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Cecil County Life Spring/Summer 2023

Jun 29, 2023 01:37PM ● By Tricia Hoadley

Letter from the Editor:

There will be plenty of things to enjoy this summer in Cecil County. In this edition of Cecil County Life, writer Richard L. Gaw offers a glimpse at what’s in store as the Great Wolf Lodge brings its unique brand of magical fun to Perryville.

Throughout its 26-year history, Great Wolf Resorts has provided families with the opportunity to enjoy their vacation in an all-inclusive environment of fun and togetherness.

The 128,000-square-foot resort will become the newest, and largest, of the company’s 20 lodges in North America.

If you’re looking for a fun evening this summer, why not catch a performance by the Forgetful Squirrels? Writer Ken Mammarella offers readers an unforgettable story about this improv troupe that, for 10 years, has been rehearsing in a converted barn near Bay View. The Forgetful Squirrels’ performance schedule has varied over the years, but there’s an easy-to-remember run going on through September: 7 p.m. first Fridays at the Newark Arts Alliance, with shows the next night at the Funny Farm, which is what they call their Bay View barn.

Megan Steimer, who has owned Orchard Hill DIY Plant Co. since 2018, keeps to a four-state touring schedule that is nearly the exhaustive equivalent of a rock star on the road. From wineries in Cecil County to breweries in Delaware and at special occasion events everywhere in between, Megan’s do–it-yourself workshops are allowing guests to dig into soil, create their own terrarium magic and commune with others over the precious beauty of plants. Cecil County Life recently caught up with Megan at the Blue Elk Winery in North East to chat about her small business, the joy that she brings to others and a very musical dinner party she would love to have.

Ric Cunningham was a high schooler playing the guitar in punk bands in West Virginia when he told himself that some day he wanted to run his own performance space. That some day arrives July 15, with the opening of the Elkton Music Hall, a new use for a storied building in Elkton’s Arts & Entertainment District. This edition of Cecil County Life includes a profile of the maestro of the new Elkton Music Hall.

Gene Pisasale, a writer and local historian, offers a piece on “Cecil County, Maryland: People, places and events” that touches on a number of different aspects of Cecil County’s rich history.

We also introduce readers to Megan McRay, who was named the new Cecil County Chamber executive director earlier this year.

We hope that you enjoy these stories. We’re already hard at work planning the next issue of Cecil County Life, which will arrive later in 2023. Until then, we welcome your comments and suggestions for stories to be included in an upcoming edition of our magazine.


Randy Lieberman, Publisher

[email protected], 610-869-5553

Steve Hoffman, Editor

[email protected], 610-869-5553, Ext. 13

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