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friday 02. 25. 2011 an art lottery to benefit the 2011 frederick festival of the arts Venue: Brewers Alley 2nd floor 124 N. Market Street Ticket Price: $100 to attend and get a piece of art, $25 as a guest not receiving art Details: Light Fare and Cash Bar

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Upcoming Events Amanda Darby: “The Walking Conch” Photography Exhibit 1/4/11 – 1/31/11 Flying Dog Presents Comedian Doug Powell “I am You an Hour from Now” 1/8/11 Flying Dog Presents “Moonshine Cabaret” 1/29/11 ArtSelect Preview Exhibit 2/3/11 to 2/25/11

Turku the band “Nomads of the Silk road” 3/4/11 Molasses Creek Bluegrass Concert 3/20/11 Flying Dog Presents “Super Art Fight” 3/25/11 Vince Coates and Anne Quinlan: “The Playful Spirit” Art Exhibit 3/31/11 to 5/2/11

Frederick Artist Markets 2/5/11 & 3/5/11 The Frederick Arts Council is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

For more info, call 301.662.4190 or visit www.frederickartscouncil.org.


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and so it is said‌

The holidays sometimes have a way of turning our lives upside down. So now that they're over and the chill of winter is upon us, I was thinking about resolutions. I realized that most of my successful attempts at keeping any said resolutions were when I made them on a random Wednesday...perhaps in June. I'm not really even sure. I just know that surprisingly, some of my desired habit changes actually stuck... and they had nothing to do with a champagne laced promise proclaimed at midnight. A friend recently sent me a photo of an upside-down snowman, crafted by some kids in the neighborhood. In all my years of creating various versions of snow people, it never once occurred to me to have them stand on their head. No matter how creative I fancy myself...this simple change in perspective never crossed my mind. If I hadn't thought of that...what else haven't I thought of? So that's my challenge to you. When you're heading out for dinner, take a second look at that local restaurant that you ate at years ago and liked, but keep passing without stopping again in favor of the speed and predictability of a chain. Or maybe finally dine at a place you've been meaning to try, but just never got around to it. Drop into the little shop you always rave about, but haven't really supported lately. And when is the last time you ventured into one of Frederick County's well appointed libraries? Our county is full of unsung gems so turn your expectations upside down, try a different perspective and just see where it takes you. Repeat after me...I (insert name here) resolve on this random day in any given month to look at life upside-down!

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WINTER 2011 . volume 4 . issue 3 donna elbert PUBLISHER publisher@pulsepublishing.net

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Jeanne Marie Ford, Erik McCabe Anderson Naomi Pearson, Amanda Rodriguez Ty Unglebower, Sasha Crum, Alison Roncin, Jasmine Sneed Copy Editor: Alison Roncin CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Barb Campbell, Studio Eleven Photography & Framing www.studio11photos.com

Find It Frederick is a free quarterly publication of Pulse Publishing, LLC. Customer inquiries should be directed to Pulse Publishing, LLC, 12 S. Market Street, Suite 101, Frederick, MD 21701. Manuscripts, drawings, photography, and other submissions must be accompanied by a postage-paid, self-addressed envelope if they are to be returned to the sender. Find It Frederick is not responsible for unsolicited material. All contents of this publication are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced in whole or in part for any reason without prior consent of the publisher. For information about advertising in an upcoming issue of Find It Frederick, please contact Donna Elbert at 301-6626050, ext. 11, e-mail donna@pulsepublishing.net or visit www.finditfrederick.com. If you have questions or comments regarding Find It Frederick you may contact the editor, Melissa Howes-Vitek, at 301-662-6050, ext. 17 or e-mail melissa@pulsepublishing.net. Many thanks to the numerous individuals and businesses that provided information and their time for our articles­ and features. We wish to thank our advertisers for their continued support.

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aving entered the publishing world back in the mid 90's, it seems natural for me to want to hold on to a few of the “old school� ways. I like to hang pre-press prints up on the wall to get a visual overview of the magazine's layout. Yes it uses a lot of ink... and tape, but I like it. I appreciate getting writer queries submitted to me by name, and I still get excited when the glossy issue arrives from the printer (not downloaded to my mobile device). So one could surmise that reading blogs would not be high on my priority list. Then one day, whilst wearing my editors hat, I decided it was time to find some fresh writers for the pages of FiND iT. I brazenly entered Bloggers +Frederick, MD into my magic eight ball, and there she was. Well... there was her blog...parentingBYdummies. I'm not a parent nor do I consider myself a dummy (hush peanut gallery), but I was hooked! The chick was FUNNY. This self-proclaimed dork, former middle school teacher, mom, and photographer had a writing style that seemed a perfect fit for our little publication. Fast forward and...you know her as our Woman About Town, a.k.a. WAT!

