Kent County Arts and Entertianment Events- August 2016


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  • Chestertown's "Music in the Park" Summer Concert Series

  • Monday,
  • This event runs June 11 to August 27
  • Location: Fountain Park, corner of High & Cross Streets
  • Contact: Jane Jewell
  • Email: ChestertownMusicPark@yahoo.com
  • URL:  www.kentcounty.com/events
  • Free outdoor concerts! Every other Saturday evening beginning June 11, 2016, from 7-8:30 pm Chestertown’s “Music in the Park” concert series presents the best in local and regional music – including big band, bluegrass, folk, jazz, rock, and more! Bring a chair and join us. Rain location Emmanuel Episcopal Church across from park. Sponsored by Town of Chestertown, Kent County Arts Council, and community contributors like you. Please send donations marked for “Music in the Park” to Town of Chestertown, 118N Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620.

  • River Arts Photo Group show at Heron Point

  • Monday,   |  10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
  • This event runs July 1 to August 31
  • Location: 491 Cormorant Court
  • Contact: Barbara Finneson
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneson@verizon.net
  • The River Arts Photo Group of Chestertown, will show their most recent photographs at Heron Point of Chestertown, 501 E. Campus Ave. Chestertown, MD. 21620

  • summer @ MASSONI ART

  • Monday,   |  Gallery hours: Thursday & Friday 11-4 // Saturday 10-5 /
  • This event runs July 13 to August 31
  • Location: 203 High Street
  • Contact: MassoniArt
  • Phone: 410-778-7330
  • Email: info@massoniart.com
  • URL:  http://massoniart.com/index.php?cat=exhibitions
  • Join us for our summer exhibition - an ever-changing array of new work by our gallery artists. Kenneth Schiano, Alessandra Manzotti, Zemma Mastin White,
    Janet Christensen, Blake Conroy, Eve Stockton,
    and many others.

  • Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt with Max Murray, bass

  • 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 throughout the summer pianist Joe Holt hosts an evening of diverse music. Tonight, Joe’s special guest is Max Murray, a bassist who performs in many settings; in both the jazz and musical theater communities, and is no stranger to Mainstay audiences. There is casual seating, tables so you can bring your own snack or dinner and a cash bar. Admission is $10. Call for reservations.

  • Art Exhibit: The Wonderful World of Children- Watercolors of G. Warren Sears

  • Monday,
  • This event runs August 1 to August 31
  • 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
  • Opening Reception, Saturday, August 6, 11 am - 1 pm. Deborah D. Reilly presents an exhibit of the watercolors of G. Warren Sears inspired by the artist's observations of the ways young children experience the world.

  • Nursery Rhyme Rock Concert with Mr Sam!

  • Tuesday,   |  10am
  • Location: 408 High Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Mr. Sam is back for another riveting concert of preschool proportions. Join us as we shake, rattle, and roll to some classic children’s songs. A rooster may be involved. Ages 7 and under. Please note that this special event will take the place of our regularly scheduled storytimes for July 7th.

  • North County Summer Reading Finale

  • Thursday,   |  2pm
  • 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
  • We’ve had a blast! Now let’s finish strong with a summer party like no other. Food, crafts, giveaways, and more! All ages welcome.

  • John Gorka

  • Thursday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Rolling Stone called John Gorka “The leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement.” And the New York Times says: “Listening to John Gorka sing, one can get goosebumps all over… [due to his] fresh lyrics, a stunning emotional baritone and a twisted sense of humor.” His songs have been recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Nanci Griffith and his live performances inspire with his thoughtful songs, subtle wry humor, expressive guitar and that warm baritone. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.

