Kent County Arts and Entertainment - December 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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  • Live Playwrights' Society
  • Monday, December 1   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at 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!

  • Chestertown's 1st Fridays
  • Friday, December 5   |  5-8pm
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact:
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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. Luminary bags are being decorated by local school children. Kristen Owen will need assistance in placing and collecting bags around town on Friday.
    Santa will stroll around town and visit stores. Kent School students will be caroling. For a list of activities, please check this calendar for specific listings.

  • Winterfest Middle School Band Concert At The Peoples Bank
  • Friday, December 5   |  6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Peoples Bank, Main Branch, High Street and Spring Avenue
  • Contact: Karen Willis
  • Phone: 410-778-3500
  • Email: kwillis@pbkc.com
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  • The Kent County Middle School Band led by Mr. Leon Frison will perform from 6:00 to 7:00. Refreshments will be served.

  • Winterfest Middle School Band Concert At The Peoples Bank
  • Friday, December 5   |  6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Peoples Bank, Main Branch, High Street and Spring Avenue
  • Contact: Karen Willis
  • Phone: 410-778-3500
  • Email: kwillis@pbkc.com
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  • The Kent County Middle School Band led by Mr. Leon Frison will perform from 6:00 to 7:00. Refreshments will be served.

  • A Chester River Holiday
  • Friday, December 5   |  12/5 at 8:00 p.m. 12/6 at 3:00p.m.
  • This event runs Decenber 6, 2014
  • Location: Presbyterian Church of Chestertown
  • Contact: Bentley Orrick
  • Phone: 410-928-5566
  • Email: benorrW@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • No French hens, but there is a French horn in the brass sextet that will back the Chester River Chorale as it sings in the winter holidays on Friday evening December 5 and Saturday afternoon December 6 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown. An organ and percussion ensemble and guest artists Cantor Gary Schiff and the Chester River Youth Choir will join the program. Suggested donation is $15 with children free. Visit www.chesterriverchorale.org for more information, or call 410 928 5566.

  • Eastern Shore Home Companion - Revisited
  • Friday, December 5   |  7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • $15 / $5

  • A Night in Bethlehem
  • Friday, December 5   |  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: First United Methodist Church
  • Contact: Tonya McClain
  • Phone: 410-778-2977
  • Email: fumcchestertown@verizon.net
  • URL: www.1st-umc.org
  • Join us for A Night in Bethlehem, a hands-on Holy Land Experience, where you will experience Bethlehem as it was when Jesus was born. Experience the market place with crafts and food and meet Mary and Joseph at the live nativity. For all ages.

  • Colonial Chestertown's Holiday House Tour
  • Saturday, December 6   |  Noon-3pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Deeann Jones
  • Phone: 410-810-3990
  • Email: jonesy222@verizon.net
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  • Step back in time for the day and come to beautiful and historic Chestertown to experience the holiday season in true colonial style. On this self-paced tour, docents will guide you through several of Chestertown's most historic and significant buildings decorated in their holiday best. Tickets are available online or order by mail. Send a check and ticket request information to : 2013 Holiday House Tour, P.O. Box 771, Chestertown, MD. 21620.

  • 31st Festival of Trees
  • Saturday, December 6   |  10am–8pm
  • This event runs December 06 – 07
  • Location: The Weinberg Building at The Kent Center
  • Contact: Annie Stewart
  • Phone: 410-474-9680
  • Email: tippytow@hotmail.com
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  • The members of Soroptimist International of Kent County, MD, are pleased to bring back to the community the Festival of Trees. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree. Santa will be there--so bring your camera. Free admission and handicapped accessible free parking. Contact Annie Stewart at 410-474-9680 or tippytow@hotmail.com if your organization would like to display a tree. Sunday Hours 10am–3pm

  • Matuto
  • Saturday, December 6   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • MainstayBrasil! continues with the joyful music of Matuto who merge the folk sounds and rhythms of Brazil with the sounds of traditional American folk from bluegrass to spirituals to swampy Louisiana jams. With an honest love for roots and world music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation, the band creates a unique and inspired Appalachian-Brazilian sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.

  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, December 6   |  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.

  • Eastern Shore Home Companion - Revisited
  • Sunday, December 7   |  4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • $15 / $5

  • The Creative Life with Connie Godwin & Margie Elsberg
  • Tuesday, December 9   |  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
  • Margie Elsberg and Connie Godwin both started their careers in journalism right out of college as “copy boys" then worked as newspaper reporters in Washington, D.C. Connie continued her newspaper career, becoming an editor in Anchorage, Alaska, later returning to Washington for a 20-year stint as Press Secretary to Alaska’s late senior Senator Ted Stevens. Margie remained in Washington, becoming a newspaper City Editor and later a TV news producer and assignment manager. In the past decade they have team-taught a WC-ALL course called “How the News is Made” which evolved over six classes from newspapers, once only black-and-white print, to digital on screens as small as iPads and cell-phones. Margie now works as a media consultant and volunteers in local programs. Connie also volunteers locally. Members: $20; Non-members: $25

  • Sue Matthews and Camilo Carrara: A Work in Progress
  • Friday, December 12   |  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 Kent County vocalist Sue Matthews and the National Music Festival’s favorite guitarist, Camilo Carrara are working on a recording together. They will preview the music they plan to record. This benefit concert, “A Work in Progress,” benefits both the National Music Festival and the Mainstay. Expect classics from the Great American Songbook, intimate love songs well-suited to guitar and voice and ballads with a Brazilian touch. Admission is $25. Call for reservations.

  • Chestertown Blues Series Shawn Holt & The Teardrops
  • Friday, December 12   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email:
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org/event/shawn-holt-the-teardr
  • Tickets $25 / $20 Please visit the above website for more info on the band

  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, December 13   |  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.

  • Free Holiday Band Concert by the Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble
  • Sunday, December 14   |  4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Emmanuel Church, Cross & High Streets, Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2829
  • Email:
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  • The Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble will present a program of Christmas and Hanukkah music. The band invites the audience to join them for post-concert refreshments. 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 on March 15, 2015. The band is partially supported by the Kent Co. Arts Council.

  • Harp and Soul: Songs for the Season
  • Sunday, December 14   |  4:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • The Mainstay celebrates “Songs for the Season” as Harp and Soul present the lovely and lively traditional songs, dance tunes & carols from the British Isles, Celtic lands & beyond. Meredith Hadaway (Celtic harp & concertina), Ben Bennington (guitar & vocals), Rebekah Hardy (oboe), Bob Ortiz (percussion), and Nevin Dawson (viola) will be joined by soprano Meghan Cooney Ferster and singer/songwriter Pam Ortiz for an afternoon of holiday cheer. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.

  • Messiah Sing-In
  • Thursday, December 18   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre
  • Contact: Bentley Orrick
  • Phone: 410-928-5566
  • Email: benorr@verizon.net
  • URL: chesterriverchorale.org
  • Hallelujah! Join members of the Chester River Chorale and professional musicians at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre at 8 p.m. Thursday, December 18, to benefit the Kent County Food Pantry. Sing along or just listen at the annual event sponsored by Garfield and the Chorale. A $20 donation lets you join in this holiday treat.

  • Children's Creativity Center
  • Saturday, December 20   |  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.