Shari Clement is a Docent and Eastman House Council member who combines her docent experience with greeting and welcoming the community into the Museum’s Visitor Enhancement experience. Among many other activities, Shari is the driving force of what is quickly becoming one of the most popular holiday traditions at the Museum: our Pancakce Breakfast. Our thanks to her for sharing her reflections on this year’s event:
I really think the two Eastman House Council Pancake Breakfasts this year were the best yet! The Council is building a tradition within the community by providing a graceful, enchanting opportunity for families to visit with St. Nick and Santa in a beautiful historical home and have fun inside the Museum during the holiday season. The Pancake Team (my nickname for the wonderful council volunteers) have been together for years now and we really have quite a bit to be proud of. We started the Pancake Breakfast fund raisers in the cafe with 44 guests and it has grown to sold-out capacity, with approximately 100 guests each Sunday.
Shari (fourth from the right) with the Pancake Team.
All the families commented that they feel their celebration with us is a tradition and how they now look forward to this event each year. Of course, with so many photo ops among the holiday displays, taking pictures of these families with their smiles and excitement makes it all worthwhile.
Sometimes, I am asked about being the only person taking reservations and this is what I love most: each reservation I take is a personal connection to the family coming to visit with us. I learn about them and the number of children who will be visiting. We share stories about their visits from past years and I get to brag about the beautiful decorations in the historical home of George Eastman when explaining what we offer. When we meet and see each other again , I feel as if we are catching up like friends, which is what this fund raiser is all about. I sincerely appreciate the Museum staff and violunteers that work to make this such a success. Thank you to all of the families who returned and a warm welcome to the new families who joined us this year! Wishing you all peace, joy and future visits to George Eastman House.
Roxana Aparicio Wolfe is the Curator of Education and Online Communities at George Eastman House.