Photo from left: Todd Coyle, Matt Robinson, Marjorie Murphy, Stephanie Unger and Bill Unger | © Earth Vibe Productions
You have probably been to one of the events produced by this professional team of happiness creators—The Annual Panhandle Earth Day Celebration, CraftWorks Grand Opening, Watermelon Park Fest, Charles Town Heritage Festival, Brunswick Music Fest, West Virginia Wine and Arts Festival, and Picker’s Jubilee are just a few.
Stephanie Unger, Bill Unger, Marjorie Murphy, Todd Coyle, and Matt Robinson are the players behind Earth Vibe Productions & Events, and they specialize in producing events that showcase the talents of a community. Whether it’s music, art, gardening, antiques, educational, or business, they can handle all aspects of the production, within a variety of budgets, developing successful events that exceed expectations.
Earth Vibe Productions was born from the desire to do more with life in a way that contributes to regional communities. The 1st Annual Panhandle Earth Day Celebration (PEDC) is where it all began. A phone conversation between Todd and Matt led to asking Stephanie for assistance, and from there, Bill (Stephanie’s husband) got involved.
Not one to be known as a slacker, soon after, Stephanie informed the team that she had booked Morgans Grove Park in Shepherdstown, WV, and that they were going to put on an Earth Day festival. In about two months, with a lot of sweat equity, and donations totaling $67, they started their company. After the 1st PEDC event, Marjorie (one of Stephanie’s best friends) came on board.
Todd, Bill, and Matt have worked together as musicians for years. Stephanie, Bill, and Matt are neighbors. Matt and Todd worked for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Bill and Todd were in a band together. Marjorie and Stephanie went to college together. Got it?
They are a team of Renaissance men and women, and that’s what makes EVP so successful—all event production bases are covered from start to finish.
Bill is the go-to “handy man” and “technical guy”—responsible for technical support, repairs, stage management, and recording and sound engineering.
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Steph is the hard working “people coordinator” and “public face for Earth Vibe.” She’s responsible for marketing, promotion, and people organizing, which includes coordinating vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and staff. She is also known to be a cat herder.
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Marjorie is the dependable “administrative assistant” and “merch gal”—responsible for administrative details, merchandise sales and food management, and coordination.
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Todd is not only the founding father of EVP, but he’s the “overall manager” and “financial guy.” He’s responsible for finances, long-term planning, and shares the marketing and promotion responsibilities with Steph. He is also the backup guy for stage management, sound, lights, and whatever else pops up at go-time. He’s been there and done that, so when obstacles pop up, he’s unflappable.
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Matt, a.k.a The Voice of Reason, is EVP’s “think tank” and “sound and IT guy”; he’s responsible for the multi-media (website, posters, graphic design, etc.). He’s also the legal liaison, and, along with Bill, is one of the sound and recording engineers.
Earth Vibe Productions’ main mission is to work with clients as partners—within their budgets—and help them achieve the most for their money and available resources. Their short-term goals are simple—to learn, to network, and to establish themselves in the local market. Long-term? To be the “go-to”event production company in the tri-state area for music and production needs of all kinds. And they’re already making a splash; EVP has found a niche in the community that was much needed.
They are excited to focus on the crafters, artisans, music, and farmers that live in the area. Stephanie enthusiastically explains, “There is tons of talent around us that needs to be showcased. We would love to see more craft, antique, and garden shows. We would also love to help the Shepherdstown Men’s Club build a band shell or another permanent stage at Morgan’s Grove Park for concerts, plays, and other performances. This area is in need of more outside performance areas. The scenery around us is so wonderful and people should be out in it.”
Any event that the community is excited about is a dream event for Earth Vibe, and they are willing to go the distance. They’ve run events that are five blocks away and some that are five hours away. An unexpected town on their radar? Kearneysville, WV. Steph emphasizes, “We would love to organize an event that would showcase what an up-and-coming little town Kearneysville could become. I’d be eager for the public to know how this town is growing and to get ideas on how to better it.”
She continues, “Sometimes, when you are working an event, making sure every last detail has been met, and everything is going smoothly, you miss out on enjoying the day. But when you see all the people there—happy, excited over their newly found treasures—or see them enjoying the music and getting together with old and new friends, you experience the day vicariously through them—kids diving through mud-soaked grass without a care in the world, people of all different shapes, sizes, colors, beliefs, and socio-economic status all merged together, dancing to a band’s music. You feel a sense of pride that you, along with the other Earth Vibers, made this day possible—all the hard work you put in really paid off, and that is truly inspiring. Events we coordinate take a lot of effort, but the people we meet and work with make it all worth it.”
Look for Earth Vibers on September 17, 2011, helping to produce Charles Town’s 225th Anniversary at The Charles Town Heritage Festival. Now that you “know” them, be sure to say hello!