All good things…


…must come to an end.

This will be the last post here at Historic Occasions. I’m not renewing the domain name which officially expires in September.

I’ve thought about it. In fact, last year I had this same conversation with myself. I tried to tell myself that this is my umbrella production organization, and it may yet be. But at this point, it’s just extra busy work to try to keep up another website.

Historic Occasions was born from a dream back in the early 1990s when I was a meetings and convention planner in Washington, DC. My team and I created some incredible experiences all across the country.

Much has changed in that time, from the job focus, to the address.

While I’ll continue to do productions and events, I work now, apart from the day job, as Managing Director of Chamberlayne Actors Theatre. I’m an author and a playwright and have several works in progress. I am, when we’re open, a Merchandise Associate and performer at Kings Dominion.

And, I’m Santa Claus. No, really.

It comes down to the simple fact that this blog is simply not advancing the cause.

So, it is time to say so long and farewell.

Follow my other endeavors at the links below.

Michael R. Fletcher, Writing Editing, and Graphic Design 

The Write Side of My Brain

Santa Mike RVA

Thanks. We’ll see you around.

We Can’t Stay Too Long at the Fair

News comes this morning that the State Fair of Virginia is canceled for this fall.

Read more at WTVR: State Fair of Virginia canceled.

The Fair announced that they will hold a modified 4-H Livestock Show in October to recognize the hard work of the youtn in the program.

This news follows the news that The Tournament of Roses Parade will not be held in 2021.

In the event production industry, these are hard things to hear.

It will be some time before we can all gather safely, without restrictions.

So here at Historic Occasions, we’re using this time to plan and to adapt. Even when we’re “beyond” the virus, if we ever are, what are our events and productions going to look like?

What best practices can we put in place under a pandemic that will still be beneficial when things are back to something approaching normal?

These are questions we all need to be asking.

Let’s figure this out together.

Best Zoom Meeting Practices

It’s highly likely that since the initial lockdown for the Coronavirus that you’ve been subjected to, or I mean, allowed to participate in one or more electronic meetings. Most likely on Zoom.

While some of this should be common sense, let’s talk about Best Practices for a Zoom Meeting.

Here are some things that should help.

1. Use the video option. People want to see your smiling face even if you’re wearing the same pair of pajamas you put on in March.

2. That said, don’t wear your pajamas, even if they’re freshly laundered. At last put on a clean shirt and comb your hair.

3. Have good lighting. You can spend a lot of money on lighting and you should if you’re planning on making videos. But make sure that your face can be seen.

4. Figure out where the camera is on your device. Use a Post-It if you need to to flag where you should be looking.

5. Don’t sign onto your first Zoom meeting at one minute before start time. You’ll need to download the app and make sure your system is compatible.

6. If you’re not talking, put your computer on mute. That way if the doorbell rings and your dogs go crazy, the meeting won’t be interrupted.

7. Don’t eat during the meeting. It’s just not nice. A cup of coffee or a bottle of water is fine. Don’t bring your snacks.

8. And whatever you do, don’t take your device to the bathroom. Come on, you’ve been on a call and heard that toilet flush, haven’t you? D on’t do that.

9. Pay attention. Don’t try to get caught up on other work during the meeting. It’s likely you’re not going anywhere and neither is the work.

10. Learn how to push that little “Leave Meeting” button. The host should be last to leave.

Technology is new and constantly changing. We’re all adapting to how we need to use it effectively.

Do your homework and make it a pleasant experience for everyone involved.