Inside the Mile

Summer Nights on the Scioto Mile

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We have been counting down the days until summer and luckily, it is right around the corner! Sunsets along the Scioto Mile, picnics in the park and the good company of family and friends will soon fill hot days and cool nights again. With the Rhythm on the River performance series just weeks away, mark your calendars for Friday evenings of unforgettable memories in Columbus’ Bicentennial Park!

Featuring everything from bluegrass and blues to ballet and more, Rhythm on the River continues to provide eclectic and exciting performances that will spark everyone’s musical tastes. As the sounds and sights of world-renown performers swell throughout the park, be sure that you are capturing these moments with family and friends as you put an end to a busy week! All performances take place on the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion, a state-of-the-art venue with architecture reflecting the Scioto Mile Fountain design. This season’s performances will continue to wow audiences of all ages as we host multiple musical hall-of-famers, acrobats hailing from over 7,000 miles away and the hard-charging harp style of arguably the greatest harmonica player to ever live. Oh, and did we mention these performances are FREE?

No need to prepare dinner — pizza from Donatos and beverages may be purchased beginning at 6:30 p.m. at every Rhythm on the River performance. Check out the full schedule here and be sure to join us this season!

 


Make a Splash at FountainSide!

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Summer fun is just around the corner! The weather is warming up and the sun is shining bright on the Mile. The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by the American Electric Power Foundation is now on for the season and we are ready to make a splash! In less than a month, FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM) will be here to fill your summer afternoons. New this year, pedal your way to a healthier lifestyle with the Molina Healthcare Smoothie Bicycle. We cannot wait to enjoy FREE ice cream from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck, and as always Donatos Pizza will be on site for you to purchase pizza and beverages!

Join us June 3rd for the first FountainSide of the season! Dive into the summer season for themed activities, games, arts and crafts on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Bicentennial Park. Join Local Matters to learn how to grow healthy foods, what healthy foods need to survive, as well as what healthy foods do for our bodies. Lowe’s Plant & Grow Workshop will teach you how to create your own garden all summer long. Explore the life of wild animals with the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Ohio Wildlife Center, P.T. Reptiles, and The Turtle Lady. Get crafty with OSU Urban Arts Space, Thurber House, Franklin Park Conservatory, and more! Make sure to stop by and see the Fountain Frog for its first appearance on June 17. Special thanks to Sunny 95 for their continued support of FountainSide. Join us every week and make sure to check our schedule here!


Summer Fun Sneak Peek

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Rejuvenating days of summer are just ahead! Remember those afternoon picnics while playing in the fountain or grooving to your favorite artists in Bicentennial Park? After a long winter, everyone deserves a chance to unwind and bask in the sun. Fortunately for us, adventures along the Mile have returned! The Scioto Mile Fountain presented by American Electric Power Foundation will be up and running and ready for the fun, starting Monday, April 27! Whether you bike, run, or drive down, we always have something in store for you. With our summer programs just around the corner, we are thinking about all the activities and music coming your way. Here is a sneak peek into your summer plans:

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FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM)

Select Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Bicentennial Park
233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio

Grab the kids, head downtown and join us for FREE fun and educational children’s activities centered around the Scioto Mile Fountain! Splash in the fountains, visit with animal friends, play games, learn about conservation and more on nine Wednesdays throughout the summer! Join Local Matters and Lowe’s Plant & Grow for weekly workshops. Cool off each week with free ice cream from Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck and pedal your way to a healthy lifestyle on the Molina Healthcare Smoothie Bicycle. Check out this list of some of the organizations joining us this summer:

  • Columbus Zoo & Aquarium
  • OSU Sports Marketing
  • Ohio Wildlife Center
  • COSI
  • Ohio History Connection
  • Columbus Children’s Theatre
  • Thurber House
  • Fountain Frog
  • Franklin Park Conservatory
  • OSU Urban Arts Space
  • Dramatic Impact
  • The Turtle Lady
  • Bring the Farm to You and more!

For more information on the FountainSide series, visit http://www.sciotomile.com/events/fountainside/.

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Rhythm on the River

Select Friday evenings
Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion
233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio

FREE outdoor performances at Bicentennial Park are a great way to end your busy week!  Ten different Rhythm on the River performances feature everything from bluegrass to blues to ballet and more!  Donatos will have hot pizza to complement your cool summer nights on the riverfront.  Food and beverage sales begin at 6:30 p.m. each week. Mark your calendars and click on the artist links below for more information:

For more information on the Rhythm on the River series, visit http://http://www.sciotomile.com/events/rhythm-on-the-river/.

See you in June!


Save the Date – 2015 Summer Dates Announced

Is it too early to dream about sunshine-filled afternoons in the Scioto Mile Fountain, dinner on the patio of Milestone 229 and an outdoor Friday evening concert set along the city’s skyline? We think not; so we are marking our calendars for four months of FREE downtown summer entertainment. It’s never too early to crave sunshine and that spring weather, right?

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Rhythm on the River features an eclectic array of touring artists, local musicians and arts organizations on select Fridays throughout the summer. Highlighting everything from bluegrass to blues to ballet and more, attending a Rhythm on the River performance is the perfect way to spend summer evenings with family and friends. Stay tuned for a full performance schedule!

