Saying goodbye to 2020

Once again, we have come through another year of community building, but this year with a twist. The KCF has wonderful, inventive and committed volunteers that have stepped up to the challenge to continue offering activities and events through the pandemic. Many of our popular and landmark programs were able to move online. For example, the Musica Viva Kentlands committee streamed three concerts with many of our neighbors and supporters able to enjoy the outstanding performances. Kentlands Under the Lights asked us to support our local restaurants and celebrate our community safely. While neither was a true substitute for an evening with family, friends and neighbors on the lawn by the Clubhouse or in Kentlands Market Square, these events have continued to bring us together until the time comes when we will be able to hold events in person once again.
Experimentation has been part of every committees’ approach to capture our spirit of community. The Kentlands Community Players performed an original play on Zoom. Each actor was at home but performed as an ensemble cast. Another program reaching out to its members and the community is the Kentlands Film Society. They have hosted an online discussion of a thought-provoking film “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and provided two lists of their favorite films to help keep us entertained at home.
Of course, this list of our virtual events would not be complete with the Kentlands/Lakelands Virtual 5K. We missed the “normal” fun, energetic race day surrounded by sponsors, the singing of the national anthem, and the runners achieving their goals and more, but we are grateful that even in this unusual year, the support of our runners, the sponsors and the City of Gaithersburg allowed the Foundation to continue its support of the beneficiaries. And we loved seeing the photos of you finishing your safe runs. Planning has already begun for next year’s race.
As the year comes to a close, we continue with our online presence in December when the Holiday Tree and Menorah Lighting will be streamed live to social media from Kentlands Market Square. A special thanks to Jodi Rapaport, a KCF Board member, who has once again taken the lead in organizing this event. And a special thanks to KIMCO for its support. Check the Kentlands Community Foundation Facebook page (@KentlandsCommunityFoundation) for more details and to watch the stream.
Artists on Market has returned and will be holding a Holiday Art Market at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn throughout the month of December. Make an appointment to stop by the Arts Barn to shop for one-of-a-kind, artisan-made gifts. Masks are required. This is a wonderful way to safely shop for your holiday gifts and support the talented, artists of the Gaithersburg Artist Collective, which is supported by the Foundation. Check out the Artist on Market Facebook page (@gaithersburgartists) for a sneak peak of the wonderful items for sale. Call the Arts Barn at 301-259-6394 or email artsbarn@gaithersburgmd.gov to make your personal shopping appointment.
One unofficial goal the KCF Board has aimed for over the last nine months is to have an event each month. Planning for the months ahead continues. And we hope that should the pandemic restriction ease the Foundation we will able to hold events with some in-person activities.