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Kraken A Truth 2020

Kraken A Truth 2020
Sponsored by Flying Dog Brewery
Supporting: Color on the Creek

Downtown Frederick is the heart of our backyard and what better way to showcase our brand and love of Frederick?

We decided to join Sailing Through The Winter Solstice and this will mark year four of our journey. This year we wanted to do something unimaginable.

Enter our dream of the Kraken, a mythical sea creature thought to be menacing and terrifying by many sailors. However, tamed by the Truth!

This beautiful creature was imagined and created by Josh Diffenbaugh, Kyle Thomas, Branden McGee and Pete Kremers. Together we accomplished what no one thought was possible!

Kraken A Truth! If you can handle the Truth that is!

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

Colleen’s Crew 2020

Colleen’s Crew 2020

Sponsored by New Era Custom Design and Cabinet
Supporting: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Every story has a back story. Ours begins with the 1996 birth of Pat and Molly Crowley’s second of three daughters. Aptly named Colleen, she was, and is, the perfect embodiment of her Irish heritage – fair skin, strawberry hair, a smattering of freckles and a smile that always extends to her eyes.

At just one week old, Colleen was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), a “progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.” The disease affects about 30,000 people in the United States and its diagnosis carries an unenviable, although rapidly increasing, life expectancy.

Not ones to shy from a challenge, The Crowley family – immediate and extended (a veritable army) – made it their vocation to understand the disease, normalize as much of Colleen’s life as possible and be at the forefront of helping to find a cure. Pat and Molly became very involved in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) and, over the past 15 years, with the help of friends and family, have helped to raise more than $750,000 towards research by hosting a team in the local annual “Great Strides” CFF walkathon. The team name? Colleen’s Crew.

“In July, Jean and I picnicked with the Kinley’s and Wight’s. I proposed the idea of entering a boat in downtown Frederick’s annual Sailing into the Winter Solstice event,” says Ballantyne. “The Great Strides walk was planning to go virtual because of the pandemic; we knew it would be harder to raise funds in traditional ways, so why not branch out our efforts while maintaining COVID restrictions?”

As usual, the group was all in and, as usual, it was a secret from the Crowley family.

The seed was planted and grew quickly.

The Thursday before the drop-in, Ballantyne paid a surprise visit to The Crowley Company to give Pat the heads up, sharing pictures from the production process.

It wouldn’t be right to end the story without filling you in on how Colleen, the Crowleys, and countless other families have benefited from the advancements made in research and treatments over the recent past. New protocols have been approved and life expectancy has more than doubled during Colleen’s 24 years.

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

 

 

USS Fredericktowne 2020

USS Fredericktowne 2020

Sponsored by High Caliber Home Inspections and One Man’s Junk
Supporting: Platoon 22

Designed by Thom Beckley who said “I have the deepest respect for those that serve and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy what all we have.” Representing all five branches of military with the 3D printed planes and helicopters on deck. Movement was added by three Air Force jets and two army helicopters and the POW/MIA emblem are wind powered.

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

Snallygaster and Twins 2020

Snallygaster and Twins 2020
Sponsored by Landscape Services Inc.
Supporting: Sophie and Madigan’s Playground

The story behind Snallygaster and the Twins. The first year we constructed only the Snallygaster, Ed wanted to name Sophie and Madigan’s Playground but found out that it wasn’t “ready” to receive funds. So that first year we chose Glade Valley Community Services because I am heavily involved with them. They were willing to be named as our charity.

After that first year, we then were able to designate Sophie and Madigan’s Playground as the charity receiving funds from the boat. Since Sophie and Madigan’s Playground was then going to be our charity, we decided to add 2 “children” to the Snallygaster in order to honor Sophie and Madigan. We wanted them to be whimsical, fun and playful so we incorporated the balls (gender neutral toy) and included the name choice. At the time, we went through discussions of which genders to make the kids and decided that 2 girls hit too close to home – then we decided to do one boy and girl.

So that is how Snallygaster and the Twins, Sallygaster and Sullygaster came to be. We also made them glittery and sparkly, using youthful, fun colors and lots of glitter and sequins as Sophie and Madigan would have chosen!

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

 

USS Hood 2020

Sponsored by Hood College
Supporting Hood Fund

The classic blue and grey Hood colors; the boat “bumpers” are wearing dinks that represent each class year color. Our charity is the Hood Fund, which supports student scholarships. One hundred percent of our undergraduate students receive financial aid.

 

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

Hope Floats II 2020

Hope Floats II 2020

Sponsored by Colonial Jewelers
Supporting: Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund

We were one of the seven original boats in the first flotilla three years ago. After three years in the water Hope Floats took a major spill and was grounded for life. But, not to be discouraged, the mighty crew of Kremers, Thomas, and Diffenbaugh resurrected the pink themed boat, with design by Kristin Kremers, and hailed her the Hope Floats II. The Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund and Colonial Jewelers are proud to see this lovely boat sailing once again.

