And then we celebrated!

Every big project needs a celebration at the end in order to take a step back, recognize the contributions that helped to make the project happen, give ourselves a big pat on the back and…. eat great food! This past week has been ridiculously gorgeous and we lucked out with a beautifully warm early fall evening. These are a few photos from our gathering of 60+ people including neighbours, volunteers, project sponsors, and curious people from other neighbourhoods in Kitchener.

An unbelievably warm evening for late September - made the perfect setting for lingering over food and connecting as neighbours.

An unbelievably warm evening for late September – made the perfect setting for lingering over food and connecting as neighbours.

I think at least everyone met someone new that evening!

I think at least everyone met someone new that evening!

Juanita says a few words about the building project.

Juanita says a few words about the building project.

 Tim Ingold (Coldwell Banker & Victoria Common) receive a plaque of thanks for their contribution to the rainwater harvest system project.

Tim Ingold (Coldwell Banker & Victoria Common) receive a plaque of thanks for their contribution to the rainwater harvest system project.

Barbara Steiner (City of Kitchener) receives a plaque of thanks on behalf of the Community Environmental Improvement Grant which was our first cash grant to kick start the project!

Barbara Steiner (City of Kitchener) receives a plaque of thanks on behalf of the Community Environmental Improvement Grant which was our first cash grant to kick start the project!

We needed to add an extra table because there was so much food... and it all disappeared!

We needed to add an extra table because there was so much food… and it all disappeared!

Did I mention the food was incredible? Nancy Slofstra made all these delicious grilled sandwiches!

Did I mention the food was incredible? Nancy Slofstra made all these delicious grilled sandwiches!

Catching up over the most amazing potluck dinner!

Catching up over the most amazing potluck dinner!

Scott Cooper (l) and John Jardine (r) of Merlyn Power review the educational panels we installed to share information about the rainwater system we built. Scott & his team from Merlyn Power donated their time to hook up the tanks and install the downspouts.

Scott Cooper (l) and John Jardine (r) of Merlyn Power review the educational panels we installed to share information about the rainwater system we built. Scott & his team from Merlyn Power donated their time to hook up the tanks and install the downspouts.

Blankets and chairs, kids & adults, everyone meeting lots of new people!

Blankets and chairs, kids & adults, everyone meeting lots of new people! Photo Credit: Mike Pereira

Joey Tsang (l), of Victoria Common, Tim Ingold (m) from Coldwell Banker and Juanita Metzger, Garden Co-coordinator. Victoria Common made a grant donation to the rainwater harvest system.

Joey Tsang (l), of Victoria Common, Tim Ingold (m) from Coldwell Banker and Juanita Metzger, Garden Co-coordinator. Victoria Common made a grant donation to the rainwater harvest system. Photo Credit: Joey Tsang

 

Our evening was topped off by a gorgeous sunset. But we all just sat there admiring it… and swapping email addresses to exchange recipes for all that amazing food. Until next year……

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