It's such a brilliant idea: ask for volunteer musicians and volunteered porches in a designated residential area and then match them up on a summer afternoon for hours of neighbourly fun. Today was the second annual Grand Porch Party here in Uptown West Waterloo neighbourhood and it was even better than last year. Over 30 musicians and over 20 porches. The sun shone, the big shade trees welcomed, and the sidewalks were full of happy people.
Everywhere I looked I saw people bumping into people they knew: hugging, admiring babies, catching up on the latest renovations, comparing notes on the bands they had just heard and offering free iced tea. I was stationed behind a table selling beverages and Shane's Oat Bars so I was not free to roam but I had a great spot to people-watch.
We're now becoming known as "the neighbourhood with the Grand Porch Party."
What events are working well in your neighbourhoods? This one's a beautiful success.