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Frederick Arts Council Announces New Exhibition featuring Frederick Artist Mike Shaffer
WHAT EXHIBITION: “Intersections” WHERE: 5 E. 2nd Street & 11 W. Patrick Street Gallery, Frederick WHEN: February 1 – April 24, 2021
Shaffer is a multi-disciplinary artist who works out of his studio in Ijamsville. He has exhibited in over 200 formal group exhibitions, including at the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center, in his long career in addition to twenty-four solo exhibitions and received over a dozen awards and honors for his artistic accomplishments. To learn more, visit mikeshaffer.net.
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Spring is here, with its warmer weather and promise of new beginnings. And I, for one, am very excited about it all. We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of warm, sunshine-filled days to start out this season and my family and I have been taking advantage by going on short hikes and masked jaunts around Downtown Frederick to visit our favorite local shops and breweries. Springtime means a waking up of the natural world, and I was excited to read two of our featured stories in this edition, which delve into two natural hobbies that have always intrigued me — beekeeping and birdwatching. There’s a healthy community of beekeepers in Frederick, and this is a group that likes to share its wealth of knowledge. Bees’ magical dance among spring flowers brings us the sweetness of honey, and so many more essential things! Even if insects sometimes make your skin crawl, be sure to read about this sweet hobby starting on Page 32. And on Page 42 you’ll get a lesson on local birds and birdwatching from the Frederick Bird Club. From Cerulean Warblers to Carolina Chickadees, a variety of beautiful birds enriches our region, flying through or nesting for a while. Slow down and watch these amazing creatures this spring. A favorite hobby I did actually manage to take up during long months spent mostly at home during the pandemic is growing houseplants. And through that hobby I’ve found a bevy of talented local potters, who create beautiful handmade pots and bowls to show off my many plants. If plants aren’t your thing, then surely you have a need for a beautiful new mug to hold your morning cup of coffee or tea? Pottery is an amazing art form, and Frederick is fortunate to be home to many talented potters. Learn more about some of them starting on Page 16. As always, thanks for taking the time to read our pages. And please drop me a line if you have an idea for a story in in Find iT Frederick’s next edition. Cheers, Frederick, and happy Spring!
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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.
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.
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 Karmarocca.com.
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.
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America let out a sad collective sigh when a regular professional baseball season was canceled during the pandemic. After all, what is summer without baseball?!
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Maryland government executive orders will be strictly followed, and may change throughout the season.
Another setback came for Frederick fans when, in late 2020, it was announced that the Keys will no longer be an Orioles affiliate, meaning players on our local team will no longer be prospects for Baltimore’s major leaguers in Charm City. Instead, the Keys are becoming inaugural members of the MLB Draft League in 2021.
“We’re preparing for a lot of scenarios,” Hill said. “We’re preparing for 10-percent capacity, we’re preparing for 20-percent capacity, we’re preparing for COVID to be completely handled and we can have all the fans. We’re thinking there will certainly be some kind of capacity restrictions in our stadium … but we have no idea what that looks like yet, especially with the rolling out of vaccines.”
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The good news is baseball will be back in Frederick this spring, with fireworks nights, activities for kids, and all the classic ballpark food at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. “My No. 1 priority is to make people feel like nothing’s changed,” said Maci Hill, director of marketing for the Keys. “You’re gonna come here, and you’re still gonna get the fun, affordable, family-fun environment that you’ve always gotten, and that includes all the promotional stuff, whether it’s bobblehead giveaways, celebrity appearances, theme nights — all of those are still priorities for us. It’s just a matter of how to make them safe for our fans.” The season will be a bit shorter, with 34 home games, and it will start May 26 with the first home game against the West Virginia Black Bears. There will likely be limited seating capacity and social distancing due to pandemic precautions.
In a sense, there’s also an added excitement for fans this year that might not be apparent at first blush. “The fun part is that the guys that play for us could go on to be drafted and play for any of the 32 Major League Baseball teams,” Hill said. “I’m a Yankees fan, so it would be really cool for me if someone who plays here this summer could go on to be drafted by the Yankees in July.”
