Sunday, August 23, 2009

GPAC Success!

Hi Folks! It's been a crazy week and today we are finally winding down. As you may know, I started my first day as Executive Director of the Glove Performing Arts Center (GPAC) last Monday, the 17th of August. I hit the ground running as Beatlemania Again was arriving at the Glove on Saturday. There were a number of crisis that we managed to avert and I spent the week at meetings, visiting with the show's sponsors and taking apart my office and going through old files one by one, trying to assess the Glove's status with regards to fund raising and grants. We're in OK shape but there is a core group of volunteers here who are passionate about the theater and dedicated to its success. I was thrilled to be a part of this team and dove right in. It all culminated in last night's brilliant success. The line for tickets was out the door and down the street. I walked outside with Mr. Samrov, the Glove's historian and most dedicated volunteer. The two of us were holding hands and jumping up and down with joy. Corny? Yes. But I gotta tell you, it was fun. We both feel the same way about the theater and it was nice to be there to see things turning around. The Glove has a long struggling history and our hope is that things are on the upswing. It would be great to see. That being said, I can admit to being more tired than I have been in a long time. I don't care what Manolo Blahnik says, high heels are the invention of the devil. I think I've sworn them off for life. One night of bling and I'm ready for physical therapy. My toes have been living the good life all summer, flip flops and water shoes. They were shoved into a pair of pumps and all the old ailments returned. Leg cramps and calouses. Ouch. This in addition to the week of stair climbing that went on as my office is on the second floor of the Theater. No stairmaster for me, I was doing the real thing! Up and down, up and down. I will be ready for Tappy Hour in no time! We're hoping to get a ladies class started in the fall, and we'll see where we go from there. Jerry was, as he always is, right there beside me pitching in and helping me wherever needed. He always makes me look good, no matter what task I undertake. It has been a busy and rewarding week, but I have not forgotten the pull of the peace and quiet that exists at Blue Line Farm. I am enjoying working "in town" and think it will be a nice change of pace this winter. I have no shoulder surgeries scheduled and have put two years behind me in the recuperation department. There is a different pace here in the north country, and it fits me like a Glove (pun intended.) I stand in my office and look out the big window over looking Main Street and I can see the shopkeepers opening their awnings in the morning. It is a little bit like working and living next door to George Bailey - it is A Wonderful Life.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jen, your too make Jerry look good !!!