I would say at this point I was use to a 50% turn out or less at events. I predicted that no one would show up. I expected to be sitting there for an hour watching a well known movie "The Birdcage" by myself. I still made myself show up and I'm glad I did.
I arrived early for once. The event started at 5:30PM. I arrived at around 4 and announced my presence at the front desk. I told the woman working there that I was just heading over to the stop and shop to grab some snacks before the guest arrived. I'm so proud of myself for not going crazy spending more than necessary. 2 bags of popcorn, small paper cups, an orange drink only costing 1.25$ and 6 small bottles of water were 10.07$ after savings.
We were set up in a room on the second floor, but discovered the light coming from the large windows was 2 bright and ended up moving the event down stairs. I had no idea there was another event space on the first floor equally as beautiful. Yes! The room was dark enough to create a clear projector screen image. The projector was provided by the library.
2 ended up showing for the movie night and 1 for the bartering event. Unfortunately I was not prepared for bartering. Looking at the number of RSVPs earlier I assumed that one would turn to 0. I intended to bring some paints, some photography equipment and maybe some clothing. The guests brought some curtains and stayed for part of the movie as well.
Looking ahead, I need to make more of an effort to advertise locally. I agree with one of the attendees when they say hanging up fliers in the neighborhood would be an effective method of getting more attendees.