Kent Is­land Day set for May 21

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment - By JACK SHAUM jshaum@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — It’s been 385 years since Wil­liam Clai­borne first set foot on Kent Is­land and es­tab­lished the first English set­tle­ment in what is now Mary­land.

That land­mark event and all the sub­se­quent years of his­tory-mak­ing on Kent Is­land will be cel­e­brated in grand fash­ion on Kent Is­land Day, Satur­day, May 21 in his­toric Stevensville. The fes­tiv­i­ties be­gin at 10 a.m. and run through 5 p.m.

Spon­sored by the Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety, the event will fea­ture a big pa­rade through the old­est parts of Stevensville, mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, an 18th Cen­tury en­camp­ment, ar­ti­sans, crafts­men, au­thors, and lots of food. All of the so­ci­ety’s his­toric sites will be open and there will be cos­tumed do­cents.

“The ar­ti­sans’ tent will be near the train sta­tion, au­thors will be in front of the bank, and the food court will be in the pocket park next to the bank,” said Jack Brod­er­ick, pa­rade chair­man for Kent Is­land Day. He said the food court will be un­der cover and will fea­ture lo­cal spe­cial­ties.

A large area fea­tur­ing plants and gar­den­ing in­for­ma­tion will be next to the Cray House, a model train dis­play will be lo­cated next to the train sta­tion, and there will be a moon bounce, pony rides, kids’ crafts, and a ma­gi­cian.

“We have lots of non­prof­its who all have ta­bles and the Mon­u­men­tal Fife and Drum Corps from Baltimore will be here,” said Kent Is­land Day Chair­man Nancy Cook.

The open­ing cer­e­mony will be held at 10 a.m. when County Com­mis­sioner Pres­i­dent Mark An­der­son reads the procla­ma­tion is­sued in 1977 by Act­ing Gov. Blair Lee III des­ig­nat­ing Kent Is­land Day. The singing of the na­tional an­them will fol­low, and the pa­rade will step off at Kent Is­land El­e­men­tary School at 10:30 and make its way down Main Street in old Stevensville, which has been des­ig­nated an of­fi­cial Mary­land Arts and District.

Long­time KIHS mem­ber Myr­tle Br­us­cup, who has been fea­tured in sev­eral Kent Is­land mys­tery sto­ries, is this year’s pa­rade grand mar­shal.

“The pa­rade will fea­ture a great home­town mix of old cars and trac­tors, boats, his­toric cos­tumes, march­ing bands, scouts, civic groups, horses, and elected of­fi­cials,” Brod­er­ick said. “There’s al­ways room in the pa­rade. If you want to be a part of it, give us a call.”

En­ter­tain­ment be­gins at noon on the stage in the Stevensville Pocket Park next to the bank and will con­tinue through the af­ter­noon. Among the en­ter­tain­ers are the Dashiell School of Dance, The Dance Con­nec­tion, Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School Jazz Band, the Sweet Ade­lines, and the Kent Is­land Youth Choir.

For in­for­ma­tion on Kent Is­land Day, con­tact Nancy Cook at 410-758-2502 or Jack Brod­er­ick at 410-8297760 or visit ken­tis­land­her­itage­so­ci­ety.org En­ter­tain­ment

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Mon­u­men­tal City Fife & Drum Crops made their first ever ap­pear­ance per­form­ing at the an­nual Kent Is­land Day pa­rade on May 16, 2015. Here, they march along the pa­rade route in his­toric, down­town Stevensville.

PHOTO COUR­TESY SHORE SHAKE­SPEARE COM­PANY

Greg Mi­na­han as Mac­beth, Chris Rogers as Mac­duff.

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