  • Featuring our exhibitors, Fred Sprock and Steve Bleinberger

  • Friday,   |  Opening Reception, 5-8pm
  • This event runs August 5 to August 28
  • Location: 239 High St.
  • Contact: The Artists' Gallery
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • Fred Sprock's beautiful oil paintings of the local landscape is done in minimalist, realist technique. Steve Bleinburger is an award winning, marine watercolor artist of the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Judged Photography Show

  • Friday,   |  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • This event runs August 5 to August 27
  • Location: 315 High St., Suite 106
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • URL:  chestertownriverarts.org
  • Judged Photography exhibition

  • Joyce Murrin & Sabra Richards Exhibition

  • Friday,   |  11am - 4:00pm
  • This event runs August 5 to August 27
  • Location: 315 High St., Suite 106
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • URL:  www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • Fiber.Glass.Steel Exhibition by artists Joyce Murrin and Sabra Richards, internationally recognized and awarded artists whose work is represented in private, public, museum and corporate collections.

  • Fiber.Glass.Steel Exhibit Opening Reception

  • Friday,   |  5pm to 8pm
  • Location: Suite 106
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: info@chestertownriverarts.org
  • URL:  www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • Fiber.Glass.Steel presents the work of two nationally and internationally recognized and awarded artists whose work is represented in private, public, museum and corporate collections. Exhibition features art from the masterful fabrication of kiln formed glass and steel into indoor/outdoor sculptures and tables by Sabra Richards and "New Visions-fused" fiber works by Joyce Murrin.


  • Nature on the Go: Reptile Show- Summer Reading Finale

  • Friday,   |  10:30am
  • Location: 5585 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library- Rock Hall Branch
  • Phone: 410-639-7162
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Snakes alive! It’s time for another visit from the Nature Center on the Go. Visit with reptiles of all shapes and sizes during our final sprint to this summer’s finish line. All ages welcome. The 2016 Summer Reading Program is made possible in part by a grant from the PNC Foundation.

  • Nature on the Go: Reptile Show - Summer Reading Finale

  • Friday,   |  3pm
  • Location: 408 High Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • Snakes alive! It’s time for another visit from the Nature Center on the Go. Visit with reptiles of all shapes and sizes during our final sprint to this summer’s finish line. All ages welcome. The 2016 Summer Reading Program is made possible in part by a grant from the PNC Foundation.


  • Free Outdoor Concert: Chris Owen and the Knockdown

  • Saturday,   |  7pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • A free outdoor concert on The Mainstay back deck. Chris Owen & The Knockdown write and perform original music with infectious rhythms, warm vocal harmonies and hard-charging percussion. They also present a carefully curated selection of covers from a variety of musical genres. Chris Owen (lead vocals, guitar) and Mat Warrington (bass) are joined by Tim Kerr (drums, vocals) and Tom Fogarty (guitar, vocals). Indoors if it rains. Free!


  • Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt with the Midiri Brothers

  • 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 throughout the summer pianist Joe Holt hosts an evening of diverse music. Tonight, Joe’s special are the Midiri Brothers. They are favorites in the national trad/swing jazz festival circuit. For this concert, they will revisit their first performing group (formed in the 1970's), modeled after the original Benny Goodman trio. There is casual seating, tables so you can bring your own snack or dinner and a cash bar. Admission is $10. Call for reservations.

  • Martin Taylor

  • Thursday,   |  7:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Acoustic Guitar magazine calls the brilliant British guitarist Martin Taylor ‘THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation’. He dazzles audiences with his solo shows, combining virtuosity, emotion, humor, and a strong stage presence. Recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz fingerstyle guitar, Pat Metheny said, “Martin Taylor is one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.


  • Chestertown's Music in the Park & 3rd Annual Legacy Day

  • Saturday,   |  5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: Fountain Park, corner of High & Cross Streets
  • Contact: Kent County Historical Society & Chestertown M
  • Email: director@kentcountyhistory.org
  • URL:  www.kentcountyhistory.org
  • On Saturday, Aug 13, 2016, “Music in the Park” joins forces with the Kent County Histrical Society to present Chestertown’s 3rd annual “Legacy Day.” Celebrating the musical heritage of Kent County, Legacy Day will start with a parade at 5:00 pm featuring antique cars, motorcycles, marching bands, etc. Live band with dancing in the street from 6:00-10:00 pm. Also Historical Displays, Trivia & Dance Contests, Food, beverage, craft vendors.

