Kent County Arts and Entertainment - November 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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  • RiverArts Woodworking Show
  • Friday, November 1   |  5 -8pm
  • Location: Chestertown RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown.
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email:
  • URL: chestertownriverarts.org
  • Finely detailed carvings, gorgeous turned vessels, imaginative
    sculpture and assemblages, and beautifully crafted furniture. Show demonstrates how a block of wood can be transformed into beautiful works of art.

  • Ghost Walks of Historic Chestertown
  • Friday, November 1   |  call for reservations
  • This event runs November 1 and 2
  • Location: Start at 301 High Street Bordley History Center
  • Contact: Karen Emerson
  • Phone: 410-778-3499
  • Email: director@kentcountyhistory.org
  • URL: www.kentcountyhistory.org
  • Tales of hauntings, folklore, murder and mayhem reveal the darker side of Eastern Shore history, costumed guides lead ticket holders through the streets by lantern light. Ghost walks leave every fifteen minutes from White Swan Tavern, end with a tour of a historic haunted house and visit with ghost hunters. Reservations recommended. $12 adults, $5 children under twelve. Tours run every fifteen minutes.

  • The Living River and Studio Tour Show
  • Friday, November 1   |  Fri. 5-8pm
  • Location: 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown, MD, 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • In the main gallery is Living River where artists look at the river as more than just a pretty view. This event is intended to raise awareness of a profound beauty that underlies our lives here and is symbolized by the River as a living body. In the Studio Gallery are works by artists on the Studio Tour (Nov 2-3)

  • Photos of Lindsay and David Batcheller
  • Friday, November 1   |  10am-5pm daily
  • This event runs November 1 to December 31, 2013
  • Location: Heron Point, 501 E. Campus Ave. Chestertown
  • Contact: Barbara Finneson
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneson@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • This husband and wife show of photographs has a wide variety of subject matter and it includes David's boat and water pictures and Lindsay's flower and wildlife subjects.

  • Up the Lazy River Art Show
  • Friday, November 1
  • Location: Chestertown RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown.
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • Free self-guided tour of some 50 art studios, featuring artists of note working in many different media from fiber to paint to jewelry, clay, metal, glass, and wood. Tour includes studios in Chestertown, Rock Hall, Galena, Betterton, Arts at Still Pond
    Station in Worton and Church Hill.

  • Featuring Artist : Linda Hall
  • Friday, November 1   |  Reception 5-8pm 1st Fri. Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 12:30-4:3
  • This event runs Nov. 1 to 26
  • Location: The Artists’ Gallery, 239 High St. Chestertown.
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • Email: theartistsgalleryctown.com
  • URL:
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  • Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble - Band Concert
  • Sunday, November 3   |  4pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross St. Chestertown.
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2829 or 410-810-1
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • This free-admission program, with its lighthearted theme of "Musical Mischief," will appeal to listeners of all ages. The ESWE is an all-ages community concert band based in Chestertown and is directed by Dr. Keith Wharton. New members are welcome to join at any time, without audition or fee.

  • The Mainstay comes to Downrigging: The Van Williamson Trio
  • Sunday, November 3   |  7pm
  • Location: Music Life, 214 High Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Deep Rivers, Blue Skies, Stormy Weather, and Summer Winds as The Mainstay comes to Chestertown for Downrigging with a concert with the Van Williamson Trio. Van Williamson on guitar with Felix Contreras on percussion and Tom Anthony on bass play classic jazz compositions relating to nautical and environmental themes for Downrigging Weekend. Call the Mainstay for reservations. Admission is $15

  • Literary House Series Chicano/a & Latino/a Voices
  • Tuesday, November 5   |  5:30pm
  • 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/3031-an-evening-of-po
  • Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Ploughshares, and Poetry. He has served as the Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. Slow Lightning, his first book, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Heís the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry.

