One of my favorite things about Frederick, the second largest city in Maryland, is that it behaves and feels much more like a town. A large town, to be sure, but with the parks, restaurants, galleries and financial resources of a city.
For example: just yesterday, Thursday, September 29 there was a city sponsored, regular event called Alive at 5. This concert series takes place on Carroll Creek Park as it runs through the heart of town. It’s a great walking park with bridges, the creek, gardens, benches and a small amphitheater built right into it. There are numerous restaurants and shops plus the city’s library on the north side. Plus, attractive apartments/condos on the south side of the creek.
For those wishing to be in the south side amphitheater directly in front of the band and surrounded by the various vendors, there’s a $5 fee. The line to get in at 5pm was as long as the long side of a city block, but moving quickly.
For families with young kids with short attention spans, or for people not interested in being in the thick of it, the north side is completely open and free, as are the bridges over the creek, bracketing the amphitheater. The entertainment is every bit as enjoyable, no matter which side. It’s a fantastic arrangement, and Fredrickians can be proud of the park and the programs offered.
Look through them, you may see see someone you know. Or, even yourself!