For Labor Day weekend, we conceived and produced the first
annual Kelmscott Renaissance Festival in Lincolnville, Maine.
We consulted on programming (booking a Jousting Team, Birds-of-Prey
demonstration, plus storytellers, variety artists, and music);
site layout, staffing, operations, infrastructure, marketing,
volunteer coordination, and vendors. It was a significant
success, especially in view of the fact that it was the first
time for the site, the team, and the sponsor. Kelmscott Farm
is run by a non-profit foundation dedicated to the preservation
of rare breeds, and well worth a visit.
Also in August, we booked and produced 3 concert and reception
events featuring The Smothers Brothers in Portland, Camden,
and Foxborough, MA. Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation,
it was a total success, exceeding expectations on every level.
The Smothers Brothers are truly a class act; I had great fun
bombing around Maine with these legends.
For The Union Fair, we booked The Marvelettes, The Boneheads,
Bennie & The Jets (Tribute to Elton John), and the Stan
Catell Jazz Band.
In early August, we booked and produced all the stage entertainment
for the Maine Lobster Festival, involving 4 stages over 5
days. Highlights were The Temptations, Beatlemania, the Buddy
Holly Tribute Show, and much more. At the same time, I handled
all of the logistics for the port visit to Rockland of the
USS Klakring (FFG-42), a Bath-built Frigate. Working with
the U.S. Navy is always a challenge, but this ships
officers and crew were great.
In July, we produced a large corporate event for over 5000
people in Belfast, featuring Chubby Checker, Creatures, and
large carnival midways; and handled all the talent coordination
for a management conference that included President and Mrs.
George Bush, Rick Pitino, Mark Shields, Sen. Joe Biden, Tommy
Lasorda, and The Artie Shaw Orchestra.
Other shows weve done this summer include Beausoleil
avec Michael Doucet, The Russian Ballet Theatre, Charlie Musselwhite
Blues Band, The Kingston Trio, Loudon Wainwright III, Rory
Block, Juice Newton, Noel Paul Stookey, The Drifters, Schooner
Fare, Bill Chinnock Band, The Pride of Maine Fiddling Festival,
Chris Smither, Elmhurst College Jazz Band, Richie Havens,
The Bobs, and Tom Rush, to name just a few.
We were pleased to add several new corporate accounts, including
Arbitron, Frito-Lay, 3M Corp., Arthur D. Little, CoreState
Bank, Kentucky Bankers Assoc., Fidelity Investments, GenCorp,
Gilbane Construction, and New England Dodge Dealers, among
many others. Well arrange music for over 150 weddings
and receptions this year, and over 500 corporate and Festival
Were currently doing more and more work for clients
in the area of fund raising, sponsorship, and special promotions.
Look for further word on this department as it develops.
Dot ODonnell took some time off to watch her son Rory
(star pitcher) tear up the American Legion State Playoffs.
Though she was needed at the office and therefore not at as
many shows as in past years, she was spotted backstage at
the Lobster Festival grooving to The Temptations with her
Phil Clement has become our on-site expediter. One client
refers to him as The Master of Disaster... the guy is
so smooth, potential problems see Phil coming and just run
the other way. Many shows benefit from our keen understanding
of artist and sponsor requirements, stage craft, and all the
technical aspects. This mastery of the medium, and its
application at client events, contributes to what makes Entertainment
Resources a leader in the field of special events.
Liz Gross, who made herself indispensable around here in
a very short time, is now on leave, at home with her new baby
son Dean and 2 young daughters. We miss her friendly competence
and look forward to welcoming her back whenever shes
NOTE FROM CHUCK:
Its fully ten years now since this enterprise began.
It would be great to say that it followed a precise plan,
but that wouldnt be true. I followed my instincts, and
they served me well, which is very satisfying. The challenge
is to continue to focus on the quality of our service while
My job has changed totally since I started, and continues
to evolve. I was unprepared for several aspects of running
this company, but still, after a decade, I look forward to
coming to work every day. I am very thankful for that. And
for an incredibly capable and dedicated staff; and for a still-growing
list of great clients. Thanks to all.
Block-booking remains the very best way to obtain the best
rates on artist fees, and nobody in the Northeast is doing
this as well as we are. Are you a part of it? Call Chuck at
Thank you all for another truly terrific year. Don't forget
to call on us for any special event need.