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  • June 27, 2018 1:29 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
        First Thursday: Red, White, and Blue takes place Thursday, July 5 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray. The street festival features live music from Mars Rodeo, themed activities, and more at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Ave. and Oxford Ave.) The event is free and open to all.

        Participants are encouraged to bring new single or queen size sheets, new towel sets, new pillows, cleaning supplies, or grocery gift cards (in $10-$25 increments) to benefit New Hope Housing, a part of the City's effort to ensure there are no homeless veterans in Alexandria. Donations can be dropped off at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square. For more information on New Hope Housing, visit www.newhopehousing.org.

        This month's First Thursday is co-sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and The Jen Walker Team. 
  • June 15, 2018 3:43 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)


         The 4th annual Well Ray Festival takes place on Saturday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., showcasing the wide variety of health and wellness opportunities in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  The event -- featuring free fitness classes, wellness demonstrations; health screenings, fitness-inspired fashion, cooking demonstrations, an interactive public art project, and more -- is free and open to all.

      "We're excited about this opportunity to showcase the many incredible fitness studios and health & wellness practitioners that have earned our neighborhood the nickname 'Well Ray,'" said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky.

        Due to the festival's rapid growth, the Well Ray festival will move to Del Ray's main street, taking place on Mount Vernon Avenue between Custis and Uhler Avenues.  "With over 60 health and wellness vendors, there are a wide variety of opportunities for festival-goers of all ages and fitness levels to explore, heal, move, taste, and listen," said Well Ray chair Kate Moran.

         Participants are encouraged to bring their own mats to join in enjoy free fitness classes led by top-rated health and wellness providers in and around Del Ray, including yoga, Pilates, spin, dance, karate, boxing classes, and more. Advanced registration for the free classes is available at wellraydelray.com/schedule.  "Get ready to move at one of our many fitness demos, cool down with a beverage or healthy bites, and plan for the future with a life coach or counselor," said Moran. "We have something for everyone and every fitness level!"

       This year's featured non-profit is Rock Recovery. Rock Recovery is a nonprofit serving the Washington, DC area that supports the journey to freedom from disordered eating through an affordable outpatient recovery program and community empowerment events. For more information on Rock Recovery, visit www.rockrecoveryed.org. 

        Well Ray is presented by the Del Ray Business Association, and sponsored by The Jen Walker Team.  For more information, visit www.wellraydelray.com.

  • June 05, 2018 1:21 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Kids, adults, and pets are encouraged to don their favorite superhero costume for First Thursday: Unmask Your Superhero! on Thursday, June 7.  The monthly street festival takes place from 6 p.m. to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue, and features live music from the Janna Audey Band, themed activities, the debut of the latest interactive public art project from the team at We Live Big, and more. The event is free and open to all.

        Be a hero to kids in need!  Participants are encouraged to bring donations for the Blessings in a Backpack, which provides food for elementary school children in the City who might otherwise go hungry.  Needed items include single-serving packs of oatmeal, canned tuna, and canned chicken.  Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues.

        Held the first Thursday from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit.  

  • June 04, 2018 12:43 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        The Del Ray Business Association hosted the 10th Annual Taste of Del Ray on June 3, showcasing a diverse collection of Del Ray's top restaurants.   The sold-out event featured a spirited competition between 16 participating neighborhood restaurants.

         Del Ray Cafe served both dessert and a soup course -- chouquettes with raspberry and chocolate dipping sauces, plus cold corn soup and chilled gazpacho -- winning the Judges' Choice Award.  Junction Bakery & Bistro's Cubano Sandwich won the People's Choice Award, as voted by festival attendees.  This year's judges were Beth Lawton of Alexandria Living Magazine, Deb Riley of the Alexandria Times, and Mary Wadland of The Zebra.

    The complete list of winners:

    People's Choice
    1st place: Junction Bakery & Bistro, Cubano sandwich
    2nd place: Pork Barrel BBQ, Bread pudding with vanilla bourbon sauce
    3rd place: Northside10, Shrimp and smoked Gouda grits with chorizo sausage

    Judges' Choice
    1st place: Del Ray Cafe, Chouquettes with Raspberry and Chocolate dipping sauces; plus cold corn soup and chilled gazpacho
    2nd place: KAiZEN Tavern, Salmon poke
    3rd place: Junction Bakery & Bistro, Cubano sandwich
    Honorable mention: Swings Coffee Roasters, Bourbon-barrel aged nitro cold brew

        Participating restaurants included Cheesetique Del Ray, Del Ray Café, Del Ray Pizzeria, Evening Star Café, Junction Bakery & Bistro, KAiZEN Tavern, Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, Live Oak Restaurant, Nectar Coffee and Wine Bistro, Northside 10, Royal Nepal, Pork Barrel BBQ, SnackBar, Stomping Ground, Swings Coffee Roasters, Taqueria Poblano Del Ray, and The Happy Tart Del Ray.

         Held every June in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, the Taste of Del Ray showcases the neighborhood's top restaurants in a spirited competition sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association.   Proceeds from ticket sales help fund neighborhood events throughout the year.   

  • June 03, 2018 7:45 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Due to weather, the 10th Annual Taste of Del Ray will be moved to the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, located at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue in Alexandria.  The event takes place on Sunday, June 3rd from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Taste of Del Ray is sold out, and no ticket sales will be available at the door.

