- Maurice Fliess, left and Brian Coulter, two past presidents of Rosslyn Renaissance, spoke at the group's 20th annual meeting last night. (Photo courtesy Rosslyn Renaissance.)
Next year will mark 20 years since neighborhood group Rosslyn Renaissance opened its doors in 1991, and they're aiming to hold 20 big events to celebrate.
Rosslyn Renaissance, the precursor group to the Rosslyn Business Improvement District that still lives on today in partnership with the BID, held its 20th annual meeting in Rosslyn last night.
We're thinking that the groundbreaking of a few high profile projects could make up part of the 20. Rosslyn Commons is expected to break ground in December, and there's a new Skanska office building project across from Ray's Hell Burger that's also getting ready to begin.
The group is planning to cheat a little on the 20 events, we hear, by including the recent opening of the Artisphere, the groundbreaking for 1812 North Moore and the beginning of construction on the Rosslyn Metro station (even though they happened in 2010, not 2011). The reason? "When we thought of these 20 events, we did not know that these things were going to happen before the annual meeting," Rosslyn Renaissance executive director Cecilia Cassidy tells us.
So what else? One of the events, a contest between Rosslyn bartenders to create something called the "skyline cocktail" in honor of Rosslyn's views of the D.C. skyline, is scheduled for Nov. 9 at Domaso in the Palomar Hotel. It's only for members, but Cassidy emphasizes that anyone is welcome to join the group to get access to the party.
Rosslyn blog Ode Street Tribune also projected that the annual "Light Up Rosslyn" event and a planned Rosslyn-themed exhibit at the Artisphere could be part of that list.
They're right. There will likely be an opening reception Feb. 17 for the exhibit, which will be displayed in the arts center's Works in Progress gallery, Cassidy says. In addition, Washington Shakespeare Company is planning to do some street theater in Rosslyn sometime in the coming year, and the RR is also at work on a historic tour of Rosslyn.
The group also unveiled a new promotional video for the neighborhood at last night's meeting: