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  • October 31, 2019 1:33 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         Superheroes, ghosts, goblins, the T.C. Williams Zombie Band, and scores of decked-out strollers and pets in costume marched down Mount Vernon Avenue for the 23rd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade on Sunday, Oct. 27.  

       As part of the parade festivities, the Del Ray Business Association presented awards for best stroller, best pet costume, best decorated business, and best decorated house.

       The winners:

    Stroller Contest
    Most Creative: Signs of Elements & the Atoms Family
    Less is More: DJ Joe & Hype Mom
    Most Humorous: Thank You for Being A Friend
    Best Group: Dawn of MTV
    Best Overall: The Seas are Rising and So Are We

    Pet Contest
    Most Creative: Mario Cart
    Best Team (tie): Batman, Robin, Wonder Women + Villians and Super Girl  
    How Could You Do This To Me:  Chocolate Taco
    Vola Lawson Best in Show:  Racehorse & Jockey

    Best Decorated Businesses
    1st Place: The Garden
    2nd Place: Del Ray Psych & Wellness
    3rd Place: The Front Porch
    Honorable Mention: Artifacts, Pork Barrel BBQ, and Waxing the City

    Best Decorated Halloween Houses
    1st Place: 307 E Clifford
    2nd Place: 410 E Nelson
    3rd Place: 4 W Custis
    Honorable mention: 104 W Monroe, 8 E Bellefonte 
    People's Choice: 410 E. Nelson

       Held each year on the Sunday before Halloween, the Del Ray Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.

  • October 22, 2019 5:14 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Voting is now open for Del Ray's Best Decorated Halloween House!  Click here to cast your vote.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Del Ray Halloween Parade after-party on the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center fields.  PHOTOS BY WILL NICCOLLS

    The ten finalists:

    410 E Nelson Ave.


    8 E Bellefonte Ave.


    104 W Monroe Ave.


    4 W Custis Ave.

    2215 Russell Road

    25 W Mt. Ida Ave.


    11 W Uhler Ave.


    69 Kennedy St.


    317 Hume Ave.


    307 Clifford Ave.


  • October 15, 2019 9:21 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
        One of Del Ray's favorite traditions, the 23rd Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. along Mount Vernon Avenue.  The parade, which begins at E. Bellefonte Ave., ends with a party at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center fields featuring live music, treat bags for children, free refreshments, children's games, awards for Best Decorated Stroller, House, Business & Best Pet Costume, and more.  The event is free and open to all.  

        Last year’s parade had more than 7,500 participants, which included over 2,500 children, special dignitaries and elected officials.  
      
          Among the events on the day's program:
    • Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Decorating Contest:  Registration for the Pet Costume Contest and Stroller Competition takes place before the parade start. Stroller and pet entries must register by 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Mt. Vernon and E. Howell Avenues; look for signage. Once registered, strollers will line up on Howell to be judged prior to the parade. Pets will be judged immediately at the end of the parade route. There is no fee to register.  For complete details and categories, visit www.visitdelray.com/halloween

    • Best Decorated House and Business:  The deadline for nominations for Best Decorated House and Best Decorated Business is Sunday, October 20 at 12 p.m.  To nominate a home or business, email the street addresses to delrayhalloweenparade@yahoo.com by October 20; please state if it should be judged during the day or night.

    • Costumes for Children In Need: The Del Ray Business Association collects and distributes Halloween costumes for children who would otherwise go without.  New or gently used costumes can be dropped off at collection bins at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square (located at Oxford & Mount Vernon Ave.) or on the porch at 110 E. Del Ray.  Costumes are distributed the day before the parade from 2-4 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave. In 2018, over 200 costumes were distributed.  Click here for our Boo-tique's Amazon Wish List, and have the costume shipped directly.
       Held each year on the Sunday before Halloween, the Del Ray Halloween Parade is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com/halloween


  • October 02, 2019 1:24 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce held its annual Best in Business Awards on Oct. 2, to recognize and celebrate the city’s top businesses.  The Del Ray Business Association was named the 2019 Non-Profit/Association of the Year.

