Originally built by Frederick businessman James Whitehill in 1858, the block of homes sit adjacent to the MARC train Brunswick Line, which offers weekday commuter service between Frederick and Washington D.C. For many years, the buildings were left largely unmodernized and, most recently, served as residentail rental units. However, in 2018, Frederick County natives Michael Gordon and David Bauer purchased the properties and have been busy rehabilitating the units into modernized four-bedroom, three-bathroom homes. After more than a year of painstaking renovations, the rewards of Bauer and Gordon’s investment are obvious. Each home features four levels of living space – from a fully renovated walkout basement level all the way to the third floor bedrooms – they left no detail unfinished. During a property tour with Bauer, he pointed out the many historic features they were careful to retain in the finished design, including the 34 windows across the front façade, which are all original to the building. The Partnership is featuring this project as an example of the exciting redevelopment projects […]
Historic Charm and Modern Convenience in Downtown Frederick
In August 2017, a fire tore through the seven apartment units that occupied 126 S Market St, leaving the building uninhabitable and with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. After a painstaking rehabilitation by new owners Ingrid Smith and Gerardo Lapetina, the building is set to welcome new occupants as early as January 1, 2020. Now home to five completely new, luxury 1-bedroom apartments in the heart of Downtown Frederick, 126 S Market St is full of historic charm and character blended with modern convenience and aesthetics. The apartments have been thoughtfully designed, featuring beautiful custom kitchens with European appliances and granite countertops, sleek and spacious bathrooms with rainfall showers, new hardwood floors throughout, in-unit washer and dryers, digital thermostats and new HVAC, tank-less water heaters, keyless entry and ample storage. Each unit has its own unique layout and highlights many of the building’s original architectural features. The builders were careful to reuse elements from the the fire-ravaged building whenever possible — such as the reclaimed wood that makes up banisters, countertops and shelving throughout each unit. All five units are available for rent beginning January 1 or earlier, with rates from $1500-$2000 per month. Pets are negotiable […]
Resources for Individuals in Need or Experiencing Homelessness
Find a free meal, a warm bed and additional help when it’s most needed. Downtown Frederick Partnership and the Frederick Police Department have partnered to create an easy to use pamphlet that provides information on services in Frederick for those in need or experiencing homelessness. The pamphlet includes information on where to find food, shelter, showers, restrooms, health and mental health, employment and legal, and other general outreach services. Pick up a copy at any downtown business, the Partnership office, the Frederick Police Department, or download a copy online at downtownfrederick.org/resources-in-frederick. In the event of a severe or life threatening emergency, call 911. For a non life threatening situation, call the Frederick Police Department at 301.600.2102 If you see a person experiencing a crisis, please call: 211 Maryland– 211 Maryland Crisis Hotline – 1.800.422.0009 National Suicide Hotline– 1.800.273.8255 National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1.800.799.7233
Weeknight Events for Downtown Frederick Locals
It’s no secret that — between all of our special events, incredible shopping and dining, and more craft beverage offerings than anywhere in a 40 mile radius — Downtown Frederick is always busy on the weekends. But what’s going on in the middle of the week? Here’s a little roundup of some post-work fun you can find Monday through Thursday (plus a bonus Friday event) in Downtown Frederick! MONDAYS Cookbook Club (First Monday of each month) from 6-8pm at Relish Décor (38 E Patrick St) Baking Book Club (Third Monday of each month) from 6-8pm at Relish Décor (38 E Patrick St) Monday Brunch and all-day Happy Hour at White Rabbit Gastropub (18 Market Space) Trivia Night starting at 7pm at Bushwaller’s (209 N Market St) Trivia Night starting at 6:30pm at Rockwell Brewery (880 N East St) Kids Build Your Own Pizza night from 4-9pm at Pretzel & Pizza Creations (210 N Market St) Open Mic Night starting at 9pm at Cafe Nola (4 E Patrick St) TUESDAYS Live music from 7-9pm at Olde Mother Brewing (526 N Market St) Curious Iguana’s About Town book club meets monthly on Tuesdays at 7pm, locations vary Open Mic Night at Rockwell […]
Five Hashtags You Should Be Following in #DowntownFrederick
