The Kentlands Community Foundation is the City of Gaithersburg’s Organization of the Year.

The Foundation has been chosen as the City of Gaithersburg’s Organization of the Year! Recently I have been thinking about what this means for an organization that has been an integral part of the Kentlands and the City for more than 25 years.
My thoughts kept coming back to one part of the mission of the Foundation—to build community through volunteerism. Since 1993, the KCF has been making a positive impact on residents, many of whom have volunteered to run and support Foundation programs. In the Foundation’s office is a plaque listing the former chairs of the Board. What struck me upon looking at the names the other day was how many of these individuals still live in the Kentlands and remain a part of our community. The next time you see Eileen Schlichting, Clyde Horton, Glen Palman or Sally Marchessault, thank them for serving. Without the leadership of John Schlichting, Mary Fehlig, John Ingrassia, or Ruthzaly Weich, to name a few, the Foundation would not now be the recipient of this award.
The excitement of the April 25 State of the City address and awards ceremony gives way to a busy May, with the planning and buildup to two of our big events of the year. On Saturday June 15, Kentlands Under the Lights Community Dinner will be held at Market Square. Come join us listen to live music and enjoy freshly prepared food. The event will be held from 5 to 11 pm. Please read the separate article that will provide you all the details for this event.
On June 23 Musica Viva: Kentlands Classical Music Series will take place on the lawn of the Kentlands Mansion. Once again, Maestro Simeone Tartaglione and his wife, the violin soloist Alessandra Cuffaro, will share their talents with us. Those of us who were lucky enough to attend last year’s concert know we are in for a treat. This concert is support by Asbury Methodist Village and the many local businesses in the Kentlands. Food will be available to purchase from Paladar Latin Kitchen, dessert from Rita’s Italian Ice, and wine and beer from The Wine Harvest. Please tell your neighbors and spread the word about the free concert. Did you know Simeone and Alessandra live in the Kentlands?
On May 19, the Film Society will show “Maudie”, a Canadian film. “Maudie” is an inspiring film biography of Maud Dowley (played by Sally Hawkins), starting out in 1930s Nova Scotia. Maud is a misfit, physically challenged by arthritis and at odds with her family. Her one passion in life is painting. She sets off on her own and finds work as a housekeeper for Everett (Ethan Hawke), a gruff and reclusive fish vendor, who lives in a tiny bare-bones home outside of town. The two find themselves at insurmountable odds, but they learn to see the strength in each other. The film starts at 7 pm in the Arts Barn. There are a small number of walk-in tickets available. To reserve one, please contact Elly Shaw Belblidia at
Please come by to say hello. I am in my office every Monday from 9:30 to noon.