    "As a Del Ray resident and former Del Ray Citizens Association president, I have seen tremendous growth in the Del Ray neighborhood, thanks to the great efforts of the Del Ray Business Association," said Mayor Justin Wilson in his nomination letter. "Del Ray is the perfect example of how small, local- and independently-owned businesses, working together with committed neighborhood volunteers, build strong communities."

    "Year-round, all events hosted by the Del Ray Business Association serve a dual purpose: to highlight and promote the Del Ray business community and to generate awareness and support for Alexandria non-profits," said Jennifer Ayers, the executive director of ALIVE!.  "The Del Ray Business Association is made up of a thriving group of caring and involved businesses and individuals that work not only for the benefit of its membership, but also for those most in need in the Alexandria community." 

    The Del Ray Business Association represents the independently-owned shops, retailers, and businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com.

  • September 15, 2019 1:04 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)


    During National Wellness Week (Sept. 15-21), local wellness businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria will feature free classes, educational talks, and discounts throughout the week. The Well Ray businesses of the Del Ray Business Association are dedicated to providing the community with services that contribute to a strong foundation of wellness. Join us for the following:

    WELLNESS WEEK EVENTS

    Tuesday, Sept. 17

    • Four Directions Wellness (2001 Mount Vernon Ave.): Free Introduction to Reiki Class on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7pm. Join Four Directions Wellness owner, Mara Benner, to explore the ancient healing technique of Reiki. Learn why clinical settings are adopting the technique and how it is used to balance the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Plus, learn a technique to support you too! No need to RSVP but look forward to seeing you there! Visit fourdirectionswellness.com for more information.  

    Wednesday, Sept. 18

    • Chrysalis Chiropractic (3140 Commonwealth Ave.): Complimentary 20-minute chair massage on Wed., Sept. 18 from 9am to 12pm. By appointment only; please call 703-535-7881 to book.

    • Del Ray Psych and Wellness (1900 Mount Vernon Ave.): Join Dr. Eng on Wed., Sept. 18 at 7pm to learn how simple mindfulness techniques can bring an increased sense of peace and calm in your everyday life. Please note there is a $5 fee for this class; all money goes toward the selected charity of the month.

    Thursday, Sept. 19

    • Chrysalis Chiropractic (3140 Commonwealth Ave.): Complimentary 20 minute Chair Massage on Th., Sept. 18 from 9am to 12pm.  By appointment only; please call 703-535-7881 to book.

    Friday, Sept. 20

    • Del Ray Psych and Wellness (1900 Mount Vernon Ave.):  Free 15-minute career counseling consultations on Friday, Sept. 20.  Email office@delraypsych.com

    Saturday, Sept. 21

    • Del Ray Psych and Wellness (1900 Mount Vernon Ave.):  Introduction to Acupuncture Special -- $25 off first session.  Email office@delraypsych.com

    • Del Ray Artisans (2704 Mount Vernon Ave.) hosts a Sound Meditation with Dante on Sat., Sept. 21 from 10-11:30am, featuring a soothing asana and breathwork class with sound vibration to build awareness and achieve a mentally clear, emotionally calm, and stable state. No experience necessary. $30 fee. Click here to register by Sept. 18.

    WELLNESS WEEK DISCOUNTS

    • Acupuncture Alexandria (3140 Commonwealth Ave.): All new patients that make an appointment during Wellness Week will receive a wellness swag bag.

    • Acupuncture in Del Ray (3140 Commonwealth Ave.): New patients will receive a gift certificate for a for a complimentary initial acupuncture session to share with a family member or a friend. 

    • Ascend Cycle (2413 Mount Vernon Ave):  Two weeks of unlimited classes for $20; new customers only.  Click here to purchase.  For questions please contact info@ascendcycle.com.

    • Ascend Cycle (2413 Mount Vernon Ave):  Free health coaching consultation for any non-Ascend members during Wellness Week

    • Core Wellness & Physical Therapy (2212 Mt Vernon Ave,): 40% off our 10-pack of Far Infrared Sauna Suite Sessions.  Limit one package per person.  Click here to purchase online.

