2019 Schedule

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Join us on High Street for a Fire & Ice celebration!

Warm up by the firepits, enjoy s’mores, mulled wine, the merry music of the organ grinder, carriage rides and entertainment for all ages.

5:00 – 8:00    Shoppes stay open with light refreshments

5:00 – 8:00    Organ GrinderFinishing Touch, weather permitting

5:00                  Kent School Carolers

5:00 – 8:00    Ornament Painting

RiverArts Clay Studio • 204 High Street • 2 ornaments, $15

(Pre-register or drop in 410.778.6300)

5:00 – 7:00     Kaleidoscope Children’s Art Studio, Kids Night Out

Kids only party featuring art activities and games.

Ages 4+, $25. Register at kaleidoscopechestertown.com

5:00 – 7:30     Sultana First Friday

Kids’ Holiday Crafts

6:00-7:00 Live Music with “The Mayor and Friends”

7:00-7:30 Digital Snowstorm for kids

5:30 – 6:00     American Rogues Celtic Band

5:00 – 8:00     Carriage Rides Corner of Cross & Cannon

$ depending on carriage size

5:00 – 8:00     Organ Grinder Terry Bender In front of Finishing Touch

6:00 – 8:00    Champion Ice Carving • Watch Scrooge emerge from ice on High Street!

7:30 – 8:30      American Rogues Celtic Band • Bad Alfred’s


A nip in the air and warm-hearted fun. London Row vendors, purveyors of fine Victorian food, street entertainment and LIVE MUSIC will keep your spirits high!

Also, check out the strolling acts and Welcome Center entertainment listed in the side bar.

8:00–Noon   Holiday Farmers MarketHigh Street, front of Fountain Park

9:00–12:00   KidSpot: make paper ornaments, luminaries and thaumatropes

10:00                      Frederick Douglass presentation – 

Sumner Hall206 S. Queen Street
Seating limited, reservations required 410-849-9862

10:00-10:45  Bells of the Bay: Handbell Music – High Street at Spring Street

10:00–2:00   Holiday House Tour, Historic District; $30. Pre-registration only

Pick up tickets at Dickens Welcome Center, 211 High Street

10:00–4:00   RiverArts Ornament Painting, 204 High Street; $15 for 2 ornaments. (Register at 410-778-6300 or drop in)

10:00-5:00    Beeswax Candle Dipping – Spa Angels 306 Park Row

Make your very own pair of tapered candles  & set your intentions afloat when you write your wish on one of our flying wish papers.

Only $10 or (FREE with your $25 boutique purchase)

11:00–2:00     Visit Santa • Elves will take your picture! Fountain Park. Donations welcomed by Boy Scouts

11:00–4:00     Children’s Victorian GamesHigh Street in front of courthouse

12:00                  Booktalk: Pulitzer prize-winning Washington Post author Michael Dirda • The Bookplate, 112 S. Cross St.

11:00 – 3:00   Carriage Rides, corner of Cross/Cannon Streets

$ depending on carriage size

11:00 – 4:00    Ornament Painting RiverArts Clay Studio • 204 High Street

2 ornaments, $15. (Pre-register or drop in: 410 778 6300)

11:00 – 4:00    Victorian Life Drawing Demonstration ArtsAlive! Studio • 200A High Street

RiverArts will have a costumed model in the window on Saturday in Arts Alive for a life drawing demonstration and set ups for visitors to join in. Release your inner creativity and join us!

11:00– 4:00     London Row vendors

Themed food available: 11- 4. Food carts and restaurants open

1:00                      Frederick Douglass presentation – 

Sumner Hall206 S. Queen Street
Seating limited, SOLD OUT

1:00                      Holiday Afternoon Tea (First Seating) • Advanced reservations required  Hynson-Ringgold House • 106 S. Water Street

2:30                     BookTalk: Katherine Charles, Professor of English at Washington College and Michelle Allen-Emerson,

Dickens scholar at US Naval Academy present a panel discussion. The Bookplate, 112 S. Cross St.,/p>

3:00                      Frederick Douglass presentation

Sumner Hall206 S. Queen Street
Seating limited, SOLD OUT

3:00                       Holiday Afternoon TeaAdvanced reservations required Hynson-Ringgold House• 106 S. Water Street

4:00 – 9:00        Beers & Bonfires CelebrationFoot of High Street

A selection of craft beer, fire pits, children’s entertainment, rousing music and spectacular fire dancing!

Featuring fan favorites:

4:15-4:45  Stories with Jake Swane

4:45-5:15  Phydeaux’s Flying Flea Circus

5:30 – 6:00 Pyroxotic Fire Dancers

6:00-7:30  American Rogues – Celtic and world music

Ye Olde Foode Trucks and Chester River Packet providing victuals 

11:00 – 5:00

The Wheelmen Antique bicycle club with Pennyfarthing bicycles

Phydeaux’s Flying Fleas • Dickens Welcome Center

Big Whimsey Stilt Walkers

Magical Minstrel Jerry Brown • Dickens Welcome Center

Live Music: Musicians providing merry tunes throughout the day

Children performers

Queen Victoria and her retinue


Run Like the Dickens – 5K Race/Walk

7:00 am – Registration
8:00 am – Start
Dickens Welcome Center • 211 High Street

Click to Register

FREE Kids Dash (10 and under) Just before 5K race start

Event starts and finishes on High Street and will take participants through the historic district Chestertown.

New event to make your Sunday “Fashionable!”
Noon – 2:30            NEW Bloomers, Bustles & Champagne Brunch
A Victorian Fashion Show

Dickens Welcome Center • 211 High Street
$50. reservations only 

Click for Tickets

Download a printable version of the schedule here:

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Be on the lookout for strolling acts on Saturday:

Jim Porter & Alex U. 11:00-11:45 & 12:30-1:15
Jigs & Reels 11:45-12:30 & 2:00-2:45
John Rutkowski – 1:15-2:00

Welcome Center Entertainment on Saturday:

10:00               Black Cherry Puppet Theater
10:45               Minstrel Jerry Brown
11:30               Phydeaux’s Flying Fleas
12:15               An Audience with Queen Victoria (Jen Friedmann)
1:00                 Black Cherry Puppet Theater
1:45                 Phydeaux’s Flying Fleas
2:30                 Minstrel Jerry Brown
3:15                 Black Cherry Puppet Theater