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Kensington Veterans Reception Honors Local Heroes

The first ever Kensington Veterans Reception, held on November 16th at Kensington Town Hall, brought together over a dozen men who had served in all branches of the United States military from World War II through the present. Attendees were able to view the display of local veterans’ photos and mementos curated by the Kensington Historical Society, meet fellow veterans, and share stories of their time in the service. It was a true privilege for all to honor the experiences of the men and women who have served their country in so many ways. Active duty men and women from Kensington were also recognized at the event.

Please visit the display, which will remain at Kensington Town Hall through the month of November. The Town Hall is located at 3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD. The display is in the second floor lobby, turn left after entering the building.

The reception was organized by the Town of Kensington and the Kensington Historical Society, and sponsored by the Kensington Service Station and Kensington Row Bookshop. Special thanks go to Sheila Dinn, town resident, for organizing the event and to Sigrid Doherty and Mary Buckingham of the Historical Society for curating the display materials.

We hope to make this a yearly event so please stay tuned!

Presentation on One- and Two-Room Schoolhouses in Montgomery County, Nov. 15

Still Standing: One- and Two-Room Schoolhouses in Montgomery County and the Stories They Tell About the Early Days of Public Education

Speaker: Ralph Buglass

Please join us for a presentation on the one- and two-room schoolhouses still standing in Montgomery County. Photos accompany the history of this early form of public education in the county, including the nearly century-long practice of school segregation. The closest remaining schoolhouse for Kensington is the two-room building in Ken-Gar at 4111 Plyers Mill Road which has been renovated to become the Leonard D. Jackson Ken-Gar Community Center.

Kensington Historical Society Meeting – Open to All
Tuesday, November 15th
Coffee at 7:00, Meeting at 7:30 followed by the program
Kensington Town Hall
3710 Mitchell Street, Lower Level

Presentation on Streetcars, Tuesday, Oct. 4

Just imagine, the first trolleys in Washington DC began in 1862 during Lincoln’s presidency. Historian John DeFarrari, author of Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, D.C. will illustrate his talk at Tuesday night’s Kensington Historical Society meeting with a slide show. He has delighted audiences with his thorough knowledge of this period of local history in Washington.

Please join us on the lower level of the Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell Street at 7 p.m. for coffee, cookies and conversation. Our program will begin at 7:30 p.m.. Mr. DeFarrari will have his books for sale for those who wish to purchase one. The meeting is open to the public.

Sept. 10 Concert Rescheduled for Oct. 1

The concert for Sept. 10, Ruthie Logsdon & Greg Hardin, has been rescheduled for October 1 because of the predicted heat and humidity.

Model Train Show Returns to Kensington!

The Kensington Train Show is back with model trains, live music, and kids activities this weekend! The event benefits the Kensington Historical Society and the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation.

When: Sept. 10 and 11, 2016, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington

Price: $5 Adults; $2 Kids; $10 Family

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Concert Series Continues

The 2016 Free Summer Concert Series continues! Join us every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Howard Avenue Park across from the Farmers’ Market at the Kensington Train Station. All our concerts are free and open to everyone, and the music appeals to all. Here’s what we have for the remainder of the season. You can also download a flyer to post for yourself and others.

August 6——-Janine Wilson & Max Evans ~ Rock/roots/blues

August 13——Train Time ~ Rockabilly & old time country

August 20——Ellen Cherry ~ Spunky pop

August 27——Dede Wyland & Ira Gitlin ~ World renowned bluegrass and country musicians

Sept. 3———Silver Strings MD ~ Folk, traditional, & contemporary

Sept. 10——-Ruthie Logsdon & Greg Hardin (of Ruthie & the Wranglers) ~ Country

Sept. 17——-GP Jams ~ Eclectic folk pop

Sept. 24——-Blue Book Value ~ Rhythm & blues swing band

2016 KHS Concert Schedule

Summer Concert Series Continues – July Concerts

The Concert Series is in full swing so be sure to come by on Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Howard Avenue Park across from the Farmer’s Market at the Kensington Train Station. The musicians are shaded by the beautiful new pergola! This is dedicated to the late Wat Stewart, founder of the concert series. The audience is shaded by new trees at the park. The July concerts scheduled so far include:

