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 – 8:00    Phydeaux’s Flying Flea CircusCross & Cannon Sts.

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

5:30 – 8:30     Carriage Rides Corner of Cross & Cannon

$ depending on carriage size

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

7:30 –               American Rogues Celtic Band • Location tbd


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!

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

9:00–1:00      KidSpot: make paper ornaments, luminaries and thaumatropes

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

Pick up tickets at Dickens Welcome Center, 211 High Street

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

11:00–4:00     Children’s 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, reservations required 443 282 0023

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                      Get into the Spirits! Information to come

3:00                      Frederick Douglass presentation

Sumner Hall206 S. Queen Street
Seating limited, reservations required 443 282 0023

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:

4:00  American Rogues Celtic band

5:15 – 5:45 Pyroxotic Fire Dancers

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

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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 

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