Broadway Our Way goes on through the rain
Even a little rain couldn't dampen the allure of free barbecue and live music Saturday, as people braved the weather to attend the Broadway Our Way festival.
The rain wasn't enough to drive away the bands or the barbecue chefs, either, even though the music was moved indoors and the festival didn't hold the popular best-pork contest it usually does.
"[Broadway Our Way] is the only one we do," said Kevin Godwin, who was cooking at the Smokehouse Gang grill with his friend Adam Hawes and others. "We don't compete, don't do catering. We just do this one, to support Broadway."
That sentiment was echoed by the folks at the other three tents, who all came to give away their food and labor for the sake of community. The community responded, with people lining up in anticipation of the food being ready for their plates at 11 a.m. as others played corn hole at the fire station, trying to stay dry.
All down Main Street, tents lined the road pushing political candidates, civic groups or other causes. The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce also had a tent advertising its upcoming Arts and Vine Festival — a celebration of pottery and other crafts, along with some wine tasting — that will be held May 4 and 5 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.
Chamber of Commerce President Bob Joyce said a large portion of the crowd had come up and inquired about the festival, a good sign for the event that replaced the former Sanford Pottery Festival last year.
Broadway Mayor Donald Andrews said he hoped that if Broadway Our Way couldn't get good weather, at least the Arts and Vine Festival might. But pointing out the crowds inside the community center listening to bands, and the families who were huddled under tents eating barbecue or venturing out into the street to mingle, he said he wasn't pessimistic about how this year's event turned out.
"We're trying to make lemonade out of lemons," Andrews said a few hours after the all-day festival began.
Broadway Town Commissioner Lynn Greene added: "We just don't have much sugar."
"No," Andrews responded, with a resigned laugh. "But we do have a lot of water."