Tours of Tome School set for summer
While I was out and about ... Royal Farms at the intersection of Route 40 and Mechanic’s Valley Road in North East in still in the process of renovations but is slated to reopen April 25.
Company spokeswoman Brittany Eldredge said upgrades include the addition of gas pumps at the rear of the store, as well as a rear entrance to the store and interior changes.
“The North East location is the first place the company has installed a gas kiosk to temporarily serve customers due to volume of business there,” Eldredge said.
Royal Farms will be adding a new hot food item section to the North East store when it reopens.
“We’re very excited about the hot foods,” she said, adding there will likely be a campaign with free taste-testing of the side orders.
Meanwhile, the company closed its location on Tome Highway near Port Deposit on March 7 to do renovations there as well. However, Eldredge said traffic counts at the Tome Highway store and gas pumps didn’t warrant a kiosk. The Port Deposit area Royal Farms is expected to reopen before Memorial Day.
*** Cecil County residents interested in getting involved in the wine/ grape growing industry, or are already involved, are being encouraged to call Doris Behnke at the University of Maryland Extension Office in Cecil County at 410996-5280 no later than Thursday to provide your name and contact information to be able to join in a roundtable discussion on the topic at a later date.
Behnke is interested in getting information from those interested to help determine what types of training, dates and times are needed to put on a series of education classes in vineyard management training provided by Cecil County Office of University of Maryland Extension.
*** Toni Lozzi, project coordinator for the Bainbridge Development Corporation, recently announced a monthly schedule of free bus tours of the Tome School property adjacent to the former U.S. Naval Training facility at Bainbridge starting April 9 and running through August 20.
Each tour will begin at the Tome Highway entrance to Bainbridge at 11:30 a.m., with gates opening at 11:20 a.m.
Anyone interested can join, but space is limited. The BDC started providing these tours last year and they have become popular, according to Lozzi. Participants are allowed to take photographs while on the tour.
Tour dates are: April 9, May 14, June 11, July 23 and Aug. 20.
The tour scheduled for May 14 will be run in conjunction with Port Deposit’s first “Land and Sea Outdoor Market” in Marina Park from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and an open house at Tome’s Landing.
For more information, call Lozzi at 410-378-9200.
*** It’s a Maryland tradition for the sitting governor to host a “Buy Local Cookout” at the Governor’s House in Annapolis each summer.
Gov. Larry Hogan announced Saturday that this year’s event will be July 21, to start off “Buy Local Challenge Week”, which is July 23 to July 31.
I thought it would be nifty if some Cecil County chefs entered the competition. It reminds me of Cecil County’s annual Harvest Dinner, which features local food. Chefs must use local Maryland ingredients to submit original recipes for the cookout by the May 11 deadline.
Rules require products from at least one Maryland farmer, waterman or other producer. Recipes will be chosen in each of the following categories: appetizer, main dish, side dish or salad and dessert.
Selected teams will be invited to provide, prepare and share their dish at the Governor’s Cookout, and their recipe may be published in the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s 2016 Maryland Buy Local Cookout Recipes cookbook.
For more information, contact Karen Fedor at karen.fedor@ maryland.gov, or call 410-8415773.
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