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  • June 28, 2016 3:33 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         During the July First Thursday, Del Ray celebrates our country and recognizes our veterans and military families with "A Nation's Celebration: Red, White & Blue."  The monthly street festival takes place on July 7 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

        First Thursday takes place along Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, and features patriotic activities; discounts for veterans and military families at various businesses; plus music by Mars Rodeo, an old-fashioned cake walk (and treat walk for dogs!), 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 (bath, hand & wash cloth); or gift cards to Target or grocery stores to benefit New Hope Housing, which is part of the City's efforts to ensure there are no homeless veterans in Alexandria. Recently, New Hope Housing  was able to secure a home in Del Ray and, with repairs completed by Rebuilding Alexandria, this housing is available for three formerly homeless vets.  The Del Ray Business Association is proud to support this extraordinary effort to “help a formerly homeless veteran make a new home."  Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square. For more information on New Hope Housing, visit www.newhopehousing.org.  

        Held the first Thursday of the month 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 Jen Walker, The Realtor for Del Ray and beyond! Since 1999, of McEnearney Associates.

  • June 17, 2016 11:37 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

       The third annual Well Ray festival is a community-wide effort to highlight resources for living healthily and happily.  Join us at the open field across from Mind the Mat Del Ray (between our friends Bean Creative and Kiskadee) on Saturday, June 25th! Come browse health and lifestyle inspired tents. Wellness practitioners will offer services including therapeutic massages, acupuncture, physical therapy consultations, chiropractic adjustments, nutritional counseling, blood pressure screenings, and more. Check out wellness inspired fashion from local fitness clothing designers, jewelers, and boutiques.

    Win prizes and make sure to bring your mat and be prepared to move! Free yoga, Pilates, and dance classes will be offered inside and outside all afternoon, led by Mind the Mat’s exceptional team of instructors. Get the whole family involved in health! 

    WELL RAY Outdoor Class Schedule Saturday, June 25th:

    8:15a Yoga
    9:45a Pilates Boot Camp
    10:45a FIELD DAY GAMES for kids & forever kids
    11:45a Yoga
    12:30p lululemon Goals & Vision Experience

    And More: Stretch for Athletes & Runners, Cycle Station, Sheriff's Department Tug-O-War, Music & FUN! MOMs Organic Market will be here with healthy refreshments.

    Kids' Dance and Yoga Third Floor at Mind the Mat!

    WELL RAY is sponsored by Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga and MOM's Organic Market.  For more information, visit www.mindthemat.com/well-ray

  • June 06, 2016 12:54 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Thank you to all the fantastic Del Ray restaurants who participated in the 8th Annual Taste of Del Ray on June 5!   Visit Alexandria President & CEO Patricia Washington, who served as one of the judges: "We have an incredible culinary scene in Alexandria, and especially in Del Ray .. what an incredible community this is."

    The winners of the 8th Annual Taste of Del Ray are...

    People's Choice
    1st Place: Stomping Ground -- Biscuit Sausage Balls with Sriracha Cream Cheese and Sorghum Butter
    2nd Place: Pork Barrel BBQ -- Korean Hillbilly Sliders 
    3rd Place: The Happy Tart -- Trio of Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Judges' Choice
    1st Place: Del Ray Cafe -- Chocolate Beignets 
    2nd Place: Pork Barrel BBQ -- Korean Hillbilly Sliders
    3rd Place: Swings Coffee -- Nitrogen-fused Lattes

    We look forward to another delicious, spirited competition next year!

  • June 04, 2016 9:56 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         Due to forecasted rain, the 8th Annual Taste of Del Ray will take place at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, located at 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria.  The event will still take place on Sunday, June 5 from 1pm to 3pm.   

         Over 15 neighborhood restaurants will participate in the outdoor competition that will name the 2016 Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards. Advance tickets are still available online at Eventbrite until 11am Sunday.  Tickets are $15 at the door, with sales beginning at 12:30 p.m. 

         Participating restaurants include many of the Washington, DC area’s most popular culinary destinations, including Bombay Curry Company, Caboose Café, Cheesetique, Chickpea Mediterranean Grill, Del Ray Café, Del Ray Pizzeria, Evening Star Cafe, The Happy Tart, Market2Market, Pork Barrel BBQ, Rosemarino d'Italia, Stomping Ground, M E Swing Coffee Company, Shakthi South Asian Cuisine, St. Elmo's & M2M, and others.

         This delicious event is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association.


  • June 04, 2016 1:03 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    We had a very successful Fox 5 broadcast from Del Ray, with weather segments during the 6 o’clock hour and many features throughout the morning from 7 to 11 a.m. Thank you so much to Visit Alexandria, and all our local businesses and leaders, who worked with Fox 5 to coordinate more than 20 segments featuring 12 businesses and other local individuals and groups. Pat Miller was honored as Del Ray’s Hometown Hero. Mayor Allison Silberberg was interviewed about Del Ray and Virginia Delegate Mark Levine made an appearance as well. 

