Happy October! Does it feel like fall yet? My guess is that, even though you’re reading this in October, the answer is a resounding “no!” for us here in Florida. If you know me, you know I’m a meteorologist and I like to throw in some fun weather-related stuff in these letters every so often. September 23rd at 3:50 AM EST marked the autumnal equinox, one of two times every year when night and day are nearly exactly the same length. These are also the points when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is perpendicular to the Sun’s rays. It also traditionally marks the beginning of fall. But…we live in Florida, so it’ll probably be another few weeks before we get a real cooldown that lasts for more than just a day. And trust me, that’s one forecast I hope I get wrong because I’m ready for some nicer weather!
Okay, I’m done with weather, now let’s talk Kenwood. This month’s speaker isn’t a speaker per se, but a forum for the City Council candidates up for election this November. We’ve done this with great success in the past. Each candidate who comes to the meeting will be given 5 minutes to speak about the issues important to them. No questions will be taken from the floor, but those who show have been encouraged to mingle with our residents before and after the forum. So a hearty thank you to the candidates for participating.
I will end this letter talking about BungalowFest. Thanks to several members of the Artist Enclave who submitted submissions for the design for our 21st annual home tour. The BungalowFest Committee chose a design submitted by our very own Janna Kennedy, so be sure to look for that on the brochure, website, posters, etc. As always, we are grateful for those who step up to help every year to help us put on this fun event. I’ve already gotten a bunch of volunteers, but please email me if you’d like to help. We thank you by giving you a free BungalowFest 21 t-shirt & free home tour. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, we are doing things a bit differently this year and featuring homes on the upper west side of our neighborhood. Special thanks to Kathy Young, who is in charge of home selection this year. We’ll also feature members of the Artist Enclave along 7th Avenue, where ticket sales and merchandise will be located. If folks remember, for last year’s BungalowFest, we were gifted with gorgeous weather. I’m not sure if it could have been nicer! Let’s hope for a repeat this year! Buy discounted tickets, they are available here on our website.
Thanks and happy October!
HKNA President, Nicole Carlisle
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Hello, friends and neighbors! Hopefully the first couple months of 2019 have been good for everyone. February was a fun month for us. We made our return to Metro Inclusive Health for our general meetings after their extensive renovations. Their new space for us is fantastic, as is the rest of the facility. Historic Kenwood actually ended up co-hosting their Grand Opening event, which drew hundreds of people (along with Mayor Kriseman and other City officials). It was a lot of fun and I was happy to see a bunch of Kenwoodians present.
One of our favorite annual events in March is Founder’s Day, which will be held on the 9th. Please see the separate article in this newsletter for details. I hope to see lots of friends and neighbors at this annual barbecue in HK’s Seminole Park.
I also want to touch on the planning that has been ongoing for Pinot in the Park— held on April 6th. This is one of the two biggest events in Historic Kenwood (BungalowFest being the other) and it takes a TON of time and effort to put it on. There are a few folks I’d like to recognize for their continued efforts in making sure this year’s event is even bigger and better than previous years. First are our co-chairs, Sara-Ellen Burnett (your HKNA VP) and Tegan Foster (one of the owners of Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe). Next, we have our lead chefs, Kenny Hunsberger and Jeffrey Jew. And finally, I’d like to give a shout-out to Kathy Young, who completed all of the City permits, co-sponsorship applications, etc. so that we can have this event in HK’s Seminole Park. Stay tuned for more info on our 6th annual Pinot in the Park.
Finally, I want to recognize the efforts to get Kenwood’s northwest section to be a Local Historic District. Coordinators Brian Kelly, Georgia Earp, and John Potts did a fantastic job getting together a team of block captains to canvas 245 parcels. We have the “yes” votes and the next steps are hearings at city hall with the Community Planning and Preservation Commission, followed by the final one with City Council. The dates for these are March 12th at 3:30 PM and April 18th at 6:00 PM, respectively and I’d ask that we pack the room with Kenwood residents (wearing Kenwood shirts if you have them and if not-see me!) while we make our case.
Thanks and happy March!
HKNA President, Nicole Carlisle
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“At the 2018 State of Economy presentation on January 9th, Bob Jeffrey was named the 2019 Excellence in Development Award Winner. Jeffrey, a long time District 8 resident, and affectionately known in some circles as the unofficial mayor of Historic Kenwood, began his career with the city developing neighborhood plans. Later, as the Director of Development Services Jeffrey began work on rezoning the entire city, and adopting a new zoning code. He is largely responsible for theresurgence of the Historic Kenwood and Grand Central District neighborhoods in St. Petersburg. As a real estate investor and community activist, Jeffrey has also rehabbed over 50 residential units in Historic Kenwood. Thank you Bob for your hard work and dedication to the city – Congratulations! ” – Council member Amy Foster
Thank you for your vision and your years of service to our neighborhood! We love you, Bob! – HKNA
I’m Nicole Carlisle, your new Historic Kenwood president. I would like to start off by saying that I think it’s pretty cool that, after 8 years and 3 Kenwood houses, I get to write my very first president’s letter! This neighborhood is truly special to me. I really feel as though I have found a true home- a place that is diverse, inclusive, friendly, and just plain fun. I love how active and engaged in the community we are. In fact, I brag to non-Kenwoodians all the time about how awesome we are! From our porch parties, to events in Seminole Park, to Art Walks and everything in between, there really is something for everyone. After jumping right in and serving as the Kenwood merchandise coordinator for over 7 years, I was excited to join the board last year as the vice president.
For this year, I’m happy to serve on the board again, joining returning members Sara-Ellen Burnett (your new vice president), Michelene Everett (past president), MJ Baker (our superb secretary!), and two board members from last year, Frank Clemente and Jim Woodfield. I’d also like to welcome our new treasurer, Kay Aude, and two new board members in Darrel Gordon
and Betty Smith. Check out their bios to learn more about them. Let’s talk about 2018 for a minute. We had a really fun and successful year. Our Dining for Art event grew and we had a brand new finale event A Grand Mingling. We’re using the proceeds for local artists to create finials for some of our street signs and I cannot wait to see how they turn out! One of our other big events was the 20th annual BungalowFest. It was a gorgeous day and we had just about 800 people come through our neighborhood to tour the 9 homes on display. The event could not have been successful without the help of our home selection committee, Jen and Alec Smith, and all of our hard-working volunteers, including our coordinator, Kay Aude. And artist Mike Toth came through for us again with a spectacular logo and design. A special thank you also goes out to our sponsors, Jim and Julie Longstreth of Your Neighborhood Realty, and the SPCA. The ad sponsorships for our BungalowFest brochures also helped make this event a huge success for our neighborhood. Historic Kenwood also made some really great progress with creating more local historic districts. One large section of the neighborhood, the NW Quadrant, has the votes to proceed, and (probably as you are reading this) we are getting the application process started. More info to come on this! For this coming year, we have a few new people taking over some of our programs and events. Cherie Bright will be our new layout and design editor for our monthly newsletter, helping out the always wonderful Carolyn Gambuti. Board member Betty Smith will now be in charge of our monthly porch parties (see her if you’d like to volunteer for a month!). And last, but most certainly not least, is Jamelia Triola, who is taking over our fantastic Kenwood Kidz program. She is taking over for Charla Cribb, a long time Historic Kenwood resident and local artist who has also been an active participant in both the neighborhood and the Artist Enclave. A big thank you to Charla, who is moving to be closer to family. Thank you for being such an integral part of our neighborhood for so many years. We will miss you!
Finally, I want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. I’m very proud and excited to serve as president this year and look forward to all of our fun activities to
— Nicole Carlisle, President