Yesterday the folks who live on 20th between Marion & Union gave us all an example of how to build a strong community in the neighborhood. For the last four years, Chef Brenda Lee has worked with her neighbors to host a big block party with amazing food, cold drinks, and a lot of fun. About 50 people took over the street in the middle of the block and spent the chilly evening getting to know each other a little better.
Here’s a sample:
Wouldn’t it be great to have about a dozen of these spread across the neighborhood over the course of next summer?
This party has been a Happening for about 20 years, started by Lynn Thompson and David Foutch. It used to be a huge potluck of all the sides and desserts. The talented Brenda Lee has been our chef since the passing of Mr. Benton, barbecue chef extraordinaire of the Benton family, the heart of the street. Mrs. Benton (in the white sweater) and her children carry on. Scott, it was good to meet you in person last night. Thanks for joining us! Y’all come back now, y’hear?