National Night Out

Garden District neighbor Brandon Brazil said it best:

“Whoever established National Night Out was a northerner and did not live in our typical summer heat!”

Garden District residents pull together for a Night Out

Still, a good idea is a good idea, even if the heat makes you wonder sometimes. So we decided that we were going to once again participate in the national Night Out movement, showing neighborhood unity and pride while having a good time.

The organization behind the Night Out idea describes themselves as follows:

The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of organized, law enforcement-affiliated crime and drug prevention programs. Members include: Neighborhood, Crime, Community, Town and Block Watch Groups; law enforcement agencies; state and regional crime prevention associations; and a variety of businesses, civic groups and concerned individuals working to make their communities safer places in which to live and work.

Who could be against safety and community togetherness?

Despite 101 degree temperature at the start, about 15 stalwart Montgomerians and even more of their four-footed furry friends set out to show “the bad guys” that our neighborhood was alert and nothing to be messed with. The 3rd Annual Garden District Dog Parade proceeded from Bellinger Hill Park (the city’s “unofficial dog park”) along a route of just over a mile.

Along the way, residents provided libations for owners and furries alike. Hosts were Linda Bryan on South Perry Street, Dottye Hannan on Felder, Sandra Nickel on Gilmer, and David and Donna Smith on South McDonough.

Mark your calendars to participate next year:  Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 7 p.m.  We all had a great time and you will, too!

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 29 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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