Kentlands Foundation Update

May 2022

A busy month of May ahead!

By Elisabeth Monaco

The Kentlands Community Foundation is ready for spring and summer with a calendar full of events. In addition to these special events, the Foundation sponsors a variety of programs that meet regularly. Throughout the year, KCF programs meet and engage many residents. If you are interested in bridge, joining a group of amateur musicians for an evening of music, cleaning up the neighborhood, or helping elderly residents get to appointments, check out our new website where you can explore our many programs. Fill out a contact form to find out more.

MUSICA VIVA KENTLANDS presents the “Leonard Bernstein Celebration” on May 7 at 7 pm. The recently discovered piece, Music for String Quartet by Leonard Bernstein, will be performed. This is the second time ever this piece for quartet will be played. A big thank you to Lisa Pickett, a Kentlands resident, and the Bernstein Foundation for their generosity in allowing Musica Viva to present this unique and special work by such a titan of American music. Join us at the Kreeger Auditorium at the Bender JCC on Montrose Road. Because of the unique and historical nature of this performance, the concert is a fundraiser for the concert series and tickets are $125. Contact us at kentlands@kentlands.org to find out how to save $25 per ticket. Following the performance, there will be a reception to meet the musicians. To reserve your ticket and for more information about this exciting event, please go the Foundation’s website at www.kentlands.org. All money raised from this event will be used to continue to fund the concerts held each year on the Kentlands Clubhouse lawn. Please consider supporting this special musical event.

KENTLANDS COMMUNITY PLAYERS will present Shakespeare in Love at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn, May 6th through the 8th and the 28th through the 29th. Friday and Saturday performances will be held at 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. This hilarious, romantic stage play reimagines William Shakespeare’s creative process. The Players are a community theater in its truest sense, with all volunteer casts and crews. This play is the return of the theater group to live performances. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through our website at Kentlands.org.

The Foundation will be at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on May 21 at Bohrer Park. This year, the Foundation has local author and ARTISTS ON MARKET artist, Laurie J Hartman, reading her green-living books for children, Sea Rescue and Save the Sea, Too. To bring attention to the damage of plastic in the ocean, Laurie has created a special craft recycling plastic water bottles and turning them into colorful, friendly fish. She will be signing books and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these books will be donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. You will find us in the Children’s Village section of the Festival.

Save the date for KENTLANDS UNDER THE LIGHTS on June 18 in Kentlands Market Square. And, the KENTLANDS/LAKELANDS 5K will be held on Saturday, September 3.

To find out more about our events and programs, follow the Kentlands Community Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and check out our website at www.kentlands.org. If you have a great idea for a program that involves volunteerism, the cultural arts or supports New Urbanism, we would love to hear from you! All our programs are grassroots efforts that begin with you. Feel free to drop us an email at kentlands@kentlands.org.