Enjoy a weekend of fun, food and entertainment at Elk Run Vineyards. Their annual Autumn Harvest Jazz Festival is kicking off this weekend, starting Saturday, September 13th from 12:00-5pm. Each day will be filled with local musicians, food vendors, hay rides, local produce, artisans and crafters. Plus, everyone has come together to support the Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center.
Date: September 13-14, 2014, 12:00-5pm
Location: Elk Run Vineyards, 15113 Liberty Road, Mt. Airy, MD 21771
Saturday, September 13th
Darryl Brenzel Trio
Ronny Smith and Friends
Josh Bayer Trio
Sunday, September 14th
Eric Byrd Trio
About Elk Run
Elk Run Vineyards is nestled in the rolling hills of Frederick County surrounded by dairy and horse farms and fields of wheat and corn. The winemaker’s home is circa 1756. Since 1983 Fred and Carol Wilson and Neil Bassford, along with associates, family and friends, have made Elk Run a shining star among American wine producers.
Combining new world research and technology with old world traditions and values, Elk Run’s focus is on producing high quality grapes. Warm days and cool nights preserve the fruity character in the wines. Practicing sustainable agriculture, close spacing and great attention to crop levels allows the wine maker to create wines of varietal character, structure, balance and good color.
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The Art of Beauty Skin Care Associates & your pals at FiND iT FREDERiCK think you deserve an evening to relax and unwind with a friend. So we teamed up to bring you “Ladies Night”. This exclusive night hosted at The Art of Beauty will include a 15 minute seated massage, luxurious parrafin hand dips and a custom make-up lesson.
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Details: Starting today, enter your e-mail address to be randomly selected to win a chance to attend “Ladies Night” with a friend at The Art of Beauty Skin Care Associates.
The Art of Beauty Skin Care Associates provides European facials, custom facial treatments, waxing services, massage, eyelash extensions and lash and brow tinting in a relaxing and inviting environment.
Using top of the line skin care products and professional expertise, they will help you repair and maintain the health and radiance of your skin. Treatments and products help a wide range of skin types and conditions from acne and rosacea to sun damaged and fine lines and wrinkles.
Date: September 18, 2014 @ 4pm-8pm
Where: The Art of Beauty Skin Care Associates
1705 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD 21702
Few people today know what the term, “penny-farthing” refers to. A few more may know what a “high wheel” is. Both are terms for a bicycle popular in the 1880s that had a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel.
Residents and visitors to Frederick will get an up-close look at this type of bicycle this weekend, during the annual Frederick Clustered Spires High Wheel Race, set for Saturday, August 16th.
As odd as they look today, when first introduced, these two-wheeled specimens were a drastic improvement over previous attempts at such conveyances. (Consider the ominous sounding “boneshaker.”) These bicycles were, in fact, the first machines actually called “bicycles.” As such they are sometimes referred to as “originals” as well.
Seeing a high-wheel bike often conjures up thoughts of leisurely Sunday rides. While that image may be applicable, the bike was not just for casual, upper class recreation. Knock down, drag out races were common during the bike’s heyday.
Frederick’s race should prove to be somewhere in between. Known as a criterium, this type of race consists of short laps completed over the course of a predetermined time. The cyclist that completes the most laps within an hour is the winner. Last year’s winner in the men’s competition completed 40 laps of the 0.4-mile course; the women’s winner completed 38 laps.
As part of the spirit of the event, riders wear traditional riding costumes that would, in most cases, look right at home in the late 19th century. Several bikers compete on authentic antiques, others will run the race on fully functioning replicas.
The Clustered Spires High Wheel Race debuted in 2011 with 20 riders and hundreds of spectators; the 2013 event had more than 40 contestants, and even more spectators.
Events begin on Friday evening, when cyclists will participate in a Meet the Racers event from 6-7:30 p.m., at Westview Promenade, 5223 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick. On Saturday, displays and live music begin outside Frederick’s City Hall at 3 p.m. The race begins at 4 p.m., with the starting and finish line in front of Brewer’s Alley Restaurant at 124 N. Market St., Frederick.