    • Del Ray Psych and Wellness (1900 Mount Vernon Ave.):  10% off Fall Programs: Hypnotherapy for Weight Loss and Mindfulness-Based Stress & Relaxation.  Email office@delraypsych.com for program discounts.   

    • Ease Yoga and Cafe (3051 Mount Vernon Ave.): Introduction to Ease offer: unlimited yoga classes for 30 days for $30; new clients only. 

    • Four Directions Wellness (2001 Mount Vernon Ave.): Experience the wonderful and relaxing modality of Reiki, a Japanese technique for balancing the mind, body and spirit.  Schedule your session today at Four Directions Wellness www.fourdirectionswellness.com.  Sessions available on weekends too!  Use code; DelRay to enjoy $10 off of your first session.

    • The Healing Tree (2101 Mount Vernon Ave.):  Free posture screening and half price initial evaluation for all new patients over the age of 50!  For more information contact Dr. Cynthia Durakis at 703-706-9500.

    • Organic Facialist (2201 Mount Vernon Ave, #103): 15% off product and services for new customers.

    • Rachel Boehm - YesYou is partnering with PT Solutions for a foam rolling and self massage class on Facebook Live on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 9am -- visit www.facebook.com/YesYou.Co.  Plus, 10% off a one-month holistic health coaching getting started package.  Contact tellmemore@yesyou.co

    • Synergy Float Center (1240 N. Pitt St.):  $49 for one 60-minute float (regular price: $89).  Limit three per customer; new customers only; expires one year after purchase.  Click here to purchase.

    • Terrain Clinic (105 Oronoco St., #115): $75 off an initial visit for anyone who mentions Wellness Week when they book throughout the week (the appointment itself does not have to be during wellness week).

       Wellness Week in Del Ray is sponsored by the Wellness Group of the Del Ray Business Association, which represents the independently-owned health and wellness businesses in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria.  For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com.


  • July 08, 2019 8:31 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)
      A cold beer, food from top Alexandria restaurants, and a free outdoor concert featuring some of the region's best local music -- the formula for a perfect summer night.

        Top local bands will perform on two stages at the 12th Annual Del Ray Music Festival on Saturday, July 13 from 3pm to 8pm at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon Avenue and Oxford Avenue in the heart of Del Ray.  Mount Vernon Avenue will be closed to traffic for the three blocks adjacent to the stage, and nine of Del Ray's top restaurants will host pop-up beer gardens.

        The full line-up:

    Pat Miller Neighborhood Square Stage:

    3:00 – 3:40pm – Most Savage Gentlemen 

    3:50 – 4:30pm - Lacklustre 

    4:40 – 5:20pm - BETAMAX

    5:30 – 6:40pm – Feel Free 

    7pm – 8:30pm – RDGLDGRN

    Mt. Vernon Avenue Stage:

    3:00pm – 3:30pm – Smile and Nod 

    3:40pm – 4:20pm – Rok Tati 

    4:30pm – 5:30pm – Hanoi Ragmen 

    5:40pm – 7:00pm – Jack Kilby and The Front Line

         Held each summer, the Del Ray Music Festival celebrates the diverse, local talent in the Washington, DC area music scene. The event is free and open to all.  For more information, visit www.thedelraymusicfestival.com.  To volunteer at the Del Ray Music Festival, click here.


  • June 18, 2019 12:38 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    The Del Ray Business Association presents the sixth annual Well Ray Festival on Saturday, June 22 from 9am to 1pm. Join us along Mt. Vernon Avenue (between Hume and Uhler Avenues) for a celebration of health and wellness featuring over 80 of the region's top wellness providers, free fitness classes, free health screenings, fun outdoor activities (including a rock climbing wall, big wheel races, and obstacle courses), and more! Bring your mat and be prepared to move during free yoga, Pilates, CrossFit, Spin, Barre, dance classes and more led by Del Ray studio instructors. There's something for everyone, including classes for kids -- get the whole family involved in health!

