Tuesday, August 18, 2009

On the Western Front

Earlier this month, we celebrated our annual street party. Combined with a morning street sale, we've been partying this way every year since my sons were toddlers.

Some of you may remember our Hippiefest from last year, and Mardi Gras from the previous summer. This year, our theme was the Wild West.

Below are a few photos taken during our party. Please remember to click on each image to enlarge it. When you're done viewing these, you can click here to see the rest of them in a slide show.

Those neighbours who wish to participate, haul out tables and sell their treasures in a yard sale. This driveway belongs to my neighbour, Jayne. There were seven other homes who were in business by the time most of us were considering our first cup of coffee.

Wagon wheels, boots, steer skulls, bales of hay, a western saddle and a jail cell were among our party decorations. It helps to have a neighbour who works for a horse racetrack.

As usual, there was face painting, and as expected, there was Tyler doing his own thing.

I counted over 1,500 candies to fill jars of gum balls, jujubes, spearmint leaves, gummy worms, peach rings and gummy bears for our guessing games. Usually there's a mix of adult and child winners but this year the adults were luckier in the guessing department. A couple of them kindly donated their winnings to drooling kidlets.

Every wild west story has its shootouts and our party was no exception. Outlaws stood back to back, walked a few paces and then totally gave up protocol in favour of water fun. Remember to check out more photos of this water balloon fight along with everything else.

A handsome young cowboy. His name is Walker but he rode in on his horse.

Jailyn and Brynne rode in together. They know that saddle-pooling pays off.

A couple of outlaws - Erin and Jacklyn created a commotion while Squaw Jenn demands peace between all tribes.

Meet The Lone DeRanger. He wears a paper hat, paper shirt, paper pants, paper boots and paper spurs. He was arrested for rustling.

This is Old Wild Lloyd - wanted in 10 provinces. Dead or Alive.

You can't blame little jailbird Brynne for wanting to escape the likes of the two outlaws above.

Git along little wrangler.

Watch out for Calamity Jacklyn. She packs a couple of pistols and is a perfect shot.

Beautiful Squaw Jennifer sporting feathers in her hair.

As the supper bell rang, we chowed down with pulled pork, chili, beans, buffalo wings, salads and other dishes and sweets.

After dinner, Greg entertained us by strumming his guitar and singing.

Y'all come back now, y'hear?

Mosey on over to have a look at the rest of the Wild West photos right here.

I'll be back soon with some photos from our recent stay at Frank's family cottage.


ellen abbott said...

What fun!

Cloudia said...

How wonderful! I loved these great shots and enjoyed attending. YeeeHawww!!!!!

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the Bag Lady said...

Yippee Cay Eh.... (call of the Canadian west).

Looks like a wonderful time was had by all!

ds said...

Looks like everybody had a wonderful time.Y'all sure know how to throw a swell party! Thanks for sharing it.

Andrea said...

Looks like so much fun! What a great community you live in, Hilary! :) I've enjoyed catching up on your blog.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

Looks like a wonderful party!
My youngest drooled over those candies. :) He wants you to see pictures from his "danger party" (I'll blog about it in the next week or so).

I did indeed think of you when we were at Niagara Falls. My 18yo referred to the Canadian side of The Falls as "the fun side." Sadly, it would have taken an additional $210-$600 to cross the border (plus additional time). My poor children have never been to Canada. :*(
I have a step-cousin in Ottawa and would love to come up for a visit someday.

MaggieGem said...

What a great neighborhood activity! Looks like everyone had a ball. You also have some pretty awesome shots of the participants!

Brian Miller said...

wow. looks like an amazing party...the one of the kid with the face paint...adorable. great shots!

Rajesh said...

Very nice event with lot of fun. The snaps do full justice.

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~JarieLyn~ said...

What a wonderful neighborhood. It looks like a fun party was had by all. I liked your photo of the gumballs and all the photos of the outlaws and the food. Yeehaw!

Zuzana said...

Beautiful pictures; capturing the essence of a good time among good friends.;)
The food sure looked good as well.;))

Unknown said...

Congrats on POTD mention!!!

Fabulous photos; I especially love little wrangler in his overalls... so adorable.

Suldog said...

"He was arrested for rustling."


You folks know how to do a street party! Wow!

Daryl said...

Oh such fun .. I am still snorting over the 'rustling' quip ... and one of the bad guys looks a lot like the actor Michael Chiklis, who,ironically,always plays a bad guy!

Everyday Goddess said...

Great shots! (No pun intended)

That is one event that pleases everybody, even us who are virtually there!

Congrats on you POTD!

Leah J. Utas said...

Looks like a lot of fun.

photowannabe said...

Ohhh I want to live on your street! What fun for young and old alike. Love every picture, especially the rustling paper bandit and little tippy toes cowgirl. Too cute.
Welcome back. I'm finding it hard to get back into a routine too.

Deb said...

What a fabulous idea to pull a neighborhood together - and what a creative bunch of people! I love the spirit which can be felt even in the pictures. My sweet tooth loved the candy pictures!

steviewren said...

What a great way to keep the neighborhood in touch with each other. I bet everyone looks forward to the party all year.

mansuetude said...

love the joy on the cowboys and cowgirls and hell, i want to go to jail and drink a beer in a paper hat... cool neighborhood!

Joanna Jenkins said...

That looks like a slice of Americana! How fabulous.

SandyCarlson said...

