(photo courtesy of Fred & Co 1745- www.fredandco.us)
Featured in our Fall Issue of FiND iT FREDERiCK, Fred & Co 1745 shares their story about the up-and-coming brand for comfortable, fashionable, garments and textiles- all manufactured and sold right here in the historic district. Here’s 5 facts about the designers and their artful wardrobe masterpieces that you should know!
1. Fred & Co 1745- Why 1745?
This company embodies the rich culture and fun perspective of our growing city. So it’s no wonder the group behind this city-serving brand chose 1745- the year Frederick Maryland came to be!
2. The Mission
In their own words, founders AJ Naylor, Chaz Stitely, and Sam Delgado state: ” Living in a disposable world, Fred & Co 1745 provides tough, quality garments, Our handcrafted, American-made goods are representative of the city we were raised in: rooted in rebellion, progression, and history.”
3. Climbing the Ranks
Ever heard of the fashion luminary- Claire McCardell? Born in Frederick Maryland in 1905 and a Hood College student from 1923-1925, McCardell is a renowned designer who’s pieces, especially in women’s athletic wear, reached fashionistas and style gurus all over the world. Her stature during her rise to fame in the fashion industry was surely impressive, and Fred & Co 1745 has been compared to this monumental icon and even noted as joining the ranks alongside this local trendsetter. Not too shabby!
4. Products That Give Back
The goods produced by Fred & Co 1745 pay homage to Frederick’s industrial and military history. The trio behind the brand is energized by the opportunity to join the garment and textile industry here in Frederick and hopes to partake in the growth of this town’s own economic growth.
5. You Could WIN Your Own Fred & Co 1745 Shirt!
FiND iT FREDERiCK Magazine is excited to offer one lucky winner an authentic Fred & Co 1745 T-Shirt. Like all F&C tops, this T is comfortable, stylish, and made entirely local! Head over to FiND iT FREDERiCK’s FB and Instagram to learn how!
If you have three minutes to spare between now and October 12th, make sure you take the short survey made available by the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Frederick County to help the non-profit gain valuable information about the community it serves.
All Frederick area residents are encouraged to take the survey, which asks a series of simple questions regarding your knowldge of MHA, mental illness and its impact on our community, as well as an open forum to gain suggestions to help form local programs in order to support the communty’s need for mental health resources. You may access the survey HERE.
The Mental Health Association of Frederick County has served the community as a private, non-profit organization since 1965. MHA strives to build a strong foundation of emotional wellness for our whole community through education, empowerment, advocacy and treatment by preparing resilient children, securing vulnerable families and facing crises together. For additional information or questions regarding the survey, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-663-0011 ext. 124
(Photo: Mental Health Association http://www.fcmha.org/)
October is an eventful month around Frederick, Maryland. The weather is crisp, the streets are buzzing with happy shoppers and window strollers, and the hot chocolate is steaming from passing paper cups. The holidays are right around the corner and calendars are beginning to fill. Don’t forget to save the date for all of the great events happening in and around your area this month!
Ghost Tours of Frederick- Brewers Alley (October 9, 16, 23, 30)
Join a group of fellow ghost gatherers as you explore Maryland’s most haunted city. The Dead Come Alive Ghost tours of Frederick meet every Friday night in October as the sun goes down on Historic Downtown Frederick to lead the bravest souls through our haunted historical city. Tours begin 7:30pm-9:30pm and begin at Brewers Alley on Market Street.
Walk a Mile In Her Shoes- Oct 10th
Think you’re man enough? The Heartly House of Frederick hosts a memorable mile long walk for men as they brave the Carroll Creek course in high heel shoes. The event brings awareness and offers the chance for community members to take a stand against violence against women. Registration starts at noon, race begins1:00pm on October 10th. For more information, visit heartlyhouse.org.
Comedy Pigs- October 16th-17th
The MET’s very own improv sensation “The Comedy Pigs” are back for a scary good time. Their return to the MET this season is sure to tickle your funny bone and leave you wanting more! Showtimes available October 16th -17th. For more information, visit https://marylandensemble.org/the-comedy-pigs.
