A Visit to Town Day

Town Day Crosswalk 2015

I walked to Arlington Town Day earlier this month. It was a nice ramble, in relatively decent weather. Most of my Town Day memories involve a lot of unseasonable heat. The crowds were there as before, but I thought I detected a bit of a breeze in the air.

Arlington has a very strong, active community and its local organizations – as well as its businesses – reflect that. I’m always amazed at the number of community organizations at Town Day, everything from student groups, to sister city initiatives, to sustainable life and development and more. Arlington’s small businesses are out in force as well, of course. Not surprisingly, I also ran into some of our member organizations.

Arlington Housing Corporation Pam Hallett
Pam Hallett of Arlington Housing Corporation

At some point I visited the Arlington Housing Corporation table and chatted a bit with its Executive Director (and AE member) Pam Hallett. Check out the work of the housing corporation if you hadn’t done so before. They do great work in the community and help make Arlington a more affordable, equitable place to live.

I also met the new Director of Libraries, Andrea Nicolay. I’m looking forward to seeing her again in my many trips to the Robbins Library (a/k/a “My second home”).

Andrea Nicolay New Director Robbins Library
Meet Andrea Nicolay, New Director of Libraries in Arlington

AE member Bob Sprague of YourArlington.com also made an appearance, along with his wife and local author, Marjorie Howard. Marjorie and fellow author Barbara Goodman are in the process of publishing  the book “Legendary Locals Arlington.” Be on the lookout for it!

There’s an arts area at Town Day, in front of the Jefferson Cutter house on Massachusetts Ave. It’s there I ran into Linda Shoemaker, Executive Director of the Arlington Center for the Arts. I just checked their website a moment ago and it looks like there’s a lot of interesting stuff going on: Arlington Open Studios in October, along with its regular lineup of courses and events.

AE Member Linda Shoemaker, Executive Director of the Arlington Center for the Arts
AE Member Linda Shoemaker, Executive Director of the Arlington Center for the Arts

Before finishing up, I thought I’d give a shout out to our Arlington business association neighbors, The Capitol Square Business Association and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. It’s good to know we’re all here and pulling together for the economic development of our town!

East Arlington's Capitol Square
East Arlington’s Capitol Square


Beth Locke, Director of the Chamber of Commerce
Beth Locke, Director of the Chamber of Commerce

Check out all that Arlington has to offer. It’s just a walk, bike ride or short walk away!

Welcome to the New Arlington Entrepreneurs!

I hope you like our new home. Don’t worry, the network is still there and you can go to it any time you want. This website will give us a community-facing home and, with it, increased visibility.

You’ll also notice a few new member features. First, we have some great, new AE partners who have graciously offered us a number of new services, either discounted or free of charge. Second, we’ll be featuring a number of posts from guest bloggers, most of whom are also AE members. This site has been a work in progress for some time now, so don’t be surprised if you notice a lot of updates and changes.

Arlington Entrepreneurs is a place for, and by, its members. We’re very small and wear a lot of hats. We deal with challenges that workers in larger organizations don’t experience. It’s easy to become isolated and overwhelmed. We’re here to help, whether it be our participation in a co-working venture with the Town, marketing services targeted to micro-businesses and/or arts organizations or events that bring us together and help us grow.

To our over 200 members – thank you for making Arlington Entrepreneurs a success! By all means, please contact our Community Manager, Margy Rydzynski, if you have a service or product to offer the community. Volunteers are always welcome. It’s a lot of work, but many hands lighten the load.


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