Call it the invasion of the politicians. However, it was a well-attended event thanks to the good weather.
I took this photo about 2:30 on Saturday – despite the cooler, windier conditions there were more people who came on Saturday. The first picture below came from in front of the stage around 3:30 Saturday, the next one down was from 5:30 Saturday, and the last 3:15 Sunday.
As you can see, the AWF was a well-attended event. Of course, being an election year that means a lot of politicians were there too. I’m going to start with the Democrats, who were well-represented Saturday because part of their statewide ticket was present.
Along with Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown (center in above photo with blue shirt), Congressman Frank Kratovil was also here to shore up his support. Here he’s pictured with Wicomico County Councilman Sheree Sample-Hughes.
While the lady next to him was much more camera-shy, County Executive Rick Pollitt was also gladhanding Saturday morning.
He was standing next to the Democrats’ tent, which served as their home base for the event. Much like a walkaround in Crisfield, the Democrats did a brief tour around the Wine Festival.
You really can’t miss those nearly day-glo green O’Malley shirts, much as you might like to. But they had their table full of info as well.
Needless to say, there were other Democrats who made time over the weekend to do some campaigning and perhaps drink a little wine. Among that group was County Council hopeful David Cowall (left-center in picture below) along with Orphan’s Court Judge candidate Peter Evans, who was a fixture at the festival.
District 38B Delegate candidate Gee Williams came over from Berlin on Sunday to shake some hands as well.
I didn’t get a picture of her, but also looking for votes was Patrice Stanley of District 37B. And lest you think the GOP didn’t get into the game, here are the two current ladies who represent that district, Addie Eckardt and Jeannie Haddaway. They’re joined by one of my volunteers, Woody Willing.
The other District 37 Republicans were present, too. Here’s Rich Colburn talking to County Councilwoman Gail Bartkovich.
Rounding out the District 37 slate was Dustin Mills (left) with his campaign manager Mark Biehl.
Two other state candidates from District 38 were in the house as well – in the first picture, Mike McDermott made sure to keep a sign with him. Below that, fellow District 38B hopeful Marty Pusey (left) was campaigning with a friend Sunday.
Of course, county GOP hopefuls were represented too. County Council at-large candidate Bob Culver stopped by our tent to say hello. Stevie Prettyman did too, but I didn’t get her picture.
Perhaps topping everyone, though, was this guy, Matt Maciarello.
He didn’t use our tent as a base since he had his own, cleverly bringing to the crowd’s attention some key endorsements.
Our tent was a little more low-key, with part of the reason being the heavy wind – less stuff to chase!
Bob McCarroll and Leonard Jett (pictured) are two of my helpers who I need to thank for their efforts. I also owe a shout of over the last two weekends to Mark McIver (for the tent), Ann Suthowski, Greg Belcher, Woody Willing, Ryan Hohman, Bob Miller, Bob Laun, and the Jesters (Jim, Cindy, and Shawn) for their assistance.
I also had fun with some of the photographic opportunities and wanted to give some free advertising to the people who make GREAT ice cream!
I just liked the way the banners looked from these two. It’s worth noting that the Cygnus tent had a minor collapse with Saturday’s winds; fortunately, no one was injured.
Bottle shots make a nice and colorful still life – these are from Far Eastern Shore Winery.
This one appealed to me because of the round shadow created by the large tent behind me and the perfect sun angle.
Finally, a sun-dappled reminder of the whole point of the event.
Given the attendees present, I think a growing number did and will.