The Maryland Iron Festival

August 22 & 23, 10 to 5
The Maryland Iron Festival is a celebration of the Old Line State's unique history as a center for the craft of iron making. The festival will feature blacksmithing and casting demonstrations; delicious historic foods; a wine and beer garden; traditional music; a wide variety of iron and metalwork arts, crafts, and jewelry; whimsical cannonball tosses and anvil-lifting contests; and lots of children's activities! The event takes place in the picturesque village of Catoctin Furnace, a stone's throw from the historic city of Frederick, Maryland. Partner events in surrounding parks and towns will create an area wide family-oriented celebration of industrial heritage in Western Maryland. Admission is free.

Catoctin Furnace, Maryland is a Frederick County Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. All proceeds from this event will benefit the restoration and maintenance of the historic furnace, casting shed, retaining wall and Ironmaster’s Manor House.
Click on the links below for more information.

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society
12525 Catoctin Furnace Road, Thurmont, Maryland 21788
Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc.

Catoctin Forest Alliance

Harriet Chapel

Tea at Gambrill State Park, Frederick, Maryland

September 13 from 3 to 5 PM
It's tea time at Gambrill State Park. The Park staff invites guests of all ages to join them for a tea service complete with scrumptious goodies and a presentation from a guest speaker. The tea will include an assortment of teas, gourmet tea sandwiches, scones and sweets. The event will take place in the Tea Room, a native stone building constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930s. The Tea Room is located in the park's High Knob Area, featuring beautiful views of the Frederick and Middletown valleys. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Cunningham Falls State Park and Gambrill State Park in partnership with the Maryland Park Service.

The cost is $25 per person. Seating is limited to 30. Advanced registation is required.

Please use the Paypal button below to make your reservation. For more information, contact the Park at 301-271-7574.

If the the Tea is sold out, the "Continue Shopping Paypal" button redirects you to the Friends home page. Please email and request to be added to the waiting list.

Sixth Annual Friends 10K, 5K and Fun Run/Walk

October 25, 9 AM Please join us for the sixth Annual Friends 10K, 5K and Fun Run/Walk in beautiful Cunningham Falls State Park. This is a family friendly event with food and prizes. The race course is in the William Houch Area of the park, with views of Hunting Creek Lake and the Catoctin Mountains. Much of the course is shaded by a mixed hardwood forest. Discount for early registration. Walk up registration is available at the event for $40 per person for the 10K and 5K race and $10 per person for the fun run/walk.

9:00 AM: 10K and 5K – Challenging, paved course near Hunting Creek Lake in Cunningham Falls Park’s Houck Area.
9:02 AM Fun Run / Walk – A paved 1.4-mile stroller-friendly event near Hunting Creek Lake and Cunningham Falls.

For information and online registration use the link or QR code below.

2020 Friends 10K 5K and Fun Run/Walk registration

To sponsor the race, please use the donate button below.
Note: This is not the race registration link.