38th AFF thanks volunteers

The 38th Annual Alaska Folk Festival thanks volunteers — it wouldn’t happen without you!

Thanks to all the folks who came together to make the 38th Annual Alaska Folk Festival a success. It takes some 200 or more volunteers each year, from stage techs, stage managers and emcees to sound techs, membership table crew, workshop coordinators, performers and more. Below is a list of the many that made this festival happen:

Carol Ackerson, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Alaskan Brewing Company, Alaskan Bar, Alaska’s Capital Inn, Catherine Alexander, Cathie Allen, Mark Altman, Orren Barber, Eric Barker, Katie Bausler, Anissa Berry-Frick, Greg Beck, Rachael Beck, The Bear’s Lair, Rai and Sue Behnert, Julianna Bibb, Koren Bosworth, Ryan Bowers, Renee Breiling, Fiona Brown, Jamie Brown, Jeff Brown, Melanie Brown, John Brun, Linda Buckley, Bullwinkle’s Pizza Parlor, Sally Burch, Scott Burton, Centennial Hall, Erik Chadwell, Lauren Champagne, John Church, Capital City Weekly, Capital Copy, Amanda Compton, Cheryl Cook, Greg Cooperman, Collette Costa, Rod Crist, Lorie Daniels, Jasmine Darrah, Paul Davis, Nikki Dawson, Nancy DeCherney and the staff of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union, Sally Donaldson, The Driftwood Lodge, Ellen Eberhardt, Odette Edgar, Rick Edwards, Bill Eichenlaub, Shonti Elder, Grace Elliot, Lynette Ensor, Kathy Fanning, Alexandra Felt, Trevor Fiscus, Thomas Fitterer, Amy Fletcher, KRNN – FM, Sandy Fortier, Full Circle Music, Anne Fuller, John Gaguine, Gallery of the North, Girl Scout Troop 4055, Erin Gleason, Goldbelt Hotel, Rob Goldberg, Trevor Gong, Jim Grammel, Brian Grassmeyer, Kari Groven, Erin Hanson, Patti Harper, Pat Harris, Kim Hastings, John Hatton, Mark Heard, Hiram Henry, Jeanie Henry, Pat Henry, Heritage Coffee Company, Kathy Hocker, Herb Holeman, Robin Hopper, Dan Hopson, Terry Hoskinson, Steve Houlihan, Charles Hughes, Charlie Hunt, John Ingalls, The Island Pub, J.L. Sherburne Landscape Design, Bobby Jack, Jerry’s Meats and Seafood, David Job, Catherine Johnson, Juneau Artist Gallery, Juneau Bone and Joint Clinic, Juneau Contra Dancers, Juneau Convention and Visitor Bureau, Juneau Empire, Juneau Family Health and Birth Center, Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival, Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, June Johnson, Suzanne Johnston, Annie Kaill’s, Emily Kane, Barbara Kelly-Page, Sat Nam Khalsa, Mark Kjeerstad, Ron Kotyk, Dolly Kremers, John Kremers, Leah LaBar, John Lager, John Laskey, Terri Laskey, Bob Laurie, Beth Leibowitz, Joyce Levine, Tony Mates, Maria Mattson, Kris McCune, Albert McDonnell, Greg McLaughlin, Kevin Miller, Mary Miller, Rick Miller, Sergei Morosan, Rhonda Moseby, Gail Moses, Mount Roberts Tramway, Conrad Muller, Brian Nichols, Nugget Mall, Observatory Books, Shelley Owens, John Palmes, Lise Paradis, Paradise Bakery, Dan Pascucci, Tom Paul, Barbara Pavitt, Pavitt Health and Fitness, Dee Pearson, Lucy Peckham, Steven Pfister, Pie in the Sky, Julie Piggot, Pizzeria Roma, Keiran Poulson-Edwards, Sanjay Pyare, Rainforest Naturopathic Medicine, Rainy Retreat Books, Red Dog Saloon, Phil Reeves, Bob Reierson, The Rendezvous, Mike Rentel, Beth Revist, Mary Riggen, Rik Romerein, The Rookery Café, Ron’s Apothecary, Mike Sakarias, Cindy Salazar, Jill Sandleben, Leif Saya, Lis Saya, Mary Schallert, Ed Schoenfeld, Bob Schroeder, Elaine Schroeder, Shoshana Seligman, Peter Sidmore, Silverbow Inn and Bakery, Betsy Sims, Sam Skaggs, Skagway Arts Council, Steve Soenksen, Soho Coho, Southeast Alaska State Fair, Tracy Spring, Shona Strausser, Ezra Strong, Robert Tandy, Teri Tibbett, Carol Tocco, Terry Toon, Dennis Townsend, Brian Wallace, Joanie Waller, Wild Oven Bakehouse, Noah Williams, Adrian Wilson, Wings of Alaska, Steve Wolf, Nene Wolfe, Ardyne Womack, Riley Woodford, Brenda Wright

Thank you, one and all, for your help in making this Festival a great event for all.

From the Board of the Alaska Folk Festival


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