In A Neighborhood Story, I described the background for the “Rene Drive Potluck” on October 4. To quickly recap, invitational flyers had been distributed to each home a month in advance and a reminder invitation was distributed the week before the event.
Violating conventional wisdom, sign-up lists for dishes were not circulated. People were simply invited to come and asked: “To bring your favorite dish, beverage, and chair and join the rest of the neighbors.” Organizers were prepared to have no one respond or, in the alternative, to be faced with several varieties of potato salad.
Come the big day, tables and chairs started to appear in front of some of the homes. Ken Burnett from the Public Works Department (second from the left in the photo below) stopped by and gave advice on how and where to set up the street barricades…
In short order, people, chairs, and tables with umbrellas started to arrive and the event took on a life of its own. The food tables quickly filled up with shepherd’s pie, enchiladas, rice, hot dogs, chili, beans, dips, homemade liver pate, fresh fruit, salads, chicken mole, cupcakes, flan, and (my favorite) a large bowl of watermelon cubes. It was a feast…a cornucopia
As the day progressed, the dishes were “reloaded” as needed. I attempted to capture some of the scenes with my camera but admit that I missed a lot. Frankly, I lost focus (unintended pun) because of the food table.
As an aside, the potluck was set up in front of a house that was for sale. Several realtors with prospective buyers had to pass through to get to the house.
They were told they could join in if they bought the house…
RENE DRIVE POTLUCK
“This has never happened before! This was a great idea.”
“I’ve lived here for 30 years and hardly know anyone on this street!”
“Can we do this every year?”
“Let’s do it next September.”
“Hi, I’m …”
“Ours is 15 months. I know what it’s like having a new baby.”
SOME OF THE FACES