Hi everybody!! I just got back from an amazing road trip to Boston, MA, Wallingford,CT and good ol' NYC (blog post to come) I gotta say it was really nice sleeping in my own bed after 10 days of sleeping on a couch (and in my car!!)
I also came home to a TON of mail. Sorting through, I noticed a letter from The Park Avenue Festival. Was this an acceptance or a rejection letter I wondered. So, hoping for the best, with shaky hands I held my breath while I tore open the envelope to read:
|definitely NOT an acceptance letter :(|
Needless to say I was very disappointed. And what a way to get a denial, a 'report card' of how awful they think you are WITHOUT any suggestions on how to improve. Definitely did not do much for my self esteem.
Last year I applied for the festival and also did not get in, (I got a 'score' of 27 out of 50 in 2011) but after a string of coincidences, I ended up vending on Park Ave during the festival in front of Maxim Salon and Spa because I sell my wares there. (all business owners on Park Ave have the opportunity to vend in front of their shop) Last year I ROCKED that festival!! I can't tell you how many people raved that "it is so nice to see something different this year. I get sick of seeing the same booths year after year"
|Rocking the 'Ave' in 2011|
Unfortunately, Maxim Salon is not participating in the Park Ave this year.
Because this is what I do for a living, and Park Ave was 10% of my total income for the year, this is a pretty tough blow.
The Eden Corn Fest is the same weekend as Park Ave, and it's far enough away that it wont be a conflict for festival goers. Maybe I will try that one. It is 2 days longer, so there is a good chance I'll do as well (or better!) in the 4 days in Eden as the 2 days here in Rochester. Guess we will see...