City of Frederick Office of Special Events, 4 W. 7th St., Frederick, (301) 228-2844
Tourism Council of Frederick County, Inc., 19 E. Church St., Frederick, (800) 999-3613, www.visitfrederick.org.
Antietam National Battlefield, Rte. 65, Sharpsburg, (301) 432-5124, www.nps.gov/anti. This is the historic Civil War site where 23,000 men gave their lives in battle on a fateful September day in 1862. Plan your visit now and take the self-guided driving tour of the battlefield on an 8.5-mile road.
Brunswick Railroad Museum, 40 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, (301) 834-7100, www.brrm.net. Though it houses and operates one of the largest HO scale model railroad layouts on the east coast, this museum doesn't just highlight the wonders of the once preeminent locomotive. It also features exhibits displaying various aspects of life for railroad workers of the early 1900s as well as pictures of the Brunswick yards.
Candlelight Ghost Tours of Frederick, Brewer's Alley Restaurant, 124 N. Market St., Frederick, (301) 845-7001, (301) 668-8922. Those interested in ghost-chasing (or busting for that matter) will take pleasure in these guided tours of several locations in downtown Frederick where myths of paranormal goings-on have abounded for years.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours, downtown Frederick, (301) 845-7001, (301) 694-7433, www.frederickcarriage.com. Reservations are required to take a ride in one of Frederick Tour and Carriage Company's horse-and-buggy setups, which provides accommodations for as many as 20 people, as it travels through the heart of Frederick.
Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, (301) 228-2828, www.weinbergcenter.org. A performance by the Neville Brothers and productions of Swan Lake
Winery Tours: Elk Run Vineyards, 15113 Liberty Road, Mount Airy, (410)775-2513, www.elkrun.com; Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, (410) 795-6432, www.linganore-wine.com;
Catfish Derby, 9 a.m.-noon June 5, Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, 13019 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, (301) 271-3180, www.cwpzoo.com. So here's the deal: Catoctin supplies the pond full of catfish while you and your kid bring your own fishing gear or borrow it from the zoo (but you have to have your own stringers or buckets). Spend the next three hours hooking 'em in before you make the determination to keep the ugly suckers or throw them all back.
Frederick Blues Festival, July 17-24, 28 S. Court St., Frederick, (301) 698-5300, www.frederickbluesfestival.com. This eight-day celebration of blues now in its eighth year includes an opening gala, blues battle, the second annual Frederick Area Blues Awards, all-day Family Blues Bash, and lots of other stuff.
Frederick Festival of the Arts, July 5-6, Carroll Creak Part at S. Market Street, Frederick, (301) 694-9632, www.frederickarts.org. This 11th annual celebration showcases the work of over 135 local artists in numerous media in addition to offering three stages of live entertainment, art demonstrations, and food.
Reggae Wine Festival, July 17-18, Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, (301) 381-5464, www.linganore-wine.com. What goes better with the taste of 19 different wines than the sounds of Jah Works and the Image Band? Oh, that's right--food!
Roaring '20s Jazz in the Garden, July 31, Historical Society of Frederick County, 24 E. Church St., Frederick, (301) 663-1188, www.hsfcinfo.org. The Dixieland Jazz Band cranks out the pre-Depression-era tunes in this second yearly fundraiser. Yeah, there's food too.
Strawberry Festival, June 12-13, Cozy Village, 103 Frederick Road, (301) 271-4301, www.cozyvillage.com. Last year we told you about their love for peaches, but this year, it's all about the strawberry. Entertainment, craft show, goodies, and specialty items included.
Swingin' Blues Wine Festival, May 22-23, Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, (301) 381-5464, www.linganore-wine.com. Performances by the Nighthawks and E.G. Kight, more than 25 artisans, a petting zoo, a playground, pony rides, refreshments, and more.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park, Brunswick, (301) 739-4200, www.nps.gov/choh. Enjoy a range of activities that include backpacking, biking, bird watching, boating, camping, climbing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, nature walking, and wildlife viewing. Now admit it, aren't you tired just reading the list?
Clustered Spires Golf Course, 8415 Gashouse Pike, Frederick, (301) 624-1295. How golf, an activity as athletic as walking around in one's backyard, became a sport is still a mystery. What isn't so enigmatic is this 18-hole course with two putting greens, a practice bunker, and a grass driving range.
Hill Street Skate Park, 121 N. Bentz St., Frederick, (301) 694-1492. This newly opened park boasts such features as a clover bowl, full street area, two pools, ledges, rails, and God knows what other kinds of apparatuses those crazy skater boys use to defy gravity. But beware, participants must be at least 17 years old and sign a waiver. You didn't think the city of Frederick was going to assume liability, did you?
River and Trail Outfitters, 604 Valley Road, Knoxville, (301) 695-5177, www.rivertrail.com. Take a raft, canoe, or kayak down the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers by Harpers Ferry; hike the Appalachian Mountains; or ride a bike through the C&O Canal. So many choices.
Antique Station, 194 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick, (301) 695-0888. They must be doing something right if they were voted Best Antiques Mall by Frederick magazine for eight consecutive years (1997-2003). Or maybe Frederick has a paucity of antiques malls. Either way it's filled with over 200 dealers.
Brass and Copper Shop, 13 S. Carroll St., Frederick, (301) 663-4240. Services rendered encompass refinishing of brass, copper, silver, and other precious metals, not to mention polishing, lacquering, and repair.
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