Love Letters for Local (February 1-28, 2021)
This February, let our businesses know how much you love them! Write a simple love letter to a Downtown Frederick business (or two) that you love… and you could find yourself walking home with a $250 gift card to spend at your favorite business.
How it works:
- Write a love letter for a Downtown Frederick business during the month of February (Not sure which businesses are eligible? Just make sure they’re listed in our directory: downtownfrederick.org/get-it-downtown)
- Make sure to include the BUSINESS NAME and YOUR EMAIL & PHONE NUMBER on the outside of your letter or envelope (We’ll need your contact info to reach you if you’re our lucky gift card winner!)
- Drop it in one of our special “Love Letters for Local” mailboxes (No postage necessary!)
- OR you can write a virtual valentine using the form below
- Love Letters for Local runs from February 1st through the 28th, so make sure you submit your letter by 5PM on Sunday, February 28, 2021
- Each week, we’ll randomly select one lucky love letter author and award them a $250 gift card to the downtown business they love! Gift card recipients will be contacted each Monday (February 8, 15, 22 and March 1). You may submit multiple love letters, but each person is only eligible to win one (1) gift card over the course of this promotion.
Love Letter Drop-offs
Ready to deliver your profession of love? Drop your letter in one of the specially marked mailboxes in Downtown Frederick and we’ll get it to its intended recipient. Don’t forget to write the business name AND your email & phone number on the outside of your letter/envelope. We’ll need your contact info to reach you if you’re our lucky gift card winner! Letter drop locations:
- 30 N Market St (near the big light-up heart)
- Everedy Square & Shab Row (near The Frederick Basket Company, 12 N East St)
Can’t make it downtown to deliver your love letter in person? No problem! Just keep scrolling and you can submit your virtual valentine using the form below.
Gift Card Winners
Each week, we’ll randomly select one lucky love letter author and award them a $250 gift card to the downtown business they love! Gift card recipients will be contacted each Monday (February 8, 15, 22 and March 1). You may submit multiple love letters, but each person is only eligible to win one (1) gift card over the course of this promotion.
Loving Local All Month Long
This February, we challenge you to show your love for local at least once a week. Make a commitment to supporting the businesses you love — whether that means buying local, leaving a positive online review, or simply writing a note to let them know you care — loving local comes in every shape and size. To help you love local through the pandemic, we’ve collected a list of Downtown Frederick businesses who offer online shopping, heated outdoor dining and curbside pick-up. Just click the links below and start exploring.
Hang out in Downtown Frederick at these upcoming events!
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice by Color on the Creek Annually, Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins in November, when a number of boats, transformed through the creative minds of many Frederick friends, set sail on the Creek. The fleet has grown from one boat the first year to about 25 boats in 2020. Learn more at coloronthecreek.com. The fleet includes gaff-rigged ketches, yawls, three-masted schooners and pirate ships, moored with their sail outlines, rigging and decks lit up from dusk till dawn. If you can’t imagine it make sure to come by and take a look at the amazing flotilla! It’s not just fun. We vote for our favorites – $1 per vote. All proceeds raised will flow to Color On The Creek and other participating Frederick County based charities. The event runs from launch week in November through the first weekend in February, when Downtown Frederick celebrates February First Saturday: Fire in Ice. * 2021 update: The fleet will remain sailing an extra month this year! Boats will remain on display through Saturday, March 13.
