Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Columbia Heights Day recap
The rain stayed away and a pretty big crowd came to Columbia Heights Day. I got there about 1 pm and saw lots of folks hula hooping, kids playing games, and lots of folks I knew, both from the neighborhood and from farther afield.
It was a good time. There was a yoga demonstration early, some booths (MPD, DC GOP, etc), lots of fun for kids (see this awesome photo), and a lot of varied bands, from reggae (locals Lucky Dub) to samba (Clube do Samba) to hard rock (Imperial China). The petting zoo is always a popular spot, with a camel, sheep, ducks, geese, and rabbits, and there was also a pet show and the cupcake eating contest. Unfortunately this year's contest didn't feature Jim Graham as emcee (he's on vacation) or other political types as eaters.
There was also a food tent, but unfortunately most of it was gone when I went there. I hear there were Scotch eggs from CommonWealth and pupusas, but I missed them. There were also some local artisan types, like t-shirt guys and others.
As for constructive criticism -- food was a big one, I would have liked there to be vendors and/or more free food. Of course, there were lots of deals in area restaurants, but sometimes you just want to eat while walking around. I also could have gone for more booths of craftspeople and organizations and such, it was kind of quick to see everything. But all in all, a good time in the neighborhood.
Did you go? What did you think?
Above photos by me. Lots more photos from me and reader Ken here.