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College of the Holy Cross, has been spearheading the annual event since the beginning. "It's very old-fashioned," she says, "but that's what people love about it." The Fells neighborhood has 125 houses and 28 condominiums and is bordered by Morses Pond, Route 9, and Weston Road. "The party is actually a revival of earlier block parties that have been going on since the 1940s, when the neighborhood was built. Our elderly neighbors have related stories of dances being held in Bay View Road circle. They would throw sawdust on the asphalt and dance into the evening," says Johnson Hodge. The party is still held in the circle, but it has grown dramatically since then. "It's potluck, so everyone brings something to share, and it's a bit different every year." Still, there are traditions. The balloon toss, organized by Caroline's husband, Tom Hodge, "begins as a line of people with strict rules, but it very quickly devolves into a huge water balloon fight. Once the 300 balloons start breaking, it becomes a free for all," she adds. "The adults hang out and talk. The kids run around. And we play '40s music on a boom box, which is reminiscent of the early days." On the day of the event everyone helps out. "People bring a variety of delicious foods — from stew (which is pulled right off the stove and served) to chicken wings, macaroni and cheese, meatballs — a lot of comfort foods. One neighbor brings a red, white, and blue layered Jell-O dish every year which everyone looks forward to." When asked why Johnson Hodge continues to manage the event every year, she says, "I love bringing people together. This neighborhood has been very special and it's been a wonderful place to have my kids grow up." Avon Road Neighborhood It was Christmas, 1984 when Phyllis Paster moved to Avon Road, almost 30 years ago. Ten years later she began the tradition of an annual neighborhood block party that has continued to this day. About 40 176 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 left: Children in the Wellesley Hills Bancroft/Heckle neighbor- hood enjoy the bike parade; right: The younger set enjoys exploring a fire truck, courtesy of the Wellesley Fire Department food & wine "a caring, cohesive neighborhood" 170-179_WWMb14_foodwine_block parties_v3_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/25/14 12:23 PM Page 176