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Springtime is all about discovery – finding the beautiful where, just yesterday, there was only dreariness — As you drive past a tree in your neighborhood that looked nearly dead on Monday, suddenly on Thursday, fluffy pink blossoms bloom in abundance. Spring’s renewal is truly amazing to behold. We are incredibly lucky to live in a region full of undiscovered wonders. In the photo above, you’ll see my delight in holding an adorable little starfish creature that I discovered on a recent field trip with my daughter to Frederick’s ESSL (Earth and Space Science Lab). Such a small, unassuming building on Madison Street is home to beautiful and unexpected wonders. Explore it some time, with or without a child in tow. It’s truly wonderful. There are so many things to discover in Frederick County, and we aim to help you do that in this issue. Page through all of the Found iTs featured this season, and you’ll be taken on a tour from Keymar to Middletown to Frederick and beyond. So many treasures to experience, so little time. Did you know Frederick is home to a bevy of talented women who use their skills to create fashionable accessories and clothing? We’ve found them and feature their creative wares. And another awesome thing you need to know about – a house in New Market we recently discovered that plays host on weekends to moms and dads and other folks who give selflessly to care for children with special needs or aging parents. The Terrace Guest House and Respite Inn exists to support those who support others every single day. It’s an outstanding mission; read all about it inside. We hope you’ll love discovering all of the Frederick places and people we feature in our magazine. Please reach out to us about anything awesome you’ve discovered in Frederick County that you think we should feature in a future magazine. Reach me at molly@pulsepublishing.net.

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CONTRIBUTORS

SHUAN BUTCHER An Army veteran, Shuan has spent most of his life working in the nonprofit sector on issues such as arts and culture, heritage tourism, civic engagement, and community development. He is a member of the National Press Club. He published “Inspiration to Serve: 101 Quotes about Kindness, Caring, and Giving,” co-authored “Making Change for the Better: The Importance of Youth Giving,” and contributes to a variety of local, regional, and national publications.

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.

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For the last several months, droves of folks seeking sweet and savory breakfast treats have found their way to a tiny storefront on a small street in sleepy Middletown, where the lines can spill out the door, but customers say the baked goods are well worth the wait. They’re all here for the latest creations from Deb’s Artisan Bakehouse – “all-scratch, rustically executed, small batches of handcrafted deliciousness,” as owner Deb King describes.

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“As I grow and change, so will my mission, but I will remain steadfast in my mission to wow you,” Deb says, and “wow” she does, with croissants, pastries, galettes, pies, tarts, quiche, sweet breads, bagels and more. Like, a LOT more, such as “cruffins” – a cross between a croissant and muffin that towers high with flavors such as Boston Cream or Blueberry Lemon. Or something Deb calls “Chaos” – a concoction that includes croissant dough piled with an amazing array of flavors and textures, which change week to week.


Deb and her staff (often sporting T-shirts proclaiming “Body By Deb”) bake all week, but are only open for customers on Saturdays (when sweet and savory pastries are for sale) and on Sundays (bagel day).

We advise filling your takeout box with as many treats as possible each Saturday or Sunday, to hold you over until the next weekend, when Deb’s opens again.

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Photographs (top): Sam Levitan; (bottom): Molly Fellin Spence

On a recent Saturday, Deb’s counter was covered with Crab Dip Cretzels, Ham & Goat Cheese Pepper Jelly Croissant, Pizza Babka, Oreo Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Barbacoa Hand Pies, Italian Sausage Galettes, Quiche Lorraine, M&M Cookies, and Bananas Foster Chaos, among other offerings. And

the next morning, was filled again with bagels and biscuits, bagel dogs and cream cheeses.

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Putting a Priority Terrace Guest House & Respite Inn welcomes caretakers to New Market By Lauren LaRocca

It’s no surprise that parents raising children with developmental disabilities often put their own needs last, out of necessity. But a special place of respite in New Market is offering a way for caretakers to give themselves the time and attention they need, too.

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REST

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The Terrace Guest House & Respite Inn in New

“It’s stressful,” says Roberts, who grew up in

Market opened its doors to guests last fall. The

Gaithersburg and lives in Urbana now. “I knew if I’m

large house was built in 1798 as one of the first

feeling like this, there are other people who need

buildings in town. It sits on Main Street and, owner

somewhere to go, too.”