Sailing Through the Winter Solstice
This winter, the Frederick Arts Council will present a print exhibition entitled “A Mutual Interest,” including recent works by artists Johnny Carrera, Terrence Hannum, Suzy Kopf, Priyanka Kumar, Rebecca Marimutu, Lisa Sheirer, Rhonda Smith and Corrine Wilson. The exhibition’s title and environmental theme are inspired by Lady Bird Johnson’s words: “The environment is where we all meet, where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.” The show will run from December 5th, 2020, until February 27th, 2021, on the first floor of the Arts Council’s 5 E. 2nd Street art center. “A Mutual Interest” will open with a reception on December 5th from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Visitors will be required to wear masks and abide by social distancing regulations, and coffee & breakfast refreshments will be served outdoors. “Even in the midst of COVID-19, we are grateful to have these talented artists reminding us of the beauty of our environment, and the importance of preserving it,” said Louise Kennelly, Executive Director of the Frederick Arts Council. “This inaugural print show will be the first of many exhibits showcasing local and regional artists at our […]
“A Mutual Interest” Print Show
Love Local this February We’re declaring February “LOVE LOCAL” month for Downtown Frederick! Join us in this month-long celebration by showing your love for small businesses, your love for local and your love for our community. You could even find yourself celebrating with an extra $250 in your pocket to spend at your favorite downtown business! Love Letters for Local (February 1-28, 2021) This February, let our businesses know how much you love them! Write a simple love letter to a Downtown Frederick business (or two) that you love… and you could find yourself walking home with a $250 gift card to spend at your favorite business. How it works: • Write a love letter for a Downtown Frederick business during the month of February (Not sure which businesses are eligible? Just make sure they’re listed in our directory: downtownfrederick.org/get-it-downtown) • Make sure to include the BUSINESS NAME and YOUR EMAIL OR PHONE NUMBER on the outside of your letter or envelope (We’ll need your contact info to reach you if you’re our lucky gift card winner!) • Drop it in one of our special “Love Letters for Local” mailboxes at 30 N Market St or 12 N East St (No postage […]
Love Letters for Local
Celebrate love at the Pop Shop with February’s Brownies for Etta and Brownie. Learn more here. ALL of the proceeds from our brownie creations will go to The Frederick Rescue Mission during the month of February. Be sure to try a Brownie Stuffed Shake, a Brownie Freddy, or any brownie sweet treat combination! Not into brownies…? Stay tuned we will be doing a Teddy Bear Drive in Etta and Brownies Honor for the local Pediatric and NICU at Frederick Health Hospital, their bears are in short supply since the pandemic started!
Brownies for Etta & Brownie
DISTRICT Arts Presents “A Symphony in Pastel”, soft pastel paintings by Jean Hirons. For Jean, painting with soft pastels is a means of connecting to the things she loves—the natural world, architecture that delights her, and harmonious color. The pure pigment colors of pastel really sing! She describes herself as a “painterly realist” because her subjects are grounded in reality but her color palettes are often of her choosing. An avid amateur pianist, Jean sees the similarities between art and music. Both begin with solid compositions, then take wing with color, harmony, texture and surprise. In this featured show at DISTRICT Arts, Jean includes paintings from Washington, DC, Frederick, MD and the C&O Canal. Jean is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle member of the International Association of Pastel Artists. This exhibition runs from February 3 through February 28 and is free and open to the public. Visit DistrictArts.com for gallery hours. To maintain the safety, health, and wellness 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 during the visits.
DISTRICT Arts Presents “A Symphony in Pastel”
Travel with us to some of the nation’s best art museums without having to put on your snow boots or face mask! Just hop online the third and fourth Fridays in January and February for a one-hour live tour of museums around the country and their collections. Space for each tour is limited and registration is required. Information on how to access the tours will be provided to registered participants about one week before each tour. COST: $12 per tour ($10 for members). The Metropolitan Museum of Art Friday, January 15 • 11 am–12 pm Enjoy highlights of the Met’s collection of more than 5,000 years of art from around the world! Register The National Museum of Women in the Arts Friday, January 22 • 11 am–12 pm Explore featured works from the only major museum in the world dedicated solely to women in the arts. Register The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Friday, February 19 • 11 am–12 pm See highlights of the internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century. Register The Grand Rapids Art Museum Friday, February 26 • 11 am–12 pm Tour the showcase exhibition on impressionist and Grand Rapids artist, Mathias J. Alten: An Enduring Legacy. […]
