In spite of drizzly skies, Lanark’s first block party drew a crowd.

On Sunday, Nov. 17, members of the Lanark Village Association (LVA) hosted a block party to boost membership and introduce Lanarkians to their neighbors. A crowd turned out, bringing covered dishes and healthy appetites with them.

Carole Dadonna said more than 100 guests signed in with her. Five joined the LVA on Sunday and many more expressed an interest in joining.

Organizer Dot Bless said LVA had expected a turnout of 50 and everyone was pleased with strong response.

 “A lot of the new people moving in or even some who have been here for some time have never taken part in village activities and don’t know about LVA and Chillas Hall,” said Bless.

Lunch consisted of hamburgers and hot dogs provided by the association and prepared by Eric Cichy, along with covered dishes shared by the guests. Two tables groaned with the big selection of tasty treats.

Although the day was bleak, Chillas Hall was warm and welcoming and the block party was a cheerful event predicting a festive holiday season to come.

Organizers said they want to thank everyone who attended and supported the effort.

Bless said LVA is planning a big community Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day at 1 p.m. LVA members eat free and guests pay $5. Sign up for the meal at Chillas Hall so organizers can plan for the right number of people. Members should bring a covered dish and the turkey will be provided.

Coffee hour at Chillas Hall is from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Come join your neighbors for a cuppa and sign up for turkey day.

Bless said volunteers are needed to help decorate for the dinner, and to assist with cooking and clean up after dinner.

For more information, call Bless at (850) 408-1308. – BY LOIS SWOBODA