National Night Out is Like Christmas for KFNA!
We love this night for being able to come to your street and see a so many neighbors celebrating our community! Thank you for allowing us to visit your parties. We will be scooping free ice-cream from the back of bike trailers again, made and donated by our neighborhood confectionary, Sebastian Joe’s. We are going classic—with a nod to a different construction project than the 35W one we are currently living with—and we will be bringing back Nicollet Pothole, and a new vegan edition of Joe’s Oreo!
Nicollet Pothole was created one decade ago to protest the removal of Nicollet Avenue from the upcoming Minneapolis construction budget. It might have been the very first time that ice-cream was ever used as an organizing tool, but the tagline for the BEST ice-cream created for the WORST road in Minneapolis raised some eyebrows.
Joe’s worked with KFNA to create a dark base of chocolate ice-cream with a thick, slick of caramel, deep-dark holes of fudge, a heavy gravel of toffee chunks, and of course a dash of salt (sea salt, not road salt!) On National Night Out 2009 we celebrated the fact that Sebastian Joe’s was masterful at creating a smooth flavor—and lamented the fact that they weren’t also the one’s responsible for creating a smooth roadway. Needless to say, Nicollet Avenue was put back into the City budget within three months of unveiling the flavor.
This year, besides celebrating past accomplishments, the KFNA Board wants to talk with you about the future. For the first time in over 20 years we are short of Directors on our non-profit volunteer board; we want to find out how we can connect to neighbors more personally and address issues that are potentially more relevant. We hope that this will encourage more neighbors to participate with KFNA either on the Board of Directors, on various committees or work groups, or at events. If in the midst of the festivities you miss directly connecting with a KFNA representative and don’t receive the card with a short survey link on it, and you want to share your thoughts and opinions, just email firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow the link here.
And again, happy National Night Out!