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Celebration of the Arts and the Holidays Cultural Arts Center, located at 15 N. Market St — Display of Wreaths, Trees, and Home Decorations as part of a silent auction — The Best Christmas Pageant Ever By Barbara Robinson — Scents and Sweets — A Children’s Gift Shop — Holiday Artist Market on Nov. 26 and Dec. 4 In Partnership with Celebrate Frederick, Dancing Bear Toys, and Fredericktowne Players.

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ver-scheduled, frazzled, stressed. I can't think of a single holiday song that celebrates any of those sentiments. So why does this upcoming season, which is supposed to bring out the very best in us, often leave us tired, cranky, and wishing it was January 2nd? Pressure. Pressure to host and/or attend holiday parties, to purchase just the right gift for Mom, the mail delivery person, and this year's school teachers. Then, you need to bake everyone's favorite holiday cookies, wrap those wellthought-out gifts, all while festooning the house in lights and garlands. Add all that to the regular daily “stuff,” and there you have it...pressure. The sad results of pressure (and the best way to get out from under it) is perhaps best expressed by the 1981 Queen/David Bowie musical collaboration, “Under Pressure.” All the stresses of daily life can destroy everything in its path... if you let it. Allow love (for yourself and for others) to take the lead and then maybe...just maybe...we have a chance! Whether love leads you to do your holiday shopping at that little downtown shop you...well... love, or to use your favorite local restaurant to host/cater your holiday party, or simply to gather the family for a relaxing hike through Sugarloaf or the Catoctin Mountains, releasing the pressure can make all the difference. While all the expectations can be overwhelming, nothing makes a memory like time spent with those we love...doing things we love. So take a deep breath, put aside the list (don't freak...I said just put it down, not burn it!), and let love guide the day.

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here is always at least one. One person at work, school, or the grocery store for that matter, who just makes you laugh. Sometimes they don't even mean to do it, but they just can't keep themselves from dropping that hilariously innocent one-liner, or squishing their face into some endearing Sasquatch look-alike as they describe their weekend shenanigans. Here...in Frederick...one such character is James McGarvey. James, a.k.a. “Jiggy” is a staple in the theatre and improv worlds around these parts. From portraying Jacob Marley in The Weinberg's production of A Christmas Carol, to various self-created characters that grace the stage with a variety of improv groups, James is serious. Serious about being silly. Not silly in a I'm-just-here-to-make-you-laugh kind of way, but in a free-spirited, self-expressive, make-you-feelsomething kind of way. As an enthusiastic improv instructor, James cautions that improv isn't always just about getting a laugh, it's about being honest. He not only wants his students to learn the basic principles, but also how to just get out of the way and let the “magic” happen, as they say. So in the spirit of just getting out of the way...here...in the words of Jiggy...is Jiggy.

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Improv is my outlet to life. I'd go crazy inside if I didn't have a way to let out my goofiness. I'm like the Deep Well Horizon just ready to gush my wackiness all over the place. (Too soon?!) In my case, if you keep me plugged up, it could be disastrous. That's all I'm saying. Improv allows me to speak my mind honestly and do things physically that most people could be put away for. People think it's funny...so I keep doing it. The history of Jiggy to Frederick: I moved to Frederick 11 years ago because I needed to be closer to a Cracker Barrel. At the time, one was not available to me in New Jersey, which is where I'm originally from. I fell in love with the chicken dumplings and peach cobblers. Jersey just doesn't make that kind of stuff. But I'm over that now. It's the people and the community that I'm staying for.

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I've been improv'n for six years. I started taking classes at the Ensemble School at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) and now I teach it. Since then, I've become a company member at the MET and Baltimore Improv Group. I work with many improv troupes in D.C., Baltimore, and Frederick. I've produced improv shows and continue to work on other theater projects. However, I've had to limit myself in the last couple of years due to nursing school, which I WILL graduate from in December 2011. It's one of the hardest things I've ever done and the most rewarding (but isn't that how it works?).

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1.What ice cream flavor best describes you? Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream — because its light creamy flavor also has a subtle hint of sweet sexiness. 2.What is your favorite word or phrase? You're givin' me frigin' agida. 3.What three words would your friends and family use to describe you? Overly sensitive; playful; scatterbrain 4.What are you most passionate about? People! I love making new relationship and repairing old ones (if it's possible). I'm getting older and I am seeing how important it is to have people in my life. Also, I am passionate about wearing socks with shoes. I have very moist feet. 5.Where in Frederick County are you most likely to be found? At Frederick Community College! Or at the Maryland Ensemble Theater.

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e on a local indie I was in Frederick to do a piec the Café Nola to rock band when I slipped into rs of mine. But I have a drink with some neighbo I was in fact doing wasn’t blowing off my work. only hours before it. You see I had discovered the five members arriving there that two out of blocks away from of said band actually live two set, however, so me. By then our plans were ntown Frederick I proceeded to meet up in dow ried couple) Caitlin with band members (and mar to laugh at the and Zach Anselmo. We met not et, (though there irony of living on the same stre to talk about their was a bit of that at first), but band: the Carousel Rogues.

corner table, the Before we even took our seat at a rs who were thei of ds couple ran into some frien down and sat we r afte sitting nearby. Not long recognized they ple peo e ordered drinks, a few mor ed at least pen hap s Thi . walked by and greeted them n. atio vers once more during our con hang out all the “This is one of our favorite places to martini order. his ing plac time,” Zach told me after and bought ried mar got “At least we did before we a house.”

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that has been really supportive” of not only their band, but others like it.

“One great thing about Frederick is its easy access to two huge music venues,” Zach mentioned, referring to Baltimore and Washington D.C. The band has played gigs in both cities.