Cornhole Classic- Oct 17th
The Downtown Frederick Partnership proudly presents their second annual Cornhole Classic Tournament on Carroll Creek in Downtown Frederick. This double elimination tournament welcomes teams of two to come and enjoy friendly competition and the chance to win cash prizes. For more information, visit their website HERE!
Craig Ferguson: The New Deal Tour- October 19th
Best known for his role as the host of “The Late Late Show”, Craig Ferguson comes to the Weinburg for the first time to bring a night full of laughs and sharp humor. Purchase your tickets through TicketMaster or the Weinburg’s box office at 301.600.2828.
Halloween in Baker Park October 23rd-25th
Take a walk through Baker Park on the evenings of October 23rd through October 25th for a scary good time! Zombies, Goblins, and Ghouls will join your escapades when you least expect them, so be on your toes! Begins at dusk, guided ghost tours available! For more information, contact 301-600-1492.
Brian Roberts is no stranger to the concept of concoctions. After 20 years as a scientist, Roberts accumulated quite the resume- focusing on diagnostics for infectious diseases and working for integral projects within the confines of Fort Detrick. Traveling across the globe following large disease outbreaks, including deployment time with the armed forces to research diseases over seas, Roberts has always been a busy man.
It wasn’t until a walk through the Frederick Fair with his wife that a hobby even became a consideration. “She told me to find a hobby,” the scientist said. “I walked by a ‘home-brew’ section at the Fair and I thought- I’ll try this! I drink beer…I like beer…why not make beer!” With the purchase of his first home-brew kit, Roberts produced three “partial mashed” brews and all three placed the following year at the The Great Frederick Fair. Not a bad start for the newer-brewer. Thus, Mad Science Brewery (MSB) was born!
Brian and his family reside in Adamstown. His wife, Louisa, runs Thanksgiving Farms, a nursery and produce farm that most recently participated in the “Farm to Fork” Initiative in Frederick. “All of our fruits and flavors that go into the beer are hand picked,” Roberts said. “It’s a therapeutic passion- much like cooking!” While his wife manages the farm, the whole family often shares in the picking process for Brian to use fresh ingredients in the production of his craft beer. “My family is on board and supports me,” Roberts said. “That makes a HUGE difference!”
Now a certified Class A Farm Brewery, MSB is ecstatic to continue its growth as one of six in the entire state. To be classified as such, brewers must grow at least one ingredient on their farmland to include in the brew’s production. This brewer has it covered, especially since all of the fruits, vegetables, and hops that are used to create the beer is picked off of his own land. “It’s an honor considering there are only four in Frederick and six approved in the entire state of Maryland. It’s just really cool.”
With each season comes new flavors, depending on what fruits and veggies are in season. Featured flavors have included Blackberries infused into the notorious base brew-Helles Belles. Other favorites include Helles Belles with peaches, a scrumptious concoction of vanilla and coconut named Mad Cow, the Julian CJD, and base brews infused with blueberries. Notice the names keep the theme of scientist’s lab in mind! The farm where his brew is sold also holds a small bar decorated with a vintage periodic table from 1979.
October is a big month for MSB, marking its 11th year in production… and the Mad Scientist is only looking at more and more opportunities to grow. In 5 years, Roberts hopes to be a full-time brewer with his own bar adorned with lab benches, high school chemistry-style tabletops, old-school light bulbs and flasks that look just like beakers.
The brewery continues to grow and produce new favorites to be poured all over the Frederick area. Local bars like JoJo’s Taphouse enjoy serving MSB brews at “Tap Takeovers”, which introduces the public to these fastly-favored flavors. The beers you choose to taste are also available for check-in on the widely popular smartphone app- Untapped.
Keep an eye out for new flavors and upcoming events on The MSB website HERE. You won’t want to miss any chance you get to try these “mad” concoctions of seriously tasty beers.