Located at 331 N Market St. A weekly outdoor bazaar featuring a variety of vendors and products, each Saturday through February 27. More information: instagram.com/downtownsaturdaybazaar
Downtown Saturday Bazaar
Frederick Restaurant Week features unique and fine dining options available in Downtown Frederick and the surrounding area. From March 1-7, participating restaurants throughout the county will be serving up unique multi-course meals at appetizing prices. Restaurants will offer a variety of menus for indoor, outdoor and to-go dining. Visit an old favorite or try something new… Frederick County is full of delicious dining options! All costs are exclusive of tax, beverages and gratuity. Reservations strongly recommended. For more information, visit www.frederickrestaurantweek.com. Restaurant Week pricing key (menus coming soon…) $: $15 – $19 $$: $20 – $29 $$$: $30 – $39 $$$$: $40+ Participating Restaurants: 200 Monroe (200 Monroe Ave) / reservations: online / offering: to-go Brewer’s Alley (124 N Market St) / reservations: call (301) 631-0089 / offering: to-go | outdoor | indoor Bushwaller’s GastroPub (209 N Market St) / offering: to-go | outdoor | indoor Carriage House Inn (200 S Seton Ave, Emmitsburg) / reservations: online / offering: to-go | indoor Cellar Door (5 E Church St) / reservations: online / offering: to-go | outdoor | indoor Dempsey’s Grille (116 W Main St, Middletown) / offering: to-go | indoor Firestone’s Culinary Tavern (105 N Market St) / […]
Frederick Restaurant Week
ORDER IN • HELP OUT We’re challenging the Frederick community to order takeout from a local restaurant at least once a week. Whether it’s a Takeout Tuesday, or any other day of the week! It’s no secret that many local eateries are struggling right now. Ordering in or picking up a good meal is a satisfying way to show support — there’s gratitude in every bite. Visit the Facebook event to see everyone’s favorite meals, specials and to-go experiences.
Frederick’s Takeout Tuesday
Emerging artist Nevada Tribble, from Elkins, WV, creates thread drawings and paper sculptures to reimagine hope and familiarity. She is a recent graduate of Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, WV. Nevada says “My work is about hope, and how it is manifested in the past and present of my surroundings. I like to imagine memory as a residue that sticks to things, giving them a tangible and subjective history. In my work I capture the things that remind me to hope, the things with layered memories of what is good, and the moments that make up those memories. “I use a sewing machine as a drawing tool, moving my paper under the needle as I stitch to make marks with the thread. Sewing has been a part of my life for a long time as a practical skill. I like that it references that practicality as a drawing medium, alluding to the power to mend and alter.” This exhibition runs from March 3 through March 28 and is free and open to the public. Visit DistrictArts.com for gallery hours.
DISTRICT Arts Presents “Around the Block”
Thacher & Rye is partnering with local wine makers, brewers, and distillers every Wednesday for special 3-course dinners and pairings. Visit exploretock.com/thacherrye for tickets. Dinner Schedule February 3 • Catoctin Creek Distilling Company February 10 • Big Cork Vineyards February 17 • Attaboy Brewery February 24 • Denizens Brewing March 3 • Frederick Restaurant Week March 10 • McClintock Distilling March 17 • Flying Dog Brewery for St. Patrick’s Day April 7 • Monocacy Brewing
Love Local Wednesdays at Thacher & Rye
The artists of Gallery 322 are inspired by spring, and the energy it brings — a New Leaf of creativity, and reawakening of color in the world, and in the work we do. This spring group show features artists Michael Douglas Jones, Jan Kaufman, Linda Kirvan, Ann Schaefer, Anne Gibson Snyder, Russell Schofield, and Homer Yost, along with associate artists Roberta Staat, Tom Ritchie, Leo Ramos, Lissa Abrams, and Karen Winston-Levin. Gallery 322 is operating with adjusted hours during COVID-19: Friday 5-7PM, Saturday and Sunday 1-5PM, and of course, open by appointment. More info gallery322.com.
“A New Leaf” the Spring Show
Celebrate National Craft Month by joining us every Saturday in March for free demonstrations from local artists and makers! Enjoy 10% off the artist’s work while they are in the shop doing their demo. On Saturday, March 6, we welcome March Featured Artist Courtney Prahl, who will be doing a live painting demo!
