Glitter and Streamers Galore during Mardi Gras Parade Prep

By Jennifer Potter-Miller
Patterson Park Families hosted a Mardi Gras Parade Prep meetup at Patterson Park after school on February 9.  Families decorated their bikes, strollers, and wagons, and glued all manner of sparkly things onto Mardi Gras masks before heading over to the Cherrywood Mardi Gras Parade. What a great way to enjoy a beautiful afternoon and get excited about the parade!

Cherrywood Mardi Gras Parade Prep by Jennifer Potter-Miller

Cherrywood Mardi Gras Parade Prep by Jennifer Potter-Miller
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First Cherrywood Mardi Gras Parade

By Jennifer Potter-Miller
The first Cherrywood Mardi Gras had it all! Neighbors in costume joined in as we walked down French Place, and brought instruments, (mini) floats and beads to share. By the time they arrived at Cherrywood Green, the crowd was 100 strong. Everyone enjoyed the magically multiplying king cake and beautiful evening. Many thanks to Emili Krantz for suggesting the parade and sharing her love of New Orleans. I think it’s the start of a neighborhood tradition!
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2016 Cherrywood Mardi Gras Parade, by Jennifer Potter-Miller
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Neighborhood Clothing Swap Offers New Year Refresh

By Jennifer Potter-Miller
The new year is a perfect time to clean out closets, and dozens of neighbors brought their toys, clothing, shoes, accessories, and gear to the Asbury Servant Church for our winter neighborhood children’s swap on January 16. In addition to offering families the opportunity to both unload and refill their kids’ wardrobes, the event serves as a drive for the FreeStore Austin. The FreeStore serves the city’s homeless population and working poor, and those who need a place to share their time and belongings. Organizers were thrilled to donate 18 bags/boxes of gently used items! Many thanks to Asbury Servant Church for so generously making their fellowship hall and foyer available for this event!

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Luminarias Light Up Patterson Park

By Jennifer Potter-Miller
Patterson Park has never been so magical! On Dec. 30 neighbors threw a lightning quick luminaria party with here 300+ luminarias on the walkways around the playground, a metric ton of cookies, and 75 about neighbors of all ages. A special thank you to everyone who set brought materials to make the luminarias, set up them up around the park, and brought sweets to share with neighbors. Happy New Year!

Neighborhood Luminaria Party 2016. Photo by J. Potter-Miller.

Neighborhood Luminaria Party 2016. Photo by J. Potter-Miller.

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Halloween 2015 is Ghoulish

2015 French Place Halloween Parade. Photo by Jennifer Potter-Miller.

The 2015 French Place Halloween parade was fantastic! There was a costume contest at the start of the parade for the first time in years, and the candy drive organized by the Kapasi family and Servant Church helped neighbors along the route handle the crowd.  Thanks to the French Place neighbors for their generosity, and to everyone who came out for all the fun!

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2nd Pumpkin Decorating Party at Patterson Park

On October 28 the Patterson Park Families group hosted the 2nd annual pumpkin decorating party. There were mini pumpkins, glitter, googly eyes, pizza, and a great deal of excitement about the neighborhood parade a few days later. Thanks to Jane O’Brien for the wild collection of decorations and delicious pumpkin muffins!

 

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Halloween is Coming – Donate Candy for French Place Neighbors!

By Hannah Silk Kapasi

It’s that time of year again! Get your costume ready and meet friends and neighbors to trick or treat down French Place! Thanks to all the wonderful people along the route who so generously welcome our little monsters.

COSTUME CONTEST IS BACK!

Our kind neighbors at 29th and French Place are allowing us to use their porch again for our costume contest. If you plan on entering, please arrive a bit before 6:00 p.m. so we can start the contest right at 6:00 p.m. and then get people on their merry, trick or treatin’ way.

Categories will be:
1) Best group costume
2) Best dressed pet
3) Best homemade costume
4) Keep Cherrywood Weird
****If you are a Cherrywood business owner and would be interested in donating prizes for the contest, please email hannahsilkkapasi@yahoo.com.****

Donate Candy to Our Neighbors on French Place!

Did you know that our neighbors who live on the parade route spend at least $100 on candy and often run out? I don’t know about you, but because we drive so much traffic to that part of the neighborhood, I don’t get any trick or treaters at my house. So let’s help our neighbors on French Place by supplying some of the candy they’ll give away!

