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war. Today, the parties have become more elaborate, some with live bands and gourmet food, but at their core they are still about bringing the community together. Last year alone Wellesley Town Hall issued about 30 permits for block parties. Most are held at the end of the summer, but some are held at the beginning, or off-season. Regardless, they are always a cele- bration of good food and good friends. Here's a look at how a few Wellesley neighborhoods are keeping the block party tradition alive. Boulder Brook Neighborhood Since 2011, the Boulder Brook neighborhood, nestled between Weston Road and the Boulder Brook Reservation, has come together for differ- ent events throughout the year. The signature event is their neighbor- hood block party, which draws about 90 families. "Our neighborhood is very welcoming and down-to-earth," explains Lee Duvall, mother of two, who took on the task of block party organizer three years ago with plenty of help and support from her neighbors. "Our annual block party is a great way for people to get to know each other better, espe- cially new families who are just moving into the neighborhood." Gilbert Stubbs, a professional magician who lives in the neighbor- hood, always performs for the kids, and the Wellesley Police and Fire Departments show up with a cruiser and a fire truck. They have two bouncy houses, a DJ, and lots of food. "Last year we secured Captain Marden's seafood truck and we had ice cream sandwiches from Frozen Hoagies," says Duvall. As someone who worked at Bain Capital for years, Duvall took a business approach to the planning process and applied for a 501(c)(7) designation with the IRS to form the official Boulder Brook Association. "We collect contributions from families annually and use the money for different events throughout the year. But even if people don't contribute, they are still encouraged to attend. It's their neigh- borhood and everyone is welcome," says Duvall. "I feel like I live in the best neighborhood in the world." Mayo Road Neighborhood Situated in the northwest corner of Wellesley, the Mayo Road neigh- borhood has been getting together for an annual block party since 1999. But in 2010, the little kids had grown up and it was time to pass the torch onto a new group of organizers. After a three year hiatus, Allison Hutchins, a second-grade teacher at Hardy School and mother of three, took on the responsibility, along with neighbors Kristen Walsh and Lisa Humphrey. "We all have little kids, so we're a new gen- 172 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 R Y A N H U T C H I N S food & wine "a great way for people to get to know each other better" 170-179_WWMb14_foodwine_block parties_v3_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/25/14 12:22 PM Page 172