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