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An immersive, entertaining and skirt swinging vintage weekender by the sea on the South coast. Live music, dance tuition, pool party.
An immersive, entertaining and skirt swinging vintage weekender by the sea on the South coast. Live music, dance tuition, pool party.
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50's & 60's Vintage Weekender (by the sea) with Dawn Gracie

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It's been a dream of mine for many years to produce and host a residential vintage weekender.

PLEASE NOTE BEFORE READING ANY FURTHER: This awesome event will happen regardless of the success or failure of the kickstarter funding campaign, but securing early funds allows  A) Me to sleep at night B) My followers to get some fabulous limited edition items & experiences C) Me to take my business to the next level. Eek!

If you choose the 'Ticket' reward, please note that as per all kickstarter campaigns, if I don't reach my target (of 8K) then I don't get anyone's money, no one gets any of the rewards but hey, I tried! So what happens to your tickets if the campaign is unsuccessful? ('but I've booked the weekend off, I've got rid of the kids, I've bought a new dress...) well once the campaign closes, I will contact everyone who selected the ticket option and the booking can still be honored but at the regular ticket price (and of course no extra goodies) So it's in everyone's interest (*smiles sweetly*) to share this campaign and make it a success.

Now for the story...

 I have been a full time vintage entertainer for nearly four years and have built a solid reputation - as Dawn's Vintage Do - which keeps me busy with regular bookings from nursing homes to weddings and public events. I also produce cabaret and theatre variety shows and have my own pop up cabaret club in the heart of Chichester, a beautiful Cathedral city on the South coast of England. Every club night has sold out and my years of advertising, marketing and promotional experience has really helped this. It's not just who you know but what you know...

Promotional poster. Main image: Moving Pictures Boudoir & Pin up Photography. Design: Applecarte Creative
Promotional poster. Main image: Moving Pictures Boudoir & Pin up Photography. Design: Applecarte Creative

The Vintage Weekender project will come to life 3 miles south of Chichester on the coastal village of Bracklesham Bay where there is a place I feel is my spiritual home - Southdowns Holiday Village - a privately owned venue which plays host to various weekenders from Elvis to Ukulele fesitvals and many well known entertainers have performed there. It is a relatively small site with a capacity of only 300 guests who can stay in either the single level chalets or the main hotel building. This is a very well kept site and has a 'no children' policy and therefore all facilities are geared towards the grown up market and well maintained. This aspect particularly appeals to me because I want my Vintage Weekender to be for grown ups who want a weekend away to enjoy it without the children.

Accommodation and facilities at Southdowns Holiday Village
Accommodation and facilities at Southdowns Holiday Village

From the moment guests arrive they will be whisked into my world of 1950's & 60's with music, immersive activities - think knobbly knees, Bingo and talent competitions plus Slot Car Grand Prix  - and of course scheduled live and DJ music to enjoy in the ballroom. Can't dance? That's fine because there will be expert group dance tuition from swing jive to Charleston and go-go! Not a fan of dancing? That's fine too because there will be a vintage market with relevant traders, a pop up beauty salon (hair and make up) plus activities dotted around the site such as indoor 150ft, 8 lane slot car racing, games arcade, skittle alley and cafe to ensure you'll never be bored! The site is located a 5 minute stroll to the beach, but there's also a large heated outdoor pool onsite which will play host to a Tiki/Hawaiian pool party complete with pin up girl poolside fashion show and live ukulele band to serenade guests.

Everyone loves a ukulele! - Image Barrie Downie Photography
Everyone loves a ukulele! - Image Barrie Downie Photography

Each night will see a different live band; Jiving Friday/Devils Cut Combo, Sassy Sixties Saturday/The Fliks, Rocking Sunday/ The Ace Trio

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Each night between the bands there will be a 45 minute set from Dawn Gracie doing what she knows best - performing, engaging and involving! On the Saturday night between The Fliks set, Dawn will be treating you to a burlesque cabaret in keeping with the theme and has secured seasoned professionals such as Cherry Shakewell. A true vintage pin up.

Cherry Shakewell - Photo courtesy of Laurence Winram
Cherry Shakewell - Photo courtesy of Laurence Winram

Throughout the weekend there will be plenty to do, with a vintage market (indoor area located in the heart of the site, open at certain times) with clothing, home wares, accessories, and a vintage 'up-do' salon and make up station. There will be scheduled activities yet to be revealed but overall I aim to create a relaxed, friendly and fun atmosphere with something for everyone happening at all times.

Of course guests are welcome to take time out in their well equipped chalet/hotel rooms to prepare for each evenings entertainment. 

What will the funding be used for?

