Maryland Campgrounds Discuss Shows/Directory
The Maryland Association of Campgrounds’ (MAC) Spring Meeting, held March 7 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, Dover, Del., featured updates on the well-attended Timonium RV Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds and the MAC 2011 Directory, which was prepared for the first time by Peter Pelland, Pelland Advertising, Haydenville, Mass.
“Everyone was delighted with the product,” Deb Carter, MAC executive director, told Woodall’s Campground Management. “It’s very popular at shows and has a newly designed facility chart and front inside page layout. Justinn Irons, our executive assistant, worked very hard with all of our members to try to make this directory our best yet and he succeeded.”
The spring meeting attracted 30 people from 14 campgrounds.
“The facilities at Dover Downs are lovely, the staff great and the food is fantastic (thank you Evergreen USA for sponsoring our lunch),” said Carter. “I can’t say enough about the location. We held our meeting the day before the Mid-Atlantic Conference started, so many of our members stayed and participated in that conference. We have very lively, well attended, highly participatory meetings. We truly recharge our batteries at our meetings.”
The legislative front has previously been fairly quiet, according to Carter, but is starting to heat up.
“At the top of the list of course is the budget,” she said. “We put a lot of effort into assisting the Maryland Tourism Council, Maryland Office of Tourism Development, etc., in lobbying efforts to keep funding for tourism. Tourism is the fourth largest employer in Maryland. Weekly conference calls are held with the Maryland Tourism Council to discuss all bills relative to tourism and small business, from the day session opens until sine die in mid-April.”
President Sue Wendlandt, Sandy Hill Family Camp, Quantico, presided over the meeting. Past MAC President Mike Irons, Ole Mink Farm, Thurmont, is the current president of the Northeast Campground Association.
Other discussion topics were benefits from membership in the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and the upcoming ARVC conference in Savannah, Ga.
Mike Gurevich, owner of Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md., gave a class on “Going Green.”
“As the winner of the ARVC Going Green Award (at ARVC’s convention) in Las Vegas, Mike, his wife Linda and their staff have done an incredible job to make their park green, including being wind powered,” Carter said. “It was particularly interesting to have one of our own tell us how they did it.”
The next MAC meeting will be held at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md., on Nov. 1.