Hood College is an independent liberal arts college located on a striking and stunningly picturesque campus in vibrant and historic Downtown Frederick. The College’s well-regarded faculty and caring support staff provide a quality education at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a small-college environment that integrates the liberal arts with professional studies and experiential learning. Hood’s core values and traditions, its commitment to continuous improvement, comparative excellence, and exceeding student expectations have made it a treasured institution to current students and to more than 23,000 graduates living in the United States and around the world.
Hood College is located at 401 Rosemont Ave.
Building a Life in Downtown Frederick
There are many wonderful ways to get involved in Downtown Frederick. Pick up a part-time job with a downtown business, volunteer during community events and take advantage of the amazing shopping, dining and entertainment that’s just outside your door!
Student Volunteer Opportunities:
One of the best ways to connect with your community is to get involved! To stay in the know about event volunteer opportunities in Downtown Frederick, sign up to receive volunteer announcements from Downtown Frederick Partnership, Celebrate Frederick and other community organizations. Popular event volunteer opportunities include:
- Bring A Broom Saturday (April 21, 2018)
- Movie Night on the Creek (third Fridays, May through October)
- First Saturday (the first Saturday of every month)
Feel at Home in Downtown Frederick
Wondering how you can feel more at home in Downtown Frederick? Get out there and explore! There’s something different going on every day. Whether it’s trying a new exercise class, finding a cozy study nook in a local coffee shop, or bringing your friends downtown for a First Saturday shopping spree — take advantage of your time as a Downtown Frederick resident.
Still stuck for ideas? Here’s our list of some Downtown Frederick must-dos… and this is just the start.
- Get a Downtown Frederick Gift Card, good at more than 170 downtown stores, restaurants, theaters and galleries.
- Experience downtown during First Saturday, featuring live music on the streets, late-night shopping and a free downtown trolley.
- Catch a show at a downtown theater, visit a museum or take an art class.
- Attend Taste of Downtown Frederick as a first-year student to get a sneak peek of some downtown restaurants during your Hood Orientation.
- Walk along Carroll Creek, attend an event at the amphitheater or explore Baker Park.
- Make friends with the locals! Work or intern with a downtown business and have fun being part of the community.
Upcoming Downtown Events
“My work is rooted in a foundation of strong women who devoted their lives to their families. My imagery is a mix of whimsy and dreamlike compositions based on these women, and a childhood spent in a tiny white house that sat in a small Pennsylvania town.”
Bernadette Miller | Recent Works
“The combination of positive energy and spiritual thought support my goals: to bring creative life to an idea, to challenge myself with the concept of what could be, and to create fiber forms that transcend the boundaries of the concept of a traditional basket.”
Jon Ricci | It’s Knot What You Think
Explore some of Frederick’s most scandalous, nefarious and unbelievable moments in its past. Stories include bootlegging, bank robberies and the case of Granville Smeltzer & Mary Nussbaum. Length 90 minutes Recommended for 13 years and older. October, Saturdays at 7:00pm.