1. #getitdowntown Businesses and restaurants all over Downtown Frederick want YOU to come and #getitdowntown. This hashtag is overflowing with the most amazing photos of buildings, food, and specialties at almost anywhere you can think of. That’s why we love this hashtag for when we’re looking for something to do, buy, or eat. One photo we enjoy is this cheery display located inside of The Muse. 2. #frederickfoodie Hungry in Frederick? You won’t be after checking out the hashtag #frederickfoodie. Instagram food bloggers have taken over this hashtag with photos of everything to fancy cocktails to juicy steaks and everything in between. And the best part? You can find all these foods in Downtown Frederick. Some of our favorites include this avocado toast from White Rabbit Gastro Pub. 3. #fredlandia Portlandia, starring SNL’s Fred Armison, is a witty comedy that takes viewers through the streets of one of the most hipster cities in America: Portland, Oregon. However, Instagram user @fredlandia_1 transformed our own Downtown Frederick into what she likes to call “Fredlandia.” On this hashtag, you can find some of the most intimate, yet routine views of Downtown Frederick that many of us take for granted. We particularly love this […]
Loft Style Living in Downtown Frederick
Ever wanted to live in the heart of Downtown Frederick? You could grab a cup of coffee at Beans and Bagels before heading to work. Enjoy happy hour at the Tasting Room after a long day at the office. Walk your dog along Carroll Creek anytime you wanted. Ahhh… now that’s livin’. For anyone who has been longing for that downtown lifestyle, construction on the Kemp Hall Lofts & Studios is rounding the finish line at the intersection of Church & Market Streets. We were recently given a chance to poke around these amazing rentals and all we can say is, “Wow!” Whether you’re looking for a small studio, a loft, or even something with a private balcony for those amazing sunsets overlooking the place we like to call home. Does the history of Frederick also interest you? By living in these new apartments, you’ll get to be a part of history yourself. Kemp Hall was a key site during the Civil War, where Maryland legislators met on an April morning to decide whether or not secession from the Union would be necessary. In Kemp Hall, the City of Frederick was also named the capital of the Maryland for one […]
Downtown Frederick Businesses Helping Those Affected by the Government Shutdown
With the federal government being shut down for over a month now, small businesses around Downtown Frederick are offering certain promotions to those government workers who have been affected. See the list of offerings by businesses below! Community Produce Market The community produce market supported by Hungry Harvest is available all year long (not just during the shutdown) but we wanted to make sure to include it here since it’s such a great deal! Produce in a SNAP offers $7 bags of produce from 3-6PM every Wednesday at the Y Teaching Kitchen (629 N Market St). No special ID required. Just show up and claim your bag. Frederick Coin Exchange Beginning on January 16, The Frederick Coin Exchange is offering to buy your old, broken or unwanted gold jewelry at special dealer rates! Just show your government ID before the furlough ends to secure your rate. The Temple The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School is offering special deals on hair care and cuts until January 26th. All federal government employees with a valid I.D. can receive a $5 blow-dry or haircut, 25% off all take-home products, and 50% off color and highlighting services. McClintock Distilling […]
Addressing Fire Risks in Downtown Frederick
In January 2019, Downtown Frederick Partnership announced two new grant programs to address the risk of fire in historic buildings – the Downtown Frederick Fire Suppression Incentive Program and the Attic Fire Separation Program. As an outgrowth of the Partnership’s 2020 Strategic Plan and the Live Downtown Frederick goal of welcoming 335 new residents to Downtown Frederick by 2020, these programs are some of the first of their kind to address the known risk of fire damage in historic downtown environments. * 2020 Update: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, untapped funds from the Attic Fire Separation Program were transitioned to support increased demand for the Partnership’s Mission: Interior grant program, funding interior building improvements for downtown businesses. Learn more about the 2020 Mission: Interior awards here. The Downtown Frederick Fire Suppression Incentive Program addresses the high costs of installing sprinklers in smaller commercial/multi-family/mixed use buildings. These smaller buildings are disproportionately impacted by the cost of sprinkler installation, which may make it financially infeasible. Since properly sprinklered buildings increase personal safety and protect our historic and cultural heritage, the Partnership seeks to lessen this financial burden and increase the number of fire-protected buildings in Downtown Frederick. • This grant program is for […]
