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Previous Patch Pals of the Month

Patch Pal of April 2017Steve Wainman

Our Patch Pal of the Month for April is Steve Wainman.

Originally from Olean New York, Steve made his way to Florida back in the late 50’s. He has been helpful on volunteer days, completely revamping our now very well lit Recycle area by the stage. Steve has also repaired a few of the benches and chairs you see throughout the Patch that were damaged from exposure to the elements. You can also see him helping out with odds and ends, chipping in wherever needed.

If you happen to see Steve on a Patch night, thank him for doing his part to keep the Patch in great working order!

Peace, Love & Blueberries!

Patch Pal of March 2017Chris Brown

Chris Brown, or Chris “MF’en” Brown, as he is affectionately known, is our Patch Pal of the Month for March. Chris is a native of the Tampa Bay area and has been around our music scene for many years. He is a sound/stage technician and regularly works at many of the biggest venues in the area including Jannus Live, Vinoy Park, Amalie Arena and the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; setting up and breaking down sound systems, lighting and stages.

Chris also plays bass in a couple of local bands, mainly Troy Youngblood & the SoulFish, and also with High Cotton -Tampa Bay and Tres Gringos. He was also a key member of Skull and Bone Band, which played in our scene for many years. He is a pretty kick ass guitar player as well.

At The Blueberry Patch, he is always helping lend a hand in anything stage related, including set-up and breakdown. He is a frequently core member and MC of the Blueberry Patch Ramblers for our monthly Jam nights on the 11th of each month, as well as helping on many open mics and other events as well.

Be sure to congratulate Chris the next time you see him and thank him for all he does to help the Patch provide awesome music for our local area!

Patch Pal of February 2017Otis Suggs

Otis found his way to the Blueberry Patch a couple of years ago and has been a great volunteer at the front gate, helping in the food area and has created some incredible visual art pieces for the last two Burning Blueberry Brother events. He is one of our newest Sharevival board members and a great overall volunteer. If you don’t know him, you should!

Thank you for all that you do!

Peace, Love & Blueberries!

Patch Pal of January 2017Wyly and Jessica Weeks

Our Patch Pals for the Month of January are Wyly and Jessica Weeks!

If you attended Burning Blueberry Brother 14, they were two of our most dedicated volunteers. If you enjoyed the nest, thank them. If you enjoyed the black light area, thank them. Did you see Steampunk Santa?

Wyly and Jess have been volunteers and have grown with us over the years. Their effort and enthusiasm is to be celebrated! Thank you both for all you do!

Peace, Love & Blueberries!

Patch Pal of December 2016Kari Fremont


Our Patch Pal of the Month for December is Kari Fremont.

Originally from Port Orange, Kari moved to St. Pete to study Marine Biology at the University of South Florida. Through her studies, she has traveled across Florida studying the preservation of marine life, with a strong focus on coral life and sea turtles. Due to her stellar grades and achievements, we are so proud to announce that Kari was inducted into the honor society just last week!

Kari can be found working at the door most Patch nights, alongside her amazing other half, Dustin Trimmer (Link). They were both involved with preparations for Burning Blueberry Brother this year and were even involved in the Conclave performance prior to the effigy burn.

We are so happy to have this dynamic couple involved with the Blueberry Patch and look forward to their future in growing with the Patch, bringing us into the next generation of Patch Pals.

Thank you for all that you do, inside and outside of the Blueberry Patch. You are an amazing citizen of our planet and your kindness is not overlooked or unappreciated!


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