Murder and Mayhem Walking Tour
All classes are held at the Literacy Council of Frederick County, located at 110 E Patrick St in Downtown Frederick, MD. For more information about eligibility and registration procedures, please contact our office at (301) 600-2066 or email@example.com or www.frederickliteracy.org. Drop-In Computer Support for Students, Mondays 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Ongoing) Computer Class ~ Beyond the Basics, Mondays 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Starts Sept. 10 – Dec. 10) Writing 1 Class, Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Starts Sept. 18 – Dec. 4) Writing 2 Class, Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Starts Sept. 19 – Dec. 5) ESL Civics Class, Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Starts Sept. 20 – Nov. 8) No class on 10/25. Conversation Class ~ Student Led, Tuesdays (1st & 3rd only) 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Starts Sept. 18 – Dec. 4) Conversation Class ~ Beginning ~ at Computer Lab at C. Burr Artz Library, Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Starts Sept. 11 – Nov. 6) Conversation Class ~ Beginning, Mondays 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon (Starts Oct. 1 – Nov. 19) Conversation Class ~ Advanced, Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. (Starts Sept. 12 – Nov. 28) Conversation Class ~ […]
Language Skills Classes by the Literacy Council of Frederick County
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)
If you know anything about Maryland you know that we love old bay, picking crabs, and BEER! Join us in the Tap House on October 18th when we take over the taps with 10 brews from 9 different Maryland breweries. The party starts at 7, and all drafts are $1 off until last call! www.jojosrestauranttaphouse.com **FEATURED DRAFTS** Black Flag – Mai Tai Sour & Rainbow Road NE Pale Ale Mully’s – Galaxy Queen Hazy Blonde Antietam – Hager Weiss RAR – Country Ride Pale Ale Burley Oak – Rude Boy Barleywine Union – Foxy Red IPA Oliver – La Curandera Mexican Lager Manor Hill – My Old Friend Imperial Stout Brewers Art – Resurrection Belgian Strong
Maryland Beer Tap Takeover
Free outdoor yoga is led by Sol Yoga 7-8am every Thursday morning before Alive @ Five, and led by Ananda Shala every 3rd Friday before Movie Night on the Creek. Just bring your mat, all skill levels are welcome. Sessions take place in Carroll Creek Amphitheater, donations are encouraged.
Yoga on the Creek
Woven together through historical accounts and true documented stories of the paranormal, this tour takes you where no other tour dares to go! A nighttime excursion through “MARYLAND’S MOST HAUNTED CITY!” Hear about gruesome acts of revenge, horrific deeds, spiteful exploits, blood-thirsty mobs, grave robbing, embalming the dead, and so much more! Uncover politically savvy and defiant citizens, patriots from the Revolutionary War, beckoning soldiers from the Civil War, the infamous, the unknown, and the unexplained. Tours are 90-minutes in length. Reservations required. Learn more at www.marylandghosttours.com. Private Group Tours available on “Non-Scheduled” nights year-round.
Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick
Every Saturday we offer a FREE class to educate home buyers who are INTERESTED IN PURCHASING A HOME WITH $0 DOWN! Stop in our office for this FREE class to learn about grant programs and how to get into your home with $0/down. We have coffee and doughnuts while we review the process in a fun, no-pressure, laid-back environment. No need to register, just come see us at 10:45 am. No obligation – empower yourself in under one hour! Mike Muren, Premier Group of Long & Foster Real Estate Class meets at the Long & Foster Retail Office, 244 N Market St in Downtown Frederick, MD 21701.
Free Home Buyer Class
Bring a picnic basket, a blanket, and spread out on the grassy hillside behind the Shab Row shops for three hours of live music. Local Musician, Freddie Long plays music that will puts a smile in your heart. He describes himself as: “Part introspective pop/rock singer/songwriter, part bluesy soul man classic rocker–ALL heart.” Please note: subject to delay or cancellation in the event of inclement weather.
Shab Row Third Saturday with Freddie Long
Sundays 9:00am – 1:00pm May 13, 2018 – November 18, 2018 The Frederick City Market is a local food and artisan market located in the historic district of Downtown Frederick. Here at The Frederick City Market it is our pleasure to serve the community with some of the freshest produce, foods, and most unique artisan products and services around. Everything is either farm grown, or handmade locally by our wonderful vendors. We are located on Market Street in downtown Frederick between 3rd & 4th Street each Sunday from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Learn more at www.frederickcitymarket.com.
