barn raising

(in rural areas) a party, usually providing food, drink, etc., for the purpose of assisting a neighbor to put up a new barn.

1855–60, Americanism Unabridged
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Work with your community: put on a block party, a barn raising, a garden exchange program or a sock hop.
Even today the rural barn raising presents a forceful image of community spirit.
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