The cornucopia of culture that is our neighborhood will be spilling out onto the grounds of the Durant Recreation Center this month, in observance of the fourth annual Durant Neighborhood Party, hosted by Durant Neighbors, the Friends of Durant, and the East & West of Second Street Improvement Club.

On Sunday, November 6, the center’s playground, at Fifth and Second streets, will be jumping with musical entertainment from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will also be filled with the aromas of local food vendors (such as Juliet’s Pizza, Granny’s Bakery, and 24 hours Market), and the merchandise and crafts of local artisans, shops, and community groups.

The organizer Magdalene Quinn of Durant Neighbors says: “At least a thousand Durant citizens and friends came out to see their neighbors perform and display their crafts at our first Neighborhood Party (held in September of 2014) “.

“And this year, people will have a chance to tour a police car [courtesy of Police Officer Michael Williams, who’ll be on hand to demonstrate the vehicle’s computer wizardry], and dance to country, pop, blues, and Scottish music on an outdoor dance floor”.

There’ll also be a special playground, “where kids can jump for joy like they did during the last few years,” said Quinn, plus a number of hands-on demonstrations by various neighborhood service providers, such as physical therapists.

The musical lineup will feature country and western from the Swinging Time, the jazz sounds of the William Hawkins Trio, and rhythm and blues and rock, purveyed by the bands Dr. Where Am I, Chicken Pie, and Broken Waves.

And jazz drummer Bobby Dark will take a break from his ongoing duties at local clubs and on nationwide tours to do a “surprise”‘ set. Like last year, we’ll have to wait to find out what other musicians Dark will muster, but he’ll probably bring his second-favorite instrument, the recorder.