KI Heritage Society looks to educate community in 2019
KENT NARROWS — The Kent Island Heritage Society gathered at Fisherman’s Inn Restaurant Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9, for its annual business meeting and installation of officers for 2019.
KI Heritage Society President Jack Broderick called the meeting to order at 12:45 p.m. with announcements, and a blessing of the food was offered. Prior to the blessing a moment of silence was held in honor of the late Oscar “Sonny” Schulz, owner of Fisherman’s Inn Restaurant with his late wife Betty Thomas Schulz. Schulz’s were longtime supporters of the KI Heritage Society, and Sonny, a contributor to the history of the community as a native waterman.
A brunch of scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, pastries and fruit was served.
Following the meal, entertainment by KI Heritage Society members was provided, including the singing of “Jingle Bells,” Kent Island style, with words re-written to match the location. The singing was led by former KI Heritage Society President and longtime area choral director Nancy Cook and longtime KI Heritage member Toni Gibson. Here are some of the words: (refrain) “Stevensville, Buzzardsville, places near the Bay: Chester and Dominion, too, all along the way, Oh, Down Route 8, up Love Point, on to Route 50 too, This island means so much to us, we hope it does to you!” The three verses that accompany the revised song are too long to re-print here, but are historically accurate and hilarious to read and sing.
Following the entertainment, former KI Heritage Society Board member Lynnda Kratovil administered the oath of office to the new officers. President Jack Broderick closed the meeting with a review of the many events of 2018 and a look at what’s planned for 2019.
Broderick noted the main historical sites the Heritage Society maintains in and around Kent Island: Cray House, the old Stevensville Railroad Station and caboose, the old Stevensville Post Office, the old Stevensville Bank, historic Christ Church in downtown Stevensville, and the James Kirwan Store/House museum in Chester, along Dominion Road. Between April and October, each year, those locations are open free for the public to tour the first Saturday of each month thanks to volunteer docents from the KI Heritage Society.
It was noted that in 2018, two traditional Heritage Society events, Kent Island Day in May, and the Heritage picnic held at Kirwan House, were both rained out. Prayers were offered for better weather in 2019 for those events.
A new event that took place was the touring of all those locations by the entire staff of teachers from Kent Island High School this past November, thanks to the enthusiasm of KIHS Principal John Schrecongost for his desire to learn local history. A recent teacher in-service day was partially used for the teachers to see and hear about local history. Some students were also included in tours. Remarks were made by many, “That we drove past these places daily, and never knew what they were and their histories in the community,” Broderick announced during the meeting.
Some items the KI Heritage Society has planned for 2019 include: Jan. 17, Heritage Society benefit at Kent Island IHOP, from 4 to 9 p.m.; May 4, State Garden Club Tour at Kirwan House; May 18, Kent Island “Sunny” Day; June (date to be determined), Heritage Cruise on Chester River; Sept. 22, Membership Picnic; Nov. 2, annual Stevensville Car Show; and Dec. 8, membership business meeting and installation of officers for 2020. More events are in the planning.
Anyone interested in joining Kent Island Heritage Society or more information can go online www.kentislandheritagesociety.org. the for to
The 2019 officers of the Kent Island Heritage Society were installed Dec. 9 at Fisherman’s Inn Restaurant. From left, board members Annie May Price and Linda Collier, Treasurer Lynne RileyColeman, board member John Conley, Recording Secretary Nancy Cook, Vice President Robert Lowe, and President Jack Broderick. Also shown, former board member Lynnda Kratovil, who administered the oath to the new officers. Corresponding Secretary Carole Frederick was not available for the photo.