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Kent Island Day Festival
May 20 @ 10:00 am - May 21 @ 4:30 pm
he Chesapeake Independent Blues have been invited to participate in the Kent Island Day Festival by the Kent Island Heritage Society. The Festival will be held in Stevensville on Maryland’s Eastern Shore on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The Blues will be participating in the Festival Parade stepping off at 10:30, as well as providing historical interpretation of the War of 1812 in Queen Anne’s County in the rear of the Circa 1809 Cray House in Historic Stevensville.
Each year on the third Saturday in May the Kent Island Heritage Society celebrates the heritage, life, and culture of Kent Island. The Kent Island Day tradition began in 1977 with the signing of a proclamation by Acting Governor Blair Lee.
The family friendly community festival takes place in one of Kent Island’s oldest and most picturesque communities, the “Mayberry-like” village of Historic Stevensville, an official Maryland Arts and Entertainment District. It will feature the Heritage Society’s Historic sites (all of which will be opened), period docents, a working blacksmith, local authors, artists, crafters, great local food, kids’ activities, an old fashioned parade, and lots of great on-stage entertainment.
The opening ceremony will be at 10:00 a.m. with the National Anthem and salute to the flag. There will be a reading of the original Kent Island Day proclamation and a special proclamation in honor of Senator James Kirwan, “The Grand Old Man of Kent Island”.
The parade will step out at Kent Island Elementary School at 10:30 and will flow down Main Street through downtown Stevensville. Grand Marshall will be Ms. Myrtle Bruscup, Grand Lady of the Heritage Society and inspiration for the star of three local Kent Island mystery novels. The parade will feature a great home town mix of old cars and tractors, boats, historic costumes, marching bands, scouts, civic groups, horses, and elected officials.
There will be an expanded under-cover food court featuring local specialties, a large area of plants and gardening information, next to the Historic Cray House, including plants and displays by The Kent Island Garden Club. A model train display will be set up next to the Historic Train Station. Kid’s activities will include moon bounce, kids’ crafts, and a magician. A special exhibit this year will feature noted Smithsonian Archaeologist, Darrin Lowery, with a display of historic and prehistoric artifacts from Kent Island and the surrounding Eastern Shore.
Entertainment will begin at noon on stage in the Stevensville Pocket Park next to the Historic Bank and continue throughout the day. The entertainment will include The Chesapeake Bay Community Band, KI High School Jazz Band, Remnant Gospel Group, Grey and Blue Grass Band, and The Backyard Blues Band.