Kent County Arts and Entertainment - June 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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  • National Music Festival at Washington College
  • Sunday, June 1   |  Various
  • This event runs June 1-14, 2014
  • Location: Various
  • Contact: Caitlin Patton
  • Phone: 410-778-2064
  • Email: info@nationalmusic.us
  • URL: www.nationalmusic.us
  • The Festival's fourth season, in Chestertown, Maryland, brings together world-class mentors and gifted apprentice musicians on the cusp of their professional careers. The two groups rehearse and perform together at Washington College and throughout Kent County in orchestral, chamber, solo recital, vocal, choral and chamber opera repertoire. All rehearsals are free and open to the public, and children are welcome.
  • How I Learned to Drive
  • Sunday, June 1   |  2pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
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  • General Admission: $15 Student Admission: $5 (with valid ID) Li'l Bit grows up in rural Maryland during the 1960s with a large extended family: her mother, who became pregnant at a young age; her grandmother, a God-fearing former child-bride; her ignorant, sexist grandfather; her Uncle Peck, who has been affected by experiences in combat and is a recovering alcoholic; and Aunt Mary, who is in denial of her husband's behavior. The play is told through a series of flashbacks under the guise of driving lessons. *PLEASE NOTE: THIS PLAY CONTAINS ADULT THEMES, AND MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUTH UNDER AGE 14.
  • National Music Festival Rehearsals at Bookplate
  • Sunday, June 1   |  Various Hours
  • This event runs June 1 – 14
  • Location: Bookplate – Chestertown
  • Contact: Tom Martin
  • Phone: 410-778-4167
  • Email: bookplate@verizon.net
  • URL: www.bookplate.biz
  • The saxaphones and bassoons, and a quintet will be rehearsing for the National Music Festival. Open to the punlic. Please stop by and enjoy the music. Schedule is posted on the website and on Bookplate's Facebook.
  • Live Playwrights' Society
  • Monday, June 2   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre 210 High St, Chestertown
  • 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!
  • South Pacific: Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.
  • Friday, June 6   |  Fri. & Sat 8pm, Sun. 2pm
  • This event runs June 6-22 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
  • Premiering in 1949, this classic American musical has delighted audiences for 65 years. Based on a James Michener book about WWII in the Pacific, the plot follows two couples: an American nurse and her older French lover and a lieutenant who falls for a young island maiden. With stirring music and courage on many levels, this musical returns to CHT during our own anniversary season.
    $20 adults, $17 members, $10 students.
  • The Musical Muse
  • Friday, June 6   |  5-8pm
  • This event runs June 6- 28th
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: William Brockschmidt
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: ChestertownRiverArts.org
  • The opening reception is 5 to 8:00 on June 6.
  • Color, Rhythm & Harmony Exhibition
  • Friday, June 6   |  5–8pm
  • Location: RiverArts Studio Gallery
  • Contact: Cindy Stafford
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/
  • Artists and composers alike use color, rhythm, and harmony to give their work a special mood, feeling, or atmosphere. During the month of June, three RiverArts artists— Melinda Carl, Christel Mottur-Pilson and Cindy Stafford— will be showing work that demonstrates this in several ways. Opening reception is Friday, June 6, from 5-8 p.m. All are invited to experience the different faces of color, rhythm, and harmony, reflected in the richness of oils, the softness of pastels, and the transparency of water colors. The exhibition runs until June 28.
  • Nanct Taylor Robson & Sue Collins, R.N. OK, Now What, A Caregiver's Guide t
  • Friday, June 6   |  5:30pm
  • Location: Bookplate – Chestertown
  • Contact: Tom Martin
  • Phone: 410-778-4167
  • Email: bookplate@verizon.net
  • URL: www.bookplate.biz
  • "What matters most when someone close to you has been diagnosed as terminal? Time and quality of life for both of you. Coping with both the practical and emotional questions of this challenging passage"
  • Short Attention Span Theatre Preview
  • Friday, June 6   |  5–7pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: info@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • Get a preview of Short Attention Span Theatre with a staged reading of “Arabian Nights” by David Ives, directed by Sarah Crump.
  • Music in the Park - Driven Women & The Garfield Gang
  • Saturday, June 7   |  7-8:30pm
  • Location: Fountain Park Chestertown, MD
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  • The "Driven Women" play a wonderful combination of old-time mountain music, traditional blues and jazz. The band features Diane Jones on banjo, Annie Williams on guitar, and Sue Shumaker on fiddle. The "Garfield Gang" plays both modern and traditional folk & rock with Pete Heck, Barbara Parker, & Ford Schumann on vocals & guitar. Mary Simmons adds beautiful vocal harmonies and solos. Each band will play one set of about 45-50 minutes.Bring something to sit on as seating is limited. Rain location at Emmanuel Episcopal Church across from the Park.

