29007Re: Bad news, good news: VCF East 9.0 cancelled due to Sandy; but ....
- Jan 21, 2013--- In email@example.com, Evan Koblentz wrote:
>Sounds like a very wise move. Looking forward to the alternatives.
> Hi all --
> Very sorry, but we're cancelling East 9.0 because of the uncertain power
> situation at InfoAge.
> The MARCH board put a lot of thought into this decision. Our reasoning is:
> - InfoAge will * probably * have power restored within a month or two
> .... but we can't plan an event as complicated as VCF on a "probably".
> There is too much risk involved. To pull off a top-notch VCF East, we
> needed to start serious planning NOW.
> - We considered bringing in a large generator, or moving the event
> elsewhere, or postponing it by a couple of months. We decided that a
> large generator is too expensive (thousands of dollars); going elsewhere
> would also be pricey and we'd lose the museum attractions (along with
> controlling the power, security, etc.); while postponing the event
> messes with a whole other variety of logistics (school years, holidays,
> other InfoAge events, etc.)
> - Even if the power is brought back next week (it won't be, but I'm just
> making a point), we had to draw a decision-making deadline somewhere.
> - We know from experience that simply skipping one year won't hurt us
> too badly, marketing-wise. We skipped 2010, and VCF West skipped a year
> once, with no ill effects.
> - We had two or three cool speakers / panels being arranged for this
> year, but we didn't have any "killer" speakers lined up, unlike last year.
> Now for THE GOOD NEWS!
> - VCF East 9.0 will be back, and awesome, in 2014. I promise!!!!
> - This year, we will probably have an alternate event, at InfoAge, on
> the same weekend originally announced for VCF East (May 18-19). As we
> said, there "probably" will be power, and our "probable" event will be a
> MARCH swap meet on 5/18, with some kind of to-be-determined
> cross-pollination re: OMARC's hamfest down the street that same day.
> - We have not yet figured out details for the swap meet. When we do,
> we'll give it a unique name, and we'll announce it widely.
> SILVER LININGS:
> - Planning a full-fledged VCF East, for me, is like having a part-time
> job for six months. By taking a year off, I'll be much more relaxed in
> 2013. :)
> - It gives everyone an extra year to work on their collections and
> develop kick-ass exhibits for 2014.
> - Without the pressure of VCF East this year, we as a club can focus
> more on organizing our warehouse, having tech weekends, etc.
> - We're doing well, money-wise, so we can afford to skip VCF East this
> year without worrying about next year's budget.
> Again, I'm very sorry for letting people down about the VCF East. I know
> how much everyone enjoys the event, hearing the speakers, putting
> together exhibits, and getting immense satisfaction in showing your work
> to the public. Unfortunately this year it was not to be.
> Anyone with questions/concerns is welcome to post in reply to this
> message and/or to contact me privately if you wish. I'm sad about the
> decision, but glad to explain it as much as necessary.
> - Evan (evan@... / 646-546-9999)
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