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Marbles Program

Practice & Tournament Schedule [PDF]


Spring is just around the corner and the 2016 Frederick County Knuckler Marble Program will be starting up again on Saturday, January 31st with a practice session and clinic from 10:00 am to noon am at the Middletown Town Hall. Practice sessions and clinics will be held every Saturday through the months of February and March at both the Middletown Town Hall and the C Burr Artz Library in Frederick. Locations will alternate every other Saturday. Visit for a schedule of dates and locations. All youngsters (and oldies) who want to learn how to shoot marbles for fun and competition are invited to attend. There is no charge and we supply the marbles! Contact Art Staus at 301-371-5293 or at for more information.

So What is the Knuckler Program All About?

While the Frederick County Knucklers, a Middletown Rec Council program, is based out of Middletown, Maryland where our marble shooting rings are located, the program reaches out to boys and girls ages 7 to 14 throughout Frederick County including Frederick City. During the year, we reach out to over 600 kids with clinics held at scouting, educational and other activities to introduce the fun of both playing and collecting marbles. At those clinics, we show kids how to play the game of Ringer on portable marble rings and then send them home with a free bag of marbles along with an invitation to pursue the sport of competitive marbles as a member of the Frederick County Knucklers. As a member of the Knucklers, the kids learn the art of shooting a marble and then proving their skill in several tournaments throughout the spring and early summer months with the top players competing in a four day national competition on the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey. All this, from the free bag of marbles to the local tournaments and the trip to Wildwood are provided at no cost to the children or their families.

Let us know if you would like for us to present a demonstration on how to play competitive marbles for your group. Please know that there is no cost to you for demos or for any other activities within the Middletown Recreation Council Marbles Program.

Contact Art Staus at or at 301-371-5293 for more information.

Visit the Frederick County Knucklers Website.

Marilyn Cooper of Braddock Heights
Marilyn Cooper of Braddock Heights

Dominic Rudakevych of Middletown
Dominic Rudakevych of Middletown

Middletown Valley Community Garden Program

Sign-up for the annual Pizza Garden in Wiles Branch Park thru the end of April. A small plot will be assigned to your child to grow their own vegetables you would find on a pizza for the season. All Plants are supplied by the MVCGA. Your child will need gloves, shovel & watering can. This is a great opportunity for your child to explore, discover, and learn about plant life and the natural world. Plots are limited and are based on a first come first serve basis and are free to the community.

Pizza Garden

Mom & Dad may sign up for the Community Vegetable Garden too!

A 10’ X 10’ plot will be assigned to plant your own vegetables to care for the season. The Community Vegetable and Pizza Garden is free to everyone.

Fill out an application.

Application [PDF]
Rules & Regulations [PDF]

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