CRPD’s Strawberry Food Truck Brings Delicious Eats to Rhythm on the River

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s Strawberry Food Truck will serve up sweet and savory delicacies on August 5 and August 19 at Rhythm on the River, a free event featuring music and movies in Bicentennial Park. The Strawberry Food Truck travels to various Columbus events with special edition meals by different featured chefs each time.

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On August 5, the team from Buster Mac’s food truck will whip up their signature burgers and milkshakes made with Velvet Ice Cream. Check out the August 5 MENU created by  the guest chefs from Buster Mac’s Food Truck.

On August 19, Bleu and Fig Chef Isidora Diaz and Lara Yazvac of Two Top Consulting will come together to feature a delicious, yet down home menu featuring:

  • The Outlaw – a shredded beef sandwich topped with relish
  • Smoky Lemon Tater Salad
  • Purdy Pudding – strawberry and white chocolate bread pudding
  • Strawberry Horchata Popsicles by Rime Time Popsicles!

Proceeds from the meals sold at the Strawberry Food Truck support the Columbus Recreation and Park Department’s Free Summer Meals Program which provides free meals and snacks to children age 1-18 at a variety of locations throughout the summer months. In 2015 the Free Summer Meals Program provided over 600,000 meals to kids in need.

Follow news and updated about the Strawberry Food Truck at @colsrecparks or by visiting Columbus Recreation and Parks on Facebook.

More info at: https://www.columbus.gov/recreationandparks/programs/free-meal-programs/ or check out the fact sheet for more Details about CRPD Strawberry Food Truck

 


THIS FRIDAY: Sounds of Fiery Chicago Blues to Join Columbus Jazz Legends

Chicago is one of the few cities that still cherishes its true blues roots, and Omar Coleman is one of those authentic players striving for dynamic musical expertise. Nestled in a tight pocket of distinct blues, this premier harmonica player will be joined by some of Columbus’ all-star musicians—The Byron Stripling Blues Band, Bobby Floyd, Derek DiCenzo and Jim Rupp!

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Replicating a voice soulful beyond his own years, Coleman has blown away audiences around the world with his fiery harmonica skills. From San Francisco to France and Brazil to the St. Louis Blues Festival, Omar has garnered a fan base that propelled his debut album in 2015 to the blues charts where it still sits at #15. A cool summer evening with loved ones paired with the hot licks of Coleman’s music, combine for an evening that you won’t want to miss!

Columbus-native Sean Carney will open the evening. A one-man ambassador for the blues, Carney’s sophisticated masters of tone and his band have won numerous awards throughout the world. Having traveled the world to share his passion, Sean is highly regarded for his pure talent, respect of blues tradition, and his humble and gracious nature.

Schedule:
6:30 p.m.—Food and Beverage Sales Begin
7:30 p.m.—Sean Carney, followed by Omar Coleman with Byron Stripling and the Jazz Arts Group All-Stars

Rhythm on the River and Movies on the Mile are produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and made possible through the generous support of the Scioto Mile Endowment Fund: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, ABC 6/ FOX 28, Rewind 103.5/104.3, Donatos, WCBE 90.5FM, Crowne Plaza-Columbus Downtown and Gateway Film Center.



FountainSide Fun Challenge: Inspired by Slate Run Living Historical Farm

This week’s FountainSide Fun Challenge comes from Metro Parks Slate Run Living Historical Farm! Turning time back to the 1880s, Slate Run looks to give visitors a first-hand experience of life on an old Ohio farm. Corn is Ohio’s second largest crop, and produces an average of 500 million bushels of corn every year! This week, as we take a closer look into life on a farm, we challenge YOU to create your own painting using corn-on-the-cob!

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Need a snack while you create? Let your taste buds rest with “Pigs in a Blanket”!

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Dig into farm life with your fountain friends to learn more about life in rural Columbus! Join Metro Parks Slate Run Living Historical Farm at FountainSide Wednesday, July 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to splashing around the fountain, dig into farm life with Bring the Farm to You, start your own garden with OSU Urban Arts Space and create a farm inspired mandala with Kya’s Krusade!

Additional activities this week are hosted by Lowe’s, Local Matters, COSI on Wheels, Columbus Zoo and Ohio History Connection.

Check out the Scioto Mile blog all summer long for a weekly FountainSide Fun Challenge. Our community partners will share and inspire an array of hands-on activities, crafts, and games for family-friendly fun at home all summer long.


