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