Well, I’m baaaaack!
It’s always really nice to take some time off and totally disconnect from phones and computers, isn’t it? We’ve been to Paradise and back. Along the way we saw a 9-foot pizza being designed; strawberry pizzas being hawked; pizza-shaped hats; a ratapult tossing stuffed rats; an array of medieval garments and souvenirs, all made in China; a Ghiradelli ice cream and chocolate shop; and lots more stuff.
One of the most intersting discoveries we made is that people operating gasoline stations just a block or two away from their town’s festival – didn’t know the festival was taking place. Literally. We asked the young lady at the Mobil station in Leemore where to find the pizza festival. She shrugged – huh? Here? No, there’s no pizza festival. (I walked out to the car and noticed an arch, visible above the building across the street, that said D O W N T O W N L E E M O R E. Walked out to the curb – and could see the Pizza Festival banner.) In Paradise, the sweet young thing at the Chevron station told us, aw, you should have come next week for Gold Nugget Days! Uh…the town was celebrating Gold Nugget Days all week. Only the parade was the following weekend.
One of the reasons I found it so odd, other than the fact that people can be remarkably unobservant about their environment…is that the towns themselves did nothing to strongly alert people to their celebrations. There were no banners or signs when you got of the freeways, or entered their towns. There were no flyers in gas stations or convenience stores. And when you finally did find their festivals, they were sparsely attended. It seems a no-brainer to me that if you want to increase attendance, pump up enthusiasm and perhaps even generate more income for the town and the vendors – you would need to do at least SOME promotion. Oh well, at least they managed to get their event on the California event calendar.
Do you have something like that for your state or area? Check the search engines to see. There are lots of fun things to do around your area. Get out of your rut and have a new experience. Many of the events and festivals have no entrance fees – and are just fun places to walk around and people watch – or to make new friends.
Oh, speaking of fun for not a lot of money. I discovered this service many years ago. On the House operates out of Santa Monica, CA and gives away free tickets for two to plays, concerts and other fun experiences. You pay a flat fee to join – and can get a pair of tickets to shows every single day of the week. Sometimes, several shows a day (on weekends); and sometimes, more than one pair of tickets.
Granted, Tracy Gore’s service only offers venues in Southern California. But perhaps you have a service like this in your area? Look around. If not, consider starting such a service. (You can start a business like this in your area with VERY little investment.) It’s a boon to the theaters, since they fill seats that would otherwise not be sold. It’s a blessing to the actors since they get more exposure – and don’t play to an empty house (how discouraging that is!). And it’s a bargain for you since you can get at least one pair of tickets a week for the price of a couple of shows.
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