Highlights from the Silver Strand (Ketch/Lighthouse/Roma) Cinco de Mayo mini-Block Party on May 5, 2013

Homeowners and Block Captains Penny Akashi, Cindy Carlin, Eileen Nugent, Ann Murtha Mason and Beth Holden-Garland  hosted the first of the Silver Strand mini-Block parties on Sunday, May 5. About 70 residents (and 15 dogs) from Lighthouse and Ketch Malls and the northernmost end of Roma Court celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a delicious potluck lunch which included everything from empanadas to pizza.  Friends of residents and some families from other Malls also joined in the festivities. Several guests dressed in outfits which made them look as if they’d just arrived from south of the border. Trees were decorated with colored streamers and hung with Mexican flags.


Left to right: SSMHOA Block Captains Cindy Carlin, Beth Holden-Garland, Penny Akashi, Eileen Nugent and Nora Nicosia, Chair of the Block Captain Committee.

An additional attraction was the kid-friendly area set up on Ketch decorated with pinatas stuffed with goodies. There were many children present and it gave parents a chance to connect with each other.


Block Captain Beth Holden-Garland begins setting up the food tables. Beth also provided the decorations including the pinatas for the party.



Bonnie Blumenkrantz (left )with Suzi Greenberg


Claudia Wang with daughters Kate and Sara






Party guests including Les and Angela Durrant center and Eileen Nugent


Peter Rosen and Eileen Nugent


Gary Garland and Stephanie (a friend of Peter Rosen’s) with Leo


Nora Nicosia, SSMHOA Board member and Chair of the Block Captain Committee pronounced the party a huge success and congratulated the hosts who made it so. Homeowners had a chance to meet and greet their neighbors, some of long-standing, some new arrivals to the community. The next mini-Block party (Reef/Quarterdeck) will be on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th on Quarterdeck Mall (see post of April 21, 2013 or Calendar of Events).


Monty, the Master of Ceremonies:  photo Dan Avila

With thanks to Penny Akashi for all photographs, except above of Monty,  in this post.


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One Response to Highlights from the Silver Strand (Ketch/Lighthouse/Roma) Cinco de Mayo mini-Block Party on May 5, 2013

  1. Nora Nicosia says:

    Your blog showed the fun and success of our first Mall party,thanks to great planning of hosts.It was really a wonderful chance to meet immediate neighbors in a fun setting.

    Look forward to 4 more Mall parties which have may have different times and events…..Nora.

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