Mission: Interior Grant
Through its Mission: Interior program, the Partnership offers up to $5,000 in matching grants to improve the interior of your retail business. The 2023 grant cycle has a total of $20,000 in grant funding available. Applications close at 12PM (noon) on Monday, March 20, 2023.
Applicants are encouraged to type their answers directly into the PDF application. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have issues with the digital form.
Download 2023 Mission Interior Grant Application Deadline 12PM Monday, March 20, 2023
Who can apply for funding?
Mission: Interior is focused on improving retail spaces. Locations that house retailers, restaurants, service businesses with a retail component or entertainment focused
businesses are eligible for funding. Either building owners or store owners with approval from the property owner can apply for funding.
Businesses housed in a building actively for sale are not eligible for funding. Certain businesses are not eligible for this grant source including automotive businesses, banks, discount retailers (does not include resale), phone service retailers, offices and fast food restaurants. According to the State of Maryland’s requirements for funding, the Partnership cannot provide assistance to certain uses/businesses including pawn shops, gun shops, tanning salons, massage parlors, adult video/book shops, adult entertainment facilities, check cashing facilities, gambling facilities, tattoo parlors and liquor stores. The State also prohibits the use of funds for residential properties.
The project must be located within the Partnership’s boundaries. The primary focus of the project area is Market Street between South and Ninth Streets, Patrick Street between Bentz and Wisner Streets and Everedy Square/Shab Row. Additional locations on commercially oriented downtown blocks will be considered. Contact the Partnership at 301.698.8118 to learn if your property is eligible.
A grant under this program for the same physical space may be awarded no more than once every three fiscal years, unless a compelling justification is established and approved by the Business Development Committee.
What types of improvements are eligible for funding?
The program is intended to fund improvements that are affixed to the property and therefore will not cover the cost of purchasing or installing non-fixed equipment or
inventory. The State of Maryland requires that grant funds only be used for capital improvements.
Eligible improvement projects include, but are not limited to, the following list of repairs/replacements/upgrades:
Barrier-Free Access Interior demolition Dry wall/Plaster Lighting Electrical Painting Flooring/Floor repair Plumbing
1. Applicants submit a completed application form by Noon on Monday, March 20, 2023. In order for the application to be considered complete, the applicant must submit:
a. Two color photos showing at least two different views of the existing building interior
b. One color photo showing the building exterior (include the full height of the building from sidewalk to rooftop)
c. Detailed sketches or drawings of the proposed improvements (as needed to show the proposed work)
d. If the applicant is seeking a project grant of $3,000 or more (a total project cost of $6,000 or more), two bids for each component of the proposed work on contractor letterhead must be submitted (one contractor may be able to complete the entire project). For projects seeking less than $3,000 in grant funding (a total project cost less than $6,000), only one bid is required. If desired, ask the Partnership for a list of contractors provided by the Frederick County Building Industry Association.
e. According to State regulations, costs associated with detailed construction drawings, conceptual design, renderings and cost estimates are not eligible for reimbursement. All construction-related permit fees required for the improvements are ineligible costs.
f. Incomplete applications will not eligible for funding.
2. The Partnership’s Business Development Committee will review the completed applications received by the deadline and rank them by the criteria listed below. The
applications will be funded beginning with the highest ranked application first until the $20,000 in available funds is completely expended. If the applications received by March 20, 2023 total less than $20,000, the Partnership may hold a second application round later in the year. The Partnership reserves the right to not fund an application even if grant dollars remain available.
3. The Partnership will notify applicants of the Business Development Committee’s decisions.
4. The Partnership will forward the applications selected for funding to the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT) as required by the State of Maryland. MHT has 30 days to review the project.
5. The Partnership will issue a letter of commitment when MHT approval is granted. The letter will include the specific amount granted and any conditions of approval. The amount of the grant award is set out in the letter of commitment and will not be changed after project initiation. Work completed prior to a letter of commitment is not eligible for funding.
Contact the Partnership at 301.698.8118 with any questions.
Facade Improvement Grant
The Partnership can offer you up to $10,000 to upgrade your Downtown Frederick building facade. Interested?
The process is easy! Fill out the one page application and you are on your way to a matching grant for your facade improvement. The Partnership will provide 50 percent of the facade improvement costs up to a maximum grant amount of $10,000. Grants can be provided to either the property owner or the tenant/business owner.
The project must be approved prior to beginning work. Painting, awnings, lighting, signage and other projects are eligible for funding.The grants are available to commercial building facades in Downtown Frederick: including, but not limited to, Market Street between South and Seventh Streets, Patrick Street between Bentz and Wisner Streets and in Everedy Square/Shab Row. See application for project details or call the Partnership office at 301.698.8118 for more information.
Offered by the City of Frederick’s Department of Economic Development, the Grow Small Business Assistance Fund supports businesses moving to or expanding within the City by providing micro grants.
Main Street Small Business Relief Grant
Opened in the Spring of 2021, Downtown Frederick Partnership’s Main Street Small Business Relief Grant Program provided working capital and COVID-19 adaptation support grants to Downtown Frederick retail, restaurant, craft beverage and personal service businesses. The program was created with funding provided by the State of Maryland under Governor Hogan’s Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative.
The application period has closed and all grant awards have been made. All grant dollars received by eligible businesses must be spent by June 30, 2021. For more information about this program, visit downtownfrederick.org/mainstreetgrant.