These are delightful, Hillary. I love the arm-painting cowboy. And those cowgirls and outlaws are some fine looking folks.

It's great to wake up and see people having fun together!

Shammickite said...

I'm definitely putting my house up for sale immediately and moving to your street!

Mental P Mama said...

Wow. I am moving there! And if you can have beverages like that in jail, then I'll go there, too;)

Dianne said...

You guys give the best parties!!

I love Tyler doing his own thing - a true artist

and the little wrangler is precious.

Hilary said...

• It sure was, Ellen. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Aloha, Cloudia. Thanks for visiting us in the wild west. :)

• Good one, Baggie! Or should I call you Canuck Draw McGraw? ;)

• Thanks for joining us, DS. We always have a great time. :)

• Thanks for stopping by, Andrea. You're actually close enough to really drop by. Maybe next year! :)

• Thanks, KC. I am looking forward to seeing photos of your son's danger party. And I'll soon (ish) have a snake photo for your Snake Master. :) I truly hope that one day you and your crew can make your way north of the border but totally understand the extra expense it would be for so many of you. Maybe one day. :)

• Thanks very much, Maggie Gem. We always do have a great time. Thanks for checking it out. :)

• Thanks, Brian. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. :)

• Thanks very much, Rajesh. Very much appreciated. :)

• Thank you, Sunny.. and for the gum ball link. :)

• Yeehaw, Jarie-Lyn. Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

• Protege, your observations about everything are correct! It was a great party.. always is. Thanks for stopping by, my friend. :)

• Thanks very much, Gaston.. and to David for mentioning this post on his blog. :) Thanks for the kind words and for the visit. :)

• Thanks, Sully. I'm glad somebody got that.. and I suspected it might be you and/or Daryl. ;)

• Thanks muchly, Daryl. And I'll pass that info along to the outlaw. I'm sure he'll be either flattered or outraged. ;)

• Thanks very much, Comedy Goddess. I'm glad you enjoyed coming along for the ride. And congrats your own self! :)

• Thanks, Leah. It sure was. :)

• Thanks very much, Sue. I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos, and you would be most welcome to visit our party. I'm glad you could be there virtually. Welcome back to you too. Your photos are incredible. :)

• Thank you so much, Deb. We have been partying together for so long, we'd better get it right by now. :) Thanks for the kind words. :)

• Thanks, Stevie. We do look forward to it and we also make sure to keep in touch throughout the year, getting together for celebrations, New Year's barbecues and other event. Thanks for stopping by to share. :)

• Thanks very much, Manestude. We sure do have a cool neighbourhood. I'm glad to know that you enjoyed your visit. :)

• Thanks, Joanna. Canadiana, actually. Kind of like Kraft cheese. You call the slices American and we call them Canadian. ;) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Thanks so much, Sandy. I'm very glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Shammie, you're overlooking the fact that nobody here ever wants to move away! You'd be a fun neighbour though. Thanks for the visit. :)

• MPM you'd certainly be another fun addition to our street. We don't have to have a reason to have a party, and I suspect you feel likewise. ;)

• Thank you, Dianne. Both Tyler and the wee wrangler, Winston are incredibly bright, funny children. It's such a joy to watch them grow over the years. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Russell said...

Looks like a good time was had by all! YeeHaw!! Some pretty scary outlaws in your jail!

Looks like the wonderful food brought peace between the cowboys, Indians and outlaws!

I kept thinking about all those Louis L'amour paperbacks I read ... "hot lead seared Matt's flesh as he flung himself onto his horse, slapping the leather against his mount as he took aim on the cattle rustler streaking into the setting sun...."!!

Take care and thanks for sharing these wonderful images.

Debbie said...

My goodness! You all know how to have a good time. Great photos!

JC said...

I love your parties. I feel like I'm there enjoying the fun.

Anne C. Watkins said...

Wow, what fun that must have been! Wish I coulda been there. How long were them ne'er do wells in the pokey before you sprung'em? lol

Shammickite said...

Don't worry about the fact that nobody on your street is moving out, Hilary, I'll just move in with YOU!!!! :-)

Hilary said...

• Russell, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos, friends and food and thanks for sharing your memories of Louis! We do always have a good time. Glad you could join us. :)

• Thanks, Debbie. We have a lot of practice. ;) Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Glad you could join us, JC. :)

• Anne, dang.. I knew I forgot something! Coming, Frank... ;)

• Good point, Shammie. I'll be expecting you then. :)

robert said...

Living in a city with more than 5mio,concrete, asphalt, forest fires around, looking at your photography was of much delight, as it reminded me of home.
Please have a nice Sunday.

Louise said...

"Rustling." hahahaha! I can't IMAGINE the organizational effort that goes into these parties. (I probably said that last year.) What an incredible thing to do with your neighbors. I love the water balloon duels. Perfect idea for a western birthday party!

Indrani said...

Great party shots, the moods captured so well. This time of the year we have a series of festivals and the streets are all decorated and lighted, stalls too are set up.
Great post.

Hilary said...

• Thanks so much for your kind words, Robert. I'm glad this post could evoke good feelings for you. Thanks for telling me. :)

• Thanks so much for your always-kind comments, Louise. I'm glad you enjoyed the post. We do have a great neighbourhood and pulling something like this off is indeed work, but a lot of fun. Thanks always for stopping by. :)

• Thanks, Indrani. There's something magical about being out at night, and just sitting and sharing with friends and neighbours. It's just such a different perspective than in the day time. Thanks for the visit. :)