While we couldn’t do a parade this year, we had a fabulous 4th of July Party! The rain cooperated, as hundreds of neighbors gathered in the parking lot near Randall’s on Mesa Drive to have a great time. The Northwest Hills Lawn Chair Brigade did an outstanding performance, we had music from Shotguns Ready, our first responders were there in force with their officers’ cars and fire truck, and there was lots of food! And, of course, there was candy!
Thanks to everyone who made it possible to pull this with just a few weeks of planning time.
• Flag Salute and Pledge of Allegiance: Jewish War Veterans Honor Guard
• First responders: Austin Fire Department, Pct. 2 Constable Adan Ballesteros and his team.
• Food providers: Another Broken Egg, Tinney’s BBQ, Tee’s Donuts, Randall’s, Sisters SnoShack, Fancy Fluff Cotton Candy, and a watermelon station courtesy of Dochen Realtors (in honor of booth creators, The Honorable Judges John Lipscombe and Jan Breland).
• Lawn Chair Brigade: dozens of ladies in their patriotic finery and jazzed up chairs
• Games and displays: face painting, free t-shirts, cornhole and bean bag toss
• Costume contest for dressed up dogs, bikes and wagons, youth in costumes, and adults in costumes – coordinated by Shannon Meroney
• Shotguns ready (aka the Doss Dads Band!): Porter Wilson, Ryan Perry, Matt McCarty, Jason Markey
• Planning Committee: Adam Loewy, The DeWeese/Deshields Family, Amy Hajdu, Shannon Meroney, and Joyce Statz
• The NWACA Board, in particular: Carol Dochen, Charlie Galvin, Jessica Halich, Bridget Keating, Ben Luckens, Connie Lundgren, Robert Nash, Robyn Nunis, Julie Waidelich, and Anita Tulsiani
• Volunteers: Chris Currens, Sandy Dochen, Dianne and Greg Field, Claire Keating, Brewster McCracken, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Jewish War Veterans Honor Guard.
• Watermelon Emeritus Sponsor (in absentia): The Honorable Judges John Lipscombe and Jan Breland for the use of their watermelon equipment.
• Murchison Community Garden: Lauren Ward and her team with their garden produce
• NWACA Business Members: A+ Federal Credit Union, Austin Emergency Center, Austin Yard Cards, Dochen Realtors, Fancy Fluff, HEB, Journey Martial Arts, Meroney Public Affairs, Mesa Plaza, Ltd., Nest Properties, Randall’s and Shirley McPhail School of Dance.
Look forward to a parade and party again next year!
NWACA Board and Adam Loewy