Andrea Roberts believes, will become the jewel of the town.

One of the most amazing parts about the inn is that rooms are offered for free for those in need.

Roberts founded the nonprofit A Mother’s Rest,

While guests are encouraged to make donations,

to support the inn, where caregivers in need of

no one is turned away if they cannot pay.

some quality downtime and sleep can come for overnight stays. Guests may be parents or foster parents or folks caring for elderly parents or even special education teachers.

“Our purpose is to make this respite affordable for anyone,” Roberts says. Everyone works here as a volunteer, even Roberts. Volunteer docents lead tours of the historic property, and other

The inn especially caters to mothers of children

volunteers help out in the gift shop, open to

with disabilities, as Roberts’ inspiration for starting

guests during their stays and to the public twice

the nonprofit was the burnout she experienced as

per year. Roberts relies on donors to support the

she raised her own son, Reece, now 17, who has

nonprofit’s mission.

Down syndrome.

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Photographs by Lauren LaRocca

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Guests typically visit for two- or three-night stays from Friday through Monday, and there’s no limit to how many times they may book a room. Roberts arranges special weekends that cater to groups of women or men who are raising children with the same diagnosis, as well as holiday-themed weekends. People have come from all over the country to stay at the inn, and Roberts’ long-term goal is to offer such a place in every state. She greets guests when they arrive and remains available by phone, but leaves them alone for the duration of their stay. She provides the retreat space, but then allows guests to do whatever is needed to decompress. “It’s very therapeutic just to have people who understand what you’re going through,” Roberts says. “It’s a safe space to talk about how they’re really feeling, without any judgment.” Fathers aren’t left out of the equation. Groups of dads are invited on select weekends, for

THE PROPERTY Roberts acquired the property at 23 W. Main St., in September and opened it for retreats by November — with many hours of painting and decorating in between to get it ready for its first guests. It currently has six beds and two-and-a-half baths, but Roberts plans to expand to eight beds and make one of the rooms handicap accessible. There is a large living room and elegant dining room, a wine bar and kitchen, and a sun porch, where people like to congregate in the mornings over coffee and magazines. The house has so many nooks and crannies, it’s easy for people to spend time alone or in fellowship, depending on how they’re feeling. “Sometimes moms are so beat down, they don’t come out of their rooms the whole time,” Roberts says. The bedrooms are named after donors, and some are themed — such as a Maryland history room.

instance, to watch the sporting events on a big

Roberts, a longtime history buff, is excited about

screen TV together.

another upcoming project. She says archeologists

Weekends are inclusive and freeform, allowing guests to relax in the privacy of their own rooms, join others in lounge areas to talk, or stroll through town and visit shops and restaurants within walking distance to the inn.

d i scove re d a co b b l e st o n e ro a d t h at l i e s underneath the inn’s grassy half-acre yard. It was formerly used to drop off guests in carriages for a night of dancing in a second-floor dancehall (this room has been converted into a guest bedroom), and the town is going to help with the expense of

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excavating it.

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FIRSTHAND GRATITUDE Laura Gordon, who has a 10-year-old son on the autism spectrum, came to the Terrace Guest

They’ve remained in touch via Facebook, where Roberts creates a private group page for each weekend event.

House from her home in Rockville for a two-night

Donna Arthur visited in February during a single

getaway in January.

moms’ retreat.

“The first thing that appealed to me was the fact

“It really was great, because our experience is

that someone had had that idea,” says Gordon,

different than a married couple’s experience,” says

who is a substitute teacher for special education

Arthur, whose 21-year-old son has developmental

in all grade levels. “It gave me that validation that

disabilities. “We just compared stories and hung

it was OK to leave my life and take a little break.”

out and laughed. I think that was the first time I

Gordon lives in daily state of being on high alert, she says, a sensation she describes as the “noise” of constantly being on. “It’s very hard to just relax.” She discovered the inn on Facebook, and once there, she loved being outside of her day-to-day life. She’d experienced short bits of time in the past when she could be alone with her husband at home, but the experience often left her feeling

had to myself since my son was about 3, and I got to sleep late — which was awesome.” Roberts was very intentional about offering threenight stays over the weekends, rather than two nights. Studies have proven that after three days of rest, our adrenaline and cortisol levels start to return to normal, our bodies begin to relax, the physiological compression eases up.

overwhelmed. Since she was at home, she was

A four-day period of rest gives caregivers the

compelled to do laundry, grocery shopping,

maximum benefit. That said, longer stays are

cooking, cleaning and so on. Staying at the inn

welcome, and if someone is in need, arrangements

eliminated those options and encouraged her to

can be made for overnight stays during the week.

get the rest she so desperately needed.