  • The Obsoleets

  • Saturday,   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email: info@mainstayrockhall.org
  • URL:  www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • The Obsoleets describe their music as “old-timey uke-rock” and themselves as “an American roots string band and show orchestra,” For Pirates and Wenches weekend they’ll combine a wide variety of instruments including vocals, guitar banjo, mandolin, tenor guitar, ukulele, tiple, percussion, bass, accordion and what have you with unusual but entertaining arrangements of American roots and blues classics. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.

  • Discover Your Legacy: Tips & Tools for African American Genealogy Research

  • Saturday,   |  10:30am
  • Location: 408 High Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Kent County Public Library- Chestertown Branch
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • URL:  www.kentcountylibrary.org/events/calendar.php
  • From beginners to advanced researchers, all are welcome at this free program designed to teach techniques for overcoming the challenges of researching African American genealogy. A representative from the Edward H. Nabb Research Center in Salisbury, Maryland, will present tools and tips for the research process and information will be shared about a variety of research materials and collections that can be found at HSKC, KCPL, and other locations. This event is a part of Legacy Day 2016.
    Presented in partnership by the Historical Society of Kent County and Kent County Public Library.

  • Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt with Dick Durham, piano

  • Monday,   |  7:00 - 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 brilliant pianist and composer Dick Durham. There will be two pianos on stage. 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


  • Chestertown's "Music in the Park" Summer Concert Series & Legacy Day

  • Saturday,   |  5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: Fountain Park, corner of High & Cross Streets
  • Contact: Jane Jewell
  • Email: ChestertownMusicPark@yahoo.com
  • URL:  www.kentcounty.com/events
  • Free outdoor concerts! Every other Saturday evening beginning June 11, 2016, from 7-8:30 pm Chestertown’s “Music in the Park” concert series presents the best in local & regional music – including big band, bluegrass, folk, jazz, rock, and more! Bring a chair and join us. Saturdays - June 11, 15, July 2, 16, 30, Aug 13, 27. Rain location Emmanuel Episcopal Church across from park. Sponsored by Town of Chestertown, Kent County Arts Council, and community contributors like you. Please send donations marked for “Music in the Park” to Town of Chestertown, 118 N Cross St, Chestertown, MD 21620

  • PigPen Theatre Co.

  • Saturday,   |  8pm
  • Location: The Garfield Center at the Prince Theatre, 210 High St., Chestertown
  • Contact: Mainstay at The Garfield
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL:  http://www.garfieldcenter.org/gcaevent/mainstay-garfield-presents-pigpen-theatre-company/
  • Calling themselves “A Band of Storytellers,” PigPen Theatre Co. blurs the lines between indie folk-rock and ensemble theatre. Their imaginative writing, gorgeous vocals, irreverent humor and their creative theatricality have built them a strong concert following and gained them enormous popularity in the NYC theatre scene. This Mainstay at The Garfield presentation will take place at The Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown. Tickets are available at the Garfield Box Office 410-810-2060 or www.garfieldcenter.org. Admission is $15.

  • 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.

  • PigPen Theatre Co.

  • Saturday,   |  8pm
  • 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/mainstay-garfield-presents-pigpen-theatre-company/
  • Don’t miss this ONE NIGHT ONLY concert performance! PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of theatre, music, and film as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2007. They have since produced their original plays in New York City and toured the country – earning them critic’s picks from The New York Times, Time Out New York, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, and many more, ranking them in the top ten theatrical events of 2011, 2012, and 2013.

  • Mainstay Monday: Joe Holt with Geoff Gallante, trumpet

  • 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 guest is trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante. Geoff is only in his teens but has headlined and guested at The Mainstay several times. 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-2/2016-08-31/
  • 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.