Volunteer Spotlight, Larry Stake

a man uses a table saw in a workshop

Larry Stake

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Larry Stake, along with his wife Donna and beagle Dixie, has been volunteering at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park for over 10 years. Born and raised in north Florida, Larry believes in volunteering to give back because he has always loved the state parks. Between Stephen Foster and Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, where he also works, Larry has almost 5,000 volunteer hours.

Larry is an extremely skilled tradesman- efficient, hardworking and can do just about anything. His skills as a master carpenter really come in handy at Stephen Foster. Larry has just recently built ten trash and recycling bins for the park, two pump houses, the ranger station wood shed, and yet he still somehow finds time to display his custom-built hot rods at the Antiques, Arts and Collectibles Day event. He was essential to the total renovation of the park’s Nelly Bly’s Kitchen facility as well as several other projects.

 Larry enjoys volunteering at Stephen Foster for the opportunities he gets to maintain and fix things, as well as the people he meets, and has been happy to make life-long friends at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

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