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The Front Porch View – May 2018

The Front Porch View May, 2018 ISSUE

Mother’s Day Honors

Taking the opportunity this month to give a shout out to all mothers, and fathers as well, who serve the role of both mom and dad.  I consider myself blessed to still have both my Mom and my Dad.  I am doubly blessed to have known a wonderful Father through my marriage to Kevin, and to still have my Mother-in-Law.   I myself mothered four beautiful children, some are now Mom’s themselves.  Trust me when I tell you, for me, being a Mom is not always an easy thing to be,  but is always the most rewarding of all roles I have, and continue to play in life’s journey.

While the concept of Mother’s Day originated in the mid 19th Century as a “Mother’s Work Day” aimed at teaching one another how to care for children, it wasn’t until the daughter of an early organizer pursued the day as a National Holiday, to honor her mother after she passed.  Incidentally, she later regretted having done so as she watched chocolatiers, florists and greeting card companies profit from what quickly became another commercial holiday.

I’m not sure about you but I’m very happy the Mother’s Day movement went from one of Work to Honor.  I’m also glad it is celebrated in a month where Spring gardens offer so many vibrant colors and when the sun is warm and bright – just like a mother’s love – vibrant, warm and bright.

If at all possible,  call or visit with your Mom or other maternal role models this month if you are blessed to still have them.  I’m sure it will mean EVERYTHING to them.  And hey there fellow Mom’s – take a day off. You’ve certainly earned it.

Lastly, we are pleased to announce we have earned our Better Business Bureau Accreditation! It is important to us that you know we are a trustworthy and reputable resource for you and those that you refer.


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(from Realty Times)

Finding the time to revamp your home can be daunting, but it is amazing the difference just a few small updates can make. Check out the link below for tips on reviving your space.

Freshen Up Your Home With Spring and Summer Updates

Take time to celebrate your loved one, and if you need a few gift ideas, the homemade ones below may be just what you’re looking for.

30+ Heartfelt Mother’s Day Crafts

41+ DIY Mother’s Day Crafts That Make The Very Best Gifts

15 Easy & Unique DIY Gifts for Gardeners

Do It Yourself Gift Basket Ideas for Any and All Occasions


“Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Memorial Day 2018 occurs on Monday, May 28. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.


The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.

By the late 1860s, Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers”. (History.com)

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Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more.

Flower & Jazz Festival May 12th

Downtown Farmer’s Market-Opening Day! May 19th


Also, don’t forget about these exciting events coming up in 2018. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer.

The 2nd Annual Frederick Jazz Festival June 30th

Maryland Food Truck Festival June 10th

4-H/FFA Fair July 28-August 3, 2018

Apple Festival at Piney Run Park September 29th

Westminster Fallfest September 27-30th

Fishing Derby at Piney Run Park October 27th

Lineboro Haunted Hayride October 2018 Date TBD

Westminster’s Mistletoe Mart November 8th, 9th, & 10th

Festival of Wreaths December 2018 Date TBD




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