KI Day

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — A few hun­dred Queen Anne’s County res­i­dents gath­ered in His­toric Stevensville on Satur­day, May 20, to par­tic­i­pate in the 40th an­nual Kent Is­land Day.

The cel­e­bra­tion is hosted by the Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety an­nu­ally on the third Satur­day in May. Peo­ple be­gan the day’s fes­tiv­i­ties by lin­ing the streets watch­ing more than 30 cars, floats, walk­ers and boats pass through for the open­ing pa­rade.

Start­ing from Kent Is­land El­e­men­tary School, pa­rade par­tic­i­pants made their way down Main Street and onto Love Point Road in Stevensville, pass­ing crowds of friends, fam­i­lies and com­mu­nity mem­bers of all ages.

The 2017 Kent Is­land Day pa­rade Grand Mar­shal was Myr­tle Br­us­cup, who was es­corted through town sit­ting on the back of an old Ford Mus­tang. Br­us­cup, known as the “Grand Lady of Kent Is­land,” is a long­time Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety mem­ber.

Mary­land Sen. Steve Her­shey be­gan the fes­tiv­i­ties on stage by read­ing the orig­i­nal state procla­ma­tion declar­ing Kent Is­land Day back 40 years ago.

The procla­ma­tion, signed in 1977 by Gov. Blair Lee, states that Kent Is­land was the first English speak­ing set­tle­ment in Mary­land and the third in the United States af­ter Jamestown, Va., and Ply­mouth, Mass.

It stated the the procla­ma­tion was made to “ap­pro­pri­ately ob­serve the her­itage and his­tory of Kent Is­land.”

“Not a whole lot of words but they mean a whole lot for us here on Kent Is­land, KI Her­itage So­ci­ety Pres­i­dent Jack Brod­er­ick said. “And the Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety I’m proud to say still works very hard to­day to dis­cover, iden­tify, ex­plore and pre­serve the her­itage of Kent Is­land.”

Dur­ing the over­cast day with tem­per­a­tures in the mid-60s, clubs, or­ga­ni­za­tions and com­pa­nies set up in­for­ma­tional booths in the His­toric District for at­ten­dees to view.

Some of those in­for­ma­tional and en­ter­tain­ment booths in­cluded arche­ol­o­gist Dr. Dar­rin Low­ery, who is af­fil­i­ated with the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion and the Univer­sity of Delaware; the Ch­e­sa­peake In­de­pen­dent

Blues War of 1812 re-en­ac­tors; and ex­otic an­i­mals like camels and ze­bras.

Low­ery, who had mul­ti­ple ta­bles filled with East­ern Shore ar­ti­facts in glass cases, talked with at­ten­dees and an­swered ques­tions about his pre­vi­ous digs and re­search, and also held gen­eral his­tory con­ver­sa­tions with those en­gag­ing him.

Be­fore get­ting to the wildlife, which also in­cluded a tor­toise, ven­dors were set up sell­ing a range of food and drinks. Near the food ven­dors also was a stage that had per­for­mances through­out the day. The mu­si­cal ar­range­ments in­cluded the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Com­mu­nity Band, Kent Is­land Jazz Band, Mat­a­peake Mid­dle School Cho­rus, Rem­nant Gospel Singers, Gray and Blue Grass Band, and the Back­yard Blues band.

Through­out the day the Kent Is­land Her­itage So­ci­ety had do­cents at the His­toric Stevensville sites, which were open for peo­ple to walk through and ex­pe­ri­ence.

“There’s a great deal to be learned to­day about this won­der­ful place we call Kent Is­land,” Brod­er­ick said.

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

The Stevensville Mid­dle School Band played tunes through the streets of Stevensville dur­ing the Kent Is­land Day pa­rade on May 20.

Char­ac­ter Counts! Co­or­di­na­tor Elaine But­ler, left, walks through Stevensville in the Kent Is­land Day pa­rade on May 20 with Com­mis­sion­ers Jim Mo­ran and Jack Wil­son.

Dale Kin­na­mon leads the Mary­land Rough Riders down the streets of Stevensville on Satur­day, May 20, as the group par­tic­i­pated in the 2017 Kent Is­land Day pa­rade.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers mar­vel at the camels at the Kent Is­land Day pa­rade on Satur­day, May 20, in Stevensville.

Josh and Jeff Jaros with Ch­e­sa­peake Church of Christ were pro­mot­ing its Va­ca­tion Bi­ble School pro­gram dur­ing the Kent Is­land Day fes­tiv­i­ties on Satur­day, May 20.

Jack Shaum, re­tired re­porter with the Bay Times news­pa­per and WBAL ra­dio­host, was the an­nouncer dur­ing the Kent Is­land Day pa­rade on Satur­day, May 20, in Stevensville.

Galilee Lutheran Church of Ch­ester mem­bers throw candy at the on-look­ers of the 2017 Kent Is­land Day pa­rade in Stevensville on May 20.

Mem­bers of the Shoot­ing Stars 4-H Club par­tic­i­pate in the 2017 Kent Is­land Day pa­rade in Stevensville on Satur­day, May 20.

Black­smith Mike Bouchal bends metal dur­ing the Kent Is­land Day fes­tiv­i­ties in Stevensville on Satur­day, May 20.

Arche­ol­o­gist Dr. Dar­rin Low­ery talks with lo­cals about his­toric ar­ti­facts from Kent Is­land dur­ing the an­nual Kent Is­land Day cel­e­bra­tion on May 20.

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

Alivia Pyles, right, gets her face painted dur­ing Kent Is­land Day on May 20 by Am­ber En­gle­buch Wa­chowiz.

Lo­cal au­thor Brent Lewis chats with County Com­mis­sioner Jack Wil­son dur­ing Kent Is­land Day on May 20.

Bob Marsteller, dressed up as Un­cle Sam, walks in the Kent Is­land Day pa­rade on Satur­day, May 20.

Chris Al­giere with Ch­e­sa­peake In­de­pen­dent Blues, a War of 1812 re-en­act­ment group, stands on guard dur­ing the 2017 Kent Is­land Day fes­tiv­i­ties in Stevensville on Satur­day, May 20.

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