There was an unusual sight in the Capitol Friday evening: A line of people that stretched from the governor's reception room down the stairs and all the way through the rotunda to the Senate wing.
Gov. Tom Wolf and his wife, Frances, had invited state workers in the Capitol region to meet them after the workday ended. The meet-and-greet began at 4 p.m. and continued for nearly an hour-and-a-half.
"It's nice to meet him," Melissa Batula, highway delivery division chief at the Department of Transportation, said leaving the reception room. "It shows the appreciation: One of his first acts was to show the appreciation for the people working for him."
"I've never seen a governor do this," said Tom Macioce, a colleague at PennDOT. "It's pretty neat."
Workers in line by the rotunda could grab snacks, paid for by Wolf's inaugural committee.
The reception continued a practice Wolf had at his family's kitchen-cabinet business, said his spokesman, Jeffrey Sheridan.
Speaking with reporters afterward, the new governor downplayed the novelty of the event.
"It's just normal," he said. "It's what you do: Go out and meet people."