It had been a cloudy day and there was a chill in the air, but the sun came out in time for another successful mini-Block party. Spinnaker and Topsail Malls, along with adjacent Roma Court and Via Dolce homeowners, organized their 3rd mini-Block party in the Silver Strand, Marina del Rey on Sunday, May 31, 2015. The “Happy Hour” attracted over 40 people including many young children. The age of the guests ranged from nonagenarians soon-to-be born. Topsail Block Captain Clarissa Cervantes made the wise decision to move the event from Topsail to Spinnaker Mall which brought out a whole new group of neighbors. On arrival, guests were greeted with beautiful chalk drawings at the entrance to Spinnaker Mall, drawn by Spinnaker and Topsail kids, welcoming them to the party. Tables were laden with delicious appetizers and beverages, some alcoholic, some not, contributed by neighbors attending the pot-luck event.
The official co-organizers of the event were Block Captains Clarissa Cervantes and Angela Durrant (Topsail). Brady Connell, Lauri Chryss and Richard Lynsle (Spinnaker), however Nora Nicosia, SSMHOA Block Captain Committee Chair, reports that Brady Connell was the real hero of the day in terms of working incredibly hard to make the event a great success. He distributed the flyers twice: he and his kids brought music; he moved tables and chairs from and back to other houses; he provided the 2 piñatas one for adults, one for kids as well as other games for kids – in the words of his wife, Block Captain Lauri Chryss, he was the “camp counselor.” All agreed that Brady Connell did an extraordinary job of manning the food table, bar and much else.
With thanks to Clarissa Cervantes and Brady Connell for photography:
They’re not looking at the flowers, but at their chalk drawings on the Spinnaker Mall sidewalk welcoming guests to the party
Block Captain Lauri Chryss displays her pride in being Block Captain Brady Connell’s wife. She does pretty well in her own right in terms of contributing to the community.
Block Captain Brady Connell, SSMHOA Board Member and Block Captain Committee Chair Nora Nicosia, Block Captains Clarissa Cervantes and Angela Durrant
Patricia and Robert Barrett, pioneer homeowners in the Silver Strand. Standing behind them, SSMHOA Board Member Richard Cervantes.
Elizabeth Sheets and Block Captain Clarissa Cervantes.
Michael Rosenfeld and his very sweet dog
Michele Kessler and son Ian.
SSMHOA Board Member Nora Nicosia and Lynda-Evans Smith
Laurie Rovner, Lisa Tremaine and Eric Rovner
This was the pinata for kids
The really big pinata for adults was also popular.
Lynda-Evans Smith gives it a go
Les Durrant prepares to give the pinata a whack
Canines are always an important part of the Silver Strand Block parties. Herewith, a contented guest.