This is the second time that Romance Latino has played at Newman Park. Last year we made the mistake of waiting sedately until the last song before we got up to dance. What was up with that? We weren’t about to do that same thing again—dancing began from the first note to the last and everyone joined in. Some people danced in pairs, some in groups, and some floated joyfully all alone.
Some, like Sally and Jim Sauli from Richmond Avenue, were really smooth dancers. Watching them was a big treat. Sally and her husband told us later, “This was really a wonderful event.”
It was definitely a night to remember. Martha Garza from the 2700 block of Louisville Street said, “It was a cool evening at the park with dancing and desserts. I got to see old friends and lots of neighbors.” One of Martha’s old friends is Anya Cook of the 2400 block of Louisville. Anya is an enthusiastic supporter, with her husband Greg, of the Newman Park Neighborhood Association. She declared that the whole evening was “a blast!” Anya doesn’t want to wait until next year to meet with neighbors again and so had a whole raft of suggestions to get everyone together sooner than later: a progressive dinner, a barbecue in the park, etc. etc.
Go Anya! But the Neighborhood Association already has lots planned too, to include a dedication of the new park equipment in September, a pumpkin carving event and a neighborhood and park cleanup event in October, a neighborhood visit to Cinco Puntos Press, plus Christmas caroling in December. Stay posted.