Clarkston's National Night Out Event
On August 7th, the city of Clarkston hosted its first annual "National Night Out" Event.
The Burundi Drummers of Atlanta is an internationally renowned music/cultural group. More information can be found at http://burundidrummers.com/burundi-drummers
On August 7th, the city of Clarkston held its first annual "National Night Out" as a drug and crime prevention event and as a chance to invite community members to get outside and be socially active.
The block party was held in the evening at Milam park. It encouraged citizens and local organizations to support local anti-crime organizations through information and awareness. Members of Clarkston City police department attended, giving excited children rides around the park in their police vehicles, to create a stronger relationship between the community and the police.
Local organizations for refugee resources, including Sagal Radio Services, set up booths to provide event attendants with information about their services. Sagal Radio shared a table with the Clarkston Active Living Initiative in order to best showcase the pedestrian safety videos that it had made in collaboration with the initiative.
Local produce growers and jewelry makers sold their wares at other booths. Restaurants from the metro-Atlantan area, including Shewit Eritrean Restaurant and Nazifa's Bakery sold a variety of ethnic foods reflecting Clarkston's culture of dense diversity. They competed with the free hamburgers and hotdogs that volunteers gave out.
The event was even star-studded with the appearance of one American film, TV, and literature icon: Batman. The superhero attended the event looking like his 1960's self rather than like his character in the recent Dark Knight film franchise. He brought along his real Batmobile, allowing passersby and fans to take picture with him and the car.
The Batmobile made an appearance
Other entertainment included a clown, who played practical jokes on giddy children, and the Burundi Drummers of Atlanta. The Burundi Drummers beat on their drums and danced for a large group of onlookers who captured their performance on cell phone and cameras. Sagal Radio's (iPhone quality) footage of their performance can be watched on this page, along with more information about the group.
Many people attended the event despite the evening's poor weather forecast. The weather held, and the sun shone on the crowd of Clarkston community members until the event ended at dusk.
National Night Out is a nationally-recognized community event designed to raise awareness about drug and crime prevention. This was Clarkston's first event with the organization, but will hopefully not be the last.