Get it Downtown - Frederick

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Day in the Life: Whitney, the Muse

This blog post is written by Whitney Dahlberg, owner of the Muse, and is the first in a series of guest blog posts that will take you into a "Day in the Life" in Downtown Frederick.

Getting off of the East St exit, I turn onto Patrick St and immediately I'm taken with the beauty of Downtown Frederick, a sight I will never take for granted.  The tree lined street sets off the rows of unique storefronts.  Grabbing a coffee to go,  I smile as I watch the regulars hanging outside of Cafe Nola discussing politics and the weather. I think about how fortunate I am to have these characters to say hello to every morning. The sense of familiarity that I start my day with weaves its way throughout my day and my life in Frederick. 





I come into my shop, The Muse, early to take care of paperwork and am greeted by the amazing smells of handmade soaps and candles. A few minutes later, Gwen Ottinger, a local potter, pops in with some of her gorgeous new pottery. It's so hard to choose! I check out all of her offerings and select my favorites to fill the Muse's shelves. 




10 o'clock comes and I flip over the door sign to "open," start the music and roll out my sidewalk sign- let's do this! As the day progresses, the store fills in and out with bustling people; the out-of-towners looking for Frederick made items to take home to family, Mike from his nearby office stopping by to grab a card for his wife, the bunch of chatty ladies out for lunch to celebrate a birthday, and Emma, the popular neighborhood dog looking for her daily dog treat. This is what I love. The familiar friendly faces that I can count on to inspire my day and sense of purpose. 







I end my days in my own home studio. The quiet calm of the space and the satisfaction of a productive full day allows me to unwind. After a day filled with unique conversations, creative decision making and a setting surrounded by art and inspirations, I take this time to quietly stitch and reflect on how very good life is.




Whitney Dahlberg is the owner of The Muse in Downtown Frederick www.shopthemuse.com  You can read more about her musings on life and inspirations in her own art at www.themeditativestitcher.blogspot.com

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

This Week- July 25

Tuesday- Levitt AMP Frederick Music Series
Week six of the Levitt AMP Frederick Music Series brings you a night of Americana with two wildly talented musicians. Opening the show at 5:30pm is Kyle Cox, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who draws influence from greats like Willie Nelson and John Prine. The Christian Lopez Band will headline the show from 7-8:30pm. At just 20 years old, Christian will blow you away with his soulful sound.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and a picnic, if you wish! The Carroll Creek Farmer's Market runs from 4:30-7:30pm, so stop by for fresh produce, hummus, or grab a sandwich from a food truck.

Levitt AMP Frederick Music Series is free and open to the public thanks to the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation that empowers towns and cities across America transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music (learn more here). A huge thank you also goes to Frederick County Public Libraries and Frederick Playlist for making these series possible!

More info.

Thursday- Free Yoga on the Creek
Join Sol Yoga at the amphitheater for a free morning yoga practice at 7am. The hour-long class is open to all skill-levels. Bring your own mat!

More info.

Thursday- Alive @ Five
Another week of kickin' it old school at Alive @ Five, this time, with the well-loved 19th Street Band. The trio integrates modern elements of rock, country and Americana- their energy is the perfect way to kick off another summer weekend. Like always, Brewer's Alley beer will be flowing, Spin the Bottle Wine Company will be pouring wine and [ice cold] sangria. If you're hungry, grab a bite from Shuckin' Shack or Double K Farms.

21+ only; $5 entry fee. 5-8pm. Cash and cards accepted. Proceeds from Alive @ Five benefit Downtown Frederick Partnership, and are reinvested right back into projects that make Downtown Frederick a better place. A happy hour you can feel good about!

More info.

Want to learn more about happenings in Downtown Frederick? Check out our full calendar of events here.

Share your Downtown Frederick fun with us on Instagram! Tag us @DwntwnFrederick and be sure to use the hashtag #DowntownFrederick on your posts.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Alive @ Five - The 19th Street Band - July 28






The 19th Street Band

Thursday, July 28 - 5-8PM




If The 19th Street Band could be summed up in a phrase, it would be "old school." From their folk instruments (upright bass, fiddle and acoustic guitars), to their approach to music and performance, The 19th Street Band has followed the traditions of The Carter Family and The Kingston Trio, while also integrating modern elements of americana, country and rock n' roll. The 19th Street Band has built its fan base the old school way, one fan at a time. They play hundreds of shows a year, from backyard BBQs, to honky-tonks, to amphitheaters. Every time they play, their music and energy connects with a new person in the crowd.



Be sure to catch The 19th Street Band rock the Creek during the 2016 Alive @ Five summer concert series. Enjoy your happy hour the right way: with a cold beer, great wine and the best live music!

