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press opening ceremony photos by carole gorneyThe Bethlehem Police Color Guard presents the colors at Musikfest Friday. Officers are (left to right) Greg Yerk, Michael Koblish, Eric Yeakel and Sgt. Nicholas Lechman. press opening ceremony photos by carole gorneyThe Bethlehem Police Color Guard presents the colors at Musikfest Friday. Officers are (left to right) Greg Yerk, Michael Koblish, Eric Yeakel and Sgt. Nicholas Lechman.
ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert tells attendees at the opening ceremonies that since its founding in 1984, Musikfest has grown to 295 individuals giving 500 performances on 17 different stages serving one million guests during the 10-day event. ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert tells attendees at the opening ceremonies that since its founding in 1984, Musikfest has grown to 295 individuals giving 500 performances on 17 different stages serving one million guests during the 10-day event.
ArtsQuest Board Chair James Creedon presented Marcincin Awards to three of the local partners who have helped Musikfest become USA Today’s 2019 “Best Music Festival.” State Senator Lisa Boscola is on hand to congratulate the award recipients. ArtsQuest Board Chair James Creedon presented Marcincin Awards to three of the local partners who have helped Musikfest become USA Today’s 2019 “Best Music Festival.” State Senator Lisa Boscola is on hand to congratulate the award recipients.
Macintosh Services owner Jim Rodgers accepts his company’s Marcincin Award for its support of Musikfest, as well as its assistance in many of the festivals and special events at SteelStacks. Macintosh Services has been a Musikfest sponsor for the past 13 years. Macintosh Services owner Jim Rodgers accepts his company’s Marcincin Award for its support of Musikfest, as well as its assistance in many of the festivals and special events at SteelStacks. Macintosh Services has been a Musikfest sponsor for the past 13 years.
Accepting the Marcincin Award for the Lehigh Valley Health Networks are Bob Begliomini (l), president of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, and cardiologist Dr. Robert Biggs. The network’s involvement with Musikfest and other ArtsQuest programs traces back to 1990, before Lehigh Valley Cardiology Associates joined the hospital network. Accepting the Marcincin Award for the Lehigh Valley Health Networks are Bob Begliomini (l), president of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, and cardiologist Dr. Robert Biggs. The network’s involvement with Musikfest and other ArtsQuest programs traces back to 1990, before Lehigh Valley Cardiology Associates joined the hospital network.
press opening photos by carole gorneyAll award recipients received a glass Marcincin Award, hand-blown by the artists of ArtsQuest’s glass studio at the Banana Factory. The only hot glass studio in the region, it opened in 2006. press opening photos by carole gorneyAll award recipients received a glass Marcincin Award, hand-blown by the artists of ArtsQuest’s glass studio at the Banana Factory. The only hot glass studio in the region, it opened in 2006.
4495—Bethlehem Area School District officials pose with the glass Marcincin Award presented to the district for its years of support of Musikfest, and its educational partnerships with ArtsQuest. Michael Faccinetto (l) is president of the BASD School Board, and Dr. Jack Silva is superintendent and chief academic officer. 4495—Bethlehem Area School District officials pose with the glass Marcincin Award presented to the district for its years of support of Musikfest, and its educational partnerships with ArtsQuest. Michael Faccinetto (l) is president of the BASD School Board, and Dr. Jack Silva is superintendent and chief academic officer.

‘Dedication, support, commitment’ ArtsQuest honors local partners’ contributions

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by Carole Gorney Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Musikfest kicked off its 36th year Friday night with the presentation of Marcincin Awards to three local organizations for their continued support of the 10-day free festival. The recipients, Macintosh Services, the Bethlehem Area School District and the Lehigh Valley Health Network, were recognized for their various partnership activities with ArtsQuest, the nonprofit sponsor of Musikfest.

ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert opened the ceremonies at Wells Fargo Festplatz, and was joined on stage by award recipients, elected officials and other dignitaries. In her remarks, she noted that USA Today has named Musikfest the country’s number one music festival for 2019.

“The event now features 400 performers from 24 states, as well as China, Canada and Nigeria,” Hilgert said. “We are truly bringing the world to Bethlehem.” The awards were presented by ArtsQuest Board of Directors Chair James Creedon and State Senator Lisa Boscola. Established in 2003 as the Founders Award, the name was changed in 2010 to honor the late Paul Marcincin, who as Bethlehem mayor in 1984, played a key role in the founding of Musikfest.

Award recipient Mcintosh Services, a textile rental company, has been a Musikfest sponsor since 2007. Creedon said the company has worked closely with the ArtsQuest hospitality team to create beautiful events for Musikfest’s one million guests.

The Bethlehem Area School District was cited for its year-long partnership with ArtsQuest on 10 different educational programs, including the Marketing Musikfest Program that involves 1,000 students from Freedom and Liberty high schools. Creedon said the program, launched in 2013, gives students a chance to learn what it takes to organize and run one of the nation’s largest music festivals.

Since 2001, the third award recipient, Lehigh Valley Health Network, has provided all the services in the Musikfest health tents that make up Healthplatz. The health network also partners with ArtsQuest on its other events during the year, according to Creedon.

This year’s Marcincin Award recipients join 50 other businesses, media and community leaders whose efforts in support of Musikfest have been recognized through the years.

“Macintosh Services, Bethlehem Area School District and Lehigh Valley Health Network are three shining examples of the dedication and commitment of our partners,” Hilgert said in an earlier news release announcing the awards. “We are honored to recognize these community-minded groups for their incredible dedication, support and commitment to ArtsQuest and the Lehigh Valley over the years.”