Fire Suppression Incentive Program
Fire safety is of particular concern in the Frederick Town Historic District given the construction methods, materials and density found downtown. The high costs of installing sprinklers are a deterrent to improving personal safety and protecting the historic buildings in Downtown Frederick.
Costs impact smaller commercial/multi-family/mixed use buildings disproportionally and may make sprinklers not financially feasible. Building owners are incentivized under this program to install sprinklers in order to improve personal safety while helping to preserve the historic fabric of Downtown Frederick. The program also will have an economic benefit by increasing utilization of buildings as well as stabilizing or improving property values.
The parameters of the Partnership’s Fire Suppression Incentive Program are described below. Please call the Partnership at 301.698.8118 or email mainstreet@downtownfrederick.
- Existing building located in the Frederick Town Historic District that is > 50 years old
- Building must include no more than 10,000 square feet based on assessed square footage as defined by SDAT
- Commercial, multi-family residential or mixed use buildings
- Utilizes a water connection not to exceed 6” to City water main
- Building is to be sprinklered in accordance with City requirements and the appropriate NFPA sprinkler standard
- Provides a grant of up to $25,000 for a new sprinkler system
- Requires 50/50 grant match by the owner
- Download an application and submit it to the Partnership
- Application reviewed by Partnership for completeness
- Processed on a first-come, first-served basis
Historic Preservation Property Tax Credit (City)
Property owners can apply for a property tax credit for 25 percent of the cost, up to a maximum of $7,500, to rehabilitate the exterior of a building located within the historic district overlay. More info.
Small Business Tax Credit (County)
Businesses who obtain at least 2,500 square feet of new or expanded premises and employ at least five people in full-time jobs during a 24-month period in the same time period, may be eligible for a Small Business Tax Credit. More info.
Competitive Commercial Tax Credit (State)
The Maryland Historical Trust offers a small commercial tax credit for rehabilitation projects under $500,000. Eligible projects may earn a state income tax credit equal to 20 percent of qualified rehabilitation expenditures. More info.
Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits (Federal)
The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives program encourages private sector investment in the rehabilitation and re-use of historic buildings. A 20 percent tax credit is available for historic, income producing buildings and a ten percent tax credit is available for non-historic buildings placed in use before 1936. More info.
Downtown Frederick Arts & Entertainment District Tax Credit (City & County)
In 2003, Downtown Frederick became a state designated Arts & Entertainment District, a program administered by the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) and overseen by the Maryland Comptroller’s Office. The designation provides a great opportunity to highlight the many attractions that make Downtown Frederick an arts destination. In addition to the marketing benefits, the designation also offers a tax deduction for eligible artists, an exemption from state admission, an amusement tax for certified arts activities and a property tax credit for buildings renovated or constructed for an arts related use.
Maryland’s Arts & Entertainment Districts provide a structure for creative placemaking, helping to develop and promote community involvement, tourism and revitalization through tax-related incentives that attract artists, arts organizations and other creative enterprises to towns and cities across the state of Maryland. Find more information about the statewide program through the Maryland State Arts Council.
The Downtown Frederick A&E District is co-managed by Downtown Frederick Partnership and the Frederick Arts Council. Both organizations are involved in marketing the district and publicizing the available tax credits. However, neither organization plays a formal role in reviewing or administering the tax credits that are a part of this program. Both organizations want to ensure that as many businesses as possible benefit from the Downtown Frederick A&E District. If you need additional information, please contact either organization as listed below.
Kara Norman, Downtown Frederick Partnership | 301.698.8118 | email@example.com
Louise Kennelly, Frederick Arts Council | 301.662.4190 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tax Deduction: The tax deduction – or income tax subtraction modification – is not a tax credit. Instead, artists who create and sell work within the district are not taxed on the income derived from art and art enterprises. This tax benefit only applies at the state level. Artists continue to pay the full amount of federal income tax. Artists who would like to take advantage of the program must submit Maryland State Tax Form 502AE when you file your state income tax returns. The instructions for this form include the state’s definition of art-derived income. Questions regarding how the artist income tax benefit works should be addressed to the Comptroller of Maryland at email@example.com.
- Admission & Amusement Tax Exemption: The City of Frederick has adopted a ten-year exemption from the Admissions and Amusement Tax for those certified arts and entertainment activities occurring within the Downtown Frederick Arts & Entertainment District boundaries.
- Property Tax Credits: Both the City of Frederick and Frederick County have enacted property tax credits for the renovation or construction of arts related spaces with the Downtown Frederick Arts & Entertainment District boundaries. Only the increase in assessed valuation of the portion of the property renovated or constructed for a certified arts use is eligible for the property tax credit. The property tax credit is available for seven years and follows a schedule of YEARS 1-4: 100% Exempt, YEAR 5: 75% Exempt, YEAR 6: 50% Exempt, YEAR 7: 25% Exempt, YEAR 8+: 0% Exempt.
- Artist Income Tax Benefit: To qualify for the artist income tax benefit, you must at least meet three minimum criteria. (1) Own or rent residential property within Maryland. (2) Create artistic work in any A&E District. (3) Have generated income from the sale or performance of art within any A&E District. If you can meet all three of the above criteria, then you may be eligible for a tax deduction on your state income tax.
Finance and Incentive Programs
Neighborhood Business Works (DHCD)
Small businesses and startups in Maryland can get help to grow through a range of financing programs available from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. These programs are designed to support lending and financing through traditional lenders, and can make the difference between a project launching or not. More info.