July 2 – Mystic Warriors: World music from the Andes

July 9 – Scrub Pines: Traditional Americana

July 16 – SmithJackson: Folk, Rock Pop & Bluegrass

July 23 – Rita Clarke & the Naturals: Rhythm & Blues

July 30 – Sisters Uke & Friends – Fun, friendly, ukulele music

The History of Winemaking in Maryland – KHS Spring Program

On May 17th, the Kensington Historical Society welcomed Laura Rhode from Knob Hall Winery who described the history of winemaking in Maryland. Approximately 30 audience members in attendance at the Town Hall event learned that in 1662 Cecil Calvert (aka Lord Baltimore and son of Governor Charles Calvert) established 200 acres of vineyards in St. Mary’s County. The wine was made predominantly from European grapes, but the business failed as tobacco farming took precedence. In 1823, John Adlum of Havre de Grace, Maryland began experimenting with North American wine-native grapes, producing the Catawba varietal. His authorship of Memoir on the Cultivation of the Vine in America and the Best Mode of Making Wine earned him the appellation as “Father of American Viticulture”. In 1933, Philip Wagner, a Baltimore Sun columnist, wrote the definitive book on wine-making in America entitled Grapes Into Wine, considered a classic to this day. Mr. Wagner opened the Boordy Vineyards in 1945 and hybridized grapes as a novel wine making technique. Fast-forwarding to the 21st century, wine production has surpassed tobacco production in Maryland. This was due in part to Governor Parris Glendening’s 2001 Tobacco Buyout which reduced growth of this crop by 81%. Today in Maryland there are more than 50 wineries, eight of which are located in Montgomery County. After a lively question-and-answer period, the audience sampled and purchased the many fine wines produced by Knob Hall Winery, more information of which can be found at


After the Town’s dedication of the beautiful pergola and very well-attended ceremony and concert, the concert performers will forever be shaded! The dedication featured Mayor Fosselman, Councilmember Furman, KHS President Julie O’Malley, and special guests Mary and Betsy Stewart, as well as a performance by the Augmented Eight and concert by Dixieland Express. Thanks go to all of them for making this a special day. The pergola is “Dedicated to Wat Stewart, founder of the Kensington Historical Society Summer Concert Series whose love of music and the Town of Kensington will forever enliven this place.”

Upcoming concerts this month are:

June 11 Esther Haynes & Keith Grimes ~ Vintage jazz, swing, blues
June 18 The Bog Band ~ Irish jigs & reels
June 25 Silver Creek (the O’Malleys) ~ Country, Hawaiian, ragtime & fiddle

The summer concert lineup flyer is posted here.

2016 KHS Concert Schedule (3)

Summer Concert Series Returns! Don’t miss the Arbor Dedication and First Concert on June 4

June 4th will be a very special concert date. Please come for the Dedication of the new Howard Avenue Park Arbor at 10:00 a.m. The program will begin with comments from Mayor Fosselman, Councilmember Furman, and KHS President Julie O’Malley, followed by a tribute by the Augmented Eight and full concert by the Dixieland Express!

Wat Stewart started the CONCERT SERIES for the Kensington Historical Society hoping to create an event where the community could come together. He started with a few concerts at the Town Hall and on the grounds of the Warner Manor in the 1990’s. He expanded by creating our SUMMER CONCERT SERIES every Saturday morning throughout the summer. Mr. Stewart passed away in 2011, but the KHS sponsored concerts are carried on through the efforts of Julie O’Malley, Betsy and Mary Stewart and other Society members. The new arbor will be dedicated to Wat Stewart.

We are now holding 17 concerts June through September with a different band every week! We’re happy to see that so many neighbors are enjoying them. Our complete concert schedule will be posted here soon. All concerts are at the Howard Avenue Park, across from the Farmer’s Market at the Kensington Train Station at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.