I often find that artists of any medium like to clarify what their work is not. It has been my experience that many of them deal with misconceptions by others' about their work. My guess is that fending off those misconceptions is a useful step in explaining their work to those who haven’t experienced it. The pattern continued with the representatives from the Carousel Rogues.

Caitlin, a Hood College alumna, enjoys the plethora of intimate venues and shows that are available in and around Frederick. “There’s been a budding music scene over the last few years,” she reflected. “A growing bohemian culture of young people

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Our drinks arrived just as I began to ask them the obvious first question: how they defined their sound. (Which they told me is targeted to those in their late teens to mid-20s.)

“When people hear that we have a female lead vocalist,” Caitlin, (the lead vocalist herself) told me, “they have a certain impression. But we don’t sound floaty, girl


HEAR iT! rock passive-aggressive. We have an edge.” Yet don’t confuse having an edge with head-banging, roof-raising hard rock. “We’re not a jam band or a cover band,” Zach offered. “Some people get disappointed when they realize that.”

bittersweetness of the past.” Caitlin wholeheartedly agreed with that assessment adding that more than one of their songs was inspired by thinking back to the past on boys that had treated her badly at some point.

They certainly are not a “jam band” or a metal band or anything of that nature. I can attest to that having listened to some of the songs on the Carousel Rogues MySpace page. No guitarsmashing or whammy bar riding there. I am not well-versed in the objectives and vocabulary of professional music reviewing, but for my own part I would describe their music as thoughtful. Multi-dimensional. Often upbeat and without pretensions.

I didn’t have the privilege to meet the absent band members: Daniel Wiley, the third “staple” member, and two recent additions: drummer Justin Levy and bassist Brian Weakly. Not to mention several others that the Anselmos credit with making the band what it is today. I did, however, catch a glimpse of what the whole operation is like by watching the videos on the Carousel Rogues' Facebook page.

I’d describe Caitlin and Zach themselves in almost the exact same way. The two hours I spent with them were conversational, enlightening, and relaxed. That made it much easier for me to delve past superficial band questions about schedules, venues, and amp preferences to get deeper into the group’s self image. I already knew what their sound was not by this point. So I encouraged them to tell me in as much detail as they liked how they would describe their sound. Caitlin, who does the majority of the song writing herself, referred to Carousel Rogues’ music as “very melodic” with “a little bit of 1990s alternative” to it. Speaking of the lyrics and subjects of their songs, Zach described their work as “Nostalgic. Dealing with the

There are some videos of past performances on there, as well as a few other items, but most entertaining to me was a series of longer videos that document the adventures of the band as they embark on recording their first studio album, a yet-to-be-named project that the band hopes to have released by the end of 2010. As those videos illustrate, producing an album is not a one-step, or even 100step process. (Especially for a currently unsigned group.) It takes months of recording and rerecording tracks of all kinds. Editing. Writing. Planning. Sleep deprivation. Equipment issues. Money. And traveling. Lots of traveling. In fact the first shot on the first video in the series is of the band leaving from Brunswick, Md., at 10 p.m. for a studio in Nashville, Tenn., 10 WWW.FiNDiTFREDERiCK.COM

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HEAR iT! hours away, all so that they could begin initial work at 9 or 10 the next morning. This trek has been repeated more than once since then by both the whole band as well as any given one of its constituents, depending on what is needed. The videos gave me the impression that recording the album has been be fun, but also repetitive, chaotic and exhausting work. I got fatigued just watching the process in the videos, so I just assumed it must be twice as grueling for those actually doing it. Zach confirmed as much by regaling me with tales of recording days that would sometimes end as late as 4 in the morning, only to begin again a mere few hours later. Hoping perhaps for some kind of mystical revelation about the world of the recording artist, I asked them what their secret was to keeping the music fresh near the end of such a marathon session. Caitlin’s answer was succinct and certainly mystical, though not in the way one might expect. With a laugh she credited the band’s endurance on such days to one simple thing: “The grace of God.” But with the help of their producer, whom they both consider nothing short of “genius,” they feel it is all going to

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be worth it once the album is completed. “We’re working really hard for a great product,” Zach said. While the album contains new material, and is hence a bit secretive for now, putting it together has had a discernible impact on the way the band performs their older music in live shows, their principle means to share their music for now. Each member of the band feels that what they have been learning about themselves and each other during the making of the album has served to improve how they perform live. Being a sometime actor I am no stranger to performing for live crowds. I have my own personal sense for judging if a performance has been an ideal experience. So I wanted to speak to the Anselmos as a fellow performer, albeit of a different kind. I put the question to them…what makes for an ideal night of live performing? Zach shared first. “Knowing that the technical aspects… the acoustics and the mics are set so I can concentrate all of my time and energy on making the music without worrying about sound quality.” (It's a problem that he admitted can sometimes detract from the performance in certain venues.) I thought Caitlin’s answer was one of the most insightful comments in an evening


HEAR iT! full of great artistic insight from both of them. “It’s a vulnerable thing to look out into an audience while you perform something that you wrote. When we’re performing somewhere like this [Café Nola] and an employee or patron will stop what they’re doing and look up at me for a moment… when we catch eyes because of something I am singing. It’s the coolest feeling in the world.” I began to think even before the interview was over that such moments of inspiring audience members must happen to them frequently, given their obvious passion and dedication. But I also got curious about what music inspired them. As individual consumers of music, what do they listen to when they need to take some time to be the audience? “I’m personally pretty influenced by U2,” Zach told me. “And of course the Beatles.” He also included the Seattle based rock group Sunny Day Real Estate among his favorites. He isn’t much into metal or classic rock, but otherwise considered his tastes in music eclectic. Whatever the band, he confessed to sometimes listening to the same songs, “over and over and over again.” Wilco, Weezer and the Cardigans are among Caitlin’s favorites, but like Zach, her tastes vary widely. Anywhere from Phil Collins to Johann Sebastian Bach. (Her studies of which in college she says

have contributed to the way she writes music today.) “But I’m really a sucker for R&B music,” she said. “I’ll sing that for days.” As I drained the last of my green tea from the cup, I asked them what some of their final thoughts were. With the same simplicity and class with which both of them had answered all of my questions during our time together, Zach offered this: “Just that the Carousel Rogues are arriving.” If Caitlin and Zach Anselmo are in any way reflective of what one can expect from the rest of the band, their upcoming album, and their future live performances, I would say that they most certainly are arriving. And that they deserve each and every one of their accolades, past, present, and future.

