Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:
‘A big deal’
“I don’t think a lot of people realize how big a deal tourism is to our county.”
— Don Bowman, chairman and president of the Bowman Group. An arm of that company, Bowman Hospitality, operates hotels and restaurants in Washington County, Md.
BALTIMORE — Some wineries from the Crossroads Business Journal region are scheduled to participate in the first Weird Wine.
Sponsored by the Maryland Wineries Association in conjunction with Baltimore Magazine, the May 5 event will celebrate area wineries’ most peculiar blends. The event will feature more than 30 wines from more than 20 wineries with exotic ingredients like habanero peppers, mango, chocolate, coffee, and lavender.
It will be held in an unfinished space in Hampden’s Union Collective in Baltimore.
The roster of participating producers includes:
• Big Cork Vineyards, Washington County
• Blue Mountain Wine Crafters, Washington County
• Charis Winery, Allegany County
• Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Frederick County
• Hidden Hills Farm & Vineyard, Frederick County
• Loew Vineyards, Frederick County
• Orchid Cellar Meadery, Frederick County
• Red Heifer Winery, Washington County
• Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery, Frederick County
‘We can work with anyone’
“We do have the ability to work with smaller companies and larger companies. … We can work with anyone in the world, anywhere.”
— Joseph M Conrad III, senior technology transfer specialist with the National Cancer Institute, talking about opportunities for businesses to partner with National Institutes of Health centers and institutes.
Brechbill & Helman land Shalom Christian project
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Brechbill & Helman Construction Co. Inc. has been awarded a design-build contract of an expansion and master plan for Shalom Christian Academy in Chambersburg, Pa.
Phase I will be largely focused on remodeling existing facilities and bringing them up to code with renovations to the elementary school, the company reported. Phase II will be the addition of five elementary classrooms. The school will become 18,000 square feet larger and air-conditioned for the first time since its construction 40 years ago.
Phase III will address the administration offices and the high school. And Phase IV consists of doubling the gymnasium’s size and adding a stage.
The school now sits on 34 acres on Social Island Road. Officials are looking to add 14 acres, where they would create tennis courts, a softball field and a track in the future.
Visit www.brechbillandhelman.com for more information.
Slicing the tourism pie
Tourism industry sales hit $257.3 million in Washington County, Md., in 2017. (The 2018 report isn’t available yet.)
Here’s a look at how those dollars were divided:
• Food and beverage: 27.4%
• Retail: 21.4%
• Transportation: 16.5%
• Lodging: 15.8%
• Recreation: 14.2%
• Second homes: 4.8%
(The numbers don’t equal 100% due to rounding.)
— Source: Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics Co.