Picnic With the Pops primer for new venue


This weekend marks the opening of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s 2012 Picnic with the Pops season – the first on the stage at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion on Columbus Commons after many years at Chemical Abstracts Services.

The Beat has written and blogged about this quite a bit, examining the pros and cons of the move and getting information from folks at CAPA and the CSO.

In the end, this kind of event, in our opinion, belongs Down-town, and we’re excited to see Picnic in its new digs.
“It’s an extremely exciting time for our Picnic with the Pops series,” CSO board President Martin Inglis said in a statement.
To celebrate, the CSO has booked two nights of concerts with two legendary artists.
Classic rockers Three Dog Night, with conductor Larry Baird, will join the CSO Friday, June 15.
Iconic vocal group The Temptations, in a concert led by Bob Farrell, will perform Saturday, June 16.
Tickets are $23 for adults when purchased in advance. Table seating also is available, sold in parties of eight or 10. Cost is $320-$850. Visit
But what you really want are logistics, right? You’ve been going to these great concerts for years now, and you could get around at Chemical Abstracts with ease.
So, here is a primer for the nuts and bolts of a trip Downtown from Picnic with the Pops.
Columbus Commons is at 160 S. High St. (site of the former City Center mall).
There will be three gates for entry, and they open at 6 p.m.
Will Call is at the Rich Street gate. All gates are accessible to the disabled.
There is a lot directly beneath Columbus Commons with 950 spaces. The entrance is off Third Street.
More than 3,600 spaces are available directly south of the Commons (the old City Center garage), with entrances off Rich and Main streets.
Parking is $5, cash only.
There are more parking options if you don’t mind a slightly longer walk, including the Riffe Center garage and the Statehouse garage.
Additionally, COTA offers its regular trips to and from Downtown. Check
Lastly, there are bike racks located throughout the park.
Food and drink
This policy hasn’t changed. Bring your own food, beverages (including alcohol) in coolers, if you like.
Vendors will also be selling food on-site. Bring blankets and chairs for lawn seating. Tents and tarps are not permitted – no stakes.
Other stuff
Also not permitted: pets, weapons, skateboards and solicitation.
Smoking is permitted in marked areas.
Port-o-lets will be located in the southeast corner of the Commons.
During the performance, flash cameras, cell phones, laser pointers and recording devices are prohibited.
All concerts are rain or shine, but can be delayed if necessitated by inclement weather.
Concerts will only be canceled in the event of severe weather.
Call 614-228-8600 after 6 p.m. on day of show for updates. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.
The Beat sez
This is a great stage in a terrific setting. (And as long as the outer sections of gardens and grass don’t ever get developed as initially planned, this setting will remain so for years to come.)
We confess to being as averse to change as anyone, but to us, this feels like the series is “coming home.”
And if TDN or the Tempts don’t tickle your fancy, the rest of the season includes: Idina Menzel, June 23; Patriotic Pops (with fireworks), June 30; The Music of Led Zeppelin, July 7; Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx, June 14; and the OSU Marching Band, July 27-28.