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SAVOR iT! True to my heritage, I could gleefully eat (good) pasta or pizza every day of the week. But, having acquired high culinary standards from my mother yet none of her talents in the kitchen, my dining-out options in my former hometown were limited to mom-and-pop pizza joints and big box restaurants. Upon arriving in Frederick, we heard rave reviews about Nido’s. I was cautiously pessimistic but was ultimately persuaded to give it a try. It easily passed the firstimpression test, with the cozy, all-brick interior reminiscent of an old-world trattoria. Our attentive waiter had an accent straight out of a movie. “Where in Italy are you from?” I asked him. “East,” he said with a twinkle in his eye. Bulgaria, as it turns out. Regardless, the meal he brought us was simple, traditional fare that more than satisfied my craving for a home-cooked meal. On the other side of downtown is Danielle’s (formerly Tauraso’s), noteworthy for its large brick patio overlooking Everedy Square and Shab Row. Indoor seating options include an elegant dining room and a capacious brick lounge, where families with small children comfortably mingle with patrons of the large bar that serves as the centerpiece of the room. The menu features updated versions of Italian classics. My husband highly recommends the seafood pizza, and I highly recommend the martinis. Live music on weekends is an added draw. The new kid on the block in downtown Frederick is Olives. Owners of the former Bombay Café gave the space a complete overhaul in one frenetic week, finishing with hardwood floors, retro murals on every wall, and a decidedly romantic ambiance. Chef Jeff Reinhard, formerly of Hagan’s Tavern, clearly deserves his reputation for quality. The menu on the day of our visit featured my favorite dish, gnocchi—pillows of doughy goodness. My husband ordered tagliatelle and lamb meatballs. I, who have never liked a meatball my mother didn’t make, was so

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buoyed by the rare find of homemade gnocchi that I ventured to take a bite of his dish. Pure heaven! Portions were generous, prices were reasonable, and the wine and martini list was also impressive. Farther off the beaten path is Pane e Vino in Mt. Airy. The strip mall location belies a spacious and airy interior. Like Danielle’s, the restaurant features a bar side for casual meals and an upscale dining room with stone tile that evokes a Tuscan feel. Pair your pasta with a bottle of Montepulciano or sample Dot’s Martini (named for the owner). The take-out menu is also extensive. Just around the corner in downtown Mt. Airy is Laurienzo Brick Oven Café. The site of a devastating fire in 2007, the restaurant was lovingly rebuilt to reflect all of its former charms. A brick patio overlooking Main Street is as lovely as the quaint interior, which boasts high archways, warm-colored walls and a genuine café vibe. Pizzas, cheesy bread, and the asparagus salad are among my personal favorites. As my grandmother would say, “Mangia!” Nido’s Little Italy Ristorante 111 E. Patrick Street Frederick, MD 21701 301-624-1052 www.nidosrestaurant.com Danielle’s 6 N. East Street Frederick 301-663-6600 www.danielles-restaurant.com

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If you've spent any time wandering around Frederick exploring the city, then you have more than likely witnessed the beautiful results of the civic projects completed by members of The Garden Club of Frederick. Celebrating its 80th year, The Garden Club of Frederick is a participant in the annual spring fund raising event, Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour, an event that invites the public into some of our area's most beautiful private gardens, with proceeds going toward support for various local garden clubs as well as beautification projects around the city. Members are also deeply committed to designing, implementing, and maintaining public garden spaces which include the flower and vegetable gardens at The Rescue Mission, the garden at the Culler Memorial Fountain at Baker Park, and The Ruth Haller Meditation Garden at Frederick Memorial Hospital. While it would be fantastic if the enthusiasm and passion these gardeners demonstrate was enough to bring their plans to fruition, the reality is that funding is just as vital to the club's success. This fall the club is hosting a special evening with antiques expert, Michael Flanigan. This event is the perfect opportunity to help support the work of the club as well as learn the facts about antiques, fine arts, and collectibles while hearing all about Michael’s experience on the popular PBS program, Antiques Roadshow. Michael will perform on-site evaluations and verbal appraisals for a number of randomly selected collectible objects. Each ticket holder is automatically entered into the drawing, however additional chances can be purchase for $5 at the door.

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The Frederick County Beekeeping Association is trying harder than ever this year to spread the word about the immense importance of their work and to make it easy for new keepers to get started enjoying their own sticky golden deliciousness.

But if you think keeping bees is all about the honey, think again. About 17 years ago, Bill McGiffin’s wife started a beautiful green house and he wanted to grow a little fruit orchard in the yard, but they ran into a serious problem: no bees. Without those buzzing little critters pollinating their crops, he and his wife were doomed to an empty harvest. Ed Mordan and his wife had a similar problem. They lost their entire first garden, save for zucchini, and for that his wife had to go around to each flower pollinating with a cotton swab. “I realized that I had never seen a honey bee around the house,” Ed said.