State of Maryland Finance Programs (Commerce)
The Maryland Department of Commerce offers numerous finance programs and tax credits for businesses. For specific questions, contact Tamar Osterman, Senior Business Development Representative, at 443.902.4487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Downtown Events
This year’s Frederick Restaurant Week features unique and fine dining options available in Downtown Frederick. Participating restaurants offer diners multi-course meals at appetizing prices. Visit an old favorite or try something new; Downtown Frederick is full of delicious dining options! Make your reservations at these popular spots today!
SADBrunch is coming to Cellar Door for another DRAG BRUNCH! Join us on Sunday, March 26th for a special drag brunch hosted by Pariah Sinclair Don’t forget there will be $25/ Bottomless Brunch Drinks! More details about SADBrunch Drag Brunch Shows can be found at sadbrunch.com
Drag Brunch with SadBrunch @ Cellar Door
As part of Nowruz (New Day) Celebration, UNESCO Body & Mind Wellness (UNESCO BMW) Club is holding an open house from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM for Sunday, March 26 and Monday, March 27. We hope to raise our lives together in this walk-in celebration! Learn more about Nowruz.
Nowruz Open House @ UNESCO BMW
Sherlock Holmes radio plays performed live and in person the last Sunday of every month! Join us for tea, treats and The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Tickets are always Pay-What-You-Can. Performance held at 16 E Patrick St on second floor, above JoJo’s.
Sherlock Sundays @ ESP
We have been hosting comedy shows for over 10 years here at Cellar Door. Check our website and social media for updates on our weekly Comedy Show every Sunday at 7PM! Comedy show tickets cost $15 with a 2-item minimum. We look forward to laughing with you! All Sundays except April 9th (Easter) from now through the end of April.
Sunday Comedy Night @ The Cellar Door
Formed in Houston in 1995 by brothers Justin and Jeremy Furstenfeld, Blue October is an alternative, post-grunge rock group best known for their hits “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean”. Over the course of their 27-year career, they have achieved seventeen Top 40 Singles on the alternative rock chart. The group is widely celebrated for lead singer Justin Furstenfeld’s raw, honest lyricism, detailing personal challenges and struggles he has overcome. For their eleventh studio album and first double-LP, Spinning The Truth Around: Part I & II, Blue October unlocks another creative renaissance with part 1 out now and part 2 slated for release in March 2023.
Blue October: Spinning the Trust Around Tour
Join Curious Iguana on Tuesday, March 28 from 6-8 pm at Frederick Social for a book fair for grown-ups! Featuring romance novels, journals, bookish pins, tote bags, and drinks on tap! Free and open to the public.
Just My Type Romance Book Fair (for Adults) @ Frederick Social
Every Tuesday Night doors at 7:00 film starts at 7:30 The Art Center Bijou is a weekly film screening. Each month we present films that fall under one general theme in order to cultivate discussion about film as a mode of artistic expression. After the film ends we hold a brief discussion. March 14th: Buster Keaton/Charlie Chaplin Double Feature. Buster Keaton’s One Week (1920) and Charlie Chaplin’s The Rink (1916). March 21st: Three Stooges Double Feature – A Plumbing We Will Go (1940) and Beer Barrel Polecats (1946). The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy team, best remembered for their 190 short subject films by Columbia Pictures. March 28th: Mousehunt (1997). Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.
Art Center Bijou @ FAC
Join us for a funny Open Mic Tuesday Night where local, returning comedians or new comedians test out their hilarious (or not) jokes. Check our website and social media for updates on our weekly Open Mic Night every Tuesday at 8PM! There is no cover charge for this night. We look forward to laughing with you!
Open Mic Comedy Night @ Cellar Door
Treat yourself to an unforgettable culinary journey on Wednesday evenings! Experience the unique flavors of Frederick’s local craft beverage businesses with a 3-course menu expertly paired by Chef Bryan and his team at Thacher & Rye. Enjoy the exquisite dishes indoors or outdoors for only $75 per person + Tax + Gratuity, beverages included – book your spot now as reservations are recommended but walk-ins are always welcome! Feb 22: Big Cork Vineyard Mar 8th: Willow Oaks Mar 15th: Olde Mother Mar 22nd & Mar 29th: Restaurant Week Apr 5th: McClintock Apr 12th: Orchid Cellars Apr 19th: Windridge Apr 26th: Old Westminster
Local Wednesday Dinner Series @ Thacher & Rye
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, including Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling collection of fables Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). Sedaris’ pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker. There are over ten million copies of his books in print, and they have been translated into 25 languages. He and his sister, Amy Sedaris, have collaborated under the name The Talent Family and have written half-a-dozen plays which have been produced at La Mama, Lincoln Center, and The Drama Department in New York City. Sedaris’ original radio pieces can often be heard on This American Life. […]
An Evening with David Sedaris
When crime comes to CraftTown, Assistant Manager Scotty DelRio finds a purpose. Can Scotty construct a new identity as a P.I. and sleuth his coworkers’ secrets while keeping his own? Comedy and mystery collide in this mid-size retail noir by local playwright and MET Ensemble Member Lydia Hadfield. Director Jeremy Myers describes CraftTown as “a satirical nod and homage to noir, a coming-of-age/origin story, a queer story.” ASL Interpreted performance on Friday, March 31. On Friday, March 31st at 7PM, the CraftTown Opening Reception will take place before the show begins and is included in the ticket for March 31st only. On April 1, the use of face coverings will be required (we promise, this is not an April Fools Day joke). All other performances are mask-optional. Audio description services are available upon request. To request this service, please email Audience Services Manager, Zack Callis, at email@example.com
CraftTown @ Maryland Ensemble Theater
Ready for something completely different? Join us for MET Comedy Night’s first ever evening of Stand-Up comedy. We have gathered some of Frederick’s best stand-up comedians to fill your night with laughs, hosted by the incredible Richard Johnson. Check out our social media for information on the stand-up comedians who will be featured.
