Celebrate summer’s end with Community BBQ at Seahurst Park this Saturday

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It’s undeniable: fall is in the air and it’s time to bid summer farewell. The Burien-Normandy Park Social Group invites all to put summer in the rearview mirror and look ahead to fall with a celebratory potluck community barbeque on the beach this Saturday, Sept. 16.

This open, all-ages, free potluck BBQ will run from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Who we are: Spend time on any online forum or social media page and you might conclude that people basically don’t like anything very much. But a group of Burien and Normandy Park residents have decided that fussing and fighting is no way to run a community and have organized several events designed to have people talk to each other, get acquainted and be reintroduced to the ancient art of conversation. The Burien-Normandy Park Social Group came from a simple question proposed by a Nextdoor Neighborhood Forum user:

“Not sure if anyone has tried to do this, but here is an idea. What if we as Nextdoor Forum users were to get together to meet each other personally in a low-key environment? Just meet to have a meal together. Something like a ‘bring your own dish’ lunch?”

That simple question brought 177 replies, and other posts sprang from it. Several forum users volunteered to create a couple of potlucks to get the idea off the ground. An informal group met, planned two potlucks, showed up to set up tables and make coffee, and 85 neighbors got together at the two events to meet each other over delicious dishes people are still requesting the recipes for.

The group uses community potlucks, game nights and other events as a means for people to connect. It isn’t limited to Nextdoor Neighborhood Forum users, is not affiliated with any religious, political or other organization and doesn’t have a political agenda — in fact, people are asked not to discuss politics or other divisive issues at the potlucks, so a positive and harmonious environment allows people to get to know each other. It is simply a group of Burien-Normandy Park residents of all beliefs and backgrounds who want to get to know each other better and to bring a positive atmosphere to their community.

WHAT: Community BBQ at Seahurst Beach Park

WHERE: Sea Star Picnic Shelter at Seahurst Park – follow the signs! (map to park below)

WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 11 a.mm to 4 p.m.

INFO: Bring your neighbors and family! We will provide hot dogs, burgers and non-alcoholic beverages. Bring your favorite dish to share with others.

We will do more potlucks and game nights this fall and winter.

Details for all events as well as RSVP forms can be found on the Burien-Normandy Park Social Group website: www.b-np-sg.org.

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