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Batavia 'Block Party' helps say farewell to summer

BATAVIA – Rianna Null, 10, of Batavia, sat perfectly still as Lily the Clown applied the paint and powder that would transform her face into the visage of a tiger.

While Rianna and Lily were quiet and concentrated, around them bouncy houses were be-bopping with scores of children inside, music of a bygone era was blasting and crowds of people filled the Batavia Riverwalk. It was all part of the city's "Block Party" on Sunday, seen as the last party of the season.

Food was at the ready from every front, from tacos to pizza for the 1950's themed event.

Sim White of Warrenville was on a blanket with his wife and children having a dinner break during the festivities.

"I like the food," White said, between bites of a tamale. "They have really good food."

In the interest of full disclosure, White said he provided the bounce houses for the party – and stayed to enjoy.

Kathey Papenmeier of Batavia, also having a nosh with her husband and two children, said it was a great community event.

"I just like coming down and being with the community of Batavia – maybe for the last time this summer before we all get cooped back up into our homes and schools and soccer and daily routines all over again," Papenmeier said.

She praised the food, including pizza, fish tacos, enchiladas and root beer.

Frank Bryant of Batavia stood in the shade of a tree to eat some pizza and do some people-watching.

"I like the pizza, the root beer and spending time with people from town," Bryant said. "This is the last hurrah of summer."

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