From the weary travelers of yesteryear to the road-warrior commuters of the 21st century, Mealey’s Restaurant & Pub has been a beacon of good food and good times in New Market for close to a century. Located on the Old National Pike (Rt. 144), 10 minutes from downtown Frederick, Mealey’s has been a witness to history (a portion of the existing building dates to 1793). Over the decades, Mealey’s has been the site of a general store, a hotel and a restaurant, but one thing that hasn’t changed over time is the emphasis on service.
Today, general manager Susan Witmer is part of this service tradition at Mealey’s. “People have told me, ‘This place feels like my living room. I could stay here all night,’” she says. Its comfortable décor conveys this homelike feeling, but it’s the food that radiates comforting warmth unto its own. The dinner menu is loaded with taste-tempting specialties – from Mealey’s Fried Chicken with a drizzle of honey to Maryland favorites like Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. Witmer emphasizes that you won’t find processed ingredients going into the dishes. “We use kosher salt, pure butter and olive oil in the kitchen,” she says.
The Sunday brunch is a Mealey’s tradition that has never grown old. The plated brunch is served from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. each week and features old-fashioned favorites like scrapple and sausage to heartier fare like prime rib and potatoes. Weekend dinner specials are offered throughout the year.
And if you’re looking for a place to blow off some steam after work and have a good time, look no further than Mealey’s. “We want people to know that New Market has a happy hour, and it’s here,” Witmer says. Mealey’s is also the scene for live music each Friday through Saturday, with a variety of local and regional performers featured each week.
Mealey’s Restaurant & Pub is open Wednesday through Sunday; visit www.mealeysrestaurantpub.com for hours.
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8 West Main Street
New Market, MD 21774
As daylight lengthens and these winter days slowly give way to hints of spring’s arrival in central Maryland, February and March are ideal months to visit Urbana for some shopping therapy of the season.
After shoveling snow, braving chilly winter winds and fending off seasonal ailments, early spring is the perfect time to treat oneself to an invigorating spa treatment at City Magnolia. From massages and facials to skin and nail care services designed to help you make a seasonal transition of your own, the professional staff at City Magnolia provides friendly, personalized services in an environment that is permeated with upscale sophistication with dashes of southern charm and hospitality.
Naturally, a day at the spa will do wonders for your appearance, but if it’s your appetite that could use some nourishing as well, a hearty meal at Mangia e Bevi is sure to satisfy. Offering an authentic Italian restaurant experience in Frederick County, Mangia e Bevi delights all the senses with rich Italian fare inspired by some of Italy’s finest dishes. Choose from lunch specialties ranging from Trenette Bolognese to gourmet artisan pizzas and dinner dishes encompassing a broad spectrum of flavors and colors on the plate, including Spaghetti della Nonna and delicate Veal Piccata.
Frederick has certainly seen its share of unpredictable weather in 2012, so take time now to start thinking about the weather we’re likely to face in 2013. State Farm Insurance Agent Missy Baker can help you assess your unique situation so that you can protect your home, your property and your family from whatever storms may visit central Maryland in the new year.
Looking for another fresh start to the spring season? If there are some bad habits you’ve been struggling to break or if you’re looking for ways to sharpen your focus and improve your concentration, have you thought about what a little hypnotherapy could do for you? Cathie Cain of Key Point Hypnosis offers you the time and attention necessary to help you revitalize your inner being this spring.
And don’t forget to visit the shops in the Urbana Village Center, at the intersection of Rt. 355 and Rt. 80, for even more ideas and inspiration to take you and your home through the change of seasons.
More than just a motto, “The Banner School Difference” is reflected each day by students, their parents and the faculty and staff of Frederick County’s only nonsectarian, coeducational, independent day school. Founded in 1982, The Banner School currently serves 160 students in preschool through eighth grade. Here at The Banner School, students experience a community where the values of strong family-school partnerships, individual self-worth and respect for others form the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
Blending historic charm with the full functionality of a 21st-century media center, Banner has a new library whose homelike environment is reflected in the grand fireplace, covered patio and bright colors punctuating the interior. In addition, a new state-of-the-art science laboratory has augmented the middle school earth, life and physical sciences curricula. Professional microscopes, lab equipment and fume hood are some of the tools available to students. “These special spaces really complement our academic program,” says Head of School Stephen R. Parnes.
