The idea is simple: I pick a date. I get a permit from the Parks & Recreation Department. I announce it a few times on the blog
And our “06880” community does the rest.
It’s an organic event. Everyone brings food, drinks and beach chairs.
Folks who have lived here for 70 years, and others who have been here for 7 weeks (literally), mix and mingle. (Special shout-out to 93-year-old Tom Lowrie!)
Politicians (of both parties) chat with people who want to tell them a thing or two — and others with no idea who they are.
The police chief talks with an old friend from Staples.
Party-goers introduce themselves to strangers, then recognize the names of frequent commenters and frequent photographers. Jack Backiel — one of the most frequent commenters of all — made a special trip up from Maryland, just to see the town he lived in decades ago (and still feels connected to).
It was the 9th annual “06880” blog party. If you were there last night, you know all that already.
If you missed it: See you in 2023!
PS: A tip of the “06880” hat to Parks & Rec for helping the event run so smoothly. Particular thanks to Luke in Guest Services, for toting tables and going out of his way to help.
PPS: And thanks too to the weather gods. The predicted thunderstorms never came. In
It was not even as hot as predicted, and a soft breeze helped. Go figure.