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The Country Gentlemen are one of ny favorite bluegrass bands because they pushed the bluegrass sound into new genres and song styles, as they do here in their classic treatment of "Matterhorn", which has since become a bluegrass standard.
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Planning a trip to the Frederick area? Here are eight of the best historical sites and stories of Frederick County, MD.
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My latest heirloom for Want2Dish Frederick is on the small but mighty Brunswick Railroad Museum. Be sure to check out my bonus video and interview with the curator linked at the end.

http://frederick.want2dish.com/articles/2216/2do/museums_historic_sites/2012/02/24/all_aboard_iron_horse_history_at_the_brunswick_railroad_museum
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My latest writing for Want2Dish.Com Frederick County online magazine is a trip to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in old town Frederick, MD. Be sure to check out the video montage linked at the bottom, with the soundtrack "Lorena" played by yours truly :-)
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Of course we have a tank, doesn't every town? My review of Veteran's Memorial Park in Brunswick, MD:
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Frederick County, Maryland's tradition of whiskey distilling is told in the .6 mile Blue Blazes Trail of Catoctin State Park in Thurmont, MD. Here is my summary of this little hike that that whole family can enjoy, with a tale of moonshine and murder told along the trail.
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Thank you for this information Mike. I've asked my neighbors what to do around here but I guess they all have blinders on...lol. This looks interesting. I think we're going on a picture taking adventure tomorrow.
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With the G-* Summit at Camp David approaching, I found there are not many resources on the history of the President's retreat in the Catoctin hills near Thurmont, MD. Here is what I could find, thanks to the Frederick County Public Library system:
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Bluegrass music alert! A tribute to the life and music of banjo innovator Earl Scruggs will be broadcast live from the Ryman today, April 1, at 3 PM EST on WSM 650 AM and on the internet.
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As promised, more great roots music content. Here is some fast paced old-time by The Grey Eagles with "Garfield's Blackberry Blossom". Seems a shame these folks have to stay sitting down to such kick-up-your-heels music:
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Making several big meals over the holiday season got me thinking about the ritual aspect of cooking:

http://southmountainmedia.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/every-meal-a-feast/
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Some "craft" beers posing as micros have merely been "crafted" in the marketing department of a macro-brewery. The Beer Guy names names and gives us a few ideas real craft winter ales.
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Next week marks the 149th anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain, MD, which turned the tide of Robert E. Lee's first incursion into northern territory and set the stage for the Battle of Antietam. This article will help guide your tour of the battlefield and notes a few other local attractions along the way.
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I have over ten years of customer service, technical support, quality assurance and documentation experience with software and internet applications. I  also have a passion for nonfiction writing and promoting American roots music, farm fresh food, history, small towns and small business.

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