This last weekend Spiritual Life Productions did their first Midland, Texas psychic fair. No, it was not the first one this group of vendors and readers had done there but the first that Marilyn Waggoner, owner of Spiritual Life productions had produced in Midland.
I want to share some of the funny and frustrating things that happened and endearing people that entered our lives as this fair came together.
Marilyn, Yanie Brewer and I went to Midland on Thursday so that we could do an early morning radio show on Friday. Both of the host were wonderful! Their questions were on target and gave their audience great information about the readers, what we do and the wonderful vendors that were there to share their goodies.
The rest of the day was spent at the hotel getting the room ready for the weekend.
Let’s back track a moment…when we got there we saw that the recent rains in Midland had caused MAJOR roof damage in the main hotel and the rooms that Marilyn had reserved were not anywhere near usable and will not be for months to come. The hotel already had plans to do a major remodel to all rooms and areas of the hotel but this damage was unexpected. They say that it will be as good as new by the time it is all finished. Meanwhile, they put us in large community building that is on their property for the fair. Julie Wilson and Latrell Maples had used the same building in past years so a lot of us were familiar with it. There is lots of up close parking and we got a big, warm room.
The folks that work at the hotel tried at every turn to be patient with requests, needs and most of all finding the extra hands that we needed to get the room in order for the fair. It was obvious that it had not been used for some time, (or cleaned well after the last event). In spite of how short handed the staff was, a long time employee, VAN, was our hero. And, with the help of one other hard working young man it all came together in time for readers and vendors to set up. The two of them found a commercial vacuum cleaner and turned me loose with it for a short period of time. Marilyn pulled me off to help her with the lay out so they took over cleaning the carpet. Meanwhile, Van also needed to make the adjoining room ready for a huge family reunion on Saturday night. More on that later…
Moving the venue meant that Marilyn had to have directional signs made so off she went to do that as soon as she could.
As fast as he could, Van is hauling in tables and setting them up. We needed table skirts and cloths asap so that Cindy and Dennis could start on their five hour set up. He was off to start the search only to find out that most of the ones that he brought back to the room were either dirty, moist (some were wet) or so discolored they were unusable. Bless his heart, he had just scooped them up after being told they were clean. We found out that the cloths had been removed after an event and had not been not washed as he was told. He just thought they were “damp” and would dry on the tables just fine! So, off he went again to wash and dry that bunch. While he was gone he did manage to find enough table skirts to take care of Cindy and Dennis’ tables…
Oh, let’s not forget that the big room next door is waiting for Van’s undivided attention for the family reunion. He never once lost his patience or his cool all the while knowing that he had that obligation waiting for him.
By the time readers and vendors began to arrive the tables and areas were set up and ready for them create their space. Of course, their needs and wishes meant that a few of them were rearranged to suit them. In fact, that goes on at a lot of events. There was even a move late Saturday afternoon because a reader was not comfortable where she was. Gotta keep the kids happy…:)
Saturday began with a BANG! Lots of people, some new, some returning to their favorite readers and vendors. It was indeed a good day for crew! Until around 4pm…that is when the bands began to practice for the reunion! The hotel had promised us that we had quiet until 6pm, that was when the fair ended. Well, evidently they neglected to tell the reunion folks that because the bands were there in full force to make sure they were all warmed up for the night! Of course, Marilyn went over to take care of the situation but one of the guys got very surly with her. After all, “He had a lot of influence here at the hotel and he had paid his money…blah, blah, blah”. But, not before I saw Robert Baccus jump, and I mean jump, out of this chair and run down the hall. His table was on the retractable, thin wall so he and the others on the wall got it loud and clear on the first note! Well, the music did stop and all was well for a little while. They tried it again around 5:15. Poor Marilyn, off she went again. This time he was really surly! The music was gone until EXACTLY 6pm. By gosh, they could tell time and they were not going to waste one minute of it!
Because we were not in the main hotel we needed security for the room until after the family reunion. There are many doors off the galley way and some of the locks were questionable, so human security was an absolute need. Bring in Diane, the event manager at the hotel. She sat in the room until no telling when. I do believe that her husband joined her at some point. Now, that is being a real trooper for the hotel’s clients!
Sunday morning we arrived to a parking lot full of beer bottles, cans and trash. Marilyn got there first to put out the signs and immediately began cleaning it up. But, not before she picked up the trash in the bath rooms. Thank goodness one of the hotel staff came over to actually clean and replenish them before the Sunday crowd began to arrive.
Sunday was a little slow but consistent. There was more time to visit with our clients, do longer readings, etc. I was glad to see several of Saturday’s visitors return and bring their family and friends on Sunday.
By the time we were ready to pack out, Marilyn and Dennis had noticed a garage door in the other big room. Their curiosity lead them to figure out how to open it so that cars could back in and be loaded! That room had not been cleaned so the tables were still set up. No problem! We made a wide swath big enough for Dennis’ big van and in he came. Talk about a time and energy saver for Dennis, Cindy and several others! Wow!
We were all out by 8:30pm or so. Now, Midland is a town that closes down early. That means if you want a nice meal it needs to be before 9:30pm for most restaurants. (Denny’s is the exception). We opted to eat at Outback. We, meaning eight of us readers. Everyone else had headed home or had plans somewhere else. Food was great, service nice, company wonderful! Nice way to end a productive weekend.
Most folks do not know or care what happens before an event. The public certainly does not realize, for the most part, what goes into making that day happen. That is why I wanted to bring attention to the efforts that Marilyn Waggoner made to make this weekend happen as if there had been no challenges. Then there is the hotel staff that is already under staffed and over stressed because of the condition of the hotel, those of us that traveled with Marilyn and pitched in and to say nothing of the other readers and vendors that offered their support and energy when needed to each other. This fair was a true team effort and as a reader I am most grateful for all of you.
I bet the public never had a clue that anything was out of order or amiss! And, that is the way it should be…
The event appeared to be smooth and calm. Well, with the exception of the unwelcome music for short bursts. Looking back, I can find things to giggle about that were not so funny at the time.
I will leave it up to you to decide what would have been funny or frustrating to you had you been there.
Would I do it over again? In a heart beat! The public that joined us, being with our wonderful community and being given the opportunity to do our work makes all the effort in the world worth it.
Thank you all for being there for one another….