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By Lauren LaRocca
Local ceramic artists share inspiration and passion through pottery
Look closely, and you’ll find that no two handcrafted ceramic mugs are alike. Even if made by the same artist, it’s unlikely that two mugs — or bowls or planters or wall reliefs — will come out looking exactly the same. And that is precisely the magic of handmade pottery pieces. They span the spectrum from sculpture to functional pieces, use hand-building and pottery wheels, as well as wood-fired kilns and electric heat and there are a seemingly endless variety of textures and glazes to experiment with. It’s no wonder that so many ceramic artists find their way to Frederick — or become immersed in the art form after moving here. Frederick has an extremely supportive potter community, with several venues around the county offering classes and workshops for beginners and advanced studies, such as Potters Guild of Frederick, The Little Pottery Shop and the Frederick Clay Studio. In addition, Hood College in Downtown Frederick offers a renowned graduate program in ceramic arts. We found a few Frederick-based ceramic artists and asked them about their craft and
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what inspires them.
BELLA MACHREE POTTERY Nestled in an old log cabin in Mountaindale, Kendal Herz makes pots on her back porch, fires them on her front porch, and then arranges them in a small shack by the side of the road that she opens to the public every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-service shack, at 6003 Mountaindale Road, is based on the honor system, so people can go in, take what they want, and pay via a dropbox or Venmo. She moved to Mountaindale about three years ago, but her little storefront space is a new addition that she opened in November 2020. Her studio name, Bella Machree Pottery, means “joy of my heart” in Gaelic — which is fitting, but not one that Herz chose herself. Rather, a sign on the front porch of the log cabin announced its name when she moved there (many cabins in that area are adorned with signs and unique names). Herz’s pottery journey began about 20 years ago, when she went to her mother-in-law’s house and picked up a cup that was made by Del Martin, who ran Foxcross Pottery at the time (his son, Dirk
Bottom photo by Molly Spence. Middle and top photos by Kendal Herz
Martin, now runs it). “It just felt like earth in my hands,” she recalled. “The feel of it was so wonderful, it was beautiful, and I just loved drinking from it. I thought, this is what I want to do. I want to make these. I want to fill my cabinets with pottery like this. That’s what inspired me.” A few years later, she began studying ceramics under Bill van Gilder and then continued at the Frederick Clay Studio. Eventually, she bought her own wheel and about five years ago was given an electric kiln. With her own equipment, she was able to begin producing more work and selling it.
CLAY BY LAURA Ceramic artist Laura Silberman is obsessed with texture. She has given demonstrations at The Muse in Downtown Frederick for many years and likes to ask passersby to show the bottom of their shoes — so she can then make a clay stamp out of it. “Shoes have incredible designs, and the kids enjoy it,” she said. “I look at everything for texture — shoes, kitchen utensils, nature.” She used a potter’s wheel for about 20 years but more recently moved to hand-building. All the while, she has made a point to write on the clay or etch into it or embellish it in some way, sometimes with buttons or beads or copper pipe. Silberman grew up in Arlington, Va., and started working with clay when she was just 14, taking her first class at Corcoran School of the Arts, where she was among mostly adults. She went on to have a career in communications but always kept clay as something she did on the side and had a home studio throughout the years while living in various locations, including South Carolina. When both of her children were grown and starting families of their own in Maryland, she and her husband decided to move back to Maryland — and chose Frederick, in part, because she saw it as a “clay-friendly town.” Silberman built her own clay studio at her house in Frederick, where she lived for about seven years
“I love working with clay. I like getting dirty, and feeling the clay in my hands is very soothing and therapeutic,” Laura Silberman said. “Even before I realized it was therapeutic, I was getting the benefits.”
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before recently relocating to Gaithersburg.
