Re: MARCH event thread #1: possible swapmeet date
- --- In email@example.com, "Evan Koblentz" <evan@...> wrote:
> Hello MARCHins,
> There's a hamfest run by OMARC (Ocean-Monmouth Antique Radio
> Club, which is another InfoAge tenant) on Saturday, Oct. 7,
> at the InfoAge campus. I think
> that event happens in the building near the big satellite.
> It might be a good idea for us to run a swapmeet on the
> same day in the main building.
It's possible the OMARC people would see MARCH as taking advantage of
their advertizing, and drawing some sellers from them and thus some
income. On the other hand, some kind of cooperation and a mutual event
could be mutually beneficial, and also make for good relations within
the InfoAge "family". I think the MARCH leadership should discuss this
directly with OMARC's hamfest committee and see what could be done
together; or whether the MARCH event should be seperate in time.
Seems to me there is not enough info about the OMARC event, most
notibly if they are charging admission. Every hamfest I've gone to
charged admission. If they charge admission, MARCH is in effect
contributing to the "gate", and so its involment is a plus for OMARC.
MARCH's involvement also helps those hamfests sellers who would not
otherwise bring that "old" computer stuff because of likely lack of
interest. And, if the event is done jointly, OMARC may appreciate a
few more hands in assistance. But it's also possible the OMARC event
and the club is well established, thank you, and "assistance" may not
I think it's reasonable to charge admission to attendees. A few
dollars will not stop anyone who is coming to buy something, or to
just look around. October is pretty late, so it will be chilly and
weather may not suit an outdoor event - but do we have HEAT for an
indoor event? Otherwise October provides four months of time to
prepare the site and get the word out, assuming it takes a month to
decide whether it's a "go" or not.
Thanks to Evan for persuing this.
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