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The changing of the seasons is one of the many things that make living in this area such a treat. It’s almost as if Mother Nature decides to remodel the place every few months. Just when you’ve grown weary of the muggy weather and verdant views, in roll cooler temperatures along with a burst of oranges, reds, and yellow. Each seasonal change is the perfect opportunity to start again...a reset so to speak. A time to explore new things. Have you always wondered what the trick is to those perfectly crafted holiday cookies? Have you dreamt of locking yourself away with friends for a gaming marathon? Perhaps you’re fascinated by the the art of fire breathers and dancers. This issue has all of that and more! So why not slow down a bit and enjoy the magnificence as well as the subtle nuances of life here in Frederick County. Spend a day in one of our small towns and peruse the small shops and eateries that line their streets. Take a relaxed “Sunday drive” and checkout the farms, road-side stands, vineyards, and artist studios that lay waiting for visitors. Use each day as an opportunity to explore and experience what’s right around you.
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Her current works incorporate geometric and
the Dragonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Egg, and the frozen Pond Mug, to
organic carved patterns into functional pottery.
name a few.
This work is heavily influenced by her Armenian Photographs courtesy of Altered Line Ceramics
heritage and the traditional stone carvings of the region that date back to the 9th century. Motifs and patterns are individual and unique to each
Stephanieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pieces can be found on her website or locally at The Little Pottery Shop on Shab Row, in Downtown, Frederick.
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humans Small is
A BIG DEAL Having done a fair share of acting over the years, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned
that the world of theater can, in some ways, be a small one. This is particularly true of local theatre projects and companies.
Case in point:
I met Elizabeth Lucas,
founder of Free Range Humans, about a week before we had planned to sit down to discuss this article. Both of us showed up in Frederick at an unrelated theatre event. Because I had not met her before then, I was only aware of her presence because a Free Range Humans cast member with whom I had been conversing, mentioned the group then introduced me to Elizabeth. As I said, the proverbial “small world” concept at play. Yet the term “small” can mean many things within the theatre landscape. Small turnout. (Negative.) Small donation. (Positive.) And even those not involved with the stage have probably heard the ancient expression, “There are no small parts, only small actors.” In the case of Free Range Humans, “small” is positive. In context it refers to more intimate productions in accessible, often unconventional, spaces. This brings the audience into the production. We call that “immersive entertainment,” and it’s a key concept of
Photographs courtesy of Free Range Humans
Free Range Humans’ artistic mission.
“SMALL” IS POSITIVE. IN CONTEXT IT REFERS TO MORE INTIMATE PRODUCTIONS IN ACCESSIBLE, OFTEN UNCONVENTIONAL, SPACES.
“Everything I’m going to be doing,” Lucas said, “is audience focused.” To accomplish this mission, the for-profit company will focus on musical productions and, some day, original works by local musical composers. Consider the company’s debut production, “Murder Ballad,” a musical about a love triangle that goes awry. It includes only four characters. If you weren’t lucky enough to see it, you can infer from the description and title that it is a story of suspense and passion. Free Range Humans upped the intensity by staging the show at McClintock Distillery. This unorthodox (for a theatre) venue allowed the production to capitalize on all the potential of immersive entertainment; any audience member can literally reach out and touch the performers during the
Photographs courtesy of Free Range Humans
show. (Though this is, of course, frowned upon.)
FREE RANGE HUMANS UPPED THE INTENSITY BY STAGING THE SHOW AT McCLINTOCK DISTILLERY.
Another deceptively “small” production, “Always, Patsy Cline” began performances in late summer. Featuring 27 songs from the late country legend, this musical has only two characters, the titular Patsy Cline, and a woman with whom she corresponded for decades, Louise Seger. The two “converse” via letters, which invites the sort of immersive entertainment experience that Free Range Humans offers. Sky Stage, an outdoor venue on South Carrol Street in Frederick, hosted the second outing of the fledging company. True to its experimental, audience-centered nature, the production placed the performers in what are normally the seats, and sat the audience on the “stage.” As of this writing, the response to the company has been encouraging. At present, Free Range Humans does not have a permanent venue. This freedom allows it to travel all over the area in search of locations that other
Photographs courtesy of Free Range Humans
theatre companies may not use.
Through all of it, Lucas emphasized that Free Range Humans remains a Frederick-based operation. Having recently worked at Frederick’s New Spire Arts, Lucas is familiar with the community and the many “layers” it offers. An enthusiastic consumer of arts offerings in both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Lucas doesn’t think there’s a need for a regular immersive theatre experience in those places, “like there is here” in Frederick. By filling this void within Frederick, she hopes to make the growing city a regional arts destination in its own right. It may be the “little sister” of cities in the area for now, but the “small” Frederick and surrounding areas will, if Free Range Humans has anything to say about it, make a large impact on audiences.
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even Christmases ago, Dotty Raleigh decided her cookie-baking tradition needed an upgrade.
