Main Street Middletown is proud to present their first annual “The Heat is On” 5k and Fun Run, Saturday- August 29th. This exciting 5k to benefit Main Street Middletown and Frederick County Public Libraries- Middletown Branch will guide runners through a scenic route past beautiful historic buildings and views out into the Valley. Warm-ups will be of no worries for experienced or beginner runners alike thanks to Rockstar Fitness’ stretch session prior to the start on Saturday morning.
Becky Reich, Main Street Middletown Manager, truly believes this event will really enhance the Main Street programs! “This year, we have plans to add way-finding signage to direct more people downtown, revise our Main Street brochure, and revamp the heritage marker program to update the downtown walking tour, Reich said. “These are just a few of the things that Main Street Middletown is doing to help bring more residents, shoppers, and visitors to our lovely downtown!” The race will begin at Rockstar Fitness, located at Green Street and Route 17.
The full-circle course promises a flat fun run experience with a downhill finish, sure to provide runners with a great fast finish. Race time starts at 8am. Children 8 years old and under can participate in a shorter “Fun Run” that begins at 8:30am. Awards will be given for top 3 finishers in each age category. Parking is free at designated lots throughout the town. On-street parking will not be available on race morning to accommodate runners.
All interested runners are encouraged to sign up at www.mainstreetmiddletown.org. Event sponsors include Zion Lutheran Church, Middletown Valley Bank, Candlelight Floral Designs, Sportsland, Hello Gorgeous Salon, The Garden Center, The Main Cup, Middletown Valley Family Medicine, Rockstar Fitness, Mountain Spirit Yoga, C. Basil Grossnickle Inc. Insurance, and FiND iT FREDERiCK Magazine.
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Head over to FiND iT FREDERiCK Facebook to win tickets for a showing of West Side Story and dinner for two!
West Side Story is a well known theatrical performance that brings Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to a modern, New York City street where the opportunities for two love birds are less than ideal. But did you know that Sondheim originally wanted the play to be the first to drop the “F-bomb” on Broadway and bring a controversial twist to the stage for its growing audience? Check out five other facts you may not have known about this classic love-story of the notorious West Side-
1. Shakespeare based the concept of “West Side Story” after reading a poem by Arthur Brooke titled The Tragic Historye of Romeus and Iuliet. This poem was actually created on the idea created by another poem by Roman poet, Ovid- titled Pyramus and Thisbe.
2. When the play was picked up for film adaption, the cast from Broadway was immediately rejected, claiming that they all looked too old to play “children” on screen. Maybe it’s true- the camera adds 10 years!
3. A scene in the movie, titled “Cool”, required actors to wear knee pads. Choreographer, Jerome Robbins, was known to push the actors to the limits during rehearsals and stage shows so much so that the actors burned their knee pads in his office after shooting to display their emotions towards the long hours of strenuous activity. Take that, Robbins!
4. Due to serious topics and risqué language, the original producer of West Side Story completely stopped raising money for the show early in the development process. The new director that came on board believed the show was well worth the fund raising. And luckily so- West Side Story became one of the most successful Broadway Musical in history.
5. On stage, Tony and Riff vow to make a lifelong promise of friendship and devotion to one another that includes the words “from sperm to worm.” To satisfy television censors, the film adaptation changed the line to “from birth to earth.” Would this still have been changed in today’s censorship guidelines? Food for thought.
(Facts courtesy of HERE)
You may think you know every acronym behind PBR, but think again! People’s Blues of Richmond (PBR), an up-and-coming band with a sound of carnival-like mayhem mixed with psychedelic blues, is coming to Flying Dog Brewery on July 18th. This power trio’s newest single, “Gone Gone Gone,” was produced by the notorious Mark Neill- mastermind behind Grammy winning record Brothers by The Black Keys.
