It’s been a rough two years for Columbia Heights Day, the annual neighborhood festival that takes over the turf at Harriet Tubman Elementary School off of Kenyon and 13th Streets. The event was cancelled altogether last year when Hurricane Irene threatened to pound the District with eight inches of rain and 70-mile-per-hour gusts. But while the rain held off this past Saturday for the festival’s six-year anniversary, the scene still looked a little…under the weather.
By 1 PM– already several hours into the festival– the main tents housing local business and nonprofit reps seemed nearly empty. All those local artisans visitors expected to see?– there were just a handful. And while several food trucks bordered the venue, there was hardly a hint of the neighborhood’s own mounting culinary reputation– no sign of El Chucho, Maple, Meridian Pint, Red Rocks….
It’s possible some talented performers made it to the musical stage, but who would know?– it was located stairways away from the ‘main action’ of the food trucks and tents.
Don’t get this Columbia Heights resident wrong — the petting zoo made the two-block walk from my apartment more than worth it; and had I been years younger (or feet shorter), I would have gaga’d over the moon bounces and bubble guns. But as a proud Heightser… here’s hoping in 2013 CoHi can do better.