PHOTOS • BY ALEX HOLT, PHOTOS BY ERIC BOND
A couple thousand neighbors came down to Kennett Street in downtown Silver Spring Saturday to celebrate the seventh annual Streetfest.
The free festival, held since 2006 by the South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association, featured performances by local music groups like Monkeyfeather, Evan and Ross and the Torches, food from restaurants like Jackie’s and Fire Station 1 and arts and crafts from several other vendors. For the third straight year, the festival featured a beer garden and cocktail bar, with Fire Station 1 providing the beer and Jackie’s serving the cocktails.
Festival organizer and South Silver Spring Neighborhood Association board member Evan Glass said what makes Streetfest unique is the way it sprang from the community.
Meet on the street
“This is an organic festival, created and organized by the community for the community,” Glass said. “It’s a bunch of neighbors getting together, wanting to celebrate this diverse community we have in downtown Silver Spring and get neighbors to leave their buildings and meet each other out on the street.”
Glass said that one of the problems he often finds in urban communities is that people don’t meet each other enough.
“This is a way to get people out of their apartments and onto the streets to eat food from local vendors and buy goods from local merchants,” Glass said. He also said that Streetfest averages about 2,000 festival-goers per year, with attendance varying from year to year based on things like the weather, although the organizers try to pick a date that isn’t a major holiday or competes with other major events around the area.
One of the vendors attending Streetfest this year for the first time was Revamp Shack, a small business run by Columbia couple Nina Martucci and Andrew Shackelford that sells handmade leather and metal “upcycled” cuff bracelets.
“We decided to do this because we were actually invited from our Etsy shop”, Martucci said. “One of the organizers invited us and we thought it sounded like fun. It’s kind of a nice family, community-level event so we decided to check it out.”
So far, they like what they see.
“It’s fun”, Martucci said. “It’s a good time.”