Agnew versus annapolis society

The Baltimore Sun

Gov. Martin O'Malley might keep in mind the "High Society Revolt" of 1967 as he plans this summer's wining and dining in the state capital.

On June 13, 1967, The Sun reported that Gov. Spiro T. Agnew had outraged Annapolis' cultural elite by suggesting that the yearly "music and champagne bash" of the Annapolis Fine Arts Festival be held somewhere other than the State House.

Agnew felt the event was too frivolous for the location.

Organizers lashed back, snubbing the anti-social Agnew by removing his name from the guest list for the festival's traditional candlelight visit to the historic Hammond-Harwood House.

Agnew's predecessor, J. Millard Tawes, was a big supporter of the Fine Arts Festival and helped bring the ball to the State House. Agnew sat out the dance.

[Source: Paul McCardell, Sun library researcher .]

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