Kent County Arts and Entertainment - November 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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  • Barbara Snyder Art Show
  • Saturday, November 1   |  10am-5pm daily
  • This event runs November 1- December 31st
  • Location: Administration Gallery, Heron Point, 501 E. Campus Ave, Chestertown
  • Contact: Barbara Finneson
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneon@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • Barbara Snyder is a local artist who lives in Chestertown and paints the landscape of Kent and Queen Annes County. Her technique done in Pastel and Oils is unique and very beautiful. She captures the essence and vibrance of the area with striking simplicity. Don't miss this show.
  • Lions Club of Chestertown, Halloween Parade
  • Saturday, November 1   |  10am
  • Location: Stating at Dixon Valve, High Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Bob Knapp
  • Phone:
  • Email: rknapper19@verizon.net
  • URL: chestertownlions.org
  • This parade is co-sponsored by the Chestertown Lions Club and Washington College SGA. It is open to any/all who wish to participate. Cash prizes will only be awarded to the following (6) categories: PreSchool, Elementary, Middle, High School/Adult, Groups and Floats. Rain date—Sunday Nov.3rd - 3pm. For weather updates and the most current info. on this event, please reference the Chestertown Lions internet site listed above.
  • Downrigging Concert: Songs of the Sea and Water
  • Saturday, November 1   |  5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Robert Ortiz Studios, 207 So. Cross Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Bob Ortiz
  • Phone: 410-810-1400
  • Email: ortizstudios@verizon.net
  • URL: www.pamortizmusic.com/performances/
  • The Pam Ortiz Band known for their fine musicianship and performance of songs written by Pam Ortiz will present an evening of songs of sailing, water, and ships. The concert will take place at the Robert Ortiz Studio a woodworking shop filled with works in progress, industrial machinery, and eclectic objects.
  • RiverArts 15th Annual Studio Tour
  • Saturday, November 1   |  10am-5pm
  • This event runs November 1-2, 2014
  • Location: Chestertown and surrounding Kent and Queen Anne's Counties
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • This fascinating, free, self-guided journey will lead visitors to discover amazing artwork and meet many of the 57 artists, many of whom are known and recognized throughout the art world. From traditional to avante-guard, you will get to appreciate paintings, pottery, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, metal, glass, wood art and furniture.
  • Free Band Concert: Mysterious Musical Moments
  • Sunday, November 2   |  4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Emmanuel Church, Cross & High Streets, Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2829
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • In keeping with the Halloween season, the Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble will present a program of music with themes of suspense, mysteriousness, and horror. Directed by Dr. Keith Wharton, the ESWE is the all-ages community concert band based in Chestertown. It gives four concerts during its Sept.-May season and welcomes new members at any time, without audition or fee. The next concert will be a holiday concert on Dec. 14. The band is partially supported by the Kent Co. Arts Council.
  • The Mainstay Comes to Downrigging: Banjo Man & Bill with Tom Anthony
  • Sunday, November 2   |  7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Music Life Music Store, 214 High Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • In Chestertown for Downrigging, Mainstay founder Tom McHugh (banjo, blues harmonica and vocals), Bill Matthews (guitar and vocals) and Tom Anthony (bass) will sing “Songs of the River, Songs of the Seas.” Expect a blend of classic old jazz, obscure blues, a sprinkling of folk classics and some of Tom McHugh’s great Chesapeake songs. Call the Mainstay for reservations. Admission is $15. Call the Mainstay for reservations.
  • Live Playwrights' Society
  • Monday, November 3   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre 210 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Lucia Foster
  • 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!
