Kent County Arts and Entertainment - October 2012

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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  • Art Show by Sihnja Whiteley
  • Monday, October 1   |  10am-5pm daily
  • This event runs Sept. 1 to Oct. 31th
  • Location: Heron Point of Chestertown
  • Contact: Barbara Finneson
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneson@verizon.net
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  • This will be a retrospective show of the artist's Oriental Brushwork and Watercolor Paintings. The show will be in the Administration Gallery Hallway.

  • Live Playwrights' Society
  • Monday, October 1   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre
  • 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. New plays are read and critiqued each month!

  • 'Turnings, Carvings, Sculptures, Assemblages: The Wood Show'
  • Friday, October 5   |  5-8pm
  • This event runs Oct. 5-20th, 2012
  • Location: Artworks, 306 Park Row, Chestertown
  • Contact: Artworks
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: artworkschestertown@verizon.net
  • URL: www.artworkschestertown.org
  • With leaves turning and the rich autumn smell of wood fires in the air, Artworks gallery spotlights the warmth of wood. In the hands of an artist, a humble block of wood becomes gorgeous turned vessels, finely detailed carvings, and imaginative sculpture and assemblages. Wed-Sat thru October 20, 2012

  • Hotchkiss Noon Hour Concert Series
  • Friday, October 5   |  12 Noon
  • Location: Hotchkiss Recital Hall, Gibson Center for the Arts
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-7888
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • Sandbox Percussion and Mindy Heinsohn, flute

  • Photography and Poetry at the Ortiz Studio
  • Friday, October 5   |  5-8:30pm
  • Location: 207 So. Cross Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Bob Ortiz
  • Phone: 410-810-1400
  • Email: ortizstudios@verizon.net
  • URL: www.ortizstudios.com
  • From 5 to 7 Former Congressman Wayne Gilchrest will be showing and speaking about his wildlife photography and work at Turner's Creek Environmental Center. From 7:15 to closing, join poets Ben Bennington and Howard McIntyre reading from their collections presenting "Town & Country."

  • The Russian Trio/ Washington College Community Concert Series
  • Saturday, October 6   |  7pm
  • Location: Decker Theatre, Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts, Washington College
  • Contact: Kate Bennett
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: kbennett2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.wascoll.edu
  • The Russian Trio, piano, cello and violin, concert.

  • An Evening of Fiction with Dylan Landis
  • Tuesday, October 9   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue, Che
  • Contact: Kathryn Bursick
  • Phone: 410-778-7899
  • Email: kbursick2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.lithouse.washcoll.edu
  • Dylan Landis is the author of Normal People Don't Live Like This, a debut novel-in-stories that made Newsday's Ten Best Books of 2009. She has a 2010 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has won fiction fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Norman Rockwell Center. She also writes on interior design for House Beautiful.

  • Live Trova with Fredy Granillo & Rosie Ramsey
  • Wednesday, October 10   |  7pm
  • Location: Bookplate, 112S. Cross St., Chestertown
  • Contact: Tom Martin
  • Phone: 410-778-4167
  • Email: bookplate@verizon.net
  • URL: www.bookplate.biz
  • An evening of Latin American Folk Music presented by Voices on the Border, celebrating 25 years working for just and equitable development in El Salvadore.

  • Organ Recital
  • Friday, October 12   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Cross & High Streets, Chestertown
  • Contact: Laura Kaufmann
  • Phone: 410 778 3477
  • Email: emmanuel778@verizon.net
  • URL: www.emmanuelchesterparish.org
  • Stephen Buzard, organist, will open the twentieth season of the Emmanuel Concert Series at Emmanuel Church. Stephen is a graduate student of Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He currently serves as organ scholar at Trinity-on-the-Green, New Haven. Tickets are available at the door: $20 for adults, $5 for students and children. Meet the organist afterwards.

  • Sophie Kerr Living Writers Series: A Fiction Reading by Tim O'Brien
  • Thursday, October 18   |  4pm
  • Location: Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts
  • Contact: Kathryn Bursick
  • Phone: 410-778-7899
  • Email: kbursick2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.english.washcoll.edu/sophiekerrlegacy/lectures
  • Tim O'Brien received the National Book Award in Fiction in 1979 for his novel Going After Cacciato. In 2005, The Things They Carried was named by the New York Times as one of the twenty best books of the last quarter century.

  • 33rd Annual Chestertown Wildlife Exhibition & Sale
  • Friday, October 19   |  Fri. 5:30-8:30pm; Sat. 9:30am-4:30pm
  • This event runs 19th & 20th
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact: Marilyn Klompus
  • Phone: 410-810-4898
  • Email: info@chestertownwildlife.org
  • URL: www.chestertownwildlife.org
  • Carvers, painters, photographers & artists exhibit throughout historic downtown. Family activities, live raptors, talks and demonstrations, live local music, regional foods, Wine & Beer Tasting. New this year: Calling Competition, Sportsmans Pavillion, and special Friday evening opening event.

  • Kent Chamber Music Concert
  • Saturday, October 20   |  7pm
  • Location: St. Paul's Parish House, 7579 Sandy Bottom Road, Chestertown
  • Contact: Faith Souders
  • Phone: 410-810-2805
  • Email: fsouders@atlanticbb.net
  • URL: www.kentchambermusic.com
  • 'Annapolis Chamber Players' will perform music from the Baroque to the 21st Century. Featured in the group are: Phyllis Crossen-Richardson, clarinet; Gail Vehslage, flute; Elizabeth Meszaros, cello; Jonathan Richards, violin; David Ballena, piano. Tickets are $15 at the door.

  • Sultana Projects' Downrigging Weekend, Tall Ships and Wooden Boat Festival
  • Thursday, October 25   |  various
  • This event runs Oct. 25 - 28
  • Location: Chestertown Waterfront
  • Contact: Sultana Projects
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: dmcmullen@sultanaprojects.org
  • URL: www.sultanaprojects.org
  • The harbor and wharfs of Chestertown will be filled to capacity on the weekend of October 25-28, 2012 as ships from across the mid-Atlantic make their way up the Chester River to participate in the schooner SULTANA’s “Downrigging Weekend.” An annual festival that has become one of the largest “Tall Ship” gatherings on the East Coast, Downrigging marks the close of the SULTANA’s sailing season and the beginning of Downrigging for many of the region's traditional sailing vessels. The weekend will afford the public opportunities to view, board and sail on the assembled fleet of more than 40 historic vessels, including the KALMAR NYCKEL, PRIDE OF BALTIMORE, II, and Lady Maryland. The weekend also features an extensive wooden boat show, films, lectures, music, activities for children and more.

  • 13th Annual Studio Tour
  • Saturday, October 27   |  10am-5pm
  • This event runs October 27-28 and November 3-4
  • Location: 315 High St, Suite 106, Chestertown, Maryland
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email:
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/events/studiotour
  • Take this 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. You will meet friendly artists, happy to answer your questions, and have the chance to buy original work at studio prices. The tour will include studios in Chestertown, Rock Hall, Galena, Betterton, Church Hill, and Arts at Still Pond Station in Worton.

  • Robert Blake Whitehill, Book Signing
  • Saturday, October 27   |  12-3 pm
  • Location: Bookplate, 112 S. Cross St., Chestertown
  • Contact: Tom Martin
  • Phone: 410-778-4167
  • Email: bookplate@verizon.net
  • URL: www.bookplate.biz
  • Debut Chesapeake Thriller by Eastern Shore Author Robert Blake Whitehill. He will read from and sign his new book 'Deadrise' on Downrigging Weekend. Come and enjoy his reading. Refreshments will be served.