Alice, the fine arts volunteer

Alice, the fine arts volunteer

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Alice was the No. 1 volunteer for arts events in Cincinnati.

If you ever went to a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert, Cincinnati Ballet or Cincinnati Opera performance or volunteered in any way with the local performing arts, you probably saw or met Alice.

She was a gem, one that occasionally poked you in the flesh, but one you admired and loved nonetheless. I adored her spirit.

About a year ago I had discussed with folks at the Symphony about doing a profile of her for the Post. Then, the paper closed before I got around to it. And I thought all along she would make a great feature in my CityBeat column. So, I e-mailed Greg at the Symphony a few days ago to inquire again how I might reach her.

It is amazing what is missed when one is off doing other things. She died a few months ago.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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