City of Frederick Office of Special Events, 4 W. Seventh St., Frederick, (301) 694-2489, www.cityoffrederick.com.
Tourism Council of Frederick County, 19 E. Church St., Frederick, (800) 999-3613, www.visitfrederick.com.
Beatty Cramer Architectural Museum, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the first Saturday of each month, Ceresville, (301) 293-2215. This is a rarity: a historic property that was owned by and is named for a woman. Susanna Beatty bought this 2,000-acre piece of land after her husband died, and she invited her 10 children, their spouses, and her grandchildren to live there with her. Now that's family values. A timber-framed house is now an architectural museum; a stone springhouse and smokehouse are in the process of being restored. By the way, the "Cramer" part of the name comes from a family that owned the property after Beatty.
Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, 13019 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, (301) 271-3180. There are beasts in the woods of Frederick County, but the 30 acres that make up this animal park contain creatures you won't find elsewhere, such as tigers, alligators, and parrots. Summer programs include a "big and tall" birthday party June 23 for an Aldabra tortoise (small) and a grizzly bear (big).
Frederick Brewing Co. Tours, 4607 Wedgewood Blvd., Frederick, (301) 694-7899. The free weekend tours of Maryland's largest brewery aren't any fun for kids because they don't get to sample the beloved Hempen ale. Too bad for them.
Historic Society of Frederick County, 24 E. Church St., Frederick, (301) 663-1188, www.fwp.net/hsfc. Housed in a restored Federal mansion from the 1820s, the Historic Society of Frederick County owns a collection of artifacts plus decorative and fine arts, and the folks there will let you look at it all if you stop by. The research facility and library contain the county's history in paper form, including maps and manuscripts.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours, downtown Frederick, (310) 694-7433. Clippety-clop through the historic neighborhoods of Frederick.
Lilypons Water Gardens, 6800 Lilypons Road, Buckeystown, (800) 999-5459, www.lilypons.com. Visit this aquatic nursery and then do some inspired browsing in the water-gardening shop.
Mount Olivet Cemetery, 515 S. Market St., Frederick, (301) 662-1164. Tombstones aren't everyone's cup of tea, but if you are into old stonework, this cemetery, established way back in 1854, should be for you.
Grotto of Lourdes, Mount St. Mary's College, 16300 Old Emmitsburg Road, Emmitsburg, (301) 447-5318. When you find yourself in times of trouble, visit this shrine to the Virgin Mary and she will come to you, speaking words of wisdom.
National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 100 Adventist Drive, Frederick, (301) 695-1864, www.civilwarmed.org. This museum offers a different perspective on the Civil War than most: the medical side of the story, with thousand of artifacts.
National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, (301) 447-6606/3121, www.setonshrine.org. Mother Seton, who arrived in Emmitsburg in 1809, led a life of charity, and as her reward she was the first American to be canonized by the Catholic Church. The chapel at this shrine honoring her was designated a minor basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1991.
Rose Hill Manor Park and Museums, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick, (301) 694-1648. At Rose Hill, elementary-school-age children and their families learn about 19th-century life in Frederick County. Call to find out about special summer tours and events.
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, (410) 795-6432, www.linganore-wine.com; Loew Vineyards, 14001 Liberty Road, Mount Airy, (410) 831-5464. Become a Maryland-wine expert in just a few short glasses.
Battle of the Beast, 6-9:30 p.m. June 2, July 7 and 21, Aug. 4 and 18, and Sept. 1, J Bar W Ranch, Johnsville, (301) 898-9841, www.jbarwranch.com. This Old West show pits about 30 riders against a bunch of crazy bucking bulls. If that doesn't rope you in, how about a cowboy or cowgirl hat to go with those alligator boots you just got on sale?
Battle of Monocacy Reenactment, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 7-8, Monocracy National Battlefield, 4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick, (301) 662-3515. It just isn't summer in Frederick without a Civil War battle reenactment. Living historians reenact the "battle that saved Washington" on the original site.
Bayou Wine Festival, noon-6 p.m. Aug. 18-19, Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, (301) 831-5889, www.linganore-wine.com. Linganore's version of the bayou includes two Zydeco bands, guided winery tours, and tastings.
Beyond the Garden Gates, 1-5 p.m. May 26-27, Frederick, (301) 694-2489, www.cityoffrederick.com. Call for tickets and a map for this self-guided tour of contemporary and historic gardens in downtown Frederick.
Country Peddler Show, Aug. 3-5, Great Frederick Fairgrounds, 799 E. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 663-5895, www.countrypeddlershow.com. This is Frederick's 18th time hosting this craft-o-rama where the official colors are dusty blue or desert rose, the wood plaque needs no introduction, and corn bread is considered a vegetable.
'50s Night, 6 p.m. July 28, Guardian Hose Co. carnival grounds, Thurmont, (301) 271-7313. Get decked out in your greaser duds, pedal pushers, and a ponytail hanging down for Thurmont's 250th-anniversary party. Big Cam and the Lifters play vintage rock tunes while games and a hot-rod car show make you feel real loose like a long-necked goose.