The Frederick City Market
Join us for round table topic discussions led by the Wholistic Coaches to expand your self-awareness using the Wholistic Woman tools taught throughout the evening retreats in 2018. Experience group coaching in a safe, comfortable, and accepting environment. All are welcome! Whether you attended the programs earlier this year or not, this night is designed just for you! During the event, you will have the opportunity to visit 2 different discussions. Tables will fill on a first come, first served basis, so register for the retreat and plan to arrive early to get your first choice and continue your personal development journey with us. Tables topics/facilitators: Be Loved – Learn to speak the five languages of love and appreciation with Coach Carol; Be Savvy – Work smarter to better serve yourself and others with Coach Kelye; Be Compassionate – Cultivate compassion for yourself and others with Coach Laura; Be Re-Designed – Discover tools to design the life you want to live with Coach Donna; Be Independent – Achieve financial empowerment and greater self-sufficiency with Coach Jane. $30 for members / $40 for non-members. Ticket price includes dinner and program. Cash bar available. RSVP here: http://www.wholisticwomanretreats.com/events/coached-evening-retreat/
‘Be Coached’ Evening Retreat
Pitchcraft is Downtown Frederick’s first-ever placemaking competition. Creative people from every background, profession and city are invited to pitch an idea that, if physically implemented in Downtown Frederick, will better connect the people and places of our community. A panel of judges will review all submissions and narrow it down to the final four, who will pitch their ideas in front of a live audience on Thursday, October 25. After hearing the final four pitches, every audience member will vote for their favorite pitch and a winner will be announced that evening. The cost of your ticket goes directly toward funding the winning idea. LEARN MORE: downtownfrederick.org/pitchcraft If you have submitted a pitch, please go ahead and buy a ticket! If you are one of the four finalists, the cost of your ticket will be returned to you. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Doors open at 6:30pm. Mingling from 7:00-7:30pm. Pitches and voting from 7:30-8:30pm.
Pitchcraft Downtown Frederick
Cambodia Reads is a child literacy program in the village of Poum Me’an, Kampong Cham, in rural Cambodia. It was created in response to a need for an educational center and enrichment program to supplement the children’s limited formal education. Join them for a fundraiser at McClintock Distilling on Thursday, October 25. Tickets are $20. Cash Bar featuring wine, beer, and signature cocktail. Hors d’oeuvres, Silent auction, Entertainment, Video presentation. Learn more through the Cambodia Reads Facebook page, linked here.
Cambodia Reads Fundraiser
Halloween in Downtown Frederick is great for families and kids of all ages! Costumes are encouraged, though not required. Tick-or-treat at all your favorite downtown businesses (while supplies last) and stop by our craft station to paint your own pumpkin. Stay tuned for a list of trick-or-treat locations…
Halloween in Downtown Frederick
The Frederick Rescue Mission is proud to announce that our 6th annual Fall Souper Sunday fundraiser will be held on sponsor, Ayse Meze’s beautiful outdoor patio. This fun-tastic day is a terrific way to spend an afternoon, while being with those who are also committed to making a difference in the lives of others. Participants will join us for lunch in one hour time slots between noon and 4pm. Guests will enjoy soup, salad, bread, dessert, music and a short testimonial of a life changed. You will also vote for their favor soup donated by eleven of Frederick’s finest restaurants. Restaurants include: Ayse Meze, Bushwaller’s, Family Meal, Firestone’s, Hootch & Banter, Isabella’s, Lazy Fish, Morgan’s American Grill, Serenity Tea Room, the Tasting Room and White Rabbit! When you leave this fun hour, you will take two enchanting pieces of memorabilia with you. A fun prop photograph from our photo booth and a handmade bowl made and donated by a potter at the Frederick Clay Studio. This empty bowl may serve as storage, art or a metaphor for those who may not have enough to eat. Regardless, it will stand as a reminder of the lives you have touched by supporting […]
Come and enjoy a free carriage ride through Downtown Frederick, every Saturday in November! The wagons will be led by a team of Belgium Draft Mules and/or a team of Percheron horses and hold 12 people. Location: Footlights Dance & Theatre Boutique at 306 E Church St Dates and Times: Carriages leave every 30 minutes each Saturday in November All rides are available on a first-come basis. Saturday, November 3, 4-9pm Saturday, November 10, 3-6pm Saturday, November 17, 3-6pm Saturday, November 24, 3-6pm To learn more about the City of Frederick’s Holiday Carriage Rides in December, click here.
