Because we had a problem with people reserving a spot just to have something to do on that particular night, then canceling at the last minute or worse, not even showing up we’d made a significant change. We are now selling advance tickets to these shows. We’ll be selling them online using PayPal. Just like any other show you’d see, if you want to come, you need a ticket. If we do not sell out in advance, you may come the day of the show, but the ticket price will be higher.
If you don’t show, it works just like any other show. You can either give away your tickets or sell them, or throw them away. But there will not be refunds. If you buy a ticket and don’t come, it’s your donation to this great cause. You can still feel great about yourself. In some cases maybe the artist would be willing to send out a CD instead since you missed the show, but that’s not guaranteed.
I do have cats and dogs, but they don’t live in the carriage house. They will not be invited to the shows. So we no longer have to worry about barking in the middle of the show, or having to take them outside, or having to guard the food table. Aaahhh, I love them dearly, they’re my children, but this will be a nice change. So allergic people shouldn’t have a problem. We’ll clean really well before the show.
Performances generally start at 8pm. They usually run 1 ½-2 hours with a short break between performers. Then when the music is done, we have a little meet-and-greet with the artists. This is the time to purchase CDs, T-shirts, get stuff signed, tell the artist how great they were etc.
Cameras are allowed, encouraged even. Unless the artist tells me ‘no photos’ (which hasn’t happened yet) they will be permitted.
Smoking is not permitted in the house but we have a nice backyard for such activites.
We do this in support of the artists and because we like the intimate setting. We think you will too!
THESE ARE ALL COMMON SENSE AND EVERY ONE OF THEM HAS TO DO WITH BEING CONSIDERATE TO OTHERS WHICH YOU WOULD THINK IS NO-BRAINER (I MEAN WE’RE ALL GROWN UPS, RIGHT?),BUT THE REASON I HAVE TO STATE THESE IS THAT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE RULES IS IN EXISTENCE BECAUSE ONE OR MORE PEOPLE DID JUST THE OPPOSITE.
Please keep the talking to a minimum. We always record the show (for our own purposes, and to give a copy to the artists, not to sell) and if someone is talking, laughing (not when everyone else is) or otherwise being disruptive it shows up on the recording and in some cases, has ruined it. Be considerate. Feel free to converse with the artist and hoot and holler and clap and jump and yell when appropriate; just don’t be overly chatty with your seat mate. Sound carries well in there and everyone will hear your conversation anyway.
We also supply to you a little food and non-alcoholic beverages which is included in the ticket price. I cannot supply alcoholic beverages, but you are free to bring your own. We have a full sized refrigerator where we can keep beer and wine and things like that. Just be sure to put your name on them. On the other hand If you did not bring your own, please don’t take any. It sucks when you bring a six-pack of your favorite beverage and someone else drinks it. Oh, and try to control your drunken behavior or you might end up on YouTube.
Again, these are all common sense and if you are a considerate person you don’t need me to tell you these things, but unfortunately some people have taken advantage of the situation and have forced me to put these on paper. I started these shows not having any rules at all, but alas…
I really just want everyone to have a good time!