LETTER: MFoA Performing Arts Committee says ‘thank you’

To the editor:

The Marblehead Festival of Arts Performing Arts Committee would like to thank the many people and community members that helped us present our 56th Performing Arts Concerts @ Crocker Park during our 57th Festival. As always, our lineup required an incredible amount of assistance and we’d like to acknowledge the tremendous support received this year.

Thanks to: All our performers who were great to work with, and really gave us their all for these tremendous shows! To the Festival volunteers who always enthusiastically do their part, and the sound & lights crew, without whom we could not do the gig, including; Morrell Reynolds, Todd Rocco, Lawrence Habin and Claude Richardson, plus our in-house pros Jerry Morvillo and Rob Bernstein from Matty Colon Productions Unlimited for making it all look and sound so good! Thanks to our Internship Program Coordinator John Krivit and our 2023 student interns plus crew of Abby Wheeler, Jamie Wheeler, Joey Smith and the NYC gang, as we continue the 20+ year tradition of education, very hard work and lots of laughs! Thanks also to Kathy Culkin for feeding the crew!

Our deepest gratitude goes to the following local restaurants for their donations to feed our performers. As always, we invite you to visit these giving members of our community and when you do, thank them for their donations to this year’s Festival: Amore Kitchen (Maria & Daniel), The Landing (Rob), Three Cod Tavern (Chip), Evan’s Deli (Evan), Café Italia (Donna & Mark), Casa Corona (Felix), Manhattan Sandwich Shoppe (Mike & Kaitlin), House of Pizza (Tom) and The Beacon (Johnny & Edgar). Thanks also to Ralph Khouri for gracing our stage with the beautiful oriental rug!

Thanks to the Select Board and staff for their support. And to town officials for providing access to historic Crocker Park, one of the most beautiful concert venues in the world! Thanks also to Peter James, Sam Andrews and the Rec and Parks Department for helping us keep the park clean and safe. Thanks also to Rick Macomber of Macomber Electricians for his annual efforts to keep the “juice” flowing.

Thanks to this year’s Festival President Jodi Tatiana Charles, Bill Smalley and the 2023 Festival Board of Directors, along with so many others for supporting our efforts.

Special thanks once again to our technical director and Mr. Festival, Robb Macomber, for doing it all every year!

Thanks to Fred & Karl of Marblehead Hardware for the very kind “Traeger Grill Giveaway” prize donation.

Thanks to the Crocker Park neighbors and Mariner’s Lane Association. Hope your weekend was a great one. Thank you, thank you!

Finally, thank you to our beloved town of Marblehead and our incredible community for the forum to entertain and for being there to enjoy it all. It is so gratifying to see neighbors all together and to hear such positive feedback! It’s worth every minute of the time we put in to provide incredible performances to such a supportive audience!

We are already working on our 58th Festival and invite you to be part of the fun. Simply visit www.marbleheadfestival.org to join us or visit the Festival’s Facebook page for the latest updates and to post/share your Festival photos!

How lucky are we to share this great gift of performing arts with all of you. We never take it or your support for granted. A final thanks goes to you all!

Brian Wheeler, MFoA Performing Arts chairperson

Waterside Road

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