Pleasant Street neighbors having a party
Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 1:04 p.m.
Pleasant Street neighbors are throwing a party, and you're invited.
PLEASANT STREET COOK-OUT
What: 2nd Street/Pleasant Street Neighborhood Heritage Cook-Out Gathering.
When: Noon- 5 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Pleasant Street Park, adjacent to 436 NW 2nd St.
Information: Call 352-373-3891.
The first 2nd Street/Pleasant Street Neighborhood Heritage Cook-out Gathering will be held from noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Street Park, adjacent to 436 NW 2nd St. It's free, but you can bring food if you want.
Carrie B. Sutton, one of the organizers of the event, said the cookout will feature barbecue chicken, ribs, hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, sodas, water and other food items.
There will be many activities, including music and dancing, and children's activities, such as face painting, arts and crafts and games. For adults, there will be card games, dominoes and Pokeno, which is similar to Bingo.
"Everyone is welcome, and we're going to have a good time," said Sutton. "If you want to bring sodas, hotdogs, water and other foods, it's fine, but you don't have to."
Born and raised in the Pleasant Street neighborhood, Sutton said she moved away to another Gainesville neighborhood for 10 years, but eventually made her way back to Pleasant Street.
The Pleasant Street neighborhood is an area located from NW 1st Street to NW 6th Street and from NW 2nd Avenue to NW 8th Avenue.
Although the purpose of the get-together is to draw past and present Pleasant Street residents for an afternoon of mingling and reminiscing, Sutton said everyone who wants to come is welcome. Sutton said she came up with the idea of a get-together after her brother's funeral.
"My brother (Larry Harris) died in April and I saw friends I hadn't seen in a long time," Sutton said. "I thought, ‘We only see people at funerals, which is a sad time.'"
Sutton said she was inspired to do something and started calling people and gathering support for the event. She said a group of four or five people began meeting in June to plan the event, and now there are 13 residents participating. She said one of the organizers went door to door in the neighborhood asking for donations.
"It's been amazing," Sutton said. "People in the community have been donating, giving what they can, and that's very good."
For more information, call 352-373-3891.