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All the Details on Red, White & BOOM!

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Festival season is in full swing, and Red, White & BOOM! will energize downtown Columbus with a day of music, food, activities and of course – fireworks. The Scioto Mile provides an outstanding backdrop for one of the largest displays of Independence Day fireworks in the Midwest. The event begins Friday, July 1 at noon. For more information, a full schedule of performances and a list of activities, visit www.redwhiteandboom.org. You won’t want to miss it!

WHAT: Red, White & BOOM!
WHEN: Friday, July 1 | noon to 11 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Riverfront

Scioto Mile FOUNTAIN and Park information:

  • The Scioto Mile Fountain will be turned off Thursday, June 30 at 6 p.m. and will resume operation Saturday, July 2 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Bicentennial Park restrooms will be closed on July 1 during Red, White & BOOM!
  • Genoa Park will be closed to the public from Monday, June 27 through Saturday, July 2 for fireworks operations.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Public set-up for Red, White & BOOM! may begin at 5 p.m. on June 30. Anything placed before 5 p.m. on June 30 will be collected and taken to Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr.
  • To keep your parks beautiful, we request that personal canopies, tarps and blankets not be set-up until July 1.
  • Areas should be marked with items that don’t present a danger to the public. STAKES AND POSTS ARE PROHIBITED as they pose a danger to playing children and can cause damage to irrigation systems.

TRAIL ACCESS:

  • Beginning Monday, June 27, the trail on the west side of the Scioto River between the Rich St./Town St. Bridge and Broad Street Bridge will be closed until Saturday, July 2.
  • Beginning Thursday June 30, the trail on the east side of the Scioto River between the Rich St./Town St. Bridge and the Broad Street Bridge will be closed until Saturday, July 2.

RIVER ACCESS:

  • On July 1, from 11 a.m. until after the fireworks, all public watercraft will be prohibited on the Scioto River between the railroad trestle at the south end of North Bank Park to the railroad trestle south of the Main Street Bridge. Columbus Fire and Columbus Police will be on the water for enforcement.
  • The Nationwide Blvd. launch area will be available for hand-carry watercraft only, due to current water level. Those interested in accessing the water with trailers or powerboats are advised to enter from the Lower Scioto ramp at the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. Parking is limited.

STREET CLOSURES & PARKING METER RESTRICTIONS

Additional event information can be found at www.redwhiteandboom.org

Happy Independence Day!


THIS FRIDAY: Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers | Planet Riders

Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is proud to bring bluegrass legend, Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers to Bicentennial Park this Friday.

“The youngest of the old-timers” is what Larry Sparks calls himself, but what he doesn’t say is that in the course of his fifty years in bluegrass he’s created a body of work whose highlights stand beside the work of the music’s first-generation greats.

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Strumming since the 1960’s with the Stanley Brothers, it took less than a decade for Sparks to form his own band, The Lonesome Ramblers. More than five decades and 60 albums later, Sparks will perform a show that has graced the stages of the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits television show and many PBS appearances.

Inducted into multiple hall-of-fames, including the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame (IBMA), Larry Sparks’ success is backed up with an IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year—which featured several artists such as Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall and many more.

“Larry Sparks is bluegrass music’s Ray Charles, no one can touch him. He is an absolute original.”     —Alison Krauss

Columbus’ own Planet Riders will kick off the evening. With tight vocal harmonies to complex instrumental arrangements, these original acoustic musicians walk a fine line between traditional and progressive bluegrass music. All professionally trained musicians, the band’s members have been featured internationally and nationally for their innovative picking and playing, offering a clean cut performance inspired by legends like Larry Sparks himself.

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Schedule:
6:30 p.m.—Food and Beverage Sales Begin

7:30 p.m.—Planet Riders, followed by Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers

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 the Columbus Crew SC

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. Bright, clear skies turn into time outside getting active with friends and family!

This week’s FountainSide Fun Challenge comes from the Columbus Crew SC! Create this soccer-inspired picture frame, and then join us at FountainSide where you can snap a pic while sporting the team’s signature black and gold colors. Prepare to tune up your footwork as Ohio’s professional soccer club gets you moving and grooving!

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Need a snack while you create? Soccer requires lots of running—keep energized with these Fruit-and-Nut Energy Bars.

Join the Columbus Crew at FountainSide Wednesday, June 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.!

In addition to splashing in the fountain, round-up some reptiles with Captive Born Reptiles, test your knowledge of the furry friends in your backyard with McKnight Outdoor Education Center and learn how to plant and grow with Lowe’s.