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Take plenty of pictures of your Alive @ Five fun
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Things to Do this Weekend

Friday |July 22
Little Family Yoga Series | 11:00 AM- 11:40 AM | Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts  
Begin the weekend on a relaxing note with yoga at the Bear! Sol Yoga’s Little Family Yoga is a class that gives children and their caregiver the opportunity to explore the youthful side of yoga through poses, songs, stories, and games. For more information, and to register, click here.
Friday Game Night | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM | Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts
Spend some quality time with family and friends with a good, old fashioned board game– old favorites, or learn a new one! Come to our cafe-style Game Night (up to 6 players per table). Plus, all participants will receive a 10% discount on purchases made that night. More information available here.
MET Lab Mainstage: Bad Fiction| Friday & Saturday 8:00 PM- 10:00 PM | Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Escape the heat and catch this crime thriller at the MET! To purchase tickets in advance, or to read more information, click here.
Saturday |July 23
Taste Frederick- Around Market Food Tour | Saturday & Sunday, 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM | Market St
Take a bite out of Frederick’s food scene with a Taste Frederick Food Tour! The Market Street Food Tour takes you through some of Frederick’s historic and cultural gems by way of six delicious tastings from local restaurants and specialty food shops. You’ll taste local favorites including Mediterranean-inspired artisan chocolates, a unique spin on crab macaroni and cheese, and locally brewed beer inspired by colonial Maryland to name a few. You’ll also learn how these local establishments came to be, who owns them and a few fun and interesting stories along the way! For more information, and to purchase tickets, click here.
One and Two is Three Activity | 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts
Put on your dancing shoes and join Ms. Margot for as she sings and plays music from her new album, One and Two is Three. Participants are invited to sing, play, and dance along!
Enomatic Wine Tasting | 2:00 PM -4:00 PM | VINI CULTURE Wine Bar & Café
Head over to VINI to sample several of their most popular wines from the Enomatic machines for just $5! Plus, receive 15% off all Enomatic card purchases throughout the day.  
Summer Slumber Party | 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM | Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts
Put on your best PJs, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and get ready for a night of fun with your friends at the Bear! There will be stories, crafts, and at the end of the evening all the stuffed friends will have a slumber party! You can stop by the next day to pick up your “friend” and see how much fun they had overnight. Ages 3 and up, more information available here.  
MET Lab Reading Series: Dorina’s Story | 8:30 PM- 10:00 PM | Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Check out a staged reading at the MET! Dorina’s Story takes place during a Sunday brunch in North London. Dorina has the brunch to celebrate the publication of her first story in English. Her very odd and unusual friends come to the house for the celebration. But then Sarah, her boss, appears, and everything goes haywire.
Sunday |July 24 
Paws in the Park | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | C Burr Artz Public Library
Grab a leash, because it’s a beautiful day to cruise the town with man’s best friend! Paws in the Park is a community dog walk series happening the fourth Sunday of each month during the summer of 2016 along Carroll Creek. The group will meet at 10 am in front of C. Burr Artz Library. All well-behaved dogs, and people, are welcome! Emailinfo@k9harmony.us for more information and to register.  
Sunday Science | 2:00 PM- 3:00 PM | Dancing Bear Toys & Gifts  
School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean that kids should stop discovering the world around them! Stop by the Bear to explore cells, plants, fish, and how things work. Ages 3 & up. For more information, click here.
The Last Hurrah | 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM | Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Join Kevin Cole in his weekly comedy show presented by MET-X as he welcomes a panel of comedy writers, actors and special guests to discuss the events of the past week, life and whatever else comes to mind. Admission is free, more information is available, here.
2016 Summer Concert Series- Incendio| 7:00 PM- 8:30 PM | Baker Park Bandshell
What better way to wind the weekend down than with some outdoor music? Head over to Baker Park to relax and enjoy the summer weather with Celebrate Frederick’s free summer concert series. Formed by Jim Stubblefield, Jean-Pierre Durand and Liza CarbĂ© in the summer of 1999, Incendio (which means “fire” in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish) became a vehicle for the influences and compositional talents of the three musicians. Echoes of music ranging from classical, to jazz, to rock, to flamenco, to Celtic, to even bluegrass can be heard in Incendio’s music. It is no surprise that this eclectic blend of influences has led to a sound that is a truly unique one. For more information, click here.
Frederick’s 4th Fireworks Show| 8:30 PM- 9:00 PM| Baker Park
Sit on the grass, potluck at the picnic tables, and enjoy the long anticipated rescheduled fireworks! The park will be open for seating as early as 6:00 PM. For more information, click here.

