First Press- Apple Cider Festival

 One of the many exciting things happening during this Labor Day weekend is the “First Press” cider festival in Jefferson, MD outside of Frederick at Distillery Lane Ciderworks.  I tagged along with my journalist fiance while he covered the event yesterday.  Although it was quite the trek from Columbia, it was well worth the drive.

This was their third annual “first Press” festival.  The event was held on the actual farm and even had a few vendors, a local band playing (The Woo-Yeahs), food, cider tasting, and a bee keeper.  While talking to one of the owners, we found out that they had already entertained about 500 people so far and were expecting at least 1,000.

I personally enjoyed the bee keeper and the band the most.  The bee keeper was very personable and entertaining.  My dad had recently decided to pick up bee keeping, and so this was very interesting to me to talk to someone else that shares the love of it.  The Woo-Yeahs were also really entertaining.  They were an alternative type country band complete with a banjo.

 People were tasting hard cider and regular cider while we were there, purchasing bushels of apples, people were picking apples, and overall enjoying the day.  I don’t think that the farm could have asked for a better day to host their festival.  (Full Story)


So it Begins…

Our new Promethean Board!!

Well, it is that time of year again when all good little children must return to school and teachers must also go back.  Unfortunately this also means that summer break is over.  It is also unfortunate that I am so not ready for the year to begin again.

Last year was my first year teaching and I am not going to lie, it was difficult.  I am hoping that this year will not be quite as hard since I have one year under my belt and I know what is expected of me/ what to expect from my students.  Today was my first day back, but this week is Pre-Service week in Montgomery Co., so the students have not come back yet.  They will all start back next Monday.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

I am currently in the process of organizing myself and my classroom.  The key to success for me is definitely ORGANIZATION.  Last year I really tried, but everything just kind of got away from me.  This year I will be more focused and try my hardest to stay organized at both of my schools (if you don’t know, I teach ceramics at a high school and general art at a special needs school- every day).  Wish me luck!

Bins, Boxes, and Books…


Farmer’s Market Finds!

Market Sign.

Dan and I have been going to the Columbia Farmer’s Market at Oakland Mills on and off since last summer.  We went a week ago and made a few purchases.  We really like this particular market because it happens every Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm May 4- November 23.  Many of the other markets are during the week in the morning, so those of us who work are unable to make it to these. We love supporting the local farmers and businesses, so the market is the place to go!

Apples at the market

There are about seven vendors at the market, so it is not huge.  However, the vendors that do sell their goods at Oakland Mills are very nice, and their produce/ goods are delicious!

We bought only a few things on our last visit.  Dan and I decided on buying a cucumber, a very large eggplant, a cantaloupe, and a really yummy loaf of country white bread.  All of our purchases went quickly and so now we need to visit again this Sunday!!

Country White Bread


Cucumbers and squash

About Me.

Oh hi.

My name is Allison.

I am an art teacher based in Maryland.

I enjoy art, ceramics, sketchbooking, dancing when no one is around, singing in the car, decorating.. and redecorating, cooking, people-watching, and random music.

I am engaged to the love of my life... I can't wait to be married to him.

I like learning about new things.

I find people to be interesting.

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