West Carroll: Grand opening June 14 of Floral Fetes in Taneytown to feature local artist

West Carroll: Grand opening June 14 of Floral Fetes in Taneytown to feature local artist
Carolyn Seabolt is shown adding color to a reverse image on a piece of glass to during the tinsel painting process. Her artwork will be featured at the grand opening of Floral Fetes in Taneytown on June 14. (Ken Koons / Carroll County Times)

As part of the renewed revitalization effort of Mainstreet Taneytown, several new businesses are slated to open over the next several months. The first such business, Floral Fetes, will host a grand opening celebration on Thursday, June 14, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

Taneytown’s mayor, the Honorable James L. McCarron will officiate. After the ceremony, coffee and muffins will be served. Come back at 6 p.m. to enjoy the music of DJ Santana, from Santana Entertainment, while enjoying the artwork of Carolyn Seabolt. Finger food and drinks will be provided by area businesses.


Seabolt, a Carroll County resident, will be the first of many featured artists to display at the shop. Her artwork includes silk paintings with a floral theme, 1800's Tinsel paintings, and silk scarves. Seabolt has authored and illustrated two books about her Siamese cats, Oliver and Roxanne but readily admits her passion for keeping alive the Tinsel Painting artform

According to the American Folk Art Museum, in New York City, “Tinsel paintings are reverse paintings on glass with smooth or crumpled metallic foil applied behind translucent and transparent areas; when viewed in candlelight or gaslight, the effect was one of shimmering highlights.

“In the first half of the 19th century, tinsel painting was taught to young women whose parents were dedicated to providing refined education for their daughters and paid for such special classes. By the mid- to late 19th century, the art had expanded outside the school curriculum, and instructions proliferated in books and were advertised in women’s magazines.

“Its origins are related to forms developed in Renaissance Italy, 18th-century China and France, and 19th-century Austria, England and Germany. Floral imagery predominates, as botanical copy prints and patterns were often employed. Especially appealing today are rare works that combine a variety of techniques and materials, including photography and collage.”

She creates her artwork in Cat Tracks Studio in Westminster. Her art and books will be available for sale during the grand opening event.

Victoria Clausen, the owner of Floral Fetes, is delighted to be setting up shop in Taneytown. She indicated it wasn’t an overnight decision to put down roots.

“We have been searching for a venue for almost two years and nothing felt right until we got to Taneytown,” Clausen said. “The people and businesses continue to be so welcoming and we just feel at home here.”

Clausen, who has been in the floral business for more than 20 years, added, “Opening a flower shop just seemed like the next new and exciting thing for my company. It makes it even more worthwhile to be part of such an amazing community!”

Janet Paulsen, general manager of Floral Fetes said, “Floral Fêtes [has] a wonderful selection of local and imported blooms to bring your vision to life or to help you make someone’s day! The shop also offers a beautiful array of gifts, cards, and jewelry items for all budgets”.

Nancy McCormick, Economic Development Director for the City of Taneytown, said, “I am so excited with the new and expanding businesses that are locating in downtown [Taneytown] that is bringing wonderful team efforts and synergy to this downtown revitalization effort.”

Clausen said: “We hope to create buzz on Main Street with beautiful flowers and unique gifts that people can rely on for any occasion. We want to help make Taneytown an attraction.”

McCormick indicated the military banners program and Flower Up-Green Up has brought an influx of visitors to the downtown area. She said much of the beautification of Main Street is due in part to the many volunteers who “have brought their ideas and time to make downtown sparkle.”

For more information on Floral Fetes, visit their website at

For more information on Tinsel Painting, visit the American Fold Art Museums website at

Union Bridge fire company to host golf tourney

Glade Valley Gold Club, Walkersville will be the site of the 11th annual Union Bridge Fire Company Golf Tournament on Friday, June 15.

Admission is $75 per person and $300 for each team of four. The tournament will have a shotgun start at 8 a.m. with a best ball format.

The event includes 18 holes of golf, range balls, cart, hot dogs, beer, soda, and water on course. Doughnuts and coffee will be available at registration. The meal will be served in the clubhouse where prizes will be awarded at the end of the tournament.

All proceeds benefit Union Bridge Fire Company.

For more information, contact Lisa Wetzel 443-821-5160 or email Visit the website at