Tina Albrecht and her Mesa neighbors love their parties. The Featherwind subdivision inside the Las Sendas community has regular block parties, Halloween parties, Christmas parties and barbecues.
The 53 homes in the subdivision were rewarded Saturday evening with a Slow Churned Neighborhood Salute ice cream block party provided by Dreyer’s.
Albrecht nominated her social neighborhood in April and learned in July her neighbors were among 1,500 national winners.
Dreyer’s delivered 12 cartons of ice cream and everything needed for the party, including tablecloths, cups, spoons, napkins, signs, door hangers, name tags and a disposable camera.
Neighbors chipped in for a huge inflatable water slide for the kids, set up in front of the Albrecht house, and the party was complete.
“It’s really a neighborhoodtype neighborhood,” said Albrecht, 37, who lives with her husband, Kevin, and her 4-year-old son, Kyle. “Everyone gets along, and we’re all just there for each other. There are lots of kids, which is great.”
Albrecht scooped the ice cream into cones and cups from her garage, while about 50 happy kids and adults chose their favorite flavors from a handwritten menu hanging on the door.
Cookie dough was the most popular flavor and the first to run out. The list of flavors included raspberry chip royale, double-fudge brownie, cookies and cream, and French silk.
Kim Phillips was at the party with her husband, Brandon, and their two kids. She said the party is a “good validation of how great the Featherwind community is.”
“We’re all similar age-wise and have children around the same age,” said Phillips, 37, the publisher of the Las Sendas Up Close monthly newsletter. “Most of our kids go to Las Sendas Elementary School. It’s wonderful to see our kids grow up with our friends and neighbors.”
Henry Schwenckert was at the party with his wife, Dawn, and their two kids.
The family had just moved to the neighborhood a couple of weeks ago and were meeting many of their neighbors for the first time.
“We moved from Phoenix, and we didn’t have parties like this,” said Schwenckert, 32, a shirt silkscreener. “I like that everybody gets along here, and I like that all the kids are about the same age. It makes it nice.”