  • The Art of Stewardship Preview Reception
  • Thursday, November 6   |  5–8pm
  • Location: RiverArts Studio Gallery
  • Contact: Diane Landskroener
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • The first annual Art of Stewardship Exhibition is sponsored by Chestertown RiverArts and the Chester River Association in collaboration with Massoni Art and the Art of Stewardship Project. The exhibition, in the RiverArts Galleries, will feature works that express and exemplify the importance of being good stewards of the Earth. Marcy Ramsey, president of the Chester River Association is curator and juror for this show. Judges, Greg Mort, an internationally renowned artist whose Stewardship series of paintings have been exhibited to much acclaim and Rebecca Hoffberger, founder and director of the American Visionary Museum, will present the awards
  • Chestertown's 1st Fridays
  • Friday, November 7   |  5-8pm
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • 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.
  • Blood Brothers: A musical: Book, Music, and Lyrics by Willy Russell
  • Friday, November 7   |  Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun. 2pm
  • This event runs Nov. 7-23, 2014 (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
  • Twins, separated at birth, grow up in vastly different economic circumstances. As if by fate, they meet and become best friendsóuntil they fall in love with the same girl. An international hit, this musical ran for over 10,000 performances in London. With exceptional contemporary music, intelligent lyrics and a compelling story, it is fast becoming an American favorite as well.
    $20 adults, $17 members, $10 students
  • 12@Hotchkiss - Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
  • Friday, November 7   |  12pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts–Washington College
  • Contact: Ken Schweitzer
  • Phone: 410-778-7836
  • Email: kschweitzer2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: concertseries.washcoll.edu
  • 12@Hotchkiss is a noon-hour concert series featuring acclaimed artists from the Mid-Atlantic region. Held on the first Fridays of Sep, Oct, Nov, Feb, & Apr, admission is FREE. Concerts are sponsored by the Department of Music of Washington College. Steel pannist and founder Jonathan Scales’s compositional skill mixes with tasteful, avant-garde improvisations to form a totally unique approach to an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical music.
  • The Art of Stewardship Opening Reception
  • Friday, November 7   |  5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Stephanie Somers
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org
  • The first annual Art of Stewardship Exhibition is sponsored by Chestertown RiverArts and the Chester River Association in collaboration with Massoni Art and the Art of Stewardship Project. The exhibition, in the RiverArts Galleries, will feature works that express and exemplify the importance of being good stewards of the Earth.
  • The Brazilian Jazz All-Stars
  • Friday, November 7   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • The magical samba sounds and bossa nova rhythms of the Jobim songbook and other Brazilian jazz classics. The MainstayBrasil! concert series continues as vocalist Maucha Adnet, who was with Jobim for his last 10 years, and the legendary Brazilian drummer Duduka Da Fonseca, whose recordings have been nominated for a Grammy, join forces with their frequent collaborator, the brilliant Brazilian pianist Helio Alves and Chuck Redd on vibes. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.
  • The Library's Art exhibit featuring the photography of Kate Livie & Matthew
  • Friday, November 7   |  5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Chestertown Branch of the Kent County Public Library
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email:
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • Visit the Library on First Friday and meet the photographers; local residents KATE LIVIE and MATTHEW LANE. The photography exhibit will be shown in the Library for the entire month. light refreshments.
  • Exhibition: Art of Stewardship - Judged Show
  • Friday, November 7   |  Gallery Hours
  • This event runs November 29, 2014
  • Location: RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/events/art-of-steward
  • The exhibition, in the RiverArts Galleries, will feature works that express and exemplify the importance of being good stewards. Juror: Marcy Ramsey Judges: Greg Mort, Rebecca Hoffberger
  • Exhibition: The Five Turners, Woodworking
  • Friday, November 7   |  Gallery Hours
  • This event runs November 22, 2014
  • Location: RiverArts Studio Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/exhibitions/
  • Gene Adcock, Chuck Engstrom, Margaret Lospinuso, Lou Rudinski, and Tim Moore all work largely with wood discarded from unstable trees, road and building projects, and even the occasional firewood pile. Many of their objects are indeed useful as bowls, platters, and the like – but they are all objects of beauty and craftsmanship intended to highlight the natural beauty of the wood and the embellishments of their individual imaginations.
  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, November 8   |  9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High Street, Suite 104, Chestertown
  • 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.
