The new Mayor and Council were elected on Sunday at the Fitzgerald Theater on a beautiful day. The auditorium was nearly filled and the inauguration started with great music from the Madrigal Singers. Eileen McGuckian did a wonderful job as the Master of Ceremonies, and as expected, integrated a bit of Rockville history whenever possible. The Rockville Police Department Color Guard presented the flags and we pledged allegiance to the flag and sung the national anthem. Then the Mayor and each of the Councilmembers were sworn into office, joined by their family and friends (John Britton’s daughter joined remotely by cell phone from her college in St. Louis). I was watching from the rear of the auditorium in the row with Carl Henn, Virginia Onley, Tom Moore, and Susan Hoffman–not sure how we all happened to be in the same place. Afterwards, a reception with food and punch in the foyer allowed the new Mayor and Council to mingle and celebrate (I ran into Waleed Ovase there, but didn’t see Trapper Martin–he’s in the restaurant business, so he was probably working). Here are a few snap shots from the day and you’ll probably spot some familiar faces.
Inauguration Marks New Beginning