  • Over the River and Through the Woods
  • Friday, November 8   |   Fri. and Saturdays, 8pm, Sun. 2pm
  • Location: Church Hill Theatre
  • Contact: Church Hill Theatre
  • Phone: 410-758-1331
  • Email: office@churchhilltheatre.org
  • URL: www.churchhilltheatre.org
  • Over the River and Through the woods, is a family friendly comedy by Joe DiPietro.

  • The Dick Durham Trio
  • Saturday, November 9   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • The spectacular jazz pianist Dick Durham, with Max Murray on bass and Frank Russo on drums. A brilliant pianist, arranger and composer, Dick Durhams concerts are always magical, filled with surprises, his upbeat, offbeat humor and his one-of-a-kind, dazzling work at the piano. He will have new arrangements and a new CD he recorded at last year's Mainstay concert. You won't want to miss this one! Call for reservations. Admission is $20.

  • The Jazz Ambassadors of the US Army Field Band
  • Monday, November 11   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Washington College Decker Theater
  • Contact: Ken Schweitzer
  • Phone: 410-778-7836
  • Email: kschweitzer2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: concertseries.washcoll.edu
  • The Jazz Ambassadors (19-piece Big Band) will be offering a FREE Veteran's Day concert in Washington College's Gibson Arts Center (Decker Theater) as part of the Washington College Concert Series. One of the finest big bands in the world today, the Jazz Ambassadors of Washington, DC, tours thousands of miles each year to promote patriotism and good will for the U.S. Army through free public concerts.

  • Sophie Kerr Lecture Series 'X-Squared + Y-Squared = I Could Care Less'
  • Monday, November 11   |  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/3405-xsquared--ysquar
  • David Laurence has been on the MLA staff since 1986 and has been Director of ADE since 1989, when he also had the title of Director of English Programs. His chief responsibilities at the MLA include overseeing the Job Information List, including the annual analysis of positions advertised in the JIL; directing the MLA's periodic surveys of PhD placement, departmental staffing, and other MLA data collection and analysis; and preparing reports on data from the NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates and U. S. government data on degree completions.

  • Literary House Series Chicano/a & Latino/a Voices
  • Tuesday, November 12   |  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/
  • Faculty Tea & Talk with Professor Crystal Kurzen. Professor Kurzen currently holds a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in the Department of English at Washington College where she is at work on her manuscript, Literary Nepantla: Genre and Method in Contemporary Chicano/a Life Narratives. Her project focuses on how contemporary Chicano/a writers revise and expand the formal conventions most often associated with the genre of autobiography in order to represent themselves and their communities on their own terms.

  • The Mystery of American Slavery
  • Friday, November 15   |  5:30pm
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Jackie Adams
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email: kcowperthwait@kent.lib.md.us
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • Author Henry Wiencek,the inaugural Patrick Henry Writing Fellow at Washington College and winner of multiple book awards including the National Book Critics' Circle Award in Biography, will be returning to Kent County to speak at the Chestertown Branch. Beginning at 5:30, the general public is invited to meet the author during a catered reception and book signing. A limited number of Mr Wiencek's latest book, "Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves" as well as "An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America", will be available for purchase. At 6:30, Mr Wiencek will present a talk on The Mystery of American Slavery. Due to limited seating, tickets are required to attend this talk and are available free of charge at all KCPL locations. To pick up your ticket, please stop by any KCPL branch.

  • The Book of Liz
  • Friday, November 15   |  3pm
  • This event runs Nov. 15-23rd 2 weekends
  • Location: The Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • Written by Davis Sedaris and Amy Sedaris, "The Book of Liz is directed by Mark Sullivan. It is showing for two weekends. Tickets are $15 general admission and $5 for students with ID.
    Nov.16 - 8pm, Nov.17 - 3pm, Nov.22- 8pm, Nov.23- 8pm

  • Chesapeake Scenes with Captain Andy McCown
  • Friday, November 15   |  6-7:30pm
  • Location: RiverArts, 315 High St. Suite 106
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • Through spoken word, songs, and poetry, Chesapeake Scenes pays tribute to the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, and the people who live and work here. Cpt Andy McCown relates stories through the spoken word,; Tom McHugh shares songs and poetry,; Bill Matthews and Tom Anthony set the mood with guitar, bass, and vocals. $10; cash bar and light refreshments provided.

