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Good. News.

Posted in Hometown Flavor, Music on May 9, 2009 by Kathy Freundel

Fifteen years of good news to be exact. At the hands of Eric Byrd. Because he knows that God is good. All the time. So, when he took the job at McDaniel College fifteen years ago, and began receiving his $52. bi- monthly check, well, he held onto that God-sized vision. If you haven’t heard the McDaniel College Gospel Choir, you are missing out. For this special performance, they teamed up with the Columbia Orchestra directed by Jason Love and special guest, recording artist, Kevin LeVar. The best part of the evening was seeing a stage full of McDaniel students, faculty and alumni singing praises to God. It was a beauty to behold. Watching the interaction between Eric, his assistant director Carl Taylor, the choir and the musicians from the wings of the stage was a special treat.  




























I read on the back of the program that Eric offers a boot camp from July 20-24, and I, evidently,can learn to play jazz in a week. Hmm. Tempting.


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Lion. Witch. Wardrobe. Benefit.

Posted in Hometown Flavor, Theatre on April 25, 2009 by Kathy Freundel



It’s live theatre for a great cause.  The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and all proceeds go to Carroll County Young Life.

That’s a win-win-win. Your family wins with an evening of entertainment complete with sword battles, indoor guard performance, and dancing to tell a classic tale. The cast and crew of the play win, because they are READY to deliver an evening of (Turkish) delight,  and our community wins because Young Life and Wyldelife are in the business of changing lives of young people in  our community. 


So, here’s the 411.

Performances Saturday May 2nd at 2 pm. and 8 pm.

Sunday May 3rd at 7 pm.

Tickets are $10/ adult  $8/ student and  $5/ under age 5


Performances at NCF (the former Tractor Supply on route 140 behind Wa-Wa)


Directed by Shirley Dooley and her dedicated cadre . . . if you are looking for a place to express YOUR creativity, catch her after the show . . . this is her passion, and she shares it freely.









































Toni. Pomeroy. Bling.

Posted in Hometown Flavor, My Lovemarks Companies on April 10, 2009 by Kathy Freundel



I always thought that only the super wealthy had “personal jewelers,” but after working with Toni, I’ve joined the  club. Toni and I are both hometown girls, business owners and  wives and mothers of larger families, so we both play that plate spinning game. But when I went to Toni, said, “I need a birthday present for my mom, and this is my budget . . . ” and she knew exactly which bracelet would be the perfect mix of class and bling and made it FIT  my budget . . . I knew I found my girl. Not a pretentious bone in her tiny body.  Toni spends her days at  Pomeroy Jewelers on Main Street in Westminster (right across from the public library) in her elegant boutique. Stop in and meet Toni Pomeroy . . .  she’s a walking , talking party.
As a mother and a business owner, what are the most important things you do as a mom every day? Show and tell my kids that they are always my number 1 priority.  Sometimes we blur the lines a little and we need to remember what is really important in our lives, and that will always be my family.  Everyday is a clean slate that we get to start all over again.  We beat ourselves up about what we didn’t do yesterday, and in doing that, we waste today. 
 What are the most important things you do as a business owner every day? Being honest!!!   I can’t believe how many times people think by telling lies they gain respect.  You give what you get in this world.  Also I love people, all walks and types.  They give me the energy and enjoyment everyday.
What is your favorite part of being a jeweler? Least favorite? Guiding people on their journey through our store.  We are not salespeople; we are tour guides.  We have to listen to our clients’ needs and respond accordingly.    Least favorite?  hmmmmm . . . occasionally we do get some sad stories and I just want to take the pain away from people.   I end up crying with them.  And it stays with me.
What does a typical day look like for you? I get up at 6 am and wake up the first two for high school and make breakfast, start a load of laundry and clean up the kitchen.  Then I  see them off at 7 am and get the youngest up and ready for school.  He loves a big breakfast, so I make him eggs and toast or pancakes. Then I get ready around 8:30 and leave them house around 9:20.  Opps, I forgot.  I get the clothes from the washer into the dryer and leave a list and notes for the kids.
How do you keep your priorities in check? My family and coworkers keep me balanced at times.  I make a list sometimes in the morning of priorities for the day and check them off as I go.  I do forget some things at times.  I try not to beat my self up about what I forget and remind myself about what I did!!!
What do you do for fun? Spend time with my family and friends.  I love that I have 4 sisters and friends from high school that just get my quirkiness.  I love being goofy and fun.
How did you land as a jeweler?  I was 17 years old managing Claires Boutique and the Manager of Littman’s.  David offered me a job. Of course I took it and have never looked back.  I love what I do.  I learn more and more each day.
What’s on your ipod right now?Odd mix really.  I love James MorrisonJack Johnson, The Kooks and really every kind of music.  Music can put you a different place.  Kick off your shoes and enjoy the music. 
Three things on your bucket list. . See my kids grow up and become parents . . .  go to England . . . own a house on the beach and fall asleep to the sounds of the crashing waves. 
I would like to end by saying every day we have is a true gift.  Some days those gifts are not exactly what you were dreaming for, but still a gift.  What we do with those gifts is up to us.  I happened to be truly blessed by a great extended family and friends, who get me, love me and enjoy all of us being together.  Its not what we do its who we do it with.  Enjoy everyday and every moment.  Don’t waste it!

