Volunteers Needed for Folk Festival

It’s just about that time of year again, when musicians from all over the Southwest converge on our little mountain town for a weekend of camaraderie, jamming, and strutting their stuff for an appreciative audience. The Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music, in partnership with Flagstaff Cultural Partners and the Pioneer Museum, proudly presents the 12th Annual Flagstaff Folk Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30, 2013 (http://flagfolkfest.org/). The Folk Fest takes place on the grounds on the Coconino Center for the Arts and Pioneer Museum, runs from 10 am to 6 pm each day and features 4 stages with over 150 performers from all around Arizona and surrounding states. There are educational workshops, jam sessions, food and beverage vendors and of course, wonderful home-grown music. It’s also the last weekend you can buy Early-Bird tickets to the Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival, happening September 13-15 this year. On top of all that, admission is only $5 per person each day, or $15 for the entire family! The Coconino Center for the Arts and Pioneer Museum are located at 2700 N Fort Valley Road, on Hwy 180, about 2 miles north of downtown Flagstaff. Special thanks this year go once again to Barry Malpas and Anne Wittke, who have taken on the monumental task of making this great event happen.

We need vonuteers! As you can imagine there are myriad details and tasks that need to be handled to make a festival of this size run smoothly. We’re looking for a lot of volunteers to help with various aspects of the festival including hanging posters in advance of the festival, festival setup and tear down, and helping out during the festival. We’re asking volunteers to work at least one 3-hour shift. In return, you’ll get a $4 food voucher, free entry for the day, and the satisfaction of being part of this great gathering. Anne Wittke is coordinating volunteers so please contact her at wittke.anne@gmail.com and let her know you’re available and in which area you’re interested in working. Feel free to forward this to folks you know who may want to volunteer.

Here’s a schedule of the various positions and shifts that need to be staffed.

putting up posters   2 weeks before the festival (now!)

setup                    Fri afternoon/evening

parking                   some slots may still be available

entrance table:      12pm-3pm, 3pm-6pm, Saturday

entrance table:        9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm, 3pm-6pm, Sunday

musician check in:   3pm-6pm, Saturday

musician check in: 12pm-3pm, 3pm-6pm, Sunday

info/sales table:      12pm-3pm, 3pm-6pm, Sunday

timekeeper gallery: 12-3, 3-6 Saturday

timekeeper gallery:  9-12, 3-6 Sunday

timekeeper/sound outdoor amphitheater: 3-6 Saturday

timekeeper/sound outdoor amphitheater: 9-12, 3-6 Sunday

tear down & clean up:   Sunday evening

Brief descriptions of the various jobs can be found at http://flagfolkfest.org/volunteering/. Please consider being a part of this great festival by helping out for a few hours. You may contact Anne Wittke at wittke.anne@gmail.com. You can find a performance and workshop schedule and all the other information you need at http://flagfolkfest.org/.

Get ready for a music-packed weekend at the 12th Annual Flagstaff Folk Festival, June 29 & 30, 2013!

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