There were enough chairs for half the crowd of 100. The rest stood against the walls or in the hall of Shelter Island Town Hall. One man joked that, after all, what else was there to do on Shelter Island on a weekday in January.
The occasion: The swearing-in Tuesday of newly elected town officials.
Resident Dave Draper, who hadn’t planned to come until a friend spotted him in the library across the street and invited him, was philosophical. “I voted for them. I know these people,” he said of the new office-holders. “If nothing else, this is a form of courtesy.”
The ceremonies were brief. No one made a speech, and Supervisor James Dougherty, above, merely pointed out to the crowd that there were brownies (courtesy of Town Clerk Dorothy Ogar), a pot of coffee and some cookies on a table in the back of the room.
“Let’s party,” he said.