With the Contemporary Crafts Market (CCM) coming up in Santa Monica
Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, we (Beth Rosengard & Brad Smith) think this would
be a perfect time to launch Southern California’s first Orchid
Dinner. We hope you agree! Furthermore, since this area is also the
home of the Metal Arts Society of Southern California (MASSC), we
figured that bringing together Orchid participants, MASSC members and
CCM jewelry exhibitors, in order to allow us to get to know one
another and benefit Orchid at the same time, is a great idea.
As the plan stands now, there would be a per person cost for the
dinner, payable in advance, with donations to Orchid collected at the
door. Other fund-raising methods can be considered IF there are
volunteers to oversee them. Any suggestions or raised hands?
We have set Saturday, Nov. 1, as the date, with the place yet to be
determined depending on cost, location, and size of the gathering.
We have already located one restaurant in Santa Monica not far from
the CCM venue, which can accommodate a maximum of 100 people, for
about $35 per person including tax and tip. We are checking out
other possibilities but we must have an idea of how many of you might
be interested before we can finalize anything.
At this point, our concept includes one guest per attendee, though
this may have to change depending on the response we get. It would
hinge on our ability to find a suitable venue for more than 100
people. Per person costs for private parties in this area are
commonly upwards of $50 and we would like to keep it well below that.
We know how tight budgets are these days.
What we need from you at this point is an indication, not a
commitment (yet). Until we have some idea of how many people are
likely to attend, we cannot go much further. So please take a minute
and respond to the few questions below. Unless you have comments you
want to share with the list, please reply directly to
<@Beth_Rosengard>. We’re looking forward to this event
and to a great turnout. Hope to see you there!
Do you think you would be interested in and able to attend this
If so, would you want to bring a guest?
If it became unfeasible to include guests, would you still come?
Could you live with a $35 per person cost (and still have something
left over to donate to Orchid)?
Beth Rosengard & Brad Smith