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Kent County’s Live Stream Events: What’s Happening

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Kent County is always bursting with festivals, events, and other activities and we love a parade. Want to plan your calendar? Check out our always-updating feed for what might bring you to town again and again.

  • Emmanuel Church Concert Series

    Nicole Simental is Assistant Director of Music and Principal Organist at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, Ohio. […]

  • Empty Bowls

    Take part in art that comes from the heart. Enjoy a variety of soups and take home a student's handmade ceramic bowl of your choice as a reminder of all the empty bowls throughout our community. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kent County Food Pantry. Admission, soup, and bread with the purchase of a $10.00 student bowl. Bamboo bows will also be available for a small donation. If you would like to reserve a specific bowl, please email RSVP@kentschool.org. […]

  • Sophie Kerr Series: Sophie Kerr 2019 Writer-in-Residence—A Craft Talk by Jason Fagone

    Jason Fagone is a journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle who has also covered technology, sports, and culture for the Huffington Post and other places. Fagone is the author of three books, the most recent of which is The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America's Enemies. His other books include Ingenious and Horsemen of the Esophagus. Fagone’s nonfiction has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Mother Jones, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ, Esquire, and elsewhere. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter. […]

  • RiverArts Studio Tour

    Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? Chestertown RiverArts Annual Studio Tour allows the visitor a chance to take a sneak peak inside Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties creative spaces. This free, self-guided tour on the picturesque Eastern Shore of Maryland takes place over two Fall weekends rain or shine. Only 90 miles from Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia, the tour can be a great day trip. However, with more than 40 studios on the tour, you may wish to make a weekend of it. If you wish to make a weekend of it, information on lodging, restaurants, and other attractions is available at www.kentcounty.com or contact our Tourism Development Office at 410-778-0416. We hope that you will join us! […]

  • November First Friday

    First Friday is a free event sponsored by Chestertown's downtown merchants, community organizations, and art galleries along Park Row, High Street, Cross Street, and Cannon Street. This event is held the first Friday of every month and everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us. Make it a night with a stay at one of our wonderful Kent County bed and breakfasts. Saturday morning check out the Chestertown Farmer's Market, and our other quaint Kent County towns of Rock Hall, Galena, and Betterton. #kentcountymd #chestertownmd #visitkentcounty […]

  • KCPS Student Art Exhibit 2019 Opening Reception

    This two week show will feature work by Kent County Public School students – elementary through high school grades. The exhibit is a partnership with the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre and the Kent County Arts Council .Curator: Nancy Bennington Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm Sunday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm […]

  • Soup & Sip! Crab Soup Competition & Wine Tasting

    You be the judge of Kent County's best crab soup!Bring $ bills to vote at each booth. $25 includes a wine glass and raffle ticket. All proceeds benefit Kent County Public Schools Summer Tech Camps. […]

  • MassoniArt presents Marc Castelli Annual Exhibit

    Marc Castelli | King’s Tide October 25 – November 30, 2019 Collectors Reception Friday, October 25, 6-7:30pm Sultana Downrigging 2019 – Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival Weekend – November 1-3 Opening Celebration Reception – First Friday – Friday, November 1, 5-7:30 pm Artist Talk – Saturday, November 2, 10 am. Join Marc for coffee as he shares the his new collection of watercolors of the Chesapeake. Gallery hours* are subject to change based on our exhibition schedule. When we are installing a new exhibit the gallery will be dark. Otherwise our hours are Thursday thru Friday 11-4pm, Saturday 10-5 pm, Sunday 11-2 pm. We are closed Monday thru Wednesday except by appointment or by chance. Private appointments may be scheduled at any time by contacting Carla Massoni – 410-708-4512. Of course, you are always welcome by chance – if you see the lights on – just knock! […]

  • RiverArts Studio Tour

    Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? Chestertown RiverArts Annual Studio Tour allows the visitor a chance to take a sneak peak inside Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties creative spaces. This free, self-guided tour on the picturesque Eastern Shore of Maryland takes place over two Fall weekends rain or shine. Only 90 miles from Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia, the tour can be a great day trip. However, with more than 40 studios on the tour, you may wish to make a weekend of it. If you wish to make a weekend of it, information on lodging, restaurants, and other attractions is available at www.kentcounty.com or contact our Tourism Development Office at 410-778-0416. We hope that you will join us! […]

