60th Anniversary Committee Holds A Post-mortem
RE-HASHING THE CELEBRATION
Thursday evening the Costa Mesa 60th Anniversary Celebration Committee, chaired by Mike Scheafer, held a meeting to discuss the recent 3-day event that was held the end of June.
However, City Chief Executive Officer Tom Hatch hijacked the meeting to present awards and mementos to the committee members present in honor of their good works on that celebration. It was an unanticipated part of the meeting, but a very nice though. Hatch also mentioned that the City Council will also wish to have a more formal recognition at a future date. And, later in the meeting, Scheafer mentioned that he hopes all hands can make it to the Concerts In The Park on Tuesday, July 30th, when the committee members will be honored.
HOW'D WE DO?
This meeting, held in council chambers, was an opportunity for committee members to take a deep breath and provide a quick summary of their opinions of the celebrations. Segments receiving high praise were the Art Walk, the food vendors, the car show and the great variety of things - something for everyone. A questionnaire will be distributed to them, and to vendors and others involved to provide more formal feedback. Scheafer asked each member present to present to the city staff a brief summary of what they thought the pros and cons were of the event, and to have it to the staff within 10 days. The next meeting of the group will be on August 8th, at which time it is anticipated that all the financials will be sorted out and made available.
SOME NEGATIVE STUFF, TOO
Bradley Zint of the Daily Pilot was present and published his version of this meeting, HERE. He mentions some negative issues - some that did not get thoroughly fleshed out. I did see a couple committee members leave abruptly when it was clear they were not going to be able to vent about issues important to them at that time. It's my understanding that there will be an opportunity to provide a thorough analysis of the event in the near future. I hope they will return to add their views to the mix.
A WONDERFUL EVENT!
Yes, I'm quoted in Zint's piece and, yes, I did mumble those words - and more, too. I told the group that my wife and I had a great time during our visit to the celebration, and that I didn't see a single unhappy person over the six or so hours we spent there. The entire committee and their leadership, plus Dan Joyce and Christine Cordon of the city staff, should be commended for pulling off an outstanding event in such a short time. Kudos to all.
On July 26th there will be a symphony at the Segerstrom Center. On the 30th the Concerts In The Park mentioned above. July 31st is Costa Mesa night at the Orange County Fair, which opens today. On August 3rd it's Costa Mesa night at Anaheim Stadium and also Mike Trout jersey night. Plenty of tickets are still available for that game through Christine Cordon at City Hall at 714-754-5121.
In October there will be a scarecrow event throughout the city, which should be a lot of fun. More on that later.