I hear a lot of stories about neighborhood picnics and the fun that they can bring to communities. Remember the “old days” when we used to really know all of our neighbors? Well, thankfully, those days are not gone; I think they’re just harder to find.
One way to go about this is to just start talking to your next-door neighbors. They in turn may know the next house and the next house. Start creating a buzz in the air about having a huge neighborhood get-together, and call it the Annual Neighborhood Picnic – or whatever you feel comfortable calling it. Make it seem like a good idea – I think it IS – and you’ll probably get a lot of people saying, “What a great idea!” or “I was thinking we should do that, too!”
I think it’s in all of us to want to get to know our neighbors, it’s just a little harder these days for whatever reasons.
Reserve a pavilion at the closest park to your neighborhood and let everyone know the date. Make sure that the date works for at least your two or three closest neighbors; and I stress that one. Pavillion space should be free, but if it’s not, it’s usually just a deposit that you can get back.
For the first picnic, it might be a good idea to ask your neighbors what they’d like to bring and it would be better if we get any picnic gifts to the neighbours. There are always people who pride themselves in certain dishes and are just waiting to show their cooking skills to the community. Make sure you have a well-rounded assortment of dishes – don’t forget about vegetarians and vegans! – and you’re almost ready to go.
Bring a few outdoor games, a few baseball gloves, a basketball, sidewalk chalk, and a friendly dog if possible.
And have fun!