NOV. 15, 2013—
The Studio is a-bustle with streamers, rubics cubes and floppy discs, with colorful cellphones. We are preparing for our 30th-anniversary celebration and we are pulling out all the stops. When you are known for a good party — we’ve put on two a month for the past 20 years — it’s imperative to up the ante on what the community expects.
Three reasons for putting on this event: #1. It unites the staff and volunteers as a team and acts as an outreach to others who would like to participate in the growth of The Studio. #2. It is fun. A party is a party when one sends an invitation to an event and others accept. Make the event memorable and people will come back for more. #3. Money! Let’s not forget that, though the first two reasons are more esoteric, the third reasons’ what brung us to the party.
As a independent organization, we don’t operate without the reality of income. The parties are vehicles by which we can generate capital that can be used for major repairs to the facility (#roof) or an improvement of some kind.
I only hope we do well tomorrow. Hits on our Facebook page indicate a good turnout and our local media were generous to a fault, and everyone is on board for the event. Our volunteers are fabulous and performed their tasks seamlessly. Everyone is set and ready to go. Let’s do this!
NOV. 17, 2013—
WOW!! Whatever my hopes and dreams were about our birthday party were surpassed by the reality. Twice as many participants who said they would come did come. Bands played, Space Capsule performed, models sashayed and food was consumed. I saw so many people who I haven’t seen in so long, met new faces, and enjoyed the 300-plus who participated in the frivolity.
An act of nature beyond our control, the weather, decided not to deluge us with rain as I expected earlier in the week but the warm air and the cold concrete of The Studio floor were a heady mix for a damp mess as moisture rose up from the cool floor and saturated the entire Studio. No big deal! No disastrous slips and falls, and everyone seemed oblivious to the damp drizzly air around us. We were impervious as nothing could dampened our spirits and the party went on.
Our thanks to all the bands that participated, to Space Capsule, to the Lamar video production class, instructed by O’Brian Stanley, to the women of Recreate fashion show, all the artists who donated work for the silent auction, to businesses who donated food and beverages, to our volunteers and to our loving benefactors.
It takes many hands to create an event, and it takes many hands to maintain an organization and make it stronger. Our appreciation especially to those who participated and made the event what it was. The Studio is just an empty building. It takes people to make it an organization that serves. Thanks for the opportunity.