Frederick Festival of the Arts, June 2-3, Carroll Creek Linear Park, Frederick, (301) 694-9632, www.frederickarts.org. This creekside celebration of the arts has a lot of culture without the Soho stuffiness. The Juried Arts Market shows and sells work by more than 100 artists, and literature readings take place at the adjacent Delaplaine Visual Arts Center. There is also music, performance art, an interactive art center for children, and kayak rentals on the mellow Carroll Creek. No need to dress in black.
Frederick's Fourth of July, noon-dusk July 4, Baker Park, Second Street and Carroll Parkway, Frederick, (301) 694-2489, www.cityoffrederick.com. You know the routine: food, beverage, volleyball, music (on four stages), kids' activities, and fireworks.
Frederick Hunting and Fishing Show, Aug. 10-12, Great Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 865-3019. Here is a list--by no means complete--of things to be found at this year's Hunting and Fishing Show: exhibits, seminars, more than 200 equipment vendors, live animals, a 3-D archery competition, fish, and kids' BB-gun and archery ranges.
Ole Mink Farm Recreation Resort, 12806 Mink Farm Road, Thurmont, (301) 271-7012. Rent one of Ole Mink Farm's luxury log cabins and rough it comfortably.
The abundance of bed-and-breakfast places in Frederick County makes choosing one fun. Here are a few:
Bluebird on the Mountain, 14700 Eyler Ave., Cascade, (301) 241-4161.
Inn at Buckeystown, 3521 Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown, (800) 272-7190.
McCleery's Flat, 121 E. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 620-2433.
Strawberry Inn, 17 W. Main St., New Market, (301) 865-3318.
Turning Point Inn, 3406 Urbana Pike, Frederick, (301) 831-8232.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Cunningham Falls State Park, 14309 Catoctin Hollow Road, Thurmont, (301) 271-7574. Camp, fly-fish, hike, picnic, or swim. Or all of the above.
Cycling Tours, Frederick Visitors Center, 19 E. Church St., (800) 999-3613. Nine routes vary in length and difficulty; get maps at the visitors center.
Frederick Keys Baseball Club, Harry Grove Stadium, 6201 New Design Road, Frederick, (301) 662-0013 (team offices), (877) 846-5397 (tickets), www.frederickkeys.com. The Keys play hot minor-league ball as the sun cools down, all summer long. Games start at 7 p.m., unless it's Sunday, in which case they start at 1 p.m. Call or visit the Web site for a schedule.
Maryland's Magical Mystery Tour 2001, July 20-26, Frederick, (410) 653-8288, (888) 226-7133, www.cyclexmd.org. This six-day, 300-mile cycling tour explores parts of Northern and Central Maryland, starting in Frederick and ending in Cecil County. Too much Maryland, magic, and mystery for you? Opt for the three-day, 150-mile ride. Wimp.
River and Trail Outfitters, 604 Valley Road, Knoxville, (301) 695-5177, www.rivertrail.com. Plan a guided fishing trip on the Potomac, or kayaking on the Shenandoah River, or tubing on Antietam Creek, or hiking in the Appalachian Mountains.
Antique Station, 194 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick, (301) 695-0888. Just act as though you don't really like that Mission-style oak chair--even though there is no way you are driving back home without it--and you might wrangle yourself a bargain. More than 200 antiques dealers are waiting to negotiate.
Bell Hill Farm Market, 15202-D Catoctin Mountain Highway, Thurmont, (301) 271-7264. Handmade jams, jellies, apple butter, and honey just taste better. Get 'em here, plus fresh fruits and vegetables.
Candy Kitchen, 52 N. Market St., Frederick, (301) 698-0442. According to a Candy Kitchen ad, a little old lady has been making chocolates there since 1902. She must be really old by now.
Catoctin Pottery, Lewis Mill, 3205 Poffenberger Road, Jefferson, (301) 371-4274, www. www.catoctinpottery.com. Potter Susan Hanson of Catoctin Pottery says, "I think my line of pots reflects the dynamic of my life, from simple utilitarian to a textural essay." And you thought pottery was just about a bunch of clay things.
Emporium Antiques, 112 E. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 662-7099. If you're really into antiques, an emporium of them is what you want.
Frederick Farmers Market, 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, East and Church streets, Frederick, (301) 662-6200. Starting in June and continuing throughout the summer, you can get fruits, vegetables, and gourmet foodstuffs on Thursday afternoons, just in time for weekend-party planning.
Great Stuff by Paul, 10 N. Carroll St., Frederick, (301) 631-0004, www.greatstuffbypaul.com. What's so great about Paul's stuff? Dunno. If you find out, drop a line to email@example.com for next year's Sizzlin' Summer.
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. It's a wonder that vinyl records still exist, but you can find some at Wonder Book and Video, as well as more than 700,000 new and used books, more than 30,000 videos, and new and used comics.
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