Amanda Rodriguez Words by Melissa Howes-Vitek

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With a degree in Criminology, a Masters in Education, a husband, and three sons, Amanda's self-deprecating attitude makes it easy (and super fun) to send her on a variety of Frederick adventures. I'm not sure if having gone to high school abroad helped her master the pole dancing class or not, but I'm guessing it certainly contributed to her flexible nature! Amanda is a giver too. She was a part of Teach America for several years and tirelessly helps raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation. Kidney disease, constant Tweeting, nor her weakness for bacon have distracted Amanda (WAT!) from what is most important to her...her family...fondly referred to as “the dudes�, and living a life that serves as well as entertains.

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1. What ice cream flavor best describes you? Mint and chip. And not just because I like it best. But, because I, like the famous green cream, stand out in a crowd. I'm socially awkward and hideously uncoordinated. But people love me anyway. Because I'm fun and I'm different. But not so different as to be frightening. That's Cherry Garcia. I'm no Cherry Garcia. 2. What is your favorite word or phrase? What the what? I spend my life in a perpetual state of confusion. It's scary and fun. But mostly fun. 3. What three words would your friends and family use to describe you? Funny. Funny. And, um, funny?! Okay, 3 different words. Hmmm?! Funny, smart, selfdeprecating. The last one sounds kinda bad, but it's totally not. 4. What are you most passionate about? My Dudes. Followed closely by mint and chip ice cream. Kidding. My Dudes. Then, my writing and my photography are in a constant battle for non-living thing I'm most passionate about. 5. Where in Frederick County are you most likely to be found? Woman About Town, my sometimes super alter-ego, is everywhere. Not in a creepy, stalkerishpeeking-in-your-window sort of way like it sounds. In a fun, get-out-there-and-meet people type way that makes me often found in the most unlikely of places. Just this summer I could have been found cheering for cowboys at a rodeo, rocking a pole at a pole dancing studio, and getting my body rearranged on the mat of an MMA fight club. Don't ask, just believe :)

Follow WAT's Frederick adventures at www.finditfrederick.com/blog Follow Amanda's antics at www.parentingbydummies.com

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Cocoa! Words by Sasha Crum

What could be better on a cold winter day than a soothing, creamy cup of hot cocoa? In pursuit of the perfect cup to comfort, I took it upon myself to travel across Frederick County and sample local cafés’ beverages. First stop was Frederick Coffee Company. The lively downtown buzz naturally adds kick to any of its menu options, and I can attest that its hot cocoa does not fall short of this expectation. It was rich and creamy and one of the sweetest hot cocoas I sampled. It had a hint of vanilla, which is the key to any exemplary cocoa. The sweetness seemed to originate from a smidge of caramel. The temperature was ideal: cool enough to drink immediately but very warm and comforting. It had a creamy texture and full-bodied, rich taste. The flavor was overall complex, as one might hope from a local coffee shop.

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SAVOR iT! Beans in the Belfry, located in the heart of Brunswick, proved a romantic’s paradise, set in a converted chapel. Odds and ends, overlapped rugs, and assorted styles of oft-used sofas contribute to the bohemian attraction. The hot cocoa was presented in a white china mug with whipped cream and drizzled chocolate syrup heaped atop the flavorful delight. Having consumed the scrumptious preparatory treat, I found the drink itself was as excellent as the whipped cream promised. It had a smooth, subtle flavor. It was lightweight and had a surprising yet intriguing intensity of flavor in its aftertaste vaguely reminiscent of coffee or mocha. It was a little weaker than I like, but given the intricacy of the tastes that were evident and the otherworldly atmosphere of the café, it hardly mattered. The Main Cup is a well-established coffee shop in Middletown. The café is extensive, given spice by a side room with bar, fireplace, and sofas, but this in no way impedes the intrinsic coffee shop flavor. Also, The Main Cup wins least expensive cocoa of the five I had. The cocoa itself was slightly too hot, but only for a short period. The taste was similar to Frederick Coffee Company’s cocoa. It was topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup and was generally sweet, smooth, and flavorful. The syrup in particular seemed to play a large role. On the whole it was a gem that provided a fun, lively diversion. Beans & Bagels in downtown Frederick takes a different approach in presentation with an American retro deli “feel.” The cocoa was adorned with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and a delightful rain of red sprinkles. It was very hot, but within minutes provided a warming refuge from winter. The crunch of the sprinkles made for an intriguing contrast to the sweet fluffiness of the whipped cream. The flavor of the cocoa itself was a little weak, but the sprinkles were bold enough to make the difference. It was very creamy but the least sweet cocoa I encountered. The non-frivolous ambiance seemed to permeate even the cocoa, as it lacked the frills of syrupy sweetness, yet acknowledged the youthful element of human fancies in its additional toppings. A milky quality was the predominating flavor, and the taste grew in intensity deeper into the cup.

