FiND iT Frederick - Fall/Holiday 2019

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THE HOLIDAYS IN HISTORIC FREDERICK HOLIDAY ART COMPETITION Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 PM Delaplaine Visual Arts Center 40 South Carroll Street Pick your favorite depiction of the Holidays in Historic Frederick at this juried art competition featuring a People’s Choice and First Place awards. Enjoy complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres at the opening night reception of the month-long exhibit.

“Warming Up” by Bernadette Miller

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SCENTS & SWEETS COMPETITION AND AUCTION Thursday, December 5, 5:30 PM Talley Recreation Center 121 North Bentz Street Place your vote and bid on holiday themed gingerbread structures and wreaths designed by local professional and amateur designers.

CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOUR Saturday, December 7, 5 – 9 PM & Sunday, December 8, Noon – 4 PM Downtown Frederick $25 Advance Tickets | $30 Tour Weekend Delight in the architectural nuances and historic significance of this tour featuring private Frederick homes elaborately adorned with Holiday décor. Visit the Hospitality Center at the Talley Recreation Center for complimentary refreshments sponsored by TM


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Friday, December 13, 6:30 PM Baker Park Band Shell 121 North Bentz Street Celebrate Holiday traditions with this walking parade featuring German characters of yesteryear alongside Holiday favorites Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Kris Kringle! The procession concludes at the Baker Park Band Shell for a closing ceremony and lighting of the City Christmas tree.

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Fall has always been my favorite season. I got married in fall, some of my favorite people were born in fall, and the temperatures start to fall… in fall. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, where the trees put on an amazing, colorful show each year, bursting with reds, yellows and oranges. It’s hard not to love this time of year. Apple-picking and pumpkin carving lead to some of the most fun holidays of the year — the candy-hunting of Halloween, and the togetherness of Thanksgiving. And let’s not forget the December holidays, where a spirit of light and giving takes over and makes everything feel even more magical. Frederick certainly shines this time of year, especially. There is a neverending list of great events to attend and fantastic places to shop all throughout the county. Looking for a fright? Take in a downtown Frederick ghost tour in October (story on Page 20). In November, grab the the family and make a short, but delightful, road trip to Shepherdstown, West Virginia, home to hiking trails, live music, great food, and cool shopping (check out the details on Page 76). And in December, when you’ve given out all of your holiday cookies and forgot to save some for yourself, call The Cookie Crumbles for a latenight treat delivery (find out more on Page 54). Enjoy autumn and all its delights that you can find, all around Frederick!


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TY UNGLEBOWER is a freelance writer, fiction author, sometime stage actor and unabashed introvert. He lives in Knoxville. You can follow him on Twitter @TyUnglebower, or read his blog at

GINA GALLUCCI-WHITE is an award-winning writer based in Frederick. Her work has been featured in a number of local, regional and national publications including USA Today 10Best website, Baltimore STYLE, Frederick Magazine and the Maryland Daily Record. Before starting her freelance writing career, she was the police/fire and rescue reporter for The Frederick News-Post. Away from compiling stories, Gina can be found being the scorekeeper at her son’s baseball games, driving her daughter to dance classes and trying to understand the Game of Thrones series finale.

LAUREN LAROCCA is an astrologer, herbalist, and an arts and culture journalist. She is a former staff editor at The Frederick News-Post and Baltimore magazine. Follow her on Instagram @karmarocca or visit her website

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County got a whole lot tastier. Black Hog BBQ &

burgers, wings, gumbo and chili are also served

Bar, a local chain with roots in Downtown Frederick,

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This Black Hog offers the same tasty barbecue and

cheese, or even better, the BBQ pork fries – hand-

sides as the other locations, but is larger, with a

cut Idaho potatoes loaded down with smoked pork

more active bar area that is separate from the main

shoulder, bacon, Black Hog sauce, and cheddar

dining space. It offers 15 craft beers on tap, as well

cheese. It’s a five-napkin delight.

as other alcoholic beverages.

