July 2011 - Volunteer Spotlight - Carol Coan
MerleFest volunteer Carol Coan of Moravian Falls (just outside of Wilkesboro) moved to Wilkes County fourteen years ago and often heard talk of the Apple Festival (held annually on the first Saturday in October) and MerleFest. “Both events caught my interest, and I decided I needed to check them out.” Like most first-timers to MerleFest, Carol was hooked and returns most years to work assisting at Flattop’s Getaway sending Stage Crew members to their assigned stages, making sure they are dressed properly (stage crew t-shirts and closed-toed shoes) and have the proper credentials.
Carol is a payroll associate at Lowe’s Companies, Inc. In her free time she enjoys music, reading and writing. “I am working on a children’s story and a couple of other literary works. Recently, I have decided I may be addicted to Facebook, so I am trying to limit my Facebook time.”
This talented MerleFest volunteer also does public speaking. “I am a member of Toastmasters International and recently won speaking competitions on the local, area and divisional levels. I was scheduled to compete at the district level when I realized the competition and my daughter’s wedding rehearsal were at the same time. When I told my daughter, her response was, ‘Oh, Mom, I am so sorry you are going to miss the competition.’ So, I immediately contacted Toastmasters and told them I would be unable to compete. I do plan on competing in the Humorous Speech competition held in the fall.”
Carol and husband Bill, a photographer and musician, share their home with her mother who is 93 and as “sharp as a tack!” They have a daughter who recently graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and was married the following week. Their son is a sergeant in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He will be deployed within the next few months. They also have “wonderful” canine children.
MerleFest has become very important to Carol for the entertainment—she enjoys the Waybacks and her husbands’ cousin, George Hamilton IV. Supporting the community as a volunteer is also important to her. “I received my associate degree from Wilkes Community College in 2004. I am happy to be able give back to the college and community. Since I have a full-time job, I am not available for some of the other volunteer roles at the college; but when MerleFest time comes, I schedule time off work so I can volunteer and enjoy the festival.”