Hey Wallingford: Tuesday, August 5th is Seattle Night Out! Time to get your block planning.
In case you missed it previous years, at over 1,400 events across the city, folks come out of their doors to spend a evening with their neighbors. Streets are blocked off, lawn chairs are dragged out front, card tables are set up on sidewalks and lawns, kids play, chit is chatted, gossip is passed, potato salad is forked, and wine is paper cupped.
For the last several years, I’ve bike toured the block parties of the neighborhood, sampling the deviled eggs and meeting new people, sometimes by myself, sometimes with my son Zev in tow, and my only complaint is that I can only seem to squeeze in five or six of them before it starts getting too late. It’s such a pleasure to be reminded first hand what a diverse (in some ways), interesting (in a ton of ways) and friendly group of neighbors we all seem to have.
Is your block doing something? You don’t have to block off the street, but you can! You don’t have to have a band, but you can! You don’t have to have a pie eating contest, but you can!
Get your planning on now! Talk to your neighbors. Make sure they know about it, and that you get the word out soon enough that people can plan.
If you want more information about how it works and what you need to do, see the Seattle Night Out! web site.