Stupid Cupid Steampunk Ball is an annual happening that is part of the events produced by Oddball Newt. It is located in Manchester Connecticut and usually at Cheney Hall.
The very first Stupid Cupid was held in the Wauregan Ballroom in Norwich Connecticut, it was co organized by my group and Jill Fritzche of the First Friday community group. It was held on the first Friday in Feb and – while it was beautiful weather up until that day and beautiful weather after that day – it blizzard’d on that day. And yet despite white out conditions, snow, slush, poorly plowed streets and ice still lots of people came and it was a great event.
The second Stupid Cupid almost didn’t happen, it wasn’t even planned for at all but folks kept asking if there was going to be another. I reached out to the First Friday group and they already had events planned for the season. Then I heard about this group in Hartford offering free space, so I investigated it. It was on the 17th floor, two electrical sockets, a ceiling with exposed wiring and a floor that looked like the carpeting had just been ripped up. And then there was not any good parking. I almost gave up on the dream of a follow up Stupid Cupid. Then a met a guy who knew a guy who had a banquet facility in Storrs who was looking to put on events there and I reached out. And this place had everything, convenient parking, a bar and Chef, a state of the art sound system and a screen that descended from the ceiling. So I held it at the Deanstone House. It was beautiful weather and lots and lots of people came.
With the third Stupid Cupid I began planning almost immediately right after and I made sure I secured Cheney Hall in Manchester. I was very organized with my fundraising and it practically paid for itself. I promoted the bands on the radio and on tv. And it was a success. Was there some issues? There is always issues but those issues made me re-evaluate who I hire and who I needed to be part of Oddball Newt.
This fourth Stupid Cupid, to be held on Feb 23rd, has already gained much attention. I feel confident about it and I have a great team. Please check out the link for the facebook event page for Stupid Cupid IV: