For his efforts and unwavering support of the playhouse, the stage was dedicated in Don’s honor, with a plaque posted near it, referring to it as the Donald L. Spickler Stage at the Washington County Playhouse.
“Well, he’s done so much for us. It’s about the only way to give back,” Jeff Czerbinski said.
Don rallied support, despite his own fight with pancreatic cancer, which was diagnosed in May 2012. The day before the stage was to be dedicated, June 23, Don was hospitalized for severe stomach pain due to dehydration from chemotherapy. He wasn’t feeling well, but Mary Jane managed to get him to the playhouse.
“I was quite impressed and honored,” Don said of the stage dedication.
“They wanted to show their appreciation,” Mary Jane said.
When it came time to plan their 50th wedding anniversary several years ago, the Spicklers tossed around a few ideas, but chose to celebrate with friends at the playhouse.
“They treated us well. It was a real fine evening,” Don said.
The Spicklers take it a step farther and as a Christmas gift, bring choir members from the two churches where Mary Jane is the organist and choir director.
Their commitment isn’t just to live theatre, but to the community. They said they try to support other businesses in Hagerstown, like the Hagerstown Suns and community concerts at The Maryland Theatre.
“We support the Suns and downtown, just to try to keep the place alive. Enjoy yourself, support the community and have fun,” Don said.
Their two adult children also have an appreciation of live theatre, Don said.
“We’ve got some great talent here. I’m impressed with the amount of time they put into it. It’s a labor of love,” Spickler said.