Additional activities this week are hosted by Local Matters, Columbus Children’s Theatre and Buckeye Mobile Tour!

 

 


THIS FRIDAY 6/17: Columbus Executives Bring Classics to Bicentennial Park

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is thrilled to present The Navigators. With the sounds of vibrant horns and rich multilayered vocals, The Navigators effortlessly personify hits from Chicago, The Beatles, the Commodores and more classic groups.  The band’s energetic stage presence combines with a lively and interactive crowd experience to create fun for the whole family.

The 13-piece band comprised of Columbus executives and professionals was created with a mission to serve the community and raise money for charity.  In this effort, The Navigators have helped to raise more than $200,000 to benefit local and national charities since their formation in 2003.

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Get ready to rock!

Schedule:
6:30 p.m.—Food and Beverage Sales Begin
7:30 p.m.—The Navigators

 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 Capital Area Humane Society

This week’s FountainSide Fun Challenge comes from the Capital Area Humane Society who will have their mobile animal shelter in Bicentennial Park on June 15.

Although many of us have furry friends at home, some animals do not get the love and care that they deserve. With knowledge and compassion, Capital Area Humane Society treats dogs, cats and other animals like their own pets until they’re able to find a forever home. This week, we challenge YOU to create your own cat mask! Cut the pieces for your mask, and even experiment with creating other animal masks.

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Need a snack while you create? Check out these 19 healthy animal inspired treats!

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Join the Capital Area Humane Society at FountainSide Wednesday, June 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to splashing in the fountain, we’ll walk on the wild side with the Ohio Wildlife Center, test your baseball swing with the Columbus Clippers and create crafty critter finger puppets with Franklin Park Conservatory.

Additional activities this week are hosted by Thurber House, Child Development Council Head Start, Macaroni Kid, Lowe’s and Local Matters!

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. Warmer, sunny afternoons mean more visits from the outside friends in our own backyards!


Columbus Arts Festival June 10, 11 & 12

As the festival season kicks off, make sure the 2016 Columbus Arts Festival is on the top of your list. In its 55th year, the Columbus Arts Festival will bring together art and art enthusiasts from all over the country June 10, 11 and 12, 2016. Fine art, music, dance, food, and photos will line the streets along Columbus’ downtown riverfront, transforming the area into a stunning outdoor art gallery.

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With works from more than 300 nationally acclaimed artists on display, seven performance stages,  live performance art through the streets and much more, you are sure to enjoy a weekend filled with art and culture.

New this year, the festival introduces CHROMA!, an after-hours dance party located at the festival’s “Club Sharkey’s”. Guests are invited to wear white and light colored clothing to be transformed into human works of art—using paints, spin art machines, colored hair spray and face paint!

Throughout the weekend, guests are encouraged to share their experience via social media using #CbusArtsFest.

WHAT: 2016 Columbus Arts Festival
WHEN:  Friday, June 10 – 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 11 – 11:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 12 – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Scioto Mile

For more information about the Columbus Arts Festival, visit: http://columbusartsfestival.org/

THE SCIOTO MILE FOUNTAIN HOURS:
The Scioto Mile Fountain will be turned off during set-up for the Columbus Arts Festival on Thursday, June 9 until 7:30 p.m.  The fountain will resume regular operation for viewing only from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Thursday evening.  Beginning Friday morning, the fountain will resume regular operating hours.  Enjoy the Arts Festival!

 

 


FountainSide Fun Challenge: Inspired by Miss Ohio Sarah Hider

 It’s finally summertime on the Scioto Mile, and you can bring the sun and fun home. 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.

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This week’s FountainSide Fun Challenge comes from Miss Ohio Sarah Hider who will host a DIY crown workshop at FountainSide. Before earning the title of Miss Ohio in 2015, Sarah Hider was crowned Miss Maple City in Norwalk, Ohio. This week, we challenge YOU to create your own giant maple leaf using a recycled paper bag. Use the guide below to draw your leaf and decorate it however you like.

Need a snack while you create? Whip up a quick and healthy Maple-Almond Granola.

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Join Miss Ohio, Sarah Hider at FountainSide Wednesday, June 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.!

In addition to splashing in the fountain at Bicentennial Park, we’ll celebrate summer on the Scioto with Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, act out summer scenes with Dramatic Impact, and dive into learning with The Turtle Lady.

Additional activities this week are hosted by St. Vincent Family Center, Franklin County Soil & Water, OSU Urban Arts Space, Lowe’s and Local Matters!