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SAVOR iT! The Vintage Coffee Shop is a welcoming haven from nipping winds at the core of Mount Airy’s historic downtown. The first room had various items on display for sale spread over interesting pieces of old furniture with a faux general store feel. The colors of the rooms were dark, rich, and comforting. Adding eclectic interest, the hot cocoa was presented to me in a china mug, as all the drinks are. The cocoa temperature was such that it was immediately drinkable. The flavor matched the café itself: rich and strong. The texture beyond the sweetness is full and smooth. The last few sips are particularly tasty as some of the chocolate syrup has sunk to the bottom. Frederick County has proven a cocoa lover’s heaven. But don’t take my word for it—find the perfect cup for you! Beans in the Belfry www.beansinthebelfry.com 122 W. Potomac Street Brunswick, MD 21716 301-834-7178

Beans & Bagels Coffee Bar www.BeansBagels.com 49 E. Patrick Street Frederick, MD 21701 301-620-2165

The Main Cup www.themaincup.com 14 W. Main Street Middletown, MD 21769 301-371-4433

The Frederick Coffee Company & Café www.fredcoffeeco.com 100 N. East Street Frederick, MD 21701 800-822-0806 301-698-0039

The Vintage Coffee House www.thevintagecoffeehouse.com 106A S. Main Street Mt. Airy, MD 21771 301-829-7722

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February 26 Annual Children’s Concert “Sandman and the Sand Witch: A story told through dance” (written by Ellen Nibali) Cultural Arts Center TWO SHOWS! 1 & 4pm

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While folks well versed in Korean fare may find Gogi Bop to be more like “Korean Lite�, there is no denying that this new eatery provides a great new option for tasty, fast, healthy food. The limited menu features a variety of wraps, bowls, salads, and sides...all of which can be customized to your personal preferences. No matter what you order, do not miss the house-made Korean Pepper Sauce...spicy with just the right amount of sweet...you may just wanna drink it! www.gogibop.com Westview Village Shopping Center 5010 Buckeystown Pike,Suite 132 Frederick, MD 21704

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Bacon on the side with a chaser of freshly squeezed orange juice.

I honestly can not even begin to imagine a more enticing morning meal.

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Well, at least I couldn’t before I started getting to know a little bit more about the maple syrup industry in preparation for this article.

So, how about pancakes. Served piping hot off the grill, covered in butter and REAL maple syrup, because apparently that’s not what most of us are eating if we purchase our favorite, sticky pancake topping from a local grocery store for less than five bucks.

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ViSiT iT! Most leading brands of syrup are not even made with maple (and if so, it’s a very small amount). Just to test this theory, I pulled my own bottle of syrup off the shelf and discovered that it is, in fact, corn syrup.  Nothing maple about it at all. And, now that I think about it, I can’t testify that I’ve ever even tasted real maple syrup in my entire life! A situation I intend to remedy this spring at the Maple Syrup Making Demonstration, which will be celebrating its 41st year at Cunningham Falls State Park just outside of Thurmont, Maryland.   The annual event features demonstrations of the traditional syrup making process, from the tapping of the tree to the boiling of the syrup.   And, there are plenty of opportunities to taste the freshly made goodness.   Visitors will be able to buy bottled syrup and enjoy it on site at the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast.   The event is held for two weekends in March and is attended by Maryland maple farmers and people from near and far eager to taste the fruits, or should I say sap, of their labor. And what a labor it is!   Maple is available for harvesting just as the trees are beginning to stir after the winter, which means maple farmers often start their sap harvesting when Maryland is still covered in snow.  The process of making maple syrup takes time, patience, and a bunch of specific knowledge, as you have to know when to tap your maple tree for sap (right when the tree awakens from a cold winter), how to tap your maple tree (it involves rubber tubing and a lot of buckets), and what to do when you’ve got the sap out of the tree (something

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It probably would not be a stretch to say that many people would jump at the chance to escape from the problems we are all facing in these troublesome times, if only for a while. But to where would you escape if you could? The French Riviera? A tropical island in the Pacific? England?

Or perhaps 5 Willowdale Drive in Frederick. Yes. Frederick. At that address you will find the Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre and Children’s Theatre. I visited them for this piece, and their goal is to take an audience away. “We take them to different places all over the world,” Justin Kiska, managing director of the theatre told me. The theatre has been doing exactly that for audiences for 20 years, the last 11 years under the ownership of Justin and his father Bill, who works as the executive producer for the company. Bill also joined in on the conversation.

