Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Public transit patrons donated toys in a collection effort for Community Partners for Children at the King Street Metro
DASH bus and Metro riders donated toys for children at the King Street Metro entrance during the last two weeks. DASH representatives stationed themselves at the Metro entrance, accepting gifts for children and giving out 2GB customized King Street Trolley and DASH USB memory sticks to riders. Milton Rojas of the Bicycle Pro Shop donated a dozen tricycles to the collection effort. Alexandria Transit donated hundreds of DASH coloring books and crayons to Community Partners for Children. “We are very excited about the response we received from our customers and proud to be partners with the CPC in their annual holiday donation drive,” said ATC General Manager Sandy Modell in a statement. “It is a wonderful feeling to give something back to …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Saturday's Art on the Avenue festival drew close to 50,000 attendees, according to organizers.
An hour of dark clouds and a few sprinkles weren’t enough to slow Saturday’s Art on the Avenue festival, which bounced back this year with a crowd nearing 50,000. “It was an amazing day,” said Pat Miller, chair of Art on the Avenue. “I think it was pushing 50,000 again. Felt like it anyway.” A year ago, chilly temperatures and rain slowed things down at the volunteer-run, multicultural festival that celebrates diversity through the arts. Roughly 18,000 made the trek to Del Ray in 2011. Saturday’s 17th incarnation of the festival tested Mount Vernon Avenue’s capacity limits at times but also showcased the neighborhood’s ability to throw a party for everyone from tots to adults—and in style. Attendees enjoyed more than 330 exhibitors …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Some vendors will be selling snack items at Saturday's Art on the Avenue festival.
The Del Ray Farmers' Market will not be held on Saturday because of the Art on the Avenue festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue. Pat Miller, market master and chief organizer of Art on the Avenue, said some of the regular vendors will be selling snacks at Saturday’s festival instead. The Del Ray Farmers' Market will resume on Oct. 13. If you’re in need of produce or other treats this weekend, the Old Town Farmers' Market will be held as scheduled on Saturday morning in Market Square. The Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market in Arlandria and the West End Farmers' Market in Ben Brenman Park will also run as scheduled on Sunday.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Dealership set to leave Del Ray sometime in 2013.
Audi of Alexandria is on the move, but exactly when the dealership relocates from Mt. Vernon Avenue to Columbia Pike in Arlington County remains unclear. Messages left with dealership management last week went unreturned, but a representative with Audi of Alexandria said over the phone that the dealership would move sometime in 2013. A rendering of the dealership’s new Columbia Pike facility is currently on display in the showroom. The impending move has set off discussion of what is to become of the site at 1704 Mt. Vernon Ave. The issue recently came up at a meeting community groups had with the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership. “All parties realize that we do not control the property. We are currently reaching out to the …
Monday, July 30, 2012
Artist Linda Hesh will install 3,000 doorknob hangers in Del Ray and Potomac West for a temporary public art project in coordination with First Thursday.
When the Alexandria Commission for the Arts made an open call for a public art project, Linda Hesh’s proposal stood out for many reasons—not least of which was its potential to get people talking. “It’s a totally different kind of art than people are used to, and that’s exciting,” said Pat Miller, chair of the commission “It’s not a statue or something like that. It’s something that can create a buzz.” The project, entitled “Art is…” and to be installed this week in coordination with the Aug. 2 First Thursday street festival, is to hang 3,000 white card stock doorknob hangers on homes and businesses across 100 blocks in the Del Ray and Potomac West neighborhoods. The hangers, which measure 4.25 inches by 11 inches, will display one of four…
Monday, May 7, 2012
La Strada's Stephen Scott showcases recipes involving fresh, local ingredients.
Saturday marked the first chef demonstration at the Del Ray Farmers’ Market this year. Stephen Scott from La Strada prepared salad and homemade pasta free of charge for market shoppers. His recipes showcased fresh, local ingredients available at the market. Market master Pat Miller said the plan is to host a different chef demonstration on the first Saturday of each month through October. Chef Will Artley staged a demonstration at the final Four Mile Run Farmers and Artisans Market of 2011. The Four Mile Run Market opened its 2012 season on Sunday, as did the West End Farmers’ Market in Ben Brenman Park. Along with Scott’s demonstration, Saturday’s Del Ray Farmers’ Market included a performance from the Irish Breakfast Band and a visit by …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Del Ray Artisans proved integral in revitalizing Mt. Vernon Avenue in the 1990s.
A lot has changed since a small group of artists and their friends refurbished a storefront on Mt. Vernon Avenue and invited the neighborhood to a slide show and lecture called "What is Functional Art?" It was the first official event staged by the fledgling group, known then as the Del Ray Artisans Cooperative, and the year was 1992. At the time, dive bars and drug houses marred Del Ray's prime thoroughfare, boarded-up shops were commonplace and neighbors didn't have much reason to stroll the main street. Now, the group that began with just 30 members boasts about 300. The primary focus on functional arts—furniture, woodworking, ceramics and such—evolved into an emphasis on the fine arts like painting, photography and collage. And, most …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
More than 150 boogied Saturday night at Mount Vernon Recreation Center.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
More than 150 people danced Saturday night away at Mount Vernon Recreation Center during a sock hop benefiting the Miracle League of Alexandria. The event raised roughly $7,000 to be used toward the construction of a synthetic turf baseball field designed specifically for individuals with special needs. Music was provided by the Irish Breakfast Band, the Kate Moran Band, Mars Rodeo, the Janna Audey Band and Bill Mansfield. Del Ray’s Gayle Reuter, Carol Bailey and Pat Miller coordinated the event in honor of Miracle League participant Ryan Bailey. A dozen local restaurants donated food for the event, which also featured face painting by Girl Scout Troop 6686 and storytelling by Vera Oye' Yaa-Anna. For more information on the Miracle League …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Al Grande founded ASAP Printing and Mailing in Del Ray; Pat Miller also an honoree.
Al Grande, the founder of ASAP Printing and Mailing in Del Ray, is one of 14 honorees selected as 2012 Living Legends of Alexandria. The awards, handed out annually since 2008, honor individuals who have been involved in “the creation of something that improves the quality of life in Alexandria that would not have likely have existed without that person’s vision and determination to make it happen” or have served at least 10 years on city boards, committees, commissions or similar associations. Following two decades of military service, Grande moved to Alexandria and founded ASAP Printing and Mailing. He joined the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, where he later served on its board of directors. Grande also served as chairman of the Potomac…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Rashad Young on hand as DRBA hands out its Star Awards.
Rashad Young’s lunch calendar is already filling up. Alexandria’s new city manager officially started work on Monday. Just four hours into his first day, he received not one but two invitations to the Del Ray Business Association’s holiday luncheon at Pork Barrel BBQ. “I stopped by his office on my way over here and asked him if he wanted to join me,” Mayor Bill Euille said. “He told me the Sheriff [Dana Lawhorne] had already invited him.” To split up his time, Young received a ride over to the luncheon from Lawhorne and then rode back to City Hall with Euille. Young, who just arrived from Greensboro, N.C., chatted with members of the Del Ray business community from the bar and sampled some pork barbecue. “I’m so excited to be here and for…