Be sure to capture all of your fun downtown weekend activities and share them with us using our hashtags!
#DowntownFrederick + #GetItDowntown

Monday, July 18, 2016

Downtown Frederick Parking Update

As of July 2016, the City of Frederick adjusted parking rates in Downtown Frederick. We know, nobody likes to hear about prices going up. But, the increases are important in helping to not just maintain, but improve parking options downtown (like a much-needed sixth parking garage!) 

We broke down the changes that are now in place:

Fine Increases:
  • Overtime parking meter $20.00 from $15.00
  • 2 hour parking (parking more than 2 hours) $20.00 from $15.00
  • Loading Zone $75.00 from $50.00
  • Handicap Parking $250.00 from $100.00


Parking meter rates will increase to $2.00 per hour on the following blocks*:
  • 0-99 block of S Market St 
  • 0-299 block of N Market St                                            
  • 0-199 block of E Patrick St
  • 0-199 block of W Patrick St
  • 0-99 block of E Church St
  • 0-99 block of W Church St
Why the rate increases in these specific blocks? The new rates will help encourage turnover, which means when you are running a quick errand downtown, spaces in these busier parts of town are more likely to be available to you.

*Parking meter rates remain $1 per hour everywhere else 



New Parking Garage Fees + Schedule:
  • 24 hours per day, Mon. – Sun., $1.00 per hour
  • 6:30AM – 3:30PM, maximum daily rate $12.00
  • 3:30PM – 6:30AM, maximum nightly rate $5.00
  • Daily rate begins 6:30AM each day
  • Sunday, free parking 8:00AM – 2:00PM
  • Monthly passes remain $97.00/month


Special Event Garage Fees:
  • In the Street, $6.00 Flat Rate
  • February First Saturday- Fire in  Ice, $5.00 Flat Rate

How to Pay:
Cash, credit cards and reloadable prepaid garage cards (call 301.600.1429 for info) are accepted in all parking garages. 

At parking meters, payment can be made with change, a reloadable prepaid meter card (call the number above for info) or using the Parkmobile app (which can be linked to your credit card or PayPal account).

Parking garages are most cost effective, so if you're staying downtown for a longer period of time, park in one of the five downtown garages.

For full information on the City of Frederick's parking options, click here or call 301.600.1429. Happy parking!






This Week- July 18

Tuesday- Levitt AMP Frederick Music Series
Downtown Frederick Partnership's free outdoor concert series continues this week and it's going to be Red Hot! Bring the kids to enjoy Mr. Jon & Friends, a Parent's Choice Award-winning musician, who will kick off the evening. There's no better way to spend a summer evening than with Grammy-nominated headliner CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Called the "crown prince of zydeco" by the Boston Globe, you don't want to miss this exciting act.


Thursday- Free Yoga on the Creek
Join Sol Yoga at the amphitheater for a free morning yoga practice at 7am. The hour-long class is open to all skill-levels. Bring your own mat!


Thursday- Stitch by the Creek
Knitting circles are made cool by our friends at the Knot House. Bring your knitting and/or crocheting supplies and Stitch by the Creek! 9am-11am at the amphitheater. 

Thursday- Alive @ Five
Frederick-favorite singer-songwriter Freddie Long is back on the Alive @ Five stage for the first time since 2012. Great music and cold beer? Sign us up!

Want to be the first-ever Alive @ Five lifetime pass holder? Be the 75,000th person to enter- we're just 195 attendees away!

21+ only; $5 entry fee. Cash and cards accepted. Proceeds from Alive @ Five benefit Downtown Frederick Partnership, and are reinvested right back into projects that make Downtown Frederick a better place. A happy hour you can feel good about!


Want to learn more about happenings in Downtown Frederick? Check out our full calendar of events here.

Share your Downtown Frederick fun with us on Instagram! Tag us @DwntwnFrederick and be sure to use the hashtag #DowntownFrederick on your posts.


Alive @ Five - The Freddie Long Band - July 21






The Freddie Long Band

Thursday, July 21 - 5-8PM




For over a decade Freddie Long has cultivated local roots into an act recognized throughout the eastern US and beyond. The musician that calls Frederick County, MD home has been described as 'part introspective pop/rock singer-songwriter, part soul man classic rocker--but ALL heart' and has garnered numerous music awards, opened for many major national acts, and has had music licensed and aired internationally, all in addition to recording three full albums of original material and playing thousands of shows (250+ a year) up and down the eastern half of the US. In 2015, The Freddie Long Band celebrated its 10th anniversary and hopes to continue their musical journey for many years to come!



Be sure to catch The Freddie Long Band rock the Creek during the 2016 Alive @ Five summer concert series. Enjoy your happy hour the right way: with a cold beer, great wine and the best live music!

Get social with us!
Take plenty of pictures of your Alive @ Five fun
& share with us by using our hashtags!


#DowntownFrederick + #GetItDowntown