Contributed by John Bergman-McCool and Marla Taylor
In November Marla and Ryan approached me (John) with an idea for an illustrated holiday card. They wanted a family portrait-style image of the Peabody staff. I jumped on the opportunity thinking that hand-drawn portraits would be a unique twist on the usual offering. However, I didn’t realize how difficult the likenesses would be. After many hours of sketching, digital coloring and editing and much consternation, we have a card! Emma worked her magic to make a very polished finished product. It was a fun challenge, though my kids think I look super weird.
From my perspective (Marla), holidays at the Peabody are not complete without a meal to celebrate our volunteers. These wonderful people give several hours of their time, each week, to help us out. They do everything from label file folders to inventory drawers to inspect artifacts for evidence of pests. Our amazing volunteers – Quinn, Susan, and Richard – are a gift we get to share all year round. (and the spread of homemade food isn’t too shabby either!)