Kent Island Day set for May 21
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
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.
Greg Minahan as Macbeth, Chris Rogers as Macduff.