Over the weekend I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time amongst the wine connoisseurs and spectators doing my political duties at the Autumn Wine Festival. Needless to say, with the weather the crowd wasn’t all that large. Here’s a shot I took yesterday afternoon:
Just as a comparison, I took this shot on Sunday afternoon at last year’s AWF.
So business was a little slow. You may recall last year had a chilly and cloudy Saturday but it didn’t rain, either. At least there was a little autumn color at the entrance.
Obviously having the still life scenes around makes for the opportunity to get in some nice photography, like these examples.
But the reason I was there was to coordinate the GOP booth at the festival. Business was pretty slow, but that’s to be expected during an off-year in the election cycle. Unlike last year, I didn’t have a lot to give away or decorate with.
To their credit, the local Democrats were there too. It’s the first time I recall them showing at a non-election year AWF.
It’s worth pointing out that neither side had a ton of volunteers but the Democrats’ tent was only staffed for a few hours on Saturday and they pulled up stakes before Sunday began. I had helpers most of the time both days so thanks to Gail, Woody, Leonard, Tom, Blan, Bob, and George for their assistance. Both parties had a conflicting event Saturday so it’s no surprise volunteers (and candidates) were hard to come by.
The music played as well. One of the Saturday acts was local saxophonist Everett Spells, who played in the rain – as the video shows.
Sunday started with local musician and former Bad Company bassist Paul Cullen.
Last year I highlighted the lingerie company that showed up, and they were there this year too. But this year I’ll focus on another vice.
You would think they’d be there on Sunday but they weren’t. It leads me to believe that either business was slow or they were figuring on dissatisfied customers. Maybe a hangover is to blame for the next picture – look closely.
I did find out one thing during my time at the AWF. The date for the event is not set by Wicomico County but by the group promoting Maryland wine. So we already have the same weekend set for 2010, which will be October 16th and 17th. Let’s all hope for much better weather and turnout.