Critics from all over can assure you this is one show you won’t want to miss. Relix Magazinedescribed the sound of this embryonic band as, “…blues meets Modest Mouse-inspired crunch.” Creative Loafing states “[PBR is] A cross between The Black Keys and Black Sabbath with a healthy dose of Led Zeppelin cock-strut appeal- dark and heavy rock n’ roll, dosed in psychedelia and driven by metal-shredded guitar and bluesy riffage.”
The reputation behind the raw intensity of PBR is spreading like wild fire. Their live performances attract large flocks of fans at festivals like Lockn’ & Electric Forest. The trio has shared stages with big names like Modest Mouse and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes. The band also shares bills with an impressive collection of artists including JJ Grey & Mofro to Dinosaur Jr.
Come see the show at Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, July 18th. Doors open at 5pm and you must be 21+ with a valid photo ID to enter. Other performances include sets by Surfer Blood and The Sun Club. Tickets are available at flyingdogtix.com.
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
Tucked on the corner of Market and South street in downtown Frederick sits the cozy, quaint, and authentic Italian restaurant Il Porto. A chalkboard sidewalk sign reads off Crab Bisque and other specialties that made my stomach growl and pine for a cup. A few street strollers walked up and gazed at the menu in the window, nodding in approval. I stepped passed them to enter the restaurant in search of the Owner, Obed Nolasco, to give me a little more insight into the small nook that brings favored classic Italian cuisine to Frederick.
When I walked into the restaurant, I was immediately greeted with a delicious smell of Italian herbs and an exquisite marinara sauce that drifted out from the kitchen. A few tables were occupied by satisfied diners and their empty plates. “We have a lot of regulars that come in,” Nolasco said. “On the weekends, we also see many new faces.” The time was near four in the afternoon when I stepped in, and the lunch crowd was dissolving into dinner. “Reservations are made here all of the time. Sometimes two weeks in advance,” the owner continued. “Some nights we are filled up! Especially holidays like Mothers Day, Christmas Eve, and Valentines Day. We have a great place for people to come in for those special days.”
Il Porto’s popular dishes include their Eggplant Parmesan, which can be described as original and extremely fresh! Their Roast Veal is also a staple dish, slow cooked for several hours with a touch of tasteful herbs including garlic and rosemary. “We bring you good food, consistency, great service, and a sense of being part of the family,” Obed promised. And being in the business for nearly 20 years, it’s hard to argue with the man! “Once you find a parking spot, we promise you it’ll be worth it!” Other Italian dishes that began as classics but receive the special flavors of Il Porto are their Ossobucco and Shrimp Fra Diavolo.
Il Porto is also available to those in the Gaithersburg, both locations run by the Nolasco family. Monday nights (at either location) come in for ½ price bottles of wine, or take advantage of Frederick’s Tini Tuesday where all martinis are $5.99. And check out FiND iT FREDERiCK’s Facebook page to learn more about how you can win a gift card to use at Il Porto on your next night out!
It’s hard to argue- we live in a very unique town. Recently, Movoto acclaimed Frederick to be one of the best DC suburbs for young adults, Zagat named our city to be a top spot for foodies, and numerous shout-outs from a number of publications and organizations recognized our bustling downtown and beautiful clustered-spire-cityscape. On August 15th, another unique Frederick staple returns to keep the wheels in this city turning! The Clustered Spires High Wheel Race will bring in the best (and tallest) high-wheel bikes from all over to compete in a challenging and exciting display of athleticism for all to see.
Presented by Brewers Alley and Visit Frederick, all proceeds benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Frederick County. The Frederick County Bank (FCB) is a local sponsor who can only express sincere excitement to be a part of this great Frederick attraction. SVP of Marketing at FCB, Richard A. Davies explains the multiple benefits this amazing event has for the community. “With the growing popularity of the race, it helps boost tourism and thus the local economy,” Davies said. “The historic nature of the High Wheel Race fits well with the historicity of Frederick County and City.”
