Sunday, June 21, 2015

Crazy Event - Art & Movie Mesh - Mattapan

Had our first event in Mattapan at the Mattapan Branch Boston Public Library Thursday June 18th 5:30PM to 7:30PM.  The event was a mesh up of drawing, coloring and watching a movie.  I wanted to entice potential guests with the opportunity to be involved in more than one thing.

No one from the Dorchester LGBT Group rsvp'd for this event.  Two people from both the Free Events Group and the Dorchester Events group did rsvp, but never showed up.  This is not usually the case, but the truth is, you never know what you're going to get. I'm so glad I also, finally, passed out fliers like I've wanted to start doing.  An hour after the event started two people I had met passing out fliers showed up with, who I believe to be their grandchildren.

The Dorchester LGBT Group
The Dorchester Events Group
Mattapan Roxbury Dorchester Free Events

I hadn't picked out the movie before arriving, but I brought what I could get my hands on from home as a backup - "How to Train Your Dragon", "Man of Steel" and "MegaMind"  After seeing who our audience was, I was glad I did.

This was another big learning experience for me.  When I passed out the fliers to the older gentlemen I had met, I was honestly wondering if they would fit into the younger crowd that usually attends. Would the group accept them? Would they accept the group?  Why are these guys hanging out on the street?  LOL.  However, that stuff doesn't matter.  The groups I organize are for everyone and they were a pleasure to have there.  In addition they each brought someone with them who not only watched the movie, but also used the markers I supplied to color.  They were an hour late, but they did show up.  I'm thinking to myself, maybe I need to be looking for the older good natured people hanging out on the street.  They seem to have the time.

This was a wonderful location.  It's a neighborhood with bad stigma, but the library was more than I hoped for. The librarian mentioned it was about 6 years old and it really looked like it was just built yesterday. Nice size parking area. There are two meeting spaces including the conference that seats 16 and the Alice W. Yancey community room that seats 128. We were in the conference room and unfortunately we couldn't eat there.  However, it was already equipped with a DVD player hooked up to a great size flat screen TV mounted to the wall.  Nice large clean conference room tables with comfortable swivel chairs. It was quiet and private.

I do hope for the larger room next time so we can eat.  I also hope to host a larger event in that room, if we can get the RSVPs up. I think the big issue is, I need help.  I can't host every event on my own, plus advertise for all 3 main groups. I'll figure it out.  I'll get better.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Singing Circle Event - Reaching Out to a Diverse Community

We didn't get a lot of people for this event, but I am still considering it a success. Once again I didn't brake the bank spending too much money on food.  It was just about 13$ for popcorn, water, paper cups, because I like to recycle, and juice.  It also took less time in the store, because I knew exactly what I was looking for. 

Two arrived, but only one other sang.  Bridge Over Troubled Water and Price Tag were two of the songs I chose to sing. Some of the other songs we also sang were, Simple Gift, Lean On Me, Now I Walk in Beauty and America the Beautiful.  While I do fine singing at home alone, at least in my imagination, I was presented with some challenges singing with someone else. I can't just stop and take a long breath anymore or sing my own made-up version of the song. We had to be for the most part in sync.

Like last time I believe I fell short with my marketing for this event.  I should have hung more fliers in the neighborhood.  I know I will improve. Someone also gave me a suggestion for adding more diversity to the group after I expressed an interest in being able to reach out to those whose first language may not be English.  They said, try reaching out to the immigration association.  I don't know what that is and why would I, but I will take the advice. 

There is a great mix of people in the Dorchester community including but not limited to Hispanic, Asian, English, Italian, Haitian, Black, African American, Italian and Irish.  I want to reach out to everyone.