PLEASE JOIN THE BLUE HERON VOLUNTEER CREW!

Our GOAL is to have a well-organized, clean, safe, fun festival. To do this we need 700+ volunteers who want to help create a foundation for love & peace to flourish.

WHAT WE GIVE YOU:

  • Your weekend ticket
  • A way to FEEL GOOD for helping the Heron
  • A chance to widen your circle of Heron friends
  • Early entry on Thursday

WHAT YOU GIVE US:

  • Nine hours during fest, or twelve hours pre or post fest
    (Many crew members give lots more hours than required); we appreciate this immensely!
  • Your commitment to support your crew & be present when scheduled

 

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VOLUNTEERS MAKE A HAPPY HERON FOR EVERYONE!

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gbhcrew@gmail.com

Phone: 716-761-7190

Postal Address:
Great Blue Heron
2361 Wait Corners Rd
Panama, NY 14767

 

VOLUNTEER CREW DESCRIPTIONS:

 

VOLUNTEER COORDINATION:

We need people who have office skills and who are able to schedule and process volunteer applications in May and June!  At festival time, this crew is out at the gates checking people in. On festival Sunday and Monday, we are doing refunds.  If you have good people skills and love to see The Heron well organized, this is the crew for you.
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L to R – Lynnie Osterstuck, Cole Hezebicks, Tammy Rayborne, Minde Hankins

HQ & INFO CENTER:

We are looking for festival veterans for HQ; people familiar with the workings of the festival and property. This crew is busy for about 10 days, including pre and post fest responsibilities, and we’d like to find a few new people willing to work more than 9 hours. We handle the phones, cart & radio equipment, tool room inventory and Lost & Found. Let us know if you are a good sign maker.

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L to R: Marie Evans, Tammy Rayborne, Joe McMahon

SECURITY:

This crew helps keep the peace, check wristbands and ensure the safety of our guests. We work around-the-clock, so let us know if you are a night owl or an early bird. We hire a professional crew to handle the tough stuff and support our efforts, so having previous security training or certification is not necessary. “Show your wristband!” is our mantra.

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L to R front row: Dan Mallaber, Patrick Schlipf, Ed Sindelar, David Weinberg, John DiPierro,
Tom DiPierro, Renee Manning, Annie Ostrander
L to R back row: Skye Rockcastle, Matt Duffy, Ron Falise, Rick Lynch, Charlie Rados.

FIRST AID:

If you are certified in First Aid, Nursing, or EMT, or if you have experience in first aid, please apply. This is an around-the-clock crew working out of our First Aid building. The Sherman Fire Department supports our volunteer crew when needed. We appreciate everyone’s help making the festival site safe for all attendees, especially our young ones

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L to R: Dave White, Ben Brauchler, Nicole Winslade, Bill Fritz.

TICKETS:

If you’re an experienced money handler, come help us greet our guests. We’re proud of how efficiently our gates run, and it does take “high functioning folks” to handle the fast pace and make correct change while they’re doing it! Most everyone loves this job though, because people are so excited to be finally arriving for the festival.

L to R Front: Barry Adams, John Grabowski, Jennifer Liuzzo, Joe Quiroz, Andrea E. Quiroz, Josh Lloyd, Bill Harmon.
L to R Middle: Ned Divine, Kim Teplitsky, Terri Boyer, Dodi Kingsfield, Katie Knaak
L to R, Back: Kristy & Joe Blask, JoAnn Casel, Sara Stansbery, Trevor Sharp, Nicole Saegert 
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PARKING:

Help move them in and move them out. Be friendly and show them where to park or camp. It’s pretty easy. We need more dependable people for Saturday and Sunday shifts and possibly an additional shift captain for those days.

L to R:  Jennie & Jim Kaleta, Emil Harnass, Hilary Entley,  Christen & James Osborne

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SHUTTLE:

If you have lots of farm tractor experience or would like to be a “Rider” on the wagon who watches out for safety, this is a crew for you.

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Front: Ron Miller, Kyle Brown.