Other locations include the original space on

Black Hog, owned by Mike Tauraso, is named for

Market Street in Downtown Frederick; a second

one of the rarest heritage breeds of hogs, which

location in Frederick, off Md. Route 26; and a

produces a lean, micro-marbled meat, that is extra

restaurant in Urbana Village Center. And, coming

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in 2020, the restaurant will open its first Virginia

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unique taste, which Tauraso says he takes pride in providing to the Frederick area. Black Hog offers pork (smoked shoulder, chopped, pit ham, spare ribs and sausage), beef (brisket) and chicken (half or whole birds) barbecue meals or sandwiches. Expect traditional sides such as Southern greens, potato salad, cole slaw, mac

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With Ink:

Typewriter Poetry In the age of laptops, tablets and smartphones, Virginia Tech alums Jeff Stanford and Mark Petersen still find happiness in simplicity. Attend a Frederick-area event and you may see one or both poets behind an old-fashioned typewriter, offering verses typed on the spot. Give them any topic, and within a few minutes a personalized poem will be produced.

Photographs by Molly Fellin Spence

“It’s fun seeing the topics people come up with,” Stanford said. “It’s wonderful having the chance to engage with people and create something that’s memorable for them.” It all started about four years ago when Petersen was gifted a typewriter by his parents. Soon after, Stanford acquired one and brought it to college where the two engineering majors began to explore the art of typewriter poetry. In late 2016, the two began offering typewritten poetry at a farmers’ market in Ellicott City — Stanford’s hometown — and started spreading the word about their services.

“It’s a wonderful way to make connections with people,” Stanford said. “People love getting poems.” Often, Stanford says clients will ask him how he read their minds. “We’ll get people laughing or crying, then giving us a hug afterwards,” he said. Writing and engineering may seem like they’re on opposite ends of a spectrum, but for these typewriter poets, it’s perfectly logical. “I like mechanical things and I like writing,” explained Stanford. “There’s something about using a typewriter — having to think about what I’m saying, knowing I can’t erase it. It’s a form of communication that’s more tactile and real.”

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a believer? Stories of ghostly encounters are not limited to dark evenings in October, or even to evenings, for that matter. Purveyors of the paranormal often speak of hauntings and other such phenomena taking place at all times of day, all throughout the year. (After all, one might ask, if people are unpredictable and random in life, would it not stand to reason that they would be the same after death as apparitions?)


Background Photo by Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick

by Ty Unglebower


Background Photo by Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick




All that being said, it is probably a safe wager that for many of those with interest in the otherworldly, (or in this case perhaps the underworldly?), ghost stories are most at home, most effective, and of course scariest when the set amongst the chilly, dark, somewhat damp days of fall — specifically around Halloween. Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick operates from April until December, offering patrons a 90-minute, 1 mile walking tour of several downtown locations known for years by locals as haunted (the Weinberg Center for the Arts, the Tyler Spite House, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, among others.) The company gives a steady stream of tours in the evenings of that nine-month period, but as you might expect, it is October that finds the tour guides at their absolute busiest. I talked to Ron Angleberger, founder of the company as well as one of its tour guides. This year marks his 20th for giving the ghost tours downtown, having expanded the season and the offerings during that time. He loves giving tours any time of year, but says he especially relishes giving tours in October. “It’s one of my favorite times of the year,” he said, adding that to believe in Halloween, and in the Photography by Inset Photo: inhauscreative

unexplained presence of ghosts, is a key to being a successful tour guide. “People know if you are a believer.” Angleberger is, indeed, a believer, as are the many people with whom who speaks on a regular basis connected to the various sites on the tour. As hotbeds of strange activity within “Maryland’s Most Haunted City,” the stops on the tour are home


Background Photo: fotocelia




to various experiences and hauntings. Owners and proprietors often share with Angleberger any new spooky sightings that take place. The chills are always changing, in other words. It is, of course, up to each individual to determine if he is a believer in the spirit world. But the stories on the tour are not whole cloth fabrications; they consist of both longstanding traditions as well as recent developments, all based on real experiences of those with whom Angleberger speaks. He credits that level of authenticity for the uniqueness of his downtown tour. “When you combine both history, as well as, great storytelling, you are going to reach out and touch everyone in your group,” he said. A patron sees the buildings, the windows, the alleys and the streets on the tour, of course, but he also sees period-authentic costumes and accessories worn and used by every tour guide, and hears the impassioned storytelling of same. Once in a while, it’s true, some have claimed to see actual ghosts during the tour. At the least, all of the patrons that take this tour do learn about Frederick’s phantoms. But what patrons do not see, what nobody sees, are the private preparations on the part of the tour guides. Far from seeing the job as mere Inset Photo: Georgethefourth

entertainment, plenty of the believers working for Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick carry special kinds of protection within their period, wellresearched costumes. According to Angleberger, most of the guides employ crosses, bells, bones, potions and other assorted talismans to keep, shall we say, the “non-living” at a comfortable distance during the tours.


