Monday, July 01, 2013

Wow! What A Party!

I don't know what Sunday was like as Costa Mesa's 60th Anniversary Party wrapped up, but I don't think there's any way to top Saturday!  Wow and double Wow!!

My wife and I arrived in the early afternoon and wandered around, chatting and eating, chatting and eating... well, you get the idea.  The food was terrific - something for everyone - and the crowds were very significant and growing as we departed at sundown.  That was before the REAL party began, as it turns out.  We didn't stay for what we're told is among the rarest of rare concert events - the guts of the Foo Fighters (whoever they are) together.  You can read all about it in the Daily Pilot coverage HERE, and HERE.  And the exclamation point on our day was the fireworks that we could hear all the way over on the Eastside of town - the whole house rattled and shook!  I love it!

Here are some images from the day Saturday.  Enjoy.

CMPD/CMFD color guard at the salute to veterans
A "fan" of crime prevention visits the booth
Emergency responders answering questions
Look for more of these around town!
One view of the crowds
Volunteers hawking their wares
Actor and local artist Pepe Serna was one of many demonstrating their skills
Crowds taking a break in the shade
CMTV team capturing the magic
CEO Tom Hatch kicks things off at 6:00 p.m.
Hands the ball off to Mayor Jim Righeimer...
Who laterals it to Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger...
Who then flips it to Councilwoman Sandy Genis...
And the senior member of the council, Wendy Leece, scores!
And the crowd roared!
And some snored...
 While others had to explain the game to their spouses
And other special volunteers enjoyed the moment
60th Anniversary Committee Chairman Mike Scheafer doing stand-up
And former Mayor Peter Buffa getting cheers without telling a single joke!
 Current and former council members hear the cheers
And volunteers sang Happy Birthday To Us
As Righeimer sliced into that beautiful, huge cake
Prepared by the Orange Coast College Culinary Kids
Later Brad Long interviewed Scheafer as Dane Bora recorded the event
And crowds continued to pass through Security
As we made our way through the crowded parking lot as the sun set
Did I mention it was a GREAT DAY?  Kudos to all the hardworking city staff and community volunteers for a job well-done.

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Anonymous stop wasting my money said...

How much money was wasted on this event? Did staff members donate their time? Was the venue and food donated?

Just for kicks, can someone tell me how much this party cost the taxpayers of costa mesa and how many actual CM residents took part in it?

7/01/2013 07:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

It was a great party, but I have one tiny little quibble. They kept saying 'Foo Fighters show,' and even announced on the side stage. When asked if that included all of them, they said 'yes, all of them, including (leader) Dave Grohl.'

It wasn't a Foo Fighters show, though. It was two of them, and they played what they were billed to play - awesome rock and metal covers. But it was not in fact a Foo show, so why the lie, or exaggeration anyway?

That's my only beef. The show was awesome, food and drink prices were reasonable and the crowd ate it up. You missed out on the best part though, Geoff!

7/01/2013 07:38:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Maybe, Mike, but I still have my hearing this morning! ;-)

7/01/2013 07:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

True, and you probably didn't share my hangover yesterday either. Things picked up a bit after my kids left!

7/01/2013 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous A Chevy in the Mesa said...

Who is the "they" in the "They kept saying a Foo Fighters show"

As far as i know it was long announced as a Chevy Metal show. Chevy Metal has two members of the Foos that are mainstays (Taylor & Chris), Dave Grohl among other very popular acts usually show up and play with the band (check out Youtube). It's all a bunch of friends getting together to jam out some classic songs. Looks like what was promised was delivered and then some.

7/01/2013 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

I loved the fireworks show and wish we could do that annually in lieu of selling those obnoxious firecrackers.

As for Chevy Metal, my only comment is that while watching the fireworks display, then heading to the car, someone from the band dropped at least three f-bombs with an open mic and (overly) amplified system. No matter what your personal use of the language is, it is completely inappropriate for use in a family setting.

Thanks to all the volunteers and staffers who worked so hard on this. We can all opine as to the level of success, but the level of commitment and work is undeniable.

7/01/2013 01:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Mike McNiff said...