RECYCLING:

We keep the festival clean and beautiful by setting up and maintaining recycling stations, sorting and packing returnables, & grooming the grounds. Rainbow Recycling headquarters is near the main stage so you can always enjoy the music! We’re looking for dependable overnighters and post-fest workers.

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L to R: Jody Perrin, Matt Perrin, Amanda Boninsegna, Anthony Rocciardi,
Jennifer Ricciardi, Cassidy Kingsfield.

Rainbow Recycling MySpace Page

HOSPITALITY:

We feed the performers, their guests and our core crew. Experienced cooks, prep people and clean-up help please apply. Some pre-fest/post-fest positions are available.

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L to R:  Ian Anderson, Bes Franchina,& Barb Cassevoy of B&B catering, Dan Mallaber, Back: Debi Mellott.

CAFE:

These folks sell coffee, tea, soda, fresh pizza and homemade goodies at the Tiger Maple Stage in the woods. Cash register experience is useful. Late night people and early risers appreciated here!
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L to R: Maggie Fry, Barry Smith.

KIDS TENT:

Those of you who love the little ones and have teaching, art, or craft experience would enjoy this crew. We are always looking for new projects and project leaders for our 400+ festival goers under the age of 12.

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L to R: Michelle Sudyn, Marie Tomlinson, Back: Sue Bennett.

TEEN TENT:

We’re looking for energetic and creative volunteers to hang with our lively teen population. You must be at least 25 years old for this crew. We offer lots of games and craft projects for our young people and need volunteers to be involved and facilitate these. Our Saturday night beach party needs adult supervision, too.

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L to R: Scott Bennett, Brad Bennett.

BEACH:

Certified Life Guards make up the volunteer part of this crew, though we can use some “beach helpers” (16 year old minimum), with Basic First Aid and CPR training. Keeping our families safe at the waterfront is a very important task!

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Andrea Ticknor

MERCH BOOTH:

Merch booth would like a few highly responsible new people who have retail and cash register skills. Our products include the band’s CDs and merch and the official Blue Heron tee shirts, hats, etc., plus ice and water. We have the best location possible to work and listen to music at the same time.

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L to R: Judy Clonan-Smith, David Grace, Back: Brenda Backus, Barbie Johnston.

STAGE & PERFORMER LIAISON:

These folks include the stage managers & MCs that make sure the show goes as planned on our three stages. Volunteer positions are available as Performer Liaisons.This is a weekend long commitment to help load equipment in & out,transport people and stuff between stages and to tend to the needs of the musicians.There is some down time between set-ups, but you have to pay attention to the
clock & schedule and show up, no matter what. You also need a good back and a cooperative disposition. We strive to make our performers happy so we get the best show ever.
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Front: Michael Schmitt, Rob Hillard, Fred Parker Debi Mellott
Back: Lori Johnston, Ken Hardley, Todd Hutchinson, Dave Hedin

About Spring, Set-up, Site & Post-Fest Crews

(12 hours required, split between 2 or more days)

SPRING WORK CREW

does repairs, projects, firewood, and office work etc. Assists with farm/garden chores with Green Heron Growers, our organic farm, may also be needed. Please call the office to talk about your skills and availability. There aren’t many openings on this crew.

SET-UP CREW

begins on the Saturday before the fest. Tasks include staking & flagging the parking lots, snow fencing, laying the dance floor, and moving all sorts of things into place. Also needed is Pre-Kitchen crew, HQ/Office support and help with our Kids Camp. Again, please call the office, because there aren’t many openings on this crew.

SITE CREW DURING FEST

works to troubleshoot problems that arise on the land and fixes anything and everything. There aren’t many openings on this crew.

POST-FEST CREW

takes it all down and puts it all away. We need hard workers who are willing to stay (or return) for a day or two and get the land back in shape. Shifts are also available on the weekends following the festival. There ARE opening for this crew, but please do not sign up unless you have the time to fulfill the 12 hour commitment Monday into Tuesday post-fest.