When did you begin volunteering at Wildwood?
To the best of my recollection I began volunteering around 2006. I live North of the River and had thought Wildwood was just for Opera, so I have missed out on some really wonderful events due to my own ignorance! I found out about this treasure when Wildwood was seeking volunteers in an email from The Rep where I have been a longtime volunteer. I had no idea the Park was so beautiful and had never really thought about festivals. Boy, did I discover the many wonderful events, performing arts, artists, music, etc. that are associated with Wildwood!
Why do you choose to volunteer at Wildwood?
Not all of us can write big patron checks, but what we can do is give of ourselves. Our time does translate into money as non-profits could not survive without volunteers. Being a WILDMan allows me to serve the arts and the community that I dearly love. I volunteer for other organizations but Wildwood makes me feel like I am part of the Wildwood family!
What has been your favorite event/concert/festival to volunteer for at Wildwood?
My favorite event was a collaboration between The Rep and Wildwood for a Shakespearean play. The production was outside in front of Swan Lake and some actors come in by boat! The backdrop and scenery was a wonderful mix of modern steel and fabric and lighting transformed the production into a magical experience! Guests brought chairs or blankets and sat on the lawn. We also had to option of a delicious box dinner! And of course, wine!
What is your best piece of advice for new volunteers?
I always try to treat members and guests as I think we all should be treated! Always be grateful for the opportunity to serve others. Remember no job is too small or too big that team work can’t accomplish!