There’s no better place to celebrate Independence Day 2015 than in our own back yard. Celebrate Frederick is helping to kick off the annual “Frederick’s 4th– An Independence Celebration” event in Baker Park and there are few excuses that should keep you from joining this epic gathering.
The celebration starts at noon with opening ceremonies at the Maryland Management Company Band Shell. The band shell will host multiple shows including Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam (kids rock n’ roll), Sons of Pirates, and Damn the Torpedoes- a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute. The WFRE Country Stage returns to the south side of the Baker Park Swimming Pool with a list of must-see performers, including City Clicker Band featuring Debbie Williams, Olivia Lane, Davisson Brothers Band, and Cam.
Beer and Wine Gardens will be set for all attendees over 21- One on second street next to the Baker Park Recreation Center, and another at Carillon by the tennis courts. Don’t leave the festivities until the stars come out and fireworks light up the cityscape. Point your blankets and lawn chairs towards Parkway Elementary School around dusk to see the much anticipated Fireworks Show, presented by Comfort One Shoes. Want to light up like the night sky? Purchase your glow sticks and necklaces at the park- $2 for 1 or $5 for 3.
Other festivities in the park include the Key 103 Bathtub Races, as well as the 33rd annual 4th of July Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Grass Doubles Volleyball Tournament, occurring on the Frederick High School lawn. Both activities require pre-registration to participate but open to spectators. Don’t miss out on making your best memories for July 4th this Saturday in Baker Park!
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Being a runner, I tend to sway towards one of two workouts: One being a long slow jog, the other being an interval sprint workout- both focusing on cardio health, leg definition, and…well… running. While I feel like I exercise regularly and get a good calorie burn, my regimen only focuses on a few muscles, time and time again. In order to get the body we all strive for, the key on every fitness blog and health-nut site hones in on the importance of exercise variety. This is why Barre East is a no-brainer for those of us in search for a much-needed tone-up.
The studio, located in Shab Row at Everedy Square in Frederick, is as welcoming as it is modern. The brick walls and warehouse-styled ceilings allow for maximum sound travel in order for Taryn Sisco, Barre East manager, and her team to coach the class with great excitement and positive energy. “You’ll find that the time spent in class passes very quickly due to the fast pace, variety of exercises, upbeat music, ever-changing choreography, and inspiring instructors,” Sisco said. “It’s never the same class twice.”
Barre workouts are steadily growing in number across the county, obviously a popular choice for men and women alike to come and tone muscles, lose weight, and see rapid results.
“The concept of Barre is the isolation of a muscle, working it to fatigue, then stretching it,” Sisco explained. “We embrace the shaking as it’s totally natural for your muscles to quiver uncontrollably- it means you are exhausting that muscle and forcing it to tone.” Other benefits of the barre include its ability to be kind on joints while focusing hard on muscles, easy modifications accessible for every movement, and promised improvements in flexibility, balance, and endurance. Should we go on?
A number of regulars joined me during the first month of my Barre East experience. One attendee, Christa Hannon, enjoys the workouts so much, she will soon be one of your Barre East instructors. “I started coming to Barre East in May and I immediatey loved it,” Hannon said. “I have a passion for fitness and teaching, so this was a perfect fit. You don’t have to have a background in dance to enjoy these workouts and everyone here is so friendly”. Gina Pagliaro also enjoys attending Barre East classes, especially during lunch when a convenient class is held for her and her Market Street co-workers to participate in between busy office hours! “I come three to four times a week,” she said. “We come during our lunches, it’s so convenient. I really feel it toning my arms and legs.”
My practice had me coming in to see the Barre East team two to three times a week, with results showing only after week number two. I was amazed at how my clothes were a tad looser and more comfortable after only five classes. I also noticed better balance and improved endurance, especially during my long runs. Did I mention slight ab definition? “By doing barre regularly, you’ll notice a remarkable improvement in your core strength and posture,” Sisco said. “Barre helps people develop core strength while standing, as well as pelvic floor strength, which is great for pre- and post-natal mothers.”
Whether you come from a background in dance, you’re an avid runner, or just looking to get started in the fitness world, Barre East is inviting you in for a new and exciting workout sure to deliver results. Class schedules are available online, with opportunities to sign up every day of the week! Want to give the Barre East a try for free? Head over to FiND iT FREDERiCK’s Facebook page to see how YOU could win 5 free classes (a $75 value) to Barre East of Frederick!
