Volunteers assist in Berks Jazz Fest's fast turnaround

READING, Pa. – Newly retired, Jim Ludwick is a first-time volunteer for certainly one of Berks County’s largest occasions.

“I feel I am working tougher now than I labored after I was working, however I am loving it,” mentioned Ludwick.

Although it is his first time volunteering at Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest, it runs within the household.

“I’ve a sister that volunteered for over 25 years, and likewise some neighbors,” mentioned Ludwick. “Everybody’s advised me it has been a improbable expertise.”

Merchandise and different provides are off-loaded on the DoubleTree Lodge as Jazz Fest preparations are effectively underway.

“We’re actually excited to make Studying downtown come alive on Friday night time and for the subsequent 10 days,” mentioned Justin Heimbecker, government director of Berks Arts.

Not even just a little icy precipitation might get of their approach. The climate is kind of the change from the final time Berks Jazz Fest was round; that was in August after it was pushed again because of the pandemic. The short turnaround is forcing Berks Arts up their tempo.

“It has been a reasonably fast turnaround since final August, since we celebrated our thirtieth anniversary,” mentioned Heimbecker. “However the group is able to go and actually excited to get this factor rockin’.”

Jazz Fest rocks yearly due to individuals like Ludwick. “I feel it simply offers Studying an excellent title,” he mentioned.

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