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Bartending at the Arts Center

Last Sunday, John and I volunteered at the Art Center of Coastal Carolina for the first time. For several years, I had purchased season tickets for past productions and we both enjoyed the shows very much. One of my friends volunteers there and had explained the program to me – volunteer to usher and you get to see the show while you are there. I knew I wanted to sign up to do this as soon as we moved to Hilton Head full-time.

This fall I contacted the Art Center online by clicking their “Get Involved” link.  I was able to complete all the necessary paper work via email with their volunteer coordinator. Once that was completed, I was told to watch for an email for all volunteers announcing the dates for the upcoming show. When I received this email I responded right away and was able to secure the date that worked for us. So far, so good. When the day came, we were ready with our “uniform”: white shirt, black pants and comfortable shoes.


We arrived for our matinée shift one hour and 15 minutes before the show started, as requested. Although we were on time, we were the last of the volunteers to arrive, quickly learning you got to sign up for the assignments as you arrived. The experienced volunteers knew where they wanted to usher and all the “good” spots were long gone. In fact, all the ushering spots were taken, which left us with the role of bartending.  Since that’s how I paid my way through college, I was all over it! John handled the money and I made drinks both before the show and during intermission. It was fun getting to serve a thirsty crowd, several of them people we knew from the tennis courts.

We were able to watch the entire show, 42nd Street, thoroughly enjoying the wonderful production. The matinée was sold out, which meant we had to stand, but we had been advised this might happen and were prepared with comfortable shoes on our feet. It was a fantastic show, full of big dance numbers and lots of costume changes. We were happy with the experience and plan to volunteer again. If you would like to volunteer, click on the link “Get Involved” on their website www.artshhi.com. Maybe we will see you at the next show in February, Don’t Dress for Dinner.


About the author: Janet Turley is a freelance writer and speaker who lives on Hilton Head Island. She blogs about all the wonderful things to do on the island at janetturleyhiltonhead.com and about her tennis game at hiltonheadlovestennis.com. Contact her at janet@janetturleyhiltonhead.com

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