Once again it is time for our annual Neighborhood Night Out party/picnic. As usual, we will get together on the second Tuesday of August – August 2nd this year. And once more we have made arrangements with our neighbor, the Columbia Country Club, to use their ballroom (air conditioning in August is a good thing!). The Club will provide hamburgers and hot dogs, along with buns, condiments, water, iced tea, coffee, and dishes. We need to bring everything else – side dishes, salads, desserts. It is always a good time – the kids get a chance to look at (climb on?) a fire truck, and things like that, and we all get to chat with our neighbors more than we often have the opportunity to do.
We are asking the same this year as last – $10 for adults and $8 for kids 2-12 – to cover the cost for the Club. We want to encourage everyone to come, so any amount will be welcome (especially if it includes an additional donation!) and no neighbor will be turned away.
We should start arriving about 5:00 pm and will try to begin dinner between 5:30 and 6:00. Dinner will be followed by the Neighborhood Association “annual meeting” – including election of officers and planning our annual neighborhood-wide garage sale. We have three possible dates for this year’s sale – Saturday, September 3, Saturday October 1, and Saturday. October 8. Those are all “non-football” weekends, but October 1 will be the “Roots & Blues” weekend and October 8 is getting pretty late. We need to decide which Saturday to choose at the party (I’d prefer Sept. 3rd) so that we can get the word out. We’ll post again in Craig’s List (which is free) and seems to get us plenty of traffic. We would also like to know who will take part so that we can direct people to the right parts of the neighborhood.
We need to give the Club a good idea how many are coming, so please let me (Martha) know if you are – preferably before Friday, July 29. Best way is by e-mail (click on the link for the address) but phone is ok, too (check on the “About” page linked at the top for the number).
August 2nd is also our statewide Primary Election day, so I will be tied up at the polls and will (sadly) have to miss the party. Please remember to vote that day, and then come party with the neighborhood!