SALEM - The ninth annual New Year's Eve Salem, the family oriented, alcohol-free celebration of the arts needs your help now.
Volunteers are the backbone of this community-wide New Year's Eve event. New Year's Eve Salem will take place in six different community buildings beginning at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 31.
The volunteer's tasks are easy. They simply watch the entrance of each of the entertainment venues, offer to sell admission tickets to people who still need them, give mardis gras "celebration beads" to every ticket holder coming in to the building and answer general questions.
The children's venue at the Memorial Building will open before the other music venues so the younger children can enjoy their special venue with children's magic, music and ventriloquists.
They will also have a special balloon drop to bring in the new year at 8 p.m. The Salem Historical Society's venue will also open earlier at 4:30 p.m. New year's Eve venue volunteers are "paid." If the volunteer works two or more hours, they will receive a New Year's Eve Salem admission ticket good at all entertainment venues.
Individuals of all ages, couples or families are encouraged to volunteer. A brief volunteer orientation will be held prior to New Year's Eve Salem to go over assignments and answer any questions the volunteers may have.
This year's orientation will be held Dec. 30 at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce meeting room. (use the entrance off the alley beside the chamber).
To volunteer call David Schwartz at 330-337-6829, leave a message, containing your name, phone number and number of people volunteering for the evening.
You will be contacted about the orientation and a New Year's Eve Salem volunteer will return your call.
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