press photos by carole gorneyThe Bethlehem Police Color Guard present the colors at the beginning of the Musikfest opening ceremonies Aug. 2. Officers, left to right, are Greg Yerk, Michael Koblish, Eric Yeakel and Sgt. Nichola 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.
During the opening ceremonies, Chair of ArtsQuest Board of Trustees James Creedon presents Marcincin Awards to three of the local partners who have helped Musikfest become USA Today’s 2019 “Best Music Festival.” State Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, was 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.
Accepting the Marcincin Award for the Lehigh Valley Health Networks are Bob Begliomini, left, 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 with the hospital network.
All award recipients receive a glass Marcincin Award, handblown by the artists of ArtsQuest’s glass studio at the Banana Factory. The only hot glass studio in the region, it opened in 2006.