Kent County Arts and Entertainment Events - May 2015

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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  • Chestertown's 1st Fridays
  • Friday, May 1   |  5-8pm
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
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  • URL: www.kentcounty.com/artsentertainment
  • Meander the red-brick, tree-lined sidewalks of Historic Chestertown, while enjoying extended shop hours and arts and entertainment throughout Downtown. For a list of activities, please check this calendar for specific listings.
  • Garden Puppet Theatre Mini-Museum Exhibit
  • Friday, May 1   |  Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm
  • This event runs May 1 - 31
  • Location: Kent County Visitor Center, 122 N. Cross St. Chestertown
  • Contact: Patsy Hornaday
  • Phone: 410-778-5841
  • Email: tph203@verizon.net
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  • Ongoing exhibit throughout the year. Promoting the arts of puppetry and gardening in Kent County, and the Martha Washington garden at the Visitor Center located in Chestertown, at Cross & Maple Streets.
  • Featured Artist, Sally Clark
  • Friday, May 1   |  5–8pm
  • Location: The Artist Gallery
  • Contact: The Artists Gallery
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • Email: lindahall@atlanticbb.net
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  • Sally clark is one of the five partners at the Artists' gallery. She works primarily in watercolor and mixed media. she also does beautiful painted furniture.
  • Linda Walls Photo Show
  • Friday, May 1   |  10:00 a.m. to 5::00 p.m. daily
  • This event runs through May 31, 2015
  • Location: Heron Point of Chestertown, Maryland
  • Contact: Barbara Finneson
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneson@verizon.net
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  • A beautiful show of recent photographs by Eastern Shore local artist Linda Walls. Not to be missed.
  • KCHS Drama Club Spring Cabaret Fundraiser
  • Friday, May 1   |  5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
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  • Phone: 410-810-2060
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  • KCHS Drama Club Spring Cabaret Fundraiser One Night Only! All Donations Welcome! May 1st – First Friday / 5:30pm
  • Oystering the Chesapeake: Two films and a discussion
  • Friday, May 1   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Two films: "Breathing Life into the Chesapeake: Of Oysters Boats and Men,” by Dave Miller and "Spat! Bringing Back Oysters to the Chesapeake Bay" by Sandy Cannon-Brown will be shown exploring the changing oyster fishery. A discussion follows. Admission is free. Donations will be collected for "The Nancy Carol Fund" to help Capt. Butch Baker and his crew who lost their workboat the Nancy Carol to ice near Love Point in March. Call for reservations.
  • Galena Dogwood Festival
  • Saturday, May 2   |  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Galena, Maryland
  • Contact: Galena Town Office
  • Phone: 410-648-5151
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  • This is our 10th annual festival and it will take place throughout Galena
  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 2   |  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • Open every Saturday free of charge to kids accompanied by their parents, grandparents, or other adult, KidSPOT provides an opportunity for children ages 2-12 to expand creative expression and creative problem-solving — two skills that will benefit them in academic studies as well as in their journey through life.
  • University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble
  • Sunday, May 3   |  4:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Capturing all the energy and excitement of big (BIG!) band jazz, the University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble is a Mainstay favorite. This 20 member group explores a wide variety of music and performs regularly on campus, at schools and jazz festivals. They draw from the repertoire of the Count Basie and Buddy Rich bands and have a fine vocalist. Their guest soloist will be faculty member guitarist, Tony Ventura. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Organ Concert by Ken Cowan
  • Friday, May 8   |  7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Emmanuel Chruch, Chestertown
  • Contact: Parsih Office
  • Phone: 410-778-3477
  • Email: emmanuel778@verivon.net
  • URL: www.emmanuelchesterparish.org/
  • Always popular Ken Cowan returns for his 20th consecutive year to play Emmanuel's Harrison organ. Remarkably he plays all of his music from memory. Tickiets $20 ($5 for students) Reception will follow the concert.
  • Bill Kirchen “Titan of the Telecaster”
  • Friday, May 8   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org/gcaevent/bill-kirchen-titan
  • Tickets $30 general admission / $20 student rate
  • New Line Brass Band
  • Friday, May 8   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Big, bold, brassy New Orleans street parade jazz. The New Line Brass Band combines members of the Dixie Power Trio with one of the region’s finest horn lines. This heady mix of traditional brass band standards, spirituals, zydeco and originals is full of energy with a loose vibe and a funky groove. This is music that is raw, fun and full of energy. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.