Jazz & Rib Fest July 22-24

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There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with hot ribs and cool jazz! Jazz & Rib Fest, presented by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, will return for its 37th year to a new location on the Scioto Mile. The aroma of hot ribs and sounds of cool jazz on three stages in Bicentennial, West Bank and Genoa Parks will fill the air on July 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and July 14 from 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Click here to get more info on Jazz & Rib Fest Parking Restrictions and Street Closures.

Check out this year’s Festival Guide: http://www.hotribscooljazz.org/festival-guide/


THIS FRIDAY: Bicentennial Park Welcomes Four-Time Grammy Winning Choral Group

Noted by Nelson Mandela as the South African cultural ambassadors of the world, the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is pleased to welcome four-time Grammy winning choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Bicentennial Park!

Formed by Joseph Shabalala in the early 1960s, Ladysmith Black Mambazo was the result of a series of dreams Shabalala had that featured a choir singing in perfect harmony—and that’s exactly what they’ve done since. Over time, members of the all-male choral group have welcomed a younger generation in their mission to pass along the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love and harmony to millions of people.

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Collaborating in 1986 with Paul Simon for an album that has tallied over 16 million copies sold, Mambazo now has a series of international releases.  Collaborating has become the norm for the South African singers, who can be heard in movies involving Disney, Michael Jackson and Eddie Murphy, television shows such as Sesame Street and Saturday Night Live, and on recordings of artists like Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Mavis Staples (Rhythm on the River 2014), Josh Groban and many more.

Grab your family, friends and dancing shoes for a star-lit night of unforgettable South African culture, right here in Columbus!

Schedule:
6:30 p.m.—Food and Beverage Sales Begin
8:00 p.m.—Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Rhythm on the River and Movies on the Mile are produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and made possible through the generous support of the Scioto Mile Endowment Fund: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, ABC 6/ FOX 28, Rewind 103.5/104.3, Donatos, WCBE 90.5FM, Crowne Plaza-Columbus Downtown and Gateway Film Center



FountainSide Fun Challenge: Inspired by Pilot Dogs

Check out the Scioto Mile blog all summer long for a weekly FountainSide Fun Challenge. Our community partners will share and inspire an array of hands-on activities, crafts, and games for family-friendly fun at home all summer long. Leap around the fountain with friends, but be sure to stop by your favorite Columbus groups for plenty of learning!

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This week’s FountainSide Fun Challenge comes from Pilot Dogs! Pilot Dogs is headquartered right here in Columbus and looks to Columbus families to adopt their puppies and help raise them until they are ready to become a visual aid dog to the blind. This week, we challenge YOU to create your own dog ears! Use the photos below to cut out the pieces for your ears and decorate them however you like.

Need a snack while you create? Whip up this sweet treat called “Puppy Chow”!

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Join Pilot Dogs at FountainSide Wednesday, July 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to splashing around the fountains with the Fountain Frog, get crafty with OSU Urban Arts Space, learn to eat healthy with Local Matters and leap over to CDC Head Start to learn about the life of a frog!

Additional activities this week are hosted by Lowe’s and the Buckeye Mobile Tour.


THIS FRIDAY: Movies on the Mile Goes Back to the Future with Popgun

Hop in the Bicentennial Park time machine as the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department presents an evening of time travel with Popgun and Back to the Future (1985), as part of our Movies on the Mile series!

After musing about whether he would have befriended his father if they had been school-mates, Bob Gale wrote the 1985 science-fiction comedy adventure Back to the Future. Now a cinema classic, the film tells the story of Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) who is accidentally sent thirty years into the past to 1955 in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown. In an effort to save his own existence, Marty must make sure his young parents fall in love. Following its 1985 release, Back to the Future grossed over $389 million worldwide, marking the beginning of a franchise with two sequels, an animated series, theme park ride, several video games and a forthcoming musical.

 

Setting the mood for an evening of future to flashback fun is Popgun. Comprised of some of Central Ohio’s most practiced musicians, Popgun puts a spunky spin on a variety of classic pop tunes. Group members also perform with other outstanding bands from the area, including the Floorwalkers, HooDoo Soul Band, Strutterfly and the Dan White Sextet.

Evening schedule:
6:30 p.m. – Food & beverage sales begin, DeLorean arrives for photos
7:30 p.m. – Opening performance by Popgun
At dusk – Movies on the Mile featuring Back to the Future
 

Rhythm on the River and Movies on the Mile are produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department and made possible through the generous support of the Scioto Mile Endowment Fund: Columbus Downtown Development Corporation, ABC 6/ FOX 28, Rewind 103.5/104.3, Donatos, WCBE 90.5FM, Crowne Plaza-Columbus Downtown and Gateway Film Center.