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Dinner theatre does have a reputation: ancient, fluffy musical comedies with little depth. I wanted to give the Kiskas a chance to dispel this once and for all. They did not disappoint. “Hair…Chicago… Evita” were just some of the mostly dramatic musicals Justin listed for me that Way Off Broadway has tackled in recent years. “We’ve been pushing the envelope lately,” Bill shared with pride. Still, both men conceded that it is the comedies, (such as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels or the Full Monty) that have consistently brought them the most customers these days. “People need to laugh right now,” Bill said. “People don’t want to be reminded of their problems,” Justin added. “They want to be entertained. So right now we give the people what they want.” “Giving people what they want.” If I could choose one sentence to sum up the attitude of these men and their theatre, that would be the one. The greatest desire of both men, immediately clear upon talking to them, is to serve the community with their productions as opposed to trying to suit their own tastes. “We really do listen to our people,” Justin reassured me. Not that they can always oblige. Les Miserables is one of the most frequently requested shows by audience members. Yet the rights to that show have yet to be released to smaller companies. But would Way Off Broadway attempt such shows if they were given the chance? “In a heartbeat,” Bill exclaimed. In the middle of this conversation though, Justin wanted to draw special attention to the more family friendly material the company offers. “It’s not just the main stage you want to keep up on,” he advised me. “It’s the children’s theatre you want to keep up on.” I asked him to talk more about this aspect of their operations of which he is very fond. “There is no other children’s lunch theatre in the area,” he told me. I have no children, so I was curious as to what sort of things would happen in a children’s lunch production. “They can come, have a little bit of lunch, and the characters actually wait on them. You haven’t lived until Papa Bear has waited on you.”

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ViSiT iT! Yet despite nearly 20 years of being a part of the Frederick theatre scene, locals are still discovering the place and all that it has to offer, for the very first time. Bill is astounded by this. “They have lived here for years…and yet they say ‘I didn’t even know you were here.’” It can be frustrating for them, as can many aspects of producing professional theatre. Money. Rights. Fragile egos. Politics. What keeps the Kiskas and the theatre going through such hassles? “If I can stand back there when the show starts and I can see someone laugh at the first funny thing that happens on stage,” Bill told me, “that’s what I get thrilled about with this.” “It really makes it all worth it,” Justin agreed. As a theatre person myself, I could have discussed such things with these enthusiastic and dedicated theatre artists all evening. Yet we had but an hour to scratch the surface of their vision of theatre. So maybe it is best that instead of reading about the Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre and Children’s Theatre, you head over to Willowdale Drive and see one of their shows. The quality of their product will certainly speak to their overall mission better than anything or anyone else, including myself, can so do. www.wayoffbroadway.com 5 Willowdale Dr # A1 Frederick, MD 21702 301-662-6600

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CHARGE iT! Velvet Lounge, a women’s clothing boutique on North Market Street, recently caught the attention of the nationally known clothing brand Free People, powered by Urban Outfitters. As one of Free People’s top 10 retailers in the region, Velvet Lounge was chosen to enter an exclusive contest for the chance to have a Free People pop-up shop built into its store. “Free People has been our number one brand for the past 10 years,” said April Reardon, owner of Velvet Lounge. “It’s our fastest selling stuff.” Styles range from dressy metro frills and lace to casual bohemian looks, appealing to free-spirited females from 15 to 50. Up against retailers from Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, Long Island and the metro New York region, Reardon and her staff went the extra mile with their contest entry to make Velvet Lounge stand out. With the help of local creative talent, including artist Dan Spinler to design a spectacular Fall window display, photographer Eric Gibson to shoot professional photos of the store inside and out, and Frederick Film Festival winner Tim Scott to create an impressive fashion video, the folks at Velvet Lounge really wowed the Free People brand managers and sales directors. And they won! “I couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Reardon. “Being recognized and having the opportunity to partner with Urban Outfitters is awesome. I’m completely honored.” Free People set up shop in Velvet Lounge on November 1, turning one-third of the boutique’s space into a mini Free People

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CHARGE iT! boutique. The partnership will allow Velvet Lounge to offer a broader color range, better size selection, and overall greater variety with merchandise sold exclusively in Free People stores. The pop-up shop will remain in place through the end of February, and may even become a permanent “shop in a shop” if Velvet Lounge continues its sales success. This partnership presents a huge opportunity for Velvet Lounge because the next closest Free People shop is in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. The shop in Velvet Lounge will draw shoppers who follow the brand to Frederick, further establishing Velvet Lounge and downtown Frederick as a fashion destination. So what is Velvet Lounge’s secret to success? “If you’re going to be a good boutique, you have to go the extra mile,” said Reardon. For the staff at Velvet Lounge, going that extra mile translates to superb customer service. Ever get frustrated trying to find that perfect pair of jeans? High rise, low rise, boot cut, skinny, long, short, medium – where to even begin?? Because navigating all those options can drive any shopper crazy, Reardon and her staff make each denim sale personal. They really talk to their customers, find out where their jeans might not fit quite right, and help them find a flattering fit. “I want it to be easy for them,” said Reardon. Above and beyond that, Velvet Lounge offers complimentary denim alterations. Because, let’s face it, not everyone who likes to wear jeans is supermodel tall. If you buy a pair of regular priced jeans at Velvet Lounge, the staff will measure your jeans to the perfect length and then take them down the street to Executive Tailoring to get them hemmed—at no cost to you. Could jeans shopping get any easier? And how many places have you shopped where the staff knows you so well they can have clothes that fit your taste and size in the dressing room ready for you to try on before you even come in? Velvet Lounge customers can make an WWW.FiNDiTFREDERiCK.COM

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Look into their luminous eyes and watch them delicately nibble treats from the palms of outstretched hands. Hear the happy nickering as you approach, then feel them gently nuzzle you while you stroke the thick winter coat that replaced their summer silk, and wonder how someone could abuse them in unimaginable ways, neglect them literally almost to death, or simply abandon them because they weren’t “perfect.”

