It’s Only Make Believe | Weekly Report for March 9, 2018

It’s Only Make Believe


Greetings from beautiful, sleepy downtown Urbanna, where we are shooting a TV spot for one of my favorite people,  1st District Congressman Rob Wittman. In fact, it’s sooo sleepy, we had to import a few extra folks to walk down the street as extras while we’re shooting. Our friends from BES Studios are working hard, the coffee is flowing and we are trying hard to “act naturally.” I’ve always been amazed how much work we do to make things look exactly as they are. The world of video production requires attention to detail, a keen eye, and patience.


Because apparently word got out that we were shooting an ad, and everyone has been driving by Marshall’s Drug Store very, very, very slowly to catch a glimpse of – and shout ‘Hey Rob’ — to their popular Representative.


It’s all carefully crafted, so it looks real. Unlike the Weekly Report, which I throw together in a panic each week. #ironic




Monday, March 5 – Mulch Madness


It’s March and that can only mean one thing… it’s time for MULCH MADNESS! Yard Works has a great deal for readers of the Weekly Report. You can save $25 right now when you order online from Central Virginia‘s leading landscape products supplier.


On Monday night, our friends at FCR held their first annual Juggle Challenge, raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and their new facility in Chesterfield.


Competition at the Juggle Challenge is tough.





Tuesday, March 6 – “Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!”


On Tuesday, we got unofficial word that we won a bigtime advertising award, but we can’t announce it till next week. #oops


Meanwhile at Dale Carnegie Training, Account Executive Leanne Ferry won the Outstanding Performance award for a speech where she recounted her experience chaperoning 30 middle school kids at Jesus camp. Meanwhile in Roanoke, VP Kara Forbis also won an Outstanding Performance award by brining in a very special prop, her daughter Sutton.




Wednesday, March 7 – I need a shot of Brandy.

Business Manager, Brandy Seay fell victim to the stomach bug this week and missed three days. It’s a good thing I have a bar in the office. It’s also good to have Brandy back in the office.


We had an awesome call with the Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2) team Founder/Executive Director Melinda Conklin, HCB2 Program Director Renee Malone and Director of Student Activities for Manchester High School Roger Cassem on Wednesday. We are excited to be doing some pro-bono work for them this year to highlight all of the amazing work they do. As you may have read previously colon cancer is a special interest for me and HCB2 has done amazing things!




Thursday, March 8 – Teach me how to Dougie.


Thursday turned into a great day when Doug Brooks, a former VCU basketball legend, sat down next to me at BW3‘s to watch the Rams make a big win. I was shocked when he recalled my son Jack after being his coach years ago at one of VCU’s basketball camps.



We also launched whosyourdriver.org for DRIVE SMART Virginia’s Who’s Your Driver program. “Who’s Your Driver” is a safe driving initiative that encourages NASCAR fans to buckle up and choose a sober driver. They’re sponsoring the STP 500 Race Weekend in Martinsville coming up in just a few weeks and we’re excited to join them there again this year.






Madison+Main March Media Mixer

Capital Ale House Innsbrook

March 14


Join the Madison+Main-iacs and friends on Wednesday, March 14th for our March Media Mixer at Capital Ale House Innsbrook! There will be delicious cocktails, yummy appetizers, and a door prize! Join us for a night of networking where the business world and the creative community can mix and mingle! RSVPs are not required, but are encouraged. Please feel free to bring a guest! To RSVP e-mail Haleigh Lader at haleighl@madisonmain.com.


Chili Cook Off

The Brandermill Church

March 11


Sunday, March 11th directly following the 10:30am service join The Brandermill Church for food, fellowship, and a little healthy competition! It’s Chili Cook Off time! Please support the youth in raising funds towards their summer missions and trips. If you think you have a winning chili please sign up! There will be sign up sheets for Cook Off participants and tickets will be sold the week before and the day of the event. Kids meals will be $3 and tastings will be $8.




Friday, March 9 – The day isn’t over yet!


What can I say… today has been nothing short of a blur.


The day started at 5:30AM for me and it was straight to Urbanna, Virginia and now I am trying to write this Weekly Report while filming simultaneously. I’m not quite sure what’s happened between that point and now, but I do know we got some great shots so far and it’s almost time for drinks.




“It cost a lot of money to look this cheap.”


– Dolly Parton