Kent County Arts and Entertainment Events - April 2014

Kent County has been recognized by the Maryland State Arts Council as one of the significant arts communities in the state. With this in mind, we have designed the Arts & Entertainment site to provide you with information on what the county has to offer in relation to its arts, entertainment, and cultural heritage. Hopefully, this will help you plan a fun-filled stay, enabling you to take full advantage of places to go and people to see. For more information, call the Kent County Tourism Development Office at 410-778-0416 or email tourism@kentcounty.com.

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  • Is He Dead? A comedy by Mark Twain adapted by David Ives
  • Tuesday, April 1   |  Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 2pm
  • This event runs April 1 to 13 (weekends)
  • Location: Church Hill Theatre, 103 Walnut St, Church Hill
  • Contact: Church Hill Theatre office
  • Phone: 410-758-1331
  • Email: office@churchhilltheatre.org
  • URL: churchhilltheatre.org
  • Deeply in debt, the French artist Jean-Francois Millet fakes his death and returns as his twin sister to sell the now valuable paintings. With cross-dressing, mistaken identities and romantic complications, this zany farce also takes on ever timely issues of greed and celebrity. Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm Tickets: $18 adults, $15 members, $10 students.
  • The Future of History: Colonial Williamsburg's Lisa Fischer
  • Tuesday, April 1   |  6:30pm
  • Location: Litrenta Lecture Hall – Washington College
  • Contact: Michael Buckley
  • Phone: 410-810-7156
  • Email: mbuckley3@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.starrcenter.washcoll.edu
  • Lisa Fischer is head of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Digital History Center (DHC). Part of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, the DHC engages in the application of innovative technologies to study Virginia’s eighteenth-century capital and supports digital initiatives within the Foundation’s Research Division. The Digital History Center (DHC), located in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, directs digital initiatives for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Research Division. Founded in 2002, the DHC uses innovative technologies to engage the public in the continuing conversation about the American Revolution, citizenship, and democracy. DHC staff employ technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Virtual Reality, and XML, to create digital resources for studying and analyzing 18th-century America, with a focus on Williamsburg.
  • Sensing Change
  • Thursday, April 3   |  4pm
  • This event runs April 3rd - 6th
  • Location: Various, Chestertown
  • Contact: Leslie Prince Raimond
  • Phone: 410-778-1149
  • Email: kentcountyartscouncil@verizon.net
  • URL: www.kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • A four day series of programs from Thursday, April 3 to Sunday April 6 will be held in Chestertown. The venues include Washington College, Carla Massoni Gallery and the Garfield Center. Titled “Sensing Change” the programs explore the interaction of Creativity, Science and Art. Presentations include: a lecture by a renowned art professor from New York University; an art exhibit at Carla Massoni Gallery, a ground-breaking film; a moderated dialogue among scientists and artists and the audience; and a premier performance of an original musical composition.
  • Timeless Rhythms: Sensing Change–Opening Reception
  • Friday, April 4   |  5–7:30pm
  • Location: 203 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Carla Massoni
  • Phone: 410-778-7330
  • Email: info@massoniart.com
  • URL: www.massoniart.com
  • Art Exhibit featuring the work of John Ruppert first Distinguished Visitor of Washington College's SANDBOX Initiative; Greg Mort, founder The Art of Stewardship project; Zaria Forman, Lisa Lebofsky, filmmaker Drew Denny, Ice to Island Project; Grace Mitchell; Heidi Fowler; Deborah Weiss; Leigh Wen.
  • Chester River Chorale Presents
  • Friday, April 4   |  Fri. 8pm. and Sun. 3pm
  • This event runs Friday, April 4, and Sunday, April 6
  • Location: Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, 905 Gateway Dr. Chestertown
  • Contact: Bentley Orrick
  • Phone: 410-928-5566
  • Email: benorr@verizon.net
  • URL: chesterriverchorale.org
  • A special spring concert featuring sacred and secular music steeped in Americaís musical soul. Special guest artists include Karen Somerville with the gospel trio Sombarkin, and the Pam Ortiz band. Several new arrangements of their music have been commissioned specifically for this collaborative performance.
  • Live Playwrights' Society
  • Monday, April 7   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre 210 High Street, Chester
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: lfoster@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • 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. (Free!) New plays are read and critiqued each month!
  • Poetry Festival
  • Friday, April 11   |  4:30–7:30pm
  • Location: Bookplate, 112 S. Cross St., Chestertown
  • Contact: Leslie Prince Raimond
  • Phone: 410-778-1149
  • Email: kentcountyartscouncil@verizon.net
  • URL: www.kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • Choose your favorite poem and join us at the Book Plate to present it to the gathered poetry lovers. Whether it is Longfellow or e.e. cummings; Nikki Giovanni or Milton; sung, rapped, recited or just read, we look forward to your participation. Drop into the Book Plate to sign up for your preferred time, email us with a time request, or just drop in ready to read. Brought to you by Tom Martin at the Book Plate, Leslie Raimond at Kent County Arts Council, and Charles Sumner Post #25, Grand Army of the Republic, and Robert Earl Price and his poetry aloud class at Washington College
  • Lonnie Shields with the Obsoleets
  • Saturday, April 12   |  8:00pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Lonnie Shields is an electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter whose rousing version of the blues is deeply rooted in gospel, soul, R&B and the sound of his Delta roots. He’ll be joined by the Obsoleets playing some of their own acoustic American roots, blues and gospel and then joining Lonnie as his band for the electrifying down-home blues that have earned him the title “Keeper of the Blues.” Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Savor Your Senses: An Evening with Elaine Kwon
  • Saturday, April 12   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company
  • Contact: Caitlin Patton
  • Phone: 410-778-2064
  • Email: info@nationalmusic.us
  • URL: www.nationalmusic.us
  • The National Music Festival at Washington College invites you to Savor Your Senses, featuring Elaine Kwon. An evening of music and wine tasting with savories, to benefit the NMF Apprentice Scholarship Program. $75. Coat & tie requested.