    Future 2014 dates: June 21, July 5, 19, August 2, 16, 30
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, June 7   |  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.
  • Matthews Blues
  • Saturday, June 7   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • A family blues affair with Guthrie Matthews (son) on smoldering lead guitar while Bill Matthews (father) plays rhythm guitar. Both sing. Guthrie brings the ability to go from a John Lee Hooker boogie to a Chuck Berry tune, and maybe a little bit of 50's slow dance while Bill’s playing and singing anchor the evening, along with the driving harp of Charlie Bowley and Jesse Masone on bass. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Art in Bloom
  • Sunday, June 8   |  5-8pm
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Lani Seikaly
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: ChestertownRiverArts.org
  • A show of beautiful art and floral designs that represent the art.
  • Christine Lavin & Don White - Concert and Comedy
  • Thursday, July 10   |  7:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Two smart, funny songwriters. Both write songs that can be poignant, humorous, uproarious topical commentary, and/or fall-off-your-chair, side-splittingly funny. A concert with both together is an amazing unforgettable experience. Each performer will do a solo set, then they take the stage together in a free for all displaying the kind of chemistry you get from old friends and seasoned performers who are two of the funniest entertainers anywhere! Admission is $20. Call for reservations.
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, June 14   |  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.
  • Greg Hatza Organ Trio
  • Saturday, June 14   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • A family blues affair with Guthrie Matthews (son) on smoldering lead guitar while Bill Matthews (father) plays rhythm guitar. Both sing. Guthrie brings the ability to go from a John Lee Hooker boogie to a Chuck Berry tune, and maybe a little bit of 50's slow dance while Bill’s playing and singing anchor the evening, along with the driving harp of Charlie Bowley and Jesse Masone on bass. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • The Greatest Single Sport Show On Earth: The History & the Future of the Wo
  • Wednesday, June 18   |  5:30–7pm
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, Chestertown
  • Contact: Annie Woodall
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email: awoodall@kent.lib.md.us
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • Graham Ramsey, executive director of THE SOCCER SCHOOL, will draw on three decades of experience of active involvement in coaching and educational programming to provide this overview and discussion of the soccer's premiere event, the World Cup. Whether you're a fan, a player, or just interested in learning more about the sport, join us for this informational & interactive seminar
  • Riverfront Concert Series
  • Thursday, June 19   |  6:30pm
  • Location: Custom House Lawn – Water Street
  • Contact: Michael Buckley
  • Phone: 410-810-7156
  • Email: mbuckley3@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.starrcenter.washcoll.edu
  • Free concert with free lemonade and cookies on the riverside with country swing, roots jazz and street blues music from The Bumper Jacksons.
  • Short Attention Span Theatre
  • Friday, June 20   |  8pm
  • This event runs June 20-23rd and following weekend
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre 210 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: info@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • Join us for an engaging evening of 10-minute plays, designed to hold your attention for just. long. enough. The 10th annual Play Fest showcases a range of actors, directors and authors - including original works by local playwrights! Play fest runs last two weekends in June with Friday and Saturday performances at 8pm and Sunday performances at 3pm. Tickets $15, Students $5 with valid ID.
  • Grand Opening Charles Sumner Post#25, G.A.R.
  • Saturday, June 21   |  10am–6pm
  • Location: 206 S. Queen St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Leslie Prince Raimond
  • Phone: 410-778-1149
  • Email: kentcountyartscouncil@verizon.net
  • URL: CharlesSumnerPost.org
  • Built by Black soldiers returning from the Civil War, this building was used as the meeting place for the Union Veterans organization, Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) It has been restored and become a community center/museum/performance venue. This Juneteenth celebration features reenactors of B Company, 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Festival 10 am to 6 pm- Ribbon Cutting 4:00 pm Civil War Encampment History Reenactments Music Games for children Tours of the building- Fish Fry and Crab Cakes
  • Music in the Park - The 100 Voice Choir
  • Saturday, June 21   |  7-8:30pm
  • Location: Fountain Park Chestertown, MD
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  • The 100 Voice Choir sings modern and traditional gospel music, both a capella and with band accompaniment. Sylvia Frasier is founder and director. PLEASE NOTE THIS CONCERT IS AN HOUR EARLIER AND AT A DIFFERENT LOCATION than usual for Music in the Park concerts. This concert is part of the day-long dedication and grand opening of the Chestertown Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) building. Bring something to sit on as seating is limited. Rain location at Emmanuel Episcopal Church across from the Park.