Clustered Spires High Wheel Race
Years ago, when Meredith Lawler and her family moved onto an old farm property outside Walkersville, she hoped the barns would one day house something special. In the last year, the beautifully renovated barn at Grape Creek Farm has played host to a wedding reception and a 40th birthday celebration, as well as an inspired community event Lawler hopes to make an every-other-month occurrence she calls “Books in the Barn.”
The first Books in the Barn was held in November 2013, and found 842 gently used books displayed by category on long wooden tables, just waiting for children to take them home. A little less than half – 388 of them, to be exact – did find new homes. Titles such as “Pickles to Pittsburgh,” “Madeline and the Cats of Rome,” “Fancy Nancy’s Photo Scrapbook,” and “Who Was Anne Frank?” and so many more were offered for free to any child who visited that day. Lawler’s own love of reading, passed on to her by her mother, is reaching out to others in the community.
Aside from her own children’s stories that were donated, Lawler said her sister mailed 10 boxes of books for the giveaway, and her best friend in California sent two big boxes as well. A few local friends dropped off books, and several people brought books to donate at the event itself.
Lawler updates a Facebook page (search for “Books in the Barn” or “Grape Creek Farm”) with details about the public events. She plans to host private Books in the Barn openings for Moms Clubs, school librarians, children’s hospital representatives, and other groups.
Books in the Barn
Grape Creek Farm, in Walkersville
At Vini Culture, a wine bar and café in Downtown Frederick, there is no need for you to polish your dress shoes before being granted access to a wide selection of fine wines and culinary excellence! You can tell just by looking in from the street that this place fosters a welcoming, casual atmosphere.
The front window displays are home to a comfy sofa and coffee table, similar to what you find at a coffee shop. As you walk in the door, you’re greeted by a friendly staff member, who explains the setup.
They offer about a few dozen wines ranging from $5 to $30 per glass. If you want to sample everything before committing to a full glass, no problem! No server brings you your drink. Instead, you use automatic wine dispensers to browse through the bottles and make your selections.
Add money to a smart card, push the card into a machine, and select your wine and serving size (2 oz, 4 oz, or 6 oz), all priced depending on the bottle. This is a good system for people who like to try many different types of wine without buying entire bottles or spending more than they intended.
The food is also delicious and reasonably priced. A three-dip tray of hummus, spicy feta, and olives, served with pita chips is one great snack option, but a full lunch or dinner menu is available.
This particular blend of a comfy, casual ambiance with funky music and fun wines would make for the perfect date night. The place is often full of couples chatting about the wines and teasing each other for using the machines wrong as they browse through selections.
20 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Nowadays, more and more gourmet and specialty soda makers are producing the beverages and offering them in a variety of flavors and colors to the masses, in glass.
Downtown Frederick’s own shop dedicated to selling these special bottles is The North Market Pop Shop, at 237 North Market. It’s a haven for soda lovers, with 22 different varieties of root beer alone!
Here you’ll find a wall stocked high and wide with an array of colors and flavors, brands and varieties of classic and new and unique sodas. Grape smoothie, blood red cola, cherry bomb, blueberry, black cherry, ginger beer… the flavors are almost endless. And the best part? Many of them are all natural, using real cane sugar or stevia and other natural flavorings.
Seeking something a bit more adventurous? The Pop Shop’s got you covered. How about one of the offerings from Avery’s Beverages “Totally Gross” soda line? Toxic Slime, an electric blue soda with white bits floating inside, looks like a science experiment gone wrong, but its blue raspberry, orange and lemon flavor made it a favorite.
Owner Michelle Schaffer bought the Pop Shop in September 2013 from the Laird family, who started the business of selling nostalgic and interesting sodas a few years prior to that. Schaffer’s goal at the Pop Shop is to sell both nostalgic and harder to find sodas created across the U.S. Customers can pick up one soda at a time or create mixed 4-packs, 6-packs, or cases.
North Market Pop Shop
237 N. Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701
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