Every September for the past 25 or 30 years our neighborhood has celebrated with a big Harvest Moon party/potluck. Depending on the year, 100-300 people show up to hang out with old friends, meet new ones, and occasionally campaign for whatever political office is currently up for grabs.
I've never been much of a party person, so always have mixed feelings about going. It's a great neighborhood event that I don't want to miss, but I'm not all that comfortable in groups of more than two or three. A few beers usually make me a bit more jovial, but today my stomach was upset so I just had a can of pop. And food. Lots of good food, from fried plantains to chocolate cookies.
After 10 pm the party shifts from the street to the backyards of the houses and the drinking gets a bit more serious (can't have open containers on the street). There's also a big bonfire which is a great place to sit and schmooze. Didn't stick around long enough this year to get to that part.
The early hours tend to focus more on eating and more kid-friendly activities, like the big bubbles that Doug was entertaining with in the parking lot across the street.
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