Schnoor, Orchard and Fillmore avenues were closed off as residents ate, played, listened to community leaders and socialized on Fillmore, which was opened like a huge patio. The annual gathering is a tradition that started in the early 1990s and included the original residents of the neighborhood.
“The Fillmore Avenue Block Party has become an annual event that the neighbors anticipate each year. Children love the fact that the street is closed and they can play in the street. They play with each other in a way they cannot do at other times, and the adults enjoy seeing the children play,” said Nancy Simpson, who organized the Saturday afternoon event along with her husband, David.
Activities included bingo, scavenger hunts, beanbag toss, cards, and a grocery bag gift exchange. In the exchange, each household was given a grocery bag with their house number on it and neighbors put items into the bags they no longer needed as gifts. There was also a potluck and about 60 people attended.
“It all helps to connect neighbors with neighbors. It is a fun time for all,” said Nancy.