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FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7 FM) offers free fun children’s activities in and around the interactive Scioto Mile Fountain on select Wednesdays throughout the summer from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The series enriches the lives of Columbus-area children through fun and educational programs encompassing arts, crafts, music, dance, healthy living and physical fitness. Attendees enjoy free frozen treats courtesy of the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck. Check back soon for activity details!
We will see everyone in June!

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SCIOTO MILE LIGHTS UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

It’s time to mark your calendars for an evening of celebration, giving and holiday cheer! Join Mayor Michael B. Coleman to celebrate the City’s greatest holiday tradition, the Grand Illumination, on Friday, December 5 in Bicentennial Park. The Scioto Mile features over 200,000 holiday lights as well as dynamic seasonal imagery projected onto the Scioto Mile Fountain, creating a one-of-a-kind visual experience, each night through January 25 in celebration of the NHL All Star game held in Nationwide Arena.

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This year’s ceremony will feature traditional carols performed by the Columbus Children’s Choir, a stunning light show illuminating Bicentennial Park and the Scioto Mile, and sweeping views of Santa and his reindeer as they fly across the Columbus night sky. After the ceremony, Santa will visit with children and share a special gift while attendees enjoy complimentary holiday treats and hot cocoa.

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In the spirit of giving, support the Empty Bowls project by purchasing a piece of handcrafted pottery and receive a bowl of hearty chicken and dumpling soup compliments of Milestone 229 (link to their website). All proceeds benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

Click here for a full list of holiday activities!

EVENING SCHEDULE:
5:00 p.m. – Holiday Activities
6:00 p.m. – Ceremony and Light Show
6:30 p.m. – Meet & Greet with Santa

LOCATION:
Bicentennial Park
233 Civic Center Drive


The Scioto Greenways Project: Transforming Downtown Columbus

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Currently, the river along the Scioto Mile remains a slow-moving, wide pool of sediment-laden water due to presence of low head dams.  Dam removal and river restoration projects have been shown to increase property values, encourage investment, and create vibrant communities across the nation.  Thus, the Scioto Greenways project was formed.

Scioto Greenways is now underway and involves three primary components: the removal of the Main Street Dam, restoring the Scioto River channel, and creating 33 acres of new green space throughout Downtown Columbus.

In late 2013, the Main Street Dam was removed.  Dam removal has restored natural flow of the river, helping to improve ecological systems and river habitat.  Restoration of the Scioto River channel is currently underway and will provide new recreation options and lead to the final component, which is creating 33 acres of green space.  The pulsating new space will provide an opportunity to further leverage existing investments in the area.

Thanks to the Scioto Greenways project, 1.5 miles of bike paths and pedestrian connectors will be added to Downtown Columbus.  These paths, in turn, provide a key element connecting the Ohio River to Lake Erie.  The project will support as many as 350 new jobs in the region and allow the public to interact with the river in its natural state.  A healthy river that enables recreation and improves connectivity, will allow Columbus to thrive and ensure maximum economic, ecological and social benefits.

Visit http://www.sciotogreenways.com/ for more project updates.

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RECAP | Rhythm on the River

The 2014 Scioto Mile series brought more than 35,000 community members to Bicentennial Park for free cultural, educational and fun family-friendly activities and performances throughout the summer months. The two series — Rhythm on the River and FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7FM) —partnered with 35 different local organizations to produce 19 afternoons and evenings full of a variety of activities, fountain play, music and dance performances. Scioto Mile programs aim to impact lives in the community and bring a unique intersection of education, opportunity and enjoyment to Columbus families.

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Ten Rhythm on the River performances took place on the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion. The evenings were full of talented artists and performers showcasing everything from local roots to international tours. From local groups like The Navigators and Mojoflo to blues artist Shemekia Copeland, to bluegrass music’s most prominent bands Balsam Range and The Boxcars and the elegant grace of BalletMet Columbus, the series brought something for everyone. The Kenya Safari Acrobats took their skills to exhilarating extremes while Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience shared their roots of zydeco music after the community joined Mayor Michael B. Coleman for a twilight bike ride that ended in Bicentennial Park. Rhythm on the River is produced by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, and made possible through the generous support of The Scioto Mile Endowment Fund, ABC 6/ FOX 28, Rewind 103.5/104.3FM, Donatos Pizza, The Westin Columbus, WCBE 90.5FM, Sunny Street Café and The Holiday Inn Downtown.

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Thank you to all who attended and we will see you next summer!

Click here to see more photos from this year’s Rhythm on the River series in the Visual Gallery.


RECAP | FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7FM)

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The 2014 Scioto Mile series brought more than 35,000 community members to Bicentennial Park for free cultural, educational and fun family-friendly activities and performances throughout the summer months. The two series — Rhythm on the River and FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7FM) —partnered with 35 different local organizations to produce 19 afternoons and evenings full of a variety of activities, fountain play, music and dance performances. Scioto Mile programs aim to impact lives in the community and bring a unique intersection of education, opportunity and enjoyment to Columbus families.

