Kent County Arts and Entertianment Events- September 2016


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  • Evie Baskin

  • Friday,   |  Opening Reception, 5-8pm
  • This event runs September 2 to September 27
  • Location: 239 High St.
  • Contact: The Artists' gallery
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • Evie Baskin is an accomplished painter in oils and pastels. She loves to paint the local horses, llamas ducks, geese, etc. She also does portraits.


  • The Kathy Kallick Band

  • Friday,   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Kathy Kallick is a legend in bluegrass: one of the great bluegrass composers and vocalists. Her band is known for its solid, hard-driving mixture of originals and classics. It is music that honors tradition and yet is contemporary in its sound and vision. The instrumental work is dazzling and inventive and the vocals are luminous and extraordinary. Each of the band members sings and they play guitar, bass, banjo, fiddle, dobro and mandolin. Call for reservations. Admission is $20.


  • Kent Massive 2016

  • Saturday,   |  3 - 11pm
  • Location: 210 High Street Chestertown, Maryland 21620
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL:  http://www.garfieldcenter.org/gcaevent/kent-massive-2/
  • The 6th Annual KENT MASSIVE returns to the Garfield Center for the Arts this Labor Day weekend. Get ready for the most diverse small-town music festival on the Eastern Shore!

  • Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt with Nevin Dawson, viola

  • Monday,   |  7 - 8:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Every Monday night pianist Joe Holt hosts an evening of diverse music. Tonight, Joe’s special guest is the versatile violist Nevin Dawson. There is casual seating, tables so you can bring your own snack or dinner and a cash bar. Admission is $10. Call for reservations 410-639-9133.

  • Live Playwrights' Society

  • Monday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: 210 High Street Chestertown, Maryland 21620
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL:  http://www.garfieldcenter.org/gcaevent/live-playwrights-society-2015-03-02/2016-09-05/
  • 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/

  • Sophie Kerr Lecture Series: First-Year Book Event with Idra Novey

  • Wednesday,   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts, Washington College
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 4108105768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  http://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/12058-sophie-kerr-lecture-series-first-year-book-event
  • Each year, new students read a book that reflects Washington College's mission. The 2016 First-Year Book is Idra Novey's Ways to Disappear, a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a Staff Pick at The Paris Review. Idra Novey's poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected for the National Poetry Series; The Next Country, winner of the Kinereth Gensler Award; and Clarice: The Visitor, a collaboration with artist Erica Baum. She has written for The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, Slate, and The Paris Review. She has also translated work by several prominent Brazilian writers.

  • OPEN AUDITIONS The 39 Steps

  • Wednesday,   |  7pm
  • Location: 210 High Street Chestertown, Maryland 21620
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL:  http://www.garfieldcenter.org/gcaevent/39-steps-open-auditions/2016-09-07/
  • The play’s concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film The 39 Steps to be performed with a cast of only four. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress (or sometimes actor) plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and two other actors play every other character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object. This often requires lightning fast quick-changes and occasionally for them to play multiple characters at once. Thus the film’s serious spy story is played mainly for laughs, and the script is full

  • Chuck Redd and La Lucha

  • Thursday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Chestertown Jazz Festival at The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-810-2060 (Garfield box off
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • The Chestertown Jazz Festival opener is at The Mainstay with Chuck Redd on vibes and La Lucha, the Latin-inspired Florida-based trio of Alejandro Arenas, (Colombia) bass; John O’Leary (Mexico), piano; and Mark Feinman (USA), drums. Tickets for this concert, and other Chestertown Jazz Festival events can be purchased through the Garfield box office 410-810-2060 or purchased online at http://www.garfieldcenter.org/gcaevent/2016-chestertown-jazz-festival/ Admission is $25.

