I spent all last week shopping for and helping my daughter move into her first apartment. Three loads later, on Saturday we finally finished taking the last of our old stuff to her house in Baltimore. After we got back from that last trip, we decided to head over to Barley and Hops (there’s a bit of sound on that website so turn down your speakers if you don’t want to hear it) for a beer. That was when we heard the first of several horror stories from people who were trying to get over to Linganore Winecellars for their Reggae Festival that was held over the weekend.
Most of what we heard was about the horrendous wait along Route 75 and Glissans Mill Road. One story we heard was from someone who waited four hours sitting in traffic, only to be turned away when the winery had to stop letting people in. We really wanted to go on Sunday but couldn’t make it (for reasons other than the fear of traffic). Now I see a little blurb about it in the FNP. I don’t know what the answer is to the problem, but I do know that the roads to Linganore Winecellars can’t handle that kind of traffic. From the FNP:
The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls involving the 2009 Reggae Festival at Linganore Winecellars-Berrywine Plantations Saturday and Sunday.The sheriff’s office received complaints when traffic was bumper to bumper on Glissans Mill Road, said Cpl. Jennifer Bailey. Deputies cleared the traffic and only residents were allowed to go through at one point.
“The roads aren’t designed to handle that much traffic,” she said.
While there was security at the festival, a plan to control the large traffic flow was not in place, she said. The sheriff’s office will be working with the county’s permit office to make sure a plan is ready before next year’s festival. Three people were charged with driving under the influence on Sunday and a man was charged with disorderly conducted after he refused to obey a deputy’s commands Saturday, Bailey said. A purse and GPS were also stolen out of a vehicle.
Did anyone go? I’m really sorry we missed it.