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ViSiT iT! The wild bee population of Frederick County is depressingly low, so the solution was obvious to both men. Raise bees! Now they reap a full harvest. As the years passed and beekeeping spread around a bit, Bill and his friends thought it would be a good idea to get all of the keepers organized so that they could share their experiences and get others interested in their craft. To that end, they founded the FCBA and meet on the first Wednesday of every month to focus their efforts. And based on my visit there, I can report that they are very welcoming and willing to talk at length with anyone who comes in wanting to hear of their adventures. Kristien Zaal, one of the instructors of the winter beekeeping class, said that she enjoys her hobby because it’s a rewarding way to ply her carpentry skills by making the more complicated styles of beehives by herself. She said that her method allows the bees to live more vertically as they would in natural hives than the standard horizontal box-shaped ones. But she said that this is one of the cheapest hobbies a person could start in their yard because ultimately, the basic hives are easy to make and “bees are not very picky when it comes to their housing.” Although pollination is the most import reason to keep bees on a broader economic level, honey is by no means overlooked by keepers, as it is something of a miracle food. This magical bee spit contains a small amount of hydrogen peroxide, making it the only human food that never expires. Just think about that for a second. If you were to find a pot of honey from 1,000 years ago, after decrystallizing it in warm water, you could put it in your tea or spread it on an English muffin just the same as if it were harvested today! And because it’s perfectly sterile, ancient doctors used it to prevent infections in wounds! But according to association members, it’s even better to have locally-produced honey than from the grocery stores because it has the ability to potentially immunize against allergies to local pollen, especially if you readily sample from the local wild-flower variety.

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ViSiT iT! Of course, we all know one serious disadvantage to keeping thousands of bees in our yards: the dreaded sting! Actually, it’s not as bad as movies and childhood imaginations make it out to be. “I’m amazed at how tame they are,“ chuckled Ed after he told me a story about a honey bee that crawled up under his pant leg. Fearing the worst, he stood perfectly still as it climbed higher and higher until he had to unbutton his pants to let it fly out harmlessly. As it turns out, they are just interested in doing their jobs and have no desire to sting unless they sense a serious threat. Most of the beekeepers of the association said that the only protection they typically wear near their hives is a simple face veil, and they haven’t been made sorry for it. Oh, and why are you reading about beekeeping in the Fall issue? I realize that it probably isn’t what comes to mind as you are looking for fun fall and winter activities, but don’t tell that to the folks with FCBA. The bees keep doing their thing until the mercury drops below the 50 mark, so the autumn is the last chance to get your hands on some delicious local honey before the spring. Once the Great Frederick Fair has passed, Bill sells the only local honey in the county at the Farmers’ Market at 331 N. Market St. every Wednesday evening from 3-7 until the end of October, and he has some pretty unique selections that aren’t always available in stores. In addition to the standard wildflower and clover flavoring, you will find the rare black locust and tulip popper. According to Bill, it’s really difficult to ensure that bees only pollinate from one type of flower, especially so with black locust because it blooms for a short time, so the honey at his stand is a real treat! When the bees finally take their welldeserved rest for the winter sometime in November, the keepers get busy preparing for the next season by

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ViSiT iT! fixing up their equipment and reading up on the latest tricks of the trade. This is also the perfect time for beginners to get involved, because it’s the last chance before spring to accompany an experienced keeper into his/her bee yard for an up close look at working hievs. Bill said that anyone can just give him a call, and he’ll gladly find a beekeeper who will show you the ropes before the season ends. And come January, the FCBA offers a series of short courses for beginners or folks who might just be curious about what beekeeping is all about. It only takes up three Saturdays, but it covers everything you need to know for keeping your bees healthy all year round, and includes a field trip into a working bee yard. These classes are really important to beginners because in the past few years, the bee population has suffered from a series of new diseases that have taken a heavy toll on their numbers. Professional keepers have reported the loss of entire colonies, but worry not because the classes address all of these issues. And because the association folks feel like they have a personal interest in your success, if at the end of the class you find yourself a little overwhelmed with the task at hand, they are glad to send someone over to help you set up your new hive. In the mean time, if you are interested in helping out with the county’s bee shortage but still have lots of questions, stop by the FCBA meetings or contact Bill, the president of the association. And if you are really anxious to see these amazing creatures do their thing, you can stop by the Fountain Rock Nature Center near Walkersville any time to check out the observation colony. This glass beehive provides a close-up view of the inner workings of a real bee colony and is a real hit with the kids. So what do you think, have I convinced you to get involved!?

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Hiking and Loafing at Sugarloaf Words by Jeanne Marie Ford

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How many times have we driven down I-270, past the signs for the mountain with the enticing name of Sugarloaf? One day we finally succumb to curiosity and take the exit, passing through a bucolic towns of Barnesville and Comus. We see mansions interspersed with cottages and chickens roaming free at the road’s edge. Where’s the mountain? I wonder. It’s supposed to be less than a mile away. Shouldn’t I be able to see it?

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Of course a Maryland mountain is what a Vermonter, for example, might call a “big hill.” We round a bend, and suddenly we are at its base. Sugarloaf is named for its shape (the colonial-era “sugar loaf” used for baking), and indeed, it lies long and squat across the horizon. My husband drives past the entrance and straight up the paved road. “Are we allowed to do that?” Apparently so. Soon we see well-marked hiking trails and picnic tables dotting the roadside. A steady climb takes us past all manner of flora and fauna, an occasional human relic such as a gorgeous stone amphitheater, and mercifully few hairpin turns. At the summit, we find ample parking and three breathtaking vistas. Indeed, we are high up (800 feet, to be exact), as we see the patchwork quilt below that is the beautiful Monocacy Valley. A speck on the horizon is, in fact, our home. A privately owned park lovingly maintained for public use, Sugarloaf Mountain is historically significant as a lookout site for both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War. It was also once considered as a potential location for the presidential retreat that became Camp David. Strong Mansion, on the downward slope of the mountain, serves as an elegant site that can be reserved for weddings and other functions. The three-to-five-mile hike to the peak is moderately easy and is considered one of the best in the DC area.

