Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dorchester Movie Night and Bartering Event

Thinking about the low number of RSVPs for this event, I didn't prepare like I should have.  I was discouraged. I was already hosting the movie night on April 2nd and I only had 2 or 3 RSVP'd between 3 different groups!  The Dorchester Events Group, The Dorchester LGBT Group and the Mattapan Roxbury Dorchester Free Events Group.  I wasn't sure what I was doing wrong.  Was it the day, the time, the location or something else I'm not considering. 

I would say at this point I was use to a 50% turn out or less at events.  I predicted that no one would show up.  I expected to be sitting there for an hour watching a well known movie "The Birdcage" by myself.  I still made myself show up and I'm glad I did. 

I arrived early for once.  The event started at 5:30PM. I arrived at around 4 and announced my presence at the front desk.  I told the woman working there that I was just heading over to the stop and shop to grab some snacks before the guest arrived.  I'm so proud of myself for not going crazy spending more than necessary.  2 bags of popcorn, small paper cups, an orange drink only costing 1.25$ and 6 small bottles of water were 10.07$ after savings.
We were set up in a room on the second floor, but discovered the light coming from the large windows was 2 bright and ended up moving the event down stairs. I had no idea there was another event space on the first floor equally as beautiful. Yes! The room was dark enough to create a clear projector screen image. The projector was provided by the library.
2 ended up showing for the movie night and 1 for the bartering event.  Unfortunately I was not prepared for bartering.  Looking at the number of RSVPs earlier I assumed that one would turn to 0. I intended to bring some paints, some photography equipment  and maybe some clothing.  The guests brought some curtains and stayed for part of the movie as well.
Looking ahead, I need to make more of an effort to advertise locally.  I agree with one of the attendees when they say hanging up fliers in the neighborhood would be an effective method of getting more attendees. 

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