Big Boylan Bash – August 18th from 5 pm to 8 pm

This year’s Big Boylan Bash is scheduled for Sunday, August 18th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm! We have a great lineup of music all set to go including the New Orleans Masqueraders, Freightrain, and BACKFENCE. Burgers, hot dogs, burritos and pizza will be provided, but don’t forget to bring a potluck side dish or dessert.

New Orleans Masqueraders from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Freightrain from 6:10 pm to 6:55 pm

BACKFENCE from 7:15 to 8:00 pm


In addition to the music there will be entertainment for the kids including a bounce house and a guest appearance from a Raleigh Mounted Police Officer. PARENTS before you send your kids off to the bounce house you will be required to sign a waiver form.  The forms will be available at the bounce house and at the merchandise table.  Only children age 12 and under will be allowed to play in the bounce house.

We’ll also be selling raffle tickets – buy as many as you want to increase your chances!  We’ll have lots of great prizes.  Prizes will be awarded during the event. And as always we’ll be accepting donations as you grab a beer or a glass of wine.

Please note that Dupont Circle from Boylan Avenue to the split with Kinsey Street will be closed from Noon until approximately 9:30 pm Sunday evening for the event.  You will still be able to reach Kinsey Street via Dupont at Cabarrus.

Finally thanks to our sponsors: Clancy and Theys, The Northgate Group, Peter Rumsey, Chris Yetter of DT and Company, Richard Johnson of CitySpace Homes, Carpenter Real Estate Group, Thomas Crowder and the Boylan Heights Studio.  Thanks as well to our in-kind sponsors: Rebus Works and the Saturday Market, Boylan Bridge Brew Pub, Moonlight Pizza, Kellenberger Grill, and Interactive Playgrounds.

National Night Out – Tuesday Aug-6, 2013

Next Tuesday, we will celebrate a fun event: The ‘National Night Out’ as announced in the Newsletter. Most neighbors don’t have to go anywhere – we will stop by your house! Does it get better than that? Yes, there will be ice cream at the end!

National Night out is held around the country, by over 15,000 neighborhood watch organizations. Knowing your neighborhood well and personally knowing your neighbors is the first step in preventing crime and recognizing suspicious activity. While this is a serious topic, this will be a joyful, fun event.

Some of you had questions that we try to answer here.

The 21st Annual ArtWalk – Sunday, December 8

Note: Applications for the 2013 ArtWalk are closed at this time.

Historic Boylan Heights will once again be the setting for one of Raleigh’s best holiday traditions.  Applications are now available for the 21st edition of the Boylan Heights ArtWalk – which has grown over the years to be a great place to see art, learn from artists and, perhaps best of all, find the perfect holiday gifts.

ArtWalk is unique among established art festivals in that it is entirely planned, organized, promoted and produced by neighborhood volunteers who love the arts and our eclectic neighborhood and believe we provide a perfect setting for showcasing extraordinary artists.

The ArtWalk Committee is already hard at work planning and preparing to once again host an array of unique artists.  The 2013 application is now available.  The deadline is September 10.  Click here to download this year’s application and information about the show.  To get an idea about previous ArtWalk, visit the main ArtWalk site.

ArtWalk Artist Application: [download]

August Events

Just a quick reminder, we have two neighborhood events coming up next month:
August 6th, 2013 – National Night Out
August 18th, 2013 – The Big Boylan Bash

TIGER Grant Letter of Support

As noted in the June newsletter, we have resubmitted a letter of support for the city’s application for a TIGER grant. Below is the letter:

May 29, 2013

J. Russell Allen
City Manager
City of Raleigh
222 W. Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Dear Mr. Allen:

On behalf of the Boylan Heights Neighborhood Association, I would like to express our support for the City of Raleigh’s application to the Federal Department of Transportation’s “Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery” (TIGER) discretionary grant program for the Union Station project.  As the new station will be located just north of our neighborhood, we recognize the potential it has to provide important public transit service for our residents.  Within both Raleigh and the greater Triangle improved public transit will allow for new opportunities both for commuting and for connecting us with other points of interest.  In addition, we see this multimodal approach as increasing the vitality of Raleigh’s central core, of which we are an historic part.  We welcome the opportunity to work with all the agencies bringing this project to fruition, including Triangle Transit, NCDOT, the City of Raleigh and the numerous stakeholders in the area.

The Boylan Heights Neighborhood Association appreciates being contacted by the City to provide input and perspectives from our residents on this issue.  We look forward to continuing to work with the City on this project as we have worked together in the past.  The current Amtrak station is on the edge of our neighborhood, and we well know the need for a more modern rail gateway into the city and also appreciate the value of combining transit options as the new station will do.  We remain keenly interested in the continued redevelopment of downtown and the importance of public transportation for the overall economic impact on our city.  We welcome and anticipate the opportunity for continued dialog on the specifics of this particular project.

We understand the importance of the TIGER grant and support additional funding for this project to maximize the utilization of the station and in turn have the greatest impact on road congestion, air quality, and economic opportunities.  We look forward to continuing to be involved in the development of the final plans.


Steve Bryan
President, Boylan Heights Neighborhood Association