The residents of Sterling Grove got together tonight, as they do every year, to carol through their neighborhood.
Every year, the Sterling Grove Neighborhood Association gather and walk from house to house, with a hay ride for those who can’t take the hike, and sing and celebrate the season with their neighbors.
“We do this every year,” said resident Dr. Olivier Chatelain de Pronville. “We sing at all the houses, all the residents are waiting for us. At the last house, we will have a gumbo and a little party celebration. It is open to everyone. The idea behind the creation of the association was to get all the neighbors together to preserve the community we have.”
Chatelain de Pronville said Sterling Grove, with its historic homes and diverse population, is special.
“We have a community were all residents know each other and help each other,” he said. “Everybody is included in this community, it’s a great neighborhood to live in. It’s a national historic district, with a lot of historical homes and a great community made of people made of all horizons and we all get along really well.”
One of the best parts of the annual caroling event is that you learn something about your neighbors, he added.
“We have discovered some neighbors have great talents,” he said. “Here, it feels like Europe, the old world or how society used to be back in the day when everybody helped each other and you knew your neighbors.”