Celebrate heritage at Kent Island Day on Saturday
STEVENSVILLE — Kent Island Day will feature a special guest this year — Dr. Darrin Lowery, noted Eastern Shore archaeologist affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Delaware. Lower y has done extensive research on Kent Island and all over the Eastern Shore and will bring a large display of historic and prehistoric artifacts he has collected.
“We are excited and honored to have Darrin Lowery join us at KI Day,” said Kent Island Heritage Society President Jack Broderick. “I think it’s safe to say that Dr. Lowery knows more about the archaeological histor y of Kent Island than any (other) living person.”
Lowery conducted an extensive survey of Kent Island in the early ‘90s for the KI Heritage Society and compiled a detailed report of his findings, documenting numerous Native American sites at locations spread across the Island. He also located melted trade beads on Southern Kent Island at or near the location of Kent Fort, William Claiborn’s first settlement and fort. The fort suffered an early fire in which those beads melted, Broderick said. He recently found additional beads in that same area.
“We are inviting anyone who has found artifacts around the Island to bring them in, so you can learn firsthand from the expert how old they are and what they might have been used for,” Broderick invited.
Lowery’s display will be located under the big green tent near the Cray House and Train Station.
Another new attraction this year will be late addition of a renowned historic 1812 military re--enactors’ unit, the Chesapeake Independent Blues, out of Kent County, Broderick said. They will be passing through the area on their way back from an important engagement somewhere up north, and will be stopping by to march in the Kent Island Day parade and bivouac during the day back by the blacksmith behind the Cray House.
“They will add an authentic dimension of color and militar y heritage to our festival,” he said.
Look for exotic animals, Broderick said. There will be camels, a zebra and a kangaroo on display, by Mr. Mike.
Both Animal Welfare League and Pets on Wheels will have animals, and the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center will bring birds.
Festivities get under way at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, in historic Stevensville with a proclamation read by Sen. Steve Hershey.
The annual parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. with Grand Marshal Myrtle Bruscup. The parade begins at Kent Island Elementar y School and ends at Church Street.
In addition to history and animals, there will be food and entertainment available throughout the day. The entertainment stage will be next to Stevensville Bank, and there will be a food tent nearby where people can sit and eat while listening.
Local authors will be in front of Stevensville Bank, including Jack Shaum, who also serves as announcer, Hal Wilson, Brent Lewis, Nick Hoxter and Chris Duty. Author Don Parks, who also creates decoys, will be under crafters tent.
“Come on out on Saturday, May 20, in historic Stevensville,” Broderick said. “It’s a family celebration of the heritage and culture of Kent Island and a lot more.”
Archeologist Darrin Lowery of the Smithsonian Institution identifies the collection of Keith from Galena, who learned that his oldest arrowhead was on the order of about 10,000 years old. Lowery examined artifacts for hundreds of local collectors at the 2015 Native American Artifact Exhibit at the East New Market firehouse.
Kent Island Garden Club will hold a plant sale during Kent Island Day.