One thing that keeps me judging music festivals is this: festival managers treat their adjudicators (judges) like gold. They provide coffee, snacks, water, and more. Even when I've had a rough week at my regular teaching job, when I judge I feel like my time and my expertise is valued. This weekend was unusual even by those standards. At my most recent festival, there was a gift bag donated by one of our local music stores. Advertising aside (I'm already a faithful customer!), it outdid anything I've ever seen. In fact, it was almost overboard.
Here's the basic inventory.
insulated lunch bag sporting name of music store
glass candy dish sporting store logo
tiny chocolate bars to fill dish (see above)
water bottle displaying logo and motto for store
week at-a-glance calendar with logo on cover
faux leather CD case, also with logo embossed on cover
several pencils and a ballpoint pen (suitably identifying their sponsor)
small notepad with logo watermark
folder boldly proclaiming store's name, featuring young musicians enjoying their craft
I can't complain about advertising when it's on free and usable supplies. Most of the above will go to school with me or find a use at home (the chocolate? ahem). I must admit, though, even though I laughed out loud at the huge batch of goodies, it sure was nice to know they appreciated my work.Photo from my new cell phone. Please excuse the blurriness; I'm still learning the ins and outs of the new phone and its camera.
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