KI Her­itage So­ci­ety cel­e­brates mar­itime her­itage with river cruise

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KENT NAR­ROWS — The weather could not have been more per­fect on the evening of June 15, when the River Packet slowly turned in Kent Nar­rows and made her way to the Queen Anne’s County Her­itage and Vis­i­tor Cen­ter to meet mem­bers of the Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety. The event was a cel­e­bra­tion of the mar­itime her­itage of Kent Is­land. About 50 so­ci­ety mem­bers and guests boarded the ves­sel and en­joyed a re­lax­ing three-hour din­ner cruise on the Ch­ester River.

“Last year we cel­e­brated the 40th an­niver­sary of the Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety with a special cruise on the River Packet. It was such a great ex­pe­ri­ence that many mem­bers urged us to do it again this year. The Board agreed… and here we are,” said so­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Jack Brod­er­ick as he wel­comed the mem­bers and guests on the cruise. Dur­ing the cruise, they were treated to an out­stand­ing ar­ray of hors d’oeurves and a Ch­e­sa­peake surf and turf buf­fet din­ner pre­pared and served by Oc­ca­sions Ca­ter­ing of Chestertown, with which the Packet is af­fil­i­ated.

Pe­ri­odic nar­ra­tions on the his­tory and her­itage of the area, as well as wildlife and ge­o­graphic points of in­ter­est, were shared by Capt. Greg Kim­mel and Jack Brod­er­ick through­out the cruise.

“There’s been a lot of his­tory here — 385 years worth of Euro­pean his­tory and nearly 12,000 years of Na­tive Amer­i­can his­tory in and around these wa­ters,” said Brod­er­ick. Var­i­ous sto­ries and vi­gnettes were shared about that his­tory. “You get a re­ally dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and feel about our his­tory when you’re out here on the wa­ter where so much of it hap­pened”.

The River Packet, based in Chestertown, is owned by the Ch­ester River Packet Com­pany and is in its third year of op­er­a­tion. The boat was re­fur­bished as a 1920sera packet-style Bay area cruise ves­sel. She of­fers a va­ri­ety of sched­uled public cruises out of Chestertown, com­plete with meals and re­fresh­ments, and is avail­able for char­ters and special events such as the Her­itage So­ci­ety din­ner cruise.

“The Packet folks are a plea­sure to work with, and the food is great.” said Brod­er­ick. “I think ev­ery­one who shared our cruise came away with a deeper ap­pre­ci­a­tion of our rich Is­land her­itage and had a good time in the process”. In the words of Her­itage so­ci­ety board mem­ber, Alex John­son, “the en­tire evening was de­light­ful”.

In­for­ma­tion on the Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety is avail­able at ken­tis­land­her­itage­so­ci­ety.com and in­for­ma­tion on the River Packet is avail­able at chester­river­pack­etco.com.

PHOTO BY FRANK FROHN

Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety mem­bers en­joy a June 15 cruise aboard the River Packet cel­e­brat­ing the Is­land’s mar­itime her­itage. From left, seated are Mar­cie Wachter and Lyn­nda Kra­tovil; stand­ing are John Con­ley and Linda Col­lier.

PHO­TOS BY FRANK FROHN

The River Packet ap­proaches the dock at Kent Nar­rows on June 15 where it picked up mem­bers of the Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety for a cel­e­bra­tion of the is­land’s mar­itime her­itage.

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