What an exciting day! Haywood Hall played host to Food Network’s Throwdown with Bobby Flay. A week ago, I booked a production for the Food Network, but all I knew was that it would be a feature during their upcoming Grill Week. The production staff told me they were coming to Raleigh to profile local Pitmaster Ed Mitchell, and I never suspected that there might be more to it than that. What can I say? I’m gullible!
Earlier this week, the weather was gorgeous here in Raleigh. Unfortunately, that taste of spring was just a teaser. Today was cold and rainy — not exactly grilling weather. But the production crew was amazing. They made everything work, and the day was a great success.
I know this photo is poorly focused, but it’s the only one I got of Bobby and Ed by themselves. All of the guests were anxious to get a photo or autograph, so I got only one chance at this particular shot. I honestly don’t know what happened with the focus. Let’s pretend like someone bumped me. I didn’t take many photos today because I did not want to interfere with the work of the production crew. They asked that no one photograph while they were filming, and I was careful to respect their wishes. I do have a few more photographs which can be found on the Haywood Hall blog.
Today’s inauguration of Governor Bev Perdue is historic in that she becomes North Carolina’s first female governor. For me, the day was significant simply because it was the first time I had attended an inaugural event. All week long I’ve watched out my back door as preparations have progressed, and it’s been as though I could feel an increasing excitement. By this morning, I was more than ready for the big day.
I was greatly impressed the Inaugural Ceremonies, which were held on the steps of the Archives and History Building. I have heard that there was seating for 5,000 people. I found a seat about 1/4 of the way back and was able to take photographs throughout the event.
Governor Perdue listens to opening remarks.
Governor Perdue delivers her inaugural address.
As excited as I was about the inauguration, the highlight of the day came after the Governor’s address when I finally got to see my lifelong hero — Andy Griffith.
After the cermonies had concluded, I walked down Blount Street to look for a friend who I suspected might be there with the Highway Patrol. While I didn’t find my friend, I did discover the exit where the Council of State and distinguished guests were leaving. There I had a close-up view as three North Carolina governors and one senator exited the building. As a matter of fact, I was even lucky enough to shake hands with and speak to Governor Perdue and Senator Hagan.
Governor Mike Easley
Governor Perdue greets well-wishers.
Former Governor Jim Hunt
Senator Kay Hagan poses for a photo with Griselle Williams, a Smithfield Middle School teacher.