Old-Fashioned Block Party in Highland

As the sun went down and the lights from storefronts and strings of Chinese lanterns gleamed like beacons, country music was blaring from a loudspeaker on Vineyard Avenue in Highland.

Standing next to their parents, a few kids began to jump up and down. Two boys at a nearby table play with plush dolls -- one a camouflaged teddy bear and the other a green frog -- making them dance to the rhythm. Around them, people held tight to chili dogs and other strange and glorious culinary concoctions while they eat and relax.

Mark Elia is the creator of one of the . . .

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