The rain barely made a ripple, the ivy hardly had a chance and the coolers drained quickly at the annual Glenmorrie Neighborhood Ivy Pull and Barbecue that came together on Sunday, April 26.
I’ve been living in the neighborhood since 2007 and have been a part of almost every ivy pull since then. They’re always a fun way to meet people in the neighborhood and catch up with folks you might only see once or twice a year. Plus, they really do help preserve some of the incredible trees and natural areas in this great neighborhood.
But while past efforts have all been successes, this year’s seems to have topped others in everything from participation and impact to simple neighborhood congeniality.
When it was all said and done, we probably had close to 40 neighbors working in three different areas of Glenmorrie for two hours, followed by nearly 50 of us showing up at the after-work riverside barbecue.
Huge thanks go out to everyone who turned out to lend a hand or simply say hello. Bigger thanks land with Judy Dauble, who’s spearheaded the ivy pull for years and who graciously offers up her charming home for the gathering. Freya Ahrens, too, gets a heaping plate full of thanks for her incredible job catering for the masses.
It was great to see so many neighbors out and about. We’ll see you all again at next year’s ivy pull — if not before . . .