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HorseNet Horse Rescue (HNHR) provides a sanctuary, respite, and home for these horses after rescuing them from death or fates truly worse than death. The volunteer-run non-profit organization welcomes, nourishes, and nurtures these often fragile giants back to full health or, depending on the horse’s condition and constitution, as close to it as can be restored. Those that can be rehabilitated and retrained (if necessary) are eligible for adoption or foster care in warm, loving homes, while others — like the herd of blind and visually impaired horses — live out the rest of their days at the HNHR farms in Mount Airy and New Windsor, Maryland.

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SHARE iT! Former Executive Director Elle Williams founded HNHR, partly because her first horse, Dancer, had been abused before she bought him, and partly because, “It didn’t make sense to me why people would just throw [horses] away, like a [broken] blender,” she said. However, not all of the equine residents have suffered abuse. Laura Jones, director of public relations, said that the organization also receives horses surrendered by people hit hard by the recession or circumstances that make it impossible for them to continue to care for their beloved friends. Former work or race horses that no longer can do their old jobs and other aging horses also have a home at HNHR, which specializes in caring for senior and blind horses. A better life for these rescued horses is made possible only through the hard work of the volunteers and through all sizes and kinds of contributions — from money to supplies and materials needed for horse care and facility maintenance. But, as current HNHR Executive Director Michelle Sithitavorn explained, the combination of winter and a still-slow economy has led to less funding and fewer volunteers at a time when both are most needed. Without grass to graze, the nearly 100 horses depend on hay in winter — and lots of it — to keep them well-fed. Hay rarely comes free...unless YOU happen to have a bunch of bales laying around that you’d like to share. No? Then a bunch of spare change will help; every bit adds up, especially when a lot of people are giving. People of all ages, from 6 or 7 to 67 and beyond, can help — from feeding the barn cats that eliminate mice from the hay and other feed, to organizing fundraisers and educational programs; from grooming horses, to spreading the word about HNHR. Volunteers can repair and refurbish fields, fences, and shelters, or help write and publish the newsletter, maintain the website, and update Facebook and Twitter. Some can do on-site, hands-on work, and others can do their part from home. “Everyone has something to offer,” says Williams.

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SHARE iT! These are all ways to show the horses that experienced terrible conditions or situations before rescue, in the words of Sithitavorn, “that they don’t need to live that way ever again.” And although taking care of horses feels less glamorous in frigid weather than during the summer, it’s just as necessary to make the consistent wintry treks to top off the horses’ drinking water (after breaking up the ice) and muck out stalls (which, fortunately, might be less odorous). Wait a minute...YOU love animals, especially horses — you wished for a Christmas pony or imagined yourself a Wild West cowboy for years. Your parents probably still have a box in the attic with a couple hundred of the horse pictures you drew as a kid. Fulfill your fantasy of owning a horse by sponsoring one or by volunteering on the farm and actually learning (or relearning) how to take care of horses. Or both. No, you may not ride them — some are incapable of being ridden anymore — but let’s face it, it’s getting to know the horses, making friends with them, and helping them to be comfortable and thrive that you really want to do anyway. And it all goes to makes the horses happy, which is exactly how they deserve to feel at last. www.horsenethorserescue.org www.hnhr.org 301-922-7029 info@horsenethorserescue.org

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SHARE iT! The Mental Health Association (MHA) has been in continuous operation in Frederick County since 1965. Some of MHA’s 15 programs specifically support women pregnant with their first child; infants and children 0-5; elementary, middle and high school students; families with children who have multiple needs; people who have lost loved ones to suicide; isolated seniors; children in the foster care system; people of all ages who cannot afford mental health treatment, and families of divorce. Other programs provide support and education to the entire community, such as the 2-1-1 information and referral phone line, Mental Health First Aid training for non-mental health professionals, and the annual “Guide to Mental Health and Community Support Services,” which is provided to public and social service organizations throughout the county. [All of the Mental Health Association’s programs work to provide the skills, knowledge, support, caring and expertise to enable people to develop and live the most mentally healthy lives possible, thereby helping not only individuals and their families, but the entire Frederick County community.] Though mostly funded through public grants, MHA must complete their budget needs through direct fundraising efforts, the most visible of which is the annual Catoctin Affair: a Benefit for the Mental Health Association. Over the past twelve years, MHA has been blessed with a signature special event that continues to rank high on Frederick’s social calendar. “People like to party, especially when their merriment is all for a good cause,” explains chairwoman Lauren Ausherman on why the gala consistently attracts over 400 community leaders who come to “see and be seen”, enjoy a delicious variety of gourmet food, and bid during the live and silent auctions. “The silent auction is a huge amount of work, and every year we swear we are never doing it again,” comments event coordinator Jasmine Sneed. But, the guests absolutely love it—so the committee laughs together and sets out to procure

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Words by Jeanne Marie Ford In the season of pumpkin pie, perennial parties, and general good cheer, nothing puts a damper on my holiday spirits quite like the ever-tightening waistband of my winter pants.

