Hobbitat Receives 2017 Bright Lights Award

Last Updated on Jul 6, 2017 at 8:55am | Specialty Manufacturing

Maryland comptroller Peter Franchot will be in Garrett County today, July 6, 2017, to present the 2017 Bright Lights Award for Garrett County for innovation and contributions to Maryland’s economy to Hobbitat, a tiny-home builder based in McHenry, that started in 2012 by building 13 cabins — or “hobs” — at Blue Moon Rising, a vacation retreat at Deep Creek Lake. The company, operated by Bill and Sue Thomas, now uses reclaimed and repurposed materials to create energy efficient spaces.
The presentation will be held at noon, after which Franchot will travel to Granstville, where he will present a proclamation to Linda Kling, manager at the family-owned High Country Creamery and Market. The business was founded in 2014 by the late Olen Beitzel with his daughter, Ms. Kling, grandson Brandon Kling, and partner Mark Folk. More than 10 cheeses are made from local milk by the company.