Kent County Arts and Entertainment Events - May 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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  • Timeless Rhythms : Sensing Change
  • Friday, May 2   |  5–7:30pm
  • Location: 203 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Carla Massoni
  • Phone: 410-778-7330
  • Email: info@massoniart.com
  • URL: www.massoniart.com
  • Join us for the final days of our "climate change" exhibition.
  • Blake Thompson: A Blues Journey
  • Saturday, May 3   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org/
  • Blake Thompson ’s high energy band takes you on a journey from the roots of the blues in the rural South and the music of blues legends like Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson through its various incarnations in Chicago and St. Louis to the blues rock of giants like Stevie Ray Vaughan. This will be a terrific evening of the blues in all of its foot-stomping, hard-driving variety. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 3   |  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.
  • Ann Hennessy Live Poets' Society Poetry Reading
  • Sunday, May 4   |  4pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org/
  • The late Ann Hennessy, a Rock Hall writer and activist started this annual free poetry reading at the Mainstay. In Ann’s memory, we ontinue to celebrate the wealth of talent we find among our local writers and (a week late) National Poetry Month. The readers include local poets and the winners of the Ann Hennessy Live Poets’ Society Poetry Contest for middle school students in Kent County. Refreshments will be available. Admission is Free.
  • Live Playwrights' Society
  • Monday, May 5   |  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!
  • Max's Mainstay All-Stars with Geoff Gallante
  • Thursday, May 8   |  7:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org/
  • Max’s Mainstay All-Stars return with special guest trumpet prodigy Geoff Gallante. Gallante has been to the Mainstay before but now at 13, he’s ready to take on the All-Stars - unrehearsed improvisation at its best. Gallante has appearances on the Tonight Show and the Today Show to his credit, has performed at the Kennedy Center and even the White House - the youngest instrumentalist ever accorded that honor. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 10   |  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.
  • Honors Piano Trio
  • Sunday, May 11   |  4pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org/
  • A delightful afternoon of classical music from a talented trio of musicians from the Temple University Music Prep’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Daniel Kim (violin), age 15, Isaiah Kim (cello) age 12 and Stephen Li (piano) age 16 will play the Arensky Piano Trio as well as individual and duo recital pieces from Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Wieniawski as part of our Hedgelawn Classical Music Series. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Kent Chamber Music Concert
  • Sunday, May 11   |  3pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts–Washington College
  • Contact: Pat Diedrichs
  • Phone: 410-810-1834
  • Email: fsouders@atlanticbb.net
  • URL: www.kentchambermusic.com
  • The Pyxis Piano Quartet, featuring Hiroko Yamazaki, piano; Amy Leonard, viola; Meredith Amado, violin; Jie Jin, cello, will be performing works by Lutoslawski, Beethoven and Chausson. Ticket are $15 and may be purchased at the door the day of the concert.
  • Spring Sing by Chester River Yoith Choir
  • Friday, May 16   |  7pm
  • Location: Prince Theatre
  • Contact: Julie Lawrence
  • Phone:
  • Email: Youthchoir@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL:
  • Join us for Chester River Youth Choirs inaugural concert! FREE......($5 suggested donation)
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 17   |  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.
  • Ken & Brad Kolodner
  • Saturday, May 17   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org/
  • Tight, sophisticated arrangements of original and traditional old-time music from Ken Kolodner, one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and old-time fiddlers in the US and his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. They expand the boundaries of the Appalachian tradition, with their driving, melodic interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs for hammered dulcimer, banjo, fiddles and vocals. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble - Band Concert
  • Sunday, May 18   |  4pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross St. Chestertown.
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2829
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • This free-admission program, about one hour in duration, will appeal to listeners of all ages. The ESWE is an all-ages community concert band based in Chestertown and is directed by Dr. Keith Wharton. New members are welcome to join at any time, without audition or fee.
  • Music of Early Maryland
  • Wednesday, May 21   |  5:30pm
  • Location: The Lounge at JR's Past Time Pub
  • Contact: Juanita Wieczoreck
  • Phone: 410-810-2799
  • Email: programming@chestertownteaparty.org
  • URL: chestertownteaparty.org
  • National experts, David and Ginger Hildebrand will appear in period costume and, using a variety of musical instruments of the time, perform examples of music heard in early Maryland. Their presentation explores the influences of social class, gender, and heritage. Types of music range from instrumental dance music to ballads and patriotic songs to military marches. It is free to the public. Space is limited; reservations are recommended.
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama PJ Party!
  • Wednesday, May 21   |  6pm
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, Chestertown
  • Contact: Natalie Lane
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email: nlane@kent.lib.md.us
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org/
  • Wear your PJ's and bring your best stuffed animal friend to the Library for stories and more!
  • The Chestertown Tea Party Fetival
  • Friday, May 23   |  5:30-10pm on May 23rd
  • This event runs May 23, 24, 25, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone:
  • Email: info@chestertownteaparty.org
  • URL: www.chestertownteaparty.org
  • 8am-6pm, May 24; 9:30am-6pm, May 25
    A parade down Main Street USA, demonstrations of colonial life, historic reenactments, 5K & 10K distance runs, arts & crafts vendors, local musicians & food, and a wild & creative raft race are among the reasons this event is one of the great traditions on the Eastern Shore. No admission for the festival; some events require tickets.
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 24   |  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.
  • Karen Somerville
  • Saturday, May 24   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • “The Many Faces of Karen Somerville” are on display as she sings jazz, the blues, R&B, and gospel all with the passion and grace for which she is known. With Stef Scaggiari on piano, Tom Anthony on bass, Ray Anthony on drums and Karen’s special guest Seth Kibel, on woodwinds. She’ll also be joined by Lester Barrett, Jr. and Jerome McKinney who along with Karen form the trio Sombarkin. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.
  • Literary House Series: Summer Poetry Salons
  • Tuesday, May 27   |  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 poets Carrie Jerrell and Will Schutt. Musical guests will be announced.
  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, May 28   |  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.
  • How I Learned to Drive
  • Friday, May 30   |  8pm
  • This event runs May 30 – 31
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • 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.
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 31   |  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.
  • Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass
  • Saturday, May 31   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned traditional bluegrass. Their instrumentation, lead vocals and vocal harmonies convey the energy and emotion of classic bluegrass and country music. Danny’s lead vocals have earned him an IBMA nomination as Male Vocalist of the Year. With his son Ryan on mandolin, Mark Delaney on banjo; Doug Meek on fiddle and Eric Troutman on bass and vocals. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.