The event this year includes a new attraction- The Frederick County Bank Children’s race. This event allows for local members of the Boys and Girls club to enter the race. FCB “takes seriously the betterment of children through whatever means are available. This includes these types of structured (Boys & Girls Club) programs as well as financial education,” Davies continued. Many opportunities are available for people to watch, participate, and become a part of this cherished tradition. Starting at Brewers Alley, the race will allow for high-wheel riders to come together for the nation’s ONLY high wheel bike race. Competitors can wind through downtown Frederick streets on their personalized trikes and bikes of all sizes. All are invited to come watch as the streets come alive for this special event, only open to 30 riders from all over.
Only a few slots are left, so head over to www.highwheelrace.com to join the fun!
*Don’t miss our special opportunity for you and your friend to enjoy the Enomatic process at VINI CULTURE wine bar & cafe on FiNDiTFREDERiCK’s Facebook Page*
Upon arriving at VINI CULTURE wine bar and café, I quickly realized this spot is not an average wine bar. The long narrow entry way leads Downtown Frederick walkers up into a wine and food excursion even the most green of wine drinkers can surely enjoy- which fit me perfectly! Walls decorated with modern art, seating areas with plush green and silver chairs, shelves of celebrated wine labels, and unique enomatic dispensing machines make this spot a haven for locals and visitors alike. Not only was I eager to try a taste from their vast selection of local and imported wines, but also my mouth began to water over the scrumptious flatbreads and stacked sandwiches on their affordable menu! I didn’t want to argue with my curiosity, however, so first thing was first- show me how to Enomatic!
For those of you unaware of the Enomatic process, let me explain to you just as it was explained to me. Enomatic refers to the modern glass chambers that hold a number of wines (red and white) and operates under a method capable of preserving wine for up to 4 weeks once the cork is popped. The apparatus dispenses the wine straight into your glass, ensuring the smoothest, purest experience. All we need to do as customers is grab a glass, pick our favorite grapes, and punch a few buttons. Not only was getting my wine simple, it was fun!
When you enter VINI CULTURE, just walk up to the front desk to purchase your enomatic card. Each card must contain a minimum of $20, but is re-loadable and never expires (can you say, “the perfect gift for the winos in your life!”) Then, browse the four dispensing machines that contain eight wines each, making for a total of 32 wines to sip on. Insert your enomatic card into the pay slot and choose your pour. VINI CULTURE makes it easy by allowing for a 1oz taste of any of their wines at a very small price. Then, once you are ready to declare the winner, a 2.5oz half glass or 5oz full glass may be purchased to allow for the greatest of gulps. Repeat process as often as desired and find your way to the bar to socialize with the knowledgeable sommeliers or choose a table and order off of their diverse menu of exciting entrees. It’s only a matter of time until you fall in love with the culture behind VINI CULTURE!
Still unsure about how to tackle the limited-self-service wine phenomenon? Check out our slide show to see how I learned the ropes with the help of VINI CULTURE’s Joshua Parker! And don’t miss out on all of the exciting events, all available to view on VINI CULTURE’s website and event page!
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“Unreal.” That’s the word local musician Paul Pfau chose to describe his experience on NBC’s The Voice. Although Paul said his farewell on The Voice last night, it surely won’t be the last time you hear him sing. The Middletown native holds a prominent presence in the DC area music scene with an award-winning debut album “Happy To Be” on iTunes and Spotify. His soulful rendition of Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me To the Moon wow’ed judges on the hit TV show, but Pfau won’t stop at just the moon when he knows the sky holds no limits.
I remember meeting Paul a few years ago and I can still recall his passion for music radiating throughout the room. He is a man on a mission with the tools for success, from his stunning guitar skills to his elegantly simple, yet soulful, vocals. I was ecstatic to get the chance to talk with Paul and discuss all things music, The Voice, moonwalking, and his go-to pizza place.
What was that defining moment when you knew you wanted to pursue a future in music?
