OpeRAtion “Into the Storm”, Chicago on August 9, 2014–Save the Date! May 25, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #571)

As I begin to think about getting down to brass tacks–the particulars–about planning an IntotheStorm-RichardArmitage23Aug2012RANet-sizedAugust 9th, 2014 Opening Weekend Into the Storm-Chicago Richard Armitage’s (RA image right as Gary Morris in Into the Storm) Fans gathering to view the film, I will also be collaborating with other RA Fans in other cities who would like to support his film and meet each other.

So! I’m turning my attention to aspects of creating a convenient user friendly event website for planners and attendees to find useful information and share ideas. Richard Armitage’s Fans Events (RAFE) is the current name for it, but the name might change.

A few of us RA Fans who are offering to organize an event in our respective cities/countries on opening weekend for Into the Storm have also talked about doing something similar for other Richard Armitage films–like “Urban and the Shed Crew”. Hence the more general name of RAFE for this umbrella web site.

And the current event we’re working on is Operation “Into the Storm”–with the hope of RichardArmitage’s Fans seeing the film its opening weekend (whatever date that is for their city/country). And the Operation ITS web page would be a subpage with page links for different cities event information. I’m still pondering which web design to use–the five choices are mentioned in my May 18th post. So let me know if you have used any of these thems, and your response to them.

Here are the potential Operation Into the Storm cities proposed so far (and their organizers so far):

Atlanta, Georgia (USA)–Marcia at RAUS

Berkshire/London, England–Needs and Organizer; Jane would like to attend something in her area

Boulder/Longmont, Colorado–Needs an organizer; Peevish2 would like to attend one in her area

Chicago–Grati, obscura, saraobsessed

Los Angeles–Needs an organizer; crystalchandlyre is interested in attending an event in her area

New York City, New York (USA)–MarieAstra

Portland, Oregon–Julie Malick

Toronto, Canada–Needs anorganizer;  richardtreehouse is interested in attending an event in her area

Washington, D.C–Needs an organizer;  Faboamanto is interested in attending at event in her area

If I missed someone who is willing to organize an RA Fans ITS film viewing near them–or you hope that someone is planning a viewing in your area–please comment below and I will adjust my post here to include you.

Please help our organizers with our planning by responding to the following poll (I can add cities/countries to the poll as you let me know):

So!   First things first! I have refined my Operation Into the Storm logo (ITS images OperationIntoTheStorm-ChicagoAugust092014-SavetheDateMay2514GratianaLovelacecourtesy of http://www.RichardArmitageNet.com) into a Save the Date reminder for our hoped for Chicago, Saturday, August 9, 2014 RA Fans gathering:

And I need to create some web page templates of basic information for the event web page–to encourage consistency of standard information sharing across the events in different places. So here is a sample template–using the Chicago information–that myself and the other cities/countries organizers can tweak:

Event Title: Operation Into the Storm

Purpose: To see and support Richard Armitage’s new film “Into the Storm” its opening weekend, and to meet up with other RA Fans for fun.

City/Country: Chicago, Illinois (USA)

Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014

Movie Theatre Location: yet to be determined


11:00am RA Fans meeting for lunch at (location tbd–the restaurant will be chosen for its nearness to the movie theatre, being sensitive to meal costs, and accessibility for those of us who are mobility challenged)

1:xxpm Attend “Into the Storm” film viewing

3:xxpm Discuss the movie over Coffee/Tea and cakes (a nearby location, etc.)

5:00pm Everyone heads home


RA Fans are responsible for:

1)      Buying their movie theatre ticket ahead of time–usually, you can do this online. Tickets might be sold out if you wait the day of the movie to purchase them when you show up. And organizers are not attempting to buy a block of seats and then have you reimburse us–way too much grief with that method.

