The annual Summerfest celebration on Saturday, August 26 from 6pm to 9pm will be the closing to another festive season at the pool will feature a carnival theme with a variety of games and activities for all ages on the clubhouse lawn, along with the return of food from Smokehouse Grill Catering and adult beverages provided by popular local restaurant and brew pub, Dogfish Head Alehouse.
Not to be confused with the Caribbean carnival, the lawn and pool deck will be decorated in primary colors, and there will be carnival games, inflatables, a caricature artist, and a balloon twister, among other activities, on the lawn as well as some games and races in the pool. The food menu consists of hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken tenders, veggie wraps, coleslaw, french fries and fruit salad. Popcorn, cotton candy and jumbo swirl lollipops will be offered as novelty treats. The drink menu includes Dogfish Head’s popular 60-Minute IPA and its Namaste Belgian-style white beer, along with a Carnival Punch, sodas and waters.
The Kentlands Activities Committee and Communications and Events Director Dana Macena are hoping to pull out all the stops again this year at the community’s largest annual event that typically attracts more than 500 residents and consumes a hefty chunk of the KCA’s Activities budget. The event two years ago that coincided with the community’s K25 celebration of the Kentlands 25th anniversary and spilled out onto the lawn with its Rodeo theme “set the bar high,” Macena observed.
The elaborate event requires all hands on deck from the CMC management team, along with Activities Committee volunteers who help plan and implement the logistics. A lot of work goes into pulling off a successful Summerfest from choosing and working with all the vendors, ensuring permits are in place with the City, marketing the event, and both planning and implementing the decorations.
“Every year I look forward to this event as this is the defining moment of whether or not I can out do myself,” Macena added.
Macena and the Activities Committee believe they have ironed out the logistical challenges in orchestrating such a popular event — such as checking in the huge crowd and the bottlenecks at beverage concessions that caused long lines two years ago. Like last year’s successful Anchors Aweigh nautical themed Summerfest, this year’s bash should be a perfect place to meet new neighbors or catch up with old ones. The entire KCA leadership and CMC management team hope to see you there.
Note: This event is for Kentlands residents only.