HIZ Day 2005 ROCKED!!!!
Okay, so it rained and we had to move to the gym, but it still worked out very well. We did learn that the acoustics in the gym are not so band friendly. Well, at least not amped bands. So, here is the run down of the day.
I got to campus a little after 9 am, show to start at Noon, LN was knocking on my window before I was even parked because of the weather. The sound guy was not liking the forecast for the day and wanted us to move the venue inside. Not a problem, except we did not at that time have permission to use the gym, we did get permission but then had to clean it up. Luckily, everyone pulled together and we got it done. We got the tables set up for the bands to sell their goods, tables up for the HIZ Day goods, the College recruitment table, and the canteen ready to serve.
Small side note, I tie dyed my Staff shirt on Thursday and it turned out totally sweet, not to mention I was very easy to find in a crowd.
Well the stage got set, the sound check for the headliners was complete and our first band TLC started just shortly after 12. Not bad considering that we had to move the entire show. Steven and I did okay starting out for the MCs, I was told I had to talk slower, luckily we got much better during the day. TLC put on a nice show, very beautiful harmonies. Unfortunately they were unable to stick around because they had another show in Florence that night. They did give a CD for the door prizes which was cool. They also signed my program.
Another side note, I put together the programs for the event because somehow I got nominated to do it. They turned out pretty good, and I am glad that the kids liked them.
Next up was Bryan Doesn't Like It, or BDLI. All of the guys are either current or former students of the college, and most of the crowd was there for them. They did a great show. Last year's HIZ Day was their first show and they have improved a lot since then. They did great though and I am glad that the guys are having fun. Some of the songs they have written are really cool too. They signed my program too :D
Next up was Experiment Theory, half of last years Tickets to Jerusalem. The two of them Levi and Ashley (Husband & Wife) are so totally awesome. They are the sweetest too. It was nice seeing them again this year, they also gave a CD for a door prize. They did a great show, I think my favorite part was when they did a song from SHREK and Levi played the Kazoo. I got the best picture of that, did I mention I took over 200 pictures on Saturday? It was great, the crowd really responded to them too. Again, my program is signed, they also signed my staff shirt. I really hope that we can get them back for another event in the future.
We did door prizes next, that went pretty well. By this time Stephen and I were doing a little better with the Mics. I am not so nervous in front of a bunch of people with a mic anymore. I have come to the conclusion that if I can do that, I can do anything. After door prizes came a devotion based on the Prodigal Son, very enlightening.
Then came the moment, and I would like to think I did a good job of introducing Overflow. Yep, the Christian Rock band with a top 15 song played at our humble little shin-dig. They so totally rocked the house. I had a blast during their show. I was in the back stage area taking all sorts of pictures. At one time I was standing on a cooler taking pictures making Will the drummer and Matt the keyboardist laugh. After the show, they were like, we were wondering where those random flashes were coming from and then there you are standing on a cooler. They were a lot of fun. They also loaded us up on door prizes, a CD, two T-shirts, and dinner with the band. Too bad the people who won the dinner were allergic to Sea Food. All the guys signed my program and my shirt, is cool. Will signed with a smiley face, very fitting considering he and Matt laughed through their entire set.
After the show was done we had to clean up the gym before we could go have dinner with the bands. We had twenty-four people at the restaurant for supper, plus some others. Dinner was a lot of fun. I still think that Overflow's drummer cannot believe that I am the Library director. Not sure if it was me whoo-hooing behind them after each song, the tie dyed t-shirt, or the fact that they thought I was a student. Josh one of the guitarists fell in love with my Green & Gold All-Star shoes. One of the only things he said to me was, "I love your shoes!" He did say more, but that is the one thing that has stayed in my head. Like I said, dinner was a lot of fun, and the food wasn't bad once I finally got mine.
The day was long, got home about 11, but it was a great time. My knee was killing me because I really didn't sit down too much. Luckily we found a plan B, for the event, and everyone really pulled together to make the event a success. We did have a better turn out than last year, but I think that it could have been bigger had the weather been better. I do think that the weather was probably a lesson for all of us, to ALWAYS have a plan B. We had a great time, and I am sure that most of the people who attended had a great time. Next year HIZ Day 2006 will be April 29, 2006, so if you are in the area.
Anyway. Sorry I haven't posted in ages, have been a little busy. I know bad excuse but it is the only one I got. I have gotten some scrapbook pages done, as well as my special project. It looks so cool, I will fill everyone in on it later. This weekend is scrapbook weekend, Saturday is National Scrapbook Day and I plan on scrappin all day. One of these days I will be posting some of my pages on my Web page. I also plan on posting some of the pictures from HIZ Day, its not like I do not have enough of them, LOL.
I hope all is well with y'all. Keep on keepin' it, peace from this Bunny Hole.