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St. Norbert block party features music, kids activities, fun

NORTHBROOK — They weren’t lounge lizards, but for the folks sinking into those plushy couches, they sure felt Hugh Hefner-comfy in the “Alumni Margarita Bar” at the June 7 Block Party @ St. Norbert in Northbrook.

The outdoor living room on an elevated platform offered an adult view of the main concert stage. The “Alumni Margarita Bar” was quite popular this year at the annual Northbrook Nine event, which took place in the parking lot east of the Northbrook train station on Walters Avenue.

“It’s unexpected to see a couch next to a park,” said Brian Manny of Morton Grove.

Of course there were attractions for the kiddies like a bouncy house and slide. The family friendly event, not a fundraiser, appealed to all.

“It’s really a friendraiser,” said Betty Parkinson, a 34-year St. Norbert volunteer and 35-year Northbrook resident.

“It’s really intended to be a community event.”

The block party is a memory maker too. One newlywed couple has bragging rights that the block party was last year’s wedding priority destination.

Jim Allen of Northbrook, a master griller in these here Northbrook parts, manned the barbecue. You’ll find Allen at Glenbrook North High School home athletic games grilling away and on hallowed St. Norbert asphalt for the block party and for the Whale of a Sale.

Brian McGee of Northbrook and a Northbrook firefighter, was happy to assist Northbrook’s youngest residents who climbed aboard a real fire truck.

“I’m enjoying it,” said McGee, of the block party.

The fire engine featured the signage, “Our Family Helping Yours.”

McGee explained the meaning.

“Well, we live by that motto,” McGee said. “We have a family setting at the firehouse and, you know, if your family is in need, we’re there to help.

“That’s the way I look at it.”

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