One of the first things everyone learns while living in Brussels is that “perfect weather days” are extremely rare. Fortunately, the Rhode St Genèse brocante and President’s Day BBQ landed on one of rare days on a late September weekend. The Rhode St Genèse is a well known event around Brussels and traffic getting into the commune was comparable to driving into Brussels during rush hour.
The American Women’s Club of Brussels held it’s own Brocante for those passing by on their way to the main street and it was quite a success. The event started with coffee and croissants then burgers and hotdogs were grilled and sold in the afternoon. This annual event provides a wonderful excuse for members to clean out their garage, closets, and cabinets so others can make use of those forgotten dishes, jackets, and garden tools.
A huge THANK YOU to those who organized, volunteered their time, energy, and weekend to make this event happen. Our wonderful volunteers kept the brocante open three hours after the scheduled end time and ended up selling a lot of additional items. Items that were not sold are being donated to a variety of causes such as a local orphanage, women’s shelter, and many others. Not enough thanks can go to those who made this event a success!
Following the brocante, members and their families assembled for AWCB's President's Welcome Back BBQ where burgers, brats, and hotdogs were grilled up and served along side dishes made by members. The evening was spent outside as the warm weather stuck with us and all were able to enjoy a meal together after the summer holidays. Many more family events are to come as we go into fall so stay tuned for many announcements coming soon!
A Thank You Note From Our Brocante Organizer:
A huge Thank YOU to all 2017 brocante volunteers. Through your support either by making donations, assisting in sales of brocante items and snacks, or participating in set and clean up, we were able to net a profit of over €1300.00 from the brocante and BBQ event.
I personally felt that there was an amazing team spirit guiding us all this exciting event.