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Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 | 0 comments

The Luray Avenue Christmas Cards

The Luray Avenue Christmas Cards

In December, Del Ray’s 300 block of Luray Ave. becomes Del Ray’s Christmas Card Lane. If you’ve traveled down the street, you’ve seen the impressive over-sized painted plywood cards in the front of the houses. If you haven’t, it’s definitely worth a trip day or night to admire the artistry. The cards are inspired by a 40+ year old tradition from Kalamazoo, Michigan, one of the neighbors’ home town. Two years ago we shared the full story about how the Del Ray version of this holiday tradition started as well as instructions for making your own card. Since then, a few more cards have been added. If you’re wondering how the cards stand up, you can see in this picture that the homeowners rested their card on a stepladder with a brick it front to keep it from sliding down. Each one has a spotlight for viewing at night. While you’re out admiring the cards, don’t miss the Little Free Library on the corner too. If your block has...

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Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 | 0 comments

Del Ray Holiday Windows Part 2

Del Ray Holiday Windows Part 2

Last week we shared a few of the festive painted holiday windows along Del Ray’s main street. A few more have popped up since then, so here’s a second batch of window art to enjoy. While you are out admiring the windows, don’t miss the 12 decorated trees as well. All the trees were decorated by local non-profits. Vote for your favorite by December 25 — the organization with the most votes wins $500 from the Del Ray Business...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 | 1 comment

Del Ray Holiday Windows

Del Ray Holiday Windows

You may have noticed that we took a break from posting on DIY Del Ray since last summer, but we’re working on more stories about Del Ray in the new year… If you have an idea you’d like to share, let us know! We’re interested in home improvement and renovation stories, interior design inspiration, craft projects, gardening, artist studios, small locally-owned businesses, holiday traditions, and basically anything related to life in Del Ray… In the meantime, today we wanted to share a few of the fabulous holiday windows that are popping up along Mt Vernon Ave. All the windows were painted by various local artists (including Patrick Kirwin and his daughter, Margaret Wohler, Leslie Duss and Candi Ellis). We know there are a few more artists still designing windows and we can’t wait to see what they will create. Happy...

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Posted by on May 18, 2017 | 1 comment

Scenes from La Bella Strada 2017

Scenes from La Bella Strada 2017

We had such a great time walking up and down Mt Vernon Avenue this past weekend watching as empty squares on the sidewalk transformed into works of chalk art. The second annual La Bella Strada street painting festival took place on Sunday drawing crowds who came to admire the street art and make their own art too. La Bella Strada is modeled after an ancient Italian art form and is a fundraiser for The Del Ray Montessori School. Local artists volunteered their time and talent and local businesses sponsored the artists. If you missed it, don’t worry, the art is still there, just get to the Avenue before it rains! Here’s a few dozen photos from the event. Which design was your favorite? For more about La Bella Strada including details about the featured artists and their other areas of expertise, visit www.labellastradadelray.com. Stay tuned for info about La Bella Strada...

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Posted by on May 5, 2017 | 0 comments

Introducing the Reusable Takeout Container Initiative

Introducing the Reusable Takeout Container Initiative

There’s an exciting new eco-friendly project launching in Del Ray this month and it’s the idea of Del Ray residents and T.C. Williams sophomores Leila Rasmussen, Elspeth Collard, and Bridget Williams. As part of a STEM program project, the students devised a way to reduce the amount of waste created by takeout containers. The program, the Reusable Takeout Container Initiative (RTC), is similar to the concept of bringing your own shopping bags to grocery stores. Consumers purchase a sturdy, bpa-free, microwave- and dishwasher-safe 3-part container for $5 that they can use at participating restaurants. Every time you use your container for a takeout order or to bring leftovers home, you get 10% off your meal. Pork Barrel BBQ’s Bill Blackburn and Taqueria el Poblano’s Jeff Wallingford were the first to sign on. Los Tios is also participating. Wallingford says, “Bill and I discussed it and thought it was a great idea and that there would be certain economies of scale and a synergy that we could work on and hopefully...

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