Deeply in debt, the French artist Jean-Francois Millet fakes his death and returns as his twin sister to sell the now valuable paintings. With cross-dressing, mistaken identities and romantic complications, this zany farce also takes on ever timely issues of greed and celebrity. Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm Tickets: $18 adults, $15 members, $10 students.
Garden Puppet Theatre Mini-Museum Exhibit
Tuesday, April 1
This event runs April 1-30
Location: Kent County Visitor Center, 122 N. Cross St. Chestertown
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.
The Future of History: Colonial Williamsburg's Lisa Fischer
Tuesday, April 1
Location: Litrenta Lecture Hall – Washington College
Lisa Fischer is head of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Digital History Center (DHC). Part of the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, the DHC engages in the application of innovative technologies to study Virginia’s eighteenth-century capital and supports digital initiatives within the Foundation’s Research Division. The Digital History Center (DHC), located in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, directs digital initiatives for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Research Division. Founded in 2002, the DHC uses innovative technologies to engage the public in the continuing conversation about the American Revolution, citizenship, and democracy. DHC staff employ technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Virtual Reality, and XML, to create digital resources for studying and analyzing 18th-century America, with a focus on Williamsburg.
Kent County Schools Clothesline Art Show
Tuesday, April 1
| 10am-5pm daily
This event runs April 1-April 30th
Location: Heron Point of Chestertown, 501 E Campus Ave, Chestertown
A four day series of programs from Thursday, April 3 to Sunday April 6 will be held in Chestertown. The venues include Washington College, Carla Massoni Gallery and the Garfield Center. Titled Sensing Change the programs explore the interaction of Creativity, Science and Art. Presentations include: a lecture by a renowned art professor from New York University; an art exhibit at Carla Massoni Gallery, a ground-breaking film; a moderated dialogue among scientists and artists and the audience; and a premier performance of an original musical composition.
Thursday, April 3
Location: Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, Washington College
Baratunde Thurston is a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future. He co-founded the black political blog Jack and Jill Politics and served as Director of Digital for The Onion. He has written for Vanity Fair and the UK Independent, hosted Popular Science's 'Future Of' on Discovery Science, and appears on cable news regularly to say smart things in funny ways. Then-candidate Barack Obama called him 'someone I need to know.' This event is co-sponsored by the Black Studies Program, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Sophie Kerr Committee.
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.
Open House / First Friday
Friday, April 4
| 5:00 - 8:00pm
Location: Chester River Packet, Chestertown Marina
Art Exhibit featuring the work of John Ruppert first Distinguished Visitor of Washington College's SANDBOX Initiative; Greg Mort, founder The Art of Stewardship project; Zaria Forman, Lisa Lebofsky, filmmaker Drew Denny, Ice to Island Project; Grace Mitchell; Heidi Fowler; Deborah Weiss; Leigh Wen.
A special spring concert featuring sacred and secular music steeped in Americaís musical soul. Special guest artists include Karen Somerville with the gospel trio Sombarkin, and the Pam Ortiz band. Several new arrangements of their music have been commissioned specifically for this collaborative performance.
The Art of the Photograph
Friday, April 4
This event runs April 4-25
Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street Suite 106, Chestertown
Clay Shoot–all proceeds go to the Timothy Kern Memorial Fund. 10am Registration. Noon Start. Hopkins Farm and Outdoor Entertainment, Turner's Creek Road, Kennedyville, Maryland
Following the tournament, everyone is welcome to participate in the post-event party. Beer and wings will be provided free of charge to all tournament participants. $45 per shooter and a $10 donation is required at the door of post-event party for individuals that do not participate in the shoot. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Enjoy a day of popcorn, refreshments, face painting, balloon making, moon bounce and a walk down memory lane to yesterday and the days of Tolchester Amusement Park. Tour the museum, visit with friend and make new memories.
Enjoy an afternoon of Easter egg hunts, egg decorating, pony rides, crafts and more! Special guest – THE EASTER BUNNY! All games and pictures with the Easter Bunny are included in the total cost – $7 ($9 if registered late). Age 12 and under. Registration begins March 1st each year.
