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Summertime Blues? Columbia Pike Blues Festival is the Cure!

CONTACT: (703) 892-2776

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SUMMERTIME BLUES? COLUMBIA PIKE BLUES FESTIVAL IS THE CURE!

Music, food, local business interview opportunities

Arlington, Va. – June 15, 2010 – Five bands have your cure for the summertime blues! Join thousands of Washingtonians for the 15th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival, a free, family friendly celebration of music, food and the diverse South Arlington community sponsored by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) and official television media sponsor ABC 7/WJLA-TV & NewsChannel 8.  On Saturday, June 19 from 1 to 8 p.m., enjoy the block party on S. Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike in the heart of South Arlington.

Kick off the summer season by jamming to the blues performed by talented national & local musicians:

  • Acclaimed Blues Guitarist Debbie Davies
  • Incredible 16-year-old prodigy Jazz and Blues Pianist Matt Wigler
  • Powerful blend of Mississippi Delta and Chicago Blues Danny Blew
  • Award-winning D.C. band Bad Influence
  • And the fantastic Moondog Medicine Show

Event performers and the following spokespeople are available for interviews this week:

  • Skip Chaples with Guitars Not Guns of the National Capital Area is hosting a Music Experience Tent at the Festival, and 8- to 18-year-olds are invited for free introductory guitar lessons and a chance to win a guitar. GNG teaches at-risk youth how to play the guitar, and upon graduation from GNG, children get to keep their instrument. According to Chaples, it costs just $1,000 to take a class of 10 new students from knowing nothing to earning their guitar.
  • Barbecue! “Big Daddy” Isaac Brown has been grilling up Texas barbecue for more than 50 years. A resident of Columbia Pike, he caters events such as the Marine Corps Marathon, and in his three decades with the Army, he’s cooked for a number of prominent Americans and visiting dignitaries. Big Daddy would like to teach viewers about the different styles of BBQ – Texas, North Carolina, etc. – and since it is the season for it, how to use rubs and sauces.
  • Takis Karantonis, CPRO executive director, is available to address the economic rebirth of Columbia Pike and surrounding communities. Projects in the pipeline include a significantly improved streetscape, new “superstops” for bus (and light rail in the near future), a new Community Center and more that will make South Arlington more vibrant, pedestrian-friendly and environmentally conscious while maintaining its diversity.

While enjoying the free outdoor concert and supporting the diversity of Columbia Pike and its businesses, shop and eat with nearly 30 local food, craft and other exhibitors, including Car Free Diet, Pike Ride, Big Daddy’s BBQ and Rincome Thai.

For all of the latest Blues Festival information, follow the event at https://columbiapikebluesfestival.wordpress.com/ and on the website at www.columbiapike.org. Photos from the 2009 festival are available upon request.

CPRO is accepting applications for VOLUNTEERS & SPONSORS. Please call Amy McWilliams at (703) 892-2776 for more information.

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The 15th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival is presented by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) in partnership with ABC 7/WJLA-TV & NewsChannel 8, the official television media sponsor of the Blues Festival. For nearly 25 years, CPRO has brought together area businesses, residents and Arlington County officials with the mission to promote smart growth and diversity on Columbia Pike and in its surrounding communities.

Smart Growth in South Arlington – Good for business, real estate, transit, residents

CONTACT: Stacey Viera, 202-905-2430

SOUTH ARLINGTON: A CASE STUDY FOR SMART GROWTH

Decades of planning yield results for Columbia Pike residents, businesses

Arlington, Va. – June 8, 2010 – The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) and the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) today hosted a tour of the grounds of a diverse Arlington County community to demonstrate how the county has used public-private partnerships to meet goals for smart growth.

“The Columbia Pike community is starting to see the fruits of a collaborative effort begun a dozen years ago by county government, neighborhood leaders, business owners, and CPRO,” said Christopher Zimmerman, Vice-Chairman of the Arlington County Board and a Columbia Pike resident, who led the tour.  “After years of planning and preparation, we are beginning to realize the vision of a re-born Main Street:  pedestrian-friendly, neighborhood-serving, environmentally sustainable, diverse and appealing to new business.”

