BY BILL BROWN
Get out your lawn chairs and blankets! You’ll need them for Takoma Park’s weekend festivities: Takoma Porch, Celebrate Takoma and the Azalea Awards.
Takoma Porch features acoustic bands playing on porches within a roughly 15-block area Saturday afternoon, May 16. The public is encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, picnics, etc. “Admission” is free.
Each porch hosts two musical acts. Both acts play in each of two sets. The first set is 2:00- 3:45 PM, the second is 4:15 – 6:00 PM. This allows the audience 30 minutes to walk to another porch, if desired.
Map of Takoma Park locations. Click to go to map site for a closer look.
There are around 40 acts on 20 porches. This is Takoma Porch’s third year. The first one was covered in a Voice article/photo essay.
Also in its third year, Celebrate Takoma Festival will be held by the city the next day, Sunday, May 17 at Ed Wilhelm Field, Takoma Park, MD, 12:00 – 5:00 PM. The Voice also covered the first Celebrate Takoma.
Nested within this family festival celebrating the cultural diversity of Takoma Park is the 11th annual Azalea Awards. The Takoma Foundation gives Azalea Awards to people voted the year’s best arts leader, business leader, coach, educator, green activist, mentor, neighborhood volunteer, school activist and “Tak-Tivist.” Awards are also given for Takoma Spirit and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Takoma Foundation will also announce its spring grants recipients.
2013 Azalea Awards. Photo by Jay Keller.
Celebrate Takoma will feature culinary treats, festive performances, visual and performing arts, crafts and games that have come to Takoma Park from nations around the world.
Games at the 2013 Celebrate Takoma. Photo by Jay Keller.
A large stage will be set up in Takoma-Piney Branch Neighborhood Park for live entertainment. There will be exhibit areas and a game area,
The public is also urged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the festival/awards celebration.