President’s Letter

President’s Letter – March 2019

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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