Frederick Reads presents

Frederick Reads: Bill Bryson

“Bryson could write an essay about dryer lint or fever reducers and still make us laugh out loud.” -Chicago Sun Times

Bestselling author Bill Bryson has established himself as one of the worlds most beloved and prolific commentators by finding delight in the minutiae of travel and the subtleties of culture. He has chronicled everything from hiking the Appalachian Trail in the immensely popular “A Walk in the Woods” – named one of TIME magazine’s “All-TIME 100 Best Nonfiction Books” – to capturing the zeitgeist of the Roaring Twenties in “One Summer: America 1927.”

Bryson shot to prominence in the United Kingdom with “Notes from a Small Island,” a humorous travel book that takes readers on an exploration of Great Britain, which was also adapted for television. He received further widespread recognition for “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” a book widely acclaimed for its approachable communication of science. With more than twenty books in circulation, it is his unique comic sensibility that continues to entertain.

For all the acclaim, the award-winning Bryson is as unassuming as any Iowa-born, British citizen can be. He charms audiences with the same warmth, goofy wit, and dry, self-effacing humor that has made his work so universally appealing.

The film adaptation of Bryson’s popular book “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte premiered in September 2015.

Presented in part by:

C Burr Artz TrustFCPL.LOGO_1P_CMYK  Frederick Community College
Maryland State Arts Council Plamondon Hospitality Partners

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Community Event, FREE Event, Speaking Engagement, Special Event
March 5, 2017 7:30 pm

Frederick Arts Council’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for a gala celebration in honor of the Frederick Arts Council’s 40th anniversary! The program will feature speaker David Rubenstein (chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), with a musical performance by Sally Taylor & Something Underground.

Don’t miss the VIP reception with Rubenstein and Taylor before the program! Tickets to the reception (7:00pm-8:00pm), sold separately, include admission to the program. Buy your VIP reception tickets now!

Untitled design (5)David Rubenstein, Board Chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, is one of the principal philanthropists, businessmen, arts advocates, and humanitarians in the United States. His generosity has allowed the restoration of the Washington Monument, Monticello, and the Lincoln Memorial, among other national treasures. He purchased one of the last privately owned originals of the Magna Carta so that it could be displayed at the National Archives. He has long been an active proponent of the importance of the arts to a vibrant society and speaks eloquently on topics ranging from American history to the Citizen Artist.

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Sally Taylor, accomplished artist and musician, is the daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Her albums include Tomboy Bride, Apt #6S and Shotgun.  She has done a TEDX talk on her arts education initiative ConSenses, an effort dedicated to enlarging the scope of artistic collaboration, the recognition of art as a journey, and the exploration of human perception. She has also established a record label.

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Community Event, Music, Speaking Engagement, Special Event
March 11, 2017 8:00 pm Buy Tickets

Friends Meeting School presents

Friends Meeting School: Shrek the Musical Jr.

Join us in the quest of the Students Acting for the Community Program of Friends Meeting School as we present a benefit performance of Shrek, The Musical, Jr., with additional skits presented by the Maryland School for the Deaf at 1:30 PM on Sunday, March 26th. All proceeds will benefit the Frederick Community Action Agency’s Food Bank Program, and SHIP, the Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership of Frederick County.

This benefit performance of the family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others. Shrek’s unique story of discovery encourages each of us to examine our prejudices, review what we believe to be our limitations and work to better understand and believe in ourselves and others.

This performance event also brings the community together to help those in our area who are in need of food and shelter. The performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. Tickets are $10 plus canned or boxed food items. Group rates are available by contacting

2016-2017 SEASON, All Performances, Community Event, Family-Friendly, Musicals
March 26, 2017 1:30 pm Buy Tickets

YMCA of Frederick County presents

2016 Comedy & Magic Spectacular

Benefits Children & Families in the Hillcrest / Waverley Communities

Each and every year, our loyal family audiences ask us at the Y, “How do you do it?  A great show for all ages every year.  We LOVE it!”  Our show producer, Russell “RG” Smith spends hours upon hours of time reviewing acts and has another excellent show planned for 2017.  Oh, and please bring a few new families to the show this year so they, too, can experience the best-family-night out they can imagine.

ARDAN JAMES Animated Illusionist
FRED BECKER Magician & Comedian
LYNN TREFZGER Ventriloquist & Comedienne

If you would like to support the 2017 Comedy & Magic Spectacular, please call Kim Selby at the YMCA of Frederick County at 301-418-6574 or email

2017-2018 SEASON, All Performances, Comedy, Community Event, Family-Friendly, Magic
April 1, 2017 7:00 pm Buy Tickets