The Banner School offers a rigorous curriculum in the liberal arts and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines. Year-round classes in visual art, performing arts and physical education are provided to all students, and there is a wide variety of after-school offerings, too, from chess and LEGO clubs to competitive athletics in the middle school. “We are really creating Renaissance men and women here,” Parnes says, adding that Spanish language is introduced to students as early as preschool. The student body at The Banner School also reflects the cultural, ethnic, religious and economic diversity of today’s world.
Lauren Webb, director of admissions and marketing, says that The Banner School students are primed for success upon graduation. Graduates attend their schools of choice, be they independent, public or parochial, and 100 percent of alumni attend college. “We are a true pre-collegiate school,” Parnes notes.
The Banner School is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education, accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland and D.C. Schools (AIMS) and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
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1730 N. MARKET STREET
FREDERICK, MD 21701
Souper Sunday feast raises funds for Frederick’s less fortunate
Whether you’re a fan of the chowders or you’re a chicken noodle purist, Frederick will be the place to be on Sunday, April 7 to savor a bowl of liquid goodness and to do some good at the same time.
Souper Sunday, an Empty Bowls event, is returning to Frederick for a third year of bringing diners together for food and funds — with proceeds from the event going to the Frederick Rescue Mission’s hunger relief programs, says Jasmine Sneed, marketing director for Everedy Square and Shab Row.
For a modest donation of $25, diners receive a handcrafted bowl and a ticket to a soup smorgasbord provided by some of Frederick’s top restaurateurs and caterers.
“Food appeals to all of us,” Sneed says. “These bowls symbolize those in our community who are hungry. The Souper Sunday event is in a very casual environment, and it’s meant to be for families and individuals.” In addition, the event is also designed to raise awareness of the issues of poverty and hunger in Frederick, she says.
Sneed credits the owners of Everedy Square and Shab Row businesses for their support of Souper Sundays past. “We at Everedy Square & Shab Row are honored to support the Mission’s hunger relief efforts” through Souper Sunday, she says.
This year, Ayşe Meze Lounge will serve as host for Souper Sunday. Attendees will not only be able to sample some delicious soup creations but they’ll also be able to vote for their favorite soup in a Souper Soup Challenge with the winner receiving an awards plaque and unabashed bragging rights for a year. Plus, the New York City-based alternative rock group Rovnik will fill the restaurant with soulful, reflective tunes from their diverse repertoire.
This year’s event is expected to be very well attended — as it has been for the past two years. “During our first year, we were shocked at the number of people who showed up for the luncheon,” Sneed says of the record number of ticketholders — close to 300 — who turned out for the debut event in 2010.
The idea for Souper Sunday arose courtesy of Tammy Martinez, owner of The Little Pottery Shop on East Street. “We make vessels here every day, and these empty vessels, the cups and bowls, are a daily reminder of those who don’t have anything to fill these vessels,” she says. “We always like to do things that give back to the community.”
Martinez looked for a way to unite the arts with a good cause. In 2010, she considered the Frederick Rescue Mission and the work that the organization performs each day to feed Frederick’s hungry. She says that she felt the concept of connecting pottery bowls with a benefit event would be very meaningful, and she began reaching out to members of Frederick’s pottery community for contributions — in this case, the handiwork from their pottery wheels. In response, local potters provided close to 300 bowls for the debut event.
This year, she’ll invite potters to attend a “throwing day” program where bowls will once again be lovingly created. The bowls will go on sale at The Little Pottery Shop during Frederick’s “Fire in Ice” First Saturday event on Feb. 2, she says. The vessels will be sold during the months of February and March prior to the Souper Sunday event and on the day of the event at Ayşe Meze Lounge.
The Frederick Rescue Mission is the area’s largest provider of hot meals for the needy and the homeless in Frederick County. Serving breakfast and lunch 365 days a year, the Mission currently offers approximately 400 meals a day – 100 for breakfast and close to 300 for lunch. In addition to providing hot meals for the needy, the Mission also prepares and distributes between five and eight food boxes each weekday, maintains a “grocery aisle” that enables close to 150 individuals and families to receive perishable food products and partners with the Maryland Food Bank to host organized “food drop” days that make thousands of pounds of fresh and nonperishable food products available to those in need.
While feeding the hungry is a fundamental part of the Mission’s operational mandate, the work that this organization performs goes far beyond physical needs alone.
