As the semester rolls along and I find myself 75 percent done with my contributions at the museum I have begun to branch out into other aspects of the museum other than the front desk. Recently I was given the opportunity to work with the events coordinator at the museum because he had heard of my knowledge of the restaurant industry and running a business (I’ve owned and operated a pizzeria for the past 11 plus years). This would prove to be much more interesting and rewarding overall (sorry front desk!).
The Coordinator and I spent a day setting up the space on the fourth floor of the museum with hundreds of tables and chairs for the annual “Taste of Albany” event with proceeds going to charity. The coordinators job is extremely burdensome when the museum has a lot of events going on because it’s literally a one man show, so needless to say he was extremely happy he had an able bodied volunteer to help out for once.
On the night of the event I was tasked with waiting at the doors of the museum to hold doors and help the many food and alcohol establishments into the museum and up to the fourth floor whether by escalator, elevator, or in some cases the freight elevator which can literally just about fit two cars in it. Alas it didn’t amount to much more than holding a door for two hours but I can assure you a doorstop with the human touch cannot be understated.
The event went off without a hitch and when the final event goers and vendors had left it was time to clean up. Well clean up enough so that in the words of the event coordinator, “I won’t get yelled at by the cleaning staff in the morning.” That meant just about everything…after about a dumpster full of garbage and returning all the carts used to move vendors around the museum it was now almost midnight. The event was a ton of fun and definitely the most rewarding event I’ve taken part of in the internship.
By: Jeremy Irwin, spring 2019