  • Film: No Impact Man part of Earth Stewardship Days
  • Saturday, November 8   |  7:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: wwwchestertownriverarts.org/events/earth-stewardsh
  • Film: No Impact Man Admission: $5 Part of Earth Stewardship Days - visit the RiverArts website for a complete schedule and more info.
  • The Creative Process with Bob Ortiz
  • Tuesday, November 11   |  5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Stephanie Somers
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/classes/creative-live
  • A conversation with award-winning, self-taught furniture maker and woodworker Bob Ortiz about art and craft as process, not as product. In Bob's words: “Whenever I’m asked how long it took me to make a piece I always give two answers, one of them being 'my entire life.' I do believe that my work is a product of all my experiences and the different roads that I have walked." Bob will share some of those fascinating "roads." Members: $20; Non-members: $25
  • A Visit from the Tooth Fairy
  • Wednesday, November 12   |  6:30 p.m.
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email:
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • Do you think it's easy being the Tooth Fairy? We'll find out as we get ready for a special evening of stories, goodies, and more. Open to children of all ages. Please register. For more information please contact the library at 410-778-3636.
  • Red Devil Moon
  • Saturday, November 15   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: pamortizmusic@verizon.net
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • RED DEVIL MOON is an original musical with book by Robert Earl Price and music composed by Pam Ortiz. This performance is a Theatrical Concert showcasing many of the songs written for the production sung by the Gospel Trio Sombarkin and The Pam Ortiz Band. Playwright Robert Earl Price will narrate. The Musical is inspired by the novel CANE by Jean Toomer, written in 1923 and considered the first "modernist" novel.
  • Jim Kweskin with Happy Traum
  • Saturday, November 15   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Folk, country blues and ragtime from two legendary folk musicians. Singer and bandleader, Jim Kweskin (The Jim Kweskin Jug Band) created a core guitar style of the 60s folk revival, adapting ragtime-blues fingerpicking to the complex chords of pop and jazz. Happy Traum is best known for his duo work with his late brother Artie and with the Woodstock Mountain Revue and is the founder of Homespun Tapes. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.
  • Kent Chanber Music Concert
  • Saturday, November 15   |  7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Hotchkiss Hall, Gibson Center for the Arts, Washington College, Chestertown
  • Contact: Pat Diedrichs
  • Phone: 410-810-1834
  • Email: kentchambermusic@yahoo.com
  • URL: www.kentchambermusic.com
  • The Annapolis Chamber Players will be performing a program entitled "Romantic Gems." The ensemble is comprised of Phyllis Crossen-Ruchardson, clarinet, Gail Vehslage, flute, Elizabeth Meszaros Richards, cello, and Hui-Chuan Chen, piano. They will perform the works of Paul Genin, Louis Farrenc and Felix Mendelssohn Barthody.
  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, November 15   |  9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High Street, Suite 104, Chestertown
  • 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.
  • Red Devil Moon
  • Sunday, November 16   |  3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Garfield Center For the Arts at the Prince Theatre
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: pamortizmusic@verizon.net
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • RED DEVIL MOON is an original musical with book by Robert Earl Price and music composed by Pam Ortiz. This performance is a Theatrical Concert showcasing many of the songs written for the production sung by the Gospel Trio Sombarkin and The Pam Ortiz Band. Playwright Robert Earl Price will narrate. The Musical is inspired by the novel CANE by Jean Toomer, written in 1923 and considered the first "modernist" novel.
  • Max's Mainstay All-Stars with Adrian Cunningham
  • Thursday, November 20   |  7:30 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • An evening of stellar improvisational jazz as Max’s Mainstay All-Stars return with a special guest, the gifted multi-instrumentalist (alto and tenor saxophones, clarinet, and flute) Adrian Cunningham, originally from Sydney Australia and now based in New York. He plays regularly in New York, throughout the US and in Europe. All of the Mainstay All-Stars will be on hand including Chuck Redd, Robert Redd, Sue Matthews, Steve Abshire and more. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.
