A similar thank you also appears my monthly H Street Life column in the Hillrag, but I wanted to post one here as well. Lot's of people worked very hard on the Festival, and here are a few of their names:
Margaret Holwill (she was my main contact for info),
Steve Hessler and Dolly Vehlow (they own a soon to open art gallery in the 1300 block of H Street, and were instrumental in securing the art cars, the speed chess, and artists who exhibited work along the Corridor).
Anwar Saleem (of H Street Main Street)
Joe Englert (of local bar fame)
Leonard Howell (a local resident who works in commercial real estate).
And countless others who volunteered long hours to make this year's Festival the best yet.
And here is a special thank you note from Joe Englert:
Sure, the restaurants and bars on H are key. But the thing that really made the H Street Festival great this year, was the art and fun events.
The art cars were spectacular. This was due to Steve Hessler and Dolly Vehlow (owners of Gallery O) making the connection and following through with the Art Car folks. They also coordinated processions with the cars throughout town, creating a lot of buzz and excitement. Last but not least, they treated the Art Car owners like royalty, throwing a party and catering for the crew the entire weekend.
Steve and Dolly were also key in recruiting Margaret Holwill to coordinate the festival. Margaret delivered with creative events like the hair show, tattoo contest and also brought on higher quality food stands.
Without things like the Art Cars and double dutch events, the H Street Festival Could become stale and predicatable. I think Steve and Dolly will keep
that from happening and in that I am secure.
Vive la difference!