Monday, January 26, 2015

How to build community - organize a block party

My 2015 New Year's Resolution is to do each of the community-building activities listed in the poster at right. It will be fun and exciting, and to be realistic probably disappointing and difficult at times. So my goal is to write about what I'm planning to do and then another post about what actually happened.

The first idea is to organize a mid-winter block party. Why? I miss my neighbors. And I really don't like winter. So sitting around a fire pit, in the winter, with my neighbors seems the logical thing to do.

In the summer, I visit with my neighbors as they walk by while I'm in the orchard, or watching the chickens during "outside time," or simply sitting on the porch having dinner with Jay.

In the winter, dogs are let in the backyard, people's heads are down to protect from the cold and I'm sure not outside for any length of time to catch people while they're scurrying by.

So why not have a mid-winter block party and defy the winter cold, isolation and long nights.

My neighbor Chris has a portable fire pit, so we're going to set it up on the sidewalk at the bottom of our driveway, where we'll have plenty of room for people's chairs to sit around the fire.

Jay and I are supplying s'mores fixings and hot apple cider, and are inviting people to stop by for a minute or an hour, followed by indoor board games at our house.

I'll let you know how it goes.