Need a massage? Volunteer for arts fest
July 10, 2009
Before Lauren Vitulli started working at the Kimball Art Center, she was just one of a few hundred to volunteer for the annual arts festival.
The Kimball Arts Festival, which will be held Aug. 1 and 2 on Main Street, requires the help of about 200 volunteers. They will greet thousands of patrons, paint faces, serve concessions, sell tickets, set up tables and booths, and, of course, have fun.
"The jobs are pretty simple," said Vitulli, who is now the volunteer coordinator for the Kimball. "We like nice, enthusiastic people."
Volunteers receive Arts Festival T-shirts, free lunch, admission to festivities and a 30-minute massage from Knead a Massage. Shifts are four-hours and volunteers are asked to serve at least eight hours for the weekend. Jobs are doled out on a first-come-first-serve basis, so Vitulli recommended signing up early.
Shade, snacks and plenty of water will be provided.
Showing up for shifts on time is important, but, responsibilities aside, having fun is one of the boons of serving.
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"It’s just plain fun," said Sandra Vogt, a longtime volunteer who lists the arts festival as one of her favorite opportunities to give back. "I believe in the arts. It’s all about having a good balance between sports and the arts in our resort town."
Every year, Vogt works with plenty of people new to town as well as arts festival veterans. "People know it’s a good chance to meet people," Vogt said. "Beware. If you do it one year, you will be addicted."
Volunteer Debbie Bump enlists friends and coworkers at Frontier Bank to participate. So far, she’s at 10. "I loved the bands last year, and the artwork," she said. "Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s fun to see how people make their living."
Bump volunteers with her husband. She recommends working the arts festival with friends or family. Vitulli said volunteers should be over 16 years old unless they partner with adults.
For more information or to sign up, visit kimballartcenter.org or call Lauren Vitulli at 649-8802, extension 105. Volunteers should check in at the Kimball before entering festival gates.