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, April 12   |  10am–2pm
  • Location: 315 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Tambra Trevarrow
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: http://chestertownriverarts.org/kidspot/
  • A dedicated children’s creativity center that will be open for free every Saturday for children of all ages to play, create and explore with painting, photography, music, crafts, writing, building and other forms of creative exploration.
  • Literary House Series: Poet Shara Lessley, 2014 Mary Wood Fellow
  • Monday, April 14   |  tba
  • This event runs April 14 - 18
  • Location: tba
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/live/events/3309-baratunde-thurst
  • A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Shara Lessley is the author of Two-Headed Nightingale. Her awards include an Artist Fellowship from the State of North Carolina and the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.
  • American Educator and Historian Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director, Smithsonia
  • Tuesday, April 15   |  5:30pm
  • Location: Hynson Lounge, Washington College
  • Contact: Michael Buckley
  • Phone: 410-810-7156
  • Email: mbuckley3@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.starrcenter.washcoll.edu
  • American educator and historian, Lonnie Bunch is a former director of the Chicago Historical Society and, currently, the founding director of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. He's responsible for defining the new museum’s mission, developing exhibitions and public programs, and coordinating the museum’s fundraising and budget development. As author, Bunch has written on topics ranging from the black military experience, the American presidency and all-black towns in the American west to diversity in museum management and the impact of funding and politics on American museums.
  • University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble
  • Thursday, April 17   |  7:30PM
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • A free concert with this outstanding collegiate big band, a group of 18 to 20 excellent musicians who capture all the energy and excitement of big band jazz with saxophone, trombone, trumpet and rhythm sections as well as solo vocalists. They will feature a number of big band favorites, standards from the Great American Songbook and some swinging surprises. Their featured guest is Todd Groves on saxophone. Free. Donation requested. Call for reservations.
  • Recipes for Change: Our Food, Our Future - Growing Power's Will Allen
  • Thursday, April 17   |  6:30pm
  • Location: Hynson Lounge, Washington College
  • Contact: Michael Buckley
  • Phone: 410-810-7156
  • Email: mbuckley3@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.starrcenter.washcoll.edu
  • Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Will promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Will trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces. In 2008, Will was named a John D. and Katherine T. McArthur Foundation Fellow and was awarded a prestigious foundation “genius grant” for his work.
  • Earth Day Festival
  • Saturday, April 19   |  9am–1pm
  • Location: Memorial Row, Chestertown
  • Contact: And Goddard
  • Phone: 410-778-6929
  • Email: andysctown@atlanticbb.net
  • URL:
  • Celebrate our Earth & learn how to care for her. Over 30 vendors offering tips on everything from energy efficiency to natural lawn care. Live music, food. Don't miss the Mutt Strut antics on the Courthouse lawn.
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, April 19   |  10am–2pm
  • Location: 315 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Tambra Trevarrow
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/kidspot/
  • A dedicated children’s creativity center that will be open for free every Saturday for children of all ages to play, create and explore with painting, photography, music, crafts, writing, building and other forms of creative exploration.
  • Kent Chamber Music Concert
  • Saturday, April 26   |  7pm
  • Location: Hotchkiss Recital Hall - Washington College
  • Contact: Faith Souders
  • Phone: 410-810-2805
  • Email: fsouders@atlanticbb.net
  • URL: www.kentchambermusic.com
  • 'Philadelphia Camerata', featuring Yuko Izuhara Gordon, piano; Charles Forbes, cello; Simon Gollo, violin and Michael Strauss, viola, performing works by Juaquin Turina, Mozart and Gabriel Fauré.
  • Youth Plein Air
  • Saturday, April 26   |  12–2pm
  • Location: Fountain Park
  • Contact: Tambra Trevarrow
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/kidspot/
  • Children can be Plein Air artists, too! Youth Plein Air, held Saturday, April 26 from 12-2pm in Chestertown’s Fountain Park, is an outdoors painting event for children 9-12 and teens 13-17. Canvas, paints, brushes and easels will be provided for artists’ use.
  • Word Girls
  • Wednesday, April 30   |  5:30PM
  • Location: Bookplate, 112 S. Cross St, Chestertown, MD
  • Contact: Tom Martin
  • Phone: 410-778-4167
  • Email: bookplate@verizon.net
  • URL: http://www.bookplate.biz
  • Meredith Davies Hadaway, Erin Murphy and Anne Agnes Colwell are the Word Girls who will be at Bookplate to entertain, enlighten and delight us with their poetry. Come out and enjoy the poetry and refreshments!
  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, April 30   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre 210 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: info@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • Come out and join us for food, drink and some great local music - The last Wednesday of the month! Open Mic Night is hosted by Ford Schumann, is open to all ages and performance styles. To sign up for a time slot, or to request information, email Ford at fordo1@aol.com.