Cherry Avenue Block Party

Posted on: Apr 07, 2022

Bringing the Community Together to Support the Businesses on Cherry Avenue and The Music Resource Center

We are throwing a Cherry Avenue Block Party on Saturday, May 14th, from 12pm to 4pm, and you’re invited! This free community event, benefitting Charlottesville’s Music Resource Center, will be held at the Shops at Cherry Ave, located next to the Prospect Market. 

The Cherry Avenue Block Party is a family-friendly event that will feature local vendors, a bounce house, games, food trucks, free pizza for the kids, the 101 Jamz radio station, and music by MRC local recording artist, Acelia. Come out and show your community support in the Fifeville Neighborhood at the Shops at Cherry Ave!

We hope this Block Party will acquaint the public with all of the unique offerings in the Cherry Avenue corridor and generate business for the shops in the area. “We have enjoyed working in the Fifeville neighborhood through the years, and especially recently with the Fifeville Trail project,” says Anthony Woodard, Woodard Properties’ CEO. Tanashia Washington, the Commercial Property Director for Woodard Properties, adds, “Having grown up in the Fifeville area, I have witnessed first-hand the changes in that community. When I was young, Cherry Avenue was vibrant; it had a grocery store, restaurants. There were so many things happening. We all know business has been challenging the past few years due to the pandemic. We’re hoping that the Block Party reignites commerce and interest for these locally owned, hardworking businesses and organizations.”

The Block Party will be raising money for Charlottesville’s Music Resource Center, a local nonprofit after-school program that offers instrument, voice, and dance lessons. The MRC provides youth with many resources, including: creative space, equipment, instruments, performance opportunities, and recording studio time. Its mission statement reads, “Participation in after-school programming of any kind helps keep adolescents out of trouble in the evenings, and often boosts grades and test scores while providing structure and fun. Arts programs also benefit young people, particularly teenagers, by engaging their creative tendencies, helping them to achieve goals, boosting confidence, and teaching them productive ways to express themselves…We believe that no adolescent should go without access to the arts and that money should not get in the way of creative, talented young people who want to pursue music. That’s why we work hard to keep costs to families low, with fees as low as $1 per year.”

Acelia, a student of the MRC, will begin performing at 2 pm. Come out to Cherry Ave on Saturday, May 14th, for some free, family-friendly, community fun!