A close group of family and friends who refer to themselves as "The Hill Sons and Daughters” will host a Fourth of July picnic to bring back the sense of community they remember from yesteryear.
The East Hill Fellowship Picnic will begin at 10:30 a.m. on July 4 at Getzendaner Park, 400 S. Grand Ave. They are inviting all current and former residents of the East Jefferson Street neighborhood to come out for catered food, music, karaoke, bounce houses, competitive dominos and spades tournaments, electric train rides, friendly fellowship and more, said event coordinator Kareem Frazier. Contact Frazier or Demetra Rainey at 254-662-8652 or 972-938-1619 for more information.
The picnic was originally scheduled for May 9, but was postponed because of inclement weather.
"The community used to be really close-knit, but as generations started dying off, we grew apart," Frazier said. "As I was growing up, we weren't rich in material things, but we were rich in spirit and I miss that."
The Hill group hopes the younger generations will learn about the sense of community that made life on the Hill possible in the old days, said Bishop Kenneth Reagor, a member of the group.
Bringing back the sense of family and caring for one another is what the picnic is all about, Frazier said, adding he hopes it allows younger people to learn the work ethic and spirit of the days he remembers as a child.