Rain cancels KI Day celebration
“Kent Island Day — Saturday, May 21 — Cancelled Rain”
So the little sign read in the flooded Pocket Park in Stevensville. The decision was made on Wednesday, May 18, based on the unusual weather forecast. The notice then went out directly to our many hundreds of players and on social media: “Due the dismal forecast, we’re acting preemptively. It’s official, Kent Island Day 2016 is cancelled, due to the 100 percent heavy rain prediction for Saturday. There is no rain date. We’ll look forward to a bigger and better event next year.”
The 100 percent rain prediction held through the week, and boy did it rain on Saturday!
Over the years Kent Island Day has grown to be an annual rite of spring on Kent Island, like a ritual that many folks look forward to. It’s a celebration of the best of our heritage, our culture, and our life on this wonderful island we call home. But, being what it is and where it is, it is dependent on good weather. We have been lucky with reasonably good weather for the past 12 years. This year the odds caught up with us. We are thankful that we had accurate warning and made the right decision.
Some have asked if we couldn’t do a rain date. We have looked at that over the years and concluded that there are just too many players, the preparation is too long, and the time of the year is just too busy to make a rain date possible.
We want to express our thanks the many hundreds of folks who had a part and have worked for months in planning and supporting our Kent Island Day effort: our Kent Island Day Team headed by Nancy Cook; our vendors; food folks; entertainers; logistics supporters; the business folks in Stevensville; our local first responders; to all who helped us get the word out so quickly; and all our friends and neighbors who are always so supportive. We have felt that support as we made this difficult, unavoidable decision. We especially want to thank the Kent Island American Legion for their generous financial sponsorship of Kent Island Day. Even though the day was cancelled their word to us was to “use that support to help defray your expenses, and we’ll look forward to supporting you guys next year.”
Well, we are looking forward to next year. We extend our heartfelt thanks for such a supportive and understanding community. We’ll see you at Kent Island Day 2017.
President, Kent Island Heritage Society Stevensville