RE: how public is my commonhouse?
From: Eileen McCourt (
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2005 13:49:44 -0800 (PST)
So, with that many adults and households, do you normally have meals
with only 30 people?

Eileen McCourt
Oak Creek Commons Cohousing
Paso Robles, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: Sharon Villines [mailto:sharon [at]] 
Sent: Monday, January 03, 2005 7:01 AM
To: Developing cohousing - collaborative housing communities
Subject: Re: [C-L]_ how public is my commonhouse?

On Jan 2, 2005, at 7:54 PM, Eileen McCourt wrote:

> How big is Takoma Village?
> We had 75 people on Dec 23rd for Christmas dinner, and to me (as one
> the cooks) it still seemed very manageable.  The only guests were
> relatives and close friends.  Our regular meals have 50-60 people. We
> have 36 households.  We have approx 50 adults and about 15 kids at
> time.

Takoma Village is 43 units and about 57 adults. The size isn't the 
problem for the cooks, I just find it too loud and chaotic to have so 
many people eating and running around. Personal preference. Everywhere 
I look I see something that needs to be done. So much work!

People seem to be inviting fewer "strange" guests -- now it is mostly 
close friends and relatives, but at first it was like everyone wanted 
everyone they knew to see the community and inviting them to meals was 
the easiest way to do that. In hindsight, I think we should have 
organized meals for that purpose with a little Q&A session following 
the meal.

Most parents really did think their kids had moved into a religious 
cult of some kind. And friends were very dubious.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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