  • 2016 Chestertown Jazz Festival Weekend

  • Thursday,   |  Varies
  • This event runs September 8 to September 11
  • Location: 210 High Street Chestertown, Maryland 21620
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL:  www.chestertownjazzfestival.org
  • Find the whole schedule at http://www.garfieldcenter.org/gcaevent/2016-chestertown-jazz-festival/ or www.chestertownjazzfestival.org

  • The Holmes Brothers feat. George Kilby - Part of the Chestertown Blues Series

  • Friday,   |  8pm
  • Location: 210 High Street Chestertown, Maryland 21620
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL:  garfieldcenter.org
  • The Chestertown Blues Series continues with The Holmes Brothers! For 35 years, with 10 acclaimed albums and thousands of live performances, The Holmes Brothers’ jubilant and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country captivated audiences around the world.

  • Chestertown Jazz Festival

  • Saturday,   |  noon - 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Wilmer Park
  • Contact: Andy Goddard
  • Phone: 443-480-1987
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL:  www.chestertownjazzfestival.org
  • The wildly popular, annual Chestertown Jazz Festival is held in Wilmer Park overlooking the Chester River,. It features nationally known jazz artists. Local food, wine, and beer available for sale. Tented seating is available near the stage, or bring a blanket and chairs to sit on the grass.

  • Sultana Public Sails

  • Saturday,   |  2 - 4pm
  • Location: 105 S. Cross Street
  • Contact: Sultana Education Foundation
  • Phone: 410-778-6954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL:  http://sultanaeducation.org/public-programs/sultana-public-sails/
  • Departing and returning from SULTANA’s home port of historic Chestertown (and occasionally other ports around the Chesapeake), SULTANA’s two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using Sultana’s seven-foot long tiller, and explore the authentically reproduced crew’s quarters below-decks.

  • “One Maryland One Book Morning Matinee - Do the Right Thing”

  • Saturday,   |  11am - 1pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library- Chestertown Branch
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Do the Right Thing (1989)
    On the hottest day of the year on a street in Brooklyn, everyone’s hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes in to violence.
    This film is being shown as part of KCPL’s participation in One Maryland One Book, a Maryland Humanities program. Experience the themes in All American Boys in the context of three very different films: Do the Right Thing, Crash, and A Raisin in the Sun.

  • Bob McDonald: My Way - Sinatra at 100

  • Sunday,   |  2pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Bob McDonald’s distinctive baritone has landed him at Signature Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Folger Theatre, and Arena Stage. He sings baritone and is announcer and senior producer with the US Army Chorus. Now he channels Frank Sinatra in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the crooner’s birth. He’ll be joined by Scott Silbert on woodwinds, Tony Nalker on piano, Todd Harrison on drums and Paul Henry on bass for an afternoon of Sinatra classics. Call for reservations. Admission is $20.

  • OPEN AUDITIONS The 39 Steps

  • Sunday,   |  11am
  • Location: 210 High Street Chestertown, Maryland 21620
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL:  http://www.garfieldcenter.org/gcaevent/39-steps-open-auditions/2016-09-11/
  • The play’s concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film The 39 Steps to be performed with a cast of only four. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress (or sometimes actor) plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and two other actors play every other character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object.

  • Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt with Dave Schiff, sax and Mike McShane, drums

  • Monday,   |  7 - 8:30 pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Every Monday night pianist Joe Holt hosts an evening of diverse music. Tonight, Joe’s special guests are Dave Schiff, a respected saxophonist and Navy Band Commodores Jazz Ensemble veteran and Mike McShane on drums. Dave, Mike and Joe have performed and recorded as "Spontaneous Invention". There is casual seating, tables so you can bring your own snack or dinner and a cash bar. Admission is $10. Call for reservations 410-639-9133.

  • Your Community Chorale Wants You!

  • Monday,   |  6pm
  • Location: Heron Point's Wesley Hall
  • Contact: Chester River Chorale
  • Phone: 410 928 5566
  • URL:  chesterriverchorale.org
  • Come join us as your Chester River Chorale begins its 18th season of song at 6 p.m. Monday, September 12, in Heron Point’s Wesley Hall. Dues are $50 with students free. No auditions. All voices welcome to sing for the joy of it. Chesterriverchorale.org

  • “One Maryland One Book - Rock Hall discusses ALL AMERICAN BOYS”

  • Monday,   |  2pm
  • Location: 5585 Main Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library - Rock Hall branch
  • Phone: 410-639-7162
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • All are welcome to join us for a discussion of All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Narrated in alternating viewpoints by Rashad and Quinn. Open to all. All American Boys is the 2016 One Maryland One Book selection. One Maryland One Book is a program of Maryland Humanities.