Background Photo by Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick




The seriousness with which Angleberger and the rest of these “docents of the dead,” take their work should not be misconstrued as eschewing fun and excitement. That, along with some scares, is the point of the experience. In fact being scared is fun, so long as it’s safe. I’ve actually wondered about that dichotomy — why is it that so many people enjoy the experience of being frightened (at least for a minute)? What draws humans to the eerie and the macabre aspects of our history? Angleberger shared his assessment with me. “In today’s stressful, and sometimes, chaotic world, people need escapism, a period of time to forget, and simply enjoy the moment,” he said. “For us, we present them a ‘moment in time’ from the past, and how that historic event resonates today.” Are we the ghosts of future decades? Might I, or you, or any of the tour guides working for Maryland Ghost Tours one day become part of the tour itself, as a haunting? I don’t claim to have the answer. But if it were to happen, I suspect Ron Angleberger and the other tour guides would approve.

Inset Photo: nantonov

Ghost Tours of Historic Frederick Ghost tours begin in front of Brewer’s Alley Restaurant and Brewery, Cemetery tours begin in front of the main gate at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Tickets and reservations may be made online or purchased from Cakes To Die For, 154 N. Market St., Frederick. Reservations are required in October. 301-668-8922 @ghosttoursofhistoricfrederick


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“Every time I step foot into one of our shops, it is amazing the expertise and understanding all the shop owners have of all the merchandise,” she says. “You don’t get that kind of experience or conversation online.”

Whitney Dahlberg used to dread Black Friday when she worked as a manager at two large retailers. Now, as owner of The Muse in Downtown Frederick, she loves Frosty Friday, a rebranded version of the day after Thanksgiving that celebrates the opening of the holiday shopping season in Frederick. “The whole attitude is different,” Dahlberg said. “It is family. It is holiday spirit. It is happiness. It is not people running over top of each other to get a discount.” Online shopping may provide quick, easy results and big-box stores may offer low prices, but Frederick-area shop owners and officials in the know agree that buying locally is the best way to spend your money this holiday season. “Our downtown retailers know their stuff,” says Kara Norman, executive director of the Downtown Frederick Partnership. “When you go into a downtown store, often times you are interacting with the owner of that business and they are very knowledgable about the products that they have within their store. Another really great thing is their inventory is very curated. You are not being shown absolutely everything in the world, but you are getting a curated list of what they consider to be the best products. It really is a great chance for someone to do the hard work for you, and you get to see just the good stuff.” Frederick County Office of Economic Development director Helen Propheter agrees that Frederick County has unique merchants offering a diversity of gift ideas. She notes the customer service is also outstanding. “Every time I step foot into one of our shops, it is amazing the expertise and understanding all the shop owners have of all the merchandise,” she says. “You don’t get that kind of experience or conversation online.” Money spent locally also stays in the local economy.


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“If you shop at a big-box or online store, that money typically doesn’t recirculate at all in our local community,” Norman says. When you buy local, the money comes back. “You are doing economic development just by making a choice where you shop,” she added.

“If you shop at a

Local business owners are also good neighbors, according to Norman, by helping a number of area nonprofits and community groups with their sales.

big-box or online store,

Dahlberg said that when you support a local small business, you are also supporting your neighbors and friends who own those stores.

that money typically doesn’t recirculate at all in our local community,” Norman says. When you buy local, the money comes back.

Shopping local is also “greener,” since you can shop at a majority of stores by foot over an afternoon. “[Walking around Downtown Frederick is] a great experience for you as a shopper and a great way to take care of the environment at the same time,” Norman says. Downtown Frederick offers a number of holiday activities in November and December, including the Candlelight House Tour, Museums by Candlelight and Kris Kringle Procession. There are also a number of can’t-miss holiday activities in other parts of Frederick County, including the Walkersville Southern Railroad’s Santa trains and tree lightings in multiple municipalities. “I enjoy the process of getting the gifts as much as I enjoy the process of giving the gifts,” Norman says. “I like that (process) to be enjoyable. The wonderful thing about Downtown Frederick is you have beautiful historic streets and really great architecture. You are in a really pleasant environment. The displays in the stores and the lights in the trees really gets you in the spirit of the holidays.” Downtown Frederick offers free weekend parking at meters and in parking decks between Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. “If you are thinking about parking as a possible negative,