I can remember- I was riding in my dad’s car going to the grocery store when While My Guitar Softly Weeps by the Beetles came on the radio and it hit me- I want to do this! Back then I listened to all sorts of music. When I was that age [around 14 years old], I knew I needed outlets to express myself, and that outlet turned out to be music. I started experimenting with music in high school, but I was in college when I started writing songs and playing guitar. There were those days when career fairs came to campus and all of my friends were going, but I thought to myself- “I don’t want to do that. I want to make music.” I started going to local shows and open mics and I was able to gain a lot of support. People liked what I was playing and it was incredible. I graduated and started touring and playing at different colleges. And now here I am on The Voice! It’s been quite the journey!
You have been on tour across the country and also in the studio as you compiled your album “Happy To Be” in 2013. Which do you prefer- studio sessions or live shows?
They are very different, but I love them both! They are similar because they allow you to go off of other people’s energy in both environments. When you’re live, you have fans coming in and they are excited. They bring a lot of energy. This pulls something out of you that you didn’t know you had. That’s what I love about music across the board. Staying open in the moment. You never know where the inspiration is coming from. In the studio, you create a different energy on your own. There’s energy in the studio that is so different and allows you to get lost in just creating. There is no audience in front of you so you can always go back and work on things, too. There is that time delay from when you create a record in the studio to when you release it months later and then you just hope people dig what you’re doing. When you’re live, you can see how people react to you in the moment. I guess it’s just like with your children, you can’t pick a favorite.
You have met some pretty big names during your music career including The Lumineers and the Beach Boys. What was that like?
I met the members of the Beach Boys in Virginia at a pre-show party. I met musicians Bruce Johnston and Mike Love [members of The Beach Boys] and asked them for their advice. They told me to stay in school and don’t do music in this crazy industry… But I guess I didn’t listen. A few years back, I had a four song EP out and I put together an east coast tour by myself. I did one show- Puck Live in Doylestown, Pennsylvania- and I was 1 of 3 acts. The Lumineers played then, and that was when their one song [Hey-Ho] was featured on TV. We went record shopping before the show. It just goes to show you that you never know what is going to happen- you just have to stay open to possibilities.
Your presence is growing on iTunes- What’s that like knowing that people are living their lives and having your music be a part of it day to day?
It’s wild. People tweet their pics with my album saying things like, “waking up with Paul’s music”. It’s so cool. It’s every artist’s dream to write music and have people simply enjoy it. Being the soundtrack to someone’s day or week… It’s just super humbling and extremely gratifying.
You were a contestant on “The Voice”. With a number of different shows out there for aspiring musicians, why did you choose to audition for “The Voice”?
Last May, I got a phone call from a California number. I didn’t recognize it so I let it go to voicemail. They left me a message and asked me to come out to LA for a private audition. And then I made it into the blind auditions on that stage. Crazy! Honestly, I never thought I could make it out to this kind of show because I am a very simple singer. My range isn’t over the top, but that is what makes me, me.
You auditioned with “Fly Me To The Moon” by music icon- Frank Sinatra. Do you find Sinatra to be a great inspiration for you? What music icons do you look up to when creating your own music?
I look up to Sinatra for the fact that [his music] is not about range. He sings and there are no bells or whistles. It’s focused on how he can convey the message of the sound. The classic tone of voice and motion of a song are important to me. I never want to do anything other than “me”.
I also look up to The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Maroon 5, Gavin Degraw, and Jason Mraz. Shooter Jennings is also an influence- he’s in Country music. My experience on the show has opened many windows and doors to different kinds of music. All contestants on the show are different and it’s great. Working on my next record, I want to focus on mixing genres and creating a sound that’s never been done…. Kind of like ambient folk. Think Bob Dylan mixed with Explosions in the Sky. It’s such a cool thing to grow as a musician- John Mayer once said something like, as you grow, you listen to different styles of music, so why can’t my own music grow too? Working with Pharrell was great because he’s genre-less and focuses on making music from the heart. Another thing is that some people try to plan too much. It’s when life is so planned out that people don’t open up for spontaneity. I am so pumped for the unknown. Enjoy not knowing what’s coming. I mean… that’s how this [The Voice] started!
What did it feel like the minute you saw Blake Shelton and Pharrell, two huge names in music, turn their chairs and beg to be your vocal coach?
