Kent County Arts and Entertainment - October 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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  • RiverArts 15th Annual Studio Tour Exhibit Opening
  • Friday, October 3   |  5–9pm
  • Location: RiverArts Studio Gallery
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • In preparation for the RiverArts Studio Tour, examples of each artist's work will be on display providing a chance to plan an itinerary that matches one's interests. See painting, photography, sculpture, metal work, pottery, fiber, woodcraft, jewelry,furniture and glass works.

  • Chestertown's 1st Fridays
  • Friday, October 3   |  5-8pm
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone:
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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. For a list of activities, please check this calendar for specific listings.

  • 12@Hotchkiss - Nikita Borisevich, violin
  • Friday, October 3   |  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. Violinist Nikita Borisevich swept onto the Russian stage as one of today’s most promising young virtuosos. At fifteen, he won a Russian National Competition for Violinists and Cellists called “The Magical Bow” in Perm, Russia.

  • RiverArts 15th Annual Studio Tour Exhibit Opening
  • Friday, October 3   |  5–8pm
  • Location: RiverArts Studio Gallery
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • In preparation for the RiverArts Studio Tour, examples of each artist's work will be on display providing a chance to plan an itinerary that matches one's interests. See painting, photography, sculpture, metal work, pottery, fiber, woodcraft, jewelry,furniture and glass works.

  • KidSpot Creativity Center
  • Saturday, October 4   |  9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Tambra Trevarrow
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: chestertownriverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • A dedicated children's creativity center that will be open 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. This event is free.

  • Kent Museum Applebutter Festival
  • Saturday, October 4   |  9am–3pm
  • Location: Kent Museum
  • Contact: James Herron
  • Phone: 410-688-3793
  • Email:
  • URL: www.facebook.com/kentmuseum
  • Come see apple butter being cooked over an open fire, apples being pressed into cider, kids activities,bake sale, pumpkins, antique tractor show, food available, apple butter, apples, and cider for sale, nature trail, and more. Free admission, donations always appreciated!

  • MainstayBrasil: The Nate Najar Trio
  • Saturday, October 4   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • This concert of Brazilian jazz for classical guitar celebrates of the release of the Nate Najar Trio’s "Aquarela Do Brasil," a collection of much loved Brazilian melodies, Jobim masterpieces and jazz tunes given the samba treatment. Nate Najar one of the few guitarists playing jazz on the classical guitar and was inspired by Charlie Byrd. He will be joined by Alejandro Arenas on bass and Mark Feinman on drums Admission is $20. Call for reservations.

  • Live Playwrights' Society
  • Monday, October 6   |  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 iPhoneography
  • Monday, October 6   |  6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • This event runs on Mondays, October 6th to 27th, 2014
  • Location: KidSPOT at RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Stephanie Somers
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: chestertownriverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/classes/art-of-iphone
  • Photographing with a mobile device adds a level of convenience, flexibility, and spontaneity to the photographic process. In this 4-week class, Anne Highfield will provide a solid introduction to using the iPhone/iPad as a creative tool for editing photos. Members - $135; Non-members - $165

  • Finishing Techniques for Knitters
  • Wednesday, October 8   |  9:00 a.m. to Noon
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Stephanie Somers
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: chestertownriverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/classes/finishing-tec
  • Master Knitter Sue Wright will share tips and advice to help your knitted projects look handmade, not homemade! Seaming, neatshaping, button holes and other useful advice will give you the skills to finish your projects beautifully. Class will be at the Cannon Street Studio. Members: $80; Non-members: $100

  • Inside the Mind of a Mystery Writer, an evening with Brad Parks
  • Friday, October 10   |  5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Chestertown Branch of the Kent County Public Library
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email:
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • Mystery Writer Brad Parks, winner of the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, will speak at the Chesterown Branch of the Kent County Public Library. As the only author to have won all three of these awards celebrating excellence in the detective and mystery genres, he will offer listeners an interesting glimpse into the crafting of a good mystery. Beginning at 5:30, the general public is invited to meet the author during a catered reception. A limited number of copies of several of Mr. Parks' books will be available for purchase and signing. At 6:30, Mr. Parks will present "Inside the Mind of a Mystery Writer." Due to limited seating, tickets are required to attend this talk and are available FREE OF CHARGE on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are available at all three KCPL locations while supplies last.

  • KidSpot Creativity Center
  • Saturday, October 11   |  9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Tambra Trevarrow
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: chestertownriverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • A dedicated children's creativity center that will be open 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. This event is free.

