The forecast had suggested there would be ‘intermittent showers’ on the day of the Make Merry. That was an understatement, or rather, a lie. Luckily, we had a gazebo and blankets to cover the goods when the heavens opened, and thanks to mobile phones and local contacts, we were able to rustle up additional tent pegs when it soon became clear, within minutes of setting up the gazebo, that without them it would become airborne. Even so, Roy and John spent a good deal of time holding onto the canopy, just in case.
The first big downpour came at about lunchtime, just after Rose had erected a beach shelter to tempt the punters to buy it. Instead, it became an additional refuge with the rain lashing down. Once the rain cleared after about twenty minutes, everyone stopped huddling morosely under the nearest gazebo and continued going from stall to stall. Immediately the atmosphere changed, as everyone started chirruping. Attendance was pretty good, in spite of the rain. We had a variety of hand-made items for sale, as well as plants, books, DVDs, CDs and selected ‘objets d’art’. Maggie had run up some bunting from samples of American cloth, and our logo was prominently displayed on laminated boards. To keep the troops going, some wise APs had brought food and hot coffee.
We also ran a free ‘Urban Sketchers’ style event, inviting visitors to the stall to have a go at capturing anything that caught their fancy on an A5 card and bringing it back by 4pm, before it was taken down the hill to be judged by Tim Cousins, a local artist exhibiting this year as part of Greenwich Open Studios. Both Erik and Karen were placed in the top 4. And we did raise a bit of profit. So, in spite of the rain, and the gusty wind, it was a good, albeit wet time had by all.