[SCA-AE] Conflicting events (was change of dates for Harvest Raid)
muirgens at aol.com
muirgens at aol.com
Fri Jan 23 16:16:52 EST 2009
I have to say that I vacillate between thinking more small events would be good and thinking one big event at a time is better.? On the one hand, more local folks might go to the smaller specialty?events.? On the other hand, if there was a big multi-activity event 3?hours away opposite nothing else, would people be more likely to attend that?? When there are lots of little events or medium sized events in a weekend I worry that each one has a larger chance of not breaking even.
A good thing for us all to be thinking and talking about!
From: Aengus <siraengus at zoominternet.net>
To: discussion at aethelmearc.org
Sent: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 2:41 pm
Subject: Re: [SCA-AE] Conflicting events (was change of dates for Harvest Raid)
I'm afraid that given the size of the Kingdom and the number of groups who
hold "traditional" events, the available dates for new, transitional or 'non
traditional' events is slim to none.
Add to that the state of the economy, the unstable prices of fuel, and the
diminishing travel schedule of the average SCAdian and we will soon be
forced to modify the way we look at how we schedule events and the process
we use that allow or disallow conflicting events.
Is there a way to address the potential conflicts? Common sense would
suggest that bordering groups or regions not hold competing events on the
same weekend. However, if there are two events that cater to different
segments of the populace (for example an archery event conflicting with a
gold chain tourney) I see no reason why they could not run concurrently.
>From what I have seen, event attendance has been slowing declining for the
past couple of years. Perhaps if there were events closer to home, more
gentles would participate rather than choosing to stay home and avoid a
longer and more costly commute.
I am not saying that we should do away with traditional events, I am just
suggesting that the available dates for new events are getting pretty slim
and we may want to reexamine how we are doing things sooner rather than
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