Come out to support the Tuscarora High School Marching Band Carwash on Saturday June 27th!
A vibrant spirit among the Frederick Community, the Tuscarora High School Marching Band (THSIMB) is an avid supporter of the school in a number of after school and weekend activities. The multi-talented group of motivated students find their way to bring music and morale to the student body of a thriving high-school community whether it be for football games, social events, and student body pep-rallies. They enhance community image and augment student learning on a large spectrum. With so much of their time giving back to their school and community, now is the time for us to return the favor!
This weekend, the marching band is asking for your support as they work to raise funds to purchase new uniforms to continue their prestigious run as a reputable force in the high school marching band arena. Like the majority of public schools in the country, the high school does not receive any funding from the public school system to purchase the uniforms rightly required for the sport.
The team has been performing for over 11 years with the same uniforms- which have needed repairs and alterations after a number of active, successful seasons. With each uniform costing near $400, the entire band is out to raise their own funds to reach approximately $40,000 in order to purchase the attire needed to maintain their group’s prestige and enthusiasm.
Come out to enjoy the weekend with a wonderful group of teens who strive for excellence in every way. The event takes place from 9am to 1pm at PNC Bank at 5810 Ballenger Creek Pike in Frederick for their car wash fundraiser. See you there!
Photo Credit- The Frederick Keys.com
Baseball is in full swing at the newly acclaimed Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium, and The Frederick Keys are well on their way to another busy season. Warm evenings, great comfort food, and the smell of fresh cut grass are just a few reasons why this is one of America’s favorite pastimes. The Frederick Keys make it easy for us to come out and enjoy the dog days of summer.
The five-month season includes a number of fun activities and themed nights when our local team plays at home. Every Monday, be sure to bring the kids and watch the game while filling their tummies for free. All children 12 years or younger receive a free voucher upon admission for a free hot dog, soda, and chips. Come back on Tuesdays for the Key’s “Tuesday Win Guarantee.”
Each game played on Tuesday night at Nymeo Field is a guaranteed Keys win! If by chance the Key’s can’t lock in a win, bring that night’s ticket back for any Monday-Thursday game to be re-admitted at no additional cost. Sounds like a win in our book! And don’t forget the much-anticipated Fireworks displays during the weekends! Grab your keys during the 7th inning stretch and shake em’ hard for a chance to get on camera during the game!
Many nights at the stadium benefit a great cause as well. On June 11th, come to the game to support Castaway Keyote to celebrate 15 years of the nationwide film phenomenon. Donate any Wilson sports equipment for charity to gain a free admissions ticket. Join the Keys on June 18th for their “Strike Out Hunger” event- all guests who donate to the Maryland Food Bank upon your arrival to the stadium will receive a free admissions ticket to that evening’s game. Just goes to show: It does good to do good!
If your little one is more hands-on and wishes to hit the field with future Orioles, sign them up for the Summer baseball camps, open to those ages 5-10. Price is $130 per camper and the day runs from 9:00 am – Noon. Session one starts June 29th – July 1st, session two runs August 11th-13th. Sign up now by going to the Keys Website!
Head over to FiND iT FREDERiCK’s Facebook page to see how YOU could win a Flex pack of 10 tickets to be used anytime this season! Be sure to check out the Key’s schedule to ensure you hit a home-run with your plans this summer!
Friday June 5th is National Donut Day. The day that these circular pastries fill our stomachs with sweet, sweet satisfaction. Luckily for us, there are a number of choices to get our fill of the tasty treats in the area on this day of celebration (or just any day of the week for a good breakfast or dessert!)
(Photo courtesy of Krumpe’s Donuts)
For those in the Hagerstown area searching for the best place to donut, look no further than Krumpes Donuts. This family owned establishment is tucked away on Maryland Avenue, where the hours open to the public span from 7pm-2am, and their creations can be seen around the area at local businesses and office round tables from those co-workers who really know how to share. Max Krumpe, a 4th generation Krumpe, says this national day of donuts is one of their favorites. “This day is an exciting day for us- you can tell especially on our social media,” he said. “Last year we sold over 70 dozen of our Strawberry Shortcake doughnuts. It’s still one of our top sellers!”