GWENDOLYN OTTINGER STUDIO POTTERY Gwen Ottinger grew up in Frederick and attended the Academy for the Fine Arts at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, where her art teacher, Mary Reeves, encouraged students to explore. Ottinger found herself immediately drawn to clay and went on to earn a bachelor of fine arts, with a concentration in ceramics, from East Carolina University. “Early on, I realized I could make a face out of clay better than I could draw one. I had a professor who told me, ‘You draw like you’re working with clay,” Ottinger said. “It’s definitely my medium.” She lived in Asheville, N.C., for 16 years, teaching ceramics and making her own work while also raising a family. She eventually returned to Frederick and now lives in the Ijamsville area, with a shed out back that has been transformed into her ceramics studio with a kiln inside. She taught at the Lucy School and with Frederick County Public Schools before deciding to work full-time in her home studio, just prior to the pandemic.
Photos courtesy of Gwendolyn Ottinger Studio Pottery
She’s continually inspired by the natural world, both in her own backyard and family garden and in the surrounding forests. She takes long hikes and often stuffs her pockets with leaves, twigs, acorns, seedpods and other items along the way, inspired by their shape, texture and colors. “I think that’s part of being an artist: looking at things closely,” she said. She worked at a nursery after college and began making ceramic pots for plants while there. She’s since continued that niche, often thinking about what plant would work best inside a pot before creating the structured for a specific houseplant — a dangling vine, for instance, may require a different pot shape than a stubby succulent.
“For potters, maybe it’s common to have that connection to nature, since it’s an earthbased medium.” While she creates the occasional sculpture or tile wall hanging, she gravitates toward functional art pieces. “I like the challenge of something to be functional and beautiful,” she said. “People will send me pictures of what they planted in their pot and the space they put it in, which is just cool. It makes it kind of like a collaboration.”
ELAN POTTERY Before landing in Braddock Heights in 2016, Leigh Anne Thompson spent a decade traveling around America in a trailer and selling her ceramic pieces at Renaissance festivals. She and her husband, Steven Glenn, wanted a home base for them and their son, where they could hang out between shows, but that place became a full-time home when their online business, Elan Pottery, took off. “Being mobile was great for a while, but we did it for a long time,” Thompson said. “I’m more productive this way, being in one place.” They have a ceramics studio onsite with a small staff, and they ship their products all over the world. Glenn does the glazing, as well as “anything gross or heavy that we need help with,” Thompson said. Rather than the usual earthy aesthetic of handmade ceramics, Elan Pottery features clouds, skulls, feathers — that are designed by team members and fused onto the clay through a firing. Their designs have become so popular, they opened a second portion of the business, called Elan Transfers, for customers to purchase transfer sheets to fire onto their own pottery.
Photos courtesy of Elan Pottery
decals of contemporary designs — flowers,
Photo courtesy of Belle Machree Pottery
Another popular item is their ceramic sea-urchin shells, used as tiny pots for air plants. Thompson said her mother was upset about all the sea urchins being killed for their shells, and an idea was born. Thompson began designing ceramic replicas of a sea urchins and glazed them in a
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Rowan Huy likes to take her six bearded dragons for walks through Downtown Frederick. In fact she and the reptiles have become regulars at one coffee shop, where the staff and the reptiles are on a first-name basis.
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People often stop Huy and her crew, asking questions and wanting to meet them, which Huy encourages. So much so that she recently started a business called Rowan’s Dragon Wagon to help folks around Frederick learn more about the wonderful world of reptiles. R owa n ’s D ra g o n Wa g o n i s a m o b i l e re pt i l e educational event experience. Huy offers outdoor meet-n-greets and backyard exhibitions as well as a full birthday party experience, with reptile party favors, a photographer, and themed pastries and cakes. Experiences can happen via Zoom or in person, and she will travel up to 40 minutes outside of Downtown Frederick. “I used to work at a summer camp and it was my favorite thing to introduce kids to the animals,” she said, “so now I can do this on my own time.” Huy got her first reptile via an advertisement on Facebook, seeking a new home for Edna, a bearded dragon. She knew she just had to help. “I was like, ‘I need this dragon,’” she says. “I need it in my life. … We went and picked Edna up that day.”
