Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Lorne Avenue Block Party - Part 1

This past Saturday, Old East Village hosted a Block Party on Lorne Avenue between English and Ontario Streets.  Sponsored in part by the Old East Village Business Association and the Old East Village Community Association,  it was a lively few hours that allowed people in the neighbourhood to mingle, chow down on free burgers, hotdogs and corn on the cob, and listen to live music by a variety of local acts. There were snowcones, facepainting and games for the kids, some local artists displaying their work, lots of dogs, some chickens and even a kitten.  There was a community garage sale and sidewalk sale in the morning, and it was a treat to see lots of people out enjoying the weather, strolling on Dundas Street and supporting their community, even if it was just for one day.
 A very pink-and-frilly clown entertained the kids
People could write what they liked about the neighbourhood, or suggestions for improvement, on a "brick" that will become part of the Wishing Wall, an installation near the Ark Aid Mission. 
The Ukelettes, pictured above, and a number of other local musical performers entertained the crowd throughout the afternoon.
Angela and Maria model the "EOA" shirts they designed and were selling during the afternoon.  The design has a bit of a 'Harley Davidson' look; cool, definitely a bit edgy, and a t-shirt that I would wear, even though I don't wear t-shirts much any more.  If you would like to order one of your own EOA t-shirts, email rivardangela@yahoo.ca
And, there were chickens.  I'm not informed on the "keeping chickens in your backyard" debate so I can't speak to either side.  The kids seemed to like them and I thought they were rather pretty.

There were lots of furry critters enjoying the festivities - more photos to come.

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