Securing funding (to my goal of 8K) will not only allow me to part pay for the hire of the venue for the whole weekend without relying on ticket sales alone, but also continue booking the extra entertainment and side line activities I have on my planning board such as film licenses to run a cinema each evening for those wishing to chill out between dancing, bus shuttle services to and from our beautiful city, production of classic seaside postcard items particularly 'face in hole' boards for hilarious photo opportunities and of course many other immersive props and entertainment. The more in the pot, the more on offer.

Stretch Goal

So here's a little challenge for y'all! If we smash the target and reach 18K (a girl has to dream big) then I hereby pledge to send EVERY SINGLE PERSON who helped me achieve this... whatever level of reward you chose... Will receive something extra special.

Going one step further, if we reach 25k then It will of course mean the WORLD to me, PLUS I will be dreaming up EXTRA SPECIAL stretch goal reward with the help of my VIP facebook group (as per reward #3)

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges around this project - Having produced shows and events for many years, I have come up against many situations that have taught me so much. From team member and cast illness to venue power cuts! I feel very qualified and capable of dealing with scenarios that are seemingly out of my control and my paramount concern is always for the customer and if they are having a good time or not. Over the years I've built a large following including excellent business contacts and have many people willing to step in/assist me should i need help.
Regarding the worst case scenario with the venue - should the venue have an unforeseen situation whereby I would need to relocate it, I am very lucky that there are various venue options locally and i would need to simply inform all entertainers, suppliers and guests of the new location.
This is my first Kickstarter campaign and I have studied carefully the rewards theory and feel that I am offering ideal and original 'experience' rewards - after all, my business mantra is 'Entertainment & Experience' so I thought mugs and bags wouldn't cut it (although they may be available to buy at the weekender itself!) so have come up with clever and appealing offerings. A recent quote from The Worthing Journal 'Could I have just one per cent of your style and X factor please - just one per cent, that's all I'm asking!' so i have created rewards at the higher end that satisfy this kind of comment which is regularly made on my facebook pages.
The rewards have also been formulated so that it gives even the non event attending person an insight into my planning process which is usually a closely guarded secret and so I hope this will be quite appealing. The actual 1-2-1 rewards that take time in my diary have been limited in numbers due to my own diary constraints but this campaign is my top priority and of course each of the 'photo opportunity' (aimed at businesses) rewards are fantastic publicity for the Vintage Weekender.
I have a wonderful project manager Emma Shepherd who is exceptionally capable and should I become unwell or have to be unavailable for an amount of time during this kickstarter campaign, Emma will keep the social media and planning stages ticking over. She has proven herself invaluable to my business and is herself an excellent event organiser so this campaign and event is in very capable hands.

To reiterate - if this campaign does not reach target and therefore no one gets charged/get the goodies on offer then the event will still be going ahead and I just need to rely on straightforward ticket sales alone between now and September.
If that (ticket sales) still don't reach the target required to pay for the venue hire and entertainment costs, then I will bank roll it myself with the intention of building on the experience for next year.

She who dares.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 7

    A SEASIDE POSTCARD
    For this entry level reward option, you'll receive a special postcard from Dawn complete with trademark kiss and a message of thanks

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    Pledge £20 or more About US$ 26

    WISH YOU WERE HERE
    You'll receive a mention in the weekender brochure, sent a signed copy of the brochure post event and a signed and kissed photograph with personal message of thanks from Dawn.
    *You will also receive Reward #1

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    Pledge £50 or more About US$ 65

    KEEP ME CLOSE
    For this reward option, you will receive all of the above (Reward #1&2) PLUS exclusive access (as soon as the Kickstarter campaign ends) to the VIP (Private) event planning facebook group where you'll have access to the machine behind the weekender including exclusive vlogs from Dawn (and guests!) and will be invited to give your input/opinions.

    You'll also receive a Limited Edition 'Cut out & Dress up Dawn paper Doll'. A funky, quirky and retro A4 piece of art to either frame as is or indeed use and play with at your leisure! You can post up photos in the private group of the adventures your mini Dawn has in her various outfits and the most creative will be used as Dawns public profile picture each week.

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 130

    GRACIE PAGES MAGAZINE

    Quarter Page Advert - Full Colour
    Great opportunity to get your business seen in front of thousands of people as well as being a part of this special edition.
    This extra special FREE A5 glossy magazine will be produced and distributed throughout Dawn's various business, networking and awesome contacts throughout Sussex and Hampshire prior to the Vintage Weekender event date.

    Each advertiser will also;

    Have their facebook business page added to a 'like ladder' on the Dawn's Vintage Do facebook page (over 1,700 followers)

    Have a tagged tweet from @DawnGracie twitter account (over 3,000 followers)

    Be included in a pre-launch 'round up' video, mentioning each business

    Be included in a Periscope 'round up' mentioning each business

    Be listed in a directory on a dedicated page on Dawn's website www.dawnsvintagedo.com

    Any type of business is welcome to be included. Be part of something special!

