Let the Holiday’s begin around Brunswick Crossing. So much to see and do in less than 15 minutes from Frederick County’s most exciting planned community. Frederick has a lot of holiday activities and traditions. One of the newest ones has taken the community by storm. The annual Festival of Greens, now in its fourth year, is a 10-day celebration of the arts and the holidays. The Cultural Arts Center, a 14,000 square foot arts incubator and community arts facilities, has played host to the festivities since the beginning. The center is adorned with approximately 100 decorated or themed wreaths and trees, ranging from fancy to funky, and contributed by artists, businesses, community organizations, school groups, and local residents. The event provides a great forum for anyone interested in expressing their creativity, promoting their business, or just wanting to get into the festive spirit.
The Festival of Greens runs from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, December 4. During this time frame, the submitted wreaths and trees are part of a silent auction, allowing potential bidders to purchase these one-of-a-kind creations that they can use to decorate their homes, businesses, or give as gifts in time for the upcoming holidays. As an added bonus, many of the wreaths and trees have gift certificates and other goodies that come along with them. Bids will close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 4 and the wreaths and tress will be available for pickup that evening or the following days,
But the decorated wreaths and trees aren’t the only holiday activities taking place during the festival. On Friday, November 25, also knows as Frosty Friday in downtown Frederick, a holiday artist market is held where the work of up to 25 artists is on display and available for purchase. From 10-6 p.m., shoppers can buy locally-made products such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, and other hand-crafter items that make great gifts for friends and family members. Free gift wrapping will also be available at the event.
Later that evening, at 8 p.m., the Fredericktown Players will hold its first of many performances of the classic holiday play, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling book and is one of the most successful shows FTP has ever produced. In Fact, every show sold out last year. Tickets for the show are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Other performance times are for this show include Saturday, November 26 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday, November 27 at 2 p.m.; Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 3 at 2 p.m.; and Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m.
On Thursday, December 1, Celebrate Frederick’s annual Scents and Sweets event will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. Amateurs and professionals alike participate in this annual event showcasing the holiday season through sight and smell. Attendees will have a chance to check out and vote on their favorite gingerbread structures and floral arrangements that reflect the general mood of the holidays.
As part of December’s First Saturday activities in downtown Frederick, a Frederick Artist Market will be held on December 3 from 5-9 p.m. Nearly 25 artists will have their artwork on display and available for purchase to provide shoppers with another opportunity to peruse local artwork for unique gift ideas.
In addition, Dancing Bear Toys will also host their ninth annual Holiday Market for Kids at the Cultural Arts Center. Young shoppers can find something special for family, friends, and teachers at this seasonal shop. All products are $8 and under, and the selection is exclusively fair trade. The holiday market will be open on both weekends in December. Check the Cultural Arts Center Website for specific dates and times. And finally, book sightings and other activities are planned during the Festival of Greens, including a popular cookbook author appearance and more.
Although the theater production has an admission fee, the other activities are free and open to the public. The presenting sponsor of the Festival of Greens is Gaver Holdings with additional support from PNC bank, Christmas Décor, and Text Design. For theater tickets or for more information, including how to participate, contact the Frederick Arts Council at 301-662-4190 or visit www.frederickartscouncil.org
Enjoy all the holiday season has to offer just minutes from Brunswick Crossing!
By: Shuan Butcher, Executive Director, Frederick Arts Council