Stand Up Comedy with MET Comedy Night
Enjoy Live Music with Voodoo Rocks on Friday, March 31, 2023 from 9:30PM-12:30AM…Enjoy some delicious food and margaritas in the Heart of Downtown Frederick. $5 Cover, 21+ Only! Find Our Menu, Specials, and Entertainment Schedule on www.agave137.com
LIVE Music with Voodoo Rocks @ Agave 137
First Saturday is a day to show your love for local! Support local businesses by shopping with an independent retailer, eating at a local restaurant, supporting local artists and exploring Downtown Frederick. Where you spend your money matters. Whether you’ve lived here for years, or you’re a first time visitor, First Saturdays are a great time to discover something new about our beautiful downtown. Supporting Sponsor Curious about Cannabis? The Curaleaf team of experts will be on site to answer all of your questions about medical and adult use cannabis. Join them for a day of fun, education, assistance with medical cards, giveaways and more! LOCAL SHOPPING & EVENTS Downtown businesses celebrate First Saturday with their own unique events. From in-store tastings and gallery openings, to artist and vendor exhibitions… there’s always something new to explore! Check back as the date gets closer for a list of specific activities, or visit our events calendar to see what’s happening today. Special April First Saturday Activities The Academy for the Fine Arts students bring you Midnight Murder of a Monet – an original murder mystery in Downtown Frederick. Bring the whole family to question the suspects, dissect the clues, […]
April First Saturday
The Little Pottery Shop and Frederick Clay Studio are having their annual spring studio sale! Find beautiful art made my local artists at incredible prices. You don’t want to miss this showcase of fantastic local pottery made by potters at The Frederick Clay Studio!
Spring Studio Sale @ The Little Pottery Shop
In addition to featuring pouring vessels like watering cans, pitchers and teapots, we will be offering a free flowery gift with every purchase, starting on First Saturday and until they are gone!
April Showers, Flowers and other Pretty Things @ Potter’s Guild of Frederick
Spring into FBAC for April First Saturday AND Sunday! We will be open from 10am-3pm each day with lots of fun activities for the whole family! Print an April Fool’s keepsake on our 1890’s challenge press Print a copy of our mini Ephemeral artist newspaper on one of our Vandercook letterpresses Bring the kiddos for a fun leaf printing project Demos by local artists Shop local handmade art View our current show “UNSHUTTERED: Celebrating Photojournalism of the Frederick News Post
April First Saturday AND Sunday @ Frederick Book Arts Center
Whether you’re an early riser or love to sleep in, we have some fun stuff planned all day starting with yoga, followed by brunch, Tarot reading, meet the makers from Rosie Cheeks Moonshine, and live music by Gator Dust!
Full Day of Fun Food, Drinks & Music @ Frederick Social
Support your favorite Frederick Businesses with a Shop Local Crawl in downtown Frederick! Pick up a participation card at Frederick MADE and visit all participating stores. No purchase required. Drop off your completed pass at Frederick MADE and be entered into some amazing prizes from our participating shops.
Shop Local Crawl @ Frederick MADE
Yummy Imported candy, teas, and pantry items are all 10% for one day only! Fan favorites, Bangers, Rashers, Cadbury Chocolates, Irish Breakfast Teas, Tayto, and more are all back in stock and already going fast! Don`t miss out on a chance to try something new and save while doing so!
Imported Irish Food @ A Lit`le Irish Too
COAST is phasing out of retail to focus on the design side of our business. Therefore, we are closing out ALL our inventory and display items and everything must go. We will be open the First Saturdays of March, April, & May, 12pm – 5pm. If your vibe is cool, we got you!
Retail Extravaganza @ COAST
The artists of Gallery 322 are inspired by spring, and the energy it brings — a fresh fling 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, Tom Ritchie, and Homer Yost, along with associate artists Roberta Staat, Leo Ramos, Lissa Abrams, Paul Wilson, and Karen Winston-Levin.
Spring Fling @ Gallery 322
We are phasing out of retail, so we’re unloading our inventory at incredible reductions. Remaining Artists have agreed to reduce their unique pieces, so now is the perfect time to add to your local Art collection. See you Saturday at COAST!
Retail Extravaganza @ COAST Designs
Enjoy a tasting of a Sparkling Marshmallow PeeP Cocktail while visiting our Peep Diorama Competition. Vote for your favorite one! $1 per vote will all proceeds benefitting Frederick Blessings in a Backpack.
Sparkling PeeP Cocktail Tasting @ The Frederick Basket Company
Midnight Murder of a Monet The Academy for the Fine Arts is pleased to present an original, interactive, murder mystery in Downtown Frederick. From creating the plot to writing the script, making the props to becoming the characters, students from the Academy have prepared to take you on a rollercoaster of events that lead to a (fake) murder! This April First Saturday… To find out if you have what it takes to be the next best detective, start your quest at Surelocked In Escape Games (5 N Market St) and follow the clues around town. Turn in your sleuthy guesses at the same location before 6pm! This is a family-friendly activity – we welcome participants of all ages! Good luck!!
