The 25 Coolest Towns in America to Visit in 2021!

Welcome to 2021!

Last year has been such a rollercoaster with the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Matador team- 2020 was the year we fell in love with domestic travel again, and we’re carrying that passion for safely exploring our own backyard into the new year.

They have listed our very own Frederick, Maryland as one of the top 25 coolest towns in America to visit in 2021!

Here are some fun facts about visiting Frederick!

Ranking in number 8:

Forget about DC — Maryland is the culinary epicenter of the Mid-Atlantic, and nowhere is that truer on a small-city level than Frederick. Frederick attracts visitors with its colorful downtown, Civil War history, access to the Catoctin Mountains, and art scene, but it’s the food and drink culture that makes this town worthy of more than just a quick day trip.

The 50-block historic district is where you’ll want to start. It’s home to colorful buildings, local boutiques, museums, and some of the region’s best restaurants and breweries. If you’re ready to dive right in and indulge, check out the new Thatcher & Rye from Top Chef All-Star Bryan Voltaggio (which recently replaced his flagship restaurant, VOLT). For a slightly more relaxed environment, the Family Meal diner is located in a former car dealership on the outskirts of downtown, giving you a contemporary take on the classic diner concept.

Frederick is equally enthusiastic about drinking. The Flying Dog Brewery has its award-winning beers like Dead Rise on tap while the Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm specializes in small-batch farm-to-glass ales. Frederick also has a gorgeous wine trail that winds through the county’s hills, with stops at Hidden Hills Farm and VineyardSpringfield Manor Winery & DistilleryLinganore WinecellarsLoew Vineyards, and more. Be warned — the trail might turn into your own version of “Drunk History” as it crosses Civil War battlefields and other historic sites, including Monocacy National Battlefield and South Mountain Battlefield State Park.

Don’t leave before exploring the city’s Arts & Entertainment District, which has both indoor galleries and outdoor public art, like local favorite “The Community Bridge Mural” by William Cochran. You can also catch a play at the Maryland Ensemble Theater or the Weinberg Center for the Arts — a cinema dating back to 1928.

What do you love about Frederick? Let us know in the comments!

East of Market is an apartment community located in Frederick, Maryland.  Learn more about East of Market by visiting the website or Facebook page.

Virtual Learning 2020-2021!

Frederick County Public Schools welcomes you all to the 2020-2021 school year!

Due to the current global pandemic the Board of Education has decided to open the 2020-2021 school year in a virtual only model. A sample schedule can be found here.

These models include:

  • Increase in Live Face-to-Face Instruction
  • Record and Share Google Meet Sessions
  • Small Group In-school Face-to-Face Instruction
  • Schoology Designated as the Course Management Platform
  • More Digital Resources, Activities and Assignments in Schoology
  • More Professional Learning for Teachers
  • Return to Normal Grading Practices
  • Weekly Instructional Planning

Here are some helpful tips that will get you ready for virtual learning this year!

KEEP A ROUTINE

First and foremost, keeping a routine is key for virtual learning. Since students are in their home environment, it can be difficult to feel focused. Have students prepare as if they are truly going to school — get up, put on an outfit, and eat breakfast. Then, they’ll be ready to learn virtually with their teachers! Although it isn’t the same as hopping on the school bus and stepping into the classroom, keeping a routine will keep them in the school mindset.

PICK A GOOD PLACE TO LEARN

Although most homes aren’t equipped to turn into classrooms, it’s important to make sure that the learning environment is geared to the success of your student! There are a few factors to consider when figuring out where they will be doing virtual school. If they’re in a place that is too isolated, they may not pay much attention since no one is watching them. Perhaps set up a place in the kitchen, but be conscious of their space throughout the day to limit distractions. Of course, you can ask them what space they prefer as well!

GATHER SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Although students will be doing schoolwork at home, they still need to be equipped with the right school supplies to succeed! Hopefully, teachers will provide students with a list of supplies they need. For notebooks, pencils, and more, look at places like Walmart, Dollar Tree, or Staples for low-cost supplies.