  • Flute Duo with Piano

    Dr. Lori Kesner is an award-winning musician and scholar, enjoying a distinguished and active career as both a performing flutist and world music lecturer. Dr. Kesner is Lecturer in Music in Flute at Washington College. Gina Eichman performs flute with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, and is a member of Music Teacher’s National Association. Dr. Tomoko Kanamaru, Associate Professor of Music at the The College of New Jersey, is a versatile recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist. […]

  • RiverArts Studio Tour

    Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? Chestertown RiverArts Annual Studio Tour allows the visitor a chance to take a sneak peak inside Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties creative spaces. This free, self-guided tour on the picturesque Eastern Shore of Maryland takes place over two Fall weekends rain or shine. Only 90 miles from Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia, the tour can be a great day trip. However, with more than 40 studios on the tour, you may wish to make a weekend of it. If you wish to make a weekend of it, information on lodging, restaurants, and other attractions is available at www.kentcounty.com or contact our Tourism Development Office at 410-778-0416. We hope that you will join us! […]

  • Movie Night At The Garfield Presents: Night of the Living Dead

    A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States. […]

  • Second Saturdays in Chestertown

    Live music, amazing food and drink, and fun for everyone. Join us in downtown Chestertown for Second Saturdays, sponsored by Bad Alfred's Distilling! This event is held rain or shine. Guests of all ages are welcome to attend. Free public parking is available on High Street, Cross Street, and Cannon Street. There are two public parking lots downtown. One between Cross & Mill Streets on Cannon Street, and two between Cross Street and Queen Street along Cannon Street. […]

  • The Garfield Center Presents: Live Playwrights’ Society

    The Live Playwrights’ Society for Play Writers, Readers, Observers & Critics aims to foster a community of playwrights, actors and critics. This group meets the first Monday of every month at 7:30pm and is open to all ages. For more information visit http://liveplaywrightssociety.org […]

  • Historic Ghost Walks

    Every Saturday in October tours will begin at 6:30 and run every half hour until 8:30. Times are subject to change according to demand and reservations. Our Ghost Walks share some of the odder tales of local lore, including those of murder and mayhem. From the tales of a haunt in the attic where George Washington did sleep, to the Court House Ghost that made international news a few years ago, guides will walk ticket holders through centuries of stories, told against a background of local history. Reservations recommended at www.kentcountyhistory.org Adults $12; Children 12 and under $5 […]

  • Historic House Tour

    Come spend the day in beautiful, Historic Chestertown! The doors to a selection of Historic District Homes will be open to you for the 49th Annual Historic House Tour. This year's tour focuses on sites lived in or associated with forgotten Revolutionary War Naval Heroes and brings their untold stories to life. Tickets are $25 in advance. Make reservations by phone at 410-778-3499 or at www.kentcountyhistory.org. […]

