Fran is one of our most dedicated Revels behind-the-scenes volunteers.
The first Revels I attended was in Oakland and featured Benjamin Britten’s “Noye’s Fludde”. There was an ark and stage thunder and lightning and scores of young Waldorf students in animal costumes they had made themselves. I climbed aboard that Revels Ark and have been here ever since.
When we were living in Camp Sherman in the ’90’s, I drove over to see the Portland Revels, the first Celtic production. After several Yuletides, I put together some “magic bottles” for merchandise at the “Celestial Fools”; from there it was an easy slide into volunteering. One evening as I was preparing to usher, someone asked if I would like to put on a costume and ‘greet’. My partner at that first greeting was John McKenzie, a presence to be reckoned with!
Since then I have greeted, helped with sales, set-up, decorating and signage. I have touched a lot of history, sorting out props and papers down in the Storage Dungeon. And I have said goodbye to the Scottish Rite, sliding down the banister.
If you’ve ever wondered who makes those wonderful St. George and his Dragon sidekick toys that sell out at every Christmas Revels, it’s Julie Strozyk. Julie has been a Reveler for many years and has dedicated her time and expertise on many occasions. Those incredibly beautiful Ukrainian (Pysanky) Eggs? Julie. Decorations for 2012’s Spring Fling? That was Julie too. She’s also been a storyteller at SummerFaire.
It’s people like Julie that work behind the scenes to make Portland Revels events the fun and memorable occasions that they are.