Arlington, VA

“Auld Lang Syne” Song for Arlington’s Performing Arts

by Embracing Arlington Arts December 30, 2019 at 8:50 am 0

(This Community Post was written by Embracing Arlington Arts and underwritten by The Fred Schnider Investment Group/Fred Schnider Gallery of Art and Embracing Arlington Arts supporter Annie Sweeney.)

Should old acquaintance make some plans
To see a play or two
Should old acquaintance be distressed
Fewer plays in Ar-ling-ton

For Ar-ling-ton my dear
For Ar-ling-ton
We’ve lost so many theaters here
Fewer plays in Ar-ling-ton

And surely you’ll buy your ticket
And surely I’ll buy mine
Then we must travel to the show
And depart our Ar-ling-ton

For Ar-ling-ton my dear
For Ar-ling-ton
We’ve lost so many theaters here
Fewer plays in Ar-ling-ton

We do have local theater here
And yes, their shows are great
But most venues are not near much
So, so sad for Ar-ling-ton

For Ar-ling-ton my dear
For Ar-ling-ton
We’ve lost so many theaters here
Fewer plays in Ar-ling-ton

But we are not defeated yet
Our New Year’s goal is out
With partners we can get it built
A venue in Ar-ling-ton

While this song is offered as a light-hearted New Year’s greeting, the concern is real about the dearth/closure of performing arts/music venues in Arlington — most recently the Clarendon Ballroom. Not only does this hurt the County culturally, but also economically as patrons spend many dollars outside Arlington for entertainment.

Let’s build a performing arts venue to ensure continued incorporation of arts and culture in our lives, AND to support local restaurants who depend on Arlingtonians spending dollars in Arlington, not in D.C. or Maryland.

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