  • The Art of the Song
  • Friday, November 15   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Three exquisite vocalists, Sharón Clark, Sue Matthews and Lena Seikaly, in town for a daytime Mainstay-sponsored vocal workshop at Kent Count High School, weave their vocal magic for the Mainstay audience in the evening. This will be a stunning evening of classic songs, brilliantly interpreted with an all-star band: Chuck Redd on vibes and drums, Robert Redd on piano, Max Murray on bass and Marshall Keys on alto sax. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.

  • Fall Film Festival- "3:10 to Yuma" (1957)
  • Friday, November 15   |  2pm
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD
  • Contact: Nancy Hartman
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email: nhartman@kent.lib.md.us
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • Drama/Thriller/Western 92 mins. After outlaw leader Ben Wade is captured in a small town, his gang continues to threaten. Small time rancher Dan Evans is persuaded to take Wade in secret to the nearest town with a railway... Stars: Glen Ford, Van Heflin Free and Popcorn, too!

  • Kent Chamber Music Concert
  • Saturday, November 16   |  7pm
  • Location: Hotchkiss Recital Hall - Washington College
  • Contact: Faith Souders
  • Phone: 410-810-2805
  • Email: fsouders@atlanticbb.net
  • URL: www.kentchambermusic.com
  • Annapolis Chamber Players, featuring Phyllis Crossen-Richardson, clarinet; Gail Versage, flute; Jonathan Richards, violin; Elizabeth Meszarous, cello and David Ballena, piano, presents a mixed chamber music program featuring music from the Baroque to the 21st century.

  • Kent Chamber Music Concert
  • Tuesday, November 19   |  7pm
  • Location: St. Paul's Church Parish Hall
  • Contact: Faith Souders
  • Phone: 410-810-2805
  • Email: fsouders@atlanticbb.net
  • URL: www.kentchambermusic.com
  • 'Eclatante', a harp duo, featuring Melissa Tardiff Dvorak and
    Michelle Lundy, will perform.Tickets are $15

  • Guerilla Daughter
  • Wednesday, November 20   |  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 Program. The program features Virginia Hansen Holmes who will speak on her survival as a child in the Philippines during World War II. Reservations required. Members - $15, Non members - $20.

  • Fall Film Festival-"The Slender Thread" (1965)
  • Friday, November 22   |  2pm
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD
  • Contact: Nancy Hartman
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email: nhartman@kent.lib.md.us
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • Drama 92 mins. A college volunteer at the crisis phone gets a call from a suicide caller. Director: Sydney Pollack Stars: Sidney Poitier, Anne Bancroft, Telly Savalas. Free and Popcorn,too!

  • John Flynn
  • Saturday, November 23   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • In an era of deep division, singer and songwriter John Flynnís songs call us together. The open-heartedness and resonant decency in his work have brought him the respect and friendship of some of his longtime heroes like Kris Kristofferson and Arlo Guthrie. A wordsmith and poet of rare clarity and an activist and truth-teller, his songs evoke our shared humanity with awareness, irony, humor and compassion. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.

  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, November 27   |  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

  • Home for the Holidays
  • Friday, November 29   |  various
  • This event runs November 29 & 30 2013
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact: Andy Goddard
  • Phone: 443-480-1987
  • Email: andysctown@atlanticbb.net
  • URL:
  • The official lighting of Downtown for the holidays. Santa arrives Friday eve, caroling in Fountain Park. Saturday 10 am annual parade featuring the Kent County Marching Band. Downtown stores have extended hours throughout the weekend.