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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rose Knows What to Do When Novelty Wears Off!

How old are you? Do you imagine that you will still be productive when you are 82? Or do you hope to retire before you reach 50 or 60 or 70? I want you to meet my friend Rose. Rose works for The Seaward Inn located in Rockport, MA.You might remember hearing of Rose when I wrote about the Seaward Inn in October 2008.

For the record, I have never met Rose in person. I have only talked to her by phone or by e-mail. It was this past May that Rose sent an e-mail concerning a news story about The Seaward Inn that had appeared in the Gloucester Times. She wanted to make sure that the story was used on their website. I wrote Rose and told her it was handled to which she responded:
 "You know Judy, at age 82 I find all this Facebook and Twitter so fascinating. Such a wonderful challenge for me. I love it. Thanks, Rose"
I wrote back to Rose: 
"Rose, You make me giggle.  Why would I ever know or think you are 82!  I love everything you send our way. We so much hope you have a great season.  Judy"
The other day my friend Chris Brogan wrote a blog about "When Novelty Wears Off."  As usual, he posed some powerful questions about social media like: "What am I doing with XYZ technology? Is it pushing my business forward?" His questions reminded me of my friend Rose. Rose has lived through a lot, she is like Betty White. She is not afraid of new technology, but she knows her main business goal is to assist Nancy Cameron-Gilsey in running The Seaward Inn.

Ultimately, I think Chris is trying to caution everyone to keep their eye on the ball. To that end I would like for you to know more about Rose and how, over the years, she has kept her eye on the ball. Here, in her own words, is a little bit about Rose's career:
 "The only thing older than the Seaward Inn is the Atlantic Ocean and me, believe me I am no prize. I have always loved promoting events, etc. and have had a big appetite for music, all kinds. Love the musicals, Phantom of the Opera being my favorite, but I love the music of Barry White as well. Then there is all the music of the 50's and 60's, The Beatles, Peter Paul and Mary and before that the Andrew Sisters ..and of course Elvis. I could go on and on about music. 
Perhaps you remember my coffee shop some 25 yrs. ago,  Rosie's Coffee Shop Plus in Brown's Mall. That was put together on a whim, another one of my thinking outside the box ideas...I had fun with it for about three years and then sold it. Took it on when Main Street was dying and the businesses all left the Mall and it had become such a sad establishment. My shop became the heartbeat of the Mall and I tailored my shop to accommodate the clientele like Gloria Stevens ...from special menu for dieters to the guys who pumped iron in the exercise club as well as the cops in the Police Station across the street. I've been a bookkeeper for years, having studied accounting through a Chrysler Dealership,.. worked at Boley's back in the 50's and then for Gloucester Dispatch and did bookkeeping on the side for various small businesses including the Outrigger at Rocky Neck. When the Cameron Sisters took back the Inn from leasing it, I came in to help Nancy start up the books and I've been at the Seaward Inn ever since.
I love the Inn, there is something very Special about it and when the economy tanked in Rockport I couldn't bear to see our beautiful dining rooms empty, so I talked Nancy into bringing in the music ...let locals enjoy the view and the Inn. She said we couldn't afford it but I told her where there is a will there is a way and I asked her to give me a budget and let me give my ideas a try. Well, the rest is history.
Sunday Morning Live has been successful far beyond my expectations. We have had some really great performers at the Inn. I screen all, choose from the best and try to bring as much diversity as possible to the SML Series for the season. It has grown, and with the help of Judy at Webconsuls, our webmaster in Arizona, and other media we are getting the word out there and have quite a following already.
You wanted to know something about me, well there it is, not very interesting, and believe me, you are not missing anything by not meeting me." 
I don't know about you, but I am glad I met Rose. She is an inspiration. 


I'll ask you again: "Do you imagine that you will still be productive when you are 82?" 

Here you can enjoy a YouTube video of the Sunday Morning Live Series, 2009.

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.
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4 comments:

  1. Rose is certainly a remarkable person. Would it be possible to share her facebook id? I am on Twitter all day, id is Miss_Dazey

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  2. Hi,
    I can provide the link to the Seaward Inn's Facebook page. Thanks for stopping by and meeting Rose.

    She is fabulous.
    Judy

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  3. Oh my gosh, Judy, you've provided another fascinating story. I love it! I hope I am like Rose when I am 82.

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  4. Jodi,
    I am so glad that you stopped by our Webconsuls' blog again. I am also happy you enjoyed Rose's story. After Rose read this post she sent me an email that said: "WOW ... You make this Rose sound like a Wonder Woman. Yes, I have always loved taking
    risks but it's the execution of my ideas that make these marketable."

    Great, don't you think?

    Judy

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