Monday morning quarterbacking and Cape May event planning.
Monday morning quarterbacking is according to Websters New World College dictionary, “a person who, after the event, offers advice or criticism concerning decisions made by others; one who second-guesses” the decision maker. My guess is that folks who rarely volunteer are the first to Monday morning quarterback events. In case you missed it, last Saturday’s Oktoberfest was cancelled on Friday afternoon. No rain date was planned.
Oktoberfest is slightly different from the other two since it takes place on an already crowded neighborhood street-historic Jackson Street. Closing Jackson Street on the first Saturday in October is fine. Closing down on a Sunday with a heavy check-out from two hotels and numerous B&B’s is next to impossible.
These events don’t happen by accident. Lots of coordination between, the City, merchants, residents and vendors takes place for months in the year-long planning. I know because I have worked on many of the committees putting these events together. I can tell you first hand, that the last thing anyone wants to do is cancel an event.
Canceling and moving to a rain date is anguishing enough. Canceling and not having a rain date (see above) is excruciating for everyone involved. Planners know that people look forward to this event and food and retail vendors have increased their inventories.
The vendors (sometimes 75-100 of them), the oom-pah band even the relied upon port-o-potties have to be immediately notified of a cancellation.
As an event planner, you have to make a call based on the information you have at your disposal at the time a decision has to be made, in this case roughly 24 hours before the event.
Available weather forecasts called for morning thunderstorms and gusty winds. Event planners, imagining vendors setting up in the worse conditions had no choice but to call the event. Who could blame them?
Looking through the filter of the weather (sure the sun came out) apparently a lot of people could blame them. The Monday morning quarterbacks showed themselves by Saturday afternoon.
Of course it was disappointing to lose the event and the revenue to the vendors, the neighborhood association and the Chamber of Commerce. Heck, with two beer gardens planned, no one was more disappointed than myself. Thirsty or not, I will be the last one to second guess the decision makers.