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Whether you’ve worked up a good thirst from a climb or are just ready for a respite, on your way back to the highway consider a stop at the Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard. Founded in 2005, this winery features prize-winning reds in the French style. The tasting room offers appetizers that pair beautifully with either a glass or a wine flight. The outdoor patio offers gorgeous views of the Bordeaux vines (from France) and, of course, the mountain. Summertime also features weekend farmers’ markets and events, culminating in a harvest festival and grape-stomping competition to herald autumn’s beginning. If you require more serious sustenance, stop at the historic Comus Inn, a property dating back to the Civil War that serves a menu of sophisticated American classics. The ambiance is surprisingly modern, but the huge windows make the view the true star. When you are finally ready for your reluctant parting, take in the fall foliage from the patio before traversing the few miles back to busy I-270 and watching the mountain slowly disappear into your rearview mirror. www.sugarloafmd.com www.smvwinery.com Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard 18125 Comus Road Dickerson, Maryland 20842 301-605-0130 www.thecomusinn.com The Comus Inn at Sugarloaf 23900 Old Hundred Road Dickerson, MD 20842 (301) 349-5100

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One of my favorite seasonal celebrations of Frederick will always be the annual Kris Kringle Parade. It’s a time of year when Frederick reconnects with its German roots. A general sense of human warmth more than compensates for the shenanigans of Jack Frost playfully nipping at the ears, noses and fingers of wide-eyed children running up and down the streets trying to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas. Comprised of local clubs, civic leaders, church-groups, children’s organizations and artistic associations, the parade is a colorful demonstration of everything the community has to offer in the way of good will. For years it would have been difficult for my family to imagine the parade passing without our participation. Through the mid 90s I gleefully marched with the Frederick Children’s Choir singing Christmas carols, and for most of the 2000s my little sister Meaghan, braved the cold with her Girl Scout troop. Every year I look forward to the parade as a time to remember the feelings of human love that inspire it. But as wonderful as each one has been for me over the years, none of them will ever leave a greater impression on my soul than the Kris Kringle parade of 1990 – the night I nearly died.

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When I was a lad of 5 years old, my mother took me to see a rendition of A Christmas Carol at the famous Ford’s Theatre. Captivated by the magic of the stage, I told her that one day I wanted to play the role of Tiny Tim. Two years later she saw an ad for a new professional theatrical company offering acting lessons (Frederick was an artistic hub even then) and thought it might eventually lead to fulfilling my wish. The classes were a perfect fit for a naturally rambunctious little kid who loved to show off at any opportunity. After a year of learning the basics of stagecraft, I found out that our company would have the prestigious honor of putting on the annual production of none other than A Christmas Carol at the Weinberg Center. As you might imagine, I was fit to be tied over the possibility before me. The audition was technically open to the public, but as the only really little boy in the company, I felt that the role of Tiny Tim was mine by rights, and so it would turn out to be. The part came with a ridiculously overwhelming number of perks for a 7-year-old and I reveled in every moment of it. Because the part was such a big deal, I had official permission to skip school for many of the rehearsals and stay up way past my bedtime, which was basically like hitting the childhood lottery. And if that weren’t enough, I was treated like the star of the show for promotional purposes. I got to put on my tattered stockings, knee length knickers, and torn sweater while hobbling around on my crutch shouting “God bless us, everyone!” in my best British accent at tons of public events around the area. I drew cards at raffles, gave preview performances on street corners, parks and schools, and was even recorded for a radio commercial. The only problem was that because the livelihoods of the company’s owners depended on the show’s success, they were strict task masters, and I was under constant stress. One of the owners had the part of Ebenezer Scrooge, and just like his character in the show, he demanded utter perfection and often had me and the other Cratchit family members in the studio late running the same scenes over and over again. I admired him intensely, especially his commanding stage presence, and I drew heavily on his example for proper acting style hoping that I would be just like him one day. After all, what 7-year-old wouldn’t want to emulate a man who was capable of juggling on a unicycle and eating fire?

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But because of my limited understanding of the world, I took his often gruff, professional attitude to mean that he either hated me, or else didn’t care that I existed. That view was about to change in a profound way. Enter Kris Kringle. As I believe is still the case, the main cast members of the Weinberg’s A Christmas Carol play an important role in the parade. That year they decided the central cast members, myself included, would ride the parade route in a horse-drawn carriage. I can still remember the uncontrollable excitement I felt waiving to the crowd and truly believing that all those people had come out to see me. And as I’m sure the rest of the children were, I was captivated by all of the colors and sounds of the parade, and I believed with all my heart that the real Santa Claus was actually there. My inflated ego saw no reason the experience should end simply because we had finished our route, so I remained in the carriage a little longer than the others to make sure the feeling of triumph was well planted in memory. But being as small as I was, the coachman didn’t realize that I was still onboard. Just at the moment when I put both feet firmly on the last step leading off the carriage, it suddenly lunged forward and I fell just as quickly in the opposite direction. If you’ve ever been aware of a moment of impending doom, you will know what I mean when

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ViSiT iT! I say time SLOWED to an absolute crawl. The image of the carriage’s rear wheel crushing my tiny body struck my innocent little heart in graphic detail. Just at the moment when I shut my eyes and prepared to enter Kingdom Come, I felt a pair of hands grab hold of my waist. Was it Jesus? An angel? The Blessed Virgin perhaps? In other words, was I dead? Not convinced that I retained my frail mortal coil, I slowly opened my eyes to discover myself firmly in the arms of none other than old Ebenezer Scrooge himself. He saved my little life. It was like something that should have happened in the show: a real miracle. And just as the Scrooge of the play, this one, it seems, had a loving soul beneath his rough exterior. Sometime later that evening, or maybe it was the next day, I realized that even though my free-fall seemed to last about five minutes at the time, the whole episode must have happened in about the space of two or three seconds. That meant that rather than hating me or not caring about me, the man I admired so much must have been keeping careful watch over me, else he never would have been able to catch me in time.