“Frederick, in general , has so many unique boutiques and stores and restaurants and it is such a magical place during the holidays, with all

Photo courtesy of the Downtown Frederick Partnership

the lights,� Dahlberg says.



it shouldn’t be at the holidays because they’ve either eliminated it or discounted it for your shopping needs,” Propheter added. Relish Décor owner Hallie Burrier is excited about several items her Downtown Frederick store will feature this holiday season. Burrier will be showcasing more earth-friendly sustainable products including ones to replace plastic cling wrap, paper towels and sponges, virtually eliminating waste in the kitchen. “These are excellent gifts and stocking stuffers as well as must haves for anyone entertaining this holiday season,” Burrier said. The store will also offer infusion kits that allow you to infuse your own liquor with a variety of flavors to make creative cocktails for guests. “We offer a wide assortment of gifts that are fun, unique and, most importantly, usable,” Burrier says. Every item in Dahlberg’s store is handmade by local and regional artists. “Everything is one-of-a-kind,” she says. “There are some things that an artist might make more than one of, but it is still one-of-a-kind because it came from their hands. I pride myself in finding things that you won’t find anywhere else.” Handmade ornaments are some of the bestsellers d u r i n g t h e h o l i d ay s e a s o n at T h e M u s e . Accessories such as scarves made by Frederick artist Margaret Hluch, who uses plants from her own garden as dyes, are some of the one-of-akind items that often sell out during the holiday shopping season at The Muse. “Frederick, in general, has so many unique boutiques and stores and restaurants and it is such a magical place during the holidays, with all the lights,” Dahlberg says. “I always encourage my customers all year round, if they are from out of town, that they make sure to come back and visit during the holidays because it really is that idealistic, special place at Christmas time.” 43

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Event Hosting Host your next holiday party in the beautifully customizable Gloryridge main lodge, boasting over 6,500 square feet of venues to choose from including a ballroom, a technology room, a wine room and a terrace room. After meeting with you to determine your vision for the event you are hosting, the planning and catering teams at The Lodges will ensure every detail is perfect, from venue decor and personalized catering menus to audiovisual setups, discounted group accomodations for your guests as well as suggestions for fun recreational and team building outings in Gettysburg. If you want to give your group full access to the 63-acre retreat, The Lodges is available for a full buyout for corporate gatherings up to 200 guests. When the day is done, the overnight accommodations offer superior amenities coupled with a serene, cozy atmosphere to ensure a great night’s sleep.

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Ballroom Soaring ceilings with wrought iron chandeliers and exposed wood beams make the beautiful Gloryridge ballroom a sight to behold. A splendid staircase leads to the mezzanine where guests can enjoy views of Hunter Lake, and a soft, neutral palette throughout the room accommodates any type of decor.

Technology Room This conference room provides all the technology needed to ensure your corporate meeting is successful. Wifi, DSL, a projector, a white board, surround sound and a large drop-down screen are included.

Wine Room Elegant hardwood floors and exposed stone provide a beautiful backdrop for an intimate gathering, whether it be a meeting or a social gathering.

Terrace Room The perfect setting for all types of entertainment including meals and parties, the Gloryridge Terrace Room provides stunning views of Big Round Top, Little Round Top and Hunter Lake. 685 Camp Gettysburg Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325 • 717-642-2500 •



Top-quality catering The Carriage House Inn Restaurant & Catering is the exclusive caterer of the Lodges at Gettysburg and meticulously prepares scrumptious meals onsite at the Lodges. Carriage House also works with any guests who have dietary restrictions. Located just 10 minutes away over the MasonDixon line, Emmitsburg, MD-based Carriage House Inn is well-known for fine American cuisine, USDAcertified beef and exceptional seafood (try the crab cakes!), but it is also extremely versatile. “We prepare everything from filet mignon to hot dogs and burgers,” said Director of Events and Catering Beth Senseney. Garnishes and herbs used by Carriage House chefs are from their own herb garden in Emmitsburg, and they also source fresh produce from many local vendors. Like The Lodges, The Carriage House Inn is family-owned and operated and has been for over 30 years. “Their team blends so well with our team, it’s like


Holiday events at The Lodges: Milk & Cookies with Santa December 13 Start time: 6:30 p.m. Decorate your own ornament for the tree at home, enjoy carriage rides and take pictures with Santa during this family-friendly holiday celebration at The Lodges. At 7:30, get cozy for a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” complete with milk and cookies. At 7:45, participate in a PJ party and watch holiday classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman on the big screen with surround sound. Guests are welcome to bring a pillow and a blanket! Want to spend the night? Contact The Lodges about discounted lodging rates and accommodations if you want to continue the magic of the holiday season throughout the weekend. This event is free; however, The Lodges requires guests to register to ensure there are enough cookies to go around.

one big family,” Schultz said.

