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rtlindquist

We have hosted our block party for the past several years. We live on an emergency route so we can't close the street. Our home has a double lot that is fenced in so we host for the block. It's a lot of work but it is a great time for all. Pot luck is the way to go. We usually provide the main dish and drinks. If you have an organized email list for the neighborhood, evites work. If not-we have used flyers and postcards. Sometimes we get some newbies but not always. I recommend a non-holiday weekend to ensure good attendance.

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beverlynn

Ah, memories of growing up in Detroit! There was an organized Block Club and there was a party every year! They still have it! The street is closed! Several of the men grilled burgers and hot dogs, chicken, and ribs; each household brought side dishes and deserts. I majored in Elementary Education, so when I was home from college during the summer, I was responsible for organizing the kid's games, contests, and prizes for the kids. Of course , my dad volunteered me to do so, but I didn't mind! The majority of original owners have passed on (including my dad), but my mom and other elderly neighbors still enjoy it! If I'm in town when it's held, I enjoy seeing the elderly folks and people with whom I grew up-they'll come out to the neighborhood. I live in a small townhome community-23 units, and I don't know all of my neighbors! I've considered organizing a community event in our cul-de-sac, but just haven't done it! If I do, it will be in the fall when it isn't so hot. I'd like to at least meet the homeowners I don't know!

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Don Liebert
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