Afternoon Delight & Fashion Show with Silent Auction
Saturday, April 5
Location: Chester River Yacht & Country Club 7738 Quaker Neck Rd Chestertown
Join us for our inaugural cruise down the Chester River! Boarding begins at 11:30am. We will sail at 12:30pm, returning to dock at 3:30pm. $35/person (includes brunch buffet & complimentary Bloody Mary!)
Live Playwrights' Society
Monday, April 7
Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre 210 High Street, Chester
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!
An Evening of Poetry with Meg Kearney
Tuesday, April 8
Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College, Chestertown MD
Literary House Series Writing for (and about) Young Adults.
Meg Kearney is the author of two books of poetry for adults, An Unkindness of Ravens and Home By Now, winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award, as well as two novels in verse for teens.
Richard Rosenberg, Artistic Director and Conductor of the National Music Festival is one of a handful of American conductors whose experience ranges from contemporary music to historical performance practice. He will speak on The National Music Festival. Reservations required. Members - $15, Non members - $20.
Come out to our grill night and enjoy fresh grilled items cooked to perfection by the Grill Meister, Gunner Roe. We will also have very talented Tim Carrol performing for us as we dine. Crow Vineyard Wines can be bought by the glass or bottle. Cost: $20 single or $15 wine club member
Friday, April 11
Location: Bookplate, 112 S. Cross St., Chestertown
Choose your favorite poem and join us at the Book Plate to present it to the gathered poetry lovers. Whether it is Longfellow or e.e. cummings; Nikki Giovanni or Milton; sung, rapped, recited or just read, we look forward to your participation. Drop into the Book Plate to sign up for your preferred time, email us with a time request, or just drop in ready to read. Brought to you by Tom Martin at the Book Plate, Leslie Raimond at Kent County Arts Council, and Charles Sumner Post #25, Grand Army of the Republic, and Robert Earl Price and his poetry aloud class at Washington College
Lonnie Shields with the Obsoleets
Saturday, April 12
Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
Lonnie Shields is an electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter whose rousing version of the blues is deeply rooted in gospel, soul, R&B and the sound of his Delta roots. He’ll be joined by the Obsoleets playing some of their own acoustic American roots, blues and gospel and then joining Lonnie as his band for the electrifying down-home blues that have earned him the title “Keeper of the Blues.” Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
The National Music Festival at Washington College invites you to Savor Your Senses, featuring Elaine Kwon. An evening of music and wine tasting with savories, to benefit the NMF Apprentice Scholarship Program. $75. Coat & tie requested.
Kent School's annual auction is open to the general public. This year we will be celebrating 45 years of Kent School with a Red White Ball including a live and silent auction, dinner, and music. Donations for inclusion in the live and/or silent auction are appreciated.
Shoot for the Stars - Casino Night!
Saturday, April 12
Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre 210 High St, Chestertown
"Shoot for the Stars" Casino Night to benefit Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation (formerly Chester River Manor). Sumptuous hors d'oeuvres throughout the evening, $25,000 in chips, cash bar, live entertainment! Blackjack, poker, roulette and craps tables. Sponsorships welcome!
A dedicated childrens 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.
Literary House Series: Poet Shara Lessley, 2014 Mary Wood Fellow
A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, Shara Lessley is the author of Two-Headed Nightingale. Her awards include an Artist Fellowship from the State of North Carolina and the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.
Red Cross Volunteer Recognition: Free Movie Screening
For all volunteers and general public, We would like to say a big thank you at the start of National Volunteer week. We would like to take you to the movies. With our "movie star" themed month, we will be providing you with free movie nights throughout the Delmarva Region by screening "In Love & War".The movie is rated PG-13.
Pysanka, Ukrainian Easter Eggs
Tuesday, April 15
Location: Main Meeting Room, KC Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD
Pysanka, a make-and-take program for teens & adults. Pysanka is a Ukrainian batik technique using wax to decorate eggs. Put your creative powers to work and take home a fantastically decorated egg of your own design! Space is limited and registration is required! Call 410-778-3636 to reserve your space today.
American Educator and Historian Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director, Smithsonia
American educator and historian, Lonnie Bunch is a former director of the Chicago Historical Society and, currently, the founding director of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. He's responsible for defining the new museum’s mission, developing exhibitions and public programs, and coordinating the museum’s fundraising and budget development. As author, Bunch has written on topics ranging from the black military experience, the American presidency and all-black towns in the American west to diversity in museum management and the impact of funding and politics on American museums.
