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 !!

Park Avenue Fest Recap

On August 3 and 4th the ABC Streets Neighborhood Association participated, for the first time, at the Park Avenue Festival with a booth at the corner of Park and Culver.  Our objectives were for neighborhood recognition, attracting new members and fund raising.  And we met ALL of our goals.  The fundraising benefited Project Scion, Foodlink and 20130804-_MG_9164 20130804-_MG_9165Morrison Park.  Over the weekend, through sales of water, hosta plants  harvested from Morrison Park, and a 50/50 raffle, we raised a little over $400 – $100 will be donated each to Project Scion and to Foodlink with the balance to be used for Morrison Park maintenance and upkeep (new plants/trees/annuals, mulch, fertilizer, signage).  The Board would like to publicly thank all of neighbors who volunteered during the weekend – Tom Pastecki, Sue Hondorf, Brian Sears, Tom Hasman, Kathryn Gardner, Tom Groff, Marie Maloney, Parker Ormerod, Barb Kraus – and all of those that stopped by the booth to offer support and make a donation. We look forward to this event again next year.