    You can view many of the segments online now:

    Zip Trip: Del Ray| Where Main Street comes alive!
    http://www.fox5dc.com/good-day/zip-trip/152107384-story

    5 Must Stops – Featuring Del Ray Artisans, Mind the Mat, The Birchmere, Dairy Godmother, and Del Ray Farmers Market
    http://www.fox5dc.com/good-day/5-must-stops/152122204-story

    Firehouse Friday Alexandria Fire Department 203
    http://www.fox5dc.com/good-day/firehouse-friday/152138010-story

    Hometown Hero Pat Miller
    http://www.fox5dc.com/good-day/hometown-hero/152146554-story

    Junior Reporter Claire Beekman
    http://www.fox5dc.com/good-day/junior-reporter/152151009-story

    Mind The Mat Yoga
    http://www.fox5dc.com/152151893-video

    The Happy Tart
    http://www.fox5dc.com/152164735-video

    Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg
    http://www.fox5dc.com/152153659-video

    Your Dog’s Best Friends: The Dog Store
    http://www.fox5dc.com/152154719-video

    Velocity Bike Co-op
    http://www.fox5dc.com/152155735-video

    Dairy Godmother
    http://www.fox5dc.com/152162689-video

    DIY Del Ray
    http://www.fox5dc.com/152155987-video

    Taste of Del Ray – Featuring Pork Barrel BBQ, Stomping Ground and Junction Bakery & Bistro
    http://www.fox5dc.com/152158847-video


  • June 01, 2016 10:19 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

        Every Friday throughout the summer, FOX 5 Zip Trips spotlights the best spots to visit around the D.C. region.   On Friday, June 3, FOX 5 is spending the morning in Del Ray! Tune in all morning – or come out to the Avenue to cheer on our featured businesses! Note: all times are subject to change

    • 8-8:30AM – Mind the Mat hosts an outdoor exercise class in the farmer’s market parking lot

    • 8:15AM - "FOX 5 First 5" with Del Ray's Lucia Ovalle (age 3) at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 8:30-9:30 AM – Live music with the Irish Breakfast Band at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 8:30AM – Interview with Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 8:45AM – Cake decorating segment with The Happy Tart outside of their store

    • 9 AM – Irish Breakfast Band at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 9:15AM – Taped package featuring "5 Must Stops" in Del Ray

    • 9:17AM - Pet-friendly Del Ray segment at Your Dog’s Best Friends store with puppy pops from The Dairy Godmother

    • 9:50AM – Segment with Christian Myers and Marty Devine from VéloCity Bicycle Co-op in front of their store

    • 10-11 AM - Live music featuring Erin Flynn & Kevin Pace at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 10AM hour - Junior Reporter Isabelle Frye at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 10AM hour - Hometown Hero Pat Miller at the main set outside of Stomping Ground

    • 10:15AM- DIY Del Ray – bubble project at tables outside of Pork Barrel BBQ

    • 10:40 AM – The Dairy Godmother debuts “Fox 5-flavored” treat 

    • 10:50AM – Taste of Del Ray at the main set outside of Stomping Ground featuring Stomping Ground, Pork Barrell BBQ and Junction Bakery & Bistro
  • June 01, 2016 10:16 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    During the June First Thursday, Del Ray showcases its creative side with "Paint Del Ray." The monthly street festival takes place on June 2 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

    "Paint Del Ray" is a unique collaboration between the Del Ray Business Association and the Del Ray Artisans. The event will feature a wide variety of artist demonstrations and displays along Mount Vernon Avenue, and several family-oriented painting activities, including: 

    -- FREE Trolley going up and down the Avenue throughout the night -- sponsored by Jen Walker
    -- River Rock painting at Greenstreet Gardens
    -- Paint a car at Alexandria Hyundai
    -- Alexandria's Mobile Art Lab at R & B
    -- Fence artwork with recycled plastic bottles at Top It Off
    -- UNITY public art project on the 2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue
    -- Culinary art demonstration by KAiZEN Tavern at the Farmer's Market 
    -- The Vaughn Ambrose Quartet at the Farmer's Market
    -- Paint Photo Op Boards at the Del Ray Artisans
    -- Mural grafitti artist Josh Oliveira will be creating a large mural on canvas at the Farmer's Market, to be hung on the eastern wall of Stomping Ground
    -- Del Ray Artisans with easels, paints, and examples of their work outside Fireflies, Greenstreet Gardens, KAiZEN Tavern, Bellies and Babies, Evening Star Cafe, Del Ray Picture Framing, ReMax, Velocity, Bean Creative, St. Elmo's, Stomping Grounds, Dairy Godmother, Swet Ride, Caboose, Mount Vernon Community School, and Los Tios!