This year Imagine Cherrywood and Servant Church – Austin are organizing a candy drive on Sunday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on Saturday October 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The candy will be redistributed to houses on the parade route shortly before the kids take over the street. Need more info? Contact kristen.choate@gmail.com.

Or Just Pull Up a Curb and Distribute Candy Yourself!

Who says you have to live on French Place to give away candy? The best view of the parade is from the curb! Find a place to sit, bring your own candy, and set up a candy giveaway station.

For more photos from the French Place parade in years past, visit the Cherrywood 78722 Flickr page.

National Night Out in the Neighborhood

By Jennifer Potter-Miller
Cherrywood celebrated National Night Out on October 6 at Cherrywood Green and on Brookview Rd. NNO is a great excuse to meet up with neighbors out of doors, and while the national event takes place on the first Tuesday of August, we celebrate in October in Texas in hopes of cooler weather. Neighbors brought blankets, lounge chairs, and refreshments to share, and kids played all kinds of games with their friends.

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Dreaming Big at Imagine Cherrywood Happy Hour

Imagine Cherrywood 15sep15. Photo by J. Potter-Miller.

By Jennifer Potter-Miller

Ten neighbors met up at the Imagine Cherrywood Happy Hour held at in.gredients on September 14 to enjoy the afternoon and dream up ways to make the neighborhood events planned for this fall bigger and better.  We talked about  how we could help the people organizing events already on the horizon, and came up with a new one. Here’s what Cherrywood has to look forward to this fall, and how you can get involved.

National Night Out (October 7 @ 5:30, Cherrywood Green). This one’s easy, just show up with a beverage or refreshment to share and hang out with neighbors. RSVP or check for updates here.

22nd Plant and Book Swap (Oct. 10 @ 9am, Cherrywood Green). Volunteers needed to set up and cleanup and this beloved neighborhood event. More info here.

Fall Tree Planting (Oct. 17, throughout the neighborhood). Mike Damal has led this effort and planted almost 600 trees in the last 18 years. To buy a tree or volunteer to plant some, email Mike. This is not hard work, and no experience is necessary.

Pumpking Decorating Party (Oct. 25 @ 3pm, Patterson Park). This was an fun BYOP (pumpkin) event held for the last two years. Just bring a pumpkin and the organizers will have googley eyes, feathers, markers, stickers, & more. Bonus points for coming in costume!

Halloween Costume Contest and Parade (Oct. 31 @ 6pm, 29th & French Place). We spent some time talking about how we can give back to the amazing neighbors on French Place who are so generous to neighborhood kids and families from all over East Austin. Since many of us don’t get much trick or treating traffic because all the action is focused on French Place, we thought about how to redistribute the candy wealth. Servant Church agreed to host a candy donation drive on on Sunday, October 25 and Saturday, Oct. 31, and volunteers will drop candy off to neighbors on French Place who express interest in receiving some. To find out more, email Kristen or check back. (Also, if you like wrangling goblins and don’t live on French Place, feel free to set up trick or treating station on the curb. The more the merrier as far as the kids are concerned.)

Also, the Halloween Costume Contest of years bast is back! The Kapasi family is coordinating a pre-parade contest for 1) Best Homemade Costume, 2) Best Family (or group) Costume, 3) Best dressed pet, and 4) Keep Cherrywood Weird.

East Austin Studio Tour rest stop (Nov. 13-14, 20-21 @ Asbury Servant Church). The 78722 Business Association will host a kick off party for neighbors participating in the tour on  Nov. 10, and Servant Church has agreed to serve as a rest and warm-up stop during the two weekends of the tour. There will be hot chocolate and a place to put your feet up if it’s cold.

Lastly, we talked about cleaning up and improving the two islands along 38 1/2 St., which are filled with weeds and trash. Cara will be organizing a flash mob cleanup crew when the weather improves in a few weeks, and mosaic artist Pascal Simon has agreed to lead a workshop creating an art installation.

It was both fun and inspiring to brainstorm with neighbors about what we can do for our community, and we look forward to another meetup soon!

Imagine Cherrywood 15sep15. Photo by J. Potter-Miller.