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
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 http://knobhallwinery.com.
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 (1)
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.
Join us on TUESDAY, MAY 17th, for the program WINEMAKING IN MARYLAND. We welcome Laura Rhode from Knob Hall Winery to give us some history of winemaking in Maryland. Their website includes the earliest history of their farm: “Over two hundred years ago, four brothers came to America from Germany in search of the American Dream. They first settled outside Lancaster, PA, but the times for that area were very turbulent as this was during the French and Indian War. During an attack on local settlers, one of the women in the party was scalped – and survived. Soon after, the Seibert brothers decided to leave Lancaster in search of more peaceful places. Jacob Seibert settled here, in the Cumberland Valley, beneath the forested slopes of Fairview Mountain. His property was named “Good Neighbor Farm” or “Knob Hall”.” We are again meeting at the Town Hall, Lower Level. Come at 7:00 p.m. for cookies and coffee. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.
Montgomery Modern is a chronicle of mid-century modern architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland. Located outside the nation’s capital, the county experienced a great post-war building boom, benefiting from access to federal jobs and an alluring natural landscape. A bold, forward-looking design of a new age transformed the county. The presentation will present award-winning projects ranging from organic custom residences in rugged stream valleys to glass-walled tract houses on wooded sites, from jewel-box offices in new commercial districts to gleaming corporate campus headquarters and exuberant roadside businesses. Participants will learn about how modern design is a testimony of the optimistic spirit of the mid-20th century as reflected in the county’s built environment and its landscape.
Author Clare Lise Kelly is the Architectural History Specialist at the Montgomery County Planning Department. Clare received the American Institute of Architects Paul H. Kea medal for Architectural Advocacy (Potomac Valley Chapter) in 2015 and the 2013 Montgomery Prize of Montgomery Preservation, Inc for 25 years of research and education on the county’s architectural history. She is the author of Places from the Past: The Tradition of Gardez Bien in Montgomery County (2001, 2011), a book documenting the county’s historic architecture and settlement, which won a Maryland Historical Trust Heritage Education award. Clare Lise Kelly has a BS in Design & Environmental Analysis from Cornell University and an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont and is a founding board member of Docomomo-DC. She established the Montgomery Modern initiative to raise awareness of mid-20th century architecture, earning education awards from the Maryland Historical Trust and Montgomery Preservation, Inc.
This presentation is a joint program with the Kensington Park Friends of the Library and will be on Wednesday, March 30 at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 10401 Armory Avenue in the Octagon Room. Coffee and cookies at 7:00 p.m., Program begins at 7:30 p.m.
The Montgomery Historical Society is hosting their 10th Annual History Conference on Saturday, January 30. This year’s conference will feature a full day of sessions on such topics as archeology, 20th century suburbs, immigration, architecture, social clubs, and much more. And for the first time, a beer and wine reception is included in the registration. This day-long gathering includes workshops, presentations, and panel discussions covering a wide range of topics within the realm of local history.
The conference will be at the Bioscience Education Center at Montgomery College, Germantown (20200 Observation Dr. Germantown, MD 20876).
See information on the conference schedule and registration at: montgomeryhistory.org/2016-montgomery-county-history-conference.
Learn about the importance of the Historic District to your community!
Please join us for an informational meeting January 12th at the Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell Street, Lower Level. Coffee 7:00 pm, Speakers 7:30.
Are you a property owner within the Kensington Historic District who is unsure of what is and is not permitted when you want to make changes to your home or property? Are you aware of the substantial tax credits available for work that maintains and preserves all homes in the district? Join us for an evening of enlightenment and affirmation about what it means to own, and to be a steward of, a residential property in the historic district. Learn how and why Kensington came to have a National Register historic district that is also on the Montgomery County Locational Atlas and Index of Historic Sites. A panel of local and county experts will be present to help demystify the Historic Area Work Permit (HAWP) approval process and what work qualifies for tax credits, and to address your questions and concerns:
- Scott Whipple, Supervisor of the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Office, M-NCPPC
- Julie O’Malley, President of the Kensington Historical Society and former Chair of the Montgomery County Historic Preservation (HPC)
- William Kirwan, Current Chair of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)
- Moderator: Helen Crettier Wilkes, Kensington historic home owner, residential architect, and Chair of the Kensington Local Advisory Panel (LAP)