    Participants are encouraged to bring art supplies for the Del Ray Artisans' summer art camp or old birdhouses. which will be refinished by the Artisans. Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, formerly known as the Farmer's Market lot, at Mt. Vernon & E. Oxford Avenues. Founded in 1992, the Del Ray Artisans is a nonprofit whose mission is to promote art for the benefit of artists and the community.

    This month’s event is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association, KAiZEN Tavern, and Jen Walker.

  • May 23, 2016 11:23 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

         The Del Ray Business Association is thrilled to welcome Four Directions Wellness to The Avenue!  The practice will host its ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Thursday, June 2 from 6pm to 8pm at their new office, located at 2001 Mount Vernon Ave. in Alexandria.  The event is free and open to all.
         "After 30 years in healthcare, I, along with so many others, now realize that health and wellness are more than simply an annual health check-up," said Four Directions Wellness founder Mara Benner. "It is about the whole of you – your emotions, your mental environment, your inspirations and passions and your physical health. Hence the name Four Directions Wellness, helping to make the connections between body, mind, emotions and spirit!"
         Four Directions Wellness, affiliated with the GW Center for Integrative Medicine, is focused on the adoption of "whole person" integrative healthcare.  To support this goal, Four Directions Wellness offers individual sessions (which may include mindfulness,
    guided imagery, Reiki, Integrative Reflexology, Qigong, coaching and soul exploration); classes on “whole person” care; employer wellness services; and consulting services on integrative health care.
          Program descriptions, service offerings, and more can be found
    on the Four Directions Wellness website, www.FourDirectionsWellness.com.

  • May 21, 2016 10:40 AM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Displaying taste.jpg    The 8th Annual Taste of Del Ray will take place on Sunday, June 5 from 1pm to 3pm.   The competition, showcasing the diverse restaurants and talented chefs in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, is sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association.

       Over 15 neighborhood restaurants will participate in the outdoor competition that will name the 2016 Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards. Ticket holders will enjoy a variety of tastes and cast their votes in the lot behind the United Bank at 2401 Mt. Vernon & E. Oxford Avenues.

         Advance tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for children under 12 years of age and can be purchased online at Eventbrite; or at the Del Ray Farmer’s Market (Mt. Vernon & E. Oxford), the Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray, or The Greener Cleaner beginning Saturday May 21. Tickets are $15 on the day of the event; sales begin at 12:30 p.m.  Get your tickets early -- only 1,000 will be sold.

         Participating restaurants include many of the Washington, DC area’s most popular culinary destinations, including Bombay Curry Company, Caboose Café, Cheesetique, Chickpea Mediterranean Grill, Del Ray Café, Del Ray Pizzeria, Evening Star Cafe, The Happy Tart, Pork Barrel BBQ, Rosemarino d'Italia, Stomping Ground, M E Swing Coffee Company, Shakthi South Asian Cuisine, St. Elmo's & M2M, and others.

         Live entertainment will be located in the Farmers Market parking lot, along with various exhibits tied to food.


  • May 19, 2016 11:10 PM | Pat Miller (Administrator)

    Image result for del ray artisans     During the June First Thursday, Del Ray showcases its creative side with "Paint Del Ray."  The monthly street festival takes place on June 2 from 6pm to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

         "Paint Del Ray" is a unique collaboration between the Del Ray Business Association and the Del Ray Artisans. The event will feature a wide variety of artist demonstrations and displays along Mount Vernon Avenue. The community will be invited to participate in several family-oriented painting activities along The Avenue, including recycled plastic bottle art, painting river rocks, painting photo booth murals, an interactive public art project, and more.

        The interactive public art project "Unity" will launch at the June First Thursday, on the 2200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue.  Participants will tie colorful yarn to posts that reflect their identities.  The larger-than-life structure from the creators of the Courage Wall aims to celebrate individual uniqueness and strengthen ties to each other.

         Participants are encouraged to bring art supplies for the Del Ray Artisans' summer art camp or old birdhouses. which will be refinished by the Artisans.  Donations will be collected at the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square, formerly known as the Farmer's Market lot, at Mt. Vernon & E. Oxford Avenues. Founded in 1992, the Del Ray Artisans is a nonprofit whose mission is to promote art for the benefit of artists and the community.

        Held the first Thursday of the month 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 KAiZEN Tavern.

        For more information on First Thursday, visit www.visitdelray.com.  For more information on the Del Ray Artisans, visit thedelrayartisans.org.  

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