Loved Adams Morgan Day last month? Hated it? The festival’s organizers want to know.
The Adams Morgan Community Alliance, an all-volunteer group of Adams Morgan residents and business owners who set up the annual event this year, have created an online survey for locals to share their thoughts on the festival, which began in 1978.
Questions include: “What was your overall impression of the event?” and “What would you like to see in 2017?”
“Your input on this year’s Adams Morgan Day and what you would like to see next year is very important,” the survey website says.
Adams Morgan Day had sidewalks and open spaces around the neighborhood filled with bands, artists and local businesses on Sept. 11. Carol Miller, who helped set up the festival, told Borderstan earlier this year that organizers aimed for a community-focused event with a “mellow” vibe.
The festival, which once drew tens of thousands of people to the neighborhood and shut down 18th Street NW, was temporarily canceled in 2015 amid financial woes. But Adams Morgan residents kept it alive by creating a scaled-back version of the extravaganza.
Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Day
Adams Morgan’s annual neighborhood festival is slated to bring crowds to 18th Street NW for food, music, art and games this weekend.
Like in 2015, the road won’t shut down Sunday during Adams Morgan Day, which runs from noon to 6 p.m. But the sidewalks and open spaces nearby will host bands, basketball matches, artists and local businesses.
“We think the day is a great opportunity to showcase our neighborhood’s great outdoor, public spaces and also drive people to explore our variety of restaurants, bars and shops,” Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe co-owner Alisha Edmonson said in a statement.
Here are more details from a festival news release distributed today:
Locals who enjoyed last year’s scaled-down Adams Morgan Day are in for a treat. The street festival will again bring music, food and entertainment to the sidewalks along 18th Street on Sept. 11, organizers have announced.
Though much has yet to be decided about this year’s festival, co-organizer Carol Miller said the event will keep last year’s “mellow” vibe.
“We had probably 10-15,000 people last year. It was very scaled down,” Miller said. “It’s no longer the huge regional festival… and we’re purposefully keeping it that way.”
The festival was temporarily canceled last year amid financial woes but was resurrected by neighbors as a scaled-back version of the annual extravaganza that once drew tens of thousands of people to the neighborhood.
This year, attendees can expect sidewalks packed with artists, games and activities, all centered around Adams Morgan businesses. The event will also bring “a few fun unique surprises,” Miller said, and live music at a to-be-announced outdoor location
“It builds such good trust between the business owners and the community and exposes their businesses to more community members,” Miller said.
Like last year, the festival will no longer close any streets, and will remain “less crowded and crazy” than pre-2015 festivals, Miller said.
Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe is among the Adams Morgan businesses participating in this year’s event.
“We have taken a role in helping plan and program the music on last year’s community driven Admo Day and are doing the same for this year’s event,” said Alisha Edmonson, co-owner of Songbyrd Music House, in an email to Borderstan. “We think the day is a great opportunity to showcase our neighborhood’s great outdoor, public spaces and also drive people to explore our variety of businesses.”
Other Adams Morgan businesses slated to participate this year are Roofers Union, Bedrock Billiards and Grand Central.
Locals interested in volunteering in this year’s Adams Morgan Day are encouraged to attend a planning meeting tomorrow night at Songbyrd (2475-2477 18th St. NW). The meeting begins at 8 p.m.
Photo via Facebook / Adams Morgan Day
Adams Morgan Day is alive after all.
A humbler version of the popular street festival will take place on Sept. 13, community organizers announced last week.
The block party was cancelled in June after reportedly suffering “years-long turbulence” related to its management.
A group of Adams Morgan residents met in July to discuss bringing the festival back from the dead.
“It was just a matter of a number of people expressing concern and then deciding that we wanted to do something about it,” says co-coordinator A.Tianna Scozzaro. “There was an initial meeting about a month ago and it’s grown from there. We’re going door-to-door to let businesses know that this is happening.”
“It’s probably going to be quite scaled back from what people normally think of,” Scozzaro adds.
Though the festival won’t close off any roads, Scozzaro says close to 50 businesses including Black Squirrel, Town Tavern, and Grand Central will host events inside and on the sidewalk.
But there are no guarantees the festival will return next year, says Scozzaro.
“What the festival needs to revive itself fully is a nonprofit that can actually put it on in the years to come,” she says. “That could be either an existing nonprofit or the development of a new nonprofit. Ideally, there are enough community nonprofits that exist.”
Photo via Facebook.com/AdamsMorganDay