Around-the-block news

By Aunt Cicely

Hiya, sweeties! As you read this, ‘ol Aunt Cicely will either be cashing in my neighbor Gladys’ April pension check because Duke went all the way, or weeping over a busted bracket. Frankly, I like my chances—that old biddy has a blind spot when it comes to the Big Ten. But enough about March Madness…we’ve still got some catching up to do from February!

The 3rd Annual Cooper-Young/Peabody School Chili Cook-Off was a rousing success, raising almost $1,800 (twice the amount of last year) for enhancements to the Peabody playground and bringing around 300 people to the Peabody cafeteria on February 27th. Rene Erickson and the Midtown Chili Bombers ran away with both the “Most Unusual Chili” and “Judge’s Choice” awards. The “People’s Choice” award went to John Shoemaker of Houghton Mifflin Publishers for his “Textbook Chili.” Nicole Hogan, a Felix resident and Peabody parent, won “Best Vegetarian Chili,” and Mrs. Berryman and the Peabody Cooking Club won the “Best HOT Chili” honors. For the second year in a row, the block club with the most participation at the chili cook-off was Nelson Avenue (Cooper to Barksdale), and Ms. Magbee’s first grade class won a pizza party for having the most Peabody students represented. Whew, that’s a lot of prizes! Oh, but we’re not done . . . special thanks goes to the “celebrity” judges: Neisey Bobo, Peabody parent and owner of Ching’s Wings; Craig Blondis, future Peabody parent and owner of Central BBQ; and Kym Clark, midtown resident and Action News 5 anchor.

And, hey, nothing goes better with chili than beer (though, not in an elementary school). Joe and Susan Currier of Nelson Avenue enjoyed their fair share of Guinness while touring Ireland in February in celebration of Joe’s graduation from his PhD program last year.

Moving on into March, Young Avenue hosts with the mosts Dee and Bob Sanders held their first Oscar party—guests came dressed to walk the red carpet running down the Sanders’ sidewalk or as a character from a nominated movie. Cooper-Younger Kathryn Schurch won the winner predictions and tied with Toad Hall owner Dana Whitehead on Oscar Bingo.

And nominated for most prolific CY author of the year…Burke’s Books owner Corey Messler! Corey has two new novels out, including Following Richard Brautigan and The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores. Burke’s will be hosting a signing for Corey on May 6th.

Over on Elzey, little Gray Gowen, son of Kellen and Kyle Gowen, celebrated his first birthday on March 10th with a cupcake as big as the kid himself! Hope you shared that thing, Gray!

Here’s one ‘ol Aunt Cicely missed a while back—Cora Constantin was born to Jenni and Andrew Pappas and big sister Elena of Cox Street on October 29th. She decided to come 3 weeks before her due date but was still a respectable 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

And bringing another baby girl to the neighborhood were Leah and Josh Hillis of Evelyn. Rebecca Blair was born on March 6, weighing in at 5 pounds, 11 ounces. Welcome home, girls!

And now I’ve got to go get my face paint on for the first Blue Devils game of the tourney…lucky my hair’s already the right color! See ya, sweeties!

Email news of any CY happenings to auntcicely@gmail.com…don’t forget the pictures!

1 – Rebecca Blair

2 – Cora Constantin and big sister Elena

3 – Joe and Susan Currier

4 – Gray Gowen

5 – Corey Messler (photo by Chole Messler)

6 – Dee and Bob Sanders

7 – Kathryn Schurch and Ty Legge

8 – clockwise, Daniel Martinez, Rodney Nash, Haynes Knight, Rex Johnson, SharronJohnson, and David Merrill. AKA, Stone Soup Social Club

9 – Rene Erickson and the Midtown Chili Bombers

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