Feb 2010

Frederick Digs Out!

It seems as if the winter assault is finally over, at least for now. While Frederick is still in the process of digging out from the nearly five feet of snow that has fallen on us in the last two weeks it does seem there are signs of life returning to normal. The tree rats (squirrels) have come out of hiding and are back to their old tricks of getting into anything that hasn’t been put under lock and key. They were not seen for days during the storms, the last time we remember them hiding for so long was when the broad winged hawks moved into the area... The birds are back to normal feeding habits instead of the mob scenes witnessed as each storm approached, and the screech of tires spinning on the ice and snow is considerably lessened. It would almost be enjoyable if not for the remaining 4-7’ drifts needing to be shoveled out of the way!

Frederick, MD, snowfall, beginning of storm, patio furniture,
The difference a day can make - A.M. 2/5/2010 ;

First Saturday Frederick, originally planned for Saturday, February 6, 2010 is finally going to happen! All programs, exhibit openings and Artist receptions will take place at the times and locations originally scheduled this Saturday, February 20, 2010. Additional information can be found
here, or you can check our blog post here for the original posting.

....or three - 2/7/2010 ; Frederick, MD, snowstorm, February, accumulation,

On a related note the exhibit opening and reception for Sterling “Rip” Smith originally scheduled for February 7, 2010 at the Blanche Ames Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick will take place this coming Sunday, February 21, 2010 from 12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.. Visitors will get an extra treat since this day was originally scheduled for Mr. Smith to return to the gallery and present a retrospective of his 45 years of photography. The presentation will run from 1-2 P.M. and both events are free and open to the public.

Blizzard of 2010, Frederick, MD, snow, February, whiteout,
....or six - mid blizzard - 2/10/2010 ;

All visitors should be aware the excessive snowfall we received has limited many area streets to less than their full width, so please use caution and courtesy when traveling into town for the First Saturday events. You should also be aware the city has directed residents of many areas to park personal vehicles in the city parking decks in order to facilitate snow removal from the already narrow side streets. What this means to you is parking will be at a premium and it may take slightly longer to find a parking spot and reach your destination so allow for the extra time needed. When traveling the side streets you may find some areas are little than one lane wide so show some courtesy to fellow travelers and take turns navigating through the tight spots. We want everyone visiting to have a good time and to be able to return home without incurring excessive stress or injury.

Blizzard of 2010, aftermath, snow, accumulation, Frederick, MD, February Blizzard of 2010, aftermath, snow, accumulation, Frederick, MD, February, snow drift,
Or even one more - 2/11/2010! - All photos © Russell C. Poole

See You There!

Frederick First Saturday - February 2010

10:15 A.M. Friday February 5th - IT HAS BEGUN! The predicted snowfall is now underway here in Frederick and N.O.A.A. has revised predictions upward to a total of 20” to 30” accumulation. Needless to say there are plenty of cancellations & rescheduling of events planned for this weekend. Please see our updates at the bottom of this page.

It appears old Punsutawney Phil let us down. The furry prognosticator saw his shadow and left us with a doom and gloom prediction of six more weeks of winter. Of course we should take this with a grain of salt since all of the news crew’s lights trained on him made it impossible not to see his shadow. This in spite of a severely overcast February 2nd on Gobblers Knob. We were actually surprised we didn’t see the rotund rodent wearing stylish sunglasses for his appearance.

Frederick, MD, covered Bridge, Baker Park, Russell C. Poole, pedestrian bridge, Carroll Creek
A Frederick Icon, the covered pedestrian bridge over Carroll Creek in Baker Park after a recent snowstorm. © Russell C. Poole

Despite our disagreement with Phil’s weather predicting skills we did see a light snow here in the Frederick area last night. Nothing major, 4-6” in places and mainly a minor inconvenience. With apologies to T.S. Eliot some folks seem to think February, not April, should be considered the “cruelest month” . We would have to disagree with them and with Mr. Eliot as how good a month will be can only result from what we make of it. There is increasing talk of a major snow event moving our way in time for the Frederick First Saturday festivities but we Marylanders usually take such things in stride and will likely set alternative dates. We will list changes on this blog as we receive them.

Back to First Saturday - this will be the annual
Fire & Ice event with numerous artisans creating ice sculptures before your eyes along the downtown Frederick Streets. The first weekend of each month also gives us numerous gallery receptions for new exhibits and February will be no exception. Among the activities taking place this weekend will be an exhibit opening and reception at the Frederick Arts Council for Rebecca Jackson (5-9 P.M.) to be held in the Cultural Arts Center gallery located at 15 N. Market Street. The Arts Council will also offer the first Artists Market event of the season also held in the Cultural Arts Center from 5-9 P.M. in the Center Room. The Artist’s Gallery, located at 4 E. Church Street, will feature a reception for Stephen Dobbin’s exhibit “Reclamation Variation” from 5P.M. to 8:30 P.M. along with new works from the ongoing member’s show being displayed. Meanwhile the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center will feature a variety of exhibits in their numerous gallery spaces. You can see the listings for specific exhibits here.

Another exhibit of interest will be the opening and artist reception for Sterling “Rip” Smith to be held on
Sunday February 7, 2010 in the Blanche Ames Gallery at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Frederick. Mr. Smith, from nearby Martinsburg WV, will exhibit a collection of recent works, mostly black & white and will return to the gallery on February 21, 2010 to give a presentation about his work. You can check out some his images and information about the artist on his website.

Please note the following cancellations or rescheduled dates have been received as of 1 P.M. - Friday February 5, 2010 :

First Saturday Frederick - All downtown Partnership sponsored events including the ice carving exhibits have been cancelled for Saturday February 6, 2010. The rescheduled date for these events will be Saturday February 13, 2010;

Frederick Arts Council - All events, receptions and the Artist Market are cancelled. The Rebecca Jackson reception has been rescheduled to Saturday February 13, 2010. The Artist Market has been rescheduled to Saturday March 6, 2010 (First Saturday);

The Delaplaine Visual Arts & Education Center - All events for this weekend have been cancelled. Exhibit openings and receptions have been rescheduled to Saturday February 13, 2010;

UPDATE - SATURDAY 10:30 AM - The Artists Gallery has just notified us the artist reception scheduled for tonight has been cancelled. The exhibit opening and reception has been rescheduled for Saturday February 13, 2010. Check their website for updates.

The Blanche Ames Gallery - The exhibit reception for Sterling “Rip” Smith scheduled for Sunday 2/7/2010 at the Blanche Ames Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick has not yet been cancelled but will be dependent on the weather conditions on Sunday. In case of cancellation Mr. Smith’s exhibit reception will be held on Sunday, 2/21/2010 along with a previously planned presentation by the artist. It is requested the public use sound judgement and rely on news sources for information before attempting to drive anywhere during this storm. It is possible there will be a voice message with updated information at the church’s phone number but that is not guaranteed.