Anyone in crisis need only call.

There were absolutely no expectations placed on

“There’s a lot of guilt and shame in the caregiving

her as a guest, other than to rest and recharge,

community, but you need to take care of yourself

unlike attending a conference for parents with

first,” Roberts says. “When you’re helping yourself,

kids with disabilities.

you’re helping your whole family.”

“People [who have kids with disabilities] are said. “It’s information overload.” When she met the other four women who stayed at the inn during her weekend respite, she says, “We were buds immediately. There was an instant connection.”

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Since it opened, Cotton & Co. has hosted a macramé hanging planter class, and has plans for flower-arranging classes and an Earth Day celebration. Find out more about scheduling for

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Be GONE! Two Frederick-based businesses aim to organize your life by Molly Fellin Spence

Mountains of unopened mail and school-related papers, stacks of old magazines that you still haven’t gotten around to reading, closets full of clothes and shoes that fit you back when one of the Bushes were in the Oval Office … if your home sounds like this, then it’s time you called in some organizing reinforcements.

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ORGANIZE

Spring is the perfect time of year to get yourself, your home, your family and your life organized. Open up your windows, let the fresh air in, and get all of that old stuff out! But if you’ve watched all available episodes of “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” on Netflix and still lack the motivation to get started on your own projects, never fear. Several Frederick-based businesses exist to help anyone who wants more organization in their lives, but lack the strategies to get started. Carolyn West of Middletown opened Organize Me! in July 2016 with the goal of helping Frederick Countians stop being embarrassed about their clutter, and start getting serious about getting it out of their lives. Sophia Heydari of New Market, a self-described “natural-born organizer” opened her business, Love Your Space Organizers, about one year ago, turning her personal passion into her profession.

their journey to becoming professional organizers, and to help all of the rest of us out with tips and tricks to a more organized life.

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Photographs Courtesy of Sophia Heydari, Love Your Space Organizers

We asked West and Heydari to share more about


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ORGANIZE ME! LLC 240.242.7152 organizemefrederick.net Carolyn West, 30, lives just outside Middletown with her husband, Tom, and their 5-year-old son and family pets. West earned a degree in business administration and throughout her college years envisioned working in hospitality management, focusing on organizing and perfecting all of the details that go into banquets and other events. After working in the hotel industry for eight years, she realized the work was not as fulfilling to her as she had hoped. She credits a human resources manager with helping her discover a passion for owning her own business. “She took the time to ask me what I liked to do, attempting to match me with a fitting position,” West said. “When I told her I like to organize, tidy and focus on details, she said, ‘why don’t you start a business in home organizing?’ It was like a light bulb went off.” Once her goal was clear, West worked with the Maryland Women’s Business Center through the Frederick County Office of Economic Development to help her stay focused and motivated and give her the tools to begin her business. Without the center, she said, “I would not be where I am today. (They) provided me with invaluable advice, tools and an abundance of time.”

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West says she’s always had an organized personality, and even as a child, she’d look for areas around the house to organize and keep tidy. “When I see a cluttered area, I go into autopilot and just know how to get the space in order,” she said. She uses her organizational strengths to help clients of all kinds, including individuals and families. She says she’s open to any client who is willing to openly sort through their items, or have them sorted by her. “Clients often don’t know where to start and feel embarrassed by their homes,” she said. “I want clients to know that I have seen it before and am quite frankly now immune to your clutter!” West tries to clearly convey that clients don’t need to feel embarrassed or ashamed by their homes: “Piles of clothes or paper, dirt and dust, broken items, intimate items, mouse poop – I’ve seen it all.” She strives to build a personal connection with clients, since, she says, organizing is a highly personal experience. Clients must feel through all of their belongings. Her ultimate goal is to provide clients with a home “in which they are able to relax and not have it be a source of stress.”