Weary of my grumbling, my husband decided last year that perhaps I might appreciate the Christmas gift of, well, exercise. He consulted a neighbor for personal trainer recommendations, and she wisely counseled that he ask me first, lest I should be insulted. I was, in fact, thrilled. With five jobs between us and two young children, we have found that making time to work out requires more than good intentions. Driving twenty minutes to a gym? Forget it. Jogging in January? No, thank you. A trained professional who comes to the house and designs workouts that fit our schedule, our interests, and our available equipment? Sign me up!

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Sierra Baker of Balance Fitness in New Market, came to us in the New Year, bearing hand weights, resistance bands, and plenty of good cheer. She talked to us about nutrition, lifestyle changes, and general wellness. When I refused to step on a scale, she laughed and went with the flow. Recognizing our competitive nature, she designed exercises that we could do in tandem, such as tossing a medicine ball back and forth between crunches. Our kids eagerly provided extra resistance by straddling our backs during push-ups. They added a special zing to our workouts by rolling our balance balls out from under us. Most of all, they gave Sierra lots of opportunities to stay on her toes, which she did with aplomb. Over the next several months, we curled, dipped, lunged, and crunched our way to better fitness. Each week brought new challenges. We were never bored and only rarely the next day were we too sore to move. Within a few months, I’d dropped two sizes. My husband was ultimately fit enough to complete a 100mile bike race. Now, armed with dozens of fat-fighting moves, I was well prepared to continue my fitness quest on my own. However, I am the type of person who requires extrinsic motivation or, at the very least, support. After a bit of backsliding, I decided to work with Sierra via her online training option, which was a very affordable alternative to in-home visits.

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MOVE iT! Then I heard a neighbor raving about her experience with a boot camp offered at our local elementary school through The Frederick County Recreater. The class was extremely inexpensive and was offered thrice weekly at times convenient to my schedule. A workout buddy being the best motivator of all, I decided to join. Gene Sherman of NXS Fitness bears more than a passing resemblance to Chuck Norris. His class is populated by people of all fitness levels and has much in common with a pep rally. A grueling, hour-long workout is divided into manageable 45-second bursts of activity, with different rotating stations each week. The session is accompanied by upbeat music, cheers of support, a minimum of groans, and a maximum of sweat. For those wishing to kick it up a notch, Sherman advertises a Winter Fitness Challenge practically guaranteed to conquer the post-holiday blues. In fact, personal trainers throughout the area offer everything from weight loss competitions to triathlon training to workouts designed specifically to yield “Buff Brides”. Whatever your fitness goals, somewhere in Frederick County, there is a program for you. No more excuses–just do it! www.balancefitandwell.com Sierra Baker Balance Fitness ww.frederickcountymd.gov http://nxsfitness.com Gene Sherman 240-405-8117 genesherman@nxsfitness.com

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I don’t need to tell you that Frederick County is uniquely blessed with wonderful local art. We all know of such wonders as the Community Bridge Mural on Carroll Creek, the Delaplaine Visual Arts and Education Center, and the popular local paintings of the late Barry Richardson and his brother, Harry, just to name a few. However, as art savvy as we tend to be, curiously few Fredericktonians (until of late, I counted among them) know that they don’t have to go to Washington or Baltimore to find a gallery featuring work by internationally recognized names such as Thomas Kinkade or the occasional Picasso, Miro, Dali or Whistler. Nor need one go very far to find a gallery that sells original paintings and prints rather than reproductions. The Museum Shop in downtown Frederick is our local link to the broader world of visual art.

