KI Her­itage So­ci­ety looks to ed­u­cate com­mu­nity in 2019

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Bay Views - By DOUG BISHOP [email protected]­

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.ken­tis­land­her­itage­so­ci­ 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.

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