This post is written by Amy Edwards Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of Columbus Downtown Development Corporation/Capitol South.
"If you build it they will come."
Remember that line? It's from the movie Field Of Dreams. The words take on new life at Columbus Commons. In 2011, droves of people flocked to the newly opened downtown field of dreams. They came for the gardens, concerts, and performances; they came for the family events and food trucks.
The 2012 season is beginning to take off, Columbus can brace for something even bigger and better than before. For starters, the state-of-the-art Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion is open. That makes Columbus Commons a bona-fide draw for national acts and outdoor performances. The legendary Michael McDonald (of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan) takes the stage on May 24 for a free concert at the Pavilion's debut. He's the first of more than seventy acts scheduled to perform at the Pavilion this year. Opening up for the Grammy-winner is the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and closing out the night will be a glittering fireworks display.
The party continues on Friday with the first edition of Columbus Alive's Summer Concert Series. The Downtown air will buzz with the free concert sounds of The Spikedrivers, Nick Tolford & Company, and Lionel the Jailbird. And the food trucks will be returning, rolling in to feed the masses.
Saturday, May 26 is all about families. In addition to the carousel, Columbus Commons will be filled with bounce-houses, a petting zoo, puppet show, live music and more. The day ends with an evening showing of E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial and sparkling fireworks to close out the day with a little magic.
No rest on Sunday: Shadowbox takes over the Pavilion for a performance of its most popular show to date: an immersive re-creation of Woodstock called "Back to the Garden". More than a show, the entire park goes back in time starting at high noon with henna tattooing and mobile 60's era musicians. The afternoon promises yoga classes, crowd dancing, and acoustic performers before Woodstock alum County Joe McDonald takes the stage at 7:30 pm, followed by Back to the Garden at 8:30 pm.
After that? We're just getting warmed up. The Imagination Playground will be open daily, five free fitness classes each week, Shakespeare in the Park, food truck festivals: there's a list of 230 events coming to Columbus this summer. You can find them all at columbuscommons.org
Columbus Commons is the city's field of dreams.