Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day - A Beautiful Spring Day in Frederick in March

I wandered downtown in Frederick MD around 4 o'clock to see the St. Patrick's day revelers, get my exercise in, and check out the cherry blossoms. It was at least 70 degrees and sunny.  Lots of people were out enjoying the day.  Click on any photo for a larger version.

Baker Park was full of families enjoying the great weather.

The Green Turtle and La Paz attracted great crowds with their outdoor seating and
St. Patrick's Day celebrations. One fellow saw that I was taking pictures and he is waving.
Walking down the alley I spotted this great play of light on the cherry blossoms and forsythia bush.
I love how they contrast with the concrete wall patina!

I was really attracted to the beautiful green of the water in contrast to the red of the bridge.
This is on Carroll Creek.

Who would have thought we'd be wearing shorts and sitting out side in March?

Another view of the outdoor restaurants near the creek.

A family enjoys Culler Lake in Baker Park

Baseball practice

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

CNN Expert Talks About Who Should Be Buying a Home Now

CNN reporters  Christine Romans interviews Mike Aubrey who describes why it's a great time to buy a house in today's market.  Click on the photo to go to the CNN website for this short video.

Saturday, March 3, 2012


Stopped in at the Re-Flea market this morning. There was a good crowd. A news team from NBC Channel 25 out of Hagerstown was on hand and will broadcast the event on Sunday.  The Re-Flea will be held on several other Saturdays this year. See their website for details:

 There were both retail vendors and private tables in the yard sale style.

Tamara Day holds "Fatty Pat," an 8 week old Maltese puppy (for sale). Tamara was selling Saddle Art.
Also for sale at her booth were the pen and ink drawings of Deborah Plank.

Martha Ward sits at her "3 Generations" booth. It consisted of items for sale
from her mother, herself, and her son. 
Harriet Oloro, a native of Uganda, stands behind her booth of batik
prints that she designs and creates.
Nicole Robinson from the Green Homes Challenge was on hand to
talk to participants about the county government's Green Homes initiative.
For details, see their website:

NBC Hagerstown Channel 25 reporter Ananda Rochita  (right)
and intern Sammi Young get set up for the news report.

Laurie Zook, Re-Flea coordinator provided this information: 
Specific Dates for the RE-Flea. April 7, May 5, June 9, July 7, August 4, None in Sept (Fred. Fair) October 10, None in Nov ( Holiday Show) December 1. Outside in lots Q and R in June July, August. 150 plus drive in vending spaces and Food Vendors and music. Call Laurie Zook at 301/332-5585 or email: 
to register to sell your great old stuff at the RE-Flea. Reserving now for the entire season. Laurie has signed her contracts with the fairgrounds and is looking for quality vendors for the indoor spaces, through the year, and outdoors, for downsizers, pickers, and short term sellers. The RE-Flea is about growing micro-business in the region; providing a venue for the wanna be retailers, the quality crafters and part time antiques dealers to grow their business, test their products and develop their brands.

To suggest additional topics for this blog, if have questions, or if you want to buy or sell a home in Frederick County, e-mail or call 301/524-3676.  Have fun in Frederick!

Saturday March 3rd in Frederick

There are a couple of good events to check out today, March 3rd, in Frederick, Maryland. For details on First Saturday and the Frederick Artist Market, check out the Frederick Downtown Partnership's website for March 3rd.
  • First Saturday - Casino Night throughout downtown Frederick
  • Frederick Artist Market - at the Cultural Arts Center 15 W. Patrick St.
  • Five Photogs: Five Visions at the Cultural Arts Center
  •  The Great Frederick Re-Flea at the Fairgrounds - website
  • The Artists Gallery:  The Box Show and Silent Auction. Photos on their Facebook page
  • Green & Historic Homes Tour by Trolley - See Tourism's calendar for today
and lots' more of course!

And don't forget that Monday, March 5th begins the annual Frederick Restaurant Week.  From their website: "Frederick Restaurant Week is a 7-day promotion that features the unique and fine dining options available in Downtown Frederick and the surrounding area. Participating restaurants will offer diners price-fixed meals at mouth-watering prices the week of March 5 - 11, 2012. " Read about the participating restaurants and their menus at