It’s Happening Downtown!

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Calling All Cars!

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.  For more info: https://www.facebook.com/CarsOnHighStreet/

Party Like It’s 1776!

Tea Party Festival returns May 24-26, 2019

A boisterous celebration of Colonial resistance to British rule, the town’s longest-running festival includes re-enactments, food vendors, crafts, music, talks, a raft race, and more!

http://chestertownteaparty.org/

First Fridays in Chestertown

Now Showing at
The Garfield Center for the Arts

4th of July

  • 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 […]

  • CommUNITY : Social Action for Racial Justice Committee

    Regular monthly meeting. All are welcome! […]

  • Chili Cook-Off

    Come out to sample and vote for your favorite chili prepared by eight local chefs from Barbara’s on the Bay, Crow Vineyard & Winery, Happy Chicken Bakery, Kitty Knight, Luisa’s, Molly’s Restaurant, The Pearl on Main, and Smoke Rattle and Roll. There will be a $10.00 entry fee for the event with cash voting at each chili station. Tickets can be purchased online or on-site at the event. Make sure to bring CASH, $1, $5, $20, or whatever you wish to vote for your favorite chili! The Animal Care Shelter for Kent County will also have various items for raffle and silent auction. All proceeds from the entry fee, voting, and auction items will benefit the Animal Care Shelter for Kent County, with their fundraising goal of $5,000 to go towards the new shelter. Come ready with cash to support our local animals in need! For more information please email info@crowvineyard.com or call 302-304-0551. […]

  • Drawing Exhibit

    The term drawing is applied to works that vary greatly in technique. It has been understood in different ways at different times and is difficult to define. During the Renaissance the term ‘disegno’ implied drawing both as a technique to be distinguished from coloring and also as the creative idea made visible in the preliminary sketch. This exhibition is open to all media that represent drawing. Open Reception/First Friday: March 1, 2019 Creative Lives Talk & Dance Presentation: Thursday, March 7, @ 5:30 Curator’s/Artists’ Talk: Thursday, March 14, @ 5:30 Image: Rebecca Clark, Whale 3 Gallery Hours Tues – Fri: 11- 5:30 Sat: 10-5:30 Sun: 11-3 First Fridays: 11-8 Mon: Closed […]

  • “Godspell,” a musical by Stephen Schwartz & John-Michael Tebelak

    Directed by Ernie Green, Godspell is a musical composed by Stephen Schwartz with spoken parts by John-Michael Tebelak. Premiered in 1971, it has enjoyed immense popularity including several Broadway revivals. One if the most well-known songs, “Day-by-Day,” reached #13 on the Billboard pop charts in 1972. All tickets are $10. Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite (eventbrite.com/o/washington-college-concert-series-8250223111). […]

  • Farm to Table Pizza Night

    Enjoy a variety of handmade artisan pizzas made using fresh ingredients paired with Crow Vineyard wine. Wine can be purchased by the glass or bottle.For more information please email info@crowvineyard.com or call 302-304-0551. […]

  • Drawing Exhibit

    The term drawing is applied to works that vary greatly in technique. It has been understood in different ways at different times and is difficult to define. During the Renaissance the term ‘disegno’ implied drawing both as a technique to be distinguished from coloring and also as the creative idea made visible in the preliminary sketch. This exhibition is open to all media that represent drawing. Open Reception/First Friday: March 1, 2019 Creative Lives Talk & Dance Presentation: Thursday, March 7, @ 5:30 Curator’s/Artists’ Talk: Thursday, March 14, @ 5:30 Image: Rebecca Clark, Whale 3 Gallery Hours Tues – Fri: 11- 5:30 Sat: 10-5:30 Sun: 11-3 First Fridays: 11-8 Mon: Closed […]

  • Saturday Mornings at KidSPOT!

    KidSPOT is a hands-on creative learning center for children aged 2-12. We are open every Saturday free of charge to kids accompanied by their parents, or other responsible adult. The Center is a destination for area children where they can look forward to interacting with a variety of stimulating activities that expand their horizons. Located right next door to the RiverArts galleries, KidSPOT invites children to play, create and explore the arts and sciences. Kids participate in activities that incorporate visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music, science and technology. KidSPOT also serves as a venue for special creativity events, RiverARTSCamp and workshops for kids. […]

  • “Godspell,” a musical by Stephen Schwartz & John-Michael Tebelak

    Directed by Ernie Green, Godspell is a musical composed by Stephen Schwartz with spoken parts by John-Michael Tebelak. Premiered in 1971, it has enjoyed immense popularity including several Broadway revivals. One if the most well-known songs, “Day-by-Day,” reached #13 on the Billboard pop charts in 1972. All tickets are $10. Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite ((eventbrite.com/o/washington-college-concert-series-8250223111). […]

  • Guy Davis is On the Road with the Blues

    Chase away those winter blues with Guy Davis, "Ambassador of the Blues." As a songwriter, a performer and a teacher, Mr. Davis reveals his reverence for the musicians who paved the way in every chord he plays. Sumner Hall is so pleased to welcome Mr. Davis back to our stage. This is the fourth concert in our series that sheds much needed light on this immense body of music produced by retired Mainstay founder and director, Tom McHugh.Please call Sumner Hall at 443.282.0023 or email us if you are having trouble purchasing a ticket through EventBrite. (Photo by Joseph A. Rosen) […]

