The Arts

It’s Time to Sing: Does your child like to sing? Maybe “Glee” or “American Idol” is their favorite television show? Well, the Kentlands Community Children’s Chorus began its 2010-11 season on September 13 at the Kentlands Clubhouse. All children K - 12 are welcome to join the chorus, which is sponsored by the Kentlands Community Foundation, and no audition or previous experience is necessary. Children in grades K - 3 practice from 4:55 - 5:25 p.m. and those in grade 4 and above practice 5:30 – 6:40 p.m. The chorus often performs at local venues and covers a variety of musical genres. For more information, visit

“My Gaithersburg” Featured at Arts Barn Invitational Gallery

“My Gaithersburg,” featuring the acrylic paintings of Natalya Parris, will be on display at the Arts Barn Invitational Gallery from September 17 – November 14.  An artist’s reception will be held on Tuesday, October 19 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Parris calls this exhibit “My Gaithersburg” to say “thank you” to the city that gave her and her children wonderful memories and life experiences.  The works include paintings inspired by wildlife she and her family saw during frequent visits to Bohrer Park, and works inspired during her time teaching art classes for children at the Arts Barn.  “The Green of the Pond” won 2nd Place at the 2010 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, while “The Bride” won 1st Place at the 2010 Maryland State Fair in Timonium.

The Arts Barn is located at 311 Kent Square Road in Gaithersburg.  Viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  For more information contact 301.258.6394 or visit the city’s website at

Kentlands resident Brian Dietz is doing his part at last year’s Stomp Festival.

4th Annual Stomp Festival

Jump in with both feet! Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is hosting the Fourth Annual Grape Stomp Festival. The featured activity of course is the exciting Grape Stomp contest where visitors can volunteer for a friendly stomping competition. Prizes will be awarded to the winner who stomps the most juice. Tastings of select award-winning vintages and tours of the winery and vineyard will happen throughout the day. There will also be live music and food for guests.

Purchase advance tickets by going to the Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard website at Online advance tickets are $15, and tickets at the door are $20 for ages 21 and over. Tickets include admission to the event, a complimentary glass with engraving, tastings of our award winning wines, grape stomping, and live music. Those under 21 are free. Identification will be checked at the gate.

Bring your chairs and blankets! This is a rain or shine event. Come out for the fall fun!

An Evening of One Acts

Thunderous Productions, Inc., a not-for-profit theater production company, presents OneFest, an evening of one act plays at the Arts Barn on Friday and Saturday, September 24 and 25 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15, $13 for Gaithersburg residents.  The same program of four plays will be presented each night, with an estimated running time of two hours, with a ten minute intermission.  The Arts Barn is located at 311 Kent Square Road.  For information and ticket purchase please call 301.258.6394 or use RecXpress online at  

Performances include:

Envious Moon written and directed by Heather Martin:  A new comedic twist on the story of Romeo and Juliet.

Labor Day by Brent Englar, directed by Mark Squirek:  Two brothers … at the crossroads.

Ounce of Blues by Jim Cary, directed by Mark Squirek:  Once the blues get in your soul – can you ever shake them?

Veiled by John J. Conley, directed by Jeff Robert:  The family contemplates the case for and against physician-assisted suicide. 

Note that some performances contain adult themes and language and are not recommended for audiences under the age of 16.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival Begins Oct. 8

Master craftspeople will display their talents during live demonstrations at the 10th annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival October 8 – 10 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg. Curious craft lovers will see many of the show’s 250 artists create art before their eyes. Artist demonstrations will be continuous throughout the festival and will showcase artists working in a wide range of mediums including iron forging, papermaking, copper spinning, and wheel-thrown pottery.

The Festival is again partnering with the Manna Food Center to raise funds and attract canned food donations that will be used to help feed the hungry in Montgomery County. Visitors may bring a donation of canned food to the Manna booth inside the show.

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival will be held Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Adult admission is $7 when purchased online, $9 for adults at the door, and free for children under 12. Admission is good for all three days. Free parking is available.

To preview the work of the more than 250 artists participating in the show, and explore the full range of entertainment, visit