The blissful irony of a roomful of Grouchos drinking a
toast to “membership.” Photo by Katey Knox.
When somebody says, "Timing is everything," it's usually hard to disagree. So here's a tip: the chance to be an "original" member of the Bijou Film Center will expire at the end of the day.
Tomorrow will be too late to receive the "original" designation. Oh, it won't be too late to become a member. Either way a membership still costs $50. But the deadline for the "originals" is the end of April 20, 2016. Click here to join.
Background: When the Bijou Film Center launched its first membership drive on March 3, 2016, a goal was set -- 360 members in 45 days.
The goal was reached on the last day. At the party staged at Hardywood (5 p.m to 9 p.m.), Bijou co-founder James Parrish announced at approximately 7:30 p.m. that we had reached, even passed, the 360 goal. The scent of success was in the air as the Green Hearts played their set before a roomful of seemingly happy members. The party itself was planned as a celebration and it worked out in a dramatic fashion.
The difference between an original and those who will become members after today probably won't matter to most people. Every member of the Bijou Film Center matters and will hopefully feel appreciated. But to those who want to get an "original member" T-shirt or mug, it's the key.
Those two particular membership gifts of appreciation, either one or the other, will only go to those who have signed up by the end of today. Similar T-shirts and mugs will be available soon, for sale online, but they will not have "original member" printed on them.
At Hardywood we had a good turnout and it seemed that in general everything went over well enough. Thanks to all who helped make it happen, as well as the many attendees. Another post about what went on at the party on April 16th will soon follow.