My wife and I attended the opening night of the summer season at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va. For those unfamiliar, this is a great outdoor venue for a variety of performances, with covered orchestra seating and great lawn seating.
As we were walking up to the gate, in the first spot by the main entrance there is a Volt parked all by itself. I was psyched and had my wife stop traffic in the circle while I stood in the road and got a shot of the black Volt beneath the Filene Center marquee.
Wolf Trap has had a green program for several years, recycling, using bio-degradable products, etc. I saw that they now have two level 2 Chargepoint stations.
We are donor members and in conjunction with opening night, there was a dinner for the patrons. Afterwards, I was talking to Tere Jones, the President and CEO of Wolf Trap. I asked him about the charging stations and what he knew about the Volt parked directly in front of the main entrance.
To my surprise, he told me it was HIS Volt. He has had it for 8 weeks and used 3 gallons of gas. He purposely parked it there instead of his private space behind the stage as a way of putting the Volt out there to the 10,000 or so folks who had to walk past it in order to get into the venue. As you can see in the window, he had prepared a short printout of general information about the Volt which answered some of the basic questions we always get from the non EV crowd.
I told him I was an active member of this Volt forum and asked him if had any problems with me posting the picture and mentioning it was his personal Volt and he was happy to say yes. Unfortunately, there were scads of people around and he needed to mingle, so I didn't have a chance to have any further talk with him.
By the way, the opening night was the dress rehearsal for tomorrow nights Prairie Home Companion which will be aired live on NPR around 6pm EDT. Shawn Colvin was the music headliner and it was a great show. I would highly recommend catching a listen tomorrow or on the Sunday re-airing that occurs on most NPR stations.
Volt Wolf Trap.jpg