Jun 2011

Barnstormers Tour

The 2011 Barnstormers Tour of the “Barns of Glade Valley”, sponsored by the Frederick County Landmarks Foundation, was held on Saturday June 18th and was quite successful with reports of over 500 attendees. The weather was nice, if a little humid, and the selection of barns on the tour was varied and eclectic. Visitors enjoyed a guided tour of the historic structures along with an opportunity to observe en plein air artists demonstrating their artistic talents at each site. The closing reception / art exhibit was held in Walkersville and was also quite well attended.

Below are some of the images created during the day.

Dawn Blount Walker, Artist, Cynthia A. Poole, pastels, photography, farm, barn, barn converted to house, rural,

Cindy Poole and Artist Dawn Blount Walker share a laugh while talking about an art piece Dawn is creating during the event.

en plein air, farm, bucolic, art, rural,
















A bucolic scene at one of the many tour stops.






antique, horse drawn sleigh, transportation, historic,
Horse drawn sleighs inside one of the barns.


bicycle, flower garden, 2011, BarnStormers Tour, Frederick County, MD
You never know what you might find in a flower garden

2011, BarnStormers Tour, Frederick County, MD 2011, BarnStormers Tour, Frederick County, MD
Discussing barn construction with the docents and taking a break while watching the Artists at work.

historic home, 1700s, brick, Woodsboro, MD, Colonel Joseph Woods, Woods Mill Farm, National Historic Register, Georgian style Manor House, built 1770,
A postcard-like view of the historic 1770s Colonel Joseph Woods home seen during the BarnStormers Tour. Colonel Woods founded Woodsberry (now Woodsboro), MD

Rebecca Jackson, artist, en plein air, Meadow Creek Fram, Woodsboro, MD








Artist Rebecca Jackson with her en plein air artwork created at Meadow Creek Farm near Woodsboro, MD.

















historic barn, ventilation, brick stone, construction, historic barn, ventilation, brick stone, construction,
A couple of examples of the various building materials used and the methods of providing
ventilation inside a barn.

Diamond T truck, antique, rust, photographer, tripod,








Friend and fellow photographer Noah Jefferson setting up to photograph an old “Diamond T” brand truck at Oak Spring Farm.







BarnStormers Tour, 2011, art exhibit, Walker farm, Walkersville, MD, BarnStormers Tour, 2011, art exhibit, Walker farm, Walkersville, MD,

BarnStormers Tour, 2011, art exhibit, Walker farm, Walkersville, MD, BarnStormers Tour, 2011, art exhibit, Walker farm, Walkersville, MD,

acoustic music, guitar, keyboard, banjo,
Some scenes from the Art exhibit / closing reception.


Artists, en plien air, Rebecca Jackson, Claire Carnell, Deborah Richardson


After a day of standing in the hot sun creating en plein air works local Artist Rebecca Jackson (l), Pennsylvania Artist Claire Carnell (c), and local Artist Debbie Richardson (r) enjoy the cool indoor shade of the Barnstormers Tour’s art exhibit / sale and closing reception.


All photographs © Russell C. Poole





See you at the 2012 Barnstormers Tour!





Summer's coming

We have finally passed our “early August” stretch of high temperatures and seem to be settling into a pattern more in keeping with what we would expect of spring.... less than a week before the official start of summer!


Many local farms have already managed to bale a first cutting of hay from their fields. The lack of any significant rain at harvest time has been highly beneficial though our area could certainly use some rain now. Hope we aren’t getting into a repeat of last year’s near drought conditions.
Farm field, hay bales, spring, Blue Ridge mountains, Frederick County, MD

Season’s Bounty © Russell C. Poole

Feed Me Mom!, Blue Jay, adult, immature bird, feeding behavior, MD
Feed Me Mom! © Russell C. Poole

Meanwhile we have begun to see many of the local bird population scurrying around trying to feed this years brood of perpetually hungry young.



Tuesday of this week brought a dark front and wicked looking clouds resembling the imagined “crack of doom” but still little or no measurable rain to the northern parts of Frederick county.
Nature's Raw Power, storm front, ominous clouds, Blue Ridge mountains, Catoctin area, Frederick County, MD
Nature’s Raw Power © Russell C. Poole

Yet despite an ominous beginning to the day the evening produced one of the most spectacular sunsets we have experienced in recent memory.

Evening Finale, sunset, clouds, orange, gold, birds in flight, spring, MD
Evening Finale © Russell C. Poole


Peter Plant, artist, en plein aire, Barn Tour, 2008

N.O.A.A. Weather currently forecasts a slight possibility of isolated storms but the general forecast is for a near seasonable weather pattern throughout the next week, a good reason to get outside and enjoy all our area has to offer. A suggestion for those of you interested in architecture, old buildings, or preservation is the annual Barn Stormers Tour put on by Frederick County Landmarks. It will be held this Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and focuses on “The Barns of Glade Valley” in the Walkersville / Woodsboro vicinity. Information about the event and how to obtain tickets can be found here on the lower section of the page. Enjoy a great day outside, see some fascinating local history, and support a great cause.

Local Artist Peter Plant creates an en plein air piece during the 2008 Barn Stormers Tour. © Russell C. Poole


Hope to see you there!



Frederick Festival of the Arts, First Saturday

As noted on our landing page the following events will take place this weekend on Saturday June 4, 2011in the downtown historic area of Frederick and the surrounding area :

The Frederick Festival of the Arts takes place along the Carroll Creek Promenade both Saturday June 4, 2011 and Sunday June 5, 2011. More information can be found here ;

Frederick First Saturday and gallery walk events will take place in the historic downtown Frederick area. A brochure of the participating shops and related events can be found here ;

Also on June 4th
The Potters Guild of Frederick will be having an opening reception for their members show exhibit at Frederick Community College. The event takes place in the Mary Condon Hodgson Art Gallery and the reception will run from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. Additional information can be found on the group’s FaceBook page.

With the weather forecasts being favorable this should be a great weekend to get out and explore the area.