Demo Days: Live Painting Demo with Courtney Prahl
Celebrate International Women’s Day with expert speakers, violin and piano performances, fabric design, doll making, theatrical dance, yoga instruction, and inner peace meditation via Sahaja Yoga. More than ever, we need your solidarity in these humanitarian programs to help us move forward for our planet and ALL people! What better day than Women’s Day to find the best of humanity in each one of us?! Hosted by UNESCO Body & Mind Wellness Club. Please sign up at unescobmw.org or simply click on this Zoom link at 12 noon EST on March 7th to join. Join us on Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5088630557?pwd=ckdBQVFieVdxMUFtd3g0VExsN00vUT09
International Women’s Day
Join us on Sunday, March 7 at 5pm for our virtual event with Kate Albus. Kate will be in conversation with Melinda Beatty to discuss her first middle-grade novel, A Place to Hang the Moon. This event is free but registration is required. Click the tickets link below to reserve your spot. About the book: For fans of The War That Saved My Life and other World War II fiction, A Place to Hang the Moon is the tale of three orphaned siblings who are evacuated from London to live in the countryside with the secret hope of finding a permanent family. Book is recommended for ages 8-12.
Kate Albus: A Place to Hang the Moon
Celebrate National Craft Month by joining us every Saturday in March for free demonstrations from local artists and makers! Enjoy 10% off the artist’s work while they are in the shop doing their demo. On March 13, Kellie Ketron of Sally Forth Supply Co. will be doing a live demonstration showing how she waxes her handmade aprons!
Demo Days: Live demo with Kellie Ketron
Celebrate National Craft Month by joining us every Saturday in March for free demonstrations from local artists and makers! Enjoy 10% off the artist’s work while they are in the shop doing their demo. On March 20th, Michelle Quader of Elemental Findings will be joining us for a live jewelry-making demo!
Demo Days: Live Jewelry-Making demo with Michelle Quader
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
Celebrate National Craft Month by joining us every Saturday in March for free demonstrations from local artists and makers! Enjoy 10% off the artist’s work while they are in the shop doing their demo. On March 27th, local stop-motion animator Courntey Johnson will be on hand to show us how she creates the puppets she uses in her films!
Demo Days: Live Puppet-Making demo with Courtney Johnson
Celebrate International World Book and Copyright Day with our program “Farshchian, an artist or a philosopher?” Dedicated to the prominent artist painter of Persian miniature. Hosted by UNESCO Body & Mind Wellness Club. Learn more at unescobmw.org. Our monthly Programs are always at 12PM/Noon EST (Washington DC) Join us on Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5088630557?pwd=ckdBQVFieVdxMUFtd3g0VExsN00vUT09
International World Book and Copyright Day
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 now be hosted as a VIRTUAL Event.
Frederick Nonprofit Summit presents Vu Le
Volunteer clean-up day in Downtown Frederick! Join in the tenth annual Bring a Broom Saturday on Saturday, April 24, 2021! Community members are asked to bring their brooms and help Downtown Frederick get ready for spring. ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST REGISTER ON THE EVENTBRITE PAGE FOR VOLUNTEER PLACEMENT. Registration deadline is 10AM on Monday, April 19. Register at bringabroom2021.eventbrite.com Bring a Broom Saturday is made possible with support from Tobacco Free Frederick, Oldetowne Landscape Architects, Grant County Mulch and the City of Frederick. GENERAL INFO: Volunteer a few hours of your time with friends and neighbors to help make downtown shine! Volunteers will sweep sidewalks, mulch tree wells, pick up trash and plant flowers. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. WHAT TO BRING: Bring your own broom, dustpan, work gloves, light gardening tools (trowel, small shovel, etc.), water bottle and face mask — trash bags will be provided. NEW THIS YEAR: Volunteers should report directly to their assigned clean-up locations at 8:30AM. Your clean-up location will be assigned to you in advance by the event organizers. There will not be a centralized volunteer check-in at the Partnership office. Event organizers will be circulating around downtown to assist volunteers. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: All volunteers must register in advance this year. The deadline to register is 10AM on […]
Bring a Broom Saturday
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
The 2021 Frederick Festival of the Arts is currently scheduled for June 11th-13th. FAC will be monitoring COVID-19 restrictions and conditions into the new year and this date may be subject to change. Meanwhile, feel free to mark your calendars and get ready to welcome back one of Frederick’s favorite events. Find the most up-to-date information at frederickartscouncil.org.
Frederick Festival of 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
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!
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.
Frederick Speaker Series presents PJ O’Rourke
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.