Free Carriage Rides
We have dances the First Saturday of each month coinciding with Downtown Frederick Partnership’s First Saturdays in Downtown Frederick, so make a day of it! $5 gets you a beginner lesson at 7pm with Mark & Danae, and a social dance from 8 to 9:30pm. If this is your first time or you are not familiar with the basic steps, please arrive within a few minutes of 7pm to insure you get the full benefit of the lesson! We’re at the Evangelical Reformed Chapel, 10 W Church St. We’ll be upstairs with signs pointing the way. Street parking is free after 5pm; or use garage parking at 17 E Church St ($1/hour, max charge of $5) No Partner or Experience Required!
Monthly Swing Dance
From classical pieces and movie themes, to jazz standards, pop music covers and hip-hop, Cello Project’s repertoire contains a wide variety of musical selections presented in two, 50-minute sets.
Portland Cello Project perform Radiohead’s OK Computer and more!
8 week series on Thursday nights – Beginner 6:30-7:30 – Intermediate 8:00-9:00. No Partner or Experience Required. Register at www.Gottaswing.com Series starting: 7-12-18, 9-6-18, 11-8-18
Swing Dance Classes
An art exhibition by Taurean Washington, a regional artist in the Maryland and DC area. The concept of the exhibition is based on Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” project! It is a one-time pop-up exhibition! Music by Kendrick Lamar will be played during the show! More info here.
With smart, observational humor and a legendary spontaneous interaction with the crowd, Paula Poundstone is one of the most influential comedians of our time. She improvises with a crowd like a jazz musician, swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net. There’s a disarming ease in her craft; an immediate sense that she’s so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.
Kick off your holiday season with all day shopping in Downtown Frederick! Parking in downtown will be FREE, shops & eateries will be open early and stay open late, plus there is a free trolley that circulates downtown every 15 minutes to make your day a breeze. Special events include horse-drawn carriage rides (purchase tickets in advance at bit.ly/downtownfrederick), a festive kick-off at 9AM, caroling and live music, all-day shopping, and more! Stay tuned for a complete look at the day’s events. Thank you to our friends at Mayne’s Tree Farm, Woodsboro Bank and Plamondon Hospitality Partners for making Frosty Friday possible. Frosty Friday Carriage Rides Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around Downtown Frederick! Each carriage ride lasts approximately 20 minutes and can accommodate up to 12 passengers. Rides are $12 per passenger. Small children under the age of 3 can ride in your lap without a ticket. Location: Carriage will leave every 30 minutes from 124 N Market St in front of Brewer’s Alley. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled ride time to check in. We need to maintain our schedule and will not be able to wait for late arrivals so plan accordingly. Holiday […]
Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is heading out on tour this fall. Crosby is joined by the Lighthouse band to journey down a new four-way street that brings his music to life with new spirits. Joining David onstage will be 3 time Grammy winner Michael League of Snarky Puppy, New York’s best kept secret Becca Stevens and Canadian songstress Michelle Willis, playing acoustic and electric guitars, piano, keyboards and beautiful vocal harmonies. The band will reinterpret Crosby’s greatest hits as well as performing music from the critically acclaimed album ‘Lighthouse’ and the upcoming release in October 2018. This will be an extremely unique opportunity to see what Crosby calls “a dream team of musicians”.