Huy currently owns six bearded dragons, a ball python and a Chinese water dragon and allows folks who want a meeting to select which reptiles she brings for a visit. Crowd favorites thus far are bearded dragons Louisa, a tiny 1-year-old and Margie, who walks differently than the others due to a disability. “I just like introducing people to reptiles,” Huy says. “Most people, when they think reptiles, they think ‘snake’ and ‘snakes are bad.’ ...I just want people to be comfortable with these animals that are surprisingly sweet.” Huy hopes people take away an appreciation for reptiles through Rowan’s Dragon Wagon and realize they are not scary. “I feel like we have been so undereducated about reptiles and that is my goal — to educate people.” — Gina Gallucci-White
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of Bees It’s an art, it’s a science and it’s good for all involved By Lauren LaRocca
here’s nothing quite like the sound of a field T of buzzing bees, hovering from flower to flower
and returning to their hive. Knowing they are busy pollinating the world of plants and are such an essential part of our ecosystem only makes their
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elegant dance more magical and profound.
“It’s nothing to sit outside for 15 minutes
and frustrating and rewarding. It’s like having
or half an hour in front of the hives and
thousands of little pets.”
just watch them coming and going,” said
The pandemic has kept bee meetings virtual
the self-described “backyard beekeeper” and president of the Frederick County Beekeeping Association John Giffin. “It’s
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for the time being, but there have been some perks to that. The FCBA has been able to bring in speakers from other parts of the world to talk about bees at monthly
Giffin got interested in beekeeping about five
meetings. A recent speaker was based in
years ago when his son suggested he start
the Yukon Territory in Canada.
keeping bees because he liked honey so much.
Giffin said about 40 to 50 beekeepers
Giffin linked up with the Frederick County
come to meetings, and when they had in-
Beekeeping Association, took a beginners’
person meetings in Walkersville prior to
class, and ordered a few colonies to get
the pandemic, upwards of 60 people would
started. Beginners are paired with a mentor, an
often attend. As he points out, there can
invaluable component when just starting out,
never be too many beekeepers. It only helps
he said. Mentors will visit your hives and allow
the environment, the more beekeepers
you to visit theirs, while guiding you along the
way and answering any questions.
Suzanne Keller, a member of the Frederick
“There’s always something to learn. The
County Beekeeping Association, took a
more you get into it, the more there is to
beekeeping course a few years ago with her
learn,” Giffin said. “It’s a year-round thing,
sister, simply as a way to spend time together.
“From the first class, we were hooked,” she
environmental benefits but also the
said. “It’s such a thought-provoking hobby,
personal benefits, from keeping their
and it keeps you engaged all year long. I
minds active and engaged to giving their
had never even thought of the importance
learned so much — about bee behavior, about beekeeping, about all the other parts of the Earth that bees keep alive. I’ve also definitely learned a lot of patience.”
crazy time, and it was definitely my escape,” said Monica Schmitt, a beekeeper based in Carroll County. “I just quickly realized how beneficial working with bees
Now in her third year of beekeeping, Keller
was. I would wake up every day, and all I
runs Resolution Farm at her home in
could think about was my little bees. All
Thurmont. She mentors new beekeepers
the problems that weighed me down every
and also sells her honey and homemade
day just didn’t matter anymore.”
soap, lip balm, body butter and other products made from her bees’ wax.
Understanding the therapeutic benefits firsthand, she knew how beekeeping
“Having a hobby that helps the helps the
could help veterans and first responders,
environment … I think to myself, how could I
particularly those dealing with Post
ever give this up? How would I stop? Then it
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
would be like giving up doing my part to help the environment.”
“Beekeeping came into my life at a really
In October 2020, she and her son, Tristan Bannon, started a nonprofit called Mission
New and experienced beekeepers
Beelieve to teach beekeeping to vets and
alike have kept at their hobby for its
first responders. The program is completely
Photos courtesy of Suzanne Keller. Top right photo courtesy of Monica Schmitt.
of bees, prior to taking that class. I’ve
free to participants, of which there are
M i s s i o n B e e l i e v e a f t e r S c h m i t t wa s
currently eight. The nonprofit is self-funded
assigned as his mentor.
and runs on monetary donations, as well as donations of time and materials. In addition Top photos courtesy of Mission Beelieve. Bottom right photo courtesy of WhistlePig Woodcraft.
to learning how to keep bees, participants l e a r n a l l t h e vo c at i o n a l a s p e ct s of beekeeping, from building their own hives to making and selling products from beeswax and honey. They also work at farm stands
He’s since founded WhistlePig Woodcraft and builds his own hive boxes for himself and other beekeepers in the community. When the wood shop is finished at the Mission Beelieve barn, he’ll also teach classes on how to make your own hives.
during the summer to sell products created
“It’s fulfilling. It’s such a great outlet,” he
with Mission Beelieve bees.
said. “And we’re just getting started.”
