ROCKINGHAM — Wet weather may have dampened the crowds and some of the vendors, but organizers of Affair on the Square said the show must go on.
A heavy storm early Thursday afternoon and spotty showers as the evening wore on didn’t cause the Rockingham Downtown Corporation to cancel the biannual sidewalk event — just make adjustments.
One of those adjustments was moving Frankie Moree and Jeff Broom, performing as Dark Horse Duo, from Harrington Square to inside the gallery at Arts Richmond. The music echoed through the streets as the group played a variety of country and classic rock covers.
The inaugural Affair on the Square last October was also hampered by drizzly skies.
“We had rain earlier, but the skies have cleared and the exhibitors are setting up,” Sharon Nichols, a member of the RDC events committee, said just after the Affair began at 5 p.m. “Lots of people want things to happen in downtown Rockingham, and this is one of the things we have.”
Under a tent on East Washington Street, father and son Greg and Conner Hutchinson peddled their products: wooden puzzles and homemade pickles.
Greg Hutchinson stood behind his animal-shaped puzzles (cats, dogs, a duck and a turtle) and reindeer. He said he fell into making them after losing his job as a way to make a little extra money.
“I enjoy it,” he said. “Everybody should have a hobby and something to focus on.”
He said the cat pieces require a lot of concentration due to the intricate designs.
Hutchinson said he gets a lot of encouragement from his son and wife, Kim, who was helping Conner give out small samplings of his pickles, made from fresh in-season cucumbers.
Down the street, several members of Pee Dee Region Paranormal Group had several pieces of equipment they use during haunting investigations on display, along with raffle tickets to join them on out-of-state investigations.
There was also a makeup representative and a cart from Twisted Treats on the sidewalks, along with Ellen Brannick, who will soon re-open Helms Jewelers under a slightly different name.
Peggy Andersen stood in front of the Manufacturers Building painting the corner of Liberty Place, while a colleague painted a streetscape. However, they had to move under shelter once the rain got heavier.
Inside Pattan’s Downtown Grille, Kristin White, of Dennis Vineyards in Albemarle, was giving out samples of wine.
Meanwhile, Keith McLester and Roger Campbell performed inside Hudson Brothers Deli downstairs, while Daniel Webb taught a monthly painting class upstairs, before Ashleigh Arey’s “Pints and Poses” yoga class.
Reach William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.