Many friends and family enjoyed the beautiful weather on Saturday, August 20, for “Food, Fun & Music,” an event for Margaret Phipps who is running for re-election for the Register of Wills in Calvert County. Held at Sassafras Farms, Dunkirk, guests enjoyed great music by Andre Jones, delicious food and lots of raffles. The profits will assist with costs for her campaign.
Margaret Phipps has always loved to serve people. The Office of Register of Wills oversees the administration of all estate proceedings. This includes appointing personal representatives to administer decedents’ estates, admitting wills to probate, auditing accounts of the personal representatives, determining and collecting Maryland inheritance tax, fees and court costs, and serves as Clerk to the Orphan’s Court. The Register and staff assist and advise the public in the preparation of all required administrative forms.
Margaret Phipps has the legal know-how, technical expertise, experience, compassion and understanding as a Register of Wills. She is a member and past-president of the Maryland Registers of Wills Association, and serves as the chairperson of the Maryland Register of Wills Automation Committee. Maryland has one of the most advanced computer systems in the State.
Throughout the day pints of homemade canned pickles were handed out as door prizes. Two homemade birdhouses were raffled off. The silent auction included a gift basket from Dream Weaver Café, Prince Frederick; a $50 gift card from Mission BBQ; and two vintage Longaberger Baskets filled with canned goods.
Bartley Woods served as the emcee throughout the day. Before the delicious lunch, Mike Phipps, Margaret’s son, said grace. The location, Sassafras Farm, offered a unique location. There are two locations, in Huntingtown and Dunkirk, owned by brothers whose mission is to raise the best Angus beef and Berkshire pork around. If you love a good steak, this is the place to purchase locally grown, natural raised beef!
Also in attendance at the event were Commissioner Buddy Hance, Darryl Roberts – candidate for Commissioner 3rd District, Trisha Powell – candidate for Commissioner 1st District; Rick Pierneck and Bob Harvey – candidates for States Attorney; Jay Johnson and Ricky Cox – candidates for Sheriff; and Bill Bates, candidate for House of Delegates 29C.
Asking Margaret Phipps why she would like to continue in her role as Register of Wills she responded: “Losing a loved one is traumatic and dealing with the aftermath becomes a daunting task for all families. I have spent my career working to guide and help these families. My goal is to have our office treat these families with compassion and professional and courteous service.”
Please enjoy the picture gallery below.
Photo credits: Carl Fleischhauer.
Joyce Stinnett Baki / Special to Calvert Beacon