I’ve added relevant links to Bill McLeod’s minutes to supply more context.
The Marketing Committee convened at 6:00PM. Mr. McLeod welcomed everyone and the members introduced themselves.
Art-o-Matic is not interested in the brick warehouse at 460 New York Avenue, so until the NPR building vacates, there may not be an ideal spot in the neighborhood. Art-o-Matic has looked at 455 Mass, 425 Eye (Chester Arthur), and 460 New York as potential locations.
Casey Trees, which administered last year’s tree planting at 2nd and Mass, has granted MVTCID an in-kind tree grant to replant missing trees along 3rd Street. The tree planting day is April 8 from 9:00-1:00 and volunteers are needed.
The Spring edition of Walking Town DC is coming up on May 22-23, and there was a discussion about what time is best to give walking tours of the neighborhood. It was decided that 2:00 p.m. should be the tour time on Saturday and Sunday.
A spring event was discussed. Last year, the MVT CID organized a condo tour, which attracted 200 people, cost $10,000, and used 70 volunteers. The house tour was criticized as a means to sell condos even though all units on the tour were owner occupied except for one. After some discussion, we decided a restaurant event may work – Taste of the Triangle. The potential restaurants to be included would be:
- Buddha Bar
- Taylor Deli
- Busboys & Poets
- Papa John’s Pizza
- Others on NY Ave – Passenger and Marekesh
The Taste of the Triangle would be easy to organize. Patrons would buy a ticket for $20 and walk from restaurant to restaurant trying an appetizer, entrée, drink, or dessert. No public space permit would be needed since no streets or sidewalks would be closed. This event is a new idea and will require approval by the MVTCID board of directors, as will all events with a cost associated with it.
The Capital Fringe Festival is coming in July, and the committee spent some time thinking of ways to better tie the festival into the Triangle. Perhaps a roof deck could be used for an opening night reception or if a burlesque show is performing, they could partner with Louis’ Rogue. And, Fringe could also use a room at Busboys for an annex performance space.
Last year, the MPD bike ride attracted 20 people, and we would like to combine this with the Night Out Against Crime event scheduled for August 3, 2010. The event would be a bike ride with police from 6:00-7:00 and finish at Golden Rule Plaza for a barbeque.
The Fall edition of Walking Town DC will take place in September – no date yet.
The Heart of DC picnic on Mount Vernon Square was discussed. Rather than expanding the picnic to across the street into the 600 block of K Street, it was decided to keep the picnic on the square.
With no further business, the meeting ended at 6:50. The next meeting will take place on March 16 at 6:00 p.m