Wine tast­ing could be added to Elk­ton farm­ers mar­ket

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By BRI­ANNA SHEA


bshea@ ce­cil­whig. com

— Wine tast­ings could soon be a new ad­di­tion to the town’s farm­ers mar­ket in con­junc­tion with First Fri­day events.

Dur­ing the April 6 town board of com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing, Michelle Hen­son, ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice sec­re­tary for the town of Elk­ton, asked the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers to con­sider a Waiver of Al­co­hol Pro­hi­bi­tion, which al­lows al­co­hol con­sump­tion on pub­lic prop­erty, for the farm­ers mar­ket.

The mayor and com­mis­sion­ers agreed to for­mally con­sider the re­quest at a later date.

Wine ven­dors would only of­fer tast­ings, not sell al­co­hol, Hen­son said. She added that she is not ask­ing for “blan­ket” per­mis­sion, but said she would ask for per­mis­sion each time she would like to hold a tast­ing.

“It gives an­other op­por­tu­nity to give an­other rea­son to walk down­town on a Fri­day evening,” Hen­son said.

She said the ad­di­tion could in­crease vol­ume of peo­ple com­ing to Elk­ton and the farm­ers mar­ket.

Hen­son said she thought of the idea af­ter walk­ing into The Galler y at 122 Main, where a wine tast­ing was be­ing held, in the win­ter­time dur­ing a First Fri­day event.

The idea of a wine tast­ing was first in­tro­duced dur­ing a Feb. 10 meet­ing, Alt said.

In other news, af­ter the dis­cus­sion of the pos­si­ble ad­di­tion, mem­bers of the His­toric Elk Land­ing Foun­da­tion gave an up­date on the site.

Joshua Brown, pres­i­dent of the foun­da­tion, said the Ze­bu­lon Hollingsworth Sr. House re­ceived up­grades such as new cur­tains and up­hol­stery.

Brown said more than 200 eighth graders from Elk­ton Mid­dle School who went to the site last year for their ser vice learn­ing project are re­turn­ing again this year.

Pat Opal, vice pres­i­dent of the foun­da­tion, said the stu­dents are sep­a­rated into two groups. One group is hands- on and makes piles of sticks for mulching, and the other group is given a his­tory les­son on events such as the War of 1812.

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