Historic District Guides
Thank you for calling Downtown Frederick home! By choosing to live here, you are a key part of keeping our city’s historic buildings great. Whether you’re a home owner, renter, business owner or simply someone who loves Downtown Frederick, you understand that this city’s wealth of historic buildings is what sets our community apart. To help answer some of the most common questions about the historic district, the City of Frederick Historic Preservation Commission and Downtown Frederick Partnership have created a series of general guides for residents, merchants and contractors who live and work here. While these guides tackle many of the basics, we know that each project is unique. If you ever have questions, the City of Frederick Planning staff is always happy to help! The City strives to safeguard its historical and cultural heritage through the preservation of historic sites, structures and districts. We are thankful for the participation of the community in helping us preserve and protect our historic city. Before starting your next project, take a few minutes to review the Frederick Town Historic District Design Guidelines. Visit bit.ly/freddesign for the complete guidelines, or contact us for more information. DOWNTOWNFREDERICK.ORG/LIVE PHONE: 301.600.1499 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Download Downtown Frederick Residents Historic District Guide Download Downtown […]
Kids in the City: Susan and Jeremy Kelley
Like a lot of new parents, the birth of their first child meant it was time for Susan and Jeremy Kelley to trade their small starter home in on a bigger house. But the couple, who’d spent the past decade living in a turn of the century row house across Patrick Street from the fairgrounds and a few doors down from the house Patsy Cline once called home, didn’t head to the suburbs. Instead, they bought a three-story detached townhouse on E. Second Street. “We’d always wanted to be closer into downtown,” says Susan. And the fact that they had a toddler didn’t discourage them. “So many people feel like they need to disengage when they have kids and I felt like we need to engage more,” says Jeremy. Once a boarding house, the home is currently divided into three units. The largest apartment, which meanders over all three levels, is home to the couple and their two children – Jack and his little sister Jane, who was born after the move. “What I like about this house is that it’s a house we can grow into,” says Jeremy. But in the meantime, the home’s other two units house rental tenants and provide a welcome income […]
Downtown’s Millennial Migration: Erik Moore
After attending college in Pittsburg and working in financial services there, Frederick native Erik Moore didn’t immediately leap at the chance to return home and join the family business. “Pittsburg’s just bigger, so there was a little hesitation,” says Erik, the Financial Planning Services & Analysis Manager with Moore Wealth, Inc., a concierge wealth management firm with offices in Downtown Frederick. But Erik, who grew up in Spring Ridge, didn’t immediately rule out a homecoming, either. “I’ve never lived in Frederick as an adult and so there was a lot I hadn’t experienced before,” he says. A lot of those experiences are brand new, too. Frederick – especially downtown – isn’t quite the same place he knew as a teen. “There’s a lot of stuff coming to Frederick that’s appealing to people my age,” says Erik, “the new rooftop bar at Brewer’s Alley has been a real hit.” So, after a few trips home to sample the scene, Erik and his fiancé made the move from Pittsburgh to Frederick in November of 2016. And while he grew up in the suburbs, they decided to make downtown their new home. “The office is here, so that made it easy. Plus, for someone my age, the other areas aren’t as […]
This Weekend in Downtown | First Saturday
It’s the first of August and that means Downtown Frederick is awake and ready for a fabulous First Saturday. While we’re sure your summer has been filled with explorations and vacations, take a breath from all the travel and unwind with a day trip through downtown. There is no better place to be than within the heart of downtown shopping local, eating fresh, and exploring on foot or on the free trolley. August First Saturday is made possible by The Daley. August is all about ART in Downtown Frederick! Visit our many galleries and entertainment venues and find art-themed events in businesses throughout downtown. NOMA Gallery on behalf of Downtown Frederick Partnership is unveiling “A Year of First Saturdays – Plein Air in Downtown Frederick,” a showcase of the Plein Air art created during each First Saturday from June 2016 to July 2017. These art pieces are beautiful representations of the vibrancy downtown holds, so start your evening off at the NOMA gallery, and purchase art that will go directly into the artists hands and our glorious downtown. Inspired to create your own art after seeing what artists have created with downtown as their canvas? Allow your creativity to soar and look out […]