  • “One Maryland One Book - North County discusses ALL AMERICAN BOYS”

  • Monday,   |  6:30pm
  • Location: 111-B1 N. Main Street, Galena
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library- North County Branch
  • Phone: 410-648-5380
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • All are welcome to join us for a discussion of All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Narrated in alternating viewpoints by Rashad and Quinn. Open to all. All American Boys is the 2016 One Maryland One Book selection. One Maryland One Book is a program of Maryland Humanities.

  • Hard-Boiled Anxiety: The Freudian Desires of Classic Noir Authors & their Detectives

  • Wednesday,   |  6pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library- Chestertown Branch
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Spend an evening with Karen Huston Karydes, author of Hard-Boiled Anxiety: The Freudian Desires of Dashell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross McDonald, and Their Detectives. She'll share tidbits from her book, talk about her experience becoming a published author, and answer questions. A limited number of books will be available for sale and light refreshments will be served.

  • Sultana Education Foundation's Annual Gala

  • Saturday,   |  6-10pm
  • Location: Land's End Road
  • Contact: Sultana Education Foundation
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL:  www.sultanaeducation.org
  • September 17, 2016 6-10pm...Join the Sultana Education Foundation and Linda Knight at the hottest event in town. Great food, open bar and entertainment from the hippest band around: The Gregorio Uribe Big Band. Sultana’s Annual Gala raises funds to support the Foundation’s award-winning programs in Environmental Science and American History that serve more than 12,000 K-12 students each year.

  • Sultana Public Sails

  • Saturday,   |  2 - 4pm
  • Location: 105 S. Cross Street
  • Contact: Sultana Education Foundation
  • Phone: 410-778-6954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL:  http://sultanaeducation.org/public-programs/sultana-public-sails/
  • Departing and returning from SULTANA’s home port of historic Chestertown (and occasionally other ports around the Chesapeake), SULTANA’s two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using Sultana’s seven-foot long tiller, and explore the authentically reproduced crew’s quarters below-decks.

  • One Maryland One Book - What Is Racism?

  • Saturday,   |  11am
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library- Chestertown Branch
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Join Joyell Johnson, J.D., for thoughtfully facilitated community conversations that will leave you better equipped to unpack the core themes in All American Boys and with a deeper understanding of the ways race impacts us all. The first conversation on Saturday, September 17 will dig into the definition of racism. The second conversation on Saturday, October 15 will center around the intersection of race and criminal justice. Whether or not you’ve read the book, you are welcome to be a part of this conversation.

  • Sophie Kerr Lecture Series: The Two Gentlemen of Verona—American Shakespeare Center

  • Sunday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts, Washington College
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 4108105768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/12060-sophie-kerr-lecture-series-the-two-gentlemen-of
  • Founded in 1988, the ASC On Tour boasts more than 25 years’ worth of global touring experience on stages in 47 states, five foreign nations, and one U.S. Territory. The ASC On Tour invites audiences to enjoy this show as Shakespeare’s troupe performed it—on a bare stage and surrounded by audience members who share the same light with the actors, each of whom plays multiple roles. This highly interactive style allows the ASC On Tour to forge a sense of community between performers and audience rarely found in theatre today, and enables our audience to understand and enjoy these classic works.

  • Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt with vocalist Karen Somerville

  • Monday,   |  7 - 8:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Every Monday night pianist Joe Holt hosts an evening of diverse music. Tonight, Joe’s special guest is vocalist Karen Somerville for an evening of jazz, blues and gospel. There is casual seating, tables so you can bring your own snack or dinner and a cash bar. Admission is $10. Call for reservations 410-639-9133.


