Monday, November 23, 2009

Reunion Tour '09: Renaissance Edition

When Jared and I decided on a Renaissance theme for this year's Reunion Tour, he realized right away that his part was pretty much done. Years of Shakespearean and Renaissance Festivals and my recent trip to Italy (which I didn't realize was an event research trip) had me brimming over with ideas. This was right up my alley.




Putting on 4 events back-to-back right before put me on an impossibly short timeline, but thankfully I had amazing partners that magically transformed a huge empty room into a medieval wonderland with decor, lighting, video, and design. I recruited my co-worker Julie as my partner in crime and the rest of the staff worked their hearts out to help make the event actually happen.
















To our normal run of a speaker and themed connecting experiences, etc. we added a visit from William Shakespeare. Surprisingly, it was Jared who wanted to add actors. I was worried it could either been really good or really cheesy--but Jared has a sense for this kind of thing and he was a huge hit. We also had a Renaissance Feast with Henry VIII (something I've wanted to do since high school), sword fighting and jousting, and karaoke with a live band (okay that is a thematic stretch--but they were dressed up in renaissance costumes and everyone loved it!)




Jeff always promises them that we will top the year before--which is something that rings through my mind all year. And although there were snags and things that weren't quite right, it was amazingly fun and turned out better then I dared to hope.




I also now know how to spell both renaissance and medieval--so it was all worth it right? I'm currently a happy and very relieved girl---and I made up for a sleepless month last week by spending many blissful hours unconscious in my bed!




7 comments:

Naoma SW said...

Wow you have been busy!! Looks like a magical fun night though, what a relief to have it done though... Love ya

Hannah said...

Wow! Sarah, that looks like it turned out so great! Good job! And enjoy your break from the chaos. Whew!

Blondie said...

I know it drives you crazy sometimes but you honestly have such a cool job!

Nick and Ashley said...

I'm glad you let me know you posted. You should post more often! Love the decor! Glad to know your still partying! ;)

Meggen said...

Cool event, Sarah! You are my hero! I hope you get to have a lot more time being comatose on your bed to make up for all the lost sleep!

BTW, is that Mark Eaton in one of those pictures?

samiam said...

Yes it is Mark Eaton. I wouldn't have wanted to go up against him, but you know what they say--the bigger they are the harder they fall.

Annalisa said...

wow, that is amazing. you've been very busy doing good things. smiles!