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Summer 2014 Newsletter Online

The KHS Newsletter for the summer of 2014 is now online.

2014 Summer Newsletter

OCT. 14 Program – Discussion by John Farrell, local author Clarence Darrow, Attorney for the Damned


John Farrell writes biographies from his home in Kensington. He is the author of award-winning books on former House Speaker Tip O’Neill and the great American lawyer, Clarence Darrow, and is currently working on a biography of Richard Nixon.  He is a contributing editor to Politico Magazine, and a contributor to the Atlantic, US News and National Journal.  He has also labored as a newspaperman in Washington, honored for his coverage of the White House and of Congress for The Boston Globe. He has probably apologized to most of you at one time or the other for the behavior of his moronic Australian Shepherd, Charlie.

Kensington was an idyllic, shady village on the heights above Rock Creek in the Victorian and Edwardian era, but great social forces were tearing the rest of the country apart. What was it like in the working class tenements of Chicago during the Gilded Age? Or in the coal mines of Appalachia, the hard rock mining towns of Colorado and Idaho, or the streets of Los Angeles and San Francisco where the clash between labor and management was fought with dynamite and rifle fire? One American lawyer – Clarence Darrow – made his name in those struggles, and went on to champion the little guy in landmark cases concerning capital punishment, civil rights and scientific freedom.

Books will be for sale.

Please join us on October 14th at the Kensington Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell Street, Lower Level.  Coffee at 7:00 and Program at 7:30.  All are welcome!


Concerts Continue into October

The Kensington Summer Concert Series  experienced two rainouts but both groups have agreed to re-schedule in October.  Concerts are held at 10 a.m. at the Howard Avenue Park, across the street from the Farmer’s Market at the Kensington Train Station.

The remaining concerts for the summer are:

Sept. 13    Blue Book Value ~ Rhythm & blues swing band

Sept. 20    Silver Creek (the O’Malleys) ~ Country, Hawaiian, ragtime & fiddle                            

Sept. 27    Dede Wyland with Ira Gitlin~ Bluegrass

Oct. 4        Rita Clarke & the Naturals ~ Rhythm & blues

Oct. 11       Ruthie and Greg Hardin (of Ruthie & the Wranglers) ~ Country

The revised summer schedule is at:

2014 KHS Concert Schedule 3




Model trains will chug around the tracks at the family-friendly ALL ABOARD KENSINGTON this weekend.  The Train Show has become a tradition in just a few short years so come and see the massive track  at Town Hall, and enjoy the entertainment and food.

When:  Saturday & Sunday – September 6 and 7, 2014, from 11am-5pm

Where:  Kensington Armory/Town Hall – 3710 Mitchell Street, Kensington, MD

Admission:  $5 adults; $2 children; $10 family

Special guest performances:  Dixie Land Express Band will perform on Saturday from 11am-1pm; Matthew Dodd will present railroad songs and stories on Sunday from 1-4pm.

Boy Scout Troop #439 will sell food & beverages.  JennyCakes Bakery will sell train cupcakes.

ALL ABOARD KENSINGTON is a benefit for the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation ( and the Kensington Historical Society (, and is sponsored by Gary & Diana Ditto, the Town of Kensington, and the National Capital Trackers.

2014 Kensington Summer Concert Series Starts Saturday, June 7

The Summer Concert Series starts Saturday, June 7 and features Scrub Pines, playing traditional Americana music.  Concerts are every Saturday from 10-11 a.m. all summer, until the end of September.  All concerts are in Howard Avenue Park, across from the Farmer’s Market at the Kensington Train Station.  These concerts were started by the late Wat Stewart, a longtime Kensington resident and Board member of the Kensington Historical Society.  Click here for a full summer schedule:  2014-KHS-Concert Schedule


May 2014 Newsletter Now Available Online

Warner Manor Celebration, Saturday, May 17, 2-4 p.m.

We have reached a Milestone on the Road to Restoration!  Let’s celebrate!!  Everyone in the greater Kensington Community is invited to enjoy the  party May 17th (rain date May 18) from 2 to 4 p.m.  Hosted by the Montgomery County Parks Department and the Kensington Historical Society.  There will be a program, refreshments, music and games.   No reservations needed.  Brainard Warner Manor, Kensington Circle Park, 10231 Carroll Place, Kensington, MD.  To volunteer, please email
See the attached flyer for more information. 

March 2014 Newsletter Now Available Online

Next Meeting, Tuesday, November 19th – AUTHOR CHRISTIAN McBURNEY on the Revolutionary War

 Next Meeting, Tuesday, November 19th –  TOWN HALL, 3710 Mitchell St., Kensington, MD 

Coffee at 7, Program at 7:30, followed by meeting.

 AUTHOR CHRISTIAN McBURNEY on the Revolutionary War

 Come hear one of your Kensington neighbors, Christian McBurney, discuss his book, The Rhode Island Campaign: The First French and American Operation of the Revolutionary War (Westholme, 2012).  The books focuses on the joint French-American attempt to capture the British garrison of Newport, Rhode Island in the summer of 1778.  If it had succeeded, it might have ended the war. While it did not succeed, French and American officers learned important lessons about the need for future allied cooperation, and the performance of Continental troops at the ultimate Battle of Rhode Island was more proof that Washington’s army at Valley Forge had been molded into an effective fighting force.  The Continental “black regiment” of Rhode Island, which fought valiantly in the battle, served as the war’s only segregated fighting unit, consisting of ex-slaves and other men of color—a precursor to the Massachusetts 54th Regiment during the Civil War.  Mr. McBurney will be glad to sell autographed books for $25 each following the lecture.


PANEL PRESENTATION ON MID-20th CENTURY LIFE IN KENSINGTON – Sunday, March 30, 3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Methodist Church

Please join us next Sunday for a panel presentation about life in Kensington in the mid-20th century.  Learn about what life was like in the Kensington area in this dynamic time period.
The Town of Kensington developed from an agricultural community with 75 residents in 1880 to the present day one square mile town at the center of the 20895 zip code.  The town was incorporated in 1894 and development flourished at the turn of the 19th century, with another period of development after World War II.
Enjoy coffee and cookies at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, followed by the program and a brief business meeting.  We will meet at Heavener Hall in St. Paul’s Methodist Church on Armory Avenue.  Parking is located at the bottom of Knowles Avenue next to the church.  Free, everyone welcome. 

November 2013 Newsletter Online

Summer Concerts Continue through September and into October!

The Kensington Summer Concert Series 2013 continues through September and an October concert has been added due to a heat cancellation in July.  All concerts are held on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. in Howard Avenue Park, across from the Kensington Train Station Farmers’ Market.

Sept. 7          Ruthie Logsdon & Greg Hardin (of Ruthie & the Wranglers)  


Sept. 14        Ellen Cherry ~ Spunky pop

Sept. 21        20895 ~ Old country & rockabilly w/ Drew Holland & friends

Sept. 28        GP JAM (Garrett Park) ~ Eclectic folk pop

Oct. 5            Janine Wilson & Max Evans ~ Rock/roots/blues

 2013 KHS Concert Schedule updated (1)