It's become an annual tradition: when the weather heats up, we party with the sizzling temperatures by dropping the price of our bon bons to just $1 for a one-day sale; it's our biggest sale event every year.
What happens at our Annual $1 Bastille Day Bon Bon Sale? You never know!
Here are some highlights from past years:
In 2011, when South 'n France celebrated Bastille Day, we had the best party music ever!
When I say party, I'm not kidding. Because although we spent most of the day filling up cellophane bags with our clients' favorite bon bon flavors, we did take some time to have fun with our customers. One sweet customer, Mama Fort, sent a message via Facebook to say that she'd be dropping by the sale after her very first ukulele lesson. "Bring your ukulele!", I told her, "I want to hear a song!"
As promised, she arrived with her snazzy green ukulele in hand. Mama Fort serenaded us with one of my favorite tunes, "You Are My Sunshine". With his always impeccable timing, local piano star Duke Ladd arrived to pick up his own stash of bon bons. He graciously offered to jam with our ukulele player in a rousing rendition of "She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain". I couldn't resist joining in on the act. Duke tickled the ivories while I belted out a few numbers such as "Orange Colored Sky" and "Candy". Rather a propos, n'est-ce pas? That was Duke's idea. I tell you that man is a genius!
The French loves their dogs and in 2007, South ‘n France celebrated Bastille Day doggie-style! We hosted a Puppy and Poodle Parade sponsored by Dog Living Magazine. The French love some pretty strange things - snails, stinky cheese, Jerry Lewis. But they redeem themselves with their love of dogs. Dogs are such a huge part of the French culture; you can find them almost everywhere-even sitting under the table while their owners dine in restaurants.
The miniature French poodle named FooFoo tried to steal the show with her magenta-pink toenails, but it was Copper, Le Chien Français, in his red beret and tri-color scarf who won the hearts of our local celebrity judges. The win was especially meaningful for Copper because just the week before, his longtime doggie-brother and roommate, Bud, had passed away. The Bastille Day Celebration lifted his spirits and those of his owner, Elizabeth Cushing, who shared a moving tribute she had written to honor the late, great Bud. She wrote: “I've learned a lot from Bud …. a few lessons I would like to share with you:
Some may say the world is going to the dogs, but on Bastille Day 2007, we all agreed that this wasn’t such a bad thing after all...
What will happen at this year's Bastille Day Fete? We can't wait to find out!