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New Year’s Eve 2019 December 31 Start time: 8 p.m. Price: $68 per person or $136 per couple plus tax Kick off the new year right with The Lodges! Festivities begin at 8 p.m. with live music by a local favorite, The Willys. This lively celebration includes party favors, one drink coupon per person, a cash bar all evening, an appetizer & dessert reception and a champagne toast at the stroke of midnight. Appetizers are made by The Carriage House and are served from 8:30 - 11 p.m. Delicious options include: • International cheese, fresh vegetable and fruit cascade with crackers and dip • The Carriage House’s famous ot Chesapeake Bay crab dip with homemade tortillas and baguettes • Bacon wrapped BBQ scallops • Cranberry and molasses Brie purses • Filet Crostini — Beef tenderloin grilled and chilled served on a crisp French crouton with caper aioli and fresh tomato • Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus • Fried mac & cheese bites • Assorted mini-desserts

Spend the night and take advantage of the allinclusive package which includes the New Year’s party, overnight accommodations, a spectacular New Year’s Day breakfast served from 8:30-12 and a late checkout at noon. Prices start at $285 per couple based on lodge selected. Contact The Lodges directly at (717) 642-2500 to book. 685 Camp Gettysburg Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325 717-642-2500


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When our doorbell rang around 9:30 one recent evening, the kids and dog were alarmed, but I was not. Because I knew on the other side of the door there would be something warm and delicious waiting for us. And I was right. Because I was the one who had the good sense to make an online order for every available flavor from The Cookie Crumbles, a new, late-night cookie delivery service in Frederick with the motto: “Big. Warm. Fresh. Delivered straight to your door.” Amina Mazhar, a recent college graduate, opened The Cookie Crumbles in August, as a way to keep herself busy while she job searches. An avid baker who grew up and still lives in Frederick, Mazhar modeled The Cookie Crumbles after similar cookie delivery services, such as Insomnia Cookies. She says her goal is “to satisfy anyone’s late-night sugar cravings” by offering giant, soft cookies in flavors such as “Thicc and Doughy Chocolate Chip,” M&M, Funfetti and Toffee and Double Chocolate. The cookies are indeed giant, and arrive warm, soft and perfectly delicious. Each one is large enough to share among two or three people, though you may want to save the whole thing for yourself. Because there’s nothing quite like a sweet, warm treat (that someone else has baked for you)!

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Felines By Gina Gallucci-White

A few years ago, Diane Foland was in bed reading a magazine article about the difference between free range and cage free eggs. The article started her down a path to being a vegetarian, later a vegan, Sonsedska / frimages

then led to her working with two animal rights organizations.



“I used to be a cheeseburger, bacon-loving lady myself,” she says. “I just find it important to educate people and help open their eyes ... but in a gentle way.” While working with one of the organizations, she was walking in Georgetown and saw Crumbs and Whiskers, a cat cafe where folks may order drinks and light fare while interacting with felines that are up for adoption in a cage-free environment. Foland came back later to check out the business and fell in love with the concept. “I thought, ‘This needs to come to Frederick.’” After an extensive search for a property, the Frederick resident plans to open the K.A.T. Cafe at 26 W. Main St. in New Market this fall. About 15 cats that are up for adoption from Frederick County Animal Control will be onsite at any time. There is a $15 rate to attend the café for an hour and 10 minute session, similar to what many cafés / Spiderplay

across the country do.



