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Picnic with the Pops Moves Downtown in 2012

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The new Columbus Commons park will open this Memorial Day Weekend, and the Columbus Symphony will be close behind. Beginning in 2012, their popular Picnic with the Pops outdoor summer concert series will be migrating from Chemical Abstracts to the new Downtown park.

“This is a huge and exciting undertaking for the Symphony,” stated Martin Inglis, CSO Board Chair. “The orchestra has been honored to present 28 summers of Picnic with the Pops at Chemical Abstracts Service. The support of their employees and volunteers have helped to establish Picnic with the Pops as an icon of summer in Columbus.”

Picnic with the Pops will be hosted on the new permanent stage structure that will be constructed in Columbus Commons and opened in 2012.

“What would summer be without Picnic with the Pops?” stated Mayor Michael B. Coleman, “We thank Chemical Abstracts for their 28 years of support and welcome the Symphony to Columbus’ exciting new green space, the Columbus Commons.”

For more information about the 2011 season of Picnic with the Pops, CLICK HERE. For more information about the Columbus Symphony, visit www.columbussymphony.com.

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16 Responses to Picnic with the Pops Moves Downtown in 2012

  1. johnwirtz April 19, 2011 1:46 pm at 1:46 pm

    This is fantastic news.  The more reasons you can get people to visit downtown, and hopefully spend some money while they’re there, the better.

  2. dlm April 19, 2011 2:18 pm at 2:18 pm

    According to The Dispatch, “Starting in 2013, he (Bill Conner) expects the venue to be able to attract some nationally-known acts that haven’t had a place to perform in Columbus since the Germain Amphitheater in the Polaris area closed in 2008.” 

  3. ShimmyKnocker April 19, 2011 2:26 pm at 2:26 pm

    Best news I’ve heard all day!

  4. grissom
    grissom April 19, 2011 3:11 pm at 3:11 pm

    Agree!  This is great news! 

  5. Pablo
    Pablo April 19, 2011 3:28 pm at 3:28 pm

    I guess there was a reason for the flat, boring lawn after all!

  6. Buster Bluth
    Buster Bluth April 19, 2011 7:34 pm at 7:34 pm

    Awesome news!

  7. tree_sketcher April 19, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm

    great move by the City!

  8. JPowell
    jpizzow April 20, 2011 12:14 am at 12:14 am

    They have got to get a giant mural to cover that blank wall behind the stage. Who has the biggest mural in the nation? Could be us, eh? Music and art as one. No skyline shadows please.

  9. johnwirtz April 20, 2011 7:58 am at 7:58 am

    ^Maybe hang some kind of curtain in front of the wall to give it some texture and light it up with some colorful LEDs.

  10. Pablo
    Pablo April 20, 2011 9:49 am at 9:49 am

    ^ How about a solar powered LED curtain like this:
    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/05/facade_in_beijing_integrates_solar_into_worlds_largest_led_display.php

  11. JPowell
    jpizzow April 20, 2011 1:26 pm at 1:26 pm

    ^Really like that idea but I’m sure it’s out of the city’s budget. Maybe AEP and the Limited can throw in some more donations….. but probably not.

  12. Bart Overly
    Bart Overly April 20, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm

    I guess we already made a backdrop to this:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bw_columbus/4772732578/

  13. ZHC April 21, 2011 1:08 am at 1:08 am

    Very good news indeed!

    A perfect use for the park and good way to introduce it to the people, hopefully a sign of things to come.

  14. UrbanAgent
    UrbanAgent April 21, 2011 5:38 pm at 5:38 pm

    Great news for the downtown community! I hear rumors of a Hills Market opening by Neighborhood Launch as well…

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  15. ColumbusTime
    ColumbusTime April 30, 2011 12:08 am at 12:08 am

    Count me as someone not excited about this news.  I like Picnic With The Pops where it is.  Easy in, easy out, they have it down.  And there are no panhandlers.

  16. scott413 May 11, 2011 2:38 pm at 2:38 pm

    @ColumbusTime: The more traffic drawn toward downtown, the more likely we are to get some form of mass transit developed. The status quo just doesn’t cut it for continued redevelopment

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