It was great seeing so many Durant citizens at the Neighborhood Party at Durant Rec Center on Sunday, January 21. As Ed Sullivan used to say, it was a “really big show, ladies, and gentlemen” and the weather was perfect —clear and warm and NO WIND, a rarity in Durant.

By our reckoning, there were more than 600 faces in the crowd at the peak of the day. Most of you showed up after 2 p.m., however, and split at exactly 4:55 p.m.

For those who stayed home to watch the 11 a.m. match with New England, or left the party to catch the first debate between our two main candidates for mayors, we have two questions: The first one – Don’t you have a VCR to tape these things? and the second one Who won?!

We gotta give special thanks to some of the people who put this party together.

The Durant Medallion, of course, goes to Grace Stevenson of Upper Durant Neighbors. Grace worked tirelessly (for the second time, since our original December date was turned down by Park and Rec) to line up the participants, coordinate the events, and wind through the maze of bureaucratic red tape to obtain and pay for permits.

Thanks also to Darlene Fowler and the Friends of Durant, as well as Richard Thompson and the East & West of Durant Club, who, together with the Neighbors, sponsored the event.

A big thank you to the 18 craftspeople who set up booths and hopefully sold a lot of their wares, the eight local non-profit groups (especially the face painters from Pre-School), and food vendors Juliette’s  Pizza, Daisy Dew, Imogene Nicolson(she brought ice cream), and the One Stop Party Shop, for the very welcome snow cones.

Major applause for the 46 musicians, three comedians, and 16 dancers who volunteered their talents, time, and energy to entertain us.