The nonprofit’s home base is in Taneytown — 18 acres with a large barn on the property that will eventually be renovated to house seminars and workshops, as well as a storefront location and a wood shop. “This program is about reaching these people and letting them know they still do have a purpose,” Schmitt said. John Cullom, a retired firefighter, started beekeeping and became involved with
If you want to help honeybees without becoming a beekeeper, you can do your part by allowing dandelions and clover to grow in your yard, or plant some clover.
It is highly recommended to start with two hives — for comparison of colonies and also in the event that one doesn't survive the winter. The following list of estimated startup costs is based on starting with two hives. Beekeeping class: Book(s) for class: Two hives: Two hive stands: Packages of bees (two colonies): Supplemental food for wintertime: Bee tools (hive tool, brush): Smoker: Protective gloves: Bee suit or bee jacket: Protective veil/hat: Estimated total:
$50 $25 $300 $100 $300 $200 $20 $20 $20 $100 $20 $1,155
RESOURCES Frederick County Beekeeping Association www.frederickbees.org Resolution Farm www.facebook.com/ResolutionFarm Mission Beelieve www.missionbeelieve.com WhistlePig Apiary and Woodcraft https://whistlepigwoodcraft.com
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• Link up with your local beekeeping association or a local beekeeping club, even if you don’t have bees. These are excellent resources for beginners or for people who are just toying with the idea of keeping bees. For a nominal fee ($10 per year in Frederick County), you can become a member and participate in monthly meetings with various experts/speakers, as well as take free or discounted classes through the club. • Get a mentor. Usually, your local beekeeping association will link you up with someone. That person will come to your house and look at your hives, answer questions and give suggestions, or you might visit their hives. • Beekeeping can be a little pricey, especially when you’re just starting out and need to buy equipment, hives, tools, a suit — and bees! — plus a bit of upkeep expenses like supplemental food. Try talking with beekeepers or sitting in on a meeting or class before committing to beekeeping, so you can get a taste of it and all it entails, and gauge your interest before committing to getting your own hives. • Community programs allow you to work with beekeepers and learn the art of beekeeping while not raising bees on your own, if you have limited time or space.
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Bonnie Borsa was walking in her Frederick neighborhood near Spring Ridge in early spring years ago when she just happened to see a pileated woodpecker on a tree. Then she saw two more. The black-and-white bird with a red crest on its head is the largest woodpecker found in the United States. The bird can be a rare find due to its shyness and tendency to mainly stay in a forest habitat. “Seeing three pileated (woodpeckers) in one binocular view is unheard of,” she says. “And just as I was picking up my dropped jaw, a great horned owl flew into the tree behind them in the daytime. That was it. I decided I had to get back into birding.” Borsa, who had first become interested in birds while taking an ornithology course as a part of her biology studies at Miami University in Ohio, has been active in the Frederick Bird Club (FBC) for about a dozen years. Founded in 1948, the group is a chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) which has 15 chapters statewide. The FBC holds monthly meetings featuring presentations and speakers. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, meetings have moved to Zoom. A recent meeting featured a speaker discussing the effect of free-ranging cats on bird populations.
