There's No Place Like Home on Virginia Avenue

Kids on Virginia Ave. dressed up for the Wizard of Oz Block Party

One could almost hear Judy Garland’s voice as this year the residents on Virginia Avenue went Somewhere Over the Rainbow for their 42nd consecutive block party on August 21 and 22. That’s right -- this street has too much fun for just one day! There were plenty of Dorothys, several munchkins, a tin man, a couple of witches, the cutest Glindas and even a few folks from the Emerald City.

On the Friday evening portion of this two day adventure, the children of Virginia Avenue dressed up in all kinds of Wizard of Oz costumes to trick or treat up and down the street. But they did that only after they participated in a scavenger hunt for canned goods and toothpaste and soap…oh my! All of the pre-determined items on their lists had to do with the weekend’s theme and were either yellow (like a sponge) for the Yellow Brick Road, red (such as tomato sauce) for the ruby red slippers, or green (like lime jello) for the Emerald City.

After collecting enough to fill three wagons to over-flowing, the winning team was treated to a prize. But the greatest satisfaction for everyone who participated was that all the goods would be helping Lakewood Christian Service Center!

Day two consisted of coffee and doughnuts, a bike parade where kids could show they had plenty of heart with their decorations, a pet parade where those who had courage could approach a 47 year old desert turtle, games for all ages for participants to show off their brains, a corn hole tournament, a visit from the fire department, and lots of laughter and interaction with neighbors!

The evening continued with a potluck dinner in the street complete with a bake-off for men and kids. Yummy delights like tornado ice cream cake, a Glinda Cake, Melted Witch, and a cake that made you say “Auntie Em! It’s a Twister!” were served in the merry old land of Oz. (See photos).

Neighbors wrapped up the night by watching The Wizard of Oz movie on a big screen in a yard and sitting around the Wizard’s fire. It was the end to another great year on a wonderful street in Lakewood. Certainly makes one remember….there’s no place like home.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 9:31 PM, 09.23.2009