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37th Annual Adams Morgan Day to be Very Much Neighborhood Focused

Sun., Sep. 13 (12noon-6pm): Once again, 18th Street, NW from Florida Avenue to and around onto Columbia Road will be where the fun will be. This year, however, things will be very different from past festivals, according to the organizers press release which tells us that “the naysayers said there would be no Adams Morgan Day in 2015, but the local businesses and residents of Adams Morgan said otherwise. The neighborhood has banded together to revive the longest continuously running neighborhood festival in the nation’s capital.”

To best convey to our readers the drastically revised plan for the event, the press release says it all:

“So here comes Adams Morgan Day. Here comes the neighborhood. Out goes the meat-on-a-stick. In comes the hyper-local events hosted by the businesses lining 18th Street and Columbia Road and neighborhood volunteers.

“This is a festival powered by volunteers. Each resident and business is volunteering their time, energy and in some cases, their own finances. The Corinto Gallery, for example, volunteered to design our 2015 Adams Morgan Day logo and t-shirts, [according to] A. Tianna Scozzaro, a local resident who is volunteering as lead coordinator for the festival.

“This year’s festival will be different. 18th Street will remain open to traffic. Many of the visual artists who used to be found at Arts on Belmont will display their work inside restaurants and businesses along 18th Street and Columbia Road. Local bands will grace impromptu stages at The Brass Knob, Libertine, Roofers Union and The Black Squirrel, among other locations. And area restaurants will provide the street food instead of outside vendors.

“Some things will stay the same. The SunTrust Plaza at 18th and Columbia will feature performances by bands on the new Spotluck Stage, with acts being organized by Songbyrd. The Adams Morgan Partnership BID will staff a table with maps on the opposite corner next to the Adams Morgan “Festivus” kiosk and pole. The Dance Pavilion and Children’s Center will take place on the Marie Reed Community Center playground and tennis courts.”

A partial list of activities planned for Adams Morgan Day include the following:

Spotluck Stage featuring acts being organized by Songbyrd at the SunTrust Plaza Corinto Gallery will sell Adams Morgan Day t-shirts on the Grand Central patio; Game Day and Bike Safety checks at Unity Park, hosted by Bedrock Billiards and City Bikes; Outdoor Oyster Bake at Pop’s SeaBar; Capitol Hemp will sell products at the Amsterdam Falafelshop; local bands will perform at The Brass Knob, Libertine, Roofers Union, The Black Squirrel Mellow Mushroom and Town Tavern; Toro Mata will sponsor a Peruvian Cajon Flash Mob; local artists will sell their work at Mellow Mushroom, Angles, Toro Mata and The Black Squirrel; tee shirt tie-dying will be featured at The Blaguard; puppy adoption with the Humane Society at Tryst; Dance Pavilion on the tennis courts at Marie Reed Community Center and the Children’s Center on the playground; free pops at Pleasant Pops to the first 300 customers, starting at 2 pm; belly dancers at Meze and DC Arts Center.