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ViSiT iT! I’ve had a lot of time to look back at this incident over the years and the lessons it taught me at an early age. Life is precious and fragile, big egos come with a price, and you can find kindness in a heart you would least suspect of it. And my whole engagement with this role taught me the importance of actively taking on new experiences whenever opportunities presents themselves, because you never know what’s around the next corner. The year following that show wouldn’t be such a great one. It turned out I had a profound learning disability that caused me endless trouble in school. I lost my grandfather to cancer, and my father suffered a severe injury three months after my baby sister arrived, and took another year after that to fully recover. Because of all these family stresses there was no more time for theatre and I had to go back to being just an ordinary boy without photo shoots or radio spots. But the memory of those shining moments sustained me through really rough times, and if it hadn’t been for that incredibly early positive experience, I doubt I would have turned back to the theatre in high school where it would prove crucial to my development into adulthood. So get your kids involved with this community! There is so much to choose from (hopefully something that will get them in the Kris Kringle parade!) and you will be surprised how vibrant and amazing it can make them at an early age. They will always be grateful to you for broadening their horizons, as I am to my mother. And definitely go to the parade this year! If you happen to run into a blond, 6’4’’ guy smiling as the Cratchit family passes, that’s just me reminiscing about the night the mean old Scrooge really saved the fragile Tiny Tim. God bless us, everyone. Kris Kringle Procession: December 10, 2010 www.celebratefrederick.com A Christmas Carol: December 16-19, 2010 www.weinbergcenter.org

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BUILD iT!

How Does YOUR

Business Words by Amanda Rodriguez

When I walked into The Garden at 147 West Patrick Street in downtown Frederick for the first time I was pleasantly surprised.

I was greeted not only by the friendly voice of Amy Benton, but also by the perfectly inviting, country chic decor. It’s hip, it’s cool, and it’s oozing with a freshness you don’t find in every office space around Frederick. The space, accentuated by countless custom-made handpicked accouterments, is the perfect place to make things happen. Which is no coincidence as it’s home away from home for two ladies who’ve made it their business to make things happen.

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BUILD iT! Bring it to Fruition, the brainchild of Amy Benton, a sales and marketing guru, and Jennifer Gerlock, a PR and nonprofit mistress, is relatively new to the Frederick County business scene. They opened their doors in January of 2010 and began offering their services to local businesses looking for someone to help them get from point A to point B in a creative, effective, and innovative manner. Bring it to Fruition offers clients a plethora of services to help them meet their overall business-related goals. They specialize in event planning, fundraising, public relations, marketing, social media, and sales training. Jen and Amy can be seen around the county planning anything from campaign launch parties for politicians and hosting fundraising drives for charitable organizations to getting local blogging moms together for girls nights out. They even help business-minded individuals become more web savvy by building them an effective online presence and then showing them what to do with it. As far as marketing and branding is concerned, these ladies are accomplished in taking businesses to the next level. Interested in starting a social media campaign for your business, but not sure how to do it? Or, looking for an overall brand face-lift? Look no further. Bring it to Fruition is busy filling the one-stop-mediamarketing-PR-shop void that has existed in Frederick County for so long.

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And they don’t just do this for Frederick County. They help companies and organizations throughout the DC Metro area realize their goals as well, and they are working to build their brand both nationally and internationally too. For me, the most unique aspect of Bring it to Fruition is that they are experiencing success while doing something they love. Both Amy and Jen left stable, successful positions in the workforce in order to devote themselves to making Bring it to Fruition a reality. And their desire to do so is evident in each conversation you have with them. Their passion is a major part of why they are so good at assisting business owners in realizing success; they understand how important success is to a small business owner and they are genuinely concerned with helping each of their clients realize this. Looking for someone to help give your business a jolt? Meet up with Bring it to Fruition on their website (www.bringittofruition.net), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bringittofruition), or on Twitter where they Tweet their best tips and tricks as @brngit2fruition.

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Stand Up,

Stand Out! Words by Alison Roncin

The human body begins development in the fetal position— back curved, limbs drawn in, head down. Then, from birth onward, the body opens up, straightens out and continues its structural development by growing upward. Yet in today’s society, people have developed habits that defy the body’s naturally erect design—slouching in front of the TV, sitting hunched at a computer, or just sitting too much in general. The result? Poor posture, stiffness and chronic discomfort or pain.

“We are evolutionarily designed to climb, reach up, pick fruit,” explained Emily Gordon, Certified Advanced Rolfer™. “In the modern world, we’re down here,” she continued, mimicking someone bent over a computer keyboard. “I teach people to open up.” Gordon, the only full-time Rolfer in Frederick, acts as a sculptor, manually stretching out connective tissue called fascia, a pliable substance that envelopes all muscles and organs. Rolfing® works by aligning the body, enabling one to move and function in the most effortless position by evening out imbalances and stiffness in the joints. By applying slow, steady pressure along a muscle, a Rolfer can feel when the fiber stretches without causing the client to feel pain in the process.