There will be a reservation system available to book a spot. Children must be supervised by an adult and a signed waiver is required for them to participate. “(The cafe) is supposed to be a less stressful environment for the kitties,” she says. “While walkins are welcome, we want to reduce the coming and going of people and so we will take 10 people at a time so the cats are not overwhelmed.” Frederick County Animal Control Director Linda Shea believes the idea of a cat café is a wonderful, progressive idea. Every year, the agency takes in about twice as many felines as any other species. “I think any avenue that is productive and positive and showcases shelter animals for adoption is a good thing,” Shea says. “... It is showcasing them in a different environment and hopefully allowing them to show their best feline self. It / Melissandra

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“I knew I wanted something short and quick,” Foland says. She also wanted to honor her mother, whose name is Kat. “She has always been supportive of me and my ideas in life. It was very important to me to have something personal in the name to my life. I Anything that can help get our feline population

named it after her and then I wanted to make it an

re-homed properly is always a benefit.”

acronym. Something to explain what the business

The café will serve as a foster home for the cats on site. If someone is interested in adopting, they will need to go through Animal Control to be formerly approved. Shea notes the café offers another method of outreach to the public. Some people are uncomfortable coming to a busy shelter and the / Dixi

café provides a different, more relaxed environment. The business’s name is an acronym for Kitties

is. ... The intention is cat adoption and if while you are there considering adoption and you get hungry we have light vegan fare to offer you.” The cafe has partnered with Hippy Chick Hummus in Downtown Frederick to provide food. As of early summer, Foland was searching for a vendor to offer vegan dessert items as well. “I wanted to use this business as a platform to help educate people on the delicious food that can be enjoyed without the use of any animal products,” she says.

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The café will feel like you are entering a home with

The café is not just for those looking to adopt.

shabby chic decor designed by Foland’s mother.

Some live in spaces where they cannot have pets

“The color scheme is purple and gray which ties in

or live with a partner that may be allergic. “This way

nicely with the stark white and gray tones already

you can come enjoy time and the presence of cats

in the space,” she says. Local artists will also have

without actually having to have one in your home,”

their work on display in the space. “The goal from

she says. Foland is in that situation. Her partner

the beginning was to support local as much as

is allergic to cats. “I will be able to get my fix of

possible in every way,” she says.

kitties as well in this way,” she says.

Foland notes the cage-free environment is a good

Foland hopes people will come out to see the

setting for adoption. “In my space, cats will be

future of adoption. “My hope is that one day there

able to chose whether or not they want to interact

will be no need for cat cafés because all adoption

with the people,” she says. “There will be a space

centers are structured in this way,” she says.

where they can go at any time if they don’t want

“I would love it for every adoption facility to be

to interact with people. They will never be forced

cage free. ... I just want to open people’s eyes

to be held. They will never be forced to be picked

to see how different it can be. I want to offer a

up. I will have staff walking around to make sure

comfortable, relaxed space for people to consider

that those rules are enforced. The potential pet

adopting their forever friend in a new way.”

owner gets to know the cat a little better. If they are not quite sure, they can come back multiple times and see.”

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Border Crossing

OVER THE EDGE Whether you’re looking for hiking trails, live music or a new place to do some holiday shopping, Shepherdstown, W.Va., checks all the boxes. This quaint college town just over the West Virginia border from Frederick has been drawing people to its main street, aka West German Street, for decades. It’s only become more enticing in recent years with the addition of new restaurants, boutiques and events — though people still stop in for the longtime staples, such as the Mecklenburg Inn, Lost Dog Cafe and Four Seasons Books, to name a few.


While some see it as a college town, with the Shepherd University campus situated in the center of town, it’s also known for being rich in history. Indeed, it’s one of the oldest towns in the state. One look around, and you’ll be struck by the centuries-old architecture of the downtown shops and eateries. When you visit, you’ll want to bring along a camera, a shopping bag and, perhaps, this magazine as a reference guide. Here are our picks for what not to miss when you want to make a day of it.

GET OUTSIDE There’s nothing like the crisp fall air to put you in the mood for a day spent outdoors, whether you’re doing something rigorous such as mountain biking or just walking or picnicking while enjoying nature. Whether you want to take a walk, hike or bike ride, or even try some water sports if the weather permits, Shepherdstown is perfect for all of the above. It’s in close proximity to several trails, as well as the C&O Canal along the Potomac River, where you can hike, bike, walk and even camp, if you’re in the mood to extend your day trip and the weather is nice. Some other options are Snavely Ford Trail at Antietam National Battlefield, just 5 miles down the pretty views, and often, there will be some wildlife along the way — deer, owls or even wild turkeys. Before you venture out, stop in Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle on West German Street — or check in with them to find out if they’re offering any group bike rides. They sell and rent equipment for all kinds of outdoors adventures.


