Cel­e­brate her­itage at Kent Is­land Day May 20

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STEVENSVILLE — Kent Is­land Day is Satur­day, May 20, in down­town Stevensville.

A com­mu­nity fes­ti­val the third Satur­day in May, a tra­di­tion started in 1977, cel­e­brates the her­itage, life and cul­ture of Kent Is­land in the “May­berry-like” vil­lage of His­toric Stevensville. All of the Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety’s his­toric sites will be open and at­tended by pe­riod-at­tired do­cents. There will be a work­ing black­smith, local artists and au­thors, plenty of kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties and great local food along with a full slate of bands and singers. The pa­rade starts at 10:30 a.m. from Kent Is­land El­e­men­tary School down Main Street. Grand Mar­shal will be Myr­tle Br­us­cup, Grand Lady of the Her­itage So­ci­ety and in­spi­ra­tion for three local Kent Is­land mys­tery nov­els.

The pa­rade fea­tures the Mary­land Rough Rid­ers, a mix of old cars and trac­tors, civic groups, 4-H groups, floats, pa­rade walk­ers in his­toric cos­tumes, elected of­fi­cials and more. There will be an ex­panded un­der-cover food tent and a ros­ter of rous­ing en­ter­tain­ment start­ing with the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Com­mu­nity Band at noon; Kent Is­land High School Jazz Band at 1 p.m.; Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School Cho­rus at 1:15 p.m.; Rem­nant Gospel Singers at 1:30 p.m.; Gray and Blue Grass Band, fea­tur­ing Scott MacGlashan, at 2 p.m. and the Back­yard Blues Band at 3 p.m.

Moon bounce, face paint­ing, live birds on dis­play from the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter, touch-a-truck and learn­ing how to tie knots will in­trigue the young­sters along with the Na­tion­als Base­ball Team Na­tion­als mobile truck. A model train dis­play will be out­side the rail­road site un­der its own tent. Metal de­tec­tor club mem­bers will show off pre­cious finds; quil­ters will dis­play her­itage ex­am­ples; duck de­coys will en­tice wouldbe wood­carvers; and Tom Wil­ley will dis­play some model boats.

Spe­cialty foods in­clude Kent Is­land crab cakes, ice cream, bar­be­cue, a hot dog cart, de­li­cious desserts and a fresh pop­corn booth.

Ex­pand your local knowl­edge at the table of the Mary­land Dept. of Trans­porta­tion Bay Bridge dis­play; learn about the oys­ter re­cov­ery project; plenty of in­for­ma­tion at the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Her­itage and Vis­i­tors Cen­ter booth; Pets on Wheels; and ac­tiv­i­ties at the Kent Is­land Li­brary booth.

Dozens of ven­dors with great prod­ucts to sell and many non-prof­its with their own pro­mo­tions will help keep vis­i­tors busy from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Her­itage So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Jack Brod­er­ick at 410-829-7760 or email jackan­dl­izzie@at­lanticbb. net.

Rem­nant Gospel Singers will per­form at 1:30 p.m. at Kent Is­land Day.

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