Amanda and Thomas Evans reside in Florida, but they think like Cajuns here in Acadiana. The couple moved from Fort Myers to Cape Coral weeks before the pandemic hit in April of 2020. They were excited to move in to a new place but hated that they couldn’t meet and mingle with any of their new neighbors because of social distancing. They come up with a very creative idea to introduce themselves to the neighbors. FREE BEER.

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The couple created flyers that read:

Hi, we’re new to the neighborhood and would like to meet our lovely neighbors. We will be in our driveway with drinks, ready to meet any neighbors who would like to stop by. We can’t wait to meet you.

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See what I mean when I said they think like Cajuns in Acadiana? I immediately thought this is totally something you’d see here in Louisiana. Down home southern hospitality at its best.

It was definitely hard to meet neighbors. Luckily, we have a rescue dog that we walk around the block every day, so we met some people in passing. Typically, you would bring people cookies or pie or invite them over for dinner, but we weren’t sure about how people were feeling. – Amanda Evans

According to ABC7 News, Thomas wasn’t sure anyone would even show up. But once they placed a “Free Beer” sign in their driveway, they had almost everyone in the neighborhood stopping by.

It’s always funny to see a sign on the table that says free beer, just to get people to stop and turn their head and drive by and say what did that sign just say. We had a few people do a double take, free beer is a pretty easy way to get people to show up. -  Thomas Evans.

Come on, Acadiana. I say we do this every time we have a new neighbor. Let’s welcome them Cajun style. Thanks to the Evans for a great idea. It's just like a lemonade stand except way better.

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