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Volunteer Spotlight – March 2019

Volunteering through the generations! Each month, our volunteer committee decides on volunteers to spotlight! For March 2019, we’ve selected one of our youngest volunteers as well as one of our veterans to showcase how volunteering is a tradition over generations.

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Staci Scheetz

Q: When did you start volunteering with ArtsQuest and why?
A: I started volunteering about 2 years ago when I turned 14. I needed the community service hours in order to graduate high school. By the end of that year I had finished all of my hours just through ArtsQuest. I also felt the need to give back to the community. I’ve been going to Musikfest since I was 2 weeks old. I just fell in love with volunteering and ever since then I haven’t stopped.

Q: What volunteer opportunities are your favorite and why?
A: My favorite thing to volunteer for would have to be selling tickets at Musikfest. I’ve had my share of good and bad times selling them. It’s a lot of fun to interact with everyone. I’m also really excited for when I’m old enough to help out with the performers and being able to hear more of the music. I love music and it’s always a great environment.

Q: If you could bring one act to Musikfest or some other event, who would they be and why?
A: I would bring Logan Henderson to Musikfest. I’ve loved him ever since I was younger watching him in Big Time Rush. I haven’t listened to him solo until recently and listening to his music has helped me through some pretty rough times. I also just saw him perform a free show recently and had the pleasure of getting to speak to him for a little bit. The way he interacted with me as well as other fans was incredible. He’s so kind and friendly to everybody and some artists aren’t like that. It was a really amazing experience.

Q: When you’re not volunteering for ArtsQuest, what do you like to do in your spare time?
A: In my spare time I like to work at my job with the amazing people I work with as well as focusing on school and my studies. When I’m not working or at school I like to do photography and helping my little brothers baseball team. Photography is something I love to do but helping with my brothers baseball team means a lot to me. I played for 10 years of my life and I think it’s fun to now be able to help the next generation of baseball players.

Q: If you wanted to convince your friends to volunteer at ArtsQuest, what would you tell them?
A: I would tell my friends how amazing it feels to give back to the community and how much fun it is to volunteer at such a welcoming place. I would also tell them that it’s amazing to volunteer with so many incredible people. It’s amazing to see how many people of all different age groups volunteering for the reason.

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Karen Bader

Q: When did you start volunteering with ArtsQuest and why?
A: My husband and I were involved with Musikfest from the beginning. It sounded exciting, wonderful, and a place to be and volunteers were needed. We lived a mile away and it was easy to get to, so we volunteered in 1984, the year it all began. I have been volunteering non stop since that first year.
We also volunteered for Christkindlmarkt in the early years. My favorite activity was helping Santa, and working in the children’s gift shop. Decisions, excruciating decisions, for the children.

Q: What volunteer opportunities are your favorite and why?
A: I have done everything except drive the Musikfest shuttle bus. The first 2 years I pumped soda from the big canisters. The hovering wasps are still a memory, I never got stung. They would land in a soda puddle on the canister top, body pulsating, drink their fill, and fly off. Respect the wasp, the wasp respects the human!

Q: If you could bring one act to Musikfest or some other event, who would they be and why?
A: I am intrigued by The Big Easy Brass Marching Band from Easton. They perform New Orleans style music, appropriately costumed. It brings us the feeling of Mardi Gras and joyous celebration. Spectators are invited to join in the “second line parade”. It’s a lot of fun!

Q: When you’re not volunteering for ArtsQuest, what do you like to do in your spare time?
A: Now that I am retired, I volunteer. It was our way of “giving back.” In the daytime, I volunteer at 3 different sites. In the evenings I volunteer at five of the local theaters. In addition, I am on the program committee for 2 different organizations, as well as a Board Member of another. Warm months is gardening time and, of course, Musikfest!

Q: What change in ArtsQuest do you believe has had the biggest impact over the years?
A: For me, the biggest change was SteelStacks and the move of some stages to the SouthSide. Personally, I miss the “Made in the USA” collared shirts with the pocket. Anyone remember them?