Kent County Arts and Entertainment - August 2013

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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  • Kent County Photo Group Show
  • Thursday, August 1   |  10am-5pm daily
  • This event runs August 1 to 31
  • Location: Administration Gallery at Heron Point
  • Contact: Barbara
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneson@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • Recent on the site photographs of the Eastern Shore of MD by the members of the Kent County Photo Group.
  • Featuring artist, Bonnie Howell
  • Friday, August 2   |  Reception, 5-8pm
  • This event runs Aug. 2-Sep. 30, 2013
  • Location: 239 High St. Chestertown Md.
  • Contact: The Artists' Gallery
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • Email: lindahall@atlanticbb.net
  • URL:
  • Paintings
  • Dog Days Art Show
  • Friday, August 2   |  5 -8pm
  • Location: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 410 778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • An art show featuring works based on the hot and hazy 'dog days' of summer.
  • MassoniArt Summer Exhibition
  • Friday, August 2   |  5 -8pm
  • Location: Carla Massoni Gallery, 203 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: Carla Massoni
  • Phone: 410-778-7330
  • Email: info@massoniart.com
  • URL: www.massoniart.com
  • Don't let the summer sizzle keep you from the First Friday town-wide celebration! Join us in the Gallery for great art and a terrific evening with friends and neighbors!
  • Works by Ann Cleary
  • Friday, August 2   |  5–8pm
  • Location: River Arts Gallery, Chestertown
  • Contact: River Arts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: laniseikaly@me.com
  • URL: www.ChestertownRiverArts.org
  • Ann Cleary exhibits at RiverArts Aug 2-14 a body of multi-media works in paper, canvas, mixed-media mobiles and more. Her work promotes conversation.
  • Carroll County Ramblers
  • Saturday, August 3   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Staples of mid-Atlantic bluegrass festivals for 52 years, the Carroll County Ramblersí traditional bluegrass style lends authority to their original songs about local history and family life. Bonny Eyler (bass, vocals) and Dale Eyler (fiddle, vocals), children of the groupís founders, carry the tradition forward with Steve Waldon on banjo and Dave Dulaney on guitar and vocals.
    Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Rabbit Hole, a comedy/drama
  • Friday, August 9   |  Fri.and Sat. 8pm. Sun. 2pm
  • This event runs Aug. 9 to Aug. 25, 2013
  • Location: Church Hill Theatre
  • Contact: Church Hill Theatre
  • Phone: 410-758-1331
  • Email: office@churchhilltheatre.org
  • URL: churchhilltheatre.org
  • Rabbit Hole is a comedy drama by David Lindsay-Abaire
  • Playmakers' Present: "James and the Giant Peach"
  • Friday, August 9   |  Aug.9 at 7pm. Aug.10 at 3pm
  • This event runs Aug. 9-10th, 2013
  • Location: The Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
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  • Five weeks of drama camp culminates for our 29 Playmakers (ages 8 - 15) as they perform "James and the Giant Peach" on the GCA stage. Admission is free, so please come out and support this talented cast.
  • Hello Sailor! A Bawdy Song Sing Along
  • Saturday, August 10   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • A Rock Hall Pirates & Wenches Fantasy Weekend event, this is a raucous romp through centuries of dirty ditties. Bring your voice and a sense of humor and join master balladeers Jennifer Cutting, Steve Winick, Riki Schneyer and Craig Williams on the choruses of naughty songs gathered from medieval brothels, pubs, tall ships, music halls or wherever such songs are sung. No experience necessary! Must be 18 or older. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Cliffs Schoolhouse Museum Open House
  • Saturday, August 17   |  1–4pm
  • Location: Quaker Neck Road, Chestertown
  • Contact: Carol Cordes
  • Phone: 410-778-9173
  • Email: cbcordes@verizon.net
  • URL: www.kentcounty.com/attractions/museums.php
  • Located 8.5 miles south of Chestertown the one-room schoolhouse opened in 1878 to children of a farming and watermen's community. Visitors can see the potbellied stove, lessons on the blackboards for the seven grades taught there, schoolbooks and other artifacts of that era. Closing in 1939 it remains in its original configuration. No admission fee.
  • Banjo Man & Bill with Tom Anthony
  • Saturday, August 17   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • A FREE outdoor concert in Oyster Court behind the Mainstay. Tom McHugh plays banjo, blues harmonica, kazoo, sings and writes songs about life along the Chesapeake. Bill Matthews sings and plays bluesy guitar. Tom Anthony plays upright bass. Their music is a blend of classic old jazz, obscure blues, some folk classics and what have you. The concert will move indoors to the Mainstay if the weather doesn't cooperate. Bring a comfortable chair.
  • 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
  • Saturday, August 24   |  6pm
  • Location: Garfield Center at The Prince Theatre, Chestertown
  • Contact: Leslie Prince Raimond
  • Phone: 410-778-1149
  • Email: kentcountyartscouncil@verizon.net
  • URL: www.kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. Plans are underway to have a symbolic “march” from the Charles Sumner Post #25 (5:30 pm)to the Garfield Center, and then (7:00 pm)music, spoken word, and film at the Theater to commemorate the event.
  • Anthony John Clarke
  • Saturday, August 24   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Irishman Anthony John Clarke is a serious singer and songwriter who is also an entertainer with the ability to captivate listeners, mesmerizing them with his humor, intelligent lyrics and musicianship. In the UK, where he plays more than 100 dates a year at pubs and folk clubs, audiences often sing along to the choruses of such songs as 'The Only Life Gloria Knows' and 'Tuesday Night is Always Karaoke.' Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Karl's Music: A Memorial Tribute to Karl Gottesman
  • Sunday, August 25   |  12:30-6pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • An afternoon of bluegrass and Americana in tribute to the late Karl Gottesman sponsored by the Mainstay and the Eastern Shore Bluegrass Association with The Lions of Bluegrass, Colonel Leonardís Irregulars, The East Coast Foggy Memory Boys, Clark & Johnson, Pete Curry, Laurie Parmental and New and Used Bluegrass. Donations accepted. Mama Pia's will set up outside the Mainstay with hot dogs, steak sandwiches, and more and the Mainstay bar will be open all afternoon.
  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, August 28   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, 210 High St, Chestertow
  • Contact: Lucia Foster
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: lfoster@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • 'Open Mic Night' is free and open to all ages! Hosted by Ford Schumann - To request a time slot, Email Ford at fordo1@aol.com
  • John Lilly, Chris Stuart and Janet Beazley
  • Friday, August 30   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • John Lilly from Charleston, WV, specializes in country roots originals and traditional folk. One reviewer said, ìIf Hank Williams had a sunny disposition, heíd be John Lilly.î West Coasters Chris Stuart & Janet Beazley play mostly original material with a bluegrass/Americana sound. Lilly, Stuart and Beazley are old friends who rarely get a chance to play together. They are stopping on their way to the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Unknowne Landes presents: The 3rd annual Kent Massive festival!
  • Saturday, August 31   |  3-10pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • URL: www.kentmassive2013.tk/
  • Quickly becoming a local tradition, Kent Massive has given inspiration and drive to Kent County's youth music scene since the idea's inception. This year the fest continues its quest to bring together diverse artists and audiences in a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Tickets available through Kent Massive's website - $7