If you were to ask Mission executive director Arnold Farrow to describe the most important service the Frederick Rescue Mission performs in the community, he’d probably tell you, “The most important thing we do at the Mission is to introduce people to Jesus Christ. The food, clothing, furniture and shelter we provide the community is vitally important, but what really matters is helping people to have a relationship with their Savior and Creator.”
To learn more about the work of the Frederick Rescue Mission and find out how you can support the Mission through volunteer and financial contributions, visit www.therescuemission.org or call 301-695-6633.
If you go …
Sunday, April 7, 12:30-3 p.m.
Ayşe Meze Lounge
6 N. East St., Frederick
Admission is $25 per person. With the purchase of a handcrafted bowl from The Little Pottery Shop, 117 N. East St., Frederick, individuals receive a ticket to the Souper Sunday event.
For more information, call The Little Pottery Shop at 301-620-7501 or visit www.EveredySquare.com.
The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County
Frederick County is blessed to have so many involved, dedicated women that make it such a great place to live, and who are impacting the lives of others through their efforts. Whether their time is spent in volunteer work to feed the hungry or beautifying Frederick through gardening efforts, their time, effort and dedication continue to benefit all Fredericktonians.
In 2006, The Women’s Giving Circle was formed to provide a new avenue for women to get involved in the community. The focus of The Women’s Giving Circle emerged from a seed of an idea that was planted in the mind of Karlys Kline, a 20-plus-year resident of Frederick. When Kline looked around Frederick, she learned about women and their children who were facing significant struggles in their lives, and she thought there had to be some way to assist them. Now, for more than six years, the dedicated members of The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County have been at the forefront of positively impacting the lives of these women, and their children, across the county.
Not wanting to duplicate existing programs, Kline started a fund that would help women who needed money to better their own lives and the lives of their children. She got some friends and business associates together and issued a challenge — pledge $3,000 over a period of three years ($1,000 per year) to help women and their children in need in Frederick County. They are members forever once the pledge is completed.
The Women’s Giving Circle makes it easy for people to be involved with a giving effort without having to spend enormous amounts of volunteer time, especially since time is at a premium for so many busy women. And the open-arms attitude of The Women’s Giving Circle is what makes it so attractive to people seeking avenues to contribute something back to the Frederick community. “We have an open membership, and people often give more than $1,000 a year,” Kline says.
The concept is simple: a group of women pool their funds together to allow nonprofits to request grant money for specific programs geared toward women in need. There is no overhead because some of the members volunteer to pitch in when needed. The group works closely with The Community Foundation of Frederick County, which manages the collection and distribution of the funds. The pledge can even be paid in monthly installments via check or credit card.
Donations collected by The Women’s Giving Circle are divided between a pass-through fund and a permanent fund. Money designated to the pass-through fund during a fiscal year, plus a portion of the earnings from the permanent fund, is given to organizations providing services to women and their children during the following fiscal year.
Over the course of its six years of operation, the organization has donated close to $570,000 to organizations that aid women in need while growing a long-term endowment to more than $500,000. With The Women’s Giving Circle, you know where your money is going and you have a say in how your money is used.
Once a year, members of the Giving Circle’s Grants subcommittee diligently review grant requests for the funds to fulfill needs that the members identified, such as career training for women seeking reentry into the workplace. Many of the programs would not have been created without the funding from the Giving Circle. The 2013 grants application period opens Feb. 4 and closes March 15.
The Women’s Giving Circle’s luncheons and the annual celebration tea are ways the organization seeks to connect its members with those who benefit from the Giving Circle’s charitable efforts. Organizations and individuals who are recipients of the Giving Circle’s funds are invited to attend and speak to the members in attendance. “The things that happen from these events are that ‘good deeds are created,’” Kline says. Members find it so rewarding to see how much a needed new program can truly make a difference in someone’s life. Many times it bridges the gap between failing or making it in challenges such as career training or interviewing for a job. This is what the core of the group is about, and it affects not only the present but also the future.
The Rev. Brian Scott, executive director for The Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, attests to the work of The Women’s Giving Circle. “The funding provided enables women struggling to get back into housing or to keep their homes and avoid becoming homeless,” he says.
