The fate of many weddings booked at Shade Trees and Evergreens is still unknown. As someone who recently had a wedding in Frederick County, I cannot overstate how unacceptable it is to treat local families this way. Most large wedding venues in Frederick County are booked at least a year out, with couples investing tens of thousands of dollars to bring their loved ones together to celebrate.
Almost all of that money goes to local small businesses such as caterers, bakers, florists, etc. Every weekend, each of these venues bring hundreds of out of town visitors to Frederick County.
We’re spending millions to put a conference center downtown, hoping to attract visitors, while shutting down a venue that’s been bringing hundreds of visitors here every weekend for 10 years without ever asking for a dime.
Is it any wonder that people question the motives of our county executive branch, which supports both of these actions at the same time? How does County Executive Jan Gardner justify supporting one business while shutting down the other? Could it be that one company is more politically connected than the other?