Upcoming Downtown Events
The Wine Kitchen is preparing a very special feast for you and your family this year. Each package is created by our chefs with the season’s freshest ingredients. All you need to do is pick up Wednesday November 25th and follow the instructions included with your kit. Place your order today and rest easy knowing our chefs are putting together an amazing Thanksgiving dinner for you. You can pull it out of the oven and take all the credit. Thanksgiving Dinner From the Wine Kitchen Frederick Before the Feast Butternut squash and goat cheese tartlets Lobster and spinach dip / focaccia The Feast (12-14 lbs) Green Circle Heritage Turkey Cornbread stuffing with andouille and mushroom Whipped yukon gold potatoes Brussel sprouts with bacon and cheese casserole Rosemary soft rolls Apple cranberry chutney Bacon dripping gravy After the Feast Pumpkin Pie / whip cream $350 / serves six
Thanksgiving Dinner from the Wine Kitchen
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The Wine Kitchen on the Creek
In support of the biennial photography exhibition “Focus” at the Delaplaine Arts Center, DISTRICT Arts is pleased to feature the photographic works of gallery artist Don James. Finding inspiration in natural, industrial, and urban environments, Don is drawn to subjects that are rarely noticed by others. Don says, “Modern glass buildings, monolithic 19th century edifices, and even abandoned structures all inspire me and keep me coming back to continue exploring.” Don will be exhibiting a special selection of his photographs at DISTRICT Arts from November 4 – November 29, 2020. The exhibition is free and open to the public. All photographs are limited editions and are available for purchase. To maintain the safety and health of our visitors, we require that masks be worn at all times within the gallery. In addition, occupancy will be limited to 10 visitors at a time with social distancing observed.
DISTRICT Arts Presents “Always Looking Up”
More than 80 photographs by regional and national artists. Juror Regina DeLuise is a Guggenheim Fellow and full-time faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Image: Springs Returns with Persephone by Jose Rosapepe, 2018 NJPE First Place Award Winner
National Juried Photography Exhibition
The Literacy Council’s Annual Holiday Book Drive begins November 14, 2020. The Literacy Council of Frederick County is again partnering with Curious Iguana for our Annual Holiday Book Drive to provide new and gently used books for elementary school aged children (PreK through 5th grade). While the Literacy Council serves adult literacy needs, providing appealing, age-appropriate books to children fosters literacy at a young age and helps to break the cycle of low literacy in families. The books will be given to parents of children in elementary school who are participating in the Literacy Council’s tutoring or class instruction programs. The Literacy Council works directly with the Judy Center and Lincoln, Hillcrest and Waverley Elementary Schools to provide tutoring at the schools for parents whose children attend these schools, and many of our other students also have young children with whom to share the books. Suggestions for younger grades include: board books, picture books (fiction and nonfiction), early chapter books; and for older grades: mid-grade chapter books, paperback series, graphic novels, and STEM titles. To participate in the Holiday Book Drive, you may purchase and donate books between November 14 and December 14 at Curious Iguana (www.curiousiguana.com) in downtown Frederick (12 […]
Holiday Book Drive
Literacy Council of Frederick County
In this ongoing program, Delaplaine members have the opportunity to work in our spacious drawing and painting studios. Doors open at 10 am and close at 3 pm. Stay for an hour or all day! FREE If you’re not a member yet, it’s easy to join!
Tuesdays@Ten Open Studio
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Looking for a bit of fun on these cold winter days? Visit Downtown Frederick, MD for a family-friendly outdoor scavenger hunt through our beautiful historic downtown. Downtown Frederick’s 200+ independently-owned businesses are all decked out for the holidays… but can you spy the sparkling lights that are hidden amongst the rest? Count the number of blue and silver light bursts hiding in shop and restaurant windows all over downtown for your chance to win a $50 Downtown Frederick Gift Card! Submit your guess at downtownfrederick.org/sparkle by December 15th for a chance to win! Each guess = 1 chance to win. Entries are limited to 1 per person. The winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday, December 16. If we can’t confirm our winner within 7 days we’ll select someone new.