    A wide variety of neighborhood restaurants will participate in this fun (and delicious!) outdoor competition.  Ticket holders will enjoy unlimited tastes from top Del Ray restaurants and can cast their votes for the People's Choice award.  

    Participating restaurants: Cheesetique Del Ray, Del Ray Cafe, Del Ray Pizzeria, Evening Star Cafe, Junction Bakery & Bistro, KAiZEN TAVERN, Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, Live Oak Restaurant, Nectar Coffee and Wine Bistro, Northside10, Royal Nepal, Pork Barrel BBQ, SnackBar, Stomping Ground, Swings Coffee Roasters, Taqueria Poblano Del Ray, and The Happy Tart Del Ray.

    Taste of Del Ray is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association. For more information, visit visitdelray.com.


  • May 26, 2018 12:29 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
    The 10th Annual Taste of Del Ray takes place on Sunday, June 3rd from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A wide variety of neighborhood restaurants will participate in this fun (and delicious!) outdoor competition. 

    Ticket holders will enjoy unlimited tastes from top Del Ray restaurants and can cast their votes for the People's Choice award. The event will take place at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square and the parking lot behind United Bank (located at Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue).

    Participating restaurants to date include: Al's SteaksCheesetique Del RayDel Ray CafeDel Ray PizzeriaEvening Star CafeJunction Bakery & BistroKAiZEN TAVERNLena's Wood-Fired Pizza & TapLive Oak RestaurantNectar Coffee and Wine BistroNorthside10Royal NepalPork Barrel BBQSnackBarStomping GroundSwings Coffee RoastersTaqueria Poblano Del Ray, and The Happy Tart Del Ray.

    Advance tickets online are $15 per adult and $5 for children under 12 years of age. Those reserving tickets online must check-in at the will-call booth, which will open at 12 p.m.; gates open for the event at 1 p.m. 

    If you prefer to purchase tickets in person, they $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years of age, and available for sale at The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray (2204 Mt Vernon Ave.), Greener Cleaner of Del Ray(2210 Mt Vernon Ave.), and at the Del Ray Farmers' Market (Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

    Day-of ticket sales will begin at 12 p.m. if available; please note that only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Taste of Del Ray has sold out during pre-sales in the past. 

    The Taste of Del Ray is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association. For more information, visit visitdelray.com.

  • May 11, 2018 4:53 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)


    Del Ray defeated Old Town in a nail-biter16-15 game as restaurants from the two Alexandria neighborhoods faced off in their first annual charity softball showdown. Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown, and Alexandria Fire Chief Robert Dube served as umpires.  One player from each team -- Lee Grimsley from Southside 815 and Nolan Grace from Del Ray Pizzeria -- hit home runs at Four Mile Field.  The event raised over $3,000 for ACT for Alexandria.

    For a full photo gallery from the game, click here.

  • May 05, 2018 3:40 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)


        The Del Ray Business Association hosted the first debate in the Alexandria Mayor's race on Wed., May 2, moderated by NBC News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey.  Prepare for the June 12 Democratic primary between Mayor Allison Silberberg and Vice Mayor Justin Wilson by watching a recording of the debate, sponsored by The Zebra, at tinyurl.com/alxdebate.

  • April 24, 2018 1:34 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The Del Ray Business Association will host the first Alexanria Mayor debate on Wed., May 2, moderated by NBC News4 Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey. The debate will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Community School Auditorium, located at 2601 Commonwealth Ave. Del Ray citizens and those involved with businesses in Del Ray are encouraged to attend. 

    The Del Ray Business Association is collecting questions from the community; to submit a suggestion, visit tinyurl.com/delraydebate.  The deadline for submissions is Thursday, April 26 at 9am.

    "We look forward to a robust, wide-ranging discussion of the issues affecting those who live, work, or own small businesses in Del Ray," said Del Ray Business Association President Sue Kovalsky. "There are few Alexandria residents who know the challenges facing our city and region better thanJulie Carey. We're thrilled that she will lead this important debate."

    The Del Ray Business Association is comprised of the independently-owned restaurants, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, serving as an advocate, representative, and educator. For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com.
  • April 23, 2018 8:52 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Del Ray, one of the most dog-friendly neighborhoods in the region, highlights "Dog Days in Del Ray" during its May First Thursday. The monthly street festival takes place on May 3 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue.

    Bring your favorite four-legged friend out to the Avenue for a wide variety of canine-themed activities for dogs (and their humans!) The event is free and open to all.

    Participants are encouraged to bring wet canned dog food, Kongs, puzzle feeders, bully sticks or other digestible dog chews, rope slip leashes, cans of tuna and salmon for cats, KBR formula, and kitten food for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria provides shelter to animals in need and promotes adoptions, animal welfare, and responsible pet ownership in the Alexandria community. Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at Mt. Vernon & Oxford Avenues.

    Held the first Thursday from April to September along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, First Thursday is a series of free outdoor street festivals that bring the community together around a fun theme, benefiting a local nonprofit. This month’s event is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and Your Dog's Best Friends.

    For more information on First Thursday, visit www.visitdelray.com. For more information on the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, visitwww.alexandriaanimals.org.

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