Well, first off, I never thought I’d be on that stage. Once I got on the stage, I never thought anyone would turn around. After both chairs turned around, I couldn’t believe it. Not in a depreciating way, I just never thought my voice was for this kind of show. I remember heading home after the auditions and just giggling on the airplane. I just couldn’t believe it! Now it has happened. Now people know about me. The first time I talked to Pharrell, he approached me when we were getting ready for the show and I heard him say, “Mr. Pfau”. I mean, just for them to know who I am and support me, there’s nothing more I could ask for.
Coming back towards home, what do you like most about playing in and around the DC and Maryland area?
There is so much talent in this area. The Voice band that plays the songs for the contestants in LA is actually made up of many people from Maryland and Virginia. The amount of talent that comes out of this area is crazy. The local music scene is supportive and all of that talent makes you want to be better everyday. In LA, Nashville, and New York, you can talk to musicians and many way say they originated from around the DC area. There must be something in the water.
You grew up and have family around the Middletown area. When you get a chance to come home, are there any local spots you like to visit when you come back to the area?
Every Friday is pizza night in the Pfau household and when I’m home we head to Il Forno’s. I grew up with two younger brothers and two older sisters, and so for our big family it was always so important to share this time together. That’s our spot.
And finally, any exciting or unusual facts about yourself you think people would love to know about you?
Hm… You know, I have always wondered what I would say if someone asked me this question. Oh, I’m an awesome Moon Walker… like Michael Jackson!
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Unless you have been living under a rock, then you have surely heard of the Gluten-Free and Vegan lifestyles that many people are adopting for a healthier diet. While the severity of food allergies can vary from person to person, more and more restaurants and bakeries are striving to accommodate the growing need for ingredient-conscious consumers. Whether you’re a farmed veteran in the gluten free department, or you’re solely looking for an excuse to eat dessert that you can feel better about, A Better Choice Bakery could just be the right choice for you!
When I went gluten-free over a year ago due to a developed food allergy, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to satisfy my aching sweet tooth and love for all things pastry. Luckily, there are a multitude of alternative baking ingredients that can be used to produce delectable breads and scrumptious cupcakes that are free of any gluten, dairy, or animal proteins that can aggravate an allergy. A Better Choice Bakery never uses food dyes nor do they bake with any GMO ingredients to produce their baked goods, making their products a no-brainer for a healthier treat. Items include sweet or savory breads, pizza crusts, cookies, brownies, cupcakes, and pies (…oh my!).
Their store front resides in historic downtown Brunswick, where they also participate in the local farmers market which provides excellent locally grown produce for all who stop by. You can also find A Better Choice Bakery items at The Frederick Coffee Company, Black Dog Coffee Company, Super Foods, Loco Joe’s and The Common Market. Check out their menu and upcoming farmers market events online or on their Facebook page- A Better Choice Bakery.
A couple stood ahead of me in line, holding hands, and perusing the case of brightly decorated chocolate treats. They stood there a few minutes, pointing at different plates of truffles, and delegating which ones to box up and bring home. Once they moved over to the cash register to pay for their treats, the case was in full site, displaying more than twenty different flavors of delicately painted deities. My mouth started to water and I realized I was not in any ordinary chocolate shop. I stepped foot into Frederick’s beloved, award-winning chocolate boutique, The Perfect Truffle.
After too much time trying to pick just two from all of the mouth-watering options, I chose to savor the Irish Coffee truffle dusted with powdered sugar, and the award-winning Passion Fruit Dark Chocolate truffle, decorated with white and red hearts. After paying and making my way back to the car, I could barely wait to turn on the ignition before trying the hand-painted truffles. I popped the Irish Coffee in my mouth and immediately melted into the dreamy Jamison Irish Whiskey and Coffee ganache center. After licking my fingers clean, I tried the Passion Fruit. My taste buds encompassed everything from the rich dark chocolate to the real passion fruit center. It took all I had not to go back in for two more to take home.