Operation Sparkle: Holiday Scavenger Hunt
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Did Wednesday just become the new Friday? We’ve got rolling cocktails specials every Wednesday 5-10 pm. Learn more here. All draft cocktails will be $5 at 5 pm, $6 at 6 pm, $7 at 7 pm, $8 at 8 pm, and $9 at 9 pm Draft Cocktails include the Jalapeno Margarita, Corpse Reviver No. 10, and Old Fashioned
Beat the Clock-tail – Rolling Cocktail Specials at Tenth Ward
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Tenth Ward Distilling Company
Our Turkey Trot is going virtual for 2020! Kick off Thanksgiving weekend by joining us virtually for our annual Frederick Turkey Trot. This year, we are hosting a virtual 5K run and 1-mile fun run/walk to ensure the health and safety of all participants. You can join us from any neighborhood, in any city, and complete the race on your schedule. The race will “start” at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, November 26 and “end” on Sunday, November 29 at 11:59 p.m. And while it will be a lot of fun to have as many turkeys as possible trotting on Thanksgiving morning, this will allow you to complete the race on your schedule. Sheppard Pratt touches the lives of more than 80,000 individuals each year in more than 160 programs across Maryland—including inpatient and outpatient treatment, housing, education, job training and rehabilitation services among many others—inspiring hope and helping people live their fullest, most satisfying lives. Proceeds from the race support care for the people who turn to us for help. Register now! Race t-shirts can be included for the 5K run for an additional $5 fee. All participants will receive a digital bib and certificate electronically as there will be no […]
Frederick Turkey Trot [virtual]
Every Thursday is now ladies night! 1/2 price all drinks (including top shelf) from 5PM until close. More info at blackhogbbq.com.
Ladies Night (Every Thursday)
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HEART DEFINES, BEAUTY TRANSFORMS Never been a better time to share a piece of our heart… SIX EAST Salon & Spa feels strongly about giving back; especially to our heroes, teachers/school administrators, medical and public service personnel – here’s to you! On November 27th, “BLACK FRIDAY” (aka “Frosty Friday” in Frederick), we are offering COMPLIMENTARY haircuts to all that fall within that category! Due to COVID restrictions, this is an appointment only event. Call 301-698-0800, to schedule or request an appointment through our website at www.sixeastsalon.com. A valid workplace identification must be emailed to email@example.com to qualify and confirm a reservation. For further information or any questions please reach out! Thank you for everything you do for our community!
Complimentary Haircuts for Teachers & Other Heroes at Six East Salon!
Find your favorite Frosty Friday brunch specials at Isabella’s Taverna & Tapas Bar! Visit Isabella’s on Facebook for the full menu and learn more about Frosty Friday activities at downtownfrederick.org/frostyfriday.
Frosty Friday Brunch at Isabella’s Taverna
Isabella's Taverna & Tapas Bar
Kick off your holiday season with all day shopping in Downtown Frederick! Parking is FREE, shops open early and stay open late, plus you can claim a free gift from the Snowflake Tree (while supplies last)… just for shopping local. TRAVEL INFO Masks Required: Don’t forget your mask when visiting Downtown Frederick! Our businesses thank you for keeping our community safe and helping to keep their doors open. Public Restrooms: Find public restrooms in the Church Street Parking Garage (17 E Church St) and Carroll Creek Parking Garage (44 E Patrick St). Public restrooms are open daily from 9AM-10PM and cleaned regularly by the City of Frederick. Free Parking: Enjoy free parking in all five public parking garages during Frosty Friday! Find more travel guidance and visitor info at downtownfrederick.org/covid-19 MAIN SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Frosty Friday Breakfast + Brunch (starting at 8am) | Fuel up for your Frosty Friday shopping! Participating restaurants are offering special meals to start your morning off right. See your Frosty Friday breakfast options below! Frosty Friday Specials (9am-9pm) | Participating businesses are offering special deals, offers and promotions that are good during Frosty Friday only! See below for a list of specials… All-day Shopping (9am-9pm) | […]
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Our annual holiday expo is going online this year! From November 27 through December 14, you can shop a variety of curated artworks by selected artists and artisans, including functional pottery, decorative ceramics, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, and more. There’s something for everyone on your shopping list–even that perfect gift for you! The Delaplaine’s on-site and online Gift Gallery also features artworks by local artists, Artist at Work gear, and art kits. Your Artists Market or Gift Gallery purchased supports local artists and educational programs at the Delaplaine. Shipping and gift wrapping are available.
