Two posts ago here on IBlog (6 November) we wrote about a goodbye event scheduled for Sunday for our retiring congressmember, Maurice Hinchey, at the Hangar Theater. Now we have a big tip for Ithaca Blog readers for getting in: get there early.
Originally, doors were scheduled to open at 1 p.m. for an event advertised as 1 p.m. The co-ordinator figured, how long will it take people to settle in for the event? Ten minutes?
Volunteers for the event were aghast. They know it takes an Ithaca crowd a long time to settle down and settle in. Friends must be met. Acquaintances must be talked to. News and feelings must be shared. Gossip must be gleaned. All this takes time.
The co-ordinator relented. Doors are now scheduled to open at 12:15. We recommend for sure being there then. We will be surprised if the Hangar is not completely filled, and quickly.