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road. The trail goes along Antietam Creek and offers


EAT As you may know, one of the greatest things about a good, long hike, is eating a good meal afterward, and Shepherdstown can provide that, too. Shepherdstown offers so much variety in the way of dining, you’ll have to make a few visits just to try all of its restaurants. On West German Street, Press Room is an upscale eatery that serves American food inside what was once a newspaper building. Bistro 112 is another favorite, serving French cuisine in a cozy, 1830s brick building. Domestic is a great choice, too, with its contemporary American fare in a cool, minimalistic space. You can’t go wrong with Blue Moon Café, which sits off the main drag only a block away. Vegetarians will love it for its large menu of vegetarian and vegan options, but carnivores will most likely leave satisfied, too, with dishes such as Jesse’s Meat Escondido and the Tarragon Chicken Salad. Their dishes are creative, the food is fresh and wholesome, and its laid-back atmosphere is a draw, too, especially the outdoor seating on a brick patio, where you can watch the passersby on warm fall days. And no one — absolutely no one — should leave town without a stop inside Shepherdstown Sweet Shop Bakery, whether it’s to grab a few cookies to too enticing — and delicious — to pass up.


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go or a loaf of bread. Their fresh array of goodies is

GO SHOPPING One of the greatest indie bookstores around, Four Seasons Books, sits on West German Street, and it’s been known to rob people of countless hours of their time without them even realizing it. The selection is great, constantly updated with staff picks and new reads, and they host author events and workshops throughout the year. O’Hurley’s General Store is another longtime Shepherdstown favorite for country-store style shopping and antiques. The building itself is a treat to walk through, and you’ll most likely find some unique holiday gifts there. On the Wings of Dreams is another great option for gift-giving, with tables of crystals, books, jewelry and incense. Tonic Herb Shop & Elixir Bar is a fairly recent addition to downtown but has made a positive impact on the community — and the health of the community — through its creative teas and herbal remedies for sale, as well as educational workshops and classes by herbalists in the region. It always smells delicious inside. Grapes & Grains Gourmet is medicinal in another sense. The shop carries wines from all over the world. Need we say more? OK, then, they also carry hundreds of beer varieties. And cheese. Something for everyone!


NIGHTLIFE Normally, the historical Opera House is the go-to venue for all things entertainment — live music acts, film screenings, theater and staged readings, local performances. Unfortunately, it closed for renovations after flooding and has not reopened yet. Check its Facebook page (Opera House LIVE) for up-to-date progress. In the meantime, there are lots of other options. The Mecklenburg Inn, aka “The Meck,” has been a longstanding favorite for pub eats and live music. The pub is known for its low-key atmosphere and vintage aesthetic. The Town Run Tap House on East Washington Street also hosts live music, as do other restaurants and bars in town. Check in to see what their calendars offer — or wing it, and you could be pleasantly surprised to be serenaded over dinner.

INSTAGRAM WORTHY You’d also be remiss if you didn’t stop at the “Little House” along North Princess Street, just steps from West German. The Dutch Colonial-style house was created in the early 1900s as part of a play complex for Shepherd University and still stands today. You can peer inside to see its

“Little House” Photo : Wikimedia Commons

miniature rooms fully furnished.


’TIS THE SEASON Shepherdstown celebrates all seasons through various community-wide events, such as the Maypole festivities in the spring and, come fall, BooFest. The Vampire Ball (for adults) kicks off BooFest on Oct. 25, followed by two days of games for kids, costume contests, a haunted walk (for the adventurous) and a “Thriller” dance performance. New in 2018 was Witches Tea, which will continue this year with fortune tellers of all kinds, including palm and tarot readers. On Halloween, West German Street is closed down and opened to thousands — yes, thousands — of trick-or-treaters. The Christmas season is chock full of events, too, like Civil War Christmas and visits from Santa. All other photos courtesy of the West Virginia Tourism Office

Check the Shepherdstown Visitor Center for more details on holiday events.

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MD. In this 9th annual commemoration of Black History Month, students from Silver Oak Academy will present living history scenes from “Spirits of the Furnace” and serve food prepared from traditional recipes. Free but RSVP requested.

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Maryland Iron Festival! Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, 2020! The Maryland Iron Festival will be celebrated within the historic village, Catoctin Mountain Park, and Cunningham Falls State Park. The event will commemorate the state as a center for the craft of ironmaking.

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