Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) is planning three days of events next month to celebrate his assumption of office, including a gathering on the Eastern Shore he says will be less “fancy-schmancy” than his inaugural ball.
“It’s going to be a little more laid back,” Hogan said of the “people’s reception” at Sailwinds Park in Cambridge, which will feature a country-western band, beer and oysters. “People can come in jeans.”
Hogan, an Anne Arundel County businessman, is scheduled to take the oath of office as Maryland’s 62nd governor Jan. 21.
According to a schedule released by his inaugural committee, the day will begin with an invitation-only prayer service at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Annapolis.
The swearing-in of Hogan and Lt. Gov.-elect Boyd Rutherford (R) will be open to the public and is scheduled to begin at noon outside the State House, in keeping with tradition. After the ceremony, Hogan and Rutherford plan to host a public reception and receiving line inside the State House.
That night, the action moves north to Baltimore for an inaugural ball at the city’s convention center. Tickets for the event, which are available online, are $100 apiece. A “VIP reception” is scheduled beforehand at the adjacent Hilton hotel.
The celebration in Cambridge is scheduled three days later, on a Saturday. Tickets are $25 apiece.
Hogan said he wanted to return to Sailwinds Park, where he held the largest event of his campaign — a Sept. 28 gathering that was designed to show his support among watermen and farmers.
In his surprise win last month over Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D), Hogan racked up some of his largest margins of victory in counties on the Eastern Shore.
The new governor’s inaugural activities will conclude the day after the reception in Cambridge with a free event in Columbia featuring Hogan’s wife, Yumi, and Monica Rutherford, the wife of his running mate.
Hogan spoke about his inaugural plans Monday during a break from serving meals at Paul’s Place, a facility in southwest Baltimore that provides an array of services for the needy.
Wearing a red Santa’s cap as he offered those moving through the food line a choice of a salad or cabbage and carrots, Hogan was joined by his wife and one of their daughters. Also on hand were Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) and his wife, Anne Maher.
It was the second occasion since last month’s election at which Hogan and Franchot, the state’s tax collector, appeared chummy in public. Two weeks ago, they visited Eastern Shore businesses together.
Hogan is scheduled to resume the work of assemblying his government Tuesday. Aides say he plans to name six more secretaries to a Cabinet that will eventually number about two dozen. He has already named four Cabinet members and two people on his senior staff.
Hogan and outgoing Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) are scheduled to meet Tuesday in what aides for both men describe as the first in a series of sessions to talk about transition issues. Earlier this month, O’Malley’s family hosted Hogan’s family at the governor’s mansion.