Kline reflects on the generosity of Frederick’s citizenry. “Frederick County is one of the most awesome giving counties there is,” Kline states. “The charitable spirit here is extraordinary. I believe there are significant safety nets and lots of avenues for people to improve their lives. There are many examples of how nonprofits collaborate with one another. It’s heart-warming to know that it consistently takes place in our community.”
While Kline’s volunteer spirit and support of community endeavors has become somewhat of a full-time job, the concept for The Women’s Giving Circle grew out of her desire to contribute something back to a community that welcomed her more than two decades ago when she first settled in Frederick.
And it is precisely that spirit of giving that continues to guide Kline in her own volunteer efforts for numerous charities, community and civic groups in the county. “I am the fortunate one having moved to Frederick 20 years ago without knowing one soul, and the people here took me in and made me feel a part of the community,” she says. “I feel like I’m blessed every day by being here.”
Editor’s Note: Karlys Kline is a member of Frederick Gorilla’s advisory board.
To become a member of The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County, or for more information about grants applications, contact Karlys Kline at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-357-6400.
The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County
c/o The Community Foundation of Frederick County
312 E. Church St.
Frederick, MD 21701
In 1986, concerned citizens joined together to set the foundation for positive growth and development of the Frederick community. These visionaries – Donald C. Linton, CPA; W. Jerome Offutt, Esq.; and Charles V. Main, former City of Frederick Chief of Police – believed that an organization created by the community to serve the community would create a positive, lasting change for all people in Frederick County. Today, this organization, The Community Foundation of Frederick County, is a powerhouse of support, investing more than $2.6 million back into community nonprofit organizations and scholarship funds in fiscal year 2012.
At the heart of the Community Foundation’s activities are people, says President Elizabeth Y. “Betsy” Day. “They are people who want to give back and inspire change and people who want to memorialize a loved one,” she says. “These donors include individuals, families, business entrepreneurs and others that have resources to share with those in our community.” In fact, in fiscal year 2012, the Community Foundation received more than $3.1 million from more than 2,300 donors who generously made more than 3,400 contributions, says Betsy Day. It’s that spirit of giving that steadily contributed to the growth of more than 630 funds during the Community Foundation’s 25-year history. “It’s been eye opening to see how generous our community is,” says Betsy Day, a generosity which can be linked back to a group recognized as the founding donors. Those individuals, contributing $25,000 over a period of five years, established the roots for more than 20 unrestricted funds that formed the base for the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantsmaking philanthropic activities.
During this 25-year period, these roots have turned into wings as the Community Foundation has witnessed the growth of funds that now support virtually every area of the community – from agriculture and the arts to education and health and human services.
“We connect people who care with causes that matter,” Betsy Day says. She reflects on a few examples. Started by members of the Seneca Football Association to celebrate the life of football coach Warner L. “Mike” Brittain, The Warner L. “Mike” Brittain/Seneca Football Association Scholarship Fund has supported scholarships for nine Frederick High School seniors attending college after graduation since its establishment in 1999. There’s The John Ryan Dennison Memorial Fund, established to support the design, construction and maintenance of a memorial to service personnel from Frederick County who were killed during recent U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“You don’t have to be a philanthropist like Bill Gates” to make a difference she says, adding that many of the generous supporters contribute to an existing fund or create new ones that either honor the memory of a loved one or support a specific cause or organization. She points to members of the Community Foundation’s Acorn Society, those individuals who “plant a seed” by starting a fund and agreeing to grow the fund to at least $10,000 within two years or less. Planned giving is another way that individuals can “imagine what’s next” – creating a legacy while contributing to the Frederick community’s future growth and development.
This idea of “imagine what’s next” has inspired the Community Foundation’s Frederick County Human Needs Assessment Report. This initiative’s findings have focused the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking on providing affordable health care for all residents, ensuring children are “ready for school” by age 5 and offering affordable housing to all in need, with particular emphasis on those newly homeless and precariously housed.
Through this report, “We want to show how all these components are working together to make a better Frederick County,” Betsy Day says. While the Community Foundation will continue to support all areas of life in Frederick County, these areas have become a focus for the organization’s strategic grants building over the next five years, she says.
It’s this spirit of a vision of the future that enables the Community Foundation to advance its mission: “Connecting people who care with causes that matter to enrich the quality of life in Frederick County now and for future generations.” To learn how you can leave a lasting impact on Frederick County, visit www.cffredco.org or call 301-695-7660.
The Community Foundation of Frederick County
312 E. Church St., Frederick