President’s Letter

President’s Letter – October 2019

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

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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