On a sweet October morning in 2009, Springdale became home to Mark Chambers and Joe Pitti, new owners of Under the Eaves Bed and Breakfast. It was Springdale’s lucky day. Immediately, Mark and Joe got involved in almost every facet of the community. Soon they were in leadership positions in Z-Arts and the Town.
Mark ran for Town Council and was elected in 2011. Joe has served on the Planning Commission since 2010 and just began his second term as Chair. In Dale and Patty Catten’s nomination letter, they state, “They continue to amaze us with all of their volunteer jobs in our town. Z-Arts, Town Council, Planning Commission, Joy to the World, etc. and that is probably only part of the list. The fact that they are busy running their own business and still make time to help with all these activities is incredible. We know that there is a lot of "behind the scenes" involvement too. They help set up stages, chairs, lighting, equipment, basically whatever it takes for a performance, lecture, etc. - things that most of us never see. We think somehow everything magically appears for our town events. “
Before their lives in Springdale, both Joe and Mark have had interesting and varied careers. Joe is a professional mime. He was one of 40 people in the world selected to work with the master mime, Marcel Marceau, designing new works and sharing ideas. He has also taught school (pre-K through 2nd grade), owned a gift shop, and owned a Salt Lake coffee shop called ‘A Cup of Joe’. For several years, he was an Artist in Residence and spent weeks at a time visiting communities in Utah. He has visited virtually every school in Utah, teaching students at every level.
Mark’s life in Salt Lake City centered on the arts, especially non-profit arts organizations. He was an actor, starting with the Salt Lake Acting Company at the age of 16. He worked within arts organizations in many other ways as well, including organizing housing for Sundance Institute lab programs, fundraising, helping with art auctions and as a member of non-profit boards. He was Director of Ticketing for many Salt Lake organizations, including Utah Symphony, Utah Opera Company, Artix and the cultural events of the Olympics.
On behalf of them both, Joe stated “We are thrilled with this award. We love this community, we feel a strong need to give back to our community, and we are honored the community has responded this way. We will continue to lend a hand whenever we can. That’s what keeps us connected. What we love most about this community is that everybody steps up.”
In addition to all their volunteer service, Mark and Joe run a successful and demanding Bed and Breakfast. “We’re doing our best to represent Springdale in the world market.”
Springdale Town Council appreciates their enthusiasm and involvement in the community. They have definitely made a difference in this little part of the world.