The Old East Village Block Party!
It happened; it really, really happened! It had been such a crazy roller coaster of a planning process, but it all came out perfect in the end (and any hiccups we had on the day-of didn’t seem to matter as much.) It takes a lot of help from the people around us, a lot of planning and organizing (two of my specialties) and a lot of time (something I’m also gifted with, these days). We started the planning this year around April and the party happened this past Saturday, July 21st.
So, one of my ideas was to have a Photo Booth. Which meant I had to manage that from the idea to the finish product. I think I did a pretty good job (pictures from the photo booth to come in another post.)
Let’s get to ’em!
Here are a few pictures of the set-up:
We had community booths:
We also had local artist booths:
We had a kid’s area that had tables for crafts, hair braiding and face painting, relay racing and hand stamping:
We had food sold to us at cost from the local farmer’s market and some of it donated completely. We’re talking 1,000 pieces of sausages, 100ish pizzas (cooked on the BBQ), veggie burgers, local corn, garlic bread, spring rolls and caramel corn!
Phew! There was like a million and one pictures. I think it captured the day pretty well.
We had an estimated 2,200 people show up (grown from 1700ish from last year) and raised $537.94 in donations, $194 from a raffle and at least $1,200 from selling t-shirts (with a big list of people who are interested in MORE t-shirts.) We have a wrap-up meeting and potluck planned for this weekend to talk about everything that happened on the day and get together for some fun, downtime with all of our volunteers.
And that, my dear readers, is what I’ve been spending my time on for the last few months. It was worth every second!