DAVID CROSBY and Friends
For registration and the most up to date Carriage Ride information, visit www.cityoffrederick.com or contact the City of Frederick Parks & Recreation Department at 301.600.1492 (M-F 8:30am-6:30pm) or 301.600.1450 (weekends). Holiday Weekend Carriage Rides Come and enjoy a carriage ride through the Frederick Town Historic District during the holiday season. The carriage will leave every 30 minutes for a memorable holiday ride with family and friends. The wagons will be led by a team of Belgium Draft Mules and/or a team of Percheron horses, and will hold 12 people. Location: Carriage will leave every 30 minutes from Market Street in front of Brewer’s Alley. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled ride time to check in. We need to maintain our schedule and will not be able to wait for late arrivals so plan accordingly. Fee: $10 per person (children 2 and under are free on their parent’s laps). Pre-registration is recommended. Tickets will be sold for available slots only. Maximum number of riders for each ride will be 12. Dates and Times: Holiday Weekend Carriage Rides Saturday, December 1, 4-8pm / one wagon with the option of a 2nd once full Saturday, December 8, 4-8pm / 2 wagons Sunday, […]
Holiday Carriage Rides
Born in 1987 to actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen, Ronan Farrow achieved early notoriety as a child prodigy, skipping grades and starting college at age 11. He is a Yale Law School educated attorney and a member of the New York Bar. He also attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Farrow served as a State Department diplomat in Afghanistan and Pakistan and reported to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the United States’ first special advisor for global youth during the Arab Spring revolutions. He has served as an expert witness before the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus. As an NBC News anchor and investigative reporter, Farrow founded and fronted the “Undercovered” series on “The Today Show,” combining traditional reporting with innovative crowd-sourced story selection. Farrow has written about human rights and foreign policy for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and other publications. His exposé of Harvey Weinstein in The New Yorker helped kickstart the #MeToo movement and earned him a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2018. He also received the Point Courage Award in 2018 for his continued advocacy for the LGBTQ community.
Ronan Farrow | The Frederick Speaker Series
Laverne Cox is an Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning producer best known for her work on the critically acclaimed Netflix original series “Orange is The New Black.” She is the first transgender woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. In 2017 she starred in “Doubt,” a CBS legal drama. The show was the first broadcast series featuring a transgender series regular character played by a transgender actor. Cox’s work as an actress and advocate landed her on the cover of Time magazine as well as an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.” She continues to break boundaries and make history with accolades including back-to-back SAG Awards for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series,” a Critic’s Choice nomination for “Best Supporting Actress” and consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.” She earned a Daytime Emmy Award for her groundbreaking documentary “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word,” exploring the lives of seven transgender youth across the country. Cox was one of Glamour magazine’s 2014 Women of the Year and was named one of the Top 50 Transgender Icons by The Huffington Post.
Laverne Cox | The Frederick Speaker Series
As both an actor and literacy advocate, Levar Burton has captured the admiration of both his audiences and his industry peers for three decades. He continues to enjoy rare longevity in the entertainment business. Burton launched his acting career as Kunta Kinte in the landmark television series “Roots,” which landed him on the cover of Time magazine at the age of 19. Shortly thereafter he achieved further global acclaim as Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television series and feature films. From 1983 until 2009 he was host and producer of the beloved Peabody Award-winning PBS children’s series “Reading Rainbow.” He recently reimagined the iconic series through his company RRKidz. The all-new Reading Rainbow app is the number one educational app on iTunes, delivering hundreds of quality books and video field trips to hundreds of thousands of children. In 2014, Burton was at the helm of a record-shattering Kickstarter campaign that will soon bring Reading Rainbow home and school versions to the web. He has received 12 Emmy Awards, a Grammy and five NAACP Image Awards. Burton continues to produce, act and direct in addition to being an advocate for literacy and education.
Levar Burton | The Frederick Speaker Series
A self-described “feral child who was raised in libraries,” Neil Gaiman devoured the works of authors like C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Allen Poe, and more at an early age. He began his writing career in England as a journalist then moved onto writing books and comics. His groundbreaking, award-winning series “Sandman” became the first comic ever to receive a literary award, the 1991 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story. Gaiman writes books for readers of all ages, including picture books for young readers. His books are genre works that refuse to remain true to their genres like his award-winning gothic horror work “Coraline,” originally deemed too frightening for children. He has authored many New York Times bestsellers including “Nowhere,” “Smoke and Mirrors,” “Stardust,” “American Gods” and “Fragile Things.” “American Gods” has been released in an expanded tenth anniversary edition and there is an HBO series in the works. “The Graveyard Book” received numerous awards and made Gaiman the first author ever to win both the Newberry Medal and the Carnegie Medal with the same book. He wrote the screenplay for the original BBC TV series “Neverwhere,” “Mirrormask” and co-wrote the script to Robert Zemeckis’s “Beowulf.”