  • Chester River Youth Choir Spring Concert
  • Saturday, May 9   |  7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre
  • Contact: Julie Lawrence or Prince Theatre
  • Phone: 410-778-0718
  • Email: Moosicmom@aol.com
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  • Chester River Youth Choir takes us on a musical JOURNEY around the world. CRYC takes center stage following collaborations with both the Chester River Chorale and the National Music Festival.
  • Second Saturday
  • Saturday, May 9   |  6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Location: Crow Vineyard & Winery
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 302-304-0551
  • Email: crowvineyardwines@gmail.com
  • URL: crowvineyard.com/wine-events
  • Join us for Wine, Food, and Music. Admission includes Crow Angus Beef & 2 sides and rolls, ice tea & water and a glass of our featured wine. We will also have local musicians for entertainment. Wine can also be purchased by glass or bottle. Please register online or call us to register. Music provided by local artists. Cost: $25 pp, (wine club) $20pp
  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 9   |  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • Open every Saturday free of charge to kids accompanied by their parents, grandparents, or other adult, KidSPOT provides an opportunity for children ages 2-12 to expand creative expression and creative problem-solving — two skills that will benefit them in academic studies as well as in their journey through life.
  • Enchanted April
  • Friday, May 1   |  8:00 p.m.
  • This event runs through May 2, 2015
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • 3 Weekends $15 / $5 Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. Mrs Arbuthnot and Mrs Wilkins become acquainted after reading a newspaper advertisement for a small medieval Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April. They decide to seek other ladies to help share expenses, they reluctantly take on the waspish, elderly Mrs Fisher and the stunning, Lady Dester.
  • Christine Lavin & Don White: On the Funny Side of the Street: A Night Of Brighter Laughter
  • Thursday, May 14   |  7:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Christine Lavin and Don White are two very smart, very funny singer-songwriters who together create an unforgettable show. Their songs and comedy are side-splittingly funny and yet warm-hearted. After solo sets, they will take the stage together in a free for all displaying the kind of comedic and musical chemistry you get from old friends and seasoned performers who are two of the funniest entertainers anywhere! Admission is $20. Call for reservations.
  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 16   |  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • Open every Saturday free of charge to kids accompanied by their parents, grandparents, or other adult, KidSPOT provides an opportunity for children ages 2-12 to expand creative expression and creative problem-solving — two skills that will benefit them in academic studies as well as in their journey through life.
  • Gourds for Birds
  • Saturday, May 16   |  11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: North County Branch, Kent County Public Library, 111-B1 N. Main Street, Galena, MD
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-648-5380
  • Email:
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • Get Creative and Decorate a Gourd Bird House for Your Yard! All ages are welcome at this family program. Space is limited. Please register.
  • Dick Durham and Stef Scaggiari
  • Saturday, May 16   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Two world class virtuoso pianists on one stage, performing and improvising on standards, swing, ballads, bossa nova and their own originals. Both favorites at The Mainstay, it’s a rare treat when Dick Durham and Stef Scaggiari perform together with their brilliant, stylish take on jazz for two pianos. They will bring a wonderful mix of standards, swing, ballads, bossa nova and their own originals to the Mainstay stage. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.
  • Free Band Concert by the Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble
  • Sunday, May 17   |  4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cross & High Streets, Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2829; 410-810-183
  • Email:
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  • With a theme of "Only in America," the program will highlight the successes of American musical icons Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leroy Anderson, Clare Grundman and others. The community concert band, directed by Dr. Keith Wharton, also will pay musical homage to those willing to take a stand for what they believe and the values they hold dear. The program will feature Jodi Bortz in a piece for solo flute and band, and trumpeters Ray Diedrichs, Joe Diamond and Chris Harrison will be the trumpet trio for "Bugler's Holiday." The program will also include Grundman's Civil War suite, "The Blue and the Gray"; "Fidelity March"; highlights from "The Sound of Music"; "Smokey Mountain Rhapsody"; and "The Third Army March." The program will conclude with the band's salute to America's armed forces.