But for the Krumpe’s team, every day is a donut day. “It’s all about seeing everybody’s face when they bite into a fresh, hot doughnut. It’s just so nice when you see something like this make someone’s day,” Krumpe said. The small establishment has a new side door open to the public to form a line and prepare for their treats to be served fresh and hot!
On the other side of town, look for the new storefront of Glory Doughnuts, a completely plant-based eatery complete with coffee, teas, juices, and other breakfast treats. The new storefront is located on the corner of Church and East Street in Downtown Frederick.
Open Tuesday through Sunday from 7am-3pm, this eco-friendly bakery serves a number of vegan entrees. Upon visiting, the cases in front of the cash register contained about 8 different varieties of mouth watering donuts, including S’mores, Chai Tea, Cinnamon Twist, and Lugenberry. Entrees include Pabst Blue Ribbon Belgian Waffles, BBQ Tofu Club Sandwiches, Salted Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast, and (Tofu) Fried Egg Sandwich.
Don’t forget to celebrate National Donut Day on June 5th by stopping by either of these locations for delectable dough! Or, really… just any day when you need a good donut to fill a hungry hole in your tummy!
After entering the grounds at The Antrim 1844, we were captivated by the gorgeous architecture of the 10 different historically rich structures that encompass the 24-acre plantation… oh and also by the abundant gardens of handpicked roses, peonies, and lilacs that create the enchanted feel of a romantic, picturesque escape from any one of our busy lives…. Or was it simply from the open arms and warm smiles of the men and women that ensured our stay at the hotel was as unique and memorable as your best stay ever, from the time we entered to the time we left?
First, a history lesson! The Antrim 1844 hotel, located in Tanytown Maryland, is an attractive hotel named after Major John McKaleb’s home in County Antrim in Ireland. McKaleb’s daughter, Margaret, married Colonel Andrew Ege who built the establishment in 1844. At the time, the mansion stayed lit with 19th century methane power. Today, those same methane pipes are used to run electricity for AC and lighting in the original structure that has seen minimal changes. 40 different rooms in 10 different locations offers each visitor the chance to form their own unique experience. On-site buildings include The Ice house- a popular spot for afternoon tea (back in the day), the Brick Kitchen, The Spring House, and the Overseer’s Wing. The Pavillion Ballroom and Pool House are both on site. The location is perfect for accommodating the near-150 weddings hosted on the grounds each year. We made friends with Betsy and Mike Krener, frequent visitors, who applaud the Antrim’s packages offered all year long. “We’ve been here a dozen times, including our Thanksgiving dinner with family,” Betsy said. “It’s a getaway that’s close but feels far away. We love everything from the rooms to the wine and cheese pairings in the Summer.”
One remarkable room that stands in the basement of the main mansion is the Wine Cellar. Owners Richard and Dorothy Mollett, alongside General Manager Ruben Cambero, host a tasting for wine makers from all over the world to come and present their wines for an opportunity to be included in the Antrim’s top-notch menu. Guest lists have included big names in the wine industry, including Joseph Phelps of renowned Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast wineries. Each wine is tasted and given great consideration prior to being added to the cellar’s content of over 2,900 different varieties of wine from regions worldwide. The cellar includes French Grand Crus and Pertuse, and is temperature controlled. Dinner may be served to you and your guests in the luxurious wine cellar with a $400 wine purchase minimum.
Cambero is no stranger to the hospitality business. After earning his degree in Business Administration as an exchange student in Sweden, he returned home to Spain in order to work in Hotel El Peregrino, his parent’s luxury boutique hotel (a subsidiary of Relais & Chateau.) It was in his family’s hotel that he practiced managing daily property operations with an emphasis on memorable guest experiences. After arriving in the states and accepting a position with Antrim, he went strait to work bringing European roots, culture, and knowledge of genuine hospitality to the historic lodge and Smokehouse restaurant. “Here, everyone is treated the same and is equally important,” Cambero stated. “Everyone deserves the same, unforgettable experience.”
There’s no doubt about it- The Antrim is the perfect place to relax and is an exceptionally unique experience from the guest rooms to each meal’s final course. We enjoyed an unforgettable stay filled with history, food, and wine- all first-class! Want to come and join the incredible staff and other happy guests at the Antrim? Subscribe to our sister publication, Eastern Home & Travel, between now and June 30th and enter to win $300 towards your next stay at Antrim 1844! Click Subscribe today to enter!- www.easternhomeandtravel.com