The first Law and Order Party newsletter went out on March 1, 2015. The recipients: 25 friends. The open rate: 100%. Only one person unsubscribed.
For the first six months, the list had no name, and every email began with What’s Happening This Week as I tried to figure out a name that was memorable and Rhode Islandy but wasn’t, like, the Quahog Gazette or something. So I named it after a pretty crappy political party from the 1840s, but thanks to the long-running TV show people at least remember the name. DUN DUN.
Flash forward four years and here we are! Over 2,500 weekly subscribers plus hundreds of events each year, including a Summer Guide, a Holiday Guide, and of course The Dorrys.
Now might be a good time to mention that I mostly don’t make any money doing this! That’s why I recently set up a Patreon, where readers can subscribe for as little as $1/month. I’ve only got a handful of benefactors, currently, so please consider supporting the project. I’m hoping that by the end of March I can get up to $200/month.
Also, since it’s a birthday and birthdays are for celebrating, I’m giving a bunch of tickets away! Through the month of March, look for giveaways to local concerts, plays, dance performances, and more.
Giveaway #5 is for a pair of tickets to see Festival Ballet‘s Up Close On Hope #2. This mixed repertory program includes a wide range of choreography from established and emerging choreographers. It’s a dance experience unlike any other with a perspective and impact that continues to thrill audiences each season!
Some fine print: Tickets cannot be exchanged for any other performance and have no cash value. The winner will be notified on Sunday, March 31. Recipient should contact email@example.com within 48 hours of receiving notice; failure to contact the Box Office may result in forfeiture of tickets.
You can enter as many or as few ticket giveaways as you like, but you can only win once this month. Each contest is only open to Law and Order Party subscribers (aka the people who get the emails every week). If you’re not subscribed yet, try it out! You can opt into the list when you enter either giveaway below, and if you don’t like it you can always unsubscribe.
Congratulations to Annie who won tickets to see Hiss Golden Messenger at The Knick, Melissa who won tickets to the season opener at Island Moving Company, Kristen who won tickets to see Constellations at The Wilbury Group, and Jenn who won tickets to see Aurea Ensemble.
New giveaways will be added every couple of days, so keep checking back!
Finally, you might be wondering what Maude Lebowski is doing up there at the top of this page. On March 1, 2015, there was a totally random screening of The Big Lebowski at the Avon, and it was the first thing I ever covered. In my review I mentioned that I had seen the film exactly once in 1999, and all I really remembered was how great Julianne Moore was. My first feedback was later that day, from a reader informing me that Julianne Moore is the most overrated actress in Hollywood and should have been driven out of town years ago.
Your feedback is always welcome!