Virtual Holiday Artists Market
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Take a remarkable journey through Frederick’s gruesome and bloody past. Nearly 300 years of war, executions and revenge. True documented stories of the “Paranormal” with Maryland’s oldest operating ghost tour! Uncover politically savvy and defiant citizens, patriots from the Revolutionary War, beckoning soldiers from the Civil War, and so much more! This tour takes you where no other tour dares to go! A 90-minute foray into the archives of the dead in “MARYLAND’S MOST HAUNTED CITY!” Reservations Recommended. Tours available select weekends July-November. Private Group Tours available on “Non-Scheduled” dates year-round. Each purchased ticket includes a 10% off coupon for Brewer’s Alley Restaurant and Brewery. Frederick’s Original Brew Pub! Learn more at marylandghosttours.com.
Historic District Ghost Tour
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Shop Small on Small Business Saturday! Downtown Frederick, MD offers more than 200 locally owned and operated businesses, making it the perfect destination for your holiday shopping. See below for a list of Small Business Saturday specials from participating businesses… Shop Small the whole weekend! The Friday before Small Business Saturday is Frosty Friday in Downtown Frederick — featuring all-day shopping, free parking, live music and gifts from the Snowflake Tree – just for shopping local! Learn more at downtownfrederick.org/frostyfriday TRAVEL INFO FOR DOWNTOWN FREDERICK Masks Required: Don’t forget your mask when visiting Downtown Frederick! Our businesses thank you for keeping our community safe and helping to keep their doors open. Public Restrooms: Find public restrooms in the Church Street Parking Garage (17 E Church St) and Carroll Creek Parking Garage (44 E Patrick St). Public restrooms are open daily from 9AM-10PM and cleaned regularly by the City of Frederick. Free Parking: Enjoy free parking in all five public parking garages during Frosty Friday! Find more travel guidance and visitor info at downtownfrederick.org/covid-19 DOWNTOWN GIFT GUIDE We know holiday shopping can get a little overwhelming… with so many people to show appreciation for, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why […]
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Now offering the most interactive tour and tasting experience around! Our awesome tour guides will lead participants through how to nose and taste a spirit, the distillery production process, and discuss how barrel aging works. Tours are $10 and each participant will receive a sample of everything available on our spirits menu.
Tours in the Barrel Room
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Calling all local artist lovers, window shoppin’, cocktail sippin’, holiday shoppers! Tenth Ward is hosting a load of local makers and artisans for all your holiday shopping needs on Sunday, November 29 11am-6pm. We’ll be open an hour early for those early risers, so get in the holiday spirit, peruse the local goods, and give your money to all these amazing crafters and creators. Vendors and cocktail tables will be safely socially-distanced within our large 2300 square foot Whiskey Hall. Stay tuned for a list of our amazing makers.
Tenth Ward Holiday Makers Market
Tenth Ward Distilling Company
Please join us for Artists Sunday and shop art this holiday season. Featuring guest artists Paul and Ilene Van Hoozer’s Oilstone Jewelry – an aromatic jewelry with essential oils. Support artists this holiday season with the Little Art Room. Learn more at littleartroom.com
Little Art Room
Author Tamara Thayer will host a talk and signing for her book “The Mystery of Barbara Fritchie, a True Patriot” at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 at the Barbara Fritchie AirBnB at 154 West Patrick St. At 1 p.m. the book will be presented in sign language for the Deaf community. That will be followed by the author telling the famous flag-waving story in character as Barbara Fritchie at 3:30. The event is happening on what would have been Fritchie’s 254th birthday. Dress from the time period is encouraged but not required. Seating will be limited. Learn more here.
