Two nights, four shows, and a lot of T-shirts and Jayne hats later, we’ve wrapped up for another year. We’re still sorting out a few silent auction items, but it looks like CSTS Halifax 2012 raised around $1560, meaning ~$390 for the Avalon Centre, and ~$1170 for Equality Now!
Thanks so much to everyone who helped out, particularly Robin who designed our gorgeous poster, Tony who did radio publicity, Kristi our event photographer, Fat Apollo who ran the Evil Laugh contest and donated the prizes, namely his delicious eponymous chocolate bar from Sugah!, and to the Carbon Arc volunteers, particularly Kenny who unflappably solved our tech problems. Also, massive thanks to everyone who supported the event: buying tickets, telling your friends, bidding on stuff, coming in costume…you made CSTS successful, and fun.
We tried a few new things this year, some more successful than others. The Carbon Arc’s new home at the Museum of Natural History offered definite advantages in terms of accessibility, seating, and parking, but resulted in reduced “walk-in” traffic off the street. Last year, we sold out both events and turned people away, and also heard that Saturday night didn’t work for everyone, so we decided to try for two nights this year. However, we ended up with approximately the same number of attendees (~115) spread over the shows. Saturday at 6 pm was our most popular show, by a slim margin, and was definitely the group that did best on the trivia. However, we had some really dedicated Browncoats on Friday night, including one who had driven down from Fredericton, New Brunswick!
It’s our impression that fans actually avoided the late night Saturday “Special Hell” screening. It was the one with lowest attendance, and pretty much nobody said anything during the movie. It was an experiment, but we probably won’t do it again – although, if you’d really like one, do let us know! We’d love to hear any comments, criticisms, feedback etc. If we’re going to take on this crazy job again, we want to offer Maritime Browncoats the best event we can! Contact us any time at cstshalifax @ gmail.com, or find us on Twitter, with suggestions or to volunteer.
The Evil Laugh contest was a fun addition this year, run by local celebrity Fat Apollo:
More photos of the event can be found in our Flickr stream. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves, and thanks again – we’re happy to have met and exceeded last year’s fundraising total!
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