Kent Island Day ’23 is Saturday, May 20!
What is it?
Kent Island Day is a celebration of heritage, life, and culture of Kent Island. This year’s celebration will be on Saturday, May 20, 2023. The Kent Island Day tradition began in 1977. Acting Governor Blair Lee, signed a decree recognizing KI as the first permanent English settlement within Maryland.
The family-friendly community event takes place in one of Kent Island’s oldest and most lovely communities. Join the fun in the “Mayberry-like” village of Historic Stevensville. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and an official Maryland Arts and Entertainment District. It will spotlight the Heritage Society’s Historic sites. They will all be open to explore. Check out docents, working blacksmith, local authors, and artists. There will be vendors, great local food, kids’ activities, an old fashioned parade, and great music.
Schedule of Events
📣10:15 am – Opening ceremony begins with the National Anthem and salute to the flag. A reading of the original Kent Island Day Proclamation is always included.
🚗10:30am – Parade begins at KI Elementary School. It will travel down Main Street through downtown Stevensville. “The parade has a great hometown mix of old cars, tractors, and boats. Enjoy historic costumes, music, scouts, civic groups, horses, and more”, said Jack Broderick. Jack is the Kent Island Heritage Society President and KI Day parade chair. Jack says, “if you want to be part of the parade, give us a call”.
🎶Noon – Music begins on stage in Stevensville Pocket Park.
Food, Shopping, and More!
Grab a bite at the food court, featuring local specialties. Browse a variety of plants and gardening information. This will be next to the Cray House. It includes displays by The KI Garden Club. Military reenactments will be behind the Cray House, brought to you by the Maryland Independent Blues. A model train display will be next to the Historic Train Station. Kid’s activities will include a moon bounce, crafts, and face painting. A mini-farmers’ market will set up on the Green with information and samples.
Kent Island Day is an informative and entertaining day for the whole family. Spiced with good food, fun, and friendship, enjoy celebrating Kent Island’s heritage. For questions on Kent Island Day, call Jack at 410-829-7760. You can find more info at the Heritage Society’s website HERE.
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