9.5 Tons of Pigeon…Duty

Prior to the Folly Theater re-opening in 1981, one of the major renovations that was needed was to clear the 9.5 TONS of pigeon…well…doodoo. I promise you there’s a point to that fact, so keep reading!

On Wednesday, June 13th, we hosted our annual Volunteer Recognition Night…and WOW! It was truly a FIESTA!

For those that may not know, The Folly is comprised of both staff, board, stage crew, and volunteers. Our Volunteers peak at just about 300 individuals ranging in age from their 20’s to mid 90’s! Our volunteers are an amazing group of individuals that spend their times helping with concession sales & ushering. Many of our volunteers work several events a month. It’s with all that effort that we want to recognize and thank these amazing people that spend their own time with us. 

This year’s recognition was a fun Fiesta theme! We celebrated with over 170 of our volunteers. Of these volunteers they donated over 7,320 hours and worked 99 events! That’s a lot of time! These are the nice ladies & gentlemen selling you cookies & coffee between the shows and the individuals that help guide you to your seats. Several of our volunteers have actually been with the Folly Theater since 1981 when the Folly Theater re-opened! These volunteers have amazing stories about their first time at the Folly and the amazing shows they’ve seen.

After the tacos and churros were eaten up, we hosted the awards portion! Though everyone won some kind of Folly goodies, there are a few that we’re very proud of and want to recognize. Andy McDonald, is both a volunteer, Usher Team Leader, and the Treasurer of the Folly Council (a volunteer group that helps raise funds and purchase items for the Folly Theater) was awarded Volunteer of the Year! Andy is known for his amazing organizational skills and dedication to the Folly Theater. We also honored Peggy Travers & Steve Wilhelm as Ushers of the Year. Both Peggy and Steve have been recognized by staff and our patrons as kind, helpful, and extremely engaging! We’re so proud to call them our family here at the Folly Theater. Andy, Peggy, & Steve have all been with the Folly Theater as volunteers since it reopened in 1981.

OK, So I’m sure by now you’re still wondering about the 9.5 tons of pigeon poopoo. Here’s the connection. To quote our volunteer, Volunteer Coordinator, Joan Hubbard (or Mother Hubbard, if you will);

Those pigeons put in a lot effort, among other things, into the Folly Theater. So we created the Order of the Pigeon. An honor bestowed to those that have put 9.5 tons of effort into the Folly Theater!

So there you have it…We had several volunteers recognized with the Order of the Pigeon for going above and beyond…the call of duty!

Photos!

Thank You!

We also want to thank the very generous companies that donated to the Folly Theater’s Volunteer Recognition Party:

Barn Players

Science City Friends of Chamber Music

Chick-Fil-A

Lancaster Liquors

Kansas Repertory Theater

Minors Golf Course

Musical Theater Heritage

AMC Theaters

Richards Financial

Los Tules

Ponak’s

La Bodega

Heartland Men’s Chorus

Tivoli Cinemas

Kansas City Zoo

Harriman Jewel Series Quality Hill Playhouse

Marriott Hotel

Toy & Miniature Museum

Gates BBQ

Jack Stack BBQ Marty Stuart  The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium

We also want to thank Teocali for catering such a great event (and some awesome tacos)!!