Sunday, September 19, 2010

On one Saturday, once every year, we become the small town of my dreams..

..not that it's not always a great place to live,

.. but when the city of Sandy prepares a full picnic, fair, treasure hunt, history lesson and neighborhood gathering all in one and provide it all, to all, for no charge..at all..


..well that's old town hospitality.  The kind you used to see on those old TV shows..or in the old movies.

That was us... yesterday..

Young, old, in-between.  All ages, all colors, all sizes, all faiths.  Once place.  One agenda.  To have fun.  To say 'hello' to neighbors usually just waved to..to see how we're doing...to enjoy our little one square block park..with those historic trees and lifetimes of memories..

It's what Americans think America should be..and is..caring, friendly, giving and happy.

Old fashioned car show...


Lots of fresh, good food..


Music..


Big, air-filled, jumbo,huge toys..next to the usual swings, slides and sand boxes..

..and, to top it all off.. pRiZEs!!

{ the lady with the antique place setting?  The little boy in the baseball cap actually won that..and was less than impressed.  Then the next winner was the lady - she won the basket of ..candy.  Well, some bartering was done and a trade was made..both ended up with hUgE smiles...and yes, that's me..a winner of a iPod Shuffle  And it's lime green - just so happened to match my blouse.  Ah the luck 'o the Irish :-)

What a great day..and I am sooo grateful...and feel sorta like these huge air-toys at the end of the day....



Hope you had a great week-end as well.

And tomorrow, you getta brand new chance for an great week...don't screw it up...OK?

-me

14 comments:

Emmy said...

How fun! Congrats on winning the iPod :)

Also, I love your new header! It looks so pretty! :D

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Congratulations on the iPod, how fun was that?!!
Looks like a really fun Saturday, just like an all American town we all dream of. So glad you had a good time.

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

That looks so fun!! We had a car show with oldies music last weekend and it was fun also!
Looks like some great food was served...I'm all about food :) ha!
Have a great week Colleen!

Vee said...
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Vee said...

You won an Ipod? How cool is that?! I'm just so glad that you didn't win the candy because that stuff is very hard to part with. Great mosaics filled with interesting things like cute little you standing by a vintage car with an intriguing license plate. Your sister will get a kick out of that one!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Glad you had great weather, to go with your "Home Town Day."

Liz, Viive and Benji said...

It is a wonderful activity for a town to stage and plan! It brings all ages together. We have a horrible fair that comes to town, and the riff raff that comes to town is a nightmare.
Best,
Liz

Jules said...

That looks like a lot of fun! My hometown, DeWitt (MI), puts on an annual fair called "Ox Roast". I do believe they roast an ox for the oxburgers, but other than that it's a carnival and parade to mark the end of summer (around two weeks before Labor Day as the kids go back to school the Tuesday after that holiday).

Here in my area now, they have a "Pioneer Days" and it costs to get in! I agree that it should be free like your town's event. Oh well! At least somewhere in the world they still celebrate good old fashioned hospitality! Thanks for sharing...

Ming said...

Ah, ain't that America? Nice to know there's still some of that small town charm around. When I was a kid my hometown did a great 4th of July celebration; parade, pie eating contests, string band performance (outside Philly folks, the Mummers would come with their string bands and play ditties for us to 'Two Street Strut' to), potatoe sack races and all ended with fireworks.
Home town still does most of that but I've not been there in years. Kinda miss that.
So happy you celebrated with neighbors and so glad you decided to share so I could remember.

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

Now if we could just get Washington to have a block party, to smile and laugh and break bread with their brothers and sisters on the block, life would almost be perfect...sigh!!!

Scratchy says hey!!!

s

Sue said...

I also live in a small town and we have Festival Days (3 days) in the summer that are very similar to this.

I LOVE living in a small town - the sense of community can not be beat!

Hugs,

Sue

Pearl said...

Oh how much fun, so glad you had a good time!

diane said...

That looked like a great day. there are advantages to living in a small town. You look great still losing?

Melinda Cornish said...

I love things like this....it sounds like a great day to me...