If you are sitting around twiddling your thumbs and complaining that there is nothing to do in the area, please don’t direct your boredom toward Meegan Possemato — she can find plenty of projects to fill your schedule. Hailing from the small town of Hancock, N.Y., Possemato is a perfect example of someone who didn’t need roots in the area to roll up her sleeves and get involved in the community. After graduating from SUNY Oneonta more than a decade ago, she relocated here and began working in office supplies sales. Possemato is the Manager of Business Development at One Point office supplies, a committee member of the Lackawanna County Council on Arts and Culture, board member of Leadership Lackawanna and a Festival of Trees committee member. Multiple titles, one busy lady. Meet Meegan Possemato…
How did you get involved in the Festival of Trees?
I started working on the arts council with Maureen McGuigan as part of the event planning committee. We were working on Wake Up with the Arts Breakfast and some other programs. Festival of Trees was coming up and none of the other groups were really working on it so we thought, “We don’t really have anything really going on right now so let’s do that, too.”
What is the affiliation with Toys for Tots?
It started about 10 years ago. They started the program just to benefit Toys for Tots. That is the whole reason why they do it.
What are you looking forward to about the Festival of Trees at the Trolley Museum?
It’s going to be a whole lot of fun. The Trolley Museum gets transformed (and truly looks magical) and everyone is really interested in decorating the trees. They take a lot of time on their trees to bring out the theme. The people put in a lot of effort. The Electric City Trolley Museum adopted the event and it’s a really fun place that people don’t necessarily know about. They have so much space. It’s such a neat place; a room full of trolleys, history and interesting pictures. Maureen and everyone at the Trolley Museum are so easy to work with. They are very accommodating and they’re really excited to have different community events held there.
How did you get involved in the local art community?
I wanted to get more involved with the community. I’m interested in the arts because I have a side project. I make purses out of vintage material and sell them at art shows. To me, it’s something completely different than selling office supplies and work with the Scranton Chamber of Commerce. I’m on the Leadership Lackawanna board too, but through the arts, you come across completely different people than you would from the leadership board, which is very interesting.
You work at a paper supply company in Scranton. Which “The Office” character are you most like?
I would be Pam because at every meeting I have to take notes. If we are having a dinner, I take notes. I have to take notes all the time.
Between your career, volunteering and Leadership Lackawanna, what do you do on your spare time?
I sew. I go and collect materials for the purses that I make. I was just at the Artisans’ Marketplace at the Waverly Community House (The Comm) this past weekend. I collect material and go to yard sales and flea markets when I’m not volunteering for things like this.
When you’re looking for material, where do you find most some of your fabrics?
Mostly I find them at flea markets. Old curtains and bedspreads. Some hard to come by fabrics I find on Ebay or antique shows.
Do you have any with you?
(Pulls out a bag) Yes! These are old drapes. So is this my tote bag. Aren’t they great colors? This is made up from draperies from the 40s. The colors aren’t like this anymore and these have been hanging in someone’s window for 50 years and they still look like this. Isn’t that awesome? I love old fabric.
You do a lot of volunteer work in the area. What do you love about the area?
I love that there’s so many things you can be a part of, and you have people complaining Scranton is small, but because it’s small you can be a part of everything. You don’t get lost in the crowd like I think you would in a big city. It’s growing and people are excited. Now when I travel and I say “I’m from Scranton,” people will be like “You’re from Scranton? Cool. Come here. She’s from Scranton.” It’s almost like a cooler place to be from. Every single night there is something to do. People who say there is nothing to do aren’t looking. Our December is booked already with different events happening.
Leave us with some words of motivation for people who want to get involved and volunteer.
Anybody who is interested in helping out I would tell them to please get in touch with me or Maureen McGuigan and we will get them involved. If you are interested in the arts, if you are interested in anything, get involved. People are thrilled to have volunteers and I know I’m always happy when somebody new wants to get involved because it’s a little less work for everybody else, everybody brings their own contacts and their own set of skills.
Do you know what you are going to wear to the cocktail reception?
Not yet. I want some sequins I think. Something with a little bling to look festive, right?
- tom graham
The Festival of Trees runs from Dec. 9 to 31, at the Electric City Trolley Museum, 300 Cliff St., Scranton, with an opening cocktail reception on Friday, Dec. 9, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Admission is $20 per person. All proceeds benefit Toys for Tots. Leadership Lackawanna will hold a Holiday Cocktail Affair at the Trolley Museum, on Friday, Dec. 16, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Visit www.leadershiplackawanna.com for tickets and more information.LOOK FOR UP CLOSE & PERSONAL every week. We’ll spotlight your friends, neighbors and co-workers and how they’re contributing to life in the 570.Gift of giving …
If you are sitting around twiddling your thumbs and complaining that there is nothing to do in the area, please don’t direct your boredom toward Meegan Possemato – she can find plenty of projects to fill your schedule. Hailing from the small town of Hancock, N.Y., Possemato is a perfect example of someone who didn’t need roots in the area to roll up her sleeves and get involved in the community. After graduating from SUNY Oneonta more than a decade ago, she relocated here and began working in office supplies sales. Possemato is the Manager of Business Development at One Point office supplies, a committee member of the Lackawanna County Council on Arts and Culture, board member of Leadership Lackawanna and a Festival of Trees committee member. Multiple titles, one busy lady. Meet Meegan Possematoâ¦