Just as last year, and the year before that, National Night Out was a hit in Foster Powell. The neighborhood was out in full, and if attendance is an indicator, it was something many were looking forward to. And, no doubt, most peoples’ expectations were met, if not exceeded.
The band, “Keep Your Fork, There’s Pie,” set the tone with their mix of folky-pop songs and interactions with the crowd. Bar Carlo and Sweetness Bakery kept people fed and happy, while other residents sold clothing, handed out informational fliers, danced, layed on the grass, sipped beer and wine, got to know each other. It was FoPo’s answer to the historic “Great Day in Harlem.” Perhaps it was only the city’s literary greats that were missing in attendance.
Twas a joyous occasion, and the only shame was that it ended after a brief two hours. Indeed, it is events like this that give the neighborhood spirit and pride, and a momentum to create an even stronger community. National Night Out, and the party in Kern Park specifically, also provides a perfect lead-in to “Fun on Foster,” which will take place September 24th. For more information on that event, or if you’re interested in being a vendor, visit the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) website here.
Many thanks go out to the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association for organizing this event, which, if you were there to witness, was no small fete. If you missed it, make sure to come out next year to support and promote the neighborhood.