— Friday morning dawned sunny and chilly, but easy smiles on the faces of bundled-up visitors and vendors conveyed the excitement of being part of the 47th annual Waterfowl Festival in downtown Easton on Nov. 10.
Dr. Bill Barnes manned the hot coffee, cider and roasted peanut cart for the Easton Ruritan Club outside the Waterfowl Building at Harrison and South streets ahead of the opening ceremony.
Mayor Robert Willey was on the scene, greeting local officials and visitors who gathered for the brief opening ceremony that featured the playing of the national anthem.
“It’s a nice atmosphere for people to walk around, get together, enjoy the area, enjoy the fellowship and have a good time,” Willey said.
John and Yuki Peckham came in from Los Angeles for their first Waterfowl Festival. Their toy poodle Ace was clad in trousers and sweater.
“This is a great place, a great festival. The people are just wonderful,” John Peckham said. “Everywhere we go here, the people are just very friendly.” They are hoping to move to the area in the future.
Visitors gravitated toward the street food venues that offered hot food and drinks.
Jesse Zelinski shucked Choptank River oysters, Scott’s United Methodist Church volunteers fried soft shell crabs, and the Haschens of Banning’s Tavern ladled chili and soup and grilled bratwurst.
“People are coming back for seconds, especially for the brats,” Linda Haschen said.
Inside the Avalon Theatre art gallery, Jarl Weyant of Whistle Stop Winery in Hydes, Md., manned one of the new Festival features. Visitors could purchase samples of wine.
Similar tasting venues were set up at Art at the Pavilion and the Waterfowl Festival building (the old armor y).
Festival “ducksitters,” teens who volunteer and earn service hours, were on hand to help out where they were needed. Selene Wagner, a sixth-grader at Easton Middle School, stayed warm and toasty in her mascot costume as the Fox.
A bundled-up Bill Barnes manned the hot beverages and roasted peanuts stand sponsored by the Easton Ruritan Club as the Waterfowl Festival got underway Friday morning.
Keeping warm in the Avalon Theatre art gallery, Jarl Weyant of Whistle Stop Winery in Hydes, Md., manned one of the new Festival features. Visitors could purchase samples of wine.
Easton Mayor Robert Willey smiled and greeted passersby as he awaited the opening ceremony of the 47th Waterfowl Festival on Friday morning.