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Photographs Courtesy of Sophia Heydari, Love Your Space Organizers

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On a recent project, West helped a mom with multiple children figure out her kitchen, multiple closets, school supply storage, multiple drawers, basement playroom and laundry room, garage and attic storage, all in a total of 27 hours. She helped her client make areas such as the kitchen, playroom and storage more functional day to day. And she helped her client let go of multiple carloads of stuff she didn’t need. “As the project carried on, she became freed by the items she was saying goodbye to in order to have less clutter in her home,” West said. “In the end, the home was less cluttered, drawers and closets weren’t packed and there was a change not only in the home, but the way the client viewed some belongings.” Even though organizing is her business, West admits her own space isn’t always perfect. She makes a point to tidy and clean her space every single weekend, without fail. “It’s essential to always stick to a schedule if you want your home to get more organized,” she said. And every day, she sorts through her mail, standing in front of the trashcan. She suggests this tip to everyone, to significantly reduce all the paper clutter you see in your home.

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LOVE YOUR SPACE ORGANIZERS 240.813.0094 loveyourspaceorganizers.com Sophia Heydari, 34, lives in New Market with her husband, Amir, and their two sons, ages 7 and 5. She finds being organized essential to keeping a balance in her home, and says it frees her to spend more time doing the things she and her family love (currently Minecraft, Lego and soccer!) instead of stressing about tidiness and clutter. “On the other hand, motherhood has taught me a few things about perfectionism,” she said. “With kids, perfectionism does not exist. As a mom, I’ve learned to be flexible, creative, and gained the realization that things aren’t are always as they appear … I appreciate and support individualism in all aspects of life, especially with organizing.” Heydari has been an organizer all of her life, and even before she started her business, was often sought out by family and friends for input on organization, planning and productivity.

professional organization and did a lot of research on the profession before opening Love Your Space Organizers about one year ago. Her goal with the business is to promote self-awareness by helping clients discover what types of organizing will best fit them and to create a practical, unique space for clients’ needs. “Ultimately, my goal is to help my clients live a more organized and inspired life because I believe an organized space is where one flourishes,” she said.

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Heydari said that one of her first professional organizing projects was a nursery for a first-time mom, whose dedicated space was less than ideal. Heydari helped her get to work by talking about the functionality of the room and furniture placement, assembling furniture and staging the room with baby clothes and toys. The whole project took only a few hours, and the effort was well worth it. When it was all done, the mom-to-be felt ready to welcome her new little one. “The greatest reward was seeing my client happy, inspired and ready to take on motherhood,” Heydari said. “It was such a pleasurable experience.” Heydari admits that it is impossible to stay perfectly organized all of the time, particularly when you are raising a family. Homes constantly evolve, she says, through a day or week or year, as families grow and change. Change means a disruption to some organization, but it doesn’t necessarily spell disaster, she says. “When you have systems in place, like I do, you have a method and structure to return to. I often revisit my organization to see if it still fits my needs and if it doesn’t, I change it,” Heydari said. “What I suggest to others is to have systems in place to support healthy habits, but at the same time, live, get messy, and enjoy life and return to your system when you’re done.” Interested in getting your own space more organized? Heydari recommends taking on small projects first to avoid overwhelm. “Instead of organizing your entire kitchen, start with the pantry or a drawer,” she said. And celebrate small victories along the way.

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Follow your bliss, we are often told, and it’s great advice. Why slog away at a boring job when you can turn your talents into a full-time career? That’s just what four talented women in the Frederick area have done. You can find clothing, aprons, bow ties, fanny packs, change purses and other goodies made by these fashion and

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accessories designers online and also throughout downtown in boutiques, popup shops and even at the occasional play at Maryland Ensemble Theatre. While all of these women have a similar creative outlet, each has a style that is distinctly her own.