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This method of reshaping the body’s fascia system originated with Dr. Ida Rolf. She began experimenting with the technique in the context of yoga. She identified places where people couldn’t get into a position and then manually manipulated their body in that place to broaden their range of motion, said Gordon. In the 50s, Rolfing became known as “speed yoga” because after only 10 sessions Rofling, one could experience the amount of flexibility it might take 10 years of yoga to achieve, Gordon said. In the 60s, Rolfing took off as “part of the human potential movement” during a time when humans were “evolving culturally, physically, spiritually,” said Gordon. Rolfing provided a holistic approach to wellness by addressing how the body functions as a whole and taking into account factors such as a person’s lifestyle. Gordon began in the field of bodywork as a massage therapist, but as she continued her education, she discovered Rolfing’s holistic approach more effectively addressed problems in the long run that massage therapy could only alleviate temporarily. Gordon went on to receive her training and Rolfing certification through the European Rolfing Association while living in Germany for six years. Previously only available closer to D.C. and Baltimore, Rolfing came to our area when Gordon moved to Frederick in 2007 and started her own practice downtown. Rolfing traditionally consists of 10 sessions that cumulatively result in a body that works more efficiently with a greater range of motion, better posture overall, and a better educated person. “A big part of what I do is education,” said Gordon, “how to stand, how to move, how to breathe.” In a perfectly balanced body, all the major joints should line up. However, the body can easily fall out of alignment. “Some people have a genetic tendency,” Gordon explained, “but then there’s usually an event that leads to an imbalance.” It could be a fall as a child, an appendectomy, or any number of things that happen at some point during the growth process. “You just live with this stuff and don’t understand the impact. It’s important to understand that the impact can be lessened,” said Gordon. Rolfing can help people who suffer from injuries, arthritis,

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RELAX iT! scoliosis, neck or back pain, or any number of symptoms that stem from structural imbalances. “I see a lot of people who are aging and don’t want to give up fun,” said Gordon. “They still want to dance, garden, keep up with their kids and grandkids. These are people in their 50s and 60s who are now running into some limitations. I can do a lot to free up stiff joints.” Gordon has also worked with clients well into their 80s as well as teenagers and young adults. She has helped people who experience a lot of physical strain such as athletes and military personnel, as well as those who suffer from a plight Gordon likes to call “desk jockey’s bane”—sitting in front of a computer all day. Rofling doesn’t just benefit humans, but any “mammalian system based on contractile fibers that move bones,” said Gordon. “I have colleagues that work with animals like race horses.” Gordon has informally worked on dogs herself, and even knows of someone who Rolfs birds. “I think it stops at fish,” joked Gordon and admitted she has no plans of setting up an animal Rolfing practice. Among her human success stories, Gordon “had a guy playing golf again,” she opened up a skier’s chest muscles so he could breathe well enough not to get altitude sickness like he used to, and she helped a boy after his many surgeries to correct his club feet. “Just recently he snowboarded for the first time,” Gordon said. “I love the stories my clients bring me. I have heard so many fascinating life stories,” Gordon said, naming one of her favorite parts of her job. Naturally, the best circumstances for those life stories occur when people feel comfortable in their bodies and have equilibrium restored to the system that carries them everywhere they go. www.frederickrolfing.com 250 E. 6th Street Frederick, MD 21701 240-575-0454 WWW.FiNDiTFREDERiCK.COM

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Ummm...steak

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Frederick's latest steak house to throw it's hat into the ring of new local eateries is Anne's Steakhouse and Seafood. This “sister� to Patrick's Irish Pub aims to satisfy the meat and potato lover in you. With a menu that features Filet Mignon and 30-year old Port, you could be in for a pretty decadent evening. www.annessteakhouse.com 18 E. Patrick Street Frederick, MD 21701 301-668-6019

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Fight CLUB… Words & Photos by Amanda Rodriguez

“Jiu Jitsu is considered the gentle art.” Those were some of the very first words Ken Stephens, one of the owners of Frederick Fight Club, said to me when I showed up for my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class a few weeks ago.

Funny. Because as I stood in the gym on South Jefferson Street watching as men writhed around on the floor with their arms and legs intertwined, grunting, gasping, and grappling for position, it really didn’t look very gentle. It looked exhausting, and sweaty, and dangerous, and 100 percent not something I’d be interested in doing. I instantly began to think of excuses to offer "Mr. Stephens" as to why me actually trying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was not going to happen. Everything from exotic medical conditions to bad Thai food crossed my mind. But, when Stevens smiled his warm, inviting, not-at-all dangerous looking smile at me, and assured me that not only did the Frederick Fight Club have an impeccable safety record, but, as an added precaution, he’d be my personal Jiu Jitsu guide himself, I couldn’t lie to him about the state of my gastrointestinal system. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it was. Had it not been one of the most fun and empowering physical experiences I’d ever had, I’d say I should have gone with the Thai food excuse. WWW.FiNDiTFREDERiCK.COM

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MOVE iT! The gym was hot and mostly filled with muscular, shirtless men who all seemed to know exactly what they were doing when it came to martial artistry. I felt out of place and uncomfortable. I was anxious about getting hurt and looking silly. I was certain that I’d fail at pretty much every aspect of Jiu Jitsu I was signed up to try. When I saw the mount position I was expected to assume the sweat began to run freely from my already open pores. But, not wanting to chicken out in front of a room full of onlookers, I climbed quickly into mount position atop Stephens and got my mind right to learn Jiu Jitsu. And that’s just what I did! Mostly. I’m not going to purport that I am ready to meet someone in the ring, but I will say that Stephens taught me a number of techniques that I feel confident would catch a would-be attacker off guard should he attempt to try something on me in a dark parking lot. He also showed me that Jiu Jitsu, like other forms of martial arts, is more about the mind than it is about the body (although I will say that it also did a number on my body, rendering me unable to even hold my own spoon correctly for the next few days). The thing about Jiu Jitsu that makes it “the gentle art” is that it doesn’t require you to posses a great deal of size or strength. Jiu Jitsu is the art of using your opponent’s energy against him so that you can neutralize someone who is bigger, stronger, and even more heavily armored than yourself. It’s about knowing the right technique (where to put your hands…and feet…and arms…and legs), not having the bigger muscles or the more powerful weapon. Which is the only reason I, a smallish lady who is not even going to consider telling you her weight, was able to successfully flip, roll, and neutralize a 180 pound man. Well, that, and because, of course, he let me! As an instructor, Stephens, is supportive, encouraging, and informative. Not only does he know his stuff when it comes to Jiu Jitsu (and numerous other fighting styles which he has trained in extensively — making him a much more dangerous man than his happy face would allow you to assume), but he genuinely wants his students to know their stuff too. He spent a great amount of time, not only with me, but with the class as a whole, explaining the whys of each maneuver. He demonstrated the techniques and then gave alternatives, and alternatives to the alternatives, so that, should we find ourselves in certain

