One of our auxiliaries - The Benevolent Order of HamHocks (because every Ham onstage must have its Hock or "support" backstage . . . ) always shows The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Yucca Theatre the last Saturday of October. It is their big fundraising activity since 2004. We then had a wonderful opportunity to host the West Texas A&M Symphony on the Thursday before at the Yucca - they played the orchestration for "City Lights" the Charlie Chaplin silent film masterpeice and it was sublime. And a great promotion for our common ties to Midland College and Texas Nonprofit Theatres -- a fabulous feel-good event. Add into that a four-performance weekend of "Charlie Cox Runs With Scissors" and you can understand how we might be spreading ourselves a little thin.
Now comes the hard part . . . we also hosted a Poker Tournament and Cook Off! This was on Friday and Saturday. We qualified as a sanctioned event for the IBCA and welcomed 13 cook-off Teams. We might have had more poker players, but felt attendance was hampered by one, or more, of the following events: Midland vs Lee HS football, Texas Tech and A&M played on Saturday, and the World Series went to Game Seven with the Texas Rangers ever hopeful.
It wasn't so much the actual time spent at each event or the efforts to invite volunteers to pitch in . . . . it was all of the shopping, and preparing, and gathering, and setting up, and tearing down, and putting away . . . that is what gets to me. I went to Sam's Club four different times in two days; journeyed to Walmart; and ran the gauntlet at HEB twice, no - three times! We dragged out tables, and chairs, and coolers, and coffee urns from multiple storage areas, closets, and the back of my car. I will be putting away all of this crap -- not to mention the new signs we made to direct traffic -- for the rest of this week.
I heard several years ago about a woman who loved to decorate her home for the holidays. So much decor did she have that when she built her dream home it had a closet just for her trees. She could wheel them in and out fully decorated and ready to go. How much space would it take to have such a spot at work? A closet or two (or six?) where neatly labeled plastic totes waited to be put into service --- all filled with the cups, napkins, buttons, and bows necessary to throw a little fundraiser ot two . . . sigh . . . I must be exhausted . . . I'm dreaming.