A New Design and a Return to this Blog

Sorry we’ve been absent for a while. Life’s been a little busy. And the truth is we post Monday through Friday at The Write Side of My Brain.

Still, if we’re going to keep the news going about our little production company, we need to talk about…production. So, work with us here.

New designs are available this week at our CafePress shop.  Click the picture to visit the shop:

More news is happening on the production front.  Two meetings in the next week to talk about A Doublewide, Texas Christmas at CAT Theatre, and You Can’t Take It With You at Williamsburg Players. The 2018-2019 theater dance card is filling up.

 

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Friday Experiments, Ramblings and Updates

pexels-photo-891677.jpegHere it is, a sunny Friday in March and we’re not sure if winter is yet behind us.  In terms of production work here at Historic Occasions, I thought it would be good to give you an update on where things are, or aren’t.

I’m directing Doublewide, Texas at CAT Theatre in June.  The cast is complete and we have our first read-thru on Sunday evening.  I’m excited and looking forward to getting to work with some amazing people.

My script, Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy, is complete and has, at this point, been submitted to one contest and there will be two more submissions in April.  While I can’t share the details, there’s also a very strong possibility that the show will be produced here locally within the next year.

Speaking of the next year, I’ve got a pending contract to direct a show in Spring 2019.  I can’t yet share the details, but the announcement will be made in early April.

On more exciting news, about which I must be even more vague, a random Facebook conversation this past week may lead to a dream opportunity to direct, produce, or act in…maybe all three, one of my favorite shows.  The first meeting is Tuesday and there’s lots talk and dream about.

So, why all this rambling on a Friday on this blog and not my regular blog, The Write Side of My Brain?  In part, because I’m sitting in Panera and figuring out how I can, indeed, blog from the iPad.  Work with me, I’ll be sixty in a few months.  So, this is somewhat revolutionary.

Plus, while I post here randomly, I’m taking a two-week break from the other blog.  Just some time to regroup and figure out the balance between the writing and the production.

It’s also a bit of a shift for this blog.  For years, Historic Occasions has been the framework for meeting and event planning, but that’s shifting to theatrical productions and historical events.

Don’t get us wrong, we can still produce a kickass meeting for you, whether it’s a conference, or a wedding reception, or just for grins.

But, this blog, as well as this  company, is a work in progress.  Stick with me here and you’ll be able to follow that progress.

Have a good weekend.

 

Welcome to Historic Occasions

Historic Occasions is a Richmond based production company specializing in dramatized historical events, theater, parties and more. Our managing director, Michael Fletcher, brings over 30 years event experience and has produced events across the country from Nashville to Seattle. Event locations in Washington DC include the Japanese, British, and German Embassies, The White House, and Capitol Hill.

Whether a five-person committee meeting or a five-day conference for thousands, we’ve successfully planned them all.

Historical events include a Renaissance Ball, a festive evening of English country dance and drama and interactive murder mysteries.

Michael is the author of Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy, an original stage production scheduled to premier in Richmond, Virginia in October, 2018.

Michael also provides writing, editorial and graphic design services (Michael R. Fletcher VA) and blogs on a weekday basis at The Write Side of My Brain.

Let Historic Occasions help you Celebrate the Past and Create the Future.

We Interrupt this Regularly Scheduled Blog Post

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It’s a funny thing how things shift after the first month of the year. Plans are made on New Year’s Day and for a while things are just great.

You make it to the gym every day. You don’t have those extra sweets. You read like you promised yourself you would.

But then, life happens.

For me, the plan to maintain three blogs was just a bit much.

And so, we’re taking another break.

Follow us on The Write Side of My Brain.

We’ll be back again after we regroup.

Hosting a Winter Theme Party

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In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

– William Blake

Instead of complaining about the cold weather, how about celebrating it?

Sure, if you want a winter-themed party you can go to the party store and buy all the Frozen movie products. That may be appropriate if your party is for a young, or young-at-heart, young lady.

But consider some of these ideas for hosting your own, more grownup, version of a winter party and host your own winter wonderland.

1. Choose white for your linens and decorations. White flowers, white china, and even white desserts like a lovely white cake (that doesn’t have to look like a wedding cake unless this is a winter wedding).
2. Don’t be afraid to add touches of sparking blue and silver to highlight your decor.
3. Add some white lights for extra sparkle, either on some trees or topiaries around the room or strung across the ceiling.
4. Go for a classy look by making your decor all black and white. Start with the look of piano keys and go from there. Black and white stripes, polka dots, and more can give your event an elegant look.
5. Don’t want to focus on the cold and snow? Go tropical and hold a luau complete with flamingos and flower leis for the guests.
6. For winter food consider traditional things like soups and chilis. Serve your regular cocktails, but offer things like hot chocolate and hot buttered rum.

The possibilities are endless, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money to make these work.

These are just a few ideas to get your creative thoughts flowing.

Let us know how it turns out.

National Popcorn Day

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The laziest man I ever met put popcorn in his pancakes so they would turn over by themselves.

– W. C. Fields

We can’t verify the source or the origin, but apparently today is National Popcorn Day. We’re not going to object.

Whether going to the movies or staying home to watch the big game, popcorn is a favorite treat.

Better yet, if you can cut back on the butter and salt, popcorn is a rather healthy snack.

Go ahead. Treat yourself.

Becoming a Certified Meeting Planner

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You don’t have to have an event planning degree or be a Certified Meeting Planner to be a successful meeting and event planner. But it helps.

If you’re still in school there are lots of event planning degrees out there. Check them out. But if you’re already in the industry, already have an event planning career underway, there’s no better time than the present to start working toward your certified Meeting Professional Certification.

First go to the Convention Industry Council (CIC) page to learn about the designation and the steps you’ll need to follow.

From the CIC page:

The CMP exam was developed and is maintained by meeting professionals from all over the world who volunteer their time to ensure that the program reflects the best practices in the meeting management field. More than 10,000 meeting professionals in 55 countries around the globe hold the CMP designation. This unique community represents every sector of the industry—from corporations and associations to government and institutional organizations.

Everything you need to know is there at the CIC site. But here are some things to keep in mind as you make your plans to become a CMP.

To become certified you’ll have to meet certain eligibility requirements and pass an exam. You can use the information on the CIC site to determine where you are in that process. And don’t be afraid to seek out a CMP study group.

Basically you need three years of experience and recent employment in the meetings industry, or you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in a related field plus two years of experience. After that you’ll need a 200-hour internship or completion of 25 hours of continuing education within the past five years.

It’s best to figure out just exactly what you need before embarking on the application process.

Successfully passing the exam will take a lot of study. The handbooks and texts you need are listed at the CIC site. The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and Meeting Planners International offer online and book study options. And be sure to take advantage of the practice exam offered by the CIC.

Once you’re certified you must re-certify every five years as well as maintain employment in the industry.

Best of luck.

Already have your CMP? Share some tips and encouragement in the comments.