Celebrate heritage at Kent Island Day May 20
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.