Crescent Heights Neighborhood
The monthly CHNA Porch Party will be held April 17th from 7-9 PM at the home of CHNA President Kristen Noakes-Fry, 2917 7th Street North.
Porch parties are a great way to meet neighbors and find out what is happening in the neighborhood. As always, bring the beverage of your choice and a food item to share!
For April’s book club selection, we reached back to 1946 and pulled a novel off the shelf set in the WWII English countryside. The Four Graces by D.E. Stevenson is a sweet, simple story of a vicar, Mr. Grace, and his four daughters (the four “Graces” of the title) navigating life during a time of change.
In the small village of Chevis Green, sisters Liz, Tilly, Sal, and Addie try to lead a comfortable life while navigating rationing coupons, refugees, and suitors. One of the potential suitors, archaeologist William Single, confuses the girls as to whom he is interested in. Is it the strong and proud Sal, outspoken Liz, WAAF Addie, or shy Tille? As some readers commented, “It is WWII meets Little Women.”
This was a time when the world was moving towards industrialization and modernity and taking these young women with it. As in the U. S., women began to work in areas previously considered male; the era was a gateway towards gender equality.
Although this is the fourth book in Stevenson’s series of “Miss Bounces” books, the previous characters are barely mentioned, and the book stands nicely on its own. Dorothy Emily Stevenson, born in 1892 Edinburgh, was the cousin of Robert Louis Stevenson. Between 1923 and 1970, more than 7 million copies of her books were sold in Britain and the United States. Her books are funny, intensely readable and engaging. The language is witty and the subjects are light and enjoyable.
The meeting will be held at the Crescent Heights home of Ms. Michael Stewart, 526 26th Ave. N. on Tuesday, April 21st, 7:00 -9:00 pm. All are welcome.
For more book club information, please contact Maureen at email@example.com.
The next CHNA General membership and Board meeting will be held Monday, May 4th at the Church of the Beatitudes (corner of 28th Ave N and 8th St N).
Snacks and socializing start at 6:30 with the meeting agenda starting at 7 PM.