Highlights of the Ketch/Lighthouse Cinco di Mayo Party on May 4, 2014

 The first of the five 2014 Silver Strand mini-Block parties, Ketch and Lighthouse Malls and Adjacent Roma Court, was a huge success with over 74 neighbors attending. There was music and entertainment for kids including a pinata, a drawing and paint table, beads and mustaches and beards. This was a potluck lunch and neighbors contributed a delicious spread including salsa and chips, chicken nuggets to sushi, many Mexican specialties and superb desserts. Heavy-duty margaritas and tequilla were on hand along with soft drinks. The hosts of the Ketch/Lighthouse/Roma Cinco di Mayo mini-Block party were SSMHOA Block Captains, Penny Akashi, Eileen Nugent, Cindy Carlin, Beth Holden-Garland, Ann Murpha and Eileen Nugent. They did a fabulous job in putting the event together and made it all seem as easy as pie (although we know it involved a lot of work).

The Silver Strand News is grateful to Jo Tashima and Dan Avila for their photographs of the party.

Group shotThe hosts left to right: Ketch/Lighthouse/Roma Block Captains; Beth Holden-Garland, Eileen Nugent, Cindy Carlin, Penny Akashi and Ann Murpha.

  Beth Holden-Garland, with help from husband Gary, their children Jackson and Avalon, and Beth’s parents Richard and Dale Holden, did a great job on decorations with Mexican flags and streamers everywhere in evidence. They also put out a great black and white vintage photo of Pancho Villa, a hero of the Mexican Revolution,  which they bought several years ago in Puerto Vallarta:

Pancho Villa

 The Silver Strand social events, including the mini-Block parties and the Annual Silver Strand Block party, all initiated by Nora Nicosia, SSMHOA Board Member and Chair of the Block Captain Committee, have provided settings in which neighbors and their children can get to know each other. Silver Strand residents now know that  real people live behind those closed garage doors and locked gates – people who are interesting and who may become friends, along with their children who might want to play together in a safe environment. One of the interesting things that the parties have demonstrated is the change in demographics in the Silver Strand. While there are still many residents who have lived here since the 1980s when the Strand was first developed, we are now seeing an influx of younger folks with children.

Here are some of the youngest residents who attended the party:


Nothing says it better than a smile.


Perhaps a Bandido or else a Desperado?


A Ranchero


Bat Man Ready to fight the good fight!


She’s sitting the Revolution out.













Reading an important message to be delivered to Pancho Villa.

Safe Haven

When a Revolution is going on, the best place to be is with Mom.













There were plenty of adults there too:


Michael Greenberg










The Ellenberg Family with Eileen Nugent’s dog.




















Left to right, Sandra Starr, Publisher of the Silver Strand News, Nora Nicosia,  SSMHOA Board Member, Chair of the Block Captain Committee and founding Chair of all current Silver Strand social events and Cindy Carlin, ad hoc Chair of the mini-block Party Committee.

The irrepressible Jackie Rappaport

The ever glamorous and  irrepressible Jackie Rappaport

A very popular activity carried over from last year was the Pinata. 







Dividing the Spoils, including the horse (see below)


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No Silver Strand Party would be complete without our Magnificent Canine Residents:

















A great time was had by one and all, including an unexpected party crasher.



The schedule for upcoming 2014 mini-Block Parties is as follows:

Sunday, June 1, 2014: Spinnaker and Topsail Malls and adjacent Roma Court homes. A Happy Hour on Topsail Mall, 4-6pm.

Sunday, July 13, 2014: Mast and Northstar Malls and adjacent Roma Court homes. A lunch Celebration of Bastille Day on Mast Mall, noon to 3pm.

Sunday, October 12, 2014: Reef and Quarterdeck Malls and adjacent Roma Court homes. Details to be announced.

Residents from other Malls and Roma Court are welcome to attend the parties. These are potluck events so please bring something to share.



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One Response to Highlights of the Ketch/Lighthouse Cinco di Mayo Party on May 4, 2014

  1. Nora Nicosia says:

    Best blog coverage including great photos ever for best Mall Party ever. Took lots of cooperative effort………..Thanks to all and you too Sandy………..Hugs…….Nora

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