    Dawn Gracie is an award winning entrepreneur, business columnist, Networking Manager and previously spent 8 years working for a professional Sussex based Magazine title therefore understands quality, distribution and promotion.

    *High resolution digital artwork must be supplied
    *Advert creation service is available for a £20 add on fee
    *Estimated release date 1st August 2016

    Questions: dawn@dawnsvintagedo.com

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    Pledge £145 or more About US$ 188

    EARLY BIRD TICKET LEVEL!
    Yes, be quick! These are limited! Standard tickets are £165* after this campaign ends...
    You'll receive ALL of the above in Rewards #1-3 PLUS also receive a limited edition memory stick with exclusive professional backstage and show images from the weekender (see how many you can photobomb!)

    *Please see FAQ for how to book your accommodation

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    Pledge £185 or more About US$ 240

    EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM
    For this reward, not only do you get Rewards #1,2,3 & 4, but you are also invited to an exclusive afternoon tea with a difference during the weekender. Dawn shall play hostess in a beautifully decorated bell tent on-site, where you shall be treated to a 'tipsy teapot' afternoon tea and a vintage sing-a-long courtesy of Dawn herself. As above, you'll also receive a limited edition memory stick with exclusive professional backstage and show images from the weekender

    * Please see FAQ for how to book your accommodation

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    Pledge £295 or more About US$ 383

    VINTAGE PIN UP MASTERCLASS (This is a non weekender reward, to be taken outside of the event at a location in Chichester, West Sussex)
    Always wanted (or know someone who would love to receive) a confidence building or 'just for fun' 1-2-1 lesson* with Dawn Gracie? This will give you the confidence you need to strike a perfect vintage pose! For an hour and a half, at a venue in Chichester, Dawn will give you a masterclass in styling, pose and posture culminating in a fabulous flirty routine that you can pull out any time you need to impress! Dawn will give you a special keepsake goody bag at the end of the session made up of items from her own dressing up box!
    You of course also receive all the items listed in Rewards #1-3
    * ladies only. No dance experience necessary. Can also be used by budding burlesque performers to boost stage confidence and tidying up routines.
    *Dates to be arranged directly with Dawn
    * This reward does not include a ticket to the weekender

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    Pledge £380 or more About US$ 493

    DAWN'S VINTAGE DO PERFORMANCE

    Have Dawn perform for up to 2 hours (2 x 1 hour sets) at your event, party or wedding. Doing what she does best - engaging and entertaining your guests! Singing hits from the 50's & 60's Dawn will arrive in full vintage fashion and even colour match your event where possible. Dawn is a soloist (to backing tracks) can supply her own PA and lighting system* or fit in with your DJ or band to free up time and space.
    High resolution images supplied for marketing.
    *This reward is available at this amount for bookings no further than 1 hour from PO207BY and dates/times will be discussed in further detail. Dates cannot be guaranteed without consultation with Dawn. Please text 07798 810 548 for availability or just 'have it in the bag' for when you need it! For bookings further than 1 hour, text for added cost prior to pledging.
    Cost might also be added should there be extra waiting time or sound engineer requirements.
    PLEASE NOTE: There are no weekender tickets attached to this reward.

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    Pledge £550 or more About US$ 713

    BUSINESS IS BUSINESS
    This is a business opportunity like no other! No only do you get all of the Rewards in #1-3 but you also get to benefit from Dawns extensive business and PR acumen. Dawn will interview you about your business and present you with a 10 minute 'Interview' style video. It will be posted on Dawn's own website and social media platforms, and you have it to share as a fabulous and unique marketing tool. Dawn is an expert coach & interviewer and will therefore get the best out of you on film, ensuring your business message is relayed beautifully.
    And that's not all! Your business logo will be displayed on our 6ft 'sponsors' wall during the Weekender event for everyone to see!
    *This reward does not include a ticket to the weekender

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,296

    YOU HAVE VIP STATUS!
    Not only will you get Rewards 1-3, you'll also enjoy a vintage afternoon tea with Dawn in Chichester to chat about anything. Having spent many years running her own business not to mention countless events and shows, Dawn is full of motivational wisdom on subjects - such as personal confidence, sales and networking skills - that she'll impart between fondant fancies and Earl Grey. This special VIP reward could also be taken at your place of work (Dawn will bring the cake and teabags!) for a group session with your staff or colleagues. Either way it'll be an enlightening and uplifting (although not entirely calorie free) afternoon.
    * This reward does not include a ticket to the weekender

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    Pledge £35 or more About US$ 46

    SHOWGIRL SPECTACULAR CABARET CLUB VIP 16TH JULY 2016

    To include:
    1 x ticket (includes Show, Disco, Canapes)
    Reserved seat, prime position at the front
    Glass of fizz on arrival
    A4 Poster signed by all performers
    Back stage meet and greet
    'Curtain call' Photo on stage after the show
    Song request during DISCO
    Awesome goody bag!

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