    Future 2014 dates: July 5, 19, August 2, 16, 30
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, June 21   |  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.
  • Summer Solstice Celebration
  • Saturday, June 21   |  6–10pm
  • Location: Wilmer Park
  • Contact: Anna Wolgast
  • Phone: 410-490-7496
  • Email: awolgast@chesterriverassociation.org
  • URL: www.chesterriverassocition.org
  • A summer solstice celebration to benefit the Chester River Association's restoration and advocacy work for the Chester River. Dinner by Magnolia Catering, open bar, music by the Swingin'Swammis. $85/ticket.
  • Summer Solstice Celebration at St. Paul's
  • Saturday, June 21   |  6:45–8:30pm
  • Location: 7579 Sandy Bottom Road, Chestertown
  • Contact: Nanna Baily
  • Phone: 410-778-1540
  • Email: stpaulkent@baybroadband.net
  • URL: www.stpaulkent.org
  • Summer Solstice Celebration at St. Paul’s- free event Come tour the cemetery at St. Paul’s, Kent, one of the oldest churches in the U.S. Learn about notable historical and cultural figures buried here. Find peace in walking our labyrinth. Refreshments will be provided. June 21, 2014 6:45 pm-8:30 pm St. Paul’s, Kent 7579 Sandy Bottom Rd., Chestertown 410-778-1540
  • So Many Ways to Get in the Groove
  • Saturday, June 21   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • The always surprising pianist Joe Holt demonstrates his eclecticism as he plays solo improvisations on the classics, then develops amazing rhythms in an unusual keyboard/percussion duo with percussionist Mike McShane, plays jazz as a duo with bassist Jeff Davis and then as trio with both musicians. This will be an evening of dazzling improvisation, swing, straight ahead jazz, Latin jazz and, of course, surprises. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Art in Bloom
  • Sunday, June 22   |  4–7pm
  • This event runs June 22 – 23
  • Location: RiverArts Studio Gallery
  • Contact: Lani Seikaly
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/
  • Join us for the second annual Art in Bloom Fundraiser to benefit Community Mediation Upper Shore and Chestertown RiverArts. Enjoy fantastic floral arrangements inspired by local artists’ work in the RiverArts Gallery at both the Patron’s Reception on Sunday from 4-7 and the Champagne Celebration and Fashion Show on Monday from 3-5.
  • Literary House Series: Summer Poetry Salons
  • Tuesday, June 24   |  4:30pm
  • Location: The Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse
  • Join us for an afternoon of poetry, local music, tasty food and drink, and good conversation about the literary life. This Salon will feature poet Tarfia Faizullah and the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Fellow. Musical guests will be announced.
  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, June 25   |  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.
  • Short Attention Span Theatre
  • Friday, June 27   |  8pm
  • This event runs June 27 – 29
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org/event/short-attention-span-
  • Join us for an engaging evening of 10-minute plays, designed to hold your attention for just. long. enough. The 10th annual Play Fest showcases a range of actors, directors and authors - including original works by local playwrights! Play fest runs last two weekends in June with Friday and Saturday performances at 8pm and Sunday performances at 3pm. Tickets $15, Students $5 with valid ID.
  • Romeo & Juliet
  • Friday, June 27   |  6pm
  • This event runs June 27 – 28
  • Location: Wilmer Park
  • Contact: Chris Rogers
  • Phone: 410-690-3165
  • Email: info@shoreshakespeare.com
  • URL: www.shoreshakespeare.com
  • Grab a picnic and a blanket or lawn chair, and head down to Wilmer Park for Shore Shakespeare's outdoor production of Shakespeare's classic Romeo & Juliet, directed by Shelagh Grasso. Experience again this timeless tale of the two star-cross'd lovers and their warring families.
  • Free Outdoor Concert: Gary Rue
  • Saturday, June 28   |  7pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • A free outdoor concert on the Mainstay’s back deck. Gary Rue is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from St. Mary’s County. His songs are inspired by everyday things, ordinary people and the American experience, songs with memorable melodies and elements of folk, jazz, bluegrass and Americana. Sponsored by the Kent County Arts Council, People’s Bank, the Rock Hall Business Association and the Mainstay. Bring a comfortable chair. Indoors if it rains or is too hot.
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, June 28   |  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.