    Click here to register for free classes: www.wellraydelray.com

    Click here to volunteer: signup.com/go/JXgzcMa

    Click here to donate blood: tinyurl.com/wellraybloodmobile

    For complete details: www.wellraydelray.com

  • June 04, 2019 10:12 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

       The Del Ray Business Association hosted the 11th Annual Taste of Del Ray on June 2, showcasing a diverse collection of Del Ray's top restaurants. The sold-out event featured a spirited competition between 18 participating neighborhood restaurants.

        Del Ray Pizzeria Reserve's Jicama Shrimp Taco with jicama shell, fried shrimp, pineapple salsa, and chipotle aioli won the Judges' Choice Award.  “All the dishes were better and better, making the judging more and more difficult,” said Vikram Sunderam, the James Beard Award-winning chef at Rasika Restaurant in Washington, DC., who served as a judge. “This one stood out-- it was an ingenious dish.”

        Pork Barrel BBQ's Smoked White Chicken Chili won the People's Choice Award, as voted by festival attendees.  

    The complete list of winners:

    JUDGES CHOICE

    1st place: Del Ray Pizzeria Reserve's Jicama Shrimp Taco with jicama shell, fried shrimp, pineapple salsa, and chipotle aioli

    2nd place: Stomping Ground's Jerk Pulled Pork with cilantro aioli and red onion on a mini buttermilk biscuit

    3rd place: Swings Coffee Roasters' Hopped Cascara Soda

    PEOPLE'S CHOICE

    1st place: Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant - Del Ray's Smoked White Chicken Chili

    2nd place: Del Ray Pizzeria/DRP Reserve's Jicama Shrimp Taco with jicama shell, fried shrimp, pineapple salsa, and chipotle aioli

    3rd place: Northside10's Risotto Fritters with tomato gravy

        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.

  • May 21, 2019 2:58 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         The 11th Annual Taste of Del Ray takes place on Sunday, June 2 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.   Eighteen top 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).   New this year: a VIP ticket option will be offered, giving foodies the first bites with early admission at 12:15 p.m. and a wine tasting until 1 p.m.

        Participating restaurants to date: Al's Steak House, Catch On The Ave., Cheesetique, Del Ray Cafe, Del Ray Pizzeria, Evening Star Cafe, Hops N Shine, Junction Bakery & Bistro, KAiZEN Tavern, Lena's Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap, Live Oak Restaurant/Charlie's On The Avenue/The Garden in Del Ray, Nectar Coffee & Wine Bistro, Northside10, Pork Barrel BBQ, St. Elmo's Coffee Pub/Market 2 Market Del Ray, Stomping Ground/Bagel Uprising, Swing's Coffee Roasters, and Taqueria Poblano.

         Advance tickets online are $20 per adult and $5 for children under 12 years of age, and are available here. Day-of ticket sales will begin at 12 p.m. if available; please note that only 500 tickets will be sold. Taste of Del Ray has sold out during pre-sales in the past.

          Click here for tickets!

  • March 28, 2019 3:05 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

       First Thursday returns to Del Ray on Thursday, April 4, with the theme "Hats Along the Avenue." The monthly street festival takes place from 6 p.m. to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue, and is free and open to all.

        In April, pull out your favorite hat, Easter Bonnet, or Crazy Hat Day-inspired creation and stroll Mount Vernon Avenue and enjoy live music from the Janna Audey Band and the Alexandria Country Day School band, plus themed activities. Pets are welcome. Pets with hats are welcome, too!

        Participants are encouraged to bring donations for Friends of Guest House, which helps women successfully reenter the community from incarceration. Visit their Amazon wish list at http://a.co/amzehN9.  Items that are especially needed are twin bed sets including comforters, and women's underwear of all sizes.  Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, located at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Oxford Avenues.

       The Del Ray Business Association also announced the complete line-up of First Thursdays:

    • APRIL 4: Hats Along the Avenue

    • MAY 2: Dog Days in Del Ray

    • JUNE 6: Unmask Your Superhero

    • JULY 11: Red, White, and Blue

    • AUGUST 1: Aloha Thursday

    • SEPTEMBER 5: Show Your Spirit

       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.  The April First Thursday is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association and Alexandria Country Day School. For more information, visit www.visitdelray.com

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