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BECKY JANE SEWS Becky Jane Onderdonk is a fashion designer with a love for vintage fabrics and prints. The longtime Frederick fashionista once known as Becky Jane Harrington got married last fall, which meant that she wasn’t just a bride-to-be with the usual stresses. She, of course, designed and sewed her own wedding gown … and her husband’s outfit … and basically everything worn by the entire bridal party. What was she thinking? What any artist is thinking: She had a vision, and she tirelessly saw it through to the end. Onderdonk grew up in Frederick and lived here for most of her life until moving into a house in Waynesboro, Pa., with her husband. She usually spends weekdays rising early and working at her home studio, with frequent commutes into Frederick to teach sewing classes at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center (she catches up on sewing and fashion podcasts during the drive). After several years of working on her craft while holding down various part-time jobs, she took

“Because everything is handmade, it takes longer.

her fashion career to the next level recently and

I do all of it myself,” she says. “I get an idea, sketch

committed to it full time. She teaches sewing

it, make patterns, sew it; I’m seeing it from start to

workshops for all ages, does custom work, and

finish. I like doing it, but it’s a lot of work.”

makes accessories including wax canvas bags and

Photographs courtesy of Becky Jane Sews

fanny packs for sale. She’s just begun tinkering with menswear, and she’s starting to work on a new baby line. Many designers will make patterns, but then hand them off to a seamstress to sew the pieces. Not Onderdonk.

Going full-time also meant she’d be challenging herself more, taking her work to the next level. You can still catch her doing the occasional popup shop, but if you’re interested in her work and snagging something for yourself, follow her on Instagram (@beckyjanesews), where she is constantly posting new projects and prototypes and taking orders.

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KCITYBAGS In high school, Kelly Roberts made sewing patterns from her sketches and figured things out through trial and error. She went on to study fashion merchandizing at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. Fast-forward through many years of working in retail and raising a family, and Roberts had slowed down on making her own work. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, she began sewing tote bags, selling them, and giving the proceeds to victims of the tragedy. This caught on. People loved them, which encouraged her to make more. Soon, she started selling a variety of bags, purses and clothes online. Her two sons recently left home, allowing Roberts

“It’s easier to change up your accessories than

more time to dedicate to her passions. This meant

your whole wardrobe,” Roberts says. “Why not

officially opening kCityBags. Working from her

carry something different?”

home studio in Knoxville, Roberts creates bags and accessories and sells them in Downtown Frederick at The Muse, and at C.M. Bloomers, a floral and

UNICORN NATURE

gift shop in Brunswick. She also participates in

For Stephanie Hyder, inspiration for art and design

occasional popup shops and sells her bags online

came early in life. Her mom sewed and was always

(https://www.etsy.com/shop/kCityBags).

making crafty things.

“Finding unique fabric — that’s my thing,” she says. Her process for finding fabric is intensive. She

she was a little girl — before you could find them

shops mostly online, sometimes in other cities.

everywhere, she points out. So, the name for her

It’s a painstaking process to find fabrics that

business, Unicorn Nature, came, well, naturally.

match the visions in her head — for instance,

But it’s also a play on words, as it sounds like

bright patterns with a muted faux leather. No

“unique ornature,” as in ornamentation.

two bags look alike, even if made from the same Photos courtesy of kCityBags

Hyder has always loved unicorns, especially when

pattern, because of the fabrics.

Hyder earned a bachelor’s degree in fashion design from Marymount University, where she modeled

This spring, she’ll release of a new tote bag with a

her designs on a runway, and then began doing

removable strap, allowing you to have a hands-free

custom work, including several wedding gowns.

option. She tries to make her pieces practical but

She also sometimes teams up with Frederick

also aesthetically appealing, so they can be paired

photographer Emily Gude as her wardrobe stylist

with outfits to make a statement.

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Perhaps Hyder is best known locally for her costume designs. She created her first costumes for Flying Dog Brewery promotional videos by filmmaker Tim Martin and found that she loved the imaginative quality of the work. Those videos prompted her to reach out to the Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) four years ago. She’s since worked on costumes for several plays there, including “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Peter and the Starcatcher,” two of her favorites. “Original plays are so cool because no one’s done the costumes before. It’s fun to try to translate the director’s vision into clothes, and I also work with the set designer and the lighting designer so that everything [complements] each other,” she says. “We use Pinterest like crazy.” She’s also done costume design for McDaniel “Leda,” by filmmaker Samuel Tressler IV. A mom of two young sons, Hyder runs an Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/unicornnature) and continues to do custom work from her home in Downtown Frederick. 58

