KI Elks horseshoe league '19

Many of the 38 members of the KI Elks, Lodge 2576, horseshoe league, are shown at the beginning of the league’s 27th season, Wednesday evening, April 3, in Stevensville. Standing, second from the left, league President Mike Moran. Fifth from the left, Frank “The King” Calwina, who joined the league in 1994, is the longest tenured member of the league, which began 1992.

STEVENSVILLE — The Kent Island Elks, Lodge 2576, in Stevensville, opened the 27th year for its adult horseshoe pitching league Wednesday, April 3, with an all-time high of 19 doubles teams — 38 players. The league has never been bigger at the start of horseshoe pitching season.

Part of the growth has been the completion of the state-of-the-art horseshoe pitching venue two years ago. The league began in 1992 with six sets of horseshoe pits, allowing up to 12 doubles teams to play each season.

Four years ago, the league gathered its resources with the approval and support of the lodge and designed and built 12 new state-of-the-art pits, renovating and upgrading the original six, creating possibly the best horseshoe venue in the entire state of Maryland, members say. The venue is lighted for late play after dark, if needed.

League President Mike Moran said, “We have a great league, great people, both men and women, and great fellowship among our players. It’s an enjoyable evening of friendly competition every Wednesday evening at 6, here at the lodge.”

The league traditionally has two seasons, one beginning in the spring that runs through the beginning of August, and one in the fall, that has a much shorter schedule ending in late October.

To join the league, a person must be a member of the KI Elks, Lodge 2576, in Stevensville. For more information, call the lodge at 410-643-2221.

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