Last evening DT2 • Downtown Dutchtown hosted our first in-person After Hours event in several months with the Havana’s Cuisine food truck parked at the Neighborhood Innovation Center. In spite of the drizzly weather, we had an excellent turnout and a ton of fun. There were Cuban sandwiches and empanandas, music and dancing, giveaways of Dutchtown Proud yard signs and gift cards to Original Crusoe’s, and community building.
We asked that our visitors wear a mask and practice safe social distancing. We couldn’t have received better support and cooperation.
We saw lots of familiar faces and lots of new faces — well, just eyes, mostly. But it was still great to see neighbors for the first time since COVID-19 shut us in for what seems like months on end.
Neighborhood photographer Chip Smith of Cross Grand captured all the beautiful masked faces in portrait form and has shared his photos with us. It will probably be very strange to look back on these photos in the future, but we’ll still be able to see a resilient bunch of neighbors who turn out and support each other during tough times.