Our sincere hope for each of you on this day is that you are able to set aside the stress of traveling, cooking, entertaining the in-laws, or seeing your favorite football team let you down on primetime television once again (sorry, Cowboys fans!) and take some time to think about just how good we all have it. We asked our coworkers and directors at the Long Center what they were thankful for this year, and here’s some of what they told us –
“When your family is far away, the people you work with become your defacto family…I am thankful that I get to work with some incredible people at the Long Center who care about this community and work so very hard to make it a better place to work, live and play…”
– Jamie Grant, CEO/Executive Director
“I’m grateful and thankful this time of year (and all year round) for the love, support and health of my family and friends. I’m grateful that my parents raised me to be respectful and kind to others, and to myself. I’m grateful I’m able to feel the fall sun of my face while a gentle breeze tickles my hair. I’m grateful for the laughter of my nieces and nephews, and for the purring of my kitten.
I’m grateful for my health and for being able to pay the bills. I’m grateful for the amazing creativity and energy of my co-workers – and of this entire city. I’m grateful for memories, both happy and sad, because of the comfort they bring. And finally, I’m grateful that I have more things to be grateful for than I realized. How lucky is that?!?!”
– Kiran Dix, Finance
“I am thankful for the health of my family and my wonderful dog and cat, all of whom are the center of my universe.”
– Angie Horejsi, Executive Office
“I’m grateful for being able to enjoy family, friends and the happiness that God has given us. How fortunate we are to have what we have!”
– Orlando Martinez, Building Operations
“I’m thankful for an inclusive city where I can grow both personally and professionally.
I’m thankful for family and friends near and far who are supportive, generous, and always put others before themselves.
I’m thankful for the diversity of our events throughout the city and that we continue to be a big blue dot on the political spectrum.”
– Jonathan Martinez, Marketing
“I am grateful for my amazing and charming family and my wonderful friends.”
– Becky Liendo, Box Office
“What I am thankful for this holiday is a great Board of Directors and a great Staff at the Long Center helping make Austin a more creative place.”
– Cliff Ernst, Chair, Board of Trustees
“I’m grateful for a community full of people so ready to participate, experience, and wonder. This past year I was gifted with your willingness to try new things many times over—and not just try, but embrace. It makes the work of a programmer that much more rewarding to have an audience that is so present. At the holidays and all year round, it is an honor to serve you.”
– Karen Jantsch, Programming
“I’m grateful for the love that your friends and Chihuahuas give you.”
– Annabel Guevara, Programming
“This season I am grateful that my family and I are all in good health. I am also grateful for my awesome internship at the Long Center, especially the steady supply of red vines and Starbursts.”
– Meredith McCay, Development Intern
“This year I am most thankful for the challenges that I have faced – if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to grow as a person. Of course, I am thankful for my family and friends who, despite long distances, are always there for me. And as always I am thankful for good food, great wine, and even better friends!”
– Bryana Marrero, Programming Intern
“I’m thankful for my family, my friends, my health and the opportunity to work in the arts, doing something I love.”
– Heath Riddles, Marketing
“I am thankful for all the many blessings in my life- but most importantly is that my parents are healthy – especially when I need them to run after my kids! Second on the list would be Eric Cardona’s baking skills.”
– Susan Griffin, Box Office
“This year I am grateful for little things—like waking up each morning. I’m grateful for the swallows that nest on my balcony in the Spring—I still have reminders of their presence, event today. And I’m grateful for family, as scattered as we are, and for friends who keep in touch—and give me reason to wake up each morning.”
– Ken Shepardson, Guest Services
“I am thankful for this new position with the Long Center, the opportunity to work with such a special bunch of folks and the possibilities of all the fabulous events and performances we will bring to the Austin community.”
– Tiffany Neece, Sales
We all have an awful lot to be thankful for – both during the holiday season, and through the rest of the year. As a recent transplant to Austin, I’m pretty thankful that it still hasn’t approached anything near cold weather yet (despite what the locals bundled up in wool coats and scarves seem to think), that it only took me a few days to learn to avoid I-35 at any time even remotely near rush hour, and for the warm welcome and new friends I’ve made in my few months here. But most of all, I’m more thankful than ever for the people and places I left behind. After five years in Lawrence Kansas and something like eighteen years total in the sunflower state, I’m thankful for the scenic sunset drive from Lawrence to Kansas City, for close friendships built over many years that just can’t be replaced in a few months (but fortunately don’t have to be), and for parents, three brothers, two nephews, and one collie. I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunities and people and places here in Austin, but there’s nothing like leaving so much behind to remind me just how much I have to be thankful for.
– Nick Curry, Marketing & Development Intern
A wise man said there are three things in life that are eternal, that make it worth living: “love, music, and poetry. In that order.” Given what we do here at the Long Center, we’re all pretty thankful for all three. We all are– and should be– thankful for the food on the table, for the roofs over our heads, and for our jobs in these still trying economic times, but it’s things like these that truly sustain us. And we are ever-so-thankful for that.
From all of us here at the Long Center, happy Thanksgiving.