September 24, 2011
By Mike Collins
Persistent rain showers did not dampen the spirits of AOPA Aviation Summit guests attending Rock ‘n Rally at Hartford-Brainard Airport on Sept. 23. The event was part of Summit’s Airportfest.
Guests were able to sample a variety of cuisine from several Hartford restaurants, which served their specialties to pilots from around the country.
The music of Connecticut band Out of Touch occasionally was accented by the sounds of aircraft departing the airport. Among the couples dancing to the band’s classic rock and soul tunes were Gene and Laura Poppel of Pottstown, Pa.—newlyweds who were married only five days earlier.
Signs welcome visitors to Rock n Rally
Couples dance during a break in the rain
Early diners enjoy food and appetizers
AOPA President Craig Fuller talks with a guest
The band Out of Touch plays for the crowd
AirportFests Rock n Rally winds down
Newlyweds Laura and Gene Poppel dance
Mike Collins has worked for AOPA’s media network since 1994. He holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating.
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