“I get to dress up twice,” she said.
On Thursday, Kolko will be a member of a concierge team at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel and assist VIPs and dignitaries — such as elected officials and celebrities — with various logistics such as finding a shuttle. She will do the same thing on Tuesday at the Washington Hilton.
But after the inauguration festivities, it’s back to work, Kolko said, adding that the momentum of support for and involvement in the president’s policies has to be maintained.
Other Montgomery County individuals and groups are also planning to celebrate the inauguration, either in the nation’s capital or closer to home.
IMPACT Silver Spring, a nonprofit group that works on challenging community issues, plans to host 30 members of its sister organization, Lawrence Community Works from Lawrence, Mass., for the inauguration.
Members of IMPACT’s staff and neighbors from the Silver Spring area will open up their homes starting Sunday. They will kick off the celebrations with a welcoming and reconnecting party that night for the organizations and other leaders in the community, IMPACT Director Ronnie Galvin said.
“It’s just to celebrate the spirit of the community,” Galvin said.
The organizations will be up “bright and early” Monday morning to take the Metro down to the Mall for the inauguration and then travel back to Silver Spring for a potluck dinner where attendees can network and talk about strategies to build community.
Good for business
Kelly Groff, director of the Montgomery County Conference and Visitors Bureau, said January is generally a slow time of year for hotels, so the influx of tourists for the inauguration will help area businesses.
“When there’s more people in our hotels, there’s more people in restaurants and shopping and taking cabs,” she said.
Although Groff does not expect quite as many visitors for the inauguration as in 2009, she said the event will still likely have a big impact. Hotels in Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Silver Spring already are filling up or have limited availability, she said.
The City of Rockville plans to broadcast the inauguration ceremony in the Richard Montgomery High School cafeteria following a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the school. Jenny Kimball, assistant city manager, said the holiday will likely mean less rush-hour traffic to conflict with people traveling for the inauguration.
“We’re not expecting a whole lot here in Rockville during Inauguration Day,” she said.
Commemorative tickets for MARC train service to the inauguration will be sold in advance and at several locations on the day of the event. On the Brunswick line, MTA staff will sell tickets, for cash only, on Inauguration Day at the Brunswick station from 7 to 8 a.m. and the Germantown station from 7:30 to 9 a.m., according to an MTA news release.