planning


NYC (we hope) and planning for this year’s shows

So… the snow in Boston seems to never end.  We’re hoping that this won’t mean another delay/cancellation in our trip to New York for the BikeMS awards dinner, in which we find out how Crash Safely fared against the others who participated in the ride last year.

While we wait, the harsh Hothscape of Boston’s streets is keeping us occupied…

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As are streaming episodes of MST 3k.

 

In order to keep from going crazy, we’re starting to get things up and running for this year’s Crash Safely!  We already have one venue ready for us and one brand new band! As always, we invite you  to get involved in whatever way you’d like! Comment on this on or Facebook page or email Amanda and we’ll include you!

 

It’s our fifth anniversary this year, so it’s probably worth celebrating, don’t you think?

 

 

 


What’s goin’ on?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to the blog, with good reason.  Things are ramping up in a slightly different way this year.  I keep forgetting that the donations to the team don’t need to end when we ride on October 5th.

A few things will be different with the shows this year, the first of which is that they will not run concurrently.

Whut?

There will be multiple nights of shows, but not in the Fri/Sat lineup as the last 3 years.

This gives some flexibility, not to mention some sleep recovery for those of us behind the scenes.

Another thing that’s new is that some of the nights will take place after the BikeMS ride.

That was a hard choice to make. Generally, I like to have everything squared away by the ride and I can focus on the important things, like scoring the table near the most freebies. However, soon you’ll see why I thought it would be worth it to wait…

 

Tomorrow is World MS Day, by the way. Check out the variety of problems facing MS patients on a global scale.  For those of you wondering, yes, it’s worldwide.  Yes, it happens to everyone.  Even kids. And that’s just not fair.

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Psst… you can donate to the Maybe Sump’ms ahead of the shows….

 

On a different note, I’m already hearing back from sponsors who are donating time, goodies and even a vacation. There will be a mix of old favorites (especially in the studio time silent auction) and new prizes as  this year’s shows, much like the variety of acts playing.

 

kind of like this.

kind of like this.

There’s some really great stuff coming up, and as usual, a few surprises.

 

Yes, there’s a vacation already donated that you can win.

 

Yes, I want to win it, too, but that would look awfully sketchy, right?

 

If you win it, will you take me?


It begins! Planning for Crash Safely 2014!

It takes a lot of time to get things together for Crash Safely.  This year is no different!  Now in year 4, we’re still learning how things go in the wild, wild world of non-profit fundraising. Last year was a big event- two weekends at three venues.  I always anticipated the next year’s show would be low key by comparison, however,  we will be returning to Oberon this year.

One night will be at Oberon! I don’t want to divulge any more information this early, but just know this- we’ll Crash at Oberon again.

 

I’m actively looking to mix up our usual lovable list of amazing performers as well.  Keep an eye out for a few new faces alongside some of our returning superstars!

Fun fact- when you do an image search in Google for  “returning superstars,” you get a ton of pro wrestlers.

Feel the power!

Feel the power!

 

While planning is in full swing, you can plan on dancing with your favorite bands, great raffle and silent auction items and oh so much glitter.

 

Also, no winter weather!  Who else is sick of snow right about now?

Mayor Curley wanted these, remember?


Prepping for New York

Next week is the BikeMS Awards Ceremony! This is the third year Crash Safely has been asked to participate and the fourth year for the Maybe Sump’ms bikeMS team. Our final rank among the other teams remains a mystery until we get there, so it’ll be great to be surprised!  We’ll also be celebrating individual fundraising achievements as well- two members of the team raised over $5,000 each.

Normally, this time of year would mean an awkward conversation with a supervisor about needing two days off to go to New York in the middle of the week to pick up an award or two.

 

This year, well, let’s just say that my calendar is a little more flexible.

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I took the sharpie when I left.

After starting the job by finding out that the ‘health insurance’ came with a rather hefty price tag before my coverage kicked in, I was already on the job hunt not long after sitting down at my new desk.
Normally, I don’t do that sort of thing, nor do I talk about it publicly.Needless to say, it was a bad situation and I decided the best thing to do would be to jump ship before it got worse. I’ve got a few irons in the fire, so I’m not worried about income, and I finally managed to get the whole health insurance coverage through the state thing sorted out, too.

So on to the good stuff!

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Bowie sees what I did there.


After celebrating my newfound freedom at Videodrome 
Discotheque, Nick and I found out that Oberon is interested in hosting Crash Safely again this year.  I tend to go where I’m wanted, so this bodes well.  I have a few ideas as to who should grace the stage this year (especially at Oberon).  CS is also looking to mix it up a bit more this year as well.

 

Want to get involved? Want to play the shows?  Know of someone you’d like to see at Crash Safely?  Comment and let me know.  Keep it reasonable (no, I can’t book Prince).

I’ll be out and about again this Friday at Joe Egan’s birthday extravaganza at the Midway (which may also double as the start of the next JPx video shoot).


More Awards!

That’s right! Word has come down from the BikeMS folks that the Maybe Sump’ms are being honored again at the 2014 Bike MS New York City Recognition Ceremony. This year, they’re doing things a little differently and not revealing our standings (both individual fundraiser statuses and team standings) until we get to the ceremony.  Considering we went well above our goal this year and had many riders raise over $1,000 (and some over $5,000), Pete and I are awfully proud.  In fact, I’m bringing fellow Maybe Sump’ms teammate and Crash Safely raffle/silent auction diva Schlonge Dermody with me to New York for the celebration!

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Maybe we’re up the charts this year?

 

This awards dinner also plants the seed of planning for 2014’s Crash Safely firmly in my head. As such, I’ve already begun some big changes to Crash Safely (from the inside). I am going to register Crash Safely as its own non-profit entity in the state, which will allow it to grab some local-centric donations, as well as create a buffer in between my personal bank account and the finances of the shows. There are many hopes intwined with that- not the least of which is that I would like to eventually be able to pay the performers who contribute to the events in some way. The musicians do a mighty job every year, and while free/low cost booze is nice, it doesn’t pay the space rent. I’m a firm believer in the idea that no one should go broke being nice. Also, it would be nice to have a buffer for regular costs, such as posters/advertising, web hosting, room fees and other miscellaneous costs that come up.

While the plan is not to do the wild 4 night ride again this year, I have some ideas forming that will take shape soon enough. Do you have any artists you’d like to see participate? Where would you like to see them?

Glen displays the freebies.

 

While you’re thinking about that, I’m going to be packing my bags and getting ready for a whirlwind ride to NYC and back in the middle of the  week very soon.