A palette of offerings

Frederick Festival of the arts at Carroll Creek park celebrates 10 years

Frederick Festival of the arts at Carroll Creek park celebrates 10 years

June 05, 2003|by ANDREA ROWLAND

FREDERICK, Md. - Local potter Jan Richardson has watched the Frederick Festival of the Arts grow from a small gathering of hometown artisans and art lovers to a weekend arts extravaganza that draws top-notch artisans from across the nation and a diverse crowd of arts enthusiasts from throughout the region, she said.

"There's a really good feeling surrounding this show," said Richardson, who crafts miniature clay houses and garden sculptures in her Knoxville, Md., studio. "We've got a dynamic cross section of artists, and we're drawing a sophisticated crowd of people."

The Frederick Festival of the Arts will mark its 10th year this weekend with an expanded palette of offerings.

Juried artisan exhibitions, live theatrical and musical performances, literary events, art-related children's activities and an independent film festival are expected to draw about 20,000 visitors to the festival along downtown Frederick's Carroll Creek Park and the surrounding area, said Jasmine Sneed, the festival's executive director.


"There's something for everyone," Sneed said. "A painting might not excite someone, but the music might stir their soul. They might not give a wit about sculpture, but literature might spark their passion."

The festival will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, with the Frederick Festival of Film premier screening at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St. The second annual film festival, which is held in conjunction with the Festival of the Arts, will feature "Brothers ... On Holy Ground," a film directed by retired New York City firefighter Mike Lennon. A screening of film contest entries will follow at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, about 15 local and national short and feature films will be shown at the Cultural Arts Center across the street from the Weinberg Center. Independent filmmakers, including "The Blair Witch Project" co-writer, director and producer Eduardo Sanchez, will engage in a panel discussion about their work.

Along Carroll Creek, Richardson and more than 130 other artisans will display and sell work ranging from hand-crafted jewelry, glass and leather goods to pottery, paintings, prints and sculptures. Minnesota potters Philip Echert and Paul Morris will also give on-site demonstrations of their craft.

Festival-goers will enjoy multicultural food offerings from a variety of vendors or visit the a new beer and wine garden featuring specialty wines and microbrews while taking in the sights and sounds on the festival's three stages.

More than 30 regional and national acts will provide entertainment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Contemporary acoustic and folk performances will anchor the musical entertainment lineup, with performances by such musicians as Massachusetts-based Nerissa and Katryna Nields - a duo who combine alternative country with classic folk rock.

Musicians will share the stages with a variety of dance groups, including belly dancers and Irish dance performers. In addition, the Shakespeare Project and the Frederick County Performing Arts Company will engage the audience in interactive theatrical performances.

Nearby, the C. Burr Artz Public Library will host a free Authors Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday to compliment the arts events at Carroll Creek Park. Three nationally known and 26 regional writers will appear at the literary fest.

National Public Radio talk show host Diane Rehm and her husband, John B. Rehm are slated to discuss their latest book, "Toward Commitment: A Dialogue about Marriage," at 3 p.m. Saturday. Performance poet Patricia Smith will present her work at 1 p.m. Saturday. And best-selling historical romance novelist Mary Jo Putney will speak at 1 p.m. Sunday. Rehm and Putney will autograph copies of their books in the hour following their talks.

Frederick's other complimentary arts events include a downtown gallery walk and a "Planet Claire" performance Saturday at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre, and an outdoor concert at Baker Park on Sunday. For more event information, visit the festival's Web site at

General admission to the festival - which will be held rain or shine - is $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Children under 12 are admitted free. All festival-related activities except the Weinberg Center film gala are included in the ticket price. Proceeds from the Frederick Festival of the Arts benefit the city's cultural performance and visual arts centers, as well a variety of public school and young artist programs.

If you go...

Frederick Festival of the Arts

Carroll Creek Park, South Market Street, Frederick, Md.

-- Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

-- Sunday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Free parking and shuttle service from Harry Grove Stadium.

For more information, visit

Frederick Authors Festival

C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 E. Patrick St.

-- Saturday, June 7, 1 to 5 p.m.

-- Sunday, June 8, noon to 5 p.m.

Talks and book-signings by national and regional authors.

Free admission.

For more information about specific authors, visit

Frederick Festival of Film

-- Friday, June 6, 7 to 11:30 p.m.

Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St.

Premier screening and 72-Hour Filmmaker Contest.

-- Saturday, June 7, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, June 8, 1 to 6 p.m.

Cultural Arts Center of Frederick County, 15 W. Patrick St.

Screenings of 72-Hour entries and festival winners and independent filmmakers discussion panel.

For complete screening schedule, visit

Tickets, which cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens, cover same-day entry fee for Frederick Festival of the Arts.

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