Interactive Murder Mystery in Downtown Frederick
The mother-daughter duo of Arden McElroy and Jill Hossler have teamed up once again. They are our featured artists for the month of April with their show titled “What A Wonderful World.” Both artists draw inspiration from nature for their work, particularly landscapes and seascapes, from places they’ve visited or dreamed about. Arden has always been a “creative” and began painting a little over 10 years ago, after retiring from a 39-year teaching career. Her medium is acrylics; however, many of her pieces have a watercolor appearance. Her paintings possess an ethereal quality, drawing the viewer into a dreamlike place. Jill’s interest in art began in high school over 40 years ago with both photography and painting, under the tutelage of Frederick County artist Barry Richardson. She works with acrylics, watercolor and gouache and strives to give viewers moments of tranquility and peace with her work. Both women are avid travelers and gardeners. They are drawn to peaceful scenes found in the world they see and delight in taking time to appreciate the sun rising and setting, rolling hills, blooming flowers, and crashing waves. Jill will be demonstrating painting clouds on First Sunday April 2nd at 3:30pm
“What a Beautiful World” @ Eastside Artists’ Gallery
Come join us as we decorate flower pots for local nursing homes and care facilities! All are welcome to stop by and pot the flowers, color and decorate the pots, and then either take the flowers with them or leave them with the church for donation. No cost – just bring your green thumb!
Growth & Renewal @ Evangelical Lutheran Church
Frederick Artists Night is an event that celebrates local (Frederick County) creativity with an art exhibit and reception and live music on the First Saturday of each month. The event is sponsored by the Cowork Frederick Foundation. All proceeds from art sales to go the artist.
Frederick Artists Night featuring Julie Jenkins @ Cowork Frederick
“The System” is a completely unique art experience. The installation features a multi-wall video display that will take the viewer “inside the machine”. The animated display features drawn and animated imagery with a mechanical soundscape that will use five projectors and three walls to surround the viewer and create an experience outside of reality. Conceived and developed by Frederick based artist, Watson, the installation is made possible by a generous grant from the NEA courtesy of the Frederick Arts Council. “The System” Y-Arts Center March 25-May 7, 2023 Reception April 1st, 5-7P.M. More information can be found at watsonscribbles.com/thesystem or feel free to reach out if you’d like to know more.
The System Opening Reception @ Y Arts Center
Please join us for an evening of light appetizers, sparkling beverages, and great conversation! Many of our gallery artists will be here to chat with you about their current bodies of work, their motivations and techniques. The reception is Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 5 PM to 7 PM.
“Meet the Artists” – A Reception with DISTRICT Arts Gallery Artists
Julie Maynard has installed a group of collaged figures, all life-size. They range from humans standing nearly six feet tall down to a one-inch beetle. These creatures—the hawk soaring overhead, the coyote that may be stalking the deer—are aware of each other. “They are watching us, while intent on unspooling their own stories,” Maynard says. “I hope viewers will become a part of this conversation.” Maynard’s work in her show, Life Size, is a form of painting with paper, using bits of colors and text to build up layers that suggest the slow accumulation of time. Karen Peacock is a road-trip enthusiast, her show, Under the Same Sky, features state maps as the substrate of her wall-hung art. The resulting images are finished with materials including paint, sand, and photo transfers. In this series, Peacock explores our country’s ever-changing skies. Without labels, it’s impossible to tell if the celestial images are from South Carolina or South Jersey. “Though Americans are now more polarized than I’ve ever seen, clouds are unaffected whether they are floating over a blue state or a red state,” says Peacock.” You can meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and live jazz from 5 to 8 at […]
Julie Maynard and Karen Peacock @ TAG/The Artists Gallery
Which was better? 80s or 90s? Madonna or Britney? Billy Idol or Billy Joe? There’s only one way to settle this and that’s at 80s vs 90s Night at Rockwell Brewery! 80s and 90’s music from DJ AJ Drink Specials Dress for your decade of choice for a chance to win best dressed for that decade! Ages 21+
Battle of the Decades Night 80’s vs. 90’s @ Rockwell Brewery
True Documented Stories of the “Paranormal” with “Maryland’s Oldest Operating Ghost Tour. Take a Remarkable Journey through Frederick’s Gruesome and Bloody Past. Nearly 300 Years of War, Executions and Revenge. Uncover Politically Savvy and Defiant Citizens, Patriots from the Revolutionary War, Beckoning Soldiers from the Civil War, and so much more! Historic Frederick – Where The Dead Come Out To Play! Visit Court House Square – the “Execution Site” of British Sympathizers, learn about their Fate, and the “Curse” that continues to Resonate. Visit the “Spiritual Playground” of Dead Children whose lives were cut short by Unmerciful Disease and Suffering. Unravel the Mystery surrounding a Mysterious Man in Black Executed in 1781 for his Loyalty to King George III. Find out the “Devilish Plan” of a “Spiteful” Owner of an 1814 Mansion and why his “Spiritual Discharge” Remains. Contemplate the Reasons why Frederick’s Famed Barbara Fritchie Continues to Guard her Home from Invading Confederate Soldiers 158 Years After her Death. Discover why Former Stage Hands, Actors, and Members of the Audience Refuse to be Removed from their Prized Seats at Frederick’s Historic Tivoli Theater. Ponder the Events taking place at a Private Residence, Now Home to Two Families – One […]
Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick @ Brewer’s Alley
The Steel Wheels have long been at home in the creative space between tradition and innovation, informed by the familiar sounds of the Virginia mountains where the band was formed, but always moving forward with insightful lyrics and an evolving sound. Whether at a joyous summer festival, during one of their many concerts, or in the studio, The Steel Wheels continue their mission set out over a decade ago: shaking up traditions to see what sticks, telling stories, and joining communities through song.
