The third annual Silver Strand Cinco de Mayo mini-Block Party, held on Ketch Mall on May 3, 2015 was hosted by Block Captains Cindy Carlin, Penny Akashi, Eileen Nugent, Beth Holden-Garland, Ann Murpha and Kris Ellenberg. The guests included neighbors on Ketch and Lighthouse Malls, adjacent Roma Court and Via Dolce. This party was the kick-off event for the mini-Block parties in the Silver Strand, held throughout the summer, and as usual it was a smashing success.
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 realize 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 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.
Cindy reports that the pot-luck lunch included festive decorations, good margaritas and delicious food contributed by neighbors:
We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day. Perhaps around 50 people stopped by during the course of the afternoon. There was a pinata for the kids, and just for fun – another one for the adults. Quite a few people took some hearty swings while blindfolded. Of course, there was the usual scramble for the goodies that dropped out.
Below are photos of the event contributed by Penny Akashi, Dan Avila, Beth Holden-Garland, and Richard Holden.