Sunday, 14 November 2010

The calendar

It was the journée calendrier for the Harmonie de St Suzanne on Saturday, whereby as a fund-raising activity, the members of the band go around the canton of St Suzanne offering commemorative calendars in exchange for donations. We don't actually sell the calendars of course; that would fall foul of all sorts of regulations. So we give them away, and, at the same time, remind people of the acceptable nature of donations.

It was chucking down with rain all morning. All day in fact, but we finished at 1:00 PM or thereabouts and retired to a big basement to enjoy a communal lunch, to get dry and warm again, and to count the profits.

Our team of three canvassed the estate near the town centre, and we disposed of 37 calendars at an average price of about 8 euros each. I am always surprised by the willingness of homeowners to let us into their houses. I would say that well over half of the people who opened their doors to us took a calendar, and of these all but a small handful invited us inside to complete the transaction. Perhaps it is a generational thing; the younger people on the team said that they never do it. I don't either.

In any case, if any reader would like to acquire one of these works of art, please get in touch via the email address on my profile page. A genuine bit of France to distinguish your home. Donations welcome, postage and packing extra, at cost. Thank you. Here is a copy of our picture as it appears on the calendar; beneath this are the actual calendar pages, and messages from our sponsors. And please do tell your friends!

4 comments:

Tim Trent said...

Maybe the older generation is teaching the younger a lesson in trust and hospitality?

You are in small town France and hospitality is a tradition. Don't let it die out. Instead encourage it.

Will you all be doing a naked calendar next year?

Mark In Mayenne said...

Naked calendars seem to be all the rage at the moment, we'd hate to be just followers of fashion. But on the other hand....

Tim Trent said...

However, think yourself lucky you have even a flute to hide behind. Pity the poor piccolo player!

Mark said...

I hope it was worth the effort. I doubt a banjo players orchestra would be very successful.

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