Friday night was the Volta Park fundraiser at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. A large number of Georgetowners and other advocates turned out to show their support. Mayor Gray, Councilmember Catania and I all attended and gave our support. Of course, Mimsy Linder was the Mistress of Ceremonies and again made sure the weekend ran smoothly.
Linder and John Richardson were the original forces behind the renovation of Volta Park. It was through their efforts, as well as the efforts of so many Georgetown residents, that we have a first rate playground and swimming pool complex.
Saturday and Sunday were the doubles tennis tournament. The winner this year was WTOP political commentator and former Georgetown resident Mark Plotkin (the Comeback Kid) and his partner, John McDermit. Mark is a five-time winner of the Volta Park tennis tournament, his last victory in 2000. His four-year reign began at the 1997 inaugural tournament with his partner and Georgetown resident Garrett Rasmussen and extended through 2000. After a twelve-year hiatus, this victory seals his reputation as the premier tennis player in the history of Volta Park.
Sunday was Volta Park Day, kicked off by the annual East vs. West softball game in which the East was again victorious, continuing its winning streak. At 3 p.m., the picnic and games began. You could smell the hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill throughout the entire neighborhood. The dunk tank was in full operation and my daughters Katherine and Chris, along with their friend Hannah, ran the snow cone booth while my son John was the popcorn vendor. When they left to go swimming, I took my turn on the snow cone machine and Nancy Taylor ran the popcorn machine.
As if on cue, it began to rain as the events came to an end at 6 p.m. bringing another very successful Volta Park weekend to a close.
To me, the event signifies the beginning of summer in Georgetown. I look forward to the many fun summer events, including the very popular concerts in the park. Wishing everyone a fun and happy summer!