The Mystery of Barbara Fritchie, a True Patriot
Barbara Fritchie House
The Frederick Arts Council announces the commission of a new mural which will appear at 69 S. Market Street in Downtown Frederick. The mural, designed and painted by artist Rafael Blanco, will feature jazz great and Frederick native Lester Bowie. The artist will be available at the mural on Dec. 5 from 1-4 along with Frederick Jazz Festival performers (1-3pm) and the Eric Byrd trio (3-5pm). Bowie, born in 1941 in Frederick County, grew up in St. Louis and began studying trumpet with his father as a boy. He was a cofounder of St. Louis’s Black Artists Group, and would go on to co-found the Art Ensemble of Chicago. An adventurous player, he explored the connection between jazz and other forms of popular music, and was famous for performing in a white lab coat, indicating he was researcher of jazz and the stage was his laboratory. Mural artist Rafael Blanco is a native of Alicante, Spain, and his artistic practice focuses on identity and human expression. Trained as a classical painter, he has transitioned into large-scale public art. He has exhibited internationally and holds an MFA from the University of Nevada; he is currently an assistant professor at Elmhurst University […]
Mural Celebration with Artist & Live Jazz
69 S Market St
With a different artist in every room, you don’t want to miss this event. Local artist Courtney Prahl‘s “Finding Calm in the Chaos” exhibit (open to the public Dec 05 only) brings abstract and mixed media paintings to our main art wall. We’ll also have glass art by Eric Bloom, abstract art by Molly Supplee, books with short stories set in Frederick from the Frederick Writer’s Salon, holiday-themed framed pieces, and more. All art is for sale. Come support Frederick’s local artists. Masks required.
Frederick Artists Night – Art Exhibit + Pop-up
An art exhibition of Light… in the dark. Griffin Art Center, Side Gallery 4 West 5th Street Frederick, Maryland Exhibition Dates – December 5th to February 5th Fridays 4 pm to 7 pm and Saturdays 6 pm to 9 pm and by appointment. Art Opening – December 5th 6 pm to 9 pm For more information please visit: www.luminaireartexhibition.com
Griffin Art Center
Grammy nominated songwriter and piano sensation, Jim Brickman, will be taking the nation by storm this holiday season with the Comfort & Joy at Home 2020 Virtual Tour. A portion of each ticket purchased to this live virtual event on December 6th will be benefit the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Brickman will bring the virtual concert experience up close and personal by blending yuletide memories and holiday carols with his own hit songs such as, “The Gift,” “Sending You A Little Christmas,” “Angel Eyes” and “If You Believe.” He will warm the hearts of all as sweet sounds of faith and love make spirits bright, bringing family and friends together for anything but a silent night.
JIM BRICKMAN – Comfort & Joy at Home
Weinberg Center for the Arts
This holiday themed Happy Hour, hosted by Lauren Koch, is a great way to come together with others to create personalized blocks for holiday gift tags and/or cards for your friends and families! For this Happy Hour you will need: • Speedball Speedycarve Rubber (or similar brand) • Linoleum carving tools • X-acto knife or box cutter • Stamp pads, water soluable relief printing ink, or acrylic paint • Printing paper or tracing paper • Graphite pencil and marker (Sharpie is recommended) • Card stock (solid colors or lightly patterned) or blank postcards/cards with envelopes • For extra flare – washi paper, glitter, glue, googly eyes, ribbon, raffia, etc. Free for Members!
Frederick Book Arts Center Online Happy Hour
Frederick Book Arts Center
Fancy Beers & Local Shopping Three weekends of Frederick retailers popping up at the Barrel House. Support Local • Socially Distanced • Easy & Free Parking Pop 1: Winter Gifts & Goods (Nov 13-15) Pop 2: Women’s Gifts & Goods (Nov 20-22) Pop 3: Men’s & Outdoor Goods (Dec 11-13)
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Combining the skill and discipline of an investigative reporter with a comedian’s sense of the absurd and the stupid, political humorist P.J. O’Rourke covers current events like no other. Known as a hard-bitten, cigar-smoking conservative, he in fact bashes all political persuasions. O’Rourke proves himself a savvy guide to national and global affairs. His razor sharp insights never fail to inform and entertain audiences. A separately ticketed meet-and-greet reception will take place immediately following the event. For an additional $75 you can meet the speaker for a photo opportunity, a signing opportunity (whenever possible), and light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. All proceeds from the meet-and-greet reception will benefit children’s programs at Frederick County Public Libraries. Tickets can be purchased by members starting August 8th and by the general public August 15th.
Weinberg Center for the Arts
When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical. This show is a great recipe for a date night out: a little storytelling blended with some comedy and a dash of sage wisdom from the book. Sexy and fast paced, it covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom. While definitely for adults, this show will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids!
Men Are From Mars—Women Are From Venus LIVE!
Weinberg Center for the Arts
Four-time Super Bowl champion Rocky Bleier performs his one-man show, The Play, based on his unbelievable life story. The Play takes the audience into three bars from Rocky’s life where he tells stories of family, war, and the heart of Steeler Nation. In The Play, Rocky Bleier recalls being selected in the 16th round of the 1968 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, only to be drafted one year later by the Army and sent to Vietnam. Severely injured, he was expected to never play football again. However with personal determination and the encouragement of Steelers owner Art Rooney and other team members, Rocky was back at training camp in 1970 where he became an indispensable part of the Steelers dynasty, whose Super Bowl victories include 1975, 1976, 1979, and 1980. Audiences journey through the decades via familial anecdotes, tales of Steelers glory, and multimedia projections that bring Rocky’s remarkable story to life.
Rocky Bleier: The Play
Weinberg Center for the Arts
With a cast consisting of both stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals, as well as incredible Rock & Roll singers, Neil Berg shares the often unknown stories from the fifty-year history of the music that changed the world forever! From the progenitors of Rock and Roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, up until MTV in the early ’80s, Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music, with tributes to such important and iconic rock stars/groups/genres as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Janis Joplin, Woodstock, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Disco, New Wave, Journey, and others!
Neil Berg’s 50 YEARS OF ROCK N’ ROLL 2
Weinberg Center for the Arts
Frederick is honored to welcome Vu Le, nationally recognized blogger of NonprofitAF. Vu is a writer, speaker, and former executive director of a Seattle nonprofit that promotes social justice. NonprofitAF candidly examines the joys and frustrations of the nonprofit sector, challenges established norms, and provokes discussions. He will stretch your current thinking and bring a different perspective to nonprofit management. The speaking engagement with Vu Le will be held here at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. The rest of the 2020 Non-Profit Summit will be held across the street at New Spire Arts, 15 West Patrick Street, Frederick, MD.
Frederick Nonprofit Summit presents Vu Le
Weinberg Center for the Arts
Best known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing, Dave Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic, and continues performing as a solo artist with sold-out shows. His career spans several important rock eras, and encompasses his work as a producer, performer, songwriter and consummate guitarist.
Dave Mason – The Feelin’ Alright Tour
Weinberg Center for the Arts
Bestselling author and journalist Michael Pollan has spent 30 years writing about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the environment. He’s been a New York Times bestselling author and a contributing writer to many publications. Chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world (2010), Pollan is also a professor and lectures widely on food, agriculture, and health. A separately ticketed meet-and-greet reception will take place immediately following the event. For an additional $75 you can meet the speaker for a photo opportunity, a signing opportunity (whenever possible), and light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. All proceeds from the meet-and-greet reception will benefit children’s programs at Frederick County Public Libraries.
Frederick Speaker Series presents Michael Pollan
Weinberg Center for the Arts
Symphonic music returns to the Weinberg Center when the acclaimed Frederick Symphony Orchestra performs a magical evening of “Strings and Things” Be mesmerized by the music of Brahms, Bach, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Bizet. Peabody trained Maestro Glenn Quader will conduct the FSO in their long awaited return to the Weinberg.
The Frederick Symphony Orchestra presents “Strings and Things”
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