 


Kick Off Summer Fun with a Double Feature

Friday Nights on the Scioto Mile kick off with Rhythm on the River featuring Arnett Howard Band followed by Movies on the Mile showing Inside Out

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Grab your blanket and bring your family to enjoy an evening under the stars. Movies on the Mile kicks off the summer season with Inside Out, the 2015 Academy Award recipient for Best Animated Feature.

Poignant and familiar, Disney’s Inside Out tells the story of a young girl uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco. Along the way her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.

Inspired by his daughter, writer and director Phil Docter created the story as he noticed changes in her personality and emotions as she grew older. The film’s producers consulted numerous psychologists who helped revise the story by emphasizing that human emotions affect interpersonal relationships and can be significantly moderated by them.

After premiering at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in May 2015, critics praised the film’s concept, screenplay, subject matter, musical score, and the vocal performances. Inside Out blends a poignant story with fun and engaging animation to create a film that’s perfect for the whole family.

Before the movie, hometown favorite, Arnett Howard Band will have the whole family moving and grooving with their peppy blend of creole, cajun, zydeco and reggae music. The musical concoction of Motown roots and Memphis-meets-New Orleans rhythm and blues has drawn diverse audiences to more than five thousand concerts throughout the world since the band’s formation in 1985.

We’re looking forward to an evening full of family-friendly fun!

Evening schedule:
6:30 p.m. – Food & beverage sales begin
7:30 p.m. – Opening performance by Arnett Howard Band
At dusk – Movies on the Mile featuring Inside Out

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. 



The 2016 Season Event Guide is HERE!

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Are you planning your fun-filled days of sweet, sweet summertime? Look no further! The Scioto Mile has an array of programs, performances and movies in store for you this summer.

Check out the 2016 Season Event Guide for details and pick one up at any of the locations listed below.

  • Columbus Recreation and Parks Department recreation centers
  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream (Bexley, Short North)
  • Columbus Public Library Locations
  • Columbus Museum of Art
  • Experience Columbus Visitor Center’s
  • COSI
  • Cultural Arts Center
  • Milestone 229 & Bicentennial Park
  • Columbus Airport Baggage Claim
  • Donatos Pizza locations
  • Whole Foods Market stores
  • Franklin Park Conservatory
  • North Market
  • Hills Market
  • Local Matters
  • Various Columbus-Area Hotels

 


A Sneak Peek of Summer Fun

The warm and sunny days of summer are ahead which means picnics, performances and lots of fun on the Scioto Mile! Whether you bike, run, or drive down, the Scioto Mile has something exciting in store for you.

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With our summer programs just around the corner, we are thinking about all the activities, music and movies coming your way. Here is a sneak peek of what you’ll experience in Bicentennial park this season:

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Wednesday’s from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Bicentennial Park – 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio

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Celebrate summer at FountainSide presented by Sunny 95 (94.7FM) with a variety of FREE children’s activities on the Scioto Mile. This delightful series offers fun and educational programs encompassing arts, crafts, music, dance, healthy living and physical fitness in Bicentennial Park on select Wednesdays throughout the summer from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Kids can splash around the Scioto Mile Fountain presented by the American Electric Power Foundation before cooling off with a sweet treat from the Lazer Kraze Treat Truck.

Check out the list of just a few of our fountain friends hosting activities at FountainSide this summer!

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

Check out the FountainSide event page for a complete schedule and list of partners!

Rhythm on the River & Movies on the Mile
Friday evenings
Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion – 233 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio

Rhythm on the River, Mark May and James Cotton, Bicentennial Park, Cloumbus 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! NEW this year, select Friday evenings will feature a family-friendly movie following the live music performance. Movies on the Mile kick off at dusk and are presented with support from Gateway Film Center.

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 links below for more information:

June 3 | 7:30 p.m.
Arnett Howard Band | Inside Out (movie at dusk)

June 17 | 7:30 p.m.
The Navigators

June 24 | 7:30 p.m.
Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers | Planet Riders

July 8 | 7:30 p.m.
Popgun | Back to the Future (movie at dusk)

July 15 | 8 p.m.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

July 29 | 7:30 p.m.
Omar Coleman & The Byron Stripling Blues Band | Sean Carney Band

August 5 | 7:30 p.m.
JD Eicher | Star Wars:The Force Awakens (movie at dusk)

August 19 | 7:30 p.m.
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives | Jonalee White

August 26 | 7:30 p.m.
Buckwheat Zydeco | New Basics Brass Band

September 2 | 8 p.m.
BalletMet

Check out the Rhythm on the River or Movies on the Mile event page for a complete schedule!

See you in June!