2)      Securing and paying for their own travel costs and overnight lodging costs if they choose to stay overnight. However, if there are enough people coming in from out of town who want to do a Friday night overnight, we could see if we could get a block of rooms set aside for RA Fans to reserve. I suggest The Palmer House (a Hilton Hotel). The Palmer House is centrally located, modest in price, and generally a pleasant experience. I also have a friend who works at Hilton’s HQ in Chicago and will check with her to see if any discounts might be available. Or if someone wants to suggest another hotel to look into, that’s fine, too. Coming in Friday afternoon would allow time for a fun Chicago tour and/or shopping in the afternoon (The Art Institute is my fave, but there are lots of fun things to do and see in Chicago), dinner, night life? What happens in Chicago stays in Chicago. Ha!

3)      Chipping in $1-2 each to our event to help cover an event door prize of a reimbursed movie ticket and free popcorn and a drink for the RA Fan traveling from farthest away in the contiguous state region to Chicago, Illinois. We don’t want to poach from other cities’RA Fans events. And event organizers are not allowed to receive the prize.


Some other suggested background guidelines for RA Fans Operation Into the Storm cities/countries event organizers:

1)      We want to keep this fun and low stress for us in terms of planning. So let’s keep it simple and maintain our grassroots efforts feel. We are pals organizing a pals outing–we are not planning a wedding with the Town Council of Dibley creating elaborate details, including fruit arbors, etc. We want to have fun, too.

2)      Each city’s/country’s respective event organizers will helpfully share planning information for our respective events, help each other organize them by sharing ideas, and be of good cheer.   Scouting movie theatres and food venues can get harried. So take a deep breath and think of your favorite Richard Armitage portrait (one of mine is below; photographed by Kevin Winter, found at Getty). Sighhhh!

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And if you agree to help in planning/organizing, then please follow through and do it.

3)      There will be no persuasive marketing campaigns to try to get RA fans to attend one of the Operation Into the Storm viewing events. Trying to twist someone’s arm to attend is anathema to our support of Richard Armitage’s film being a grassroots effort and from our hearts. We will make our events information available for RA Fans convenience. RA Fans will participate or not in an RA Fans gathering event as their time and inclination dictates. Some individuals will prefer to see the film on their own, and not with a group. And we will respect their choice to do that.

4)      Operation “Into the Storm” is an initial attempt by several of us to have a fun time supporting a Richard Armitage film by getting together to see the film. That’s it. If an event has two people at it then they are two more individuals than would have seen the film on opening day–versus viewing it at some later date. If an event has twenty people at it, that is cause to celebrate Richard Armitage’s appeal–not ourselves and our planning acumen.

5)      And once again, let’s have fun!

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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10 Responses to OpeRAtion “Into the Storm”, Chicago on August 9, 2014–Save the Date! May 25, 2014 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #571)

  1. May 25, 2014–Thanks for liking this post!

    saraobsessed, Servetus, guylty, kelbel75, obscura, and richardtreehouse


  2. Faboamanto says:

    I think going “regional” may be the way to go. I had hoped there would be others in the DC area, but maybe there’s not. But I think the locations you’ve listed, if people are willing to travel for a day, could work for many of us.


    • Hi Fabo,
      Thanks for your kind note! It would be nice if more areas/regions had the possibility of an Operation Into the Storm RA Fans viewing gathering in August and beyond. And with is still being in May, there is plenty of time for RA Fans to ponder that.

      And by your mentioning the Washington DC area, others might step forward to say they are also interested in getting together. So I will add DC to our wish list of event locations and to the poll above.

      Thanks and Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. Servetus says:

    Reblogged this on Me + Richard Armitage and commented:
    Dates firming up for Chicagoland “Into the Storm” fan meetup!


  4. I just did a map for NY City and Chicago. My driving time is 5 hours to NYC and 9 1/2 hours to Chicago. Toronto is actually the closest at 3 hours (all one way.) Does anyone know if it is opening in Canada the same weekend?


  5. May 26, 2014–For some reason, the polls are only open for a week. So if you wish to indicate that you are interested in a particular city’s/region’s RA Fans gathering to view “Into the Storm”–knowing your interest, helps helps us with our planning–please be sure to vote by May 31st. Thanks!


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