Rain can­cels KI Day cel­e­bra­tion

Record Observer - - Opinion -

“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

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