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SALLY FORTH SUPPLY CO. Kellie Ketron comes from a family “where we

The name Sally Forth references an old warfare

fixed things.”

saying, meaning “leave your place of comfort,”

When she wanted a tie for an event she was attending, she decided to dig into a bag of fabric she had lying around rather than buy a shiny tie that wasn’t “her.”

going to find.” A couple days a week, Ketron works at The Muse on Market Street in Frederick, which carries

“I was always the kid who took stuff apart,” she

some of her products, but most of the time,

says. “I’ve always had an imagination.”

you’ll find her working from her travel trailer in

Little did she know that last-minute decision to figure out how to sew a tie essentially became the birth of her company Dapper Geek, which later became Sally Forth Supply Co. (www. sallyforthsupplyco.com). Other people loved her tie, and before she knew it, she was getting requests to make them for others. Photos courtesy of Sally Forth Supply Co.

Ketron says, “even if you don’t know what you’re

Keymar, just outside of Frederick, where she lives with her two dogs. Before moving to her current location, she was a campground host at Greenbrier State Park, and she has also traveled across the country. Her tiny sewing studio is in one corner of her home, with her 1959 metal industrial sewing machine as its centerpiece. Most days, she’ll put on a podcast as she crafts

She landed in Frederick by way of Nashville and

— something comedic or knowledge-based. “A

continues to make neckwear. Now, she also

lot of makers I know are podcast junkies,” she

specializes in creating handmade bags, waxed

says. “We’re good at multitasking, and we need

aprons, wallets, clutches and other accessories

to stay entertained while we’re working.”

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The first thing you’ll probably notice when stepping into Alchemy No. 119 is its clean, natural aesthetics — a touch of historic Frederick and organic elegance blended with a bit of mysticism. The second thing? The products — soaps, candles and oils alike — smell a-mazing. But they’re more than sensual delights. Some may have come to know shop owner and transformational coach Pattee Brown for her other business ventures: magazines 270inc and Frederick Gorilla or Juice Plate. But, she says, “My passion is this — emotional intelligence and transformation. If I’m not learning and growing, I’m dying,” Brown says. “My inner circle has never known me as anything but this. I’ve done coaching for many years under the radar. This is me stepping into my passion.” Brown sees coaching clients in an office behind the shop, and a lovely back patio is open during warm months. She’ll lead emotional intelligence workshops beginning this spring. She stocks the shop with products that are good for the soul. Items are inspired by self care, spirituality and personal transformation. Think affirmation bracelets, crystals, pendulums, EQ cards and games, journals and sage. Stop in to enjoy some shopping, but don’t be surprised if you suddenly find yourself soulsearching and asking the deeper questions about your path and purpose. It’s by design.

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booth itself to a trunk full of amazingly curated wacky, silly and off-the-wall props. His-andhers Viking helmets? They’ve got that. Giant colorful sunglasses? Yep. Superhero masks, Minion or Chewbacca heads? Uh huh. You can even choose your own backdrop, from glitzy and formal to floral and frilly, making the photo booth easy to integrate into your wedding or party theme. Every time the booth is used, it automatically takes three photos, then prints them out as two identical 2-inch by 4-inch strips. A slide show of all photos taken during the event plays on a screen for guests to watch, too. Trust us, it’s a source of endless entertainment for everyone you invite. So, go ahead and book the Silly Station for your next party. It’ll be a seriously silly, great time.

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Inspired by Landless Theatre Company’s annual production of “1776: The Musical” at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, I recently decided to explore some sites in our neighboring state of Delaware. You see, I had the of the Declaration of Independence, and was interested in learning more about him and “The First State.”

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opportunity to play the role of Caesar Rodney, a Delaware-based signer


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My first stop was a two-hour drive from Frederick, in the Maryland/Delaware border town known as Marydel. Here, Harvest Ridge Winery offers wine tastings, tours and a number of special events. The tasting room looks like a general store, and the production area is made to represent a barn, paying homage to farmland in the area. About 90 percent of the grapes used in their wines are grown on the 190 acres they own in both Maryland and Delaware. Given the soil and airflow from the Chesapeake and Delaware bays, there is a general belief that grapes grown here are comparable to those from France. (The one grape they do get from an outside provider is the Concord, which needs a colder climate.) For a nominal fee, you may taste eight wines. The 2016 Blue Hen Blue pays homage to the Delaware state bird and is their most popular wine. A blend of Concord grapes and blueberries, it tastes like an adult grape juice. If you are looking for something other than wine, check out their Rebel Seed Cidery, which offers a number of hard cider drinks on site. They also host a popular food truck festival the first weekend in April, with about 25 food trucks and 4,000 attendees.

