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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].

Kentlands Foundation Update

APRIL 2022

Join us—learn, volunteer, enjoy!

By Elisabeth Monaco

April is one of my favorite months in the Kentlands and Lakelands. I love to check on the progress of the daffodils in the parks and in front of homes as I walk and drive around our neighborhood. Spring has come and at the Foundation we are planning for our biggest events of the year. Now is a great time to get more involved, meet your neighbors, and build community. We have volunteer opportunities that are a one-day commitment and some that are ongoing. Consider joining a committee to plan an event and lend your expertise to the Foundation.

The Gaithersburg Artist Collective’s pop-up gallery, ARTISTS ON MARKET continues at Downtown Crown at 130 Crown Park Avenue and they have brand new artwork available for March and April with the theme, Our Planet, Our Future. Have you ever dreamed of a butterfly garden in your own backyard? Learn all about monarch butterflies and plant milk weed seeds to take home and attract butterflies to your garden hands on art activities for the kids too. Join the artists at this fun family event on Saturday, April 23, 2022, at 10AM at Crown Park (behind Ted’s Bulletin). Local author, Laurie J Hartman, will be reading her green-living books for children, Sea Rescue and Save the Sea, Too. 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.   

The gallery is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 7:15 pm and features the work of approximately 25 juried regional artists. Be sure to drop by to see them and pick up something unique and special for yourself or someone you know. For more information and to stay up to date on their special events, you may visit their social media on Facebook and Instagram – @artistsonmarket or drop them an email at [email protected].

GOGREEN will hold their annual clean-up day on April 23 at 10 am at the Kentlands Clubhouse.  Join the Green Team, celebrate Earth Day and clean up our neighborhood. Buckets and pick up sticks will be available.  Join in as we “plog” around the neighborhood. If eligible, students can earn SSL hours.

MUSICA VIVA KENTLANDS presents the “Leonard Bernstein Celebration” on May 7 at 7 pm.  The performance of the recently discovered 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. 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 kentlands.org.

KENTLANDS COMMUNITY PLAYERS will present “Shakespeare in Love” at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn on May 6 through 8. 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.  For more information about tickets and show times, please visit kentlandscommunityplayers.org.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars 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 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 [email protected].