Sunday, June 28, 2009

The High Street Collective

Black Diamonds, originally uploaded by Robbi Baba.

Last Saturday we trekked over to Sebastopol for an amazing Summer Solstice block party. This photo shows our friend Peggy dancing with her Black Diamond troupe. They did two sets and there were at least three bands, including Free Peoples who began just at dark.
I was feeling pretty tired and hungry, but ended up dancing my ass off (which isn't hard to do, actually--I don't have much of an ass).
The party was a semi-catered potluck. with several tables set up. Usually when a platter or bowl or tray of food got plunked down it would be GONE within ten minutes. Less than 5 minutes if it was a dessert.
A lot of the families who live on this block have kids and our Tumbleweed group brings along a bunch more. Basically gangs of kids everywhere.
There was a jumpy house back behind the stage and all the boys (and maybe a girl or two) took turns hurtling down the hill on skateboards, tiny kiddie bikes and scooters. Amazingly no one seemed to be killed or even injured!
Just before Free Peoples got the dancing going, one of the families put on an outdoor movie for the kids--The Neverending Story (which did in fact end).
What a great way to start Summer off. I feel so lucky to be a part of this scene.

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