Hats Off to You All!
A huge rainbow arch of balloons heralded the spirt that West End passersby would find if turning west off the avenue onto 103rd Street that day. And turn they did. Neighbors and bargain-hunters, moms, dads, kids itching to get their faces painted, old-time residents remembering the ghosts of sales past, and the newly arrived realizing they've moved into a true neighborhood: they all came to check out this communal event.
But I digress.
I am in awe of the devotion of the relatively small Block Association core team that pulls it off year after year. So first a big hat tip to people like Übermensch Bob Aaronson who runs the show; to Anthony Bellov who jigsaws the street into slots so that vendors have a spot from which to hawk; to Hedy Campbell, Debi Cohen, Deborah Lott, Sue Maderer, Dorothy O'Hanlon, and Jane Hopkins who planned, stocked, and staffed various concessions, rummage and silent auction booths; to Bruce Cohen who directed the music stage in front of Gershwin House with a full program of sets from volunteer musicians; to Cynthia Doty, to Terence Hanrahan, to Celia Knight, to Ginger Lief, and to the others I am forgetting who dealt with the authorities, helped clear the street of cars, sold raffle tickets, schlepped, swept, fretted and toiled. This hat tip is for you all.
Special thanks go to teams from St. Luke's who provided merry muscle and more to pull a lot of this together. And a big shoutout to to BAiP members and to David Reich -- whose name is synonymous with both the Block Association and BAiP -- for constant help and contributions of rummage items. For the weeks leading into the event, every hand on deck was needed.
To this corps of volunteers who came, saw and conquered our beloved Spring Bazaar: Hats off!
Until the next newsletter piece covering this event comes out, I leave you with some images of the great one gone by.
By Caitlin Hawke