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MOVE iT! dangerous situations (or facing an opponent in the ring), we’d know exactly what to expect and have a realistically usable response. Naturally, after just one hour of Jiu Jitsu training, I’m still no match for most male attackers who’d like to have their way with me, but I will say that I’m more aware of how to use my body to protect myself, how to escape from harm should I encounter it, and how to not be intimidated by a room full of shirtless, sweaty men (okay, that last one is probably a bit of a stretch). After spending just one hour rolling around the mat with Stephens (plus another hour checking out MMA cage fighting!) while other students and instructors watched, my overall confidence has grown considerably. There is not much in my day-to-day life more embarrassing than doing my first standing roll! Vanity was kicked way aside when I stepped on the mat, and I’m proud of my ability to do so. But, not being concerned with your physical prowess is just one benefit of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training. The sport is also extremely physical, which means you can expect to experience a slimmer waistline in no time at all. Plus, the self defense skill a student attains is nearly immeasurable. I hope not to put this training to the test anytime soon, but should the occasion present itself, I’d like to think I’d be doing a lot less screaming and crying, and a lot more armbars and guillotines. Interested in increasing your physical strength and martial arts knowledge? The Frederick Fight Club is always open to new members and visitors alike. They even let you try classes for free just because they know you’re going to love them so much. www.frederickfightclub.com 244 A South Jefferson Street Frederick MD 21701 301-898-2467

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wITHIN wIT hi n Words by Naomi Pearson

Gaze into the expressive faces of the playful monsters before you and find yourself drawn into what you realize with a shock is your own reflection. As you move on to the next creatures, enamored by their sinuous swan-like curves and planes, despite (or possibly because) of their two heads, you feel a soul-deep pull and wonder why they resonate so strongly within you.

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STYLE iT! These ceramic sculptures are the work of Callie Badorrek and Vicki Wenderlich, who are not just business partners, but also good friends. At their second show, “Curious Creatures,” held in the Mary Pfister Gallery at 437 North Market Street in Frederick beginning November 26, you can see the complementary contrasts in their work, which also includes animal sculptures and functional pieces such as bowls, vases, cups, wall art, and tiles. To convey emotion, Callie’s gargoyles rely strongly on facial expressions, which the artist bases on the goofy ones her pets make and on those she sees while people-watching. “So many people are unaware of what they show in their faces,” Callie says. Then, through artistic exaggeration, she demonstrates that there is a monster in all of us, saying that there’s a gargoyle out there for everyone. But that’s not to say that the monster is a bad guy, but they are not always happy pieces; some are more serious and explore deeper feelings, she explains. “I admire how much expression she puts into a gargoyle,” Vicki says of Callie’s work. “If you take a closer look, you can see more complex emotion.” She refers to their melodramatic or very thoughtful reflective expressions underlying smiles or activities, saying that just as with us, “the emotions show on the surface, but that’s not all of what you are feeling.”

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STYLE iT! On the other hand, the form of expression rises from the very structure of Vicki’s creatures as the artist captures a sense of movement through smooth, flowing curves and constantly changing, subtle colors. Her sculptures reflect relationships, the give-and-take between personalities, and the push-and-pull of psyches, largely drawn from her own experience as an identical twin. Vicki says she’d like people to connect with the emotions in her sculptures, which she hopes provokes them to think about the people that formed their personality and say, “This is just like me and my sister, me and mom, or my best friend.” The Washington County based pair met two years ago in Hood College’s graduate ceramics certificate program. Callie, a Maryland newcomer, decided to find a colleague her own age, since most of her other classmates were older. Seeing Vicki in the throwing class, in which the artists work with clay on a potter’s wheel, Callie sat next to her and said to herself, “We are going to be friends.” They did, discovering more in common than age and classes, including their preference for hand-building clay into artistic sculptures and functional pieces, rather than using the wheel. Vicki is a twin and Callie, the daughter of a twin — and both have a deep love of animals and nature. Mary Pfister Gallery 437 N. Market Street 301-898-8243 Opens November 26

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Sarah Mott spent a recent vacation finding and "popping" the tops off dozens of soda cans and then creating these totally fun and amazing upcycled bracelets, which she then gifted to family and friends. One of those lucky family members wore her much coveted bracelet to the Delaplaine, and the rest as they say is history! The keen-eyed Delaplaine folks discovered her bracelets at the same time they were launching the center's recycling program. Since they separate aluminum cans from the mixed recycling in order to cash them in, some

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willing volunteers popped all the tops from the cans and gave them to Sarah. The result was a basket of awesome, upcycled bracelets that are now for sale in the Delaplaine Gift Gallery!The bracelets retail for $12/each. Proceeds help support the Delaplaine as well as the artist. Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center 40 S. Carroll Street Frederick, MD 21701 301-698-0656


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Goodies

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This sweet little cafe, nestled along Main Street, oozes charm and whimsy. Along with a variety of yummy baked goods, Icing serves up some delicious panini's, soup, salads, and sandwiches. The BLT served on a croissant with a lemon cookie chaser...awe-some! www.icingbakerycafe.com 7 S. Main Street Boonsboro, MD 21713 301-432-5068

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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...