I've noticed that in some ways, for us residents, downtown is like a college campus for grown-ups (all the fun & networking without the exams & adolescent angst) --and we all think we live in the coolest dorm.
I had wanted to live at Kendrick Place since the first time I was in Annie DeLisle's condo there (#611) in 1983. So, quite amazingly, 22 years later, Bill & I purchased #600 in 2005 and then moved to #607 (aka the one with the roof decks) in 2009.
It's a great neighborhood--14 units, 7 on each side of the courtyard that visionary developer Kristopher Kendrick christened "the mews"*. We have friendly, fun, responsible neighbors who pay their HOA fees, respect others' boundaries, and are unfailingly helpful.
We say hello when we see each other, we sometimes have impromptu gatherings, we exchange lots of group emails, & we see each other at the annual meeting + potluck in June and at the holiday potluck in December.
Last night we had our first in what may become quarterly planned neighborhood gatherings:
2 gallons of margaritas + chips & salsa (both from Soccer Taco on Market Square) + a few appetizers made by Karen Kluge & me along with some subtle Mexican decor + acoustic music by our resident guitarists Tim Allen & Allen Halcomb = Margarita Night!
Check it out.
What's a margarita party without margaritas?
After playing "Margaritaville" and "Tequila Sunrise," Tim & Allen said they were out of tequila songs. Next up, the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood." Never a bad choice.
Here's an all-star line-up: Karen Kluge, Lorie Huff Matthews, honorary resident Sam Maynard, HOA president Mary Holbrook, & Allen & Sonia Brisson-Smith.
At the end of the evening, the neighborhood dogs, who are great pals, joined us.
The cats stayed at their respective homes, but we may need to arrange an indoor play date for them.
Now, all you residents of Crown Court, the Glencoe/Elliot, Cherokee Lofts, Gallery Lofts, Fire Street Lofts, the Phoenix, the Holston, the Burwell, the Emporium, the Jacksonian, and others...
What's going on at your place?
A fun Saturday night with the neighbors. That's what we're having.
* Mews: a narrow