Alisha Yocum

If you happened to pass through Thurmont’s square on Friday, May 17, you might have been surprised by the sight of elegant derby-style hats adorning attendees as they wandered the streets for the Thurmont Main Street Art & Wine Stroll—with a touch of Preakness flair!

Balloon arches adorned the doorways of local businesses to help guide attendees through the event. Businesses hosted wineries/breweries, food trucks, artisans, and musicians, allowing for an enjoyable evening for those of all ages. 

Paco, “The Beverage Burro,” and his owner Becky Clarke and daughter Tayor were on hand to keep attendees hydrated with bottles of water.

The vineyards, breweries, and distilleries that were set up at the event included Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Fordham Lee Distillery, Kind Vine Teacher Wines, Links Bridge, Mazzaroth Vineyard, Rosie Cheeks Distillery, Six Wicket Vineyards, Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery, Twin Valley Distilling, and Uncle Dirty’s Brew Works. Attendees could sample a variety of beverages along their stroll.

Of course, you can’t have an event without food! Event-goers had a variety of food trucks to fulfill their appetites. Thurmont’s own, Sauced Savage, was serving up their delicious BBQ, while Cracken Catering was offering their cajun inspired menu and Dop Pizza had the wood-fired oven going.

As the evening unfolded, the sounds of live music cascaded through the streets, offering a diverse range from jazz duos to classic rock. Local artisans were also set up throughout the event, showcasing their talents. Beautiful paintings and handmade jewelry were just some of the pieces that were being sold, as attendees sipped their preferred beverage and shopped. The night ended in a spirited hat contest hosted at 10Tavern, bringing a delightful end to the festivities.

The following Thurmont businesses hosted vendors in their spaces: Center of Life Pilates & Holistic Studio, Anything From the Trolley, Senior Benefits, CLIMB Properties Real Estate, Studio 24E, Gateway Flowers, Cuddles Cat Rescue, Long & Foster – Greg Salley Real Estate, 10 Tavern, Thurmont Barber & Styling, Thurmont Historical Society, Tracie’s House of Hair, Beautiful You Salan and Spa, Thurmont Main Street Center, J&B Real Estate, Catoctin Mountain Massage, Alex Uphold State Farm Insurance, and Pam’s Rusty Treasures.

Rebecca Jackson poses with her Preakness Hat and artwork.

Greg Elliott and Nina Tate-Elliott, owners of Studio24E, pose in their Preakness attire.

Becky Clarke and her daughter, Taylor,  pose with Paco “The Beverage Burro.” Paco provided bottled water to event attendees as they strolled the streets of Thurmont.

Attendees enjoy a local favorite, The Sauced Savage BBQ, at the Stroll.

Uncle Dirty’s Brew Works in Thurmont serve their hand-crafted beer throughout the event.

(left) Katy Bowers, a Thurmont resident, strolls the streets in her Preakness hat.

Links Bridge Vineyards in Thurmont gives attendees samples of their wines.

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