The second annual FHA-sponsored Party in the Park was again blessed by perfect weather, drawing about 100 people to the award-winning park in Waldo Point Harbor.
This year, following our recent power outage, the concentration was on Floating Life, with booths devoted to emergency preparedness, line tying and other tips for securing and maintaining our homes, fire extinguisher recharging and e-waste collection. And there was plenty of fun, as well.
Some families brought their own picnics, and everyone enjoyed a choice of soups prepared by Davey Jones. Kids gathered around the minute Bubble Man Sterling Johnson started setting up, and soon they were dancing amid an array of colorful bubbles. People also learned about efforts to restore relics from the ferry Charles Van Damme.
DJ Kai kicked off the music, which continued throughout the day, with performances by local bands Road Scholars, Nother Mother Brothers and the Van Damme Hot Clams.
At 1:00 PM, Jarl Forsberg and Malia Hass served as judges for the pet costume contest. Bosco, from South 40 Pier, who looked like he was being swallowed by a shark, won the Wears it Best Award. Most Creative went to Skipper from Main Dock who towed a miniature porta potty with thanks to WPH, which provided potties during our recent power outage. Polo from Issaquah Dock, who carried an oversized scorpion on his back, was judged Spookiest. Main Dock’s Willis, dressed as a UPS carrier delivering a package, won Best Effort. Issaquah’s Chewy, disguised as an aviator, won in the Photographs Best category. And a surprise entry, Main Dock’s kitten Verity, occupied a carrier resembling a space capsule, and won Best Catstronaut.
The party also kicked off the FHA’s annual membership campaign. Eleven neighbors joined the Association, and 22 renewed.
Thanks to everyone who attended and helped out.