The newly incorporated Annandale Mason Roundtable presented a check for $5,000 to the Youth Re-Imaging Community Project May 2 in the office of Mason Supervisor Penny Gross.
The Roundtable is a nonprofit organization whose main activity is putting together the annual Taste of Annandale street festival. The $5,000 was raised from sponsorships and vendor sales at the Taste.
The Youth Re-Imagining Community Project brings students from local high schools together to explore the meaning of community through art and public dialogues. It’s a collaboration of the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS), the George Mason University School of Art, and the Fairfax County Police Department.
“The Taste of Annandale has evolved so much; it’s truly phenomenal,” Elsa Lueck of the NCS said during the presentation.
Gross spoke about how the Taste of Annandale has become a broader community effort over the years and said it’s grown so much that it needs a bigger space.
The Roundable is exploring options for expanding the Taste of Annandale along a larger area along Tom Davis Drive, but they don’t want to move it beyond that area, because it needs to be close to the ACCA Child Development Center, which hosts the children’s program, a key part of the festival.
The Annandale Mason Roundtable board members are Bob Kahane (president), Nancy Hall, Steve Lee, Ellie Ashford, and Peter Huyn.