May 16, 2017
Thanks very much to those of you who extended condolences on my father’s recent passing. Throughout my life, he encouraged me to work hard and speak out.
Dad was my big cheerleader and was thrilled when I decided to seek elective office. I will deeply miss him, but I know he would be proud of the difference I seek to make every day through legislation, music, and the nonprofit community.
Now that the legislative session has adjourned, I am glad to be able to spend more time in Rockville and Gaithersburg. I wanted to make sure you knew about these two fun, family events…
8th Annual Gaithersburg Book Festival (May 20)
Grounds of City Hall
The Gaithersburg Book Festival is a celebration of great books and great writing that has made its mark as one of the nation’s top literary events. This Saturday, May 20th, more than 100 best-selling and award-winning authors will participate in panel discussions and book signings at the festival, taking place on the grounds of City Hall from 10am to 6pm.
Other activities include interactive writing workshops for all ages; a Children’s Village; literary exhibitors; food & drink; the Brew and Vine Cafe featuring live entertainment; and on-site book sales by Politics & Prose. Admission, parking, and accessible shuttle buses from Shady Grove Metro and Lakeforest Mall are all FREE. For more details, check out the website or Twitter feed.
Hometown Holidays Music Festival (May 27-29)
Rockville Town Center
Over Memorial Day Weekend, the City of Rockville will host idts annual Hometown Holidays Music Festival and Parade. The Festival includes 30 eclectic musical groups on four stages across six city blocks. There will also be the “Taste of Rockville,” featuring food from local restaurants; amusements for kids; and the 73rd annual ceremony and parade on Memorial Day. The music will take place both Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 10pm, and the ceremony and parade will be held Monday from 9am to 1pm. The parade, ceremony, and concerts are free, and tickets for the Taste of Rockville can be purchased at marked booths. Proceeds support community partners including Community Ministries of Rockville (where I work part-time) and the Rockville Chamber of Commerce! Learn more about the weekend’s festivities here.
You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for photos and updates throughout the interim, as well as fun and interesting events in District 17. Please check my website to learn about Senatorial Scholarships, internship opportunities, and more! Any questions or comments can be directed to me via email.
Cheryl C. Kagan
State Senator, District 17
Rockville & Gaithersburg