The Events Outreach working group helps promote and sustain the eclectic, funky image of our neighborhood. It organizes our Parade of Sheds event and create other outreach opportunities. If you would like to volunteer with this working group, please write NENABozeman@gmail.com with "Events Working Group" in the subject line. Thank you!

2019 Parade of Sheds was a Blast!

On Saturday, September 14, 2019, we held our (mostly) annual Parade of Sheds, with great success. This is one of NENA’s signature events, bringing friends and neighbors together while showcasing the quirky and unique character of our corner of town. Since we missed the parade in 2018, it was great to have a comeback this year.

What is the Parade of Sheds? It is OUR version of the annual Parade of Homes tour of high end, newly built homes all over Bozeman. The difference is, with the Parade of SHEDS, you take home practical ideas like what plants grow with less water, the tall trees in your yard should support a giant tree house, and Swedish pancakes are yummy!

This year, more than 50 people participated in the parade, with the expected assortment of costumes, capes, wigs, and bells and whistles, both literal and figurative. It was especially delightful to see so many kids join the Parade.  Thanks to all our NENA friends who joined in the fun!

There were thirteen stops on the self-guided “Parade of Homes style” tour, a special thank you goes out to our hosts: 
  • Bobbi and Bill Clem shared their e-car charging station, hosted by Nathan Combs
  • Gregg Switzer grilled up burgers for all
  • Jeanne Wesley-Weise created a living wall of flowers & shared u-pick plums
  • Jay & Åsa Pape—longtime favorites—offered Swedish pancakes made by a real Swede
  • Zelpha Boyd welcomed us to her proper cottage garden
  • Dana Pepper helped kids build & decorate tiny sheds
  • Rebecca Taylor took us to a higher plane on her treehouse platform
  • Deidre Booth & Kevin Young shared hops, butterscotch & their Schwinn bike collection
  • Erin Shanahan whooped it up with her whooping cranes mural
  • Annie Woodward let us tour her water efficient garden where Vickie Backus of Vickie’s Pierogies cooked up yummy pierogies
  • The Bozeman History Project welcomed visitors to their office in Bozeman’s historical red light district
  • Guy & Morgan Alsentzer put on the pig, chicken, dog & garden show
  • Reno Walsh added 30 new plates to his Bozeman License Plate Exhibit
Several local businesses generously donated materials, including burgers from Heebs Fresh Market and kids’ shed construction kits from Simkins Hallin. Finally, thanks for the hard work of the coordinating committee, including Alison Berry, Deidre Booth, Nathan Combs, Amy Ference, Amy Hoitsma, Gregg Switzer and Rebecca Taylor. We are already looking forward to next year’s event­—let us know if you would like to get involved!