Whether you are satisfying your own sweet tooth or sending a treat to someone special, these rich truffles are sure to deliver a unique chocolate experience unlike anywhere else. In fact, we loved our chocolates so much that now we wish to share with you! The Perfect Truffle is located at Everedy Square in Downtown Frederick.
If you haven’t entered our Facebook Valentines Day giveaway, you only have until end of day Tuesday!
Enter Our Contest For A Chance To Win Free Sessions For You And A Friend!
It’s that time of year again! Change is in the air and self-improvement is the name of the game, however, many can agree that getting started may be the hardest part. Receiving support from a wellness coach could make all the difference in attaining a healthy physical and emotional balance.
Liz King, owner of Coaching HER, knows how daily life can make it difficult to maintain your wellness regimen. Her accredited personal training and life coaching studio, located at Everedy Square in downtown Frederick, is designed to be a place where women of all ages can receive guidance in order to achieve their life goals or simply improve their fitness level.
“I’m passionate about helping women reach their full potential by becoming healthy, empowered, and redeemed. I believe this is possible no matter where you are in your life right now,” said King. “The journey towards success begins with just one step.”
Support arrives in the form of one-on-one sessions at her local studio, at client’s homes, or via Skype and phone. Accountability partners, celebratory emails, and crisis aversion messages keep your wellness journey moving forward towards ultimate success.
Personal training classes offer the opportunity to customize a workout and nutrition plan that’s unique to you. Sessions can also include goal-setting tactics and strategies to keep you excited about each achieved milestone.
Whether you wish to embark on this journey one-on-one or alongside your friends, personalized packages range from individual physical training to overall wellness group sessions for parties of 2-4.
With a holistic approach, Coaching HER is perfect for teen and adults interested in making a change! Book your appointment now and mention FiNDiTFREDERiCK to receive 15% off your first wellness package.
Visit us on Facebook and Instagram to enter the Coaching HER Contest today!
The winter season is far from over, but that doesn’t mean we are far from finding ample deals on this season’s greatest accessories and fashions! Local consignment shops are dropping their already low prices up to 50% on tremendous finds for winter here in Frederick in order to help you feel fashionable without breaking the bank.
Offering up their annual Winter Blowout Sale, Chic-to-Chic is happy to invite you in for one of their biggest sales of the year. With all items storewide on sale up through January 25th, including your favorite designer labels, there’s no reason to miss out on these colossal deals. Ellen Didion, owner of Chic-to-Chic, promises that every visit offers customers the chance to “look great, save money, go green, and recycle.” Everybody loves a fun, thrilling shopping experience, and Chic-to-Chic offers just that! Find Chic-to-Chic at 30 East Patrick Street in downtown Frederick or at their Gaithersburg location!
When asked what to expect upon entering Rachel and Jack’s Winter Blowout Sale, happening now through the end of the month, storeowner Kim Boyer simply states, “Great deals!” With an abundance of women and children’s winter clothing and accessories, the local consignment store is excited to offer huge savings on this season’s new and gently worn clothing including designer brands. Rachel and Jack’s consignment is located at 1202 E. Patrick Street in Frederick.
Hurry in! These sales are for a limited time only while supplies last!
These are the words of wisdom from Linganore Winecellars President & Wine Maker Anthony Aellen. To help dispel worry about pairing wines with the “right” foods, Aellen host tastings each month featuring an assortment of good eats. This month, international cheeses from France, England and some locally made will be on the menu.
“It’s a taste experience but also an educational one,” said Aellen. “ We want people to feel confident about wine. We want to teach you how the wine changes with the taste of food.” You’ll be a pro once you’ve attended and Aellen is sure to dissipate any fear because this tasting includes 16 wines and 6 different cheeses. Yes, 16 wines!
If cheese isn’t your thing, next month’s tasting is with chocolate, followed by everyone’s ultimate favorite, Girl Scout cookies. There’s no wine snobbery at Linganore Winecellars, “Everyone is a wine connoisseur, no one’s taste is wrong. If you like cookies and brownies, then eat cookies and brownies and find the wine that works,” says Aellen.
