Annual Holiday Party

_MG_7797The swirling snow softly fell on the party-goers for the annual ABC Streets Holiday Celebration.  Suspended icicles twinkling with color, beckoned all from behind a veil of sparkling snowflakes.  The warm and inviting home of Nancy & Brian Sears greeted the revelers dressed in full holiday regalia.  Winter greenery adorned the fireplace mantel and lights danced on the decorated glass ornaments and dangling faceted crystals.  A vintage toy train traveled around the decorated Christmas tree and completed the holiday ensemble.

Festive finger foods, dreamy deserts and bubbly beverages kept the revelers happy in catch-up conversation.

As the celebration concluded, a winter wonderland lay waiting.  As all walked out of sight, the winter winds whispered “Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night.”  Submitted by: Barb Kraus

Photos of this great event are HERE

Fall Clean Sweep

The weather cooperated on Saturday with bright sunny skies and warm temps as a troop of neighbors, armed with rakes and trimmers, got together to put Morrison Park “to bed” for the Winter.  The hostas were cropped and the leaves were raked and some new tulip bulbs were planted so that we can capture the first hints of Spring.  Thanks to everyone from the neighborhood who participated and thanks also to Nancy Johns Price and her city team that lent us the gear and made sure the street got cleaned up when we were done.MiniCleanSweep

Halloween Parade 2013


šGhouls and goblins swooped in Saturday last to Castle Alexander for their annual parade through the town.  The leaves were swirling and the winds carried the witches, fairies, dragons, princesses, super heroes and their guardians down the cobbled street toward the foggy Kraus family cemetery where their images were captured for all eternity.  The howling hound called them to Herr Hasman’s cozy Inn for a feast of mulled cider, mummified remains, newt’s eyes, and sweet black spiders.  View their images, if you dare…….  .  šPhotos HERE

Movie Night

On August 27th about 30 neighbors met up at the “Hondorf Drive(way)-In” to enjoy a movie and a short.  Jack Garner, our local movie expert and film critic, selected and introduced the two films – a 1938 Mickey Mouse short entitled The Brave Little Tailor (Mickey Mouse was voiced by Walt Disney himself) and Fantastic Mr. Fox – a stop action animated movie directed by Wes Anderson, based on a novel by Roald Dahl .  Both films suited and entertained both the adults and kids that attended.  No movie event would be complete without fresh popped popcorn, hotdogs and drinks.  Big thanks to the Pasteckis for manning the food counter, Kevin Hamblin for AV services, and the Hondorfs for the use of their driveway.

Summer Picnic

On August 17th, our neighbors on Ericsson Street warmly welcomed our annual Summer picnic.   On a picture perfect Summer day, over 60 neighbors (and many of their furry friends) gathered for an afternoon of socializing, playing, and eating.  The day started off with a visit from Mayor Tom Richards and neighbor/politician  Lois Geiss, who took the opportunity to listen to our neighborhood concerns.   In addition to our standard grill fare, Peter Scribner of Park Avenue, added to the feast with his movable grilling station providing scrumptious chicken legs, veggie and kosher options.   As usual, the neighbors pitched in with an assortment of appetizers, side dishes and desserts.  Two standout desserts were the sunflower/ladybug cupcakes (Sue Hondorf) and the Canadian Flag themed sheet cake (Allison & Libby),  in honor of their move back to Canada – we wish them well.  Several new activities entertained both the kids and adults –  garden tours, a hula hoop contest and learning some new dance moves courtesy of Esther Brill.  This was in addition to a traditional favorite – the balloon toss.  Later in the afternoon, our Board President, Susan Glenz, publicly recognized the service of our outgoing board members  – Tom Hasman, Maureen (Mo) Duggan,  George & Lorrie Lorson, and Matt Alexander – by presenting them with plaques designed by Dave Burnet.  Lastly, as a new fundraiser to support our neighborhood activities, we held a silent auction with items donated by both the board and our neighborhood businesses.  We are happy to report that with your generous support we raised over $300.  A big thanks to everyone who helped organize, setup, takedown, cook, greet and entertain.  A fun day which we look forward again to next year !!