 

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

Spirit of Maryland 2020

Spirit of Maryland 2020
Sponsored by PMP
Supporting: Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County

Spirit of Maryland was originally the Casa Galleggiante and was renovated to her current glory over the past few years.

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

USS Hamster 2020

The Carroll Creek Coast Guard Boat

She rises again to watch over the fleet that she began 5 years ago. The bones of the original Stargazer and USS Hamster were used to make a rescue and maintenance vessel with design by Kyle Thomas and design and construction by Thom Beckley who also constructed the USS FREDERICKTOWNE Aircraft carrier introduced into the fleet this year. The craft was skillfully painted by Josh Diffenbaugh who has painted and provided creative design advances for numerous vessels since joining the Thomas Kremers team in 2017.

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

AND THE REST


Reel Fun 2020
Sponsored by Deleon and Stang
Supporting Phoenix Recovery Academy

Mystere
Sponsored by The Lillard family
Supporting Sophie and Madigan’s Playground

Burr Artz Library
Sponsored by The C. Burr Artz Library
Supporting The Community Action Agency and The Religious Coalition
Our inspiration was the Japanese proverb: “One kind word can warm three winter months.”

Black Pearl 2020
Sponsored by East Coast Cable Solutions Inc.
Supporting Federated Charities of Frederick

Beacon 2020
Sponsored by Truist
Supporting The Frederick Rescue Mission and Faith House

Arctic Racer 2020
Sponsored by The Ausherman Family Foundation.
Supporting Frederick Arts Council

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.

Sailing Through The Winter Solstice Is Here!

sailng through the winter solstice Take a look! Wander down to the creek and view the boats as they shine throughout the New Year. The boats will be in the creek through Frederick’s Fire & Ice celebration – the first weekend in February.

After you’ve viewed the boats, please vote for your favorites. It’s a dollar per vote and all proceeds go to local charities.

Attention Grabbers! The boats are in the creek and as you can imagine, they’re attracting a lot of attention. We’re even on the Fox 5 Weather cam! Seriously, the captain and crew have outdone themselves this year. Be sure to stroll the creek often – day and night and enjoy these beauties.

Launching. Please take a look at the launch process as filmed by the Frederick News Post Launch. And don’t miss this video of the launch as filmed by Kristin Kremers.  This year’s solstice event is an awesome display of our communities’ collective creativity and talent. There are 20 boats this year in the creek!

Vote For Your Boat. Here’s the list of boats, the sponsor and the charities.

  • USS Fredericktowne from High Caliber Home Inspections supporting Platoon 22
  • Carroll Creek Clipper from The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek supporting Second Chances Garage
  • Snallygaster & Twins from Landscape Services, Inc. supporting Sophie and Madigan’s Playground
  • Centennial from The Rotary Club of Frederick supporting First Century Trust Campaign
  • Spirit of Apprenticeship from Dynamic Auto supporting United Way of Frederick
  • Reel Fun from Delong and Stang supporting Phoenix Recovery Academy
  • USS Hood from Hood College supporting Hood College
  • Black Pearl from East Coast Cable Solutions, Inc. supporting Federated Charities of Frederick
  • Colleen’s Crew from New Era Custom Design and Cabinet supporting Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Mystere from Tourism Council of Frederick County supporting Sophie and Madigan’s Playground
  • Hope Floats II from Colonial Jewelers supporting Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund
  • Kraken from Flying Dog Breweries supporting Color On The Creek
  • Ribbon Cutter from Morgan Keller Construction supporting Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County
  • Key to Freedom from Matan supporting Frederick Health Hospice Hospital Veterans Program
  • Beacon from Truist, formally BB&T and SunTrust supporting The Frederick Rescue Mission and Faith House
  • Artic Racer from Ausherman Family Foundation supporting Frederick Arts Council
  • Richmere Richmeres Too from Stulz supporting SHIP of Frederick County
  • Starry Night from Frederick Primary Care Associates supporting Heartly House and Frederick Health Hospital Oncology Services
  • Stargazer II from The Wine Kitchen supporting Color On The Creek
  • Spirit of Maryland from Property Management People, Inc. supporting Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County
  • Heavens to Betsy (at Brewers Alley Rooftop) from The Berkheimer Group at Morgan Stanley supporting Woman to Woman Mentoring
  • The Holly Jolly Roger (at The Wine Kitchen) from Kevin and Jeannie Hessler supporting I Believe in Me, Inc.
  • USS Elf 2020 Keep Back 6 Nauts (at the Amphitheater Rooftop) from Arachnid Works / JAKKSS Millworks supporting SOAR Frederick, Inc.
  • C Burr Artz Library (Creekside in front of Library) from The C. Burr Artz Library supporting The Community Action Agency and The Religious Coalition.