City of Frederick Office of Special Events, 4 W. Seventh St., Frederick, (301) 228-2844, www.cityoffrederick.com.
Tourism Council of Frederick County, 19 E. Church St., Frederick (8000) 999-3613, www.visitfrederick.org.
Antietam National Battlefield, Route 65, Sharpsburg, (301) 432-5124, www.nps.gov/anti. Take the 11 stop, 8.5-mile self-guided driving tour and learn about the bloodiest one-day battle in American history. This Civil War battlefield, which claimed more than 23,000 lives, was also the ending point of Gen. Robert E. Lee's first northern invasion in September 1862.
Brunswick Railroad Museum, 40 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, (301) 834-7100, www.brrm.org. Step back into the 1890s and explore a time when the railroads and trains were the stars of the land. The museum offers not only models and exhibits about Brunswick's railroad history, but also its baseball history, along with Victorian clothing, furnishings, and photographs.
Candlelight Ghost Tours of Frederick, downtown Frederick, (301) 845-7001. Follow tour guides dressed in period clothing from the times of yore and explore the rich history and folklore surrounding Frederick's paranormal happenings.
Frederick Brewing Company Tours, 4607 Wedgewood Blvd., Frederick, (888) 258-7434, www.fredbrew.com. You already know the end destination of beer; go see the starting point at the Frederick Brewing Company. Brimstone, Blue Ridge, Wild Goose, and Hempen Ale are among the brands brewed with toil and trouble.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours, downtown Frederick, (301) 845-7001. It's not New York or Rome, but a half-hour carriage ride can be just as romantic in downtown Frederick. The tours are available for two or 20 people; reservations are required.
Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 228-2828, www.weinbergcenter.org. What used to be Frederick's picture-show joint is now a performing arts center. Enjoy not only live dance, music, and theater shows, but also classic movies and family entertainment too.
Winery Tours: Elk Run Vineyards, 15113 Liberty Road, Mount Airy, (410) 775-2513, www.elkrun.com; Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, (301) 831-5464, www.linganore-wine.com; Loew Vineyards, 14001 Liberty Road, Mount Airy, (410) 831-5464. For the more refined folks; tour a winery, eat some cheese, and go home happy.
Art at the Vineyard, July 12-13, Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, (301) 831-5889, www.linganore-wine.com. Peruse paintings, stroll along the lawns, listen to music, and sip some wine (or other refreshments). Ah, how relaxing.
Cruise Nite, 6-9:30 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, Jimmie Cone, 1312 S. Main St., Mount Airy, (301) 829-6047. Around 200 classic cars fill the Food Lion parking lot while owners and onlookers ramble along. See '57 Chevys and tricked out Dodge Neons side by side, and slurp a little soft serve while you're at it. Don't forget the jimmies.
Frederick Blues Festival, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. July 15, 6 S. Benz St., Frederick, (301) 694-9134, www.frederickblues.org/festival.html. This year's festival features an open mic, the First Annual Frederick Area Blues Awards, and a Battle of the Bands-bluesy style.
Frederick Festival of the Arts, June 7-8, Carroll Creek Linear Park, S. Market St., Frederick, (301) 694-9632, www.frederickarts.org. The festival is in its 10th year this June. Exhibitions from over 135 artists, in the mediums of painting, sculpture, jewelry making, printmaking, photography and more, strut their stuff and they wouldn't mind if you bought some of it either.
Olde Time Ice Cream Social, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 21, Historical Society of Frederick County Heritage Garden, 24 East Church St., Frederick, (301) 663-1188, www.hsfcinfo.org/index.htm. Root beer floats, ice cream, "dusty sundaes," music, games, and general family fun and entertainment.
Peach Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 9-10, Cozy Village, 105 Frederick Road, Thurmont, (301) 271-4301, www.cozyvillage.com. Peaches, live country music, arts, crafts, an antique car show, and more. Yeehaw!
Red, White, and Blue Berrywine Weekend, July 4-6, Berrywine Plantation and Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, (410) 795-6432. Spend the Fourth strolling through the woods or around the pond, have a holiday picnic on the lawns or pavilions, and then get a bit tipsy with a wine tasting tour. What better alternative to fighting Baltimore traffic to make it to the Harbor?
Sunset Safaris, 5-9 p.m. June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26, Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, 13019 Catoctin Furnace Road, (301) 271-4922, www.cwpzoo.com. It's not a surfin' safari, but it's the next best thing. Only for ages 14 and up, so keep the kiddies at the petting zoo.
Wings of Freedom Airshow, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 16-17, Frederick Municipal Airport, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, (301) 631-5357, www.wingsoffreedomairshow.org. Aerial acrobatics by the Iron Eagles, wing-walking acts, and WWII aircraft right alongside modern day planes. Try not to get a crick in your neck.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Baker Park, 2nd Street and Carroll Parkway, Frederick, (301) 228-2888. Summer concerts, numerous playgrounds, carillon, tennis courts, a lake, and a public swimming pool can all be found at this 44-acre park.
C&O Canal Historical Park, Brunswick, (301) 739-4200, www.nps.gov/choh. Hiking, camping, cycling, picnicking, skating, and canal rides to Georgetown and Great Falls.
Guided Nature Hikes, Cunningham Falls State Park, 14039 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont, (301) 271-7574, www.nps.gov/cato. You know what a nature hike entails, but you can work off your tail while you're at it.
Sugarloaf Mountain, 7901 Comus Road, Dickerson, (301) 874-2024. The tiny mountain features two mountain-biking trails, three hiking trails, picnicking areas, and scenic views of the Potomac. It's no Everest, but it's a pretty little mountain.
Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts, 200A N. Market St., Frederick, (301) 631-9300, www. dbeartoys.com. Handcrafted toys from around the world and children's books from Maryland authors. Get that July kick-start on Christmas shopping.
Emmitsburg Antique Mall, 1 Chesapeake Ave., Emmitsburg, (301) 447-6471. This huge store houses tons of antique furniture, coins, jewelry, books, dishes, linens, art, and more.
Great Stuff by Paul, 10 N. Carroll St., Frederick, (301) 631-0004, www.greatstuffbypaul.com. Anyone who's got the brass ones to name his store "Great Stuff" has got to have merchandise worth checking out.
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