If thoughts of Black Friday fill you with dread, relax. Elkton’s Seventh Annual Art and Wine Weekend, Nov. 24 to 26, is the perfect solution — no backed-up traffic, parking space bingo or noisy malls. Come enjoy open house at our wineries and art studios. You can find unique gifts for your special someone, or just treat yourself to a leisurely day in a beautiful setting.

A good way to begin is with a stroll through ECEC’s gift shop, some 20 craft booths and nursery. Be sure to pick up your event passport and maps to over 16 other community venues. Visiting five or more locations earns an entry in the drawing for an exceptional gift basket. No purchase is necessary to enter, and there is never a fee for admission or parking at any site.

Many local artists will feature their original works in studio. On display are paintings by Jane Wood and Nancy Watterson Scharf, pottery from Hiroshi Ogawa or Firebug Gallery or metal art by Greg Peterburs. You can also view jewelry from Cliff Scharf, etchings by Marsha Mello, woven pieces from naturally dyed yarns by Trudy Wilkinson and wood, books and stained glass crafted by Jennifer Wolfe.

Five local wineries/vineyards welcome you for tasting, hors d’oeuvres, new releases, special prices and great spots to rest and recharge. Take in the views, find gifts for wine lovers and treat your palate too. Our well known favorites, Bradley, Brandborg, River’s Edge and Gillirose Vineyards, are joined by two new vintners this year.

Elkton’s newest tasting room, Lexeme Winery (pronounced LEK sem), is right on Highway 38 in the middle of town. Owners Monja and Christopher Hudson have over 15 years of experience and draw on Monja’s French/Swiss background for a European flair to their wines. They planted their first Elkton vines on Bullock Road in 2012, and plan for more. Regular hours vary, so check the website at lexemewines.com.

What’s a great day without food? Tomaselli’s offers full gourmet meals, pizza and bakery goodies. Arlene’s Café provides vintage diner favorites. El Guerrero Azteca presents Mexican specialties prepared fresh on the spot. Elkton Food Center has hot deli items and a coffee bar, and Elkton Station serves espresso, ice cream and more.

Times will vary from venue to venue, so check the ECEC website at www.elktonbutterflies.com for exact information, updates and maps. You can also email questions to info@elktonbutterflies.com or phone event coordinator Hannah Sperandio at 541-584-2692.

Santa Claus may be coming to town, but Elkton has a jump on him. Come join us.

Other holiday events:

  • Dec. 2 — Wreath Workshop at ECEC, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring tools and outdoor wear. Reservations suggested via 541-584-2692. $10 donation for supplies appreciated.
  • Dec. 2 and 3 — FFA Christmas Tree and Metal Art Sale, Elkton High School, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 — Holiday Tree Lighting, Downtown Elkton, 4:30 p.m. Dress for outdoors.
  • Dec. 6 — Winter Concert, grades 6-12, High School Gym, 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 7 — Winter Concert, grades K-5, High School Gym, 7 p.m.

Paula Swanson is a member of the Elkton City Council.

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