The Steel Wheels
Mark your calendars!!! And start your spring craft room cleaning!! Because of the overwhelming response in the fall (thank you!) we’re doing things differently this time around. We’re ONLY accepting donations before the event, then the day of the event is just for taking things home with you!! If you missed the one in the fall, this is all 100% free – it’s a chance for everyone to clean out their craft and fabric supplies, then refresh it with someone else’s! Give Rise Studio has set up drop off times (they are to be handed to either Sue or Hillary and not dropped by the door): Wednesday March 22nd 10-11am Friday March 24th 4-8pm (enjoy art social between 6-8) Saturday March 25th from 11-1pm Tuesday March 28th 8-11am Volunteers will be coming together on Saturday, April 1st from 4:30pm-8:30pm to organize the donated items. Visit Give Rise Studio on Sunday, April 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with bags ready to take stuff home with you!! It’s all 100% free, and you don’t have to donate in order to come take! Anything that isn’t claimed will be donated back into the community.
Craft Swap @ Give Rise Studio
Since you’ll already be in town for First Saturday… The art galleries encourage you to stay for a special Downtown Frederick Sunday Artwalk following each First Saturday. There will be special events, art talks, live demos, and DIY projects from 12-4pm. More gallery info and an interactive walking map here: March 5th events: All events are from 12-4pm unless otherwise noted. Sweet Clay Creations by Karla Rabanales @ The Delaplaine Arts Center Karla Rabanales creates miniature figurines out of polymer clay and incorporates them into jewelry and accessories. Originally from El Salvador, Rabanales has been around crafts her whole life, and learned many skills from her mother who is an artist. Each piece is super detailed – and cute! You may get hungry after viewing her miniature works of tiny ice-cream cones, cakes, and cheeseburgers – and more! Laurenee Gauvin pays homage to her Haitian Roots in “Home Away from Home” @ DISTRICT Arts This exhibition reflects the journey and the arrival of Laurenee Gauvin as an exciting and thought-provoking presence on the contemporary art scene. Her art introduces an emotional look into what home feels like in today’s climate, from the multidimensional approach on canvas […]
This coloring event will be a time to relax and show your artistic abilities. There will be more than one picture to color so everyone can choose a design that they would like. Join us for coloring, relaxing fun! Tea and a snack will be provided.
Color with Us @ UNESCO Body and Mind Wellness Club
The Tivoli Discovery Series is our pay-what-you-want series featuring emerging artists. This month’s artist is Ashley Ray, who has established herself as one of Nashville’s most nuanced voices, chasing down critical acclaim not only as a solo artist, but also as an in-demand songwriter for Little Big Town, Lori McKenna, Lady A’s Charles Kelley, and others. Her albums have earned her shows with Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby, Little Big Town and other country trailblazers who, like Ashley, create a modern sound without chasing after modern trends. Ashley Ray shines a light on her midwestern roots with her third album, Pauline, whose autobiographical songs tell true stories of love, loss, and life in Middle America. Pauline was met with critical acclaim landing on multiple “Best Albums of 2020” lists from NPR to Stereogum. Her appearance on NPR’s coveted Tiny Desk series closed out the year.
Tivoli Discovery Series: Ashley Ray
The Temptations, often referred to as “American Music Royalty,” are world-renowned superstars of entertainment, revered for their phenomenal catalog of music and prolific career. Named the “#1 R&B/Hip Hop Artists of All Time” and one of the “125 Greatest of All Time Artists” by Billboard magazine, as well as one of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” by Rolling Stone Magazine, the group is truly a beloved national treasure. The Temptations’ heritage, influence and contributions to, not only American culture and African American communities but also to the global music landscape, are monumental. The influence that the Temptations have had on mainstream and global artists is undeniable. The group’s popularity is ever-increasing and they are one of the most iconic, bestselling brands in the entertainment world today. Their story is a road map through American history. What began in Detroit, when a remarkable combination of soulful voices united, was the genesis of an epic journey that introduced multiple superstars to the world and produced some of the greatest music of our era. While the group has evolved over the years, Dr. Otis Williams has continued to lead the group and carry the torch forward for the next generation of […]
Synopsis: Two brothers in 1910s California struggle to maintain their strict, Bible-toting father’s favor as an old secret about their long-absent mother comes to light. Category: Drama Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes Rating: PG Cast: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris
Wonder Book Classic Film Series: East of Eden (1955)
Set in New Orleans at the end of the 19th century, The Awakening is a compelling story of Edna, a woman ahead of her time, who undergoes a social, sexual, and spiritual awakening. This American literary classic was banned when released and rediscovered in the 1950s. Adapted from the novel by Kate Chopin by Rebecca Chase with music by Myra Platt. The show is set to a score of blues, ragtime, soul, and opera and is rich with the lush decadence of the French Quarter. Tickets are always Pay-What-You-Can.