The winery is on a sprawling 230 acre farm just outside the historic city limits of Mt. Airy. Events are held all year long, check out the calendar for more information about tastings, artful libations, cellar previews and concert series. Reservations are recommended and tastings cost $10.00 per person.
13601 Glissans Mill Road
Mt. Airy, MD 21771
Support The Cause and Have A Chance To Win $25 To Curious Iguana Independent Bookstore or Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts!
The Literacy Council of Frederick County, in partnership with The Curious Iguana kicked off a holiday book drive to benefit Head Start of Frederick County. Starting today, when you donate a new children’s book to support the cause, FiND iT FREDERiCK will enter you into our contest. Here’s How!
Take a Selfie! When you donate a children’s book take a picture of yourself in the act and post it in the comment section of our Facebook post! Then we will enter you to win a gift certificate to Curious Iguana or Dancing Bear. If you win, you can choose which gift certificate you want! The contest ends Wednesday, November 26th! Three winners will be announced on Black Friday! You can pick up your gift certificate anytime.
Visit the Curious Iguana (12 N. Market Street) or your neighborhood bookstore and purchase a new book for a child (boy or girl, ages 3-4 years old) and drop the book off at the Literacy Council or the Curious Iguana.
If you’d like a suggestion on the child’s interests, you can pick up a tag at either location and return it with the book. Just prior to the Christmas holiday, the books will be distributed to the children. The drive is hoping to collect at least 250 books.
This is a quick and easy way to “give back” as well as make a difference in the lives of children and their future. A love of reading and the ability to read are keys to future success for these children and all children. The drive runs through December 15th.
Questions may be directed to 301-600-2066 or via email at email@example.com. Books may be dropped off at the Curious Iguana (12 N. Market St.) or at the Literacy Council Office between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (110 E. Patrick Street).
To learn more about LCFC, visit www.frederickliteracy.org.
Friday, November 14, 2014 • 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Contest, Contest, Contest! The FiND iT FREDERiCK Team Loves Jewelry! Unscramble Rosa’s favorite jewel and put your answer on our Facebook Post to be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to La Paz Mexican Restaurant or JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House.
A long-standing fixture and supporter of the county, Estate at Landis Jewelers, formerly Landis Jewelers has partnered with The Downtown Partnership for Partnership Percentage Day.
When you shop tomorrow, a portion of the day’s sales will be donated back to Downtown Frederick Partnership! Estate at Landis strives to provide a wide selection of unique jewelry pieces that will fit any budget.
Do You Know The Answer? I absolutely adore DSMEERAL. It’s my birthstone. Put your answer on today’s Facebook post for a chance to win!
Disclaimer: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Winners must be 18 years or older. One winner per gift certificate. Winners will be announced 11/14 by 5pm.
The Frederick Basket Company kicks off its first annual Project Night Night benefit to help give the gift of comfort to children in area shelters. Now until January 9th, shoppers can donate money at The Frederick Basket Company, participating shops in Everedy Square and Shab Row, and online to assist in purchasing Night Night Packages for homeless kids.
Every $20.00 earned, purchases one Night Night Package consisting of a tote bag filled with a new security blanket, age appropriate children’s book and a stuffed animal. A charitable organization, Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year to homeless children nationwide. Recognizing the need right here in Frederick County, Vicki Moore, the owner of The Frederick Basket Company jumped onboard.
“This cause is near and dear to my heart. I remember when my kids were young and what their security items meant to them. I have a 23 year old that still loves her blanket,” said Vicki Moore, Owner of The Frederick Basket Company. “Receiving a Night Night Package when faced with a scary situation can be a saving grace.”
The merchants operating in Everedy Square and Shab Row have come together to support this cause and will be accepting donations. Participating shops include:
According to Project Night Night, these packages help to reduce trauma and advance the emotional and cognitive well-being of children. Based on this, totes will also be donated to the Frederick Memorial Hospital’s pediatric unit to comfort children when receiving medical attention, other Frederick-area programs are:
For more information and to donate online, visit Project Night Night.