Another meeting focused on the life history of the LeConte’s Thrasher, a pale nonmigratory bird which resides in the southwest United States and northern Mexico. The group, which has about 60 members, also host field trips, mainly in the state, to various areas where bird watching is plentiful. Borsa, who is in her second year as club president, notes there are many great spots in Frederick County to see a number of different birds. Lilypons Water Gardens in Adamstown is the county's premier birding site. The ponds attract many species of water birds including ducks, grebes, herons and shorebirds. Guests may find rails and bitterns hiding among the rushes. “The owners are very friendly to birders,” Borsa says. The site is also home to a great blue heron rookery — a communal nesting site. “Hawks and falcons are regularly seen,” she says. “The Monocacy (River) runs through the property so species seen next to rivers is common such as belted kingfishers.” The C&O Canal is Borsa’s second favorite local spot. “Since you are along the river, there are ducks, cormorants, grebes,” Borsa says. “The trees along the path have many woods birds and the fields,
Carolina Chickadee photo courtesy of The Frederick Bird Club. Peregrine Falcon: istockphoto.com/Andyworks
as you drive into the parking areas, are good for grassland birds such as wild turkey, meadowlark, horned lark in winter.” Other popular spots include Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park, both in Thurmont. “Cerulean warblers are a highlight and not seen at lower elevations,” Borsa says. “...The mountains are great for spring migrants (such as) warblers (and) vireos.” FBC members have also found birds not native to this region flying around Frederick. “Peregrine falcons are in Downtown Frederick,” she says. “They hang out at the two water towers. One is around 6th Street. The other is adjacent to the Maryland School for the Deaf.”
Barred Owl photo courtesy of The Frederick Bird Club. TCerulean Warbler: istockphoto.com/ps50ace
A merlin, which is in the falcon family, has been spotted on New Design Road between Crestwood and Corporate Drive. “A male and female have been seen and (we) hope that they will nest here.” Avid bird watchers use the website eBird.org to record birds they see. The site lists 102 bird watching hotspots in Frederick County and more than 300 different species observed.
“There are rare bird alerts that can be sent to your inbox every day,” Borsa says. A painted bunting, which normally stays in the southern portion of the United States, Mexico and Central America, was spotted in January at Great Falls in Potomac, Md., which resulted in dozens of bird lovers flocking to the area. Borsa says she part of what she enjoys with bird watching is the socialization with people who share a common interest. “There is always a sighting to share and we also get to know each other as friends,” she says. “Birds are beautiful and it is a bit of a joyful surprise when you lift your binoculars to see an unusual species or to see a bird returning in the spring that has been away all winter or to see newly fledged backyard birds awkwardly learning to fly like bluebirds.”
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toforaLuxurious Middleburg Getaway By Shuan Butcher If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway, you need not look far. Less than an Photo by SSalamander Equestrian Center
hour’s drive from Frederick sits the Salamander Resort & Spa, a five-star hotel located in the heart of Virginia’s horse country. Nestled within the Middleburg Viticultural Area, the Salamander Resort & Spa is a feast for the senses. A stay at this luxury hotel is an amalgamation of nature, food, wine, relaxation and recreation.
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When you travel, or at least when I do, it often seems like your hotel room looks and feels the same. But not here. You truly feel like you are on vacation. Even the standard rooms are spacious and include a relaxation corner, a desk and table. The bathroom has both a pedestal tub and a marble shower with body jets, so you can select the one that best fits your mood. The attention to detail and additional amenities is what sets the Salamander Resort & Spa apart. They offer turndown service, complimentary shoe shine and morning coffee or tea service, which is perfect for you to enjoy on your own balcony while taking in the picturesque countryside. I also love those places that provide you with a robe to relax and lounge. Another place that often goes unnoticed in most hotels is the lobby. Here, you can just sit and enjoy the ambiance or maybe cozy up to a good book in the adjacent library (don’t worry, if you didn’t bring your own, just grab one off a shelf). The resort, which opened in 2013, is not short on activities. For example, there is a cooking studio as well as a fitness center and three different pools. Outside, you can enjoy walking trails, a fishing pond, tennis and basketball courts, a complimentary putting green, as well as lawn games such as croquet, bocce, cornhole and lifesize chess. You can take a zipline tour through 20 acres of the property’s treetops, which includes some rope bridges and zip lines that range from 90 feet to nearly 700 feet in length. Be sure to check out the stables at the equestrian center, which is open daily for visitors. Nearly two dozen stalls and an outdoor riding area are on site. You can take a riding lesson, enjoy a countryside
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group trail ride, or partake in a stone wall private trail ride, among other activities as part of the “equispective” services. Up to 13 horses and ponies are available to ride. And finally, a visit to the spa should definitely be considered. At 23,000 square feet, it is the largest destination spa in the Washington, D.C. area. The spa and wellness center has a heated outdoor pool and offers an array of body treatments, massages and facials.
