County cel­e­brates tourism month in May

Cecil Whig - - BUSINESS - C HERYL MA TTIX

While I was out and about ... Ce­cil County Tourism Co­or­di­na­tor Sandy Turner re­minded me this week that May is Ce­cil County Tourism Month.

There are events galore this month. To boost in­ter­est, Turner’s of­fice and the Tourism Com­mit­tee is host­ing a month-long on­line con­test en­ti­tled “Ce­cil’s Choice Awards.”

The con­test is open to ev­ery­one with ac­cess to the in­ter­net, Face­book, Twit­ter or In­sta­gram. Folks are en­cour­aged to make com­ments, send pho­tos and vote for their fa­vorite Ce­cil County at­trac­tion, restau­rant and/or spe­cialty shop. Rules say you can vote more than once in each cat­e­gory, but you can only vote for the same at­trac­tion, restau­rant or shop once.

Ev­ery­one who par­tic­i­pates will be en­tered for a chance to win a Ce­cil County prize pack­age. Votes will be tal­lied in June and win­ners will be an­nounced.

Vot­ers can voice opin­ions on­line at www.seece­cil.org, the Ce­cil County, Md. Face­book page, @ce­cil­tourism on Twit­ter or @ce­cil­coun­ty­tourism on In­sta­gram.

“All of Ce­cil County’s towns and the county gov­ern­ment are join­ing forces this year to de­clare May the of­fi­cial start of the tourism sea­son,” Turner said, not­ing that she hopes ev­ery­one will get a chance to “see Ce­cil” and visit the county’s many great eater­ies, fam­ily events, farm des­ti­na­tions, sports, shops or casino ac­tion dur­ing May.

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Ce­cil County’s Chateau Bu-De caber­net franc blend 2014 earned a gold medal in the 16th An­nual Fin­ger Lakes In­ter­na­tional Wine Com­pe­ti­tion in New York in March. But, that’s not all. The new­est win­ery/vine­yard in the county, lo­cated on the north­ern banks of the Bo­hemia River, also took home four sil­ver medals for its 2013 sauvi­gnon blanc, 2013 mer­lot, 2014 sun­set rose and 2014 viog­nier.

Chateau Bu-De also cap­tured one bronze medal for its 2014 syrah blend.

Over 3,708 wines were en­tered from 940 winer­ies, 27 coun­tries, six Canadian prov­inces and all 50 states in the U.S. Judges awarded a to­tal of 108 dou­ble gold medals, 200 gold, 1,423 sil­ver and 1,308 bronze. Con­grat­u­la­tions!

*** Ce­cil County’s sea­soned (se­nior) cit­i­zens are in­vited to at­tend an in­for­ma­tive ses­sion from 9 a.m. un­til noon Thurs­day in the Elk Room of the County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing in Elk­ton.

“Law Day” will in­clude a dis­cus­sion on el­der law and es­tate man­age­ment with lawyer Ra­jiv K. Goel and a talk from Cpl. Michael Kalin­sky of the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice on how se­niors and law en­force­ment can work to­gether. Kalin­sky serves as the co­or­di­na­tor for so­cial me­dia and is a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity re­sources unit for the sher­iff’s of­fice.

If you are plan­ning on at­tend­ing, please call Laura at 410-996-8174 or Joyce at 410-996-8431 to no­tify them. A con­ti­nen­tal break­fast will be served start­ing at 8 a.m.

*** Heads up. Au­tumn (Crouse) Mar­quess tells me ACM In- surance Agency, lo­cated at 212 W. Main St. in Elk­ton, will be re­lo­cat­ing their of­fice to 378 W. Main St. next to Crouse Auto Body ef­fec­tive June 1.

All phone, fax and email con­tacts will re­main un­changed.

*** Union Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion is kick­ing off this year’s car raf­fle for hos­pice pa­tients, be­reave­ment pro­grams and pal­lia­tive care with a “Ca­maro Fundraiser Fi­esta” at Wil­liams Chevro­let in Elk­ton from 3 to 6 p.m. Thurs­day.

The Cinco de Mayo event is catered by Hur­ri­cane Grill and will dis­play the 2016 Chevy Ca­maro that will be raf­fled off in Septem­ber.

A to­tal of 1,500 tick­ets will be sold at $50 each and there’s no limit on how many tick­ets you can buy.

“Plan to stop by Wil­liams Chevro­let’s show­room and en­joy hors d’oeu­vres and liq­uid re­fresh­ments while you pon­der how many tick­ets to buy,” Barry Wil­liams said.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mat­tix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig. com, or call her at 443-9078440.

IM­AGE COURTESY OF CE­CIL COUNTY TOURISM

Ce­cil County Tourism is spon­sor­ing “Ce­cil’s Choice Awards” for tourism month in May.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Chateau Bu-De, at Bo­hemia Manor Farm south of the C&D Canal, won a num­ber of medals at the re­cent 16th An­nual Fin­ger Lakes In­ter­na­tional Wine Com­pe­ti­tion.

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