August 2019 – From the Mayor

The 52ndAnnual Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival is fast approaching, and our Parade and Festival Coordinators, Lisa Kelley-Connor and Victoria Randall, have been busy, along with the Town staff, preparing for our Town’s signature event. The Labor Day Parade and Festival is a wonderful event for our community, and we are always looking for volunteers to help the day of the event! If you are interested, and would like to receive a $25 gift card to either Starbucks or Strosniders, please contact Lisa and Victoria at LaborDay@tok.md.gov. The Montgomery Art Association will also once again be holding Paint the Town in conjunction with the Labor Day weekend, and will be open Sat., Aug. 31stthrough Mon., Sept. 2nd. The festivities do not end with the Labor Day Parade and Festival, however, as September is jam-packed with many weekend activities, including: The Kensington Train Show (Sept. 7thand 8th), Opera in the Circle (Sept. 14th), The Kensington Car Show (Sept. 15th), and the Annual Kensington 8K Race (Sept. 21st). Please be sure to check Page 19 of the Around Town Journal, or our website Calendar, for all our upcoming events. The Town is sponsoring a Design Review workshop, along with Montgomery Planning, Sat., Sept. 14th, to provide residents an opportunity to learn about the design, review, and approval process of development projects. The workshop will be held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and additional information may be found in the Journal or on our Town Calendar. I would like to thank Council Members Crimmins and Rollins, along with Town Manager Daily, for their efforts in securing the Community Parks and Playground funding for the Pavilion at St. Paul Park. The process was lengthy from conception to build, but the Pavilion is a welcomed addition to St. Paul Park. I would also like to thank and recognize Angie and Stuart Freemen for the many hours they spend each year tending to the Howard Avenue Park garden. Alison and John Oppenheim, along with members of the Kensington Historical Society, have also been gracious with their time attending to our community garden spaces. Please take the time to visit our community garden spaces, as they are beautiful, thanks to our many volunteers.