As vibrant and diverse as its inventory is, the Fine Arts Company has an unbending commitment to three specific colors: red, white, and blue. An exclusive showcase for items made in the USA, the company hand selects each of its featured pieces from American-based designers and artists, helping local artisans spread their work beyond the borders of their own communities. The ever-growing stock of unique gifts and collectibles ranges from ceramics, pottery, and wall art to jewelry and home accents made of glass.
But the company doesn't just support existing artists?it also helps everyday folks tap into their own creative talents through painting parties. During these BYOB events, experienced instructors lead students step-by-step through the creation of a one-of-a-kind work of art, imparting essential painting and beret-wearing tips along the way.
The Hagerstown Suns?the Class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals?have spent more than three decades regaling fans at Municipal Stadium. That's a long time for a minor league team to stay in one place, but it's just a blink of the eye for one of the nation's oldest minor-league ballparks. Municipal Stadium was built in 1930 in a span of six weeks, just in time for the start of the season that year. Today, the team showcases a roster of rising baseball stars trying to hit and field their way to the next level.
Tomato plants are imperfect, yielding just as many inedible fruits as the healthy, tasty ones. The organizers of The Tomato Bash devised an alternative employment for the unworthy bounty, transforming the leftover tomatoes into ammunition for a massive ketchup making party. Participants are encouraged to sport silly costumes for the big event, as they are inevitably going to get utterly filthy.
To kick off the festivities, revelers are entertained with a cadre of food trucks, beverage vendors, and DJ playing tunes, including rebellious anthems encouraging the tomatoes to throw themselves. At 3 p.m., the tomato foam machine outside of the tomato arena powers up, pumping the stage area full of bubbly, pink fruit foam. Then the hordes of goggle-clad contestants descend upon a large arena and lose themselves in a sea of red goo.
The 13 dance instructors at this alternative fitness facility believe that staying healthy doesn't have to be boring. That's why they enthusiastically lead classes that help ladies slim their silhouettes with flirty dance routines and aerobatic moves performed while swirling around a pole or perched atop a chair. Their beginner courses set participants on the sultry road to fitness with basic moves, whereas their advanced courses set calories ablaze with gravity-defying techniques that also help gals reach the top of flagpoles without praying to George Washington. Beyond the classroom, the instructors host parties for ladies looking for a lively bachelorette party or girls' night out.
Named after "The Star Spangled Banner" songwriter and Frederick County resident Francis Scott Key, the Frederick Keys have represented the Baltimore Orioles as their Class-A affiliate since 1989. In the decades since, they've claimed the Carolina League championship four times, most recently in 2011. During the seventh inning stretch, up to 5,400 fans rise inside Harry Grove Stadium for a rendition of "We're the Frederick Keys," a song that encourages fans to shake their car keys, house keys, or any Keys player that needs a stern pep talk.
The state- and NRA-certified instructors at MMTA Firearms Training Academy put safety above all else. In accommodating students, they facilitate both mobile and onsite training in classes and private lessons. These gatherings take place at locales such as nearby ranges and hotel conference rooms, where the instructors lead courses such as the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation along with lessons in specialized topics such as rifle shooting, personal protection, and training to become a range safety officer.