Kent County Arts and Entertainment Events - October 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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  • Songs of La Bella Italia with Stacey Mastrain
  • Sunday, October 6   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Soprano Stacey Mastrian and Scott Crowne on piano make a return visit to the Mainstay with 20th and 21st century songs from and about Italy. This will be a journey from satirical to silly to sublime, with skillfully crafted texts by poetic greats such as Dante, de' Medici, Petrarch, and da Vinci. The Washington Post has called Stacey Mastrian "a sweet, shimmering soprano." A Hedgelawn Classical Music Series Concert. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.
  • A Literary House Press Book Launch with Mary Jo Salter
  • Tuesday, October 8   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College, Chestertown MD
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/live/events/3029-lost-originals
  • Join us for a poetry reading and book signing as the LiteraryHouse Press releases a special, limited-edition letterpress chapbook Lost Originals, by Mary Jo Salter. Ms. Salter is the author of seven collections of poetry, all published by Alfred A. Knopf, including the 2013 volume Nothing By Design. She is also a lyricist and playwright, and the author of a childrenís book, The Moon Comes Home. A former poetry editor of The New Republic, she is a co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry.
  • Remembering George Shearing and Peggy Lee for Rock Hall FallFest
  • Saturday, October 12   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Singer/songwriter Beth McDonald and pianist Joe Holt recall the classic, sophisticated vocal and piano jazz that Peggy Lee and George Shearing made in the mid-20th century. Lee had a six decade career as a vocalist and composer. Shearingís nimble, witty jazz piano style had a broad influence on American jazz and popular music. This will be classic jazz, elegant and cool. With Jeff Davis on bass. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.
  • The Daryl Davis Band - A Rock Hall FallFest Concert
  • Friday, October 11   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Searing blues and pounding boogie woogie from Daryl Davis and his band. Daryl Davis is a vocalist, guitarist, composer, and a keyboardist extraordinaire. Born in Chicago, electric blues capital of the world, he received a Bachelors in Music from Howard University and then went to work with artists such as Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis to Percy Sledge. Always a Mainstay favorite, reservations are a must. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.
  • The Death Penalty
  • Wednesday, October 16   |  Noon-2pm
  • Location: Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, Washington College
  • Contact: WC-All
  • Phone: 410-778-7221
  • Email: wc_all@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all/
  • WC-ALL Learn at Lunch Lecture Program. Speaker Jack Lahr Topic: The Death Penalty in America: From Colonial Times to the Present. Reservations required. Members - $15, Non members - $20.
  • The Lenny Marcus Trio: Jazz for Beethoven
  • Friday, October 18   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Lenny Marcus is a pianist with a gift for invention. He also plays flute and sings. He takes some of Beethoven's most famous works, clothing them in clever arrangements and utilizing them as vehicles for personal improvisation while treating them with respect. It works because Beethoven's pieces are so melodic and Marcus's arrangements are intelligent and well-executed. With Rick Eckberg on bass and Larry Scott on drums. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Cliffs Schoolhouse Museum Open House
  • Saturday, October 19   |  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.
  • Kent Chamber Music Concert
  • Saturday, October 19   |  7pm
  • Location: Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Washington College
  • Contact: Faith Souders
  • Phone: 410-810-2805
  • Email: fsouders@atlanticbb.net
  • URL: www.kentchambermusic.com
  • American Double, featuring Philip Ficsor on violin and Constantine Finehouse on piano, performing works by Beethoven, Brahms and Bolcom. Tickets - $15
  • Woody Guthrie: American Troubadour
  • Sunday, October 20   |  4pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • In a free audio and visual program, Jeff Place, Archivist at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and co-creator of the acclaimed, Grammy nominated Smithsonian Folkways publication and CD-box set, 'Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection' will talk about Woody Guthrie and share recordings and photos from the Smithsonian collections. Guthrie's songs including 'This land is Your Land' and writings have influenced generations of activists and folk and rock musicians.
  • Literary House Series Chicano/a & Latino/a Voices
  • Tuesday, October 22   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College, Chestertown MD
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL:
  • An Evening of Nonfiction with Joy Castro the author of the memoir The Truth Book, the essay collection Island of Bones, and the literary thrillers Hell or High Water and Nearer Home. She edited the collection Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family, and her work has appeared in Fourth Genre, North American Review, and The New York Times Magazine.
  • Organ Concert
  • Friday, October 25   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross St. Chestertown.
  • Contact: Laura Kaufmann
  • Phone: 410 778 3477
  • Email: emmanuel778@verizon.net
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  • Organist is Justin Murphy-Mancini who is a candidate for the Master of Music degree in Historical Keyboards at the Oberlin Concervatory of Music in Ohio.
  • 100 Voice Choir Vincent Hynson Scholarship Concert
  • Saturday, October 26   |  3pm
  • Location: Decker Theatre, Washington College
  • Contact: Leslie Prince Raimond
  • Phone: 410-778-1149
  • Email: kentcountyartscouncil@verizon.net
  • URL: kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • The 100 Voice Choir, under the direction of Sylvia Frazier will perform at the 9th Annual Concert to raise funds and friends for the Vincent Hynson Scholarship to Washington College, awarded to a Kent County student. The group was seen recently at the Chestertown Jazz Festival. Tickets are $5 in advance, and $7 at the door.
  • Great Storms of the Chesapeake by Author David Healey
  • Saturday, October 26   |  11am
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Karin Cowperthwait
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email:
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • In the last 400 years, the Chesapeake Bay has weathered its share of legendary hurricanes, gales, fogs and freezes, from the first squall encountered by Captain John Smith in 1608 to the Great Eastern Blizzard of 1899 to tropical Storm Agnes in 1972. On Saturday, October 26, 2013, author David Healey will present a talk chronicling the human stories behind the region's most remarkable weather history. Copies of Mr. Healey's book "Great Storms of the Chesapeake" will be available for purchase. The talk will be followed by a book signing and light refreshments will be provided.
  • David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience
  • Saturday, October 26   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • In tribute to a classic Johnny Cash Show with a full band and June Carter Cash, David Stone highlights the early Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash and June Carter and the Prison Concert era. This is the rich, thought-provoking music that made Cash an icon of American country music conveyed with dignity, authenticity and a fierce energy that is instantly recognizable. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.
  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, October 30   |  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