  • Sumi-e Painting with Sihnja An Whiteley
  • Tuesday, October 14   |  5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Diane Landskroener
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: chestertownriverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/classes/life-drawing/
  • Sihnja has studied brush painting, Chinese calligraphy, oil painting and watercolor painting. Her paintings have been shown in many galleries and are distinguished by their synthesis of East and West: discipline of the East and freedom and individuality of the West. She has taught watercolor and bush painting since 1985. In this lecture, she will discuss her creative process. Members: $20; Non-members $25.

  • Life Drawing
  • Wednesday, October 15   |  4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: KidSPOT at RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Holly Geddes
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: chestertownriverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/classes/life-drawing/
  • Figure drawing session featuring professional models of both genders for professional and amateur artists who want to improve their sense of proportion, line quality, understanding of anatomy and overall drawing skill. Sessions are $15 each or 100 for a set of 10 tickets. No formal instruction. Bring your own supplies.

  • Cliffs School Museum
  • Saturday, October 18   |  1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Rt 289 South, Cliffs City, MD
  • Contact: Carol Cordes
  • Phone: 410-778-9173
  • Email: cbcordes@verizon.net
  • URL: www.kentcounty.com/cliffs_schoolhouse/index.htm
  • One of two remaining one-room schools in Kent County. Erected in 1878 to serve a watermen's and farming community and was so used until 1939. Preserved in its original configuration with authentic furnishings and artifacts of the era. Lessons of the day on chalkboards for all 7 grades. 8.5 mi south of Chestertown. Donations gratefully accepted. Port of Chester Questers project.

  • KidSpot Creativity Center
  • Saturday, October 18   |  9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Tambra Trevarrow
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: chestertownriverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • A dedicated children's creativity center that will be open 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. This event is free.

  • Life Drawing
  • Wednesday, October 22   |  4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: KidSPOT at RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Holly Geddes
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: chestertownriverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/classes/life-drawing/
  • Figure drawing session featuring professional models of both genders for professional and amateur artists who want to improve their sense of proportion, line quality, understanding of anatomy and overall drawing skill. Sessions are $15 each or 100 for a set of 10 tickets. No formal instruction. Bring your own supplies.

  • WC Concert Series - Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Saturday, October 25   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts–Washington College
  • Contact: Ken Schweitzer
  • Phone: 410-778-7836
  • Email: kschweitzer2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.concertseries.washcoll.edu
  • As part of 2014-2015 Premier Artist lineup, The Washington College Concert Series presents the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (LAGQ). Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. Tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (seniors). Season tickets are also available.

  • KidSpot Creativity Center
  • Saturday, October 25   |  9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Tambra Trevarrow
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: chestertownriverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/kidspot/
  • A dedicated children's creativity center that will be open 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. This event is free.

  • RiverArts 15th Annual Studio Tour
  • Saturday, October 25   |  10am-5pm
  • This event runs Oct. 25-26 and Nov 1-2, 2014
  • Location: picturesque 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.

  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, October 29   |  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.

  • Life Drawing
  • Wednesday, October 29   |  4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: KidSPOT at RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Holly Geddes
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: chestertownriverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/classes/life-drawing/
  • Figure drawing session featuring professional models of both genders for professional and amateur artists who want to improve their sense of proportion, line quality, understanding of anatomy and overall drawing skill. Sessions are $15 each or 100 for a set of 10 tickets. No formal instruction. Bring your own supplies.

  • Sultana Projects Downrigging Weekend Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival
  • Friday, October 31   |  Various
  • This event runs October 31- November 2, 2014
  • Location: Chestertown, Md.
  • Contact: Sultana Projects
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: dmcmullen@sultanaprojects.org
  • URL: www.sultanaprojects.org
  • Visit historic Chestertown for the Mid-Atlantic's largest annual gathering of Tall Ships, schooners, and historic wooden boats. Sultana Projects' Downrigging Weekend features concerts, lectures, forums, fireworks, and opportunities to tour and sail on a fleet of historic ships representing over 400 years of maritime history.

  • Learn to Paint the Tall Ships
  • Friday, October 31   |  1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Stephanie Somers
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: chestertownriverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/classes/paint-the-tal
  • Take advantage of the parade of Tall Ships visiting Chestertown during Downrigging Weekend, and learn to paint them by getting up close and personal. Ray Ewing leads this four-hour class held at the foot of High Street. Ray has been an art instructor, active juror and guest lecturer in the Washington, DC are for over 30 years.