HISTORICALLY GREAT STOPS Delaware played a key role during the Revolutionary War and the founding of our country. It got its nickname as “The First State” because it was the took place at the Golden Fleece Tavern on Dover’s Public Square, now called The Green. Although the tavern doesn’t exist today, there are a number of fantastic places along The Green that make up part of the First State Heritage Park. The John Bell House, Dover’s oldest surviving frame building, has been recently restored. It also serves as the park’s 72

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the Old State House. This building was completed

innovation and American industry. Don’t forget to

in 1791 and served as the capital until 1933.

check out the display on “Nipper,” the iconic dog

Dover’s Public Green reminds me of the National

mascot we all know from Victrola and RCA.

Mall in Washington, D.C., with lots of points of interest jutting out in different directions. Many of the museums in Dover also offer free admission, making it an affordable place to visit.

A short walk away is the Delaware Public Archives, the third-oldest archives in the country. This building from 1930s has an amazing collection that you can tour. During my visit, I was able to explore

One of the free attractions is the Johnson Victrola

Delaware’s role in World War I, which included a

Museum. This place was built specifically to house

unique collection of trench art (art made by

the collection of Eldridge Reeves Johnson. A

soldiers and civilians from objects of war) and see

pioneer in the early years of the sound-recording

the impressive 22-piece silver service that was

industry, Johnson founded the Victor Talking

presented to the battleship USS Delaware dating

Machine Company in 1901 (and sold it to RCA in

back to 1910. My favorite item to see was the

1929). The museum holds an amazing collection

original ratification document from 1787, signifying

of antique phonographs, where you can listen to

Delaware’s support of the new U.S. Constitution.

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Touring state capitals and Governor’s mansions

“The Penman of the Revolution,” Dickinson helped

are often on my tourism agenda. So I was thrilled

write the Articles of Confederation and signed the

to have had a guided tour of Woodburn. This

U.S. Constitution. There is an active demonstration

historic mansion, constructed in 1798, became

farm on the property as well, so be sure to check

the governor’s home in 1965. Sitting on property

out a number of programs on weaving, cooking and

deeded to the William Penn family, the house

blacksmithing, to name a few.

features original 18th-century woodwork and a beautiful array of artwork that is occasionally rotated. The sitting room highlights the current governor’s interest in baseball and the dining room has beautiful antiques and other items on display.

DON’T FORGET SMYRNA AND MILFORD

One of the highlights of my visit to Dover was

villages to explore just outside of Dover as well.

the guided tour of John Dickinson’s Planation

One of them is Smyrna. Here, I took a tour of

(in “1776: The Musical,” Dickinson could be

Historic Belmont Hall. Built in 1773, this was the

considered the antagonist and has been played

home of patriot and former Gov. Thomas Collins.

by Frederick County Chamber of Commerce CEO

This beautiful mansion has an interesting history.

Rick Weldon for the past three years). Known as

Reportedly, a sentinel standing guard in the

Poplar Hall, this 1740 mansion highlights the many

watchtower was mortally shot by the British in

contributions this Founding Father and his family

1777. In addition, family lore states that Delaware

made to our country. Sometimes referred to as

leaders met here when it was too dangerous to

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Photography by Shuan Butcher

Kent County, Delaware, has a number of quaint


meet in New Castle during the Revolutionary War.

mammals. A number of nature trails are available for

Belmont Hall is open for special events throughout

hiking with observation towers for better viewing.

the year and can be toured on certain Saturdays

Spring is a great time to visit, as it brings shorebird

and by appointment.

migrants from South America, songbirds, newborn creatures and spring wildflowers are also in bloom.

