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, (800) 999-3613, www.visitfrederick.org.
Beatty Cramer Architectural Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, Ceresville, (301) 293-2215. This historic 2,000-acre property, which includes a timber-framed home, a stone springhouse, and a smokehouse, opens its gates to the public one day each month.
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, 13019 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, (301) 271-3180, www.cwpzoo.com. The annual "big and tall" birthday party June 22 for Catoctin's Aldabra tortoise (small) and grizzly bear (big--and boy is he) is a highlight of this animal park's summer season, but any day is a good one to say hello to the interesting creatures who live there and the friendly humans who tend them.
Frederick Brewing Co. Tours, 4607 Wedgewood Blvd., Frederick, (888) 258-7434, www.fredbrew.com. Take a free weekend tour and see how things are done at Maryland's biggest beer works.
Historic Society of Frederick County, 24 E. Church St., Frederick, (301) 663-1188, www.fwp.net/hsfc. This historic society's home, a restored 1820s Federal mansion, is a piece of history itself, as is each artifact, artwork, map, and manuscript within.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours, downtown Frederick, (310) 845-7001. Historic downtown Frederick sure is a charming place, and riding in a horse-drawn carriage sure is a charming way to se it.
Lilypons Water Gardens, 6800 Lilypons Road, Buckeystown, (301) 874-5133, www.lilypons.com. Special summer events at this aquatic nursery include the Lilypons Days festival June 15-16, an evening pond tour July 17, and a koi and wine festival Aug. 31-Sept. 1.
Grotto of Lourdes, Mount St. Mary's College, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, (301) 447-5318. A shrine to the virgin mother of all virgin mothers, the Virgin Mary.
National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, (301) 447-6606, www.setonshrine.org. It's hard to compete with a shrine to the Virgin Mary, but this one, in memory of the first American to be canonized by the Catholic Church, does its gosh-darnedest.
Winery Tours, Elk Run Vineyards, 15113 Liberty Road, Mount Airy, (410) 775-2513, www.elkrun.com; Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissan's Mill Road, Mount Airy, (301) 831-5464, www.linganore-wine.com; Loew Vineyards, 14001 Liberty Road, Mount Airy, (410) 831-5464. If you've taken one winery tour, you've probably taken them all. But what the hell, take them all anyway.
Bayou Wine Festival, noon-6 p.m. Aug. 17-19, Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, (301) 831-5889, www.linganore-wine.com. Frederick County is south of the Mason-Dixon Line after all, so a bayou festival fits right in. The annual event includes live Zydeco music plus guided winery tours and tastings.
''50s Night, 6 p.m. July 27, Guardian Hose Company carnival grounds, Thurmont, (301) 271-7313. This '50s-theme event includes live music and a hot-rod car show.
Frederick Festival of the Arts, June 1-2, Carroll Creek Linear Park, Frederick, (301) 694-9632, www.frederickarts.org. Like Artscape by the mountains, the Frederick Festival of the Arts offers a juried art market, literature readings, music, and performance art. Too much art for ya? Get away by renting a kayak on Carroll Creek.
Frederick's Fourth of July, noon-dusk July 4, Baker Park, Second Street and Carroll Parkway, Frederick, (301) 694-2489, www.cityoffrederick.com. Independence Day the Frederick way, with food, drink, volleyball, music, children's activities, and fireworks.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Battle of the Beast, 7 p.m. June 1 and 15, July 6 and 20, and Aug. 3 and 17, J Bar W Ranch, Johnsville, (301) 898-9841, www.jbarwranch.com. Frederick County is in Western Maryland after all, so this annual Old West show fits right in. Root on the riders, 30 or so of them, as they try to best the bucking bulls.
Catoctin Challenge Charity Bicycle Ride, June 8-9, (301) 662-5518, $60 plus $100 in pledges. This two-day, 80-mile ride that starts and ends in Frederick raises money for Habitat for Humanity.
Cunningham Falls State Park, 14309 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont, (301) 271-7574. Camping, fly-fishing, hiking, picnicking, swimming--it's all here.
Frederick Keys Baseball Club, Harry Grove Stadium, 6201 New Design Road, Frederick, (877) 846-5397, www.frederickkeys.com. Within the Orioles organization, it's sometimes hard to tell the difference between the minors and the majors--the players in one can be as bad as the players in the other. So you may as well go where the ticket prices are cheaper--say, Harry Grove Stadium, where the O's Class-A affiliate Frederick Keys play. Call or visit the Web site for a schedule.
Maryland's Magical Mystery Tour 2002, July 19-25, Frederick, (410) 653-8288, (888) 226-7133, www.cycexmd.org. This has nothing to do with a psychedelic bus or John, Paul, George, and Ringo, but it has everything to do with biking 300 miles for six days from Frederick County to Cecil County. A three-day, 150-mile ride is offered too.
River and Trail Outfitters, 604 Valley Road, Knoxville, (301) 695-5177, www.rivertrail.com. If you want to fish on the Potomac, kayak on the Shenandoah, tube on Antietam Creek, or hike in the Appalachian Mountains, well, go ahead. But if you want someone to guide you along the way, first talk to the folks at River and Trail Outfitters.
Antique Station, 194 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick, (301) 695-0888. More than 200 antiques dealers, all under one roof.
Bell Hill Farm Market, 15202-D Catoctin Mountain Highway, Thurmont, (301) 271-7264. What's a trip to the mountains without taking home some handmade jams, jellies, apple butter, or honey? You can fill that need at Bell Hill, and pick up some produce too.
Candy Kitchen, 52 N. Market St., Frederick, (301) 698-0442. This place has been turning out sweet things for a hundred years now, since 1902.
Wonder Book and Video, 1306 W. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 694-5955, and Prospect Plaza, 425 S. Jefferson St., Frederick, (301) 662-2774, www.wonderbk.com. Thousands upon thousands of new and used books, records, videos, and comics.
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