One of the reasons that Pat and I moved to Frederick, Maryland is because it has such a lively downtown scene. There are usually folks on the streets and in the shops. And the restaurants and bars are always hopping.
This phenomenon is particularly true on the first weekend of each month, when the Downtown Frederick Partnership celebrates the “First Saturday”. There are street musicians and other activities to enhance your experience. And the stores and art galleries are open late, which makes for interesting sidewalk shopping.
Our favorite is the annual Fire in Ice Festival, this year to be held on February 6 from 3:00 until 9:00 PM. Somehow it doesn’t seem so cold when you are in a bustling crowd. Or perhaps that was because we were sipping schnapps last year (Pat preferred the hot cocoa).
The main attraction is the more than 40 lighted ice sculptures located around the main business district and along the Carroll Creek Promenade. If you get there early enough, you may even witness some ice carving in process.
Come and see for yourself. Don’t forget to book your accommodations at the nearby Frederick Inn Bed and Breakfast.