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STYLE iT! I was so overwhelmed (in a good way) with the variety of exhibits that I didn’t know where to begin taking notes, let alone which feature I should write about first. I finally decided it was best to start at the beginning, so I asked co-owner Vicky Kornemann to tell me about the shop’s history. Originally established in the closest city where one would expect to find such a purveyor of fine art, they opened their doors as one of the only five customframing and art restoration shops of Washington. There they worked on pieces for such lofty personages as the King and Queen of Jordan and the Pope! Vicky and her husband, Richard, had to come up with innovations that would eventually become standard tools of the trade. In the 1960s, they were the only framers in Washington using acid-free paper for their frame backings and matting, which preserved art and precious documents from turning yellow and crumbling. Also, in those days there were no such things as tools for customframing, so they invented their own. When they set up in Frederick in the 80s for the sake of owning a building in the middle of a charming historic district, they realized they would have to update their business model to match new environs. They advanced from merely restoring and framing the

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STYLE iT! world’s highest class art to providing it. Although this is common in large metropolitan cities, it makes them really stand out in Frederick. In addition to the above artists, they specialize in original Japanese wood-block prints from the 17th though 19th centuries. As a medievalist who has studied ancient illuminated manuscripts and early printing, I was intrigued by the advanced skill set that went into these elegant pieces. The first step in their creation is carving scenes of Japanese landscapes and architecture into blocks of wood. Then every part of the engraving is covered save for the parts designated for one specific color. The ink for that color is applied to the semi-covered wood bock and pressed onto the paper. Then other parts of the block are exposed, covered and inked for the next color, and so on until a complete picture takes form on the canvas. The artist must have depended not only upon raw talent, but also upon a well-disciplined, patient mind that can focus steadily on one project for hours at a time. In a world consumed by efficiency, the products of such patience are a rare FiND, and we are lucky to have them right here in Frederick. Recently they introduced a line of serigraphs by Joseph Craig English. For those out of the art loop like myself, a serigraph is a photograph or other image that is imposed onto a silkscreen mesh. English’s pieces look like brightly colored drawings of popular D.C. scenes, some of which you’ll recognize immediately, such as the Capitol building. These street views are very familiar to me, but I’ve never before seen them with such a uniquely eye-popping color scheme. Because most of their big sales go to out-of-towners, Vicky thought she should do something to make the gallery more accessible and alluring to anyone who might just be walking by on the street. “Something we’ve done with the gallery along those lines is we purposely have designed [it] to be unintimidating,” she

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STYLE iT! said. And I have to say that I see what she means. They may have the artwork of high-end D.C. galleries, but they’ve managed to make the main feel of their store very relaxed. The middle of their space is occupied not with international art, but a display of note-cards featuring fun, hand-drawn designs by Vicky. She also has a very friendly display of custom jewelry. I was drawn to a pottery display that seemed extraordinary in its intricacies. Vicky said that it’s handcrafted by Bill Campbell who uses a very uncommon glazing technique. He created a glaze that allows the colors to float into each other in the kiln whereas regular glazing colors freeze in place. The effect is something of an other-worldly creation that I’m not convinced is possible without some type of sorcery. I love that these pieces can be used as regular dishes and mugs without dread of damaging their enchanted luster. With all of these additions to their business, their focus remains largely with their roots in custom framing and restoration. Richard has decades of experience in art conservation and is the only professional conservator in Frederick who personally supervises custom framing. One of his recent restoration pieces was a document signed by Abraham Lincoln. I saw the before and after photos and couldn’t believe that he could transform that crumbling bit of brown paper into a legible and smart-looking piece that will remain intact for centuries to come. Another major project was the restoration of the coat of arms for Ft. Linganore, Pennsylvania. Apparently it had fallen into unskilled hands before coming to the shop and Richard had to be especially delicate. “It had been painted with gold paint, and gold paint always turns brown after a few years, so we gold-leafed those parts and it’ll always stay bright gold,” Vicky said. WWW.FiNDiTFREDERiCK.COM

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STYLE iT! But don’t let their work on really expensive projects fool you. They take great pride in restoring personal art and photos as well. “The great majority of our restoration is from the wee little people like you and me,” Vicky said. “It’s almost always a painting that’s been passed down in the family or it’s a portrait of an ancestor that they want to take good care of. People shouldn’t think that art restoration is just for the well-healed or for museums, and it is affordable.” This is really good news for me because my mother is fortunate enough to have photos of my ancestors going back to the late 1800s, but they are falling to pieces because of the acidic paper. It’s true that I never knew the people in these photos, but each of them was important in making me who I am now, and I want their likenesses passed down in my family for generations to come. I can’t think of a more important reason to keep the Museum Shop near the top of my growing FOUND iT list. Unfortunately, the great majority of their customers come from the D.C. and Baltimore area, and many Fredericktonians don’t even know they are here. So next time you walk by their prominent store location on Market Street, be sure to check them out.

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OVER THE EDGE! Annapolis has been a bustling hub of human activity since its founding in 1649, and today our state capital offers so much more than politics, especially for Fredericktonians looking for something to do in the dull winter months on a budget.