The Awakening with ESP @ New Spire Stages
Combat tests you. Being a beat cop tests you. Life tests you. Three brothers and being the only girl…tests you. Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour has been tested her whole life. A gutsy trailblazer, her resume is an impressive collection of “firsts” including America’s first Black female combat pilot. She served two tours of duty in Iraq as a Marine. She was also a diversity liaison officer to the Pentagon for Headquarters Marine Corps. After her military service, FlyGirl revved up her career in the private sector as an entrepreneur, consultant to business, and author of Zero to Breakthrough, The 7-Step, Battle-Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter. As a speaker, FlyGirl unleashes hard-hitting advice and amazing anecdotes from her adventures on the battlefield and in business. She helps individuals and organizations Get Gutsy and build a sustainable inner force and conviction, that results in accomplishing significant goals. As a Black gay woman and single mom, FlyGirl brings vital experience to her role as a member of the Forbes School of Business & Technology Board of Advisors and COMCAST/NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Council. Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour’s story has been featured in the media including on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey and […]
Frederick Speaker Series: Vernice “Fly Girl” Armour
Relive the greatest decade of rock and roll – the 60’s! The counterculture movement of the 1960’s became synonymous with the most iconic music of all time. This powerhouse concert event includes the songs and stories of many of the artists of the era including: Beach Boys, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, The Doors, James Brown and many others. The “Woodstock Era” defined a generation of music, in a world that was rapidly changing. Under the direction of Producer, Arranger, Neil Berg, get ready for two hours of peace, love and rock n’ roll!
Neil Berg’s The 60’s: Peace, Love and Rock N’ Roll
Explore the History of the Southern Section of Frederick City From the African-American Perspective! Join us for our 60-90 minute unique walking tour as AARCH tour guides take you on an informative exploration of local history on All Saints Street and the surrounding area. Learn about the cultural and historical importance of the neighborhood that was the center of the African American community up until the early 1960s. Tours start at the AARCH Heritage Center, 125 East All Saints St, beginning at 11 AM. Tours run from 60 to 90 minutes.
AARCH Society African American History Walking Tours
Frederick MADE’s quarterly flea market & craft swap returns to celebrate earth day! Stop by to shop & swap our free craft supply tables as well as flea market tables with supplies, handmade goods & more. April 22 & 23 from 11am-5pm
The Artist’s Flea Market & Craft Swap @ Frederick MADE
The National String Symphonia (NSS) is celebrating 10 years of making beautiful string music and is excited to present some of the most popular selections from its first 10 seasons. This concert is definitely one that you don’t want to miss so mark your calendars and plan to attend!
National String Symphonia at New Spire Arts
The National String Symphonia (NSS) is celebrating 10 years of making beautiful string music and is excited to present some of the most popular selections from their first 10 seasons. This concert is definitely one that you don’t want to miss so plan to attend and celebrate with the NSS! Founded in 2013, the National String Symphonia is a fully professional symphonic string orchestra. Their mission is to preserve, promote, and present string orchestra music. Many ensembles do not program this repertoire for a variety of reasons, including its relative obscurity and its musical complexity, as well as basic challenges in obtaining performance materials. Their goal is to reach beyond the archetypical orchestra audience and become an integral part of the musical life of listeners at all ages and stages. They seek to innovate the concert experience, and are exploring new and different ways of presenting the music – including the use of video elements and educational presentations. They strive to increase accessibility to and relevance of the music while ensuring high-caliber performances.
National String Symphonia
The ELC Fine Arts Series presents the Trunk Memorial Organ Series featuring Joshua Stafford. The recital is free and features ELC’s historic Moller pipe organ. The Association for Anglican Musicians referred to Mr. Stafford as “technically flawless yet exceptionally nuanced and spontaneous.” He has wowed audiences throughout the country and continues to perform with musical excellence. We hope to see you there! For more information on our Fine Arts Series, please visit twinspires.org/concerts
Free Organ Concert featuring Joshua Stafford @Evangelical Lutheran Church
“Afrique en Cirque” is a highly colorful creation featuring a handful of amazing acrobats, and musicians from Cirque Kalabanté, performing their authentic choreography to the frantic rhythms of djembes and other native instruments of Guinea. To the melodious sound of the Kora, artistic director and company founder, Yamoussa Bangoura takes us into an elsewhere that radiates the diversity of traditional African arts combined with the virtuosity of the North American modern circus performance.
Family Series: Afrique en Cirque by Cirque Kalabante
Synopsis: The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th-century England. Category: Adventure, Comedy, History Runtime: 2 hours 9 minutes Rating: N/A Cast: Albert Finney, Susannah York, George Devine
Wonder Book Classic Film Series: Tom Jones (1963)
Join in the twelfth annual Bring a Broom Saturday on Saturday, April 29, 2023! Community members are asked to bring their brooms and help Downtown Frederick get ready for spring. 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. Bring a Broom Saturday is a great volunteer opportunity for companies, sports teams, social clubs and civic groups. If you’re volunteering as part of a group, select your team name from the dropdown menu during registration. If you’re a group leader and need to create a team registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more event info at bringabroom2023.eventbrite.com Bring a Broom Saturday is made possible with support from the City of Frederick, Oldetowne Landscape Architects, and Grant County Mulch.
Bring a Broom Saturday
A lively troupe of commedia players loves the story of Cinderella so much that they try to improve upon it. Arlequin, the mischief-maker, boasts about getting the role of the prince. But Columbine gives Punchin the prince’s role making Arlequin the prince’s servant instead! Full of slapstick shenanigans, dance, music, and wit, this re-telling of the classic tale gets a wonderful Commedia dell’arte spin.