  • UltraFaux

  • Friday,   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • UltraFaux is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass performing original acoustic music with Romani, Manouche, swing, funk, blues, and musette influences and drawing inspiration from the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. Sami Arefin and Michael Joseph Harris trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies. The dynamic Eddie Hrybyk on upright bass holds down the steady swinging beat and brings his passion for improvisation to the group. Call for reservations. Admission is $20.

  • Diamonds, Chestertown

  • Friday,   |  dusk to midnight
  • This event runs September 23 to October 2
  • Location: South end of Cross Street, near the rail trail.
  • Contact: Chestertown A&E District
  • Phone: 410-778-2991
  • Email: kay.chestertown@gmail.com
  • URL:  http://townofchestertown.com/ae-district/
  • Baltimore-based artists Mina Cheon and Gabriel Kroiz bring five of their illuminated Diamond sculptures to Chestertown for ten days, September 23 through October 1. The duo created their first diamond in 2007 in Seoul, and have since revised them for exhibits abroad and in the U.S., including the first Light City Festival in Baltimore this past spring. The Diamonds will be on display through Saturday, October 1.


  • Sultana Public Sails

  • Saturday,   |  2 - 4pm
  • Location: 105 S. Cross Street
  • Contact: Sultana Education Foundation
  • Phone: 410-778-6954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL:  http://sultanaeducation.org/public-programs/sultana-public-sails/
  • Departing and returning from SULTANA’s home port of historic Chestertown (and occasionally other ports around the Chesapeake), SULTANA’s two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using Sultana’s seven-foot long tiller, and explore the authentically reproduced crew’s quarters below-decks.

  • Chesapeake Scenes

  • Sunday,   |  11am
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Chesapeake Scenes is Tom McHugh (banjo, harmonica, vocals), spoken word artist Andy McCown, Bill Matthews (guitar, vocals) and Tom Anthony (bass). They present songs and stories of those who work the Chesapeake or live on its shores. Their songs and stories are about everything from the love of an old boat, to a waterman working in winter, to what’s on the table in an Eastern Shore home. Note the 11 a.m. time. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.

  • Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt with Sam Guthridge, banjo

  • Monday,   |  7 - 8:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Every Monday night pianist Joe Holt hosts an evening of diverse music. Tonight, Joe’s special guest is Sam Guthridge on banjo. Sam is a founding member of Chester River Runoff and currently performs with the High and Wides. There is casual seating, tables so you can bring your own snack or dinner and a cash bar. Admission is $10. Call for reservations 410-639-9133.

  • Open Mic Night

  • Wednesday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: 210 High Street Chestertown, Maryland 21620
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: fordo1@aol.com
  • URL:  http://www.garfieldcenter.org/gcaevent/open-mic-night-2/2016-09-28/
  • 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.

  • What is Yoga Therapy?

  • Wednesday,   |  6pm
  • Location: Main Meeting Room, 408 High Street
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library- Chestertown Branch
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Fletcher Johnson of River Warrior Yoga presents a 30-minute interactive program on the holistic practice of Yoga Therapy and its impact on health and well-being. Learn how yoga therapy differs from a group class, who it can help, and how it can complement traditional medical treatments.
    All are welcome and questions are encouraged.

  • Literary House & Sophie Kerr Series: Living Writers—A Reading by Jericho Brown

  • Thursday,   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House, Washington College
  • Contact: Julie Armstrong
  • Phone: 4108105768
  • Email: jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:  https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/11875-living-writers-a-reading-by-jericho-brown
  • Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Thom Gunn Award. Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets named The New Testament one of the best books of the year. He is an Associate Professor at Emory University.

  • Chuck Redd and the Jazz Young Bloods

  • Friday,   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Vibraphone star Chuck Redd has played with the greats so he knows talent AND he likes advancing the stars of tomorrow. This outstanding quartet features rising jazz stars: Joshua Espinoza on piano, Savannah Harris on drums, Eliot Seppa on bass and of course the great Chuck Redd on vibes for a terrific evening of jazz classics. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.