She was tired of making the same-old treats year after year, and just “throwing on powdered sugar or sprinkles” as decorations. So, she did some searching online and found tutorials on how to make professional-looking decorated sugar cookies, starting with stockings and candy canes. “I was very proud of them, except that my red icing was not very red,” she said. “It turned out pink.” Next she tried snowflakes, and soon, “I became hooked,” she said. For years Raleigh continued to practice making cookies for family and friends, for holidays and special events. All that practice paid off when, in 2013, she started Sugar Dot Cookies, selling her creations throughout the region and offering classes for kids and adults. Through it all, Raleigh learned the secrets to a great-looking cookie — preparation, and lots and lots of practice. “Practice is it — the first cookie is usually the worst, but most people are pleasantly surprised that it’s actually not as difficult as you think it is.” The other part — preparation — is what throws most people off.
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o r t w i n s i st e rs Kat r i c e a n d Ka r i n
Baking and decorating cookies is like therapy to
S c ot t , baking has always been a
her, she says, and each box she makes becomes
As kids, born and raised in Downtown Frederick,
“I like it because it’s personal,” Katrice said. “Every
they watched their grandma create delicious
box means so much to me.”
treats for elaborate family celebrations, and started helping as soon as they were able.
Two Sweet LLC was officially born in June, taking online orders for custom treats and
Now, they’re co-owners of the aptly named Two
selling decorated cookies and other desserts at
Sweet LLC, offering a variety of baked goods,
Serendipity Market and More on Patrick Street,
such as cupcakes, cake pops, cakecicles, rice
and now 11:11 Café on Carroll Street in Frederick.
krispie treats, and their best-selling decorated sugar cookies.
For this holiday season, Two Sweet is planning to offer cookie-decorating kits and classes for
The cookies are often mixed and baked by Karin,
folks who want to learn more about playing with
and decorated by Katrice.
Anything but basic, the cookies are where Katrice
Katrice has been shopping online to source special
allows her artistry to shine. There’s seemingly
colors, stencils, tips, molds, edible paint and markers
no end to Katrice’s creativity and what she can
to spice up her designs. And she’s brainstorming
accurately portray on a cookie.
ideas about changing up the flavors in the sugar
Ninja Santa? Yep. Donald Trump caricature? Sure.
cookies that serve as the base for her art.
Intricate business logos? Uh-huh. How about a
And she has a tip for bakers who want to think
90s-themed box of cookies featuring Tupac, “In
outside the box this holiday season: Instead
Living Color” and MTV? Now we’re talking.
of using the normal Christmas cookie cutters
Take a peek at Two Sweet’s Instagram feed (@ twosweetllc) to see what we mean — it’s an
you have in your kitchen, search for interesting patterns online.
amazing tour through Katrice’s passion project
“Print out the pictures, and cut out with a knife
that she’s been developing during the last year.
onto your cookie dough for new shapes,” she said.
Katrice attended culinary school, but the sisters
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are largely self-taught. They dabbled in baking over the years, but it took an accident in April 2017 for Katrice to get serious about starting a business based on her edible art.
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Made in Frederick...
Frederick is a Maker Town, and always has been. From its earliest days when John Frederick Amelung was producing glass and John Fessler was a well-known clockmaker in the late 18th Century to today’s artists, farmers, winemakers, and craft beverage producers, the moniker “Made in Frederick” is something local residents have
Inset photo courtesy of McCutcheon’s Apple Products
taken pride in.
It is said that a way to someone’s heart is through one’s stomach. Two local companies, one that just celebrated its 80th anniversary and a relatively newcomer to the food scene, knows this to be
Now the fifth generation of the McCutcheon family
true. McCutcheon’s Apple Products and Mama
is involved in the business, according to President
Biscuit both make their products, which are
Robert (Bob) McCutcheon III. “Right now, there are
shipped all over, right here in Frederick. With the
six members of the family involved,” he said. And like
holiday season approaching, any number of their
many family businesses, members start early. “As a
locally made food items would make a great gift
kid, I worked on the preserve line. Between batches, I
for family members or friends. Let’s take a closer
would ride my bike around the factory floor.”
McCutcheon’s started in 1938 when William O. McCutcheon operated an outdoor cider press basically on the same site as the factory sits today. They typically worked until November, otherwise the cider would freeze coming off the press. Apple butter was sold from a shed. It was in the 1950s when the first building was constructed, and then a series of more buildings, which were eventually
Bob would go off to college at Ohio State University, earning a degree in Industrial Design. He would put that training to good use by working with a German company on a new press. He also customized the software used by the company in the early days of the computer. Cousins and other family members do everything from drive vehicles, develop recipes, and of course work on the production line. “We all wear a lot of different hats, but the talents and
consolidated as part of the Carroll Creek project. In
interests of each person suit the business.”