  • March 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 […]

  • Drawing Exhibit

    The term drawing is applied to works that vary greatly in technique. It has been understood in different ways at different times and is difficult to define. During the Renaissance the term ‘disegno’ implied drawing both as a technique to be distinguished from coloring and also as the creative idea made visible in the preliminary sketch. This exhibition is open to all media that represent drawing. Open Reception/First Friday: March 1, 2019 Creative Lives Talk & Dance Presentation: Thursday, March 7, @ 5:30 Curator’s/Artists’ Talk: Thursday, March 14, @ 5:30 Image: Rebecca Clark, Whale 3 Gallery Hours Tues – Fri: 11- 5:30 Sat: 10-5:30 Sun: 11-3 First Fridays: 11-8 Mon: Closed […]

  • Literary House & Sophie Kerr Series: Living Writers—A Reading by Edward P. Jones

    Edward P. Jones is the author of two collections of short stories: Lost in the City (1992), winner of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, and All Aunt Hagar’s Children (2006). Jones has also written a novel, The Known World (2003), for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the Lannan Literary Award, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Jones currently teaches fiction writing at George Washington University and lives in Washington, D.C. […]

  • Open Mic Night at the Garfield

    Open Mic Night with Ford Schumann at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre! Play music on your own or with a band, read some poetry, do a stand-up routine. The options are limitless. E-mail Ford Schumann at fordo1@aol.com to sign up, or for more information! There’s no price to come, and there’s always a cash bar. Donations are always appreciated. […]

  • Visualizing Equality

    Join us for a fascinating look at some of the champions of our shared journey toward a more equal and just world. Dr. Aston Gonazalez will share with us his book manuscript, Visualizing Equality: African American Champions of Race, Rights, and Visual Culture, that, "charts the changing roles of African American visual artists who shaped representations of African Americans during the middle decades of the nineteenth century." A light reception will follow his talk. The event is free and open to the public however we ask that you register so that we may plan appropriately for the reception. […]

  • The Garfield presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

    February 8 – 24, 2019 Directed by Gil Rambach The season opens February 8 with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, written by Edward Albee. Directed by Gil Rambach, the play centers around George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha. They host a young couple for an evening of drinks, secrets and arguments. But underneath the edgy banter between both couples lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. Winner of the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play, the performances run February 8-24. Adult themes and language, may not be appropriate for children under 16. Click here to read Lanny Parks review. *Please note that the GCA has changed our Sunday matinee performance times to 2pm CAST GEORGE – Bradley Chaires MARTHA – Jen Friedman HONEY – Brianna Johnson NICK – Lyle Pinder &nbs […]

  • S I Kent & QA Co Designer Purse Bingo

    To reserve tickets email: weasie100@yahoo.com or call 410-708-5301 Louise. $25 at the door. Vendors, Door Prizes, and raffles. Food for purchase. All proceeds benefit Grants for Women and Girls. […]

  • Variations on a Theme (Still Life and Portraiture) Exhibit

    When a viewer looks at a work of art, they are bringing with them all of their life experiences, all of their unique memories, all of their knowledge and understanding they posses. Their mind interacts with the artwork as their eyes travel over the piece. This exhibit is a modern take on two traditional themes, Still Life and Portraiture and is open to all media. The magic of still life is that it can show us a new way of looking at the ordinary objects around us. Opening: First Friday 2/1/19 Curator’s/Artists’ Talk: 2/17/19 Image: Anne Highfield-Clark, After the Storm Gallery Hours: Tues – Fri: 11- 5:30 Sat: 10-5:30 Sun: 11-3 First Fridays: 11-8 Mon: Closed […]

  • The Garfield presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

    February 8 – 24, 2019 Directed by Gil Rambach The season opens February 8 with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, written by Edward Albee. Directed by Gil Rambach, the play centers around George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha. They host a young couple for an evening of drinks, secrets and arguments. But underneath the edgy banter between both couples lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. Winner of the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play, the performances run February 8-24. Adult themes and language, may not be appropriate for children under 16. Click here to read Lanny Parks review. *Please note that the GCA has changed our Sunday matinee performance times to 2pm CAST GEORGE – Bradley Chaires MARTHA – Jen Friedman HONEY – Brianna Johnson NICK – Lyle Pinder &nbs […]

  • Victoria Vox Ukulele Workshop and Convert

    The 'ukulele-toting', award-winning songwriter and performer, Victoria Vox is returning to MusicLife on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Her unique ukulele-composed folk/pop/jazz tunes, along with her perfected Mouth-Trumpet (as seen on the Jay Leno Show and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal) is sure to provide a fun and entertaining evening.The evening begins at 5:30 with a meet and greet followed by a 6:00 ukulele workshop on her unique approach to writing songs. Food and refreshments will follow. The actual concert will begin at 7:30 PM.Tickets available at MusicLife ($25.00) […]