'A Chevy...' - The posted fliers right on the ticket booths is where I read it with my own two eyes, and from volunteers in attendance that texted me that morning saying 'Foo Fighters are playing tonight, be here,' and the announcement where some guy got up on stage and flat-out said when specifically questioned, after Soft Pack played, 'Yes, ALL of the Foo Fighters, including Dave Grohl.' They all kept saying 'Foo Fighters show.' Those are just three examples, so I hope that's enough for you - two written, one verbal. I'm sure I could cite a few more examples.

I'm well aware of how it was advertised - that's why I went in the first place. I know it was advertised as Chevy Metal, and I know what they play, and that's why I went, and it was still great, as I very clearly said. And yes, the fact Dave Grohl was there was incredible.

But when social media started lighting up Saturday morning saying 'Foo Fighters show,' and the fliers at the ticket booths said the same, that's not what was really happening. I didn't hear a Foos song, didn't see all of them (hey, where's Pat Smear???). I know their history, thank you very much.

If you want me to go all conspiracy theory, I will: I heard that the Friday night show was a ghost town, estimates of 40 to 100 people to see Berlin. Methinks they needed to figure out a way to boost the number of bodies there and sell more tickets, and a cover band with the Foos drummer wasn't doing it on its own (none of my friends there bought tix in advance). When I got there at 5 on Saturday, the crowd was pretty light. Then things started buzzing about a Foo Fighters show, which didn't actually materialize.

They also didn't advertise ahead of time that if you bought $50 in food and drink tickets, you got a free ticket to the show. Was that out of desperation, or fear of financial losses? I don't know, but that certainly made things easier on my wallet. So I have no complaints, just my 'tiny little quibble.'

7/01/2013 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Dumm de tecktor said...

A Chevy in the Mesa, the city's own twitter page posted Foo- Fighters tickets still available.

I don't have a problem with it being billed in some instances even by the city as Foo-Fighters, I have more of a problem with your obvious attempt to cover-up or play dumb. And then again maybe you aren't playing!

7/01/2013 05:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Liar, Liar said...

So the City knowingly and purposely lied to the people attending the event. What a new and surprising thing for this City to do, lie to the people. Shame on this City to do such a thing, great job whoever thought this one up.

For those that like music and loved to be lied at, I hear that The Who and The Beatles are playing the OC Fair this year, look it up and maybe you'll know what I'm talking about.

7/01/2013 08:41:00 PM  
Anonymous History Channel said...

At the next city council meeting, Jimbo goes on a rant saying how he, not Pete Best, was actually the "5th Beatle," and that unions screwed him out of billions in royalties..

7/02/2013 06:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Bait & Switch said...

@ Dumm/Dumb--you don't have a problem with the old bait& switch huh? You see, the bait & switch is when they tell you one thing and you get something else, usually lesser in quality.

If the City posted it on it's Twitter page, who runs it? Is it Lobdell the Minister of Dis-Information. Seems to me that they came out and completely lied to people just to hopefully bring in a few extra bucks for this overpriced party at the taxpayers expense. Do you think that is right? If they had posted fliers, then it was already known/ thought out about expanding the great lie. What a sham, but this City is known for it, so this doesn't surprise me, but what does surprise me is people like Dumm/Dumb that are OK with it and will continue to take it from the City.

7/02/2013 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous factsgetintheway said...

from google

City of Costa Mesa : News : Foo Fighters to give surprise ... › ... › Communications and Marketing‎
News Blog ... Foo Fighters to give surprise performance at Costa Mesa's 60th anniversary celebration tonight. Posted Date: 6/29/2013. The Foo Fighters and a special surprise guest will give a surprise performance tonight at approximately ...

Last we checked was the city of costa mesa website.

7/02/2013 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous How Much $$$ said...

factsgetintheway--sure looks like the city sent out a bold face lie. What a new and fresh thing from the city. They can't go a few days without spreading a lie, and to do it at the useless 60th party was even dirtier.

How much was the Foo Fighters paid to show up? Where do we find the numbers that was spent on this waste of an anniversary.

7/02/2013 05:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Is There a Conflict? said...

Your smokescreens just highlight the real question:

How much did Riggy's buddy Scott Baugh or any entity affiliated with him receive for food/services related to the event?

7/02/2013 06:23:00 PM  
Blogger melinda said...

There are other committee members are happy. Ask the vice chair of the committee what she thought of the celebration. Does she feel as though she was "used". What did she do on Fri night and Sun afternoon?
Ask her about treatment of the volunteers!

8/07/2013 09:14:00 PM  

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