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Nine FountainSide afternoons offered water-themed play and fountain fun in and around the 15,000 square-foot Scioto Mile Fountain. This series enriches the lives of Columbus-area children through fun and educational programs encompassing art, crafts, music, dance, healthy living and physical fitness. Children made crafts with local arts organizations such as OSU Urban Arts Space and Columbus Children’s Theatre, learned the health benefits of planting and harvesting locally grown food with Lowe’s Plant & Grow workshop and Local Matters. They tested their sports skills with Columbus Blue Jackets and OSU Sports Marketing, met the Turtle Lady, her turtle friends and more. Bring The Farm to You and P.T. Reptiles also participated, allowing children to play with and learn more about various reptiles and farm animals. Everyone was able to enjoy free frozen treats from the Sunny 95/Meijer Treat Truck while they played and hopped around with the Fountain Frog. Attendees reported hearing about the event mainly via word-of-mouth and social media outlets. 95% of attendees said they plan to return to FountainSide in 2015. FountainSide is made possible through the generous support of Sunny 95 (94.7FM) and Donatos.

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Click here to see more photos from this year’s FountainSide series in the Visual Gallery.

Check back next week for a Rhythm on the River recap!


RECAP | 35th Annual Jazz & Rib Fest

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It was a year to celebrate – from its beginnings as Jazz in July to the Riverfront Jazz Festival to the Jazz & Rib Fest; the 2014 Jazz & Rib Fest marked 35 years of the finest jazz musicians and the best BBQ from across the country. The Jazz & Rib Fest has become one of the most anticipated summertime traditions in Columbus and this year proved to be no different. Bringing more than 350,000 people from all over the country to the Arena District riverfront, the festival offered jazz connoisseurs 50 live performances by local and international touring artists and 23 award-winning rib teams lined Spring and Long Streets to compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights.

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A variety of musical acts graced the festival stages throughout the weekend. 2014 headliners included Brian Culbertson, Terence Blanchard, Earl Klugh, The Soul Rebels, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Jessy J. From relaxing under the shade of the Hollywood Casino Plaza to experiencing a day in the life of an Air National Guard to tasting samples from the Big Bite Tour, the festival provided something for all. Partnering for the third consecutive year, The Color Run brought more than 11,000 registered runners for 3.1 miles of color madness. This year’s festival brought many record-breaking numbers – 5,000 pounds of potatoes were consumed, 8,000 lemons were squeezed to make lemonade, 2,000 gallons of ketchup used (that’s 91,429 individual packets!), 188,000 pieces of Dove Dark Chocolate Promises were sampled and we can’t forget the BBQ ribs with over half a million bones consumed by festival attendees!

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Jazz & Rib Fest would not be possible without the continuous support and generosity of our lead sponsors and partners including American Electric Power, ABC 6 WSYX/FOX 28 WTTE, Bud Light, Hollywood Casino, Sunny 95, The Arena District, The Color Run, Live Technologies and Ruckus Wireless. We also extend a special thanks to Jazz & Rib Fest tours, sponsors and partners including the Big Bite Tour, Dove Chocolate Tour, Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Tour, Direct Satellite Service, State Farm Insurance, Buckeye Community Health Plan, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, United States Marine Corps, Air National Guard, car2go, Crowne Plaza, Coca-Cola, Sunbelt Rentals, Buckeye Mobile Tour, Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Crew and COSI.

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Click here for more photos from this year’s festival in the photo gallery on the Jazz & Rib Fest website.

We will see everyone next year!


THIS FRIDAY (9/5) | Columbus Jazz Orchestra featuring Helen Welch

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With very few performance opportunities available for jazz musicians playing in the big band scene, Columbus Jazz Arts Group formed the Columbus Jazz Orchestra over 40 years ago with no idea how successful it would come to be. To stop from becoming a thing of the past, audiences are led to return each and every season due to their new and modern arrangements of jazz classics, but with the same high energy and style that big bands have obtained since the 1920s. Byron Stripling, world-renown band leader and trumpet virtuoso, leads the Columbus Jazz Orchestra with the experience of playing with bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman and Lionel Hampton, traveling the world to play jazz festivals and being a featured soloist with groups such as the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, the National Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Even though Stripling has played with so many of the world’s finest musicians, so has the Columbus Jazz Orchestra; featuring high profile vocalists and instrumentalists on many of their performances, this show will prove to be no different. Enchanting crowds with her vocals and humor, we are excited to announce that Helen Welch will be joining the orchestra for this special performance. Welch, who is a native of England, got off to a fast start of starring roles in some of Broadway’s biggest productions—captivating audiences both in person and even on television (BBC). Her musical work eventually led to her working with the UK’s most talented big bands, as well as teaching students of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, who are considered to be the best of Britain’s future musicians.

With over 20 subscribed season concerts given by the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, we are thrilled to be able to host their debut in Bicentennial Park. Both with large and devoted followings, Helen Welch and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra will be sure to quickly engage the large audience and leave listeners holding on to every note!

EVENING SCHEDULE:
6:30 p.m. – Food and beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Performance

ARTIST WEBSITE:
http://www.jazzartsgroup.org/