1992, McCutcheon’s undertook a 48,000 square
McCutcheon’s offers 350 different products to
foot expansion that led to the 125,000 square-foot
consumers, but are known for making family foods
facility the business operates out of today.
for now 80 years. “Our family makes stuff for your
Photography by Shuan Butcher and courtesy of McCutcheon’s
look at these two wonderful companies.
family,” Bob said. They make all of their own juices,
garden centers, campgrounds, and small grocery
preserves, and jellies, but also make iced tea, sauces
chains. We prefer to have a bunch of smaller
(such as pasta and barbeque), and even mustards.
customers than one big one,” Bob said.
They produce under their own label but also
Their 32 employees, along with some temporary
produce for other labels as well. A significant
ones, run preserves about 51 weeks of the year
percentage of their business is done online, as
and juice is produced for about 10 months. They
they ship to 45 states as well as other countries
keep a low inventory so their model is based on the
(Bermuda and New Zealand for example). About
philosophy of “just in time” manufacturing. “We make
10 percent of their business is done through their
products when they are needed,” Bob said. Over time,
retail shop at the factory on Wisner Street.
automation has allowed for more production. “From
The apple is still the core business (get it) with apple juice and apple butter being the biggest sellers. It is also the only fruit they deal with fresh.
the time a person takes the empty jar out of the box to the time a person puts the completed product in a box, the process is all automated.”
“When apples come in, they go out,” Bob said. The
On my recent visit to their retail store, I had to
business is constantly changing, including the
pick up their Apple Butter Barbeque Sauce and
addition of salsas, such as mango, peach, and
Spicy Bacon Flavored Salsa and look forward to
bacon flavored, to their product line. Hard cider
trying out both for the first time. As for Bob, his
is being introduced this fall as well with plans of
favorites would be the Cherry Butter or the Triple
offering six packs for sale at local liquor stores
Crown (a combination of Cherry, Strawberry, and
and kegs going to local restaurants and bars.
Red Raspberry). My point… you can’t go wrong with
Besides their retail store or website, McCutcheon
anything made by McCutcheon’s.
Photograph courtesy of McCutcheon’s
products can be found at area farmers markets,
Mama Biscuit’s is another locally made product that can be found on store shelves across the country. But there are two major differences between them and McCutcheon’s. First, this company is relatively new. Founded by Lesley Riley in 2015, the company started out in a shared kitchen space as Lesley worked full-time (and still does) as an IT Project Manager. Second, they have experienced significant growth in just a few short years because of the interest received from larger companies like QVC. This fall, they also launched in Walmart stores in nine states throughout the country, with concentration on stores in the deep South and Midwest. “This is beyond my wildest dream,” Lesley said. “Three years ago, I would never have imagined I would see my product on a Walmart shelf.” They are also in conversations with
Photography by Shuan Butcher
other grocery chains as well.
All the biscuits are handmade by one of their 15 employees. “We tried to use a machine but found out it was quicker and better done by hand. Most of their products are made in large batches, using real butter and a flour that is only sold in the south. They try to use local produce, mainly fruits, when As a result, they have ramped up production and
possible as well. The key to their success is the
got into a warehouse space off Grove Road in June
family atmosphere at the factory. Lesley, aka
2017. “It was a huge gamble and risk,” Lesley said.
Mama Biscuit, is the Mama, the managers are like
“It was all self-funded, but I knew that I wouldn’t
aunts, and the prep assistants are like cousins.
be able to expand the business without doing so.”
Foster and Chicken Pot Pie is by far the favorite
butters. “We would make plain biscuits to send
savory option. In addition, they have started a
along with the gourmet butters.” Now they have
cobbler line, Comfort Cobbler by Mama Biscuit,
a total of 50 different biscuits available, rotating
also offering sweet and savory options.
the flavors throughout the year. Of course there are the Standard Classics like the traditional Buttermilk or Bacon Cheddar Biscuit. But they also offer some amazing seasonal assortments in the spring, summer, and fall, as well as during the holidays and other times of the year. Their biscuits, whether they are of the sweet variety or the savory kind, provide a sense of comfort. Biting into one harkens a feel-good feeling and even a bit of nostalgia. Take the Apple Biscuit photos courtesy of Mama Biscuit
The most popular sweet biscuit is the Bananas
Mama Biscuit’s started out specializing in gourmet
Pear Pistachio Biscuit, for example, which is intended to provide a familiar taste, something that you may have tasted when you were young.
Locally, you can find Mama Biscuit’s products can be found at Common Market, Wegman’s, and other grocers in the DC area. They also provide catering options, including a biscuit bar, for weddings, corporate outings, and other events. As the holidays approach, think of either McCutcheon’s or Mama Biscuit’s as a great holiday gift item. Both companies ship nationwide and allow to share a taste of Frederick with those you love. After all, as Bob McCutcheon would say: “These are Christmas gifts that won’t end up in a yard sale.”
By Shuan Butcher
One customer told Lesley that it “tastes like Grandma’s Apple Dumplings.” So Lesley likes to think of their products as “a childhood memory, just jazzed up a bit.”
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