MAINTAIN SOCIAL INTERACTION (TO AN EXTENT)

A concern of many parents is how schooling from home will impact the mental health of children. Without the social interaction they receive from their classmates, it can take a toll on kids. If you’re comfortable, a great way to maintain social interaction is to have one or two friends who your child can “go to school with,” called a pod. This can allow for a simulated classroom setting if the students are in the same class. Group schooling is becoming a popular option for parents as it will allow kids to be around at least one other person for social purposes, while still following CDC guidelines.

HIRE A TUTOR

Another concern regarding schooling is that parents may have to go to work during the day and can’t help their children navigate online schooling. If parents are comfortable, hiring a person to guide your child throughout the school day is an option. Since teachers are guiding the class throughout the day, the “tutor” would ensure that students are on top of their work and logging online when they are supposed to for class. This could even just be in the form of a nanny, as it may just be helpful for students to have some guidance while parents are at work.

Although COVID-19 has completely transformed our lives, we are all in this together. Now, it’s important to provide our students with the tools that they need to succeed while doing school online. These tips for the upcoming school year will allow parents and students to feel prepared in tackling online schooling!

 

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50 New EV Chargers Now Installed!

 

The LEED Gold Certified East of Market Apartments is proud to announce that we have been awarded a Maryland Energy Administration Grant.  We are now fully equipped with an amazing fifty (50) brand new LEVEL 2 EV charging stations.

Residents of East of Market will now be able to participate in the EV revolution!

The adoption rate of electric vehicles is expected to skyrocket in the coming years.  While, this trend will be unreachable to most apartment dwellers, the residents of East of Market are now ready to go!

Our new equipment from ClipperCreek® (Model: LCS-30P) will connect with every electric vehicle sold in North America (vehicles from certain manufacturers like Tesla will require a simple adapter).

If you have not already done so, please take a look at the new electric vehicles from Ford (Bolt), Tesla (Model’s S, 3, X, & Y), Kia (Niro), and Hyundai (Kona) to name a few.  Or, consider a quality pre-owned EV which has never been more affordable (did you know that you can purchase a pre-owned EV that is less than 5 years old for less than $10,000?)

Join the EV revolution and join us at East of Market.

 

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Fall in Love With Your Favorite Root Beer

Its February! That means a month long of treats and sweets. But don’t stop there! Grab a root beer or two.

Looking for a fun way to treat that special someone for Valentine’s Day? Bring your favorite person or persons to tak your favorite Root Beer! Grab tickets to Sunday’s Root Beer Tasting.

Included in the ticket pricing, guest will receive the opportunity to sample 6 unique varieties  of their most popular Root Beers, an exclusive collectible Pop Shop tasting glass and a mini gloat with your overall favorite soda from the tasting. Are you a returning Pop Shop taster? Bring back your glass and receive a discount off the price of the tasting!

Tastings will begin at noon, 1, 2, and 3pm. The tastings last about 30-45 minutes each with 10 available spaces for each session. Grab your tickets today!

 

North Market Pop Shop

241 North Market Street Frederick, MD 21701

240-575-9070

12:00pm to 3:00pm

$10

 

East of Market is an apartment community located in Frederick, Maryland.  Learn more about East of Market by visiting the website or Facebook page.

Friday Night Dance Classes and Party!

Have you always wanted to learn how to dance? Are you looking to acquire some moves to show off while dancing to the band are your favorite summer festival, wedding or next gathering? Look no further! With the help of Fred Astaire Dance Studio, you’ll go from a novice dancer to a complete show stopper in no time!

What drives them is their mission of enriching lives in a number of ways- through physical training, mental and emotional support and by creating social avenues- that is the awesome trans-formative power of dance! When new students discover many great aspects of ballroom dancing, they return for more lessons, more practice parties and more of that community feeling! Dance is the complete package for improving your life, physical and emotional health.

Every Friday night at 7pm join them for their group class and epic dance party that is open to the public, and features an hour and a half of instruction and dance time! There is absolutely no experience necessary!

Recurring every Friday until July 10, 2020

Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Frederick 

5103 Pegasus Ct., Suite A, Frederick, MD 21704

240-232-2329

7:00pm to 8:30pm

$10

 

East of Market is an apartment community located in Frederick, Maryland.  Learn more about East of Market by visiting the website or Facebook page.