.... OR “best laid plans” Part II
After telling you in our last blog post to stop by and enjoy the First Saturday events held in downtown Frederick each month the game has been changed!!
“A Hometown Summer Night” - Fireworks & Baseball in Frederick, MD
© Russell C. Poole
The first Saturday in July will be the Independence Day holiday and will have a number of July 4th related activities going on in and around the area including the annual fireworks display in Baker Park. Because of this the July First Saturday event will instead be held, this month only, on July 3rd - the First FRIDAY... Sorry for the confusion folks! If you do happen to be in town this weekend take some time to check out the many events to be held on both days.
Of special interest will be the Great Frederick Float event taking place in Carroll Creek on Friday, July 3rd from 5-8 P.M. The Carroll Creek Promenade will be the hub of the evening’s activity with 18 decorated boats on parade competing for awards to be presented by “Abraham Lincoln” at the 8 P.M. conclusion of the event. The Great Frederick Float begins with an opening ceremony at 5 P.M. to be followed by the launch of the boat parade. Live entertainment will be presented throughout the event at both the Carroll Creek amphitheater stage and the South Market Street Center. Cindy and Russ will both be on hand to photograph the event as it happens.
After enjoying the boating festivities take a leisurely stroll up Market Street where you can enjoy the rest of the First Saturday on Friday evening with a visit to the numerous shops, exhibit openings and restaurants.
Looks like there might be a few minutes to take a breath so here’s an update on events and happenings around Frederick, MD.
As we mentioned in a previous post the 2009 Frederick Festival of the Arts enjoyed great weather along with large crowds who spent the weekend viewing and purchasing the unique original works created by artists from around the region and around the country. An added bonus for visitors to our town was the opportunity to enjoy great food and some of the best entertainment to be found in the region all while enjoying the beauty of the Carroll Creek Promenade.
A scene from the 2009 Frederick Festival of the Arts © Cynthia A. Poole
Nationally known master guitarist and Frederick resident Bobby Flurie and Friends put on a great show as always. Additional entertainment was provided by a diverse group of outstanding acts including Country Current (the U.S. Navy Band) featuring singer Kenny Ray Horton, local favorites The Jug Band, the great D.C. area Blues singer / guitarist Cathy Ponton King, The U.S. Army band known as The Jazz Ambassadors Dixieland Ensemble, local musicians The Yardslippers, along with numerous other great acts.
We have uploaded some of the images from the Frederick Festival of the Arts to our photo galleries and you can see them here by clicking on the gallery titled 2009 Frederick Festival of the Arts.
This is the last week to visit the Frederick County Art Association’s member exhibit on display at the Cultural Arts Center gallery located at 15 N. Market Street in downtown Frederick, MD. Stop in and enjoy the variety of artwork created by the many talented local artists. Almost all pieces on display are for sale so don’t hesitate to purchase your favorite!
Blackwater Canyon, WV after a summer evening storm. © Russell C. Poole
Now that life is slowly returning to a somewhat more normal pace we will be posting recent images, including many from recent travels through West Virginia and Canaan Valley, to our photo galleries over the next few days. Stop back often and see what’s new.
An insectivorous Sundew at a peat bog in Dolly Sods, WV.
© Russell C. Poole
For now I can tell you that the 16th Annual Frederick Festival of the Arts held on June 6th & 7th was a rousing success - large crowds, beautiful weather, great entertainment and good food. All of this and a beautiful creekside setting to boot. We will be posting some images from the 2 days of the Festival as soon as we get caught up on everything else - probably on or after June 21
The Frederick Arts Council hosted two events on June 6th, a silent auction to benefit the Frederick Arts Council and the opening reception for the Frederick County Art Association (FCAA) member’s show in the Cultural Arts Center Gallery at 15 N. Market Street in the downtown area. Many of the FCAA artists / members were on hand to discuss their work and over 60 original works were on exhibit for viewing or purchase.
Frederick’s First Saturday event for June coincided with the Festival of the Arts and the result was one of the largest crowds I’ve seen downtown in years. This monthly event just keeps getting bigger and better! Always held on the 1st Saturday of the month we can’t recommend it enough! If you happen to be in the Frederick area on a 1st Saturday or live in the general region and are looking for something to do that is both diversified and a lot of fun then you owe it to yourself to check out this event.