Healthy Aging Symposium
Tuesday, April 15
Location: Kent County Middle School, 402 E Campus Ave, Chestertown
An annual event featuring speakers on health care, aging in place, and financial and legal well-being. The keynote presentation will be given by Dr. Walter Ettinger, Chief Medical Officer, University of Maryland Medical System.
Earthen Pyramids of the Southeastern United States
A presentation by Dr. Julie Markin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Washington College. For 3000 years, American Indian groups across the Southeast built earthen mounds to mark territory, bury their dead, and communicate social status. Dr. Markin's talk explores how an emerging nobility constructed earthen pyramids and created new symbols to legitimize their control of power and resources during the period AD 800-1000. Free. Light refreshments.
University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble
Thursday, April 17
Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
A free concert with this outstanding collegiate big band, a group of 18 to 20 excellent musicians who capture all the energy and excitement of big band jazz with saxophone, trombone, trumpet and rhythm sections as well as solo vocalists. They will feature a number of big band favorites, standards from the Great American Songbook and some swinging surprises. Their featured guest is Todd Groves on saxophone. Free. Donation requested. Call for reservations.
Recipes for Change: Our Food, Our Future - Growing Power's Will Allen
Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power, Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. At Growing Power and in community food projects across the nation and around the world, Will promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Will trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces. In 2008, Will was named a John D. and Katherine T. McArthur Foundation Fellow and was awarded a prestigious foundation “genius grant” for his work.
Will Allen, former professional basketball player and now founder of Growing Power, will be in Chestertown on April 17! There will be a community gathering with free food, music, and kids' activities to celebrate good community and good food.
Celebrate our Earth & learn how to care for her. Over 30 vendors offering tips on everything from energy efficiency to natural lawn care. Live music, food. Don't miss the Mutt Strut antics on the Courthouse lawn.
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.
PUBLIC EVENT Boarding begins at 12-noon. We will sail at 12:30pm, returning to dock at 3:30pm. $35/person (includes full brunch buffet & 3-hr cruise) **All cruises are subject to change due to weather and private chartered events**
Help clean Betterton Beach in preparation for the up-coming summer season. There will be food and beverages provided for participants following the clean-up. Free t-shirt to volunteers registered by April 18th. Registration March 1st each year. Rain Date April 27, 2014
Children can be Plein Air artists, too! Youth Plein Air, held Saturday, April 26 from 12-2pm in Chestertowns Fountain Park, is an outdoors painting event for children 9-12 and teens 13-17. Canvas, paints, brushes and easels will be provided for artists use.
Draw for Sight Bicycle Poker Run Ride
Sunday, April 27
Location: Betterton Vol. Fire Department, 2 Howell Point Rd, Betterton
What is a bicycle poker run? Cyclists ride on a marked route throughout Kent County Maryland, drawing a playing card at each of five drawing stations. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the 36.8 or 60 mile ride. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top ten poker hands.
Ride starts at 8:30am. Card draw stations close at 12pm. All score cards are to be returned by 1pm. The ride starts and ends at Betterton Volunteer Fire Company, Betterton, Maryland.
$20/rider until March 31
$25/rider until April 26
$30/rider day of ride
Visit website for registration form, rules and up-to-date information.
Register online at www.active.com
Spend an afternoon sampling signature dishes from Chestertown & Kent County's finest restaurants and caterers. Featured dishes range from nouvelle gourmet to regional classics such as Maryland Crab Soup. Award- winning local beer and wine available as well. Diners will want to come early to view the Paint the Town artwork exhibited in Fountain Park. Sponsored by the Downtown Chestertown Association.
Wednesday, April 30
Location: Bookplate, 112 S. Cross St, Chestertown, MD
Meredith Davies Hadaway, Erin Murphy and Anne Agnes Colwell are the Word Girls who will be at Bookplate to entertain, enlighten and delight us with their poetry. Come out and enjoy the poetry and refreshments!
Open Mic Night
Wednesday, April 30
Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre 210 High St, Chestertown
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 email@example.com.