Cousins’. Sleepover. . .

Posted in Hometown Flavor, Personal on December 29, 2008 by Kathy Freundel

Sixteen cousins. Fifteen years running. Fourteen minutes of sleep.


But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. This year the kids spoke of it being their last sleepover . . . after all, Katie is shipping off to college next year.

But I’ll hold on to hope . . . hope that they’ve realized the need to invest in relationship with one another . . . hope that the laughter and craziness will bring them back again and again. . . 

hope that the big screen quiz show, karaoke, late night pizza, midnight double feature, funnel cake breakfast, game playing frenzy will serve to remind them . . . 

that fun is something holy.

And that family is something sacred.
























































Laughing. Singing. Eating. Playing.

I can live with that. 




HisWay. Take the Stage Drama School. Stone Soup.

Posted in Hometown Flavor, Personal, Theatre on December 1, 2008 by Kathy Freundel

Stone Soup. Yup, that classic story that you read as a child, comes to life in the hands of Lora Strosnider, director of Take the Stage Drama School. The kids from HisWay, our wonderful homeschool co-op, have transformed this show into a delightful comedy, complete with cross dressing knights, absurdist nobility, and an all around sense of fun. 





































Watching the actors’ siblings and friends engage with the production was as entertaining as the performance itself. Yeah, there’s nothing like seeing a group of kids come together to serve up a live, temporal piece of art. Interaction between actor and audience. The beauty of theatre.



















Museum of American History. Opening.

Posted in Hometown Flavor, Personal on November 22, 2008 by Kathy Freundel





I love where we live; we’re close enough to DC to be able to go in for an afternoon, yet far enough away to be able to see a bright starry sky at night. Fridays have become our family field trip days, so this week it was the Grand Re-opening of the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Wow.

We didn’t even realize that it was the grand reopening, but when we came upon the museum it was a flurry of activity. Dorothy was strolling the promenade in her ruby slippers singing “Over the Rainbow,” and we were able to converse with both George Washington and Mary Pickersgill. Upon entering the  “Star Spangled Banner” display there was a hush, and the kids’ favorite part of the museum is the same as mine was as a kid . . . “Thanks for the Memories,” where we saw Kermit, Sienfeld’s ruffled shirt, and the real ruby slippers. My favorite as an adult is the Julia Child exhibit.   DC is such an exciting place to be . . . and the photography opportunities are all over the place. There are times when I make myself put away the camera so I can be a participant, but I did sneak it out occasionally to capture the day. And what a great day it was.





It was cold, cold, cold on the mall!




Micheal was fascinated by the huge dollhouse. All the kids stood there for about ten minutes choosing out their bedrooms.



The kids’ hands on museum is really great. All kids of creative activities in an enclosed space.





And, of course, Sam and Michael LOVED the History of Transportation exhibit, where they could ride a 1950’s bus simulator and view a full sized steam locomotive. 








Check out Will’s mug in the button! HHe was a little wary of the armed guards.




After 9/11, the security is so tight all over DC.
























The hands on children’s museum is phenomenal. They also have a “Spark Lab,” where the kids get to participate in fascinating experiments. It’s definitely worth a trip.


Ocean’s Ten.

Posted in Hometown Flavor, Personal on October 1, 2008 by Kathy Freundel


You know what I’m talking ’bout.

Delicious Danny Ocean. Full of adventure, risk, and charm. 


When you’re from Baltimore, Maryland, Danny Ocean demands a paradigm shift. . . 

as in, “guess where we’re going this weekend?”






Feelin’ sluggish? Need a little boost. Try this gateway drug.


After a month of the  back to school grind, we needed a weekend away. No matter that a huge storm was slated to pass through at the same time . . . that just means bigger waves and more treasure to find on the beach, and I’m not talking about those military explosives that washed up on Fenwick Island, either. We didn’t see those, but we sure did find some cool shells.




We also got to go to Trimper’s Amusements (thank you to an awesome client who pulled some strings for us!). Trimper’s has been around forever (over 100 years!) and as the kids rode the carousel, we could tell them that their great grandmother, Gi-Gi could have ridden the same horses as a little girl. Very cool. Carl, of course, was a trooper, getting on rides that make me sick to look at. 🙂 













Fenwick Island, Delaware. Classic family adventure.