Takis Karantonis, CPRO executive director, said, “The economic rebirth of various segments of the high-density Columbia Pike corridor is being realized with developments such as apartment complexes, new cafes and restaurants in the town-center section of the revitalization district near the Walter Reed Drive intersection. The same is true for the 55 Hundred luxury apartments and retail building located on the western portion of the Pike around the corner from the newly renovated, eco-friendly Columbia Grove affordable housing complex.”

To build on smart growth goals and revitalize the neighborhood, the Columbia Pike Initiative, adopted in 2002, aims to “build a safer, cleaner, more competitive and vibrant Columbia Pike community.” Public-private partnerships have been established to provide more efficient transportation and make attractive, affordable, environmentally friendly housing and community centers available to the widest possible range of Arlington’s workforce – from lower- to higher-income.

Nina Janopaul, President/CEO, APAH, said, “Our community support programs offered to South Arlingtonians allow for the county’s low- and moderate-income residents to live closer to where they work. Offering bi-lingual staff resources, literacy courses, activities for children and many other services involves residents in their communities rather than forcing them to the more affordable outer suburbs, which puts a strain on transit, families and the environment.”

On June 19 from 1-8 p.m., CPRO and official television media sponsor ABC 7/WJLA-TV & NewsChannel 8 will sponsor the 15th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival, one of the many celebrations of the Pike’s diverse restaurants, artisans and businesses. The outdoor concert is free and open to the public. For all of the latest Blues Festival information, follow the event at columbiapikebluesfestival.wordpress.com and on the website at http://www.columbiapike.org.

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For nearly 25 years, CPRO has brought together area businesses, residents and Arlington County officials with the mission to promote smart growth and diversity on Columbia Pike and in its surrounding communities. The 15th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival is presented by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) in partnership with ABC 7/WJLA-TV & NewsChannel 8, the official television media sponsor of the Blues Festival.

Calling All Volunteers!

Here’s your opportunity to not just attend the 15th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival, but you can volunteer and help make it an enjoyable day for thousands of your friends and neighbors!

The Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) needs volunteers to:

  • Greet people at entrances, hand out programs and request donations
  • Work at the CPRO booth, which includes checking IDs and selling beer and wine tickets
  • Work at the beer truck and wine tent taking tickets and pouring beverages

If you’re interested in working a shift of 2 hours or more on Saturday, June 19, contact Amy McWilliams at 703-892-2776.

Thank you! See you at the Blues Festival!

Save the Date: Columbia Pike Blues Festival!

CONTACT: Stacey Viera, 202-905-2430

SAVE THE DATE: COLUMBIA PIKE BLUES FESTIVAL

The 15th annual free event takes place June 19 from 1-8 p.m.

Arlington, Va. – May 17, 2010 – Mark your calendars for the 15th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival, a free, family friendly celebration of music, food and the diverse South Arlington community sponsored by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) and official television media sponsor ABC 7/WJLA-TV & NewsChannel 8.  On Saturday, June 19 from 1 to 8 p.m., join more than 6,000 of your neighbors at the block party on S. Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike in the heart of South Arlington.

Kick off the summer season by jamming to the blues performed by talented national & local musicians:

While enjoying the free outdoor concert and supporting the diversity of Columbia Pike and its businesses, shop and eat with nearly 30 local food, craft and other exhibitors, including Car Free Diet, Pike Ride, Big Daddy’s BBQ and Rincome Thai.

New this year, kids of all ages are welcome to pick up a guitar at the Music Experience Tent where volunteers from Guitars Not Guns will hold mini-lessons, and one lucky child will win a free guitar.

For all of the latest Blues Festival information, follow the event at https://columbiapikebluesfestival.wordpress.com/ and on the website at www.columbiapike.org. Photos from the 2009 festival are available upon request.

CPRO is accepting applications for VOLUNTEERS & SPONSORS. Please call Amy McWilliams at (703) 892-2776 for more information.

# # #

The 15th Annual Columbia Pike Blues Festival is presented by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) in partnership with ABC 7/WJLA-TV & NewsChannel 8, the official television media sponsor of the Blues Festival. For nearly 25 years, CPRO has brought together area businesses, residents and Arlington County officials with the mission to promote smart growth and diversity on Columbia Pike and in its surrounding communities.