Marjory Hamann

Marjory Hamann is the executive director of the Elkton Community Education Center.

Mayor Dan Burke has a clear message to share: “Elkton is open for business!” Our businesses have mastered the art of pivoting to meet 2020’s challenges and they’re all still open, which says a lot about everyone’s resiliency.

Join us Thanksgiving weekend for Elkton’s annual Art & Wine Tour. The artist studios will not be open this year, but Elkton still has plenty to offer. Here’s what you need to know:

It will be low-key. Expect social distancing and outdoor wine tasting. There’s no passport this year; instead of visiting as many sites as you can, we encourage you to focus on a few and visit others online.

There will be art! In place of the studio tour, local artists are joining a show in the Elkton Community Education Center (ECEC) library at 15850 Highway 38. The show will be open Friday and Saturday from 10-4 with prints, cards and other items for sale. After Thanksgiving weekend you can view the show Tuesday-Thursday from 10-2 until Dec. 17th.

Our wineries are open. Lexème Winery and Bradley Vineyards will be open Friday-Sunday from 11-5. Brandborg Winery will be open Friday and Saturday only from 11-5 for tastings on the patio by appointment. Crew Work Wine is offering complimentary shipping for all orders over three bottles made Thanksgiving Weekend; visit www.elktonwineco.com.

You’ll still find one-of-a-kind gifts. There are three specialty shops with distinct styles in town. The newest is Attic Goblin, specializing in antiques and eclectic collectibles at 300 River Road (one block south of Highway 38); they’ll be open Friday-Sunday 10-5. Farm Pickins Mercantile has an ever-changing collection of home goods and furniture, with a focus on farmhouse décor, industrial designs and local artisans. Don’t miss Jennifer Daelen Wolfe’s whimsical gnomes, which are perfect for holiday decorating. Farm Pickins is open Friday-Sunday from 9-5. ECEC’s Gift Shop features garden-themed gifts, educational toys and a remarkable collection of rocks and crystals reflecting the center’s focus on environmental and heritage education Friday and Saturday only, from 10-4.

You’ll eat well. The holiday celebration starts early at Tomaselli’s Pastry Mill & Café. They are offering 10% off pre-ordered pies and dinner rolls before Thanksgiving. They will be open Thanksgiving morning until 1 pm with full breakfast service and a light lunch menu, and on their regular schedule throughout the weekend. Arlene’s Café and General Store will be serving casual diner fare all three days. El Guerrero Azteca’s food cart is also open. Coffee drinks are available all weekend at Tomaselli’s and Farm Pickins, and at the Elkton Station on Friday.

Don’t want to leave home Thanksgiving weekend? You can enjoy a lot of what Elkton has to offer by shopping online. If you visit, you’ll find other businesses are open too. Visit the ECEC website (elktonbutterflies.com) for complete Art & Wine information, links to local online stores and event updates as they develop.

See you in Elkton!

Marjory Hamann is Executive Director of the Elkton Community Education Center.

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