Plans for Wolf’s inauguration slowly taking shape

    Organizers of Democratic Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s inauguration say the celebration will be comparable to those of other recent Pennsylvania governors.

    And like past inaugurals, the Jan. 20 events will likely take on their own character.

    For example, Republican Tom Ridge celebrated his re-election in 1999 with two days of festivities, including a flyover by Pennsylvania National Guard jets, a concert by ’60s recording stars and a lavish inaugural ball in Hershey.

    Ridge’s term was interrupted when President George W. Bush tapped him as the nation’s first homeland security director following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    Ridge’s successor, Mark Schweiker, limited his inauguration to a swearing-in ceremony on the Capitol steps. Instead of an inaugural ball, he held a private dinner reception for friends and relatives.

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