Ok. For the last year, I’ve been mentioning “BANQUET” over, and over, and over! And never really going into detail…. well…. Now, you will get the update you probably never wanted! 🙂 A recap of my time as the Students of Arts Management (SAM) Banquet Chair (2009-2010).
As a group, the committee chairs, EXEC and myself, decided it would be best to push through this challenge and overcome it to the best of our ability! Little did we know, we wouldn’t simply overcome it… we would triumph over our downward spiral!
Plans SLOWLY began to come together. Piece by piece we were able to put a banquet together. And I began to count down the days… which resulted in fear, anxiety and excitement as the day quickly approached! Then, we were down to a week! Left and right, things were swinging into place. Although nothing was COMPLETELY settled until the end of the banquet (and still, payments are being worked on), I could see the big picture coming together.
Then…. The day of the banquet arrived! I woke up Friday April 30th with butterflies to no end! “How am I going to get out of bed?” I asked myself… But, then I remembered I needed to get ready, pack my car and head to school… so I jolted out of bed, and got to work. First up, Tap Class…Testing no doubt! So I headed to my last tap test in my undergraduate career, on the last day of my undergraduate classes! (Weird feeling!) But, there were more important things to do…. like… pull off this banquet! 🙂
So after Tap, I ran around like a chicken with my head cut off for a few minutes, figuring out my next plan… Then I headed to the venue, arriving around 10:30am…. to set up shop. At first, it was just me, the room and our “event representative.” I began ironing some of the linens we were providing to save money. Then, slowly, committee heads began arrive to set up! Each committee chair and a few volunteers showed up to help the set up process run smoothly. Setting up the center pieces, decorating the ever-annoying columns that obstructed the view of our guests (Gr! :)); setting up the awards tables; setting up the lighting instruments, the stage, the audio visual aspects of our banquet…. again, right and left, things were just slipping into place…. Then came the “dreaded” moment…. about 2:30… it was time for me to leave the remainder of set up in the very capable hands of the SAM president and my committee chairs as I headed off to class… besides the butterflies upon waking, this was the only time during the day I was nervous… I just did not want to leave.. Not because I didn’t trust my group to do amazing work (and we were practically done anyways) but because I was just having too much fun! With my computer, and printer and endless amounts of supplies (including iron, ironing board and various office supplies), my “work-station” was fully sufficient and everything was going so wonderfully, I was practically doing nothing! I just did not want to leave.. but I knew I needed to… So I headed back to campus for my Dance Studio Management Class, my Jazz Pedagogy Teaching Practicum Class and my Ballet Leveling Session. Then I headed to get Tyler so that we could head up to banquet (I had my dress and make-up at the venue so I could just head back and get ready when everything was all done!)
Then, I arrived. I walked into the ballroom to find the Emcees on stage practicing their scripts, our slideshow of pictures and our tribute to musicals playlist playing. The lights were dimmed, the “mock-tails” and tables were set… Everything was ready to go. I was literally STUNNED as I walked into this room. It was everything any of us could have asked for and more. I was so proud of our team, words can’t even describe. Of course, I immediately had to resume my duties of banquet chair (in my cut-off sweats and ballet hairdo) to assist various people in last minute set-up needs. Finally, I found time to go and get myself ready in the dressing room at about 6:20pm (the doors open at 6:30pm!). Then I was able to enter the banquet as a guest. It was wonderful to be able to sit and enjoy the evening as if I hadn’t planned it all. There were still some surprises for me along the way, and the crowd as a whole. We shared laughs, and tears and enjoyed each others company. Overall, it was a fabulous evening and very well-received by everyone in attendance. It was a very intimate affair that ran as smoothly as possible and I couldn’t be more pleased with the way it turned out. It was a wonderful experience and a rollercoaster journey. But we survived and as I mentioned earlier it was better than could have been expected, by all. Now, I pass the reigns on to the next Banquet Chair. I am sure she will do a fabulous job as well! I can’t wait to see what next year’s banquet will bring… I can only assume it will be as wonderful as this past year, and I hope Emily will gain the learning experiences that my group and I were blessed with.
Here are some pictures from the evening courtesy of Leah, Tyler, myself and friends! The pictures are not in chronological order but… Enjoy!