  • An author visit with WILLIAM PEAK
  • Wednesday, May 20   |  6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD
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  • Phone: 410-778-3636
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  • Author William Peak will talk about his experiences as an author and share readings from his debut novel, "The Oblate's Confession". Published in December 2014, The Oblate's Confession received a starred review in Kirkus and was awarded the Independent Book Publishers Association's 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for"Best New Voice" in the category of fiction. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served. FREE and open to all.
  • Chestertown Tea Party Festival
  • Saturday, May 23   |  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact: Sabine Harvey
  • Phone: 410-810-3890
  • Email: greenbien@hotmail.com
  • URL: www.chestertownteaparty.org/
  • Celebrate the history of Colonial Chestertown with a parade and the re-enactment of tea being thrown into the Chester River. Throughout the day, enjoy walking tours of the historic district; craft vendors and demonstrators; childrens’ games and activities; food; music and performances at the local Revolutionary Theatre.
  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 23   |  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • Open every Saturday free of charge to kids accompanied by their parents, grandparents, or other adult, KidSPOT provides an opportunity for children ages 2-12 to expand creative expression and creative problem-solving — two skills that will benefit them in academic studies as well as in their journey through life.
  • Veronneau Concert and Film: Bossa Nova: The Music that Charmed the World
  • Saturday, May 23   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • French Canadian vocalist Lynn Véronneau has a warm, compelling voice, love of powerful melodies, sophisticated phrasing and heartfelt focus on the story. Her quartet has a sparkling jazz-pop sound with elements of bossa nova, samba, swing and gypsy jazz. As part of the Mainstay’s “Byrd Series: Celebrating Charlie’s 90th”, they will be perform a concert set and show their film “Bossa Nova: The Music That Charmed the World” Call for reservations. Admission is $20.
  • Beer, Wine Tasting and Raft Race
  • Sunday, May 24   |  Noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Wilmer Park
  • Contact: Sabine Harvey
  • Phone: 410-810-3890
  • Email: greenbien@hotmail.com
  • URL: www.chestertownteaparty.org/
  • Enjoy a crazy race of home made rafts while sampling craft beer and local wine. The day would not be complete without music, food and craft vendors.
  • Memorial Day Family Camp
  • Friday, May 22   |  Friday - Monday
  • This event runs May 25, 2015
  • Location: YMCA Camp Tockwogh Worton, MD
  • Contact: Rhonda Poux
  • Phone: 410-348-6000
  • Email: registration@ymcade.org
  • URL:
  • Enjoy camp with your family over Memorial Day weekend on the Chesapeake Bay. Pricing includes cabin, meals and activities. Please see our website for more details.
  • Enchanted April
  • Sunday, May 3   |  3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • 3 Weekends $15 / $5 Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. Mrs Arbuthnot and Mrs Wilkins become acquainted after reading a newspaper advertisement for a small medieval Italian castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be let furnished for the month of April. They decide to seek other ladies to help share expenses, they reluctantly take on the waspish, elderly Mrs Fisher and the stunning, Lady Dester.
  • Nevin Dawson: The Versatile Viola
  • Saturday, May 30   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Chestertown’s Nevin Dawson will be joined by Sammy Marshall on piano, Meredith Davies Hadaway on harp, Tom Anthony on bass and guitar, and Ray Anthony on drums in a concert showcasing the many facets of the viola, Moving seamlessly from classical to Celtic to jazz to rock, Nevin will share how he grew from a third grader playing Twinkle Twinkle into a cross-genre musician. Admission is $15 Call for reservations.
  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 30   |  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High St., Suite 104, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • Open every Saturday free of charge to kids accompanied by their parents, grandparents, or other adult, KidSPOT provides an opportunity for children ages 2-12 to expand creative expression and creative problem-solving — two skills that will benefit them in academic studies as well as in their journey through life.
  • National Music Festival
  • Sunday, May 31
  • This event runs June 13, 2015
  • Location: Washington College
  • Contact: National Music Festival
  • Phone: 410-778-2064
  • Email: info@nationalmusic.us
  • URL: www.nationalmusic.us
  • The National Music Festival at Washington College brings together world-class mentors and gifted apprentice musicians on the cusp of their professional careers. All apprentices receive full scholarships. For two weeks each June, these musicians live and work together, presenting over 35 concerts — ranging from solo recitals to large symphony orchestra performances with chorus — and 200 free open rehearsals for music lovers from all over the world.