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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 11, 2017 | 0 comments

This Weekend: La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival

This Weekend: La Bella Strada Street Painting Festival

We’re so excited about the La Bella Strada street art festival this weekend. Last year it was so much fun to walk along Mt. Vernon Avenue and watch as the artists created beautiful paintings directly on the sidewalk with professional-grade chalk. The event takes place Saturday, May 13 from 9-3 Sunday, May 14 from 9-3 and raises money for The Del Ray Montessori School. More than 22 artists will create 5×5 and 10×10 foot square chalk paintings along the sidewalk. Several members of the Del Ray Artisans are sharing their talent this year, such as Melanie Bikowski, Karen Laurie Thomas, Pamela Underhill, Jeff Lodge, and Margaret Wohler, as well as artists who study or work at the Torpedo Factory Art League in Old Town. For the full roster of artists from Alexandria and D.C., see the La Bella Strada artists page. The festival is also hosting other fun activities: In the Bean Creative field opposite Mind the Mat yoga studio: face painting for kids, Del Ray School of Musics’...

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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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Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 | 0 comments

MV Big Flea This Saturday

MV Big Flea This Saturday

The annual MV Big Flea, the huge sale benefiting the Mount Vernon Community School, is this Saturday, April 29 and we couldn’t be more excited! Here’s what you need to know. Schedule: 7 a.m. Early-bird admittance with $10 entry fee 8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. General admittance with no entry fee 11:30 a.m. Everything is half off (except nothing is less than $1) 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Everything is free with a $5 entry fee Location: The MV Big Flea will take place at the Mount Vernon Rec Center in Del Ray at 2701 Commonwealth Ave. What You Will Find: We’ve posted a few times about the items that have been collected — furniture, antiques, bikes, baby gear, household items, toys, garden and tools, appliances, decor, etc. — but there’s so much more to discover. The Flea had its largest storage unit of all time this year and is bursting with great stuff. Our Advice: Get there for the early-bird hour (it’s worth the $10 entrance fee), find...

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Call to Artists: La Bella Strada Chalk Painting Festival

Call to Artists: La Bella Strada Chalk Painting Festival

The second annual chalk painting festival in Del Ray – La Bella Strada – is coming up on Saturday May 13 Sunday, May 14 where Mt. Vernon Avenue turns into a giant gallery of vibrant chalk art. Do you want to participate as an artist or know anyone who does? The festival organizers are in search of a few more artists to share their talent. Artists receive Prang artist-grade chalk and other supplies to use to paint either a 5 x 5 foot or 10 x 10 foot square, sponsored by a local business. Artists also receive promotion on the event website and social media leading up to, during, and after the event. There’s a happy hour at Del Ray Artisans following the event to say thanks and give artists and event volunteers a chance to relax and swap stories from their day. Many of the artists who participated in the first annual La Bella Strada shared how much they loved the event and are coming back again. As...

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