  • Two Spirits Documentary Film
  • Thursday, November 20   |  7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org/event/two-spirits-documenta
  • In Honor of the Transgender Day of Remembrance The Garfield Center for the Arts presents: Two Spirits - Film 7:30 pm* General Admission: $10 Students (with valid ID): $5 Two Spirits tells compelling stories about traditions that were once widespread among the indigenous cultures of North America. The film explores the contemporary lives and history of Native two-spirit people—who combine the traits of both men and women with qualities that are also unique to individuals who express multiple genders. *Film will be preceded by Vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance at 7pm and followed by a discussion.
  • WW II: The Rescue of Europe's Plundered Wealth
  • Saturday, November 22   |  1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Chestertown Branch, Kent County Public Library
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email:
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • The story of the Monuments Men is only part of a much larger story. In 2013, at the urging of a historian, Baltimore resident Susan Fisher Sullam uncovered hundreds of pages of top secret & classified files that had belonged to her late father detailing the final, harrowing months of WW II. As a member of General Eisenhower's staff, Joel Fisher had kept the memos & papers detailing one of the greatest treasure hunts in history.His documents chronicle how Americans located & secured billions of dollars' worth of gold, silver and currency plundered by the Nazis from the treasuries of occupied Europe. It was a story he never shared with his daughter & one that she discovered in her basement 16 years after his death.
  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, November 22   |  9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts KidSPOT, 315 High Street, Suite 104, Chestertown
  • 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.
  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, November 26   |  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.
  • 51st Annual Chestertown Antiques Show and Sale
  • Friday, November 28   |  Fri. 4-7pm, Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-3pm
  • This event runs Nov. 28-30
  • Location: Washington College Lifetime Fitness Center
  • Contact: Marilyn Klompus
  • Phone: 410-810-4743
  • Email: mklompus@gmail.com
  • URL:
  • 40+ quality exhibitors offering furniture, decorative accessories, art, jewelry, folk art, lighting, porcelain and ceramics, ranging from country to modern. Presented by and benefiting the Kent Association of Riding Therapy. Friday 4-7pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-3pm. Washington College Lifetime Fitness Center, Route 213, Chestertown. For more information call 410-810-4743 or email mklompus@gmail.com.
  • Home for the Holidays
  • Friday, November 28   |  Various
  • This event runs November 28-29, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact: Andy Goddard
  • Phone: 443-480-1987
  • Email: andysctown@atlanticbb.net
  • URL:
  • The official lighting of Downtown for the holidays, the arrival of Santa (Friday eve, a parade on Saturday featuring the Kent County Marching Band,and caroling in Fountain Park. Downtown stores have extended hours. throughout the weekend.
  • Country Crafts Guild Fall Arts & Crafts Show
  • Saturday, November 29   |  10am-4pm
  • This event runs November 28 - 29, 2014
  • Location: Rock Hall Fire House, 21500 Rock Hall Ave, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Kathy Redman
  • Phone: 410-778-1432
  • Email: predman@atlanticbb.net
  • URL: countrycraftsguild.com
  • Unique handmade arts & crafts including: fresh green, wreaths, plants, miniatures, house plaques, wood crafts, photography, paintings, American Girl doll clothes, pottery, knitting, crochet, machine embroidery, santas, snowmen, Christmas decorations & ornaments, candy, cheese, honey, soaps, lotions, potpourri, teas, herbs, stuffed animals, bulletin boards, weaving, bead, glass and silver jewelry, quilts, wall hangings, placemats, folk art. etc. Lunch served.
  • Exhibition: Holiday Show & Sale
  • Friday, November 28   |  10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts Studio Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/exhibitions/calls-for
  • RiverArts known for their selection of locally handmade gifts will continue in that tradition. Artists can bring 30 small pieces and 3 large ones. As things sell, artists are encouraged to bring in more items. The artist fee is $10 for those who are not already in the Gift Shop.