  • Chestertown HP Festival’s Wizarding Weekend – Oct 4 & 5

    The Garfield Center for the Arts, working with wizarding fans and community volunteers, is busily planning a fun HP Festival Wizarding Weekend for October 4 and 5, 2019. This year’s event is being supported by other local nonprofits that include Main Street Chestertown, RiverArts, and the Downtown Chestertown Association. The 2019 Chestertown HP Festival’s Wizarding Weekend invites fans of all ages to convene and enjoy the historic river town’s local arts and activities. Beginning on First Friday, October 4, participants can explore downtown shops and dance the night away at a family friendly wizard themed street party. All are encouraged to wear their HP and wizarding costumes! Chestertown RiverArts Clay Studio will be offering a Chest-a-Wizards workshop, where participants will learn how to mix magic spells and potions to take home! Pre-register at chestertownriverarts.com. On Saturday, October 5, activities will run all day, from 10am to 4pm. Stop in at the Garfield Center at 210 High Street to pick up your map and schedule for the day. The HP Festival’s Wizarding Weekend Scavenger Hunt will take you through the streets of Chestertown in search of clues to solve the riddle featured on the event map. Dress your wizard best for our Costume Contest and ‘parade/procession’ for fans of all ages with fun prizes! Back by popular demand are the wand co-op at Bob Ortiz’s studio and the Goblins & Galleons Bank created by Kent School teachers and students. Visit the Kent County Library for a screening of “Order of the Phoenix”. The RiverArts Chest-a-Wizards workshop will be offered throughout the day. Young wizards can experience the magic of a potions class with Radcliffe Creek School. Gunston School students will help you discover your house and show your house pride with their Create Your House Banner activity. Kaleidescope is offering a Magical Creature Habitat Workshop for ages 5-12. Pre-register at www.kaleidoscopechestertown.com. Fountain Park and High Street in Chestertown’s Historic District will host HP and wizarding themed artisans and craft vendors. Food trucks and vendors will be on site for a quick bite, and downtown restaurants and cafes will welcome diners for sit-down meals.  Go to the official festival website, chestertownhpfest.org, and join our mailing list to be notified of updates. More information on the HP Festival’s Wizarding Weekend will be added to the website as it becomes available. Stay tuned! With the exception of some workshops that require fees to cover materials, all events and activities for this weekend are free. Donations are always welcome! Volunteers are needed! Email volunteers@chestertownhpfest.org. For further details, directions, and suggested accommodations, visit www.chestertownhpfest.org. The Chestertown HP Festival’s Wizarding Weekend is organized by the Garfield Center for the Arts and community volunteers as a celebration of the spirit of Harry Potter and an opportunity to promote our local community and its arts. Warner Bros. Entertainment and JK Rowling are not associated with or responsible for the festival in any way. Located in the historic district in Chestertown, The Garfield Center for the Arts (www.garfieldcenter.org) is a cultural organization whose mission is to invigorate the cultural life of our community by nurturing, celebrating and supporting arts and artists through performance and education. […]

  • RiverArts 20th Annual Studio Tour Opening Reception

    The RiverArts Main and Studio Galleries will be filled with work representing the 50 + artists on the 20th Annual Studio Tour, which runs two weekends, October 19 & 20, and October 26 & 27.Painting, pottery, woodworking, jewelry, fiber art, sculpture, glasswork and more! We recommend starting your tour at the RiverArts Gallery, picking up a brochure and plotting your route. Curator: Dave Hegland Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm Sunday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (Extended Sunday hours on the two Studio Tour weekends, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm) […]

  • October First Friday

    First Friday is a free event sponsored by Chestertown's downtown merchants, community organizations, and art galleries along Park Row, High Street, Cross Street, and Cannon Street. This event is held the first Friday of every month and everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us. Make it a night with a stay at one of our wonderful Kent County bed and breakfasts. Saturday morning check out the Chestertown Farmer's Market, and our other quaint Kent County towns of Rock Hall, Galena, and Betterton. #kentcountymd #chestertownmd #visitkentcounty […]

  • Bennett Umhau, Baritone

    Bennett Umhau has taught and performed across the United States and Europe. As an advocate for all styles of singing, Bennett is a National Association of Teachers member, and holds a Level II certification in Somatic Voicework™ The Lovetri Method. He is also a graduate from the Voice Pedagogy master’s program at Shenandoah Conservatory (the first in the country to include dedicated teacher training for commercial music and musical theatre singing). Bennett currently maintains an active private voice studio, and serves on the music faculty at Washington College. […]

Chestertown’s Farmers Market Is Back In Business

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Chestertown’s Farmers Market is both a destination market that draws folks from all over and also a very community-spirited occasion. Totally focused on “local,” you can buy seasonal goods ranging from fruits, vegetables and meats to fresh flowers, soaps, and artfully created artisan works. See you next Saturday? Click here for additional info!

Calling All Cars: Come on Down to Cars on High

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Every third Thursday, from April through October, 6 to 8 pm, weather permitting. The schedule for 2019 includes April 18, May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, and October 17.

Auto enthusiasts meet to share their classic, antique, and exotic wheels with the public.  Click here for additional info!

Calendar: Downrigging Weekend November 1 – 3

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The 19th Annual Downrigging Weekend will take place November 1 – 3. Organized by Chestertown’s own Sultana Education Foundation, this tall ship and wood boat festival is a cherished experience. Events include tall ship tours and sailing expeditions, enrichment lectures, musical concerts, 5K races and fireworks.

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Calendar: Chestertown Tea Party Festival May 24 – 26

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Can you believe this year marks the 44th annual Chestertown Tea Party Festival? The weekend, chock full of events surrounds the main event: A re-enactment of tossing tea overboard to support the Boston Tea Party. As well, don’t miss the parade, juried crafts stands, food trucks, music and more!

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