Daisy’s of Daisy’s Salon & Body Boutique Wields Her Magic.
There have been many days I’ve asked myself “What am I going to do with my out of control hair?!?” Hoping a magic product would instantly smooth my frizz and I would run out of the door with beautifully controlled tresses. Obviously, it hadn’t happened until this week when I received my very first keratin treatment at Daisy’s Salon & Body Boutique!
Don’t get me wrong, I love my unruly hair but there’s nothing wrong with mixing it up now and then. Especially since I was rocking the Wilma Flintstone bun to save time in the mornings. I think Wilma even put more attention into her “do”.
If you’ve never had or heard of a keratin treatment, keratin is a protein naturally found in your hair. Keratin treatments create straight, smooth hair and are the newest trend in defrizzing and smoothing all hair textures from curly to chemically treated (perms/relaxers).
I won’t just define it for you, I’m going to take you through the transformation:
Step 1: In my case, unleash hair from its tamed bun
Step 2: Wash & Blow Dry
Step 3: Apply Keratin Treatment
Step 4: Rinse, Blow Dry & Flat Iron
My hair turned out beautifully. Oh, but Daisy’s vision wasn’t complete! After the keratin treatment, she proceeded to cut & style, wax my eyebrows and apply make-up. The result, made this mom of two toddlers feel relaxed and glamorous! If you have kids then you know that those two feelings are near impossible to achieve at the same time.
The result……drum roll, please:
Don’t miss this, October is almost over! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Frederick Memorial Hospital facilities are offering 3D mammography services at half price this month. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the technology improves detection and reduces the need for multiple screenings.
If you’re due for an exam, now is the perfect time to take advantage of this advanced technology. Additionally, Frederick Memorial Hospital imaging services offers:
Call 240-566-3400 to schedule an appointment.
Maven Beauty Bar has upgraded to a larger, super chic spot on East Patrick Street. Housing the latest and greatest cosmetics and skin care products, you will find everything from lipstick to truffle body gel. “Our new space allows us to offer a broader range of brands,” said Rebecca Carrera, Maven’s owner. “When you walk in, expect an attentive but low pressure atmosphere to shop for beauty products.”
When you pass by, you will most likely find the doors wide open, inviting you to check out the new location. In addition to their products, Maven’s has a full menu of services available, including: brow styling, lash application, custom make-up, skincare consultations and full body spray tanning.
Want to change the way you feel in addition to your look? Anam Cara Botanicals shares the store. This artisan aromatherapy business provides handcrafted essential oil blends that are said to heal physical, spiritual and mental ailments.
Find out more at http://www.mavenbeautybar.com/
Maven Beauty Bar
118 E. Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Ten winners of The Art of Beauty contest, kicked off by FiND iT FREDERiCK, came together last week for a relaxing evening filled with pampering, food, drinks and laughter. Owners and licensed estheticians Laura Charuhas, Connie Sell and Becky Carr greeted guests with warm paraffin hand dips followed by a glorious hand and arm massage. Instantly guests were soaking in the easy atmosphere, enjoying wine and making new friends while awaiting their turn for a 15 minute massage with Katrina Martindale a certified massage therapist and reflexologist. Her hands never seemed to get tired as each person reemerged with the same outstanding sense of satisfaction. To end the entire night, everyone was treated to a custom make-up lesson using Jane Iredale mineral makeup.
If these services aren’t enough to get you excited, the hour and a half European Facial will, according to Connie Sell. “It is a fantastic experience that includes massages of your upper body, face, feet and hands. It’s unlike any other facial you can imagine,” said Sell.
Newly added services include gel manicures and pedicures by nail technician Nicole Brown and an additional massage therapist Barb Trojecki.
Learn more about The Art of Beauty or to schedule an appointment call:
The Art of Beauty 240-629-8905
Barb Trojecki (301) 639-0471
Katrina Martindale, RMT CR 410-984-2032