The Commedia Cinderella @ Maryland Ensemble Theater
We are honored to present this amazing event to the Frederick Community! Save the date for April 29th 2pm-7pm and come out to support the Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County as we “Battle” 6 Bands on stage for a huge prize package!! There will be beer from Rockwell Brewery, food from Traditional Authentic Mexican Food and In10se BBQ as well games, activities, and so much more fun! Tickets go on sale March 1st for $5 and the ticket link will appear online at botbfrederick.com We need sponsors for this event and will be counting on them to help raise funds for this amazing organization so if your company wants to help make it happen. Email email@example.com or go to botbfrederick.com and download the sponsor packet now!!
Battle of the Bands
Join author/illustrator Jonathan Roth on Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m. at the C. Burr Artz Public Library to create your own out-of-this-world graphic novel! Mr. Roth will give helpful tips and fun exercises to kids who want to create comics of their own. Paper and pens/pencils will be provided or bring your own. For ages 7 and up. Books, including Roth’s Rover and Speck included on ALA’s 2023 Core Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable List, will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of Curious Iguana!
Creating Your Own Out-of-this-World Graphic Novel @ C. Burr Artz Library
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with the internationally acclaimed Thumbscrew, featuring guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Michael Formanek, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, “three of jazz’s most dauntless and resourceful artists,” according to NPR. Since its formation in 2012, Thumbscrew has become emblematic of 21st Century jazz diversity. They have performed at jazz festivals throughout North America and Europe, and at such legendary clubs as The Village Vanguard and Blues Alley, as well as releasing seven CDs on the Silver Spring Maryland-based Cuneiform Records, garnering acclaim from internationally respected media platforms.
Performing your favorite tunes from Broadway classics such as The King and I, Phantom of the Opera and Fiddler on the Roof and music selections from big screen favorites like the James Bond movies, The Lord of the Rings, and many more. The Frederick Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra composed of professionally trained musicians performing a series of concerts each year that include classical masterworks, music by contemporary composers, pop concerts, and educational programs.
Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise: Frederick Symphony Orchestra – “Broadway and Beyond”
The Tivoli Discovery Series is our pay-what-you-want series featuring emerging artists. This month’s artist is Austin, TX-based Zach Person, who plays loud, raw, and connects with his music fans on a primal sonic level. Person has a swagger, talent and grit beyond his years. With the poise of a seasoned veteran on stage and the stylings of a mega star, he commands an audience in seconds. “Reminiscent of everyone from Elmore James and Duane Allman to The Black Keys and Jack White, Person channels a raw, pure-bred American swagger,” said American Songwriter. “Between the driving beat, Person’s fuzzed-out vocals and the layers of bombastic guitar parts, the tune shows off all the reasons that Buddy Guy once said of Person ‘What else can I say? The young man is hot!’” His inspirations are varied, and include prolific artists like The Black Keys, Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Jonny Lang, Funkadelic, and Led Zeppelin. With his new project, Zach has created his own take on a contemporary hybrid of blues and rock music, arranged in a pop format. Person’s self-titled, debut LP dropped on April 2, 2021 and garnered the attention of notable press including American Songwriter, Classic Rock Magazine, American Blues Scene, […]
Tivoli Discovery Series: Zach Person
Hailing from the Eastern Highlands and New Ireland provinces of Papua New Guinea, though now Sydney Australia-based, Ngaiire has a career that crosses genres and mediums and expectations. Ngaiire’s sound melds electronic neo-soul, gospel, and big pop sounds, strained through the lens of a First Nations Papua New Guinean songwriter. Touring as a 6-piece ensemble, Ngaiire’s shows give the audience the full spectrum of live performances: one moment will be a pop banger, and the next she will break your heart.
A MET Premiere, in collaboration with AARCH Society and The Maryland Room at C. Burr Artz Library, exploring the rich and valuable history of the African American community in Frederick. On June 1st, use of face coverings will be mandatory. All other performances are mask-optional. Tickets for the Friday, May 12th at 7PM performance will include the South & Saints opening reception followed by the show at 8PM . Enjoy food, drinks, a photo opportunity, and great company! An ASL interpreted performance will take place on Friday, May 19th. For all performances, a limited supply of Pay What You Will tickets are available beginning at $5. We ask that if you can pay for a full price ticket that you do using the standard ticket option.
South & Saints @ Maryland Ensemble Theater
The Ladies of Laughter Funny & Fabulous tour includes winners and the best talent from its heralded international competition. Past participants include Amy Schumer, Tammy Pescatelli, Michelle Buteau and countless others who got their jump-start from this one-and-only women’s comedy programming with the sole purpose of highlighting, celebrating and furthering the careers of women in stand-up comedy. See 3 past winners of the Ladies of Laughter competition with totally unique backgrounds and sensibilities: the suburban mom (Jane Condon), the lawyer turned comedian from Singapore (Jocelyn Chia) and the urban, philosopher that makes you see your world differently, (Leighann Lord). All 3 are primed to make you open your mind, make you laugh and forget about all the world’s problems. This is a show that you will be telling your friends about for a long time!
Ladies of Laugher: Funny and Fabulous Tour
Evangelical Lutheran Church is proud to host the Frederick Chorale’s Spring Concert “From Stage to Screen: Timeless Classics and New Favorites.” Under the direction of Heidi Ackerman, the Chorale will perform a two-day feature showcasing an array of repertoire. We hope to see you there! For more information, please visit twinspires.org/concerts or frederickchorale.org
Free Frederick Chorale Concert @ Evangelical Lutheran Church
Synopsis: Two couples and a troupe of actors have an encounter with some mischievous fairies in the forest. Category: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance Runtime: 2 hours 13 minutes Rating: N/A Cast: James Cagney, Dick Powell, Iam Hunter