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August Concerts

The Free Summer Concert Series continues every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at the Howard Avenue Park, across from the Farmer’s Market at the Kensington Train Station.  Rain dates are currently being rescheduled for October.   The August concerts are listed below.

July 18    2nd Story Band ~ Folk, blues, alternative & world beat

July 25    Rita Clarke & the Naturals ~ Rhythm & blues

August 1   Blue Book Value ~ Rhythm & blues swing band

August 8  Side By Side (Doris Justis & Sean McGhee) ~ keeping folk music alive with harmony

August 15 The KTown Kid (aka Scott Stancill) and Friends ~ Acoustic music with a twist of electricity!

August 22 Take Two ~ Top 40’s, oldies, and current country songs

August 29  Silver Creek (the O’Malleys) ~ Country, Hawaiian, ragtime & fiddle                 

The full summer schedule is at:  2015 KHS Concert Schedulenew


Summer Concert Series Kicks Off – Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.

The Kensington Historical Society’s Free Summer Concert Series is back again!  Enjoy live music each Saturday from 10-11 am through September 26 at the Howard Avenue Park across from the Kensington Farmers’ Market at the Train Station.   June 6 is the Wat Stewart Memorial Concert featuring  Dixieland Express playing New Orleans traditional jazz.  The June concerts are listed below and the  flyer for the season is available here:  2015 KHS Concert Schedule4

June 6          Wat Stewart Memorial Concert:  Dixieland Express ~ New Orleans traditional jazz

June 13        Mystic Warriors ~ World music from the Andes

June 20        Cumberland Run ~ Countrybilly        

June 27        Scrub Pines ~ Traditional Americana

Historic Buildings Community Meeting, Wednesday, May 27, 7 p.m.

Please attend the Historic Buildings Community Meeting this Wednesday night to discuss the future for Warner Circle, Noyes Children’s Library, and the Kensington Cabin.  It will be held at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, across from the Kensington Town Hall, at 7 pm.  The Parks Department will be discussing the public input analysis from the initial Historic Buildings meeting in January; what’s been accomplished; explore options for a summer concert series and a reading garden; and discuss the next steps.  See this link for more information:

If you are unable to attend you can leave comments for the Park’s Dept online at the address in the link above.

Save the Dates for KHS Events: May 30 and June 2


MAY 30:  KHS Spring Garden Party

The Garden Party will take place on Saturday, May 30 in the afternoon (rain date is May 31).  All KHS members will receive invitations by mail.  If you haven’t paid your dues or want to join, check out our membership page at the “Support KHS” tab at the top of the page.  Not sure if you’ve paid?  Send us an email at


JUNE 2:  Presentation on the History and Future of the Noyes Children’s Library 

Come to learn more about the history of the Noyes Library which has been in Kensington for over 120 years.  Get an update on the plans for rehabilitation, including accessibility improvements and expanded space within the library.  Have you ever wondered what a Penny Theater is?  Now’s your chance to find out!

The Noyes Children’s Library Foundation Board will discuss all this and bring their Penny Theater on Tuesday, June 2nd, 7 to 9 pm.  Kensington Town Hall, lower level.  Coffee and cookies at 7 p.m., with the  program beginning at  7:30 p.m.  This program is free, everyone is welcome,  and membership is not required.

Follow KHS on Facebook!

You can now follow the Kensington Historical Society on Facebook.  Like us on Facebook and receive more information about KHS activities.

Revised KHS Bylaws Approved

During the April 28, 2015 meeting, members voted to approve the revised bylaws for the Kensington Historical Society.  The proposed bylaws were distributed in the Spring, 2015 newsletter to members.  A copy of the newsletter can be accessed at the link below on this website.  The minutes of the April 28 meeting are printed here.

Kensington Historical Society Meeting Minutes

April 28, 2015


KHS Board Members in attendance:  Julie O’Malley, Sigrid Doherty, Gary Ditto, Jack Gaffey, Toni Ward, Barbara Scharman, John Doherty, Betsy Stewart, Detta Voesar , Steve Cohen, Mary Buckingham, Trammel Maury, Angela Mickalide

Community Members in attendance:  Approximately 20 additional individuals attended the meeting, some of whom were Kensington Historical Society members.

Julie called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm.  The meeting was held at the Kensington Town Hall lower level. Refreshments including coffee, juices and cookies were served prior to the meeting.

Kensington Trolley Line Presentation

Ed and Chris Hyland provided an interesting 30-minute presentation on the Kensington Trolley Line, which was followed by 15 minutes of questions and answers.  Julie O’Malley thanked the Hyland brothers and gave them and their father Kensington Historical Society mugs as a token of our collective appreciation for sharing their expertise.


Julie provided copies of the revised bylaws, as well as those originally approved in 1991, to all in attendance.  Steve Cohen made a motion, seconded by Detta Voesar, to accept the bylaws as written. Kensington Historical Society members voted unanimously to approve the revised bylaws.

The meeting adjourned at 8:37 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Angela Mickalide, PhD, MCHES, Secretary/Operations Officer

Kensington Historical Society

Day of the Book Festival, Sunday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Howard Avenue

The annual Day of the Book Festival is back again on Sunday, April 26th, 11 am to 4 pm on Howard Avenue.  Stop by the KHS table to see our display, join the Society or renew your membership, volunteer, pick up a Walking Tour of Kensington, or purchase a Kensington mug!

For more information on all the participants, activities, live music, food, and more, go to

Kensington Trolley Line Display and Stories, April 28

Please join us on Tuesday, April 28 to see a small train and trolley display and hear a presentation on the Kensington Trolley line.  Chris and Ed Hyland from the Bantrak Club will tell stories related to the trolleys as well as the history of the line.  The meeting will be held at Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell Street, in Kensington, on the ground floor.  Visit with neighbors for  coffee and cookies at 7:00 p.m. then enjoy the Program at 7:30 p.m..

2nd Annual Kensington Car Show: Sunday, April 12 (rain date April 19), 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 3794 Howard Avenue

Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Kensington Car Show!  Antique and modern cars will be on display from 10am to 4pm on Howard Avenue in downtown Kensington.   Activities for the whole family will include face painting, balloons, a clown, and a Monster Truck.  Enjoy music by The Nighthawks and King Soul, delicious food from The Broken Fork and Corned Beef King.  The Kensington Historical Society is a sponsor of the show and will have a  display of photos of antique Kensington vehicles, so be sure to stop by.

Online registration ends April 10th but you can register your car or motorcycle at the show.  Trophies and awards for Best in Show & Top 25 Cars & Motorcycles.  See for more information.

Proceeds go to the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation.



KHS Spring Programs

APRIL 28:  Chris and Ed Hyland from the Bantrak Club will have a small train and trolley display and will speak on the Kensington Trolley line.  You’ll enjoy the stories related to the trolleys as well as the history of the line.

JUNE 2:  MAKE MORE NOYES!  Come to learn more about the history of the Noyes Library.  Get an update on the progress of the rehabilitation including access for people with physical disabilities.  Have you ever wondered what a Penny Theater is?  Now’s your chance to find out!


MEETING DETAILS -  All are welcome at KHS programs.  These are held at the Town Hall, 3710 Mitchell Street, in Kensington, on the ground floor.  There will be coffee and cookies at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Program at 7:30, and a brief business meeting.