Also in Smyrna is the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. If you enjoy nature, you will want

In Downtown Milford, you can explore a number of

to visit this place. One of the largest remaining

art galleries or take a nice stroll along the mile-long

expanses of tidal salt-marsh in the Mid-Atlantic

Mispillion Riverwalk. I particularly enjoyed my stop

region, this 16,251-acre refuge sits midway

at easySpeak Spirits. This craft distillery and wood-

between the northern and southern points on

fired eatery is located in an old glass company,

the Atlantic Flyway. Therefore, an abundance of

giving it an industrial look with a city or beach vibe.

migratory birds, as well as other wildlife, live here

At any given time, they have 15-20 different kinds

throughout the year.

of handcrafted spirits on hand, including their specialties of vodka, rum, gin and bourbon.

You can also drive along a 12-mile auto tour route and experience “America’s Gem on the Delaware,”

Their communal, social food menu has almost

with such diverse landscapes as saltwater,

too many things to choose from, including rustic,

freshwater, marsh, swamps and mud flats. More

hand-tossed brick oven pizza with Granny Smith

than 300 species of birds have been spotted

apples, gouda, bacon and a honey drizzle on top.

here, along with various reptiles, crabs, fish and

In addition, I would recommend the spicy pig in 75


a blanket, which featured local Kirby & Hollaway sausage smothered in cheddar cheese wrapped in pizza dough and served with garlic marinara and honey mustard dips. This place also regularly hosts live music and other events for patrons. While here, be sure to visit Spence’s Bazaar & Amish Market. Here, there are many vendors to tempt you, including the famous pretzel wraps at Stoltzfus Soft Pretzels; 55 varieties of donuts, sticky buns, cheesecakes, shoo-fly pie, apple and blueberry fritters at The Bake Shoppe; all kinds of and fresh and cooked meats, sandwiches and more at the butcher shop, ESH Meats. There is so much to do in Kent County, I can hardly mention it all. A weekend isn’t nearly enough time to enjoy all of its merits, but it’s worth a try!

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Photography by Shuan Butcher

cheese and spreads at Coblentz Country Cheese;


Find out more For more information about Kent County, go to visitdelawarevillages.com Delaware Public Archives 121 MLK Jr. Blvd., Dover Archives.delaware.gov 302-744-5000 Harvest Ridge Winery 447 Westville Road, Marydel Harvestridgewinery.com 302-343-9437 Spence’s Bazaar & Amish Market 550 S. New St., Dover 302-734-3441 Johnson Victrola Museum 375 S. New St., Dover History.delaware.gov/museums 302-739-3262 Woodburn & Hall House 151 Kings Highway SW, Dover Woodburn.delaware.gov 302-739-5656

John Dickinson Planation 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover History.delaware.gov 302-739-3277 easySpeak Spirits 586 Milford Harrington Highway, Milford 302-503-3313 Easyspeakspirits.com Lemon Leaf CafĂŠ 2 N. Main St., Smyrna 302-389-8454 Historic Belmont Hall 271 Smyrna Leipsic Road, Smyrna Bellmonthall.org 302-264-9048 Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna Fws.gov/refuge/Bombay_hook 302-653-6872

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Photographs courtesy of Embark Skate Shop

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The local skater community let out a collective sigh when Pitcrew closed its doors at the end of 2017. And then, a collective “yes!” could be heard when Pitcrew manager Brent Porterfield opened a new skate shop on the 200 block of North Market Street the following spring. “I decided to pick up the torch and give the skateboard community a place to go,” he says. Embark Skate Shop has filled a void in the community, and it also draws people from surrounding cities and states. Like many core skate shops, it’s a destination for skaters throughout the region. It’s stocked with everything needed to get on a board and go: decks, trucks, wheels, bearings and all the accessories. They also carry clothing and shoes from some of the top skateboard brands, as well as local brands. “All skateboarders embark on their own journey through skateboarding that starts with a single push,” Porterfield says of the company name. “Most skateboarders have amazing stories to tell about their own journey that began with getting their first skateboard at their local skate shop. I am here to help the community by sponsoring events like contests to hosting events including demos, art shows with local skateboarders and video premieres with local to nationally known companies.”

238B N. Market St., Frederick 301-693-2077 https://embarkskateshop.com embarkskateshop@gmail.com Instagram: @embarkskate

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