The intersection of Clarendon Boulevard and North Highland Street was the epicenter of the annual Clarendon Day street festival this past Saturday, September 29, 2007. This was my third year making an appearance at the event held just a few blocks from my apartment. Each year, it’s gotten a little bigger, and a little better.
Bands and musicians play at 4 different stages located around central Clarendon, while local restaurants and artists sell their creations to a diverse crowd of local area residents. Proud dog owners are everywhere, and I was happy to see a skateboard demo by some local kids sponsored by Convoy Skateboards (also locally run). I caught one kid land a nice indie kickflip off a small plywood ramp.
Clarendon Day helps to foster a sense of community in Arlington, which is one of the aspects of the area I enjoy most. Despite the growth and development in this popular part of northern Virginia, it’s nice to know you can still find crab cake platters and chocolate covered frozen cheesecakes in the middle of the street each Autumn.