Tag Archives: RIA Main Street

RIA Porchfest Returns – Save The Date And Open Call For Performers

Porch Fest is an annual event organized by the good folks at Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street. The event transforms neighborhood porches and stoops into stages for an afternoon of free performances and community based fun. This year’s Porch Fest will be taking place Saturday April 15 from 2-6 pm . If  you are, or know of any performers, they are currently lining up participants. From the open call page, where performers can find application details:

We are seeking musicians + singers of all genres, dancers, poets + spoken word artists, etc. to perform at this lively, well-attended annual event.

Light Up RIA On Monday – Standing Up To Crime

Photo courtesy of RIA NE Main Street
Photo courtesy of RIA NE Main Street

Passing along info about a crime awareness event from our friends at Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street. The event will take place Monday, November 2, 2015 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM and they ask that you bring you a light (flashlight, phone light, etc.). You can sign up for the free event here. From their Facebook page:

Please join us on Monday, November 2 for Light Up RIA, an event that is meant to call attention to the lighting problems on the Avenue.

Neighbors and businesses have witnessed an uptick in crime along the Rhode Island Avenue corridor and adjacent neighborhoods. This recent spate of crime saddens and angers us, and we are joining together to seek solutions to address this citywide problem.

And as Friends of Rhode Island Avenue/RIA Main Street, we have an interest in seeing all businesses thrive.

We feel that when other parts of DC are hit with crime waves, there is a strong proportional response. We have seen less of that here.

Civic Associations and concerned neighbors have voiced their concerns time and time again at district meetings and ANC meetings, but we aren’t hearing a plan to move forward.

As community member, we are invested in the safety of our communities, and we are all committed to being forces for good in our neighborhoods.

As leaders, neighbors, citizens of Northeast, together our voices can send a powerful message. There is strength in numbers; we need everyone to be the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.

We want to hear your concerns and your ideas for stopping the current crime wave and how we can prevent future ones.

We want to show our city that we too matter. Tonight, we stand here united and say – we will not be forgotten. Our neighborhood is a priority.

We want our local media to cover this crime wave like they do for other neighborhoods across the city.

The low to no lighting on the Avenue and other high-traffic parts of the neighborhood (such as Langdon Park) encourages crime as it makes the street look dark, forgotten and unattended (see recent shootings and robberies). We need a clear plan and timeline for when the city will answer our many requests for this increase in lighting. We also want to get on a path towards increased/better policing in these areas.

WHEN AND WHERE: Monday, November 2nd, at 6:30 pm in front of Art Enables (2204 Rhode Island Ave NE)

WHAT TO BRING: A light! We plan to “light up” this portion of the Avenue. We will have some electric tea lights on hand, but you can bring your own flashlight, phone light, or whatever light you have. You should also bring a neighbor. Bring 10. Bring everyone you know that is tired of all the crime.

3rd Annual Rhode Island Fall Fair – Call For Performers, Volunteers, And Sponsors

Rhode Island Fall Fair 2013
Rhode Island Fall Fair 2013

Last October the good folks of the  Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street held their second annual Fall Fest. Now, they are busy planning this year’s fest, which will be even bigger and better! Recently they put out a call for artists, vendors and performers – what a great way to promote your business or hobby all while showcasing and celebrating Rhode Island Avenue! Check out the email from Kyle Todd, Executive Director, RIA Main Street, with details is below.

Fall Fest 2014 Vendor Registration, and a call for performers, volunteers, and sponsors is now live on our website. Fall Fest grows every year, so don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of this signature annual event!
Event date: Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
Event time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Performers: Musicians, singers, dance groups, and all other performance artists needed!
Businesses & vendors: What’s a Fall Fest without shopping and food? We’re looking for a variety of vendors – artisans, artists, merchants, food vendors, organizations, and more. Check out the Vendor Registration options at www.riamainstreet.org/fall-fest-2014.
Volunteers: From event planning. and all the way through the day of the event, there are many many ways that you can help make this community event a success. Plus – all volunteers on the day of the event get a free Fall Fest t-shirt! Visit www.riamainstreet.org/fall-fest-2014 to sign up now!
Sponsors: This is a great opportunity to get your organization’s message out to all of the Fall Fest visitors, including on promotional materials that will be seen throughout the DC Metro area. Take a look at the Fall Fest 2014 Sponsor Packages, then call and let us know how you want to be involved.
Got questions? Email kyle(at)riamainstreet(dot)org or call 202-808-9050. See you at Fall Fest 2014!
Best regards,
Kyle Todd
Executive Director, RIA Main Street
P.O. Box 10041
2300 Rhode Island Ave NE, Ste. 202
Washington, DC 20018