I first posted My Top 10 Kermesse Survival Tips two years ago (the year it rained!), but with the warm weather forecasted for Saturday, I thought these updated tips might be helpful.
2.Buy plenty of tickets. No matter how many tickets you buy, I promise you, it won’t seem like enough. Buy your tickets in bundles so you won’t have to keep lining up to purchase more. After all, it’s for a good cause!
3. Bring a hat and sunscreen. While we did have rain one year, more often than not, the sun is out and the weather is warm. Check the forecast, and be prepared for hot weather.
4. Bring a change of clothes for your child(ren). Somewhere, somehow, a group of children will be engaging in a water fight. Your child might be in that group!
5. Soirée du Vin Wine Challenge. Finally, wine at Kermesse! Well, actually, it's really a small tasting and not a full glass. However, we are sure you will still appreciate what this booth has to offer! Stop by the SDV booth, for a fun wine challenge tasting game, and an opportunity to win tickets to the October event.
6. Wait 30 minutes for the degustation. INTL* cooks are incredible! Everyone knows it, and lines up immediately when the degustation opens. However, if you wait 30 minutes… You’ll be able to enjoy the meal without too long of a wait in line.
7. Volunteer for your class booth. The rewards you reap will be far greater than the 30 minute time commitment. You’ll be a hero to your class, child, and school!
8. Quench your thirst AND speak to a Board member. Would you like to speak to a Board member one-on-one? This is your chance. You can find them at the drink booth at the center of Kermesse.
9 .Line up for crêpes. Early. I have seen this line last as long as one hour to get through. If you want your crêpe, get in line early! Of course, if it’s a hot day, then the snow cone line might be longer… So choose your battle!
10. The Best Kept Secret… Let’s admit it. Kermesse can be a long day. The Indian Food Booth is the only place you can get tasting cups of beer. You just might need it.
PS – Don’t forget to say “hi” to our new INTL families. Some of them will be at Kermesse, wearing a “I’m a new INTLian” yellow button! Thank you for welcoming them to our school.
PPS – Our “King of the Day” for Kermesse will be crowned before the performances. Say hello to His Highness, Nadim H. He’ll be wearing a crown and a badge.
*In 2020, the International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) formally changed its name to Silicon Valley International School (INTL) to better reflect its bilingual programs, location, and international values.