HARRIMAN’S VIRGINIA PIEDMONT GRILL Few pre-fixe dinners have been so gratifying than the one I had at Harriman’s. In fact, I can’t think of another instance where every single course appeased the tastebuds. Executive Chef Bill Welch and his team really put together a superb menu that my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed. Normally, you don’t pay much attention to the accompanying breads or rolls. But thanks to Executive Pastry Chef Jason Reaves, they definitely deserve a mention. Three different types of breads/ rolls, which are made in-house each day, were served to our table, including a soft butter roll. These rolls are brushed with clarified butter before and after baking. They serve them with a fermented butter made in-house using a method similar to making crème fraiche. In addition, the restaurant serves a Tomato Basil Spoondrop (sundried tomato herb) roll and a Focaccia with Hawaiian red sea salt and oregano. One thing to point out is that many of the vegetables, fruits and herbs used on premise come straight from the Salamander’s own culinary garden, which guests are welcome to wander. Our first course selections included Roasted Foie Gras with rustic cornbread, shoemaker hazelnuts, 57
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and Salamander Blackberry Jam and Butternut Squash Ravioli with house-made pasta, brown butter, heirloom apples, petite herbs, and toasted
DOWNTOWN MIDDLEBURG Let’s be honest, you don’t have to leave the resort
property to have a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.
For the second course, we selected Filet Mignon
which dates back to 1728, is just a short walk away.
with porcini mushroom risotto and béarnaise as well as Murray Chicken, which consisted of a fried half chicken, along with mashed potatoes, honey
But if you want to, the historic town of Middleburg,
The first place on your list should be the National Sporting Library and Museum. Founded in 1954 (the
glazed buttermilk biscuit and hot sauce.
museum opened in 2011), the institution is located
We don’t always get dessert, but this is one place
makes sense this facility is located in Middleburg,
you don’t want to skip it. Go ahead and indulge.
as the region is home to numerous equestrian
We went with the Sweet as Salamander Honey,
events and one of the nation’s oldest horse shows.
which is a honey-banana pudding, house-made vanilla wafer, Dulcey chocolate espuma, and choco-banana cake. If that wasn’t enough, we also split the Honeycrisp Profiteroles, which includes local Mt. Defiance brandied apples, almond “glass,” praline crème mousseline, cinnamon bun ice cream and cranberry cider ice cream. 58
in an 1804 Federal style home known as Vine Hill. It
If you are interested in all things equestrian, fishing, field sports or art, you will like this place. This is a unique museum that combines all of those subjects into one. The oldest book in the library dates to 1523 and the oldest piece of art is a 17th Century Dutch painting. The library contains a vast
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The shop needs 48 hours’ notice for cakes with
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Duncan’s first job was working at an ice cream shop
A community favorite is the “sweet babe,” which
“that was loved by all in the community,” and was
includes your choice of ice cream swirled with
a gathering place for celebrations, small and large.
two candy toppings mixed in (think Oreo cookies,
She hopes that her shop, located in the heart of
Reese’s cups, cookie dough, M&Ms, marshmallows
Urbana, not far from Urbana Elementary School and
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Urbana Community Park, will have the same.
Sweet Babe’s gets its name from a sweet story.
The creamery’s walk-up window is located in
Duncan’s mom always called her dad “sweet babe”
Casabella Commons, and outside seating and
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gathering spaces surround the space. Just stroll up to the window and tell to the friendly staff your order. The shop carries 10 percent milkfat soft serve
Stop in for a sweet treat and a whole lotta love this spring or summer. Sweet Babe’s is now open every day until 8 p.m.
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