Another Successful Summer! and On to the Fall!

The summer months were very active for the Kentlands Community Foundation. Starting with Kentlands Under the Lights and ending with the second of two classical concerts, the KFC was busy. In between these great events, the first Musica Viva concert and the 26th Kentlands/Lakelands 5K race was held. There are two things that tie all these events together and make them special. First, none of these events could happen without the volunteers who plan the events and show up to make them happen. Second, they all make the Kentlands and Lakelands the unique place they are with a strong sense of community.
The Foundation strives to build community and promote volunteerism through its programs. For example, the 5K requires more than 200 volunteers to make the race happen. The community stepped up and filled runner bags, checked in runners, volunteered as race marshals, and helped set up and clean up Market Square. In addition, 49 local businesses sponsored the event. When the 1,155 runners, including the Fun Run kids, are added to the numbers of volunteers and businesses, the sheer volume of participants demonstrates that the race is truly a community event.
The Musica Viva concert on the evening of September 7 was spectacular. An audience estimated at between 800 and 900 people came to enjoy the music and the lovely evening on the Kentlands Clubhouse lawn. World-class musicians took to the stage and thrilled the crowd with their talents. The 38-piece orchestra was led by Simeone Tartaglione. Beethoven Symphony No. 7 Op. 92 opened the program. Sarasate Zigeunerweisen Op. 20 featured Alessandra Cuffaro as the violin soloist. Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1 and Anderson Syncopated Clock, along with a rousing rendition of Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 helped round out the program. The crowd was on its feet numerous times throughout the night and was reluctant for the night to end.
The Foundation’s fall season starts with the Film Society’s first film of the season. “Leave No Trace”, an American film taking place in the Pacific Northwest, will be shown at the Arts Barn on October 6. To celebrate the launch of the new season, a wine and cheese reception will start at 6 pm. The film begins at 7 pm.
On October 15, Bridget Ryder will be the speaker at the New Urbanist lecture series. Join us at the Arts Barn at 6:30 pm for wine and cheese with the lecture to begin at 7 pm.
Don’t forget to visit the KCF in the Carriage House for the City of Gaithersburg’s Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 13. Each year, volunteers from the Foundation are in the Carriage House providing visitors an opportunity to see the history of the Kentlands. The photographs from the groundbreaking are fascinating. Come see if you can figure out your home’s location.

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