Most of us don’t like visiting during the warmer months and holiday times because we find the sheer volume of traffic daunting. I’ve certainly pulled my hair out driving circles around the narrow streets during peak tourist season trying to find a parking spot. But the time between New Year’s Day and the spring thaw finds the once crowded streets occupied by few besides local residents and college students. This gives those of us willing to brave the cold virtual carte blanche to the second-most charming major U.S. city I have ever explored. (Ask me about Savannah sometime). The reduced crowds translate into reduced prices and greater availability of rooms at local B&Bs and inns if you are in the mood for a weekend getaway. I really like the Maryland Inn that sits at the top of Main Street overlooking the harbor and Chesapeake Bay. Although I haven’t had the chance to stay there, I have ducked into their basement coffee shop which was originally The King of France Tavern during the Revolutionary War. It’s said that John Adams and Benjamin Franklin enjoyed a few pints

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there, but I’m much more interested in the feel of the place than who drank there. I love the ancient wooden beams holding up the ceiling that look as though they’ve been ripped from a sunken ship. In the back corner near the fireplace is a “secret” tunnel made of 18th century brick leading underneath other buildings from that period. I’m told that the main part of the Maryland Inn has been restored to a Victorian style, which is always good if you are looking for elegance. If you are something of a wimp about winter weather, don’t worry too much because this town has a lot to do within a small space. But if you still don’t feel like hoofing it, you may want to take advantage of the FREE electric cab that stops all over town. If you are into history like I am, a good place to start exploring the city is State Circle. Fairly self-explanatory, this bricked circular street encompasses the Maryland State House, which sits atop a beautiful green mound in Georgian architectural glory. Inside, the State House Visitor Center is open daily and usually gives tours at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. You don’t want to miss a chance to see the gorgeous galleries where our state laws have been made since the founding of the country. After this stop, I highly recommend a trip to an amazing café called 49 West located, amazingly enough, on West Street. Billed as a coffee house, wine bar and gallery, the atmosphere strikes me as a blending of all of the best parts of a colonial-era tavern (like that of the Maryland Inn) with a chic modern coffee shop. In fact, that is almost exactly what it is. One entire

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OVER THE EDGE! wall obviously used to be the outside of an 18th century building, while the opposite more modern wall is covered with a constantly changing flow of art exhibits. Often they have live bands that shift between these two eras. One night might have a modern jazz band while on another day you might find an Irish or Appalachian sound. It’s the kind of place where I feel equally comfortable ordering their specially made chai while reading poetry, or enjoying their imported English hard cider or German ale while singing a rousing round of “The Wild Rover.” This is the one place where I can do a little of both at the same time. Although primarily a drinks place, they also have sit-down service with great sandwiches, soups, salads and other light foods. Definitely try their unique bruschetta recipe. When you are checking out 49, don’t fail to notice that West Street is home to a great variety of ethnic food options. Italian, Thai, Mexican and more are found in close proximity. Main Street is on a long sloping hill that leads down to one of the town’s main harbor areas. This street and the dock are home to some really funky stores that are difficult to walk by without a quick stop inside. You’ll find such places as Hats in the Belfry and the Hard Bean Coffee & Bookstore. Before coming to Annapolis, I had never heard of a place dedicated solely to made-to-order crepes, but Sofie’s Crepes stands right there in defiance of my expectations. Pip’s Dock Street Dogs refuses to let anything stand between the customer and the pure flavor of their products, and displays a sign kindly asking anyone over the age of 12 to refrain from using ketchup. From the dock it’s an easy walk up Fleet Street to Capital Teas. Standing at an odd-looking intersection, the building looks to be held together by magic. Entering the store I am hit with the strong aroma of dozens and dozens of open tea samples. I see strange options like “monk’s blend” and “orange cookie” tea. I try a sample of a jasmine chocolate infusion and am a little overwhelmed. It’s really more like a potion shop from Harry Potter than a mercantile of mere-mortal tea. As soon as I save together some pennies, I want to buy one of their Asian tea sets.

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OVER THE EDGE! Another must-see street connecting to State Circle is Maryland Avenue. Annapolis in general reminds me of old European cities because many of its streets and buildings date back to a time when places like London went on a building spree that is still visible today, but walking down Maryland Avenue in particular takes me right back to Dublin. The brick on this street seems more age-worn than any others in town, and the interesting little shops and boutiques live in small spaces with funny-looking doors. Definitely helping my flashback abroad is an astoundingly authentic Irish pub called Galway Bay that I swear must have been airlifted from Temple Bar! If you have kids and are in town on the weekend, you are simply obligated to take them to the free Shiplap House tactile museum on Pinkney Street run by the Historic Annapolis Foundation. Yes, tactile means that it’s safe to let them touch everything without liability! Built in 1715, the house was originally a tavern, inn, and ship-supply store all in one, and the museum has plenty of exhibits and even character actors to teach children all about it. On most weekends the children will be able to meet a trapper from the 1760s back in the courtyard and ask any questions they have. Wow, this article is over and I have barely touched a fraction of what this town has to offer, so I suppose you will just have to head down and figure out the rest for yourselves.

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FiND iT FREDERiCK is the distinctive shopper's magazine that fuses funky with functional. Both residents and day-trippers alike are reaching...