Members of Great Oak were asked to share the highlights of the past year that they remember best.

From children:

*  Playing on the tire swing
*  Watching bees
*  Playing in the splash pool with Toby
*  Doing mother’s helper for Emily (Bo & Toby) and Katie (Ellie)
*  Playing with/watching the kids at the common house
*  Getting the tire for the tire swing and putting it up
*  Giving the meeting on bees and showing off our bee suits; putting the bees in their hive; removing first bee sting (Talia)
*  Meeting newcomers, especially Mailis
*  Helping on the workday
*  The tree house meeting; serving drinks at that meeting
*  Doing the play with Talia & Anya
*  Inviting my cello teacher to Thanksgiving
*  Seeing/inviting Uma for Thanksgiving dinner
*  Seeing Seth & Kaelin at Halloween

From adults:

*  Jan. 31 dinner and movie night
*  lots of work to finish workshop
*  Andrew’s scone sales
*  goodbye to the GO chickens (Fall)
*  building of the gluten-free power movement
*  Eric’s board game days in the CH
*  New Year’s Eve moon bounce party
*  eating dinner on the front porch; eating lunch at the play structure picnic table
*  watching my daughter make great friends and making more friends ourselves
*  great parties and social gatherings
*  finishing the shade structure and having a wonderful dinner party under it
*  getting the concrete floor in the CH foyer refinished
*  planting 3 beautiful trees, a number of lilacs, rose of sharon, and forsythia
*  kids jumping in sprinklers, helping to weed, chalk drawings on asphalt, four square
*  working on the Grounds master plan
*  watching the beautiful gardens bloom in the Spring
*  sledding on the sledding hill
*  decoratin gingerbread men
*  carving pumpkins together
*  the beautiful Diwali party Heather and Adi threw, with Bollywood dance lessons
*  the art exhibits of the art from that month and the response from the people who enjoyed the art
*  moving into GO in August and Diwali party
*  “gold” paint repainted
*  shade structure completed
*  the Dresslars moved away :(, Laura and John moved away :(, Cher and Greg moved in :), Vincent, Sari, and Mailis moved in:)
*  Becky started an orchard
*  the workshop is done!
*  the Skills & Thrills weekend.  It was great to hear how people got involved in Great Oak and to be able to share my experiences - all while sitting outside in the warm sun on 11/14.  Also as part of that weekend, the conversation cafe.  I could share my feelings with a small group with a feeling of safety.
*  Work days in May and October.  There is a real sense of community in working with thers to get the work done.
*  Helen’s baked beans, which sustained us during the first several days of cleaning, moving in furniture, and adjusting to a new place
*  special parties such as:  Laura’s party, Catherine’s party, the Diwali party, Wine Club and Wine Club dinners
*  impromptu gatherings in the Summer under the pergola
*  Summer cook-outs, potlucks, and especially on the 4th of July with fireworks.  This also includes the 4th of July parade and getting to ride in the Smart Car with Jillian
*  the New Year’s Eve parties at the CH and at Jillian and Elph’s
*  beautiful new concrete finish in the CH entryway
*  building the East End pergola
*  gravel in steps between units 24 & 25
*  having our 1000th common meal
*  new projector mounted in game room
*  picnic under the shade structure
*  Divya learning to bicycle 2 wheels in 20 minutes in April
*  Tampopo food party
*  Diwali party
*  July 4th fun!
*  chatting in the community garden with neighbors
*  the swan strolling down the center of the community and the ducklins at Aaron and Alicia’s
*  Diwali dance lesson from Jane.
*  adding a garden plot, being in the sun, and harvesting many new vegetables
*  Malcolm and Langston helping raise 4 ducklings.  We got them in May, at the age of about 2-3 weeks, and had them through July, when we took them to Domino’s Farms, where they now live with other domesticated ducks
*  In April, a huge swan waddled into the community and hung out in front of the sandbox, pooping almost constantly, for about 20 minutes.  It then slowly waddled east through the community on the pedway, and then out of the community, across the parking lot, toward Touchstone