Kent County Arts and Entertainment - September 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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  • WC Concert Series - US NAVY's Electric Brigade
  • Thursday, September 4   |  6pm
  • Location: Martha Washington Square – Washington College
  • Contact: Ken Schweitzer
  • Phone: 410-778-7839
  • Email: concertseries@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll./concert
  • As part of its 2014-2015 Premier Artists lineup, the Concert Series presents The Electric Brigade, the Navy’s premier popular music group. With its unique brand of high-energy performance, this elite group has set the standard in popular-music entertainment for United States Navy Bands all over the world. Limited seating will be provided. Bring your blankets and chairs, and come good music, popcorn, lemonade, and Rita’s Ices on us!

  • 12@Hotchkiss - Marty Knepp Trio
  • Friday, September 5   |  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. The Marty Knepp Trio features jazz and Latin jazz with Clem Ehoff on piano, Jason Gano on bass, and Marty Knepp on drums.

  • The Literary Muse Opening Reception
  • Friday, September 5   |  5–8pm
  • Location: RiverArts Studio Gallery
  • Contact: Diane Landskroener
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • The Literary Muse Exhibition features art work inspired by great (or not so great) literature. All pieces have a point of reference in a work of literature; subject matter examples include a favorite literary character, a specific scene or setting, a thematic refrain or element, a cherished book title, or a well-known author.

  • "Portraits: Conversing with the Sitter" Opening Reception
  • Friday, September 5   |  5–8pm
  • Location: RiverArts Studio Gallery
  • Contact: Diane Landskroener
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • RiverArts’ Studio Gallery welcomes “Portraits: Conversing with the Sitter,” an exhibition which asks artists to consider how the portrait tells the sitter’s story. Artists of many mediums show their best, most personal portraits.

  • Chestertown Jazz Festival 2014
  • Saturday, September 6   |  11am-6pm
  • This event runs September 6
  • Location: Wilmer Park, Chestertown MD
  • Contact: Dr. M. Rapelyea
  • Phone: 443-480-8944
  • Email: mrapelyea@msn.com
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • Jazz performances throughout the afternoon. Food, beer and wine vendors. Concurrent with Art in The Park, same location.

  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, September 6   |  10am–2pm
  • Location: 315 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Tambra Trevarrow
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/kidspot/
  • A dedicated children’s creativity center that will be open for free 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.

  • The Art of Stewardship
  • Saturday, September 6   |  5–8pm
  • Location: RiverArts Studio Gallery
  • Contact: Diane Landskroener
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org
  • Opening Reception for the first annual Art of Stewardship Exhibition, a joint effort between Chestertown RiverArts and the Chester River Association, with the support of The Art of Stewardship Project and the Carla Massoni Gallery. 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.

  • Hugh and Zane Campbell: Music and Film Presentation
  • Saturday, September 6   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Hugh and Zane Campbell put on a lively, fascinating show based on a rich family tradition of singing and songwriting. They sing and tell stories in the colorful mountain tradition of their ancestors. The prizewinning documentary film about the Campbells and their family, “New River: a family musical history tour” will be shown and they will have some of their folk art furniture on display and for sale. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.

  • New Directions: Allen LaMontagne & Joe Holt
  • Sunday, September 7   |  4pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Allen LaMontagne will sing songs from the 20th century Great American Songbook and contemporary folk songs all to the sparkling piano accompaniment of Joe Holt. The Mainstay’s “New Directions” series encourages established musicians to explore new areas and journeymen to take it to the next level. Joe will play a few solo pieces and Allen will also play guitar on some numbers. Free!

  • Chester River Chorale's New Season
  • Monday, September 8   |  6pm
  • Location: Heron Point's Wesley Room
  • Contact: Bentley Orrick
  • Phone: 410-928-5566
  • Email: benorrW@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • The Chester River Chorale begins its new season Monday, September 8, at 6 p.m. at Heron Point’s Wesley Room where regular practices for the December Holiday Concert will be held every Monday evening. New members are most welcome to join us in singing for the joy of it. More information is at chesterriverchorale.org.

  • The Miracle Worker: A drama by Wiliam Gibson
  • Friday, September 12   |  Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun. 2pm
  • This event runs Sep. 12-28, 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
  • Helen Keller, blind, deaf and nearly feral, is more than her indulgent parents can handle. Strong-willed Annie Sullivan, young and nearly blind herself, takes on the challenge of teaching Helen to engage with the world and those who love her. Wise and richly compassionate, this is a play for the entire family.

  • The River City Revue Cavalcade of Comedy
  • Friday, September 12   |  7pm
  • This event runs September 12 – 13
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org/event/the-river-city-revue-
  • Garfield Center for the Arts will host the River City Revue, a vaudeville style cavalcade of comedy. As we bid farewell to summer a veritable who's who of local talent will present scenes from Steve Martin, Monty Python, William Shakespeare and more making sure to have the audience rolling in the aisles. Jokes, skits, audience participation, slapstick will be accompanied by the musical talents of Music Life's Bill Drazga.

  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, September 13   |  10am–2pm
  • Location: 315 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Tambra Trevarrow
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/kidspot/
  • A dedicated children’s creativity center that will be open for free 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.

  • Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies
  • Saturday, September 20   |  8pm
  • This event runs September 20 – 21
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • Contact: Jeff Woodbridge
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: jwoodbridge@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org
  • Hugh Gregory Gallagher Motivational Theatre is partnering with the disAbility Coalition to produce Time Stands Still. 2 showings.

  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, September 20   |  10am–2pm
  • Location: 315 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Tambra Trevarrow
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/kidspot/
  • A dedicated children’s creativity center that will be open for free 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.

  • Sue Matthews: Swinging On a Star
  • Saturday, September 20   |  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 exquisite vocalist Sue Matthews sings the songs of Jimmy Van Heusen backed by pianist Robert Redd, woodwinds player Scott Silbert, bassist Tommy Cecil and a drummer. Many of Van Heusen’s songs were written for Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby and include such classics as “It Could Happen To You,” “Here's That Rainy Day,” “Come Dance With Me,” and of course, “Swinging On A Star.” Call for reservations. Admission is $20.

  • Cliffs School Museum
  • Saturday, September 20   |  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Location: Rt 289 South, Cliffs City, MD
  • Contact: Carol Cordes
  • Phone:
  • 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.

  • Lecture: HEROINES AND HELPMEETS: Women and Politics in the War of 1812.
  • Sunday, September 21   |  4pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall, MD
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • The presenter will be Rachel Walker, Ph.D. candidate, American History, University of Maryland.

    Rachel comes with the highest recommendation from the head of the department at Maryland. He says she is vibrant, charismatic, funny,and "one of the best he has worked with in the program".

    Free, Donations accepted.

  • Lecture: Heroines and Helpmates: Women and Politics in the War of 1812
  • Sunday, September 21   |  4:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Rachel Walker, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland will speak on the roles of women during the War of 1812 as part of Kent County’s War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration. She studies early American history focusing on transatlantic cultural and intellectual networks of the 18th and 19th centuries, gender, race and ethnicity in early America and the social, cultural, and economic transformations of the early nineteenth century. Admission is free. Donations accepted.

  • Life Drawing
  • Monday, September 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.

  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, September 24   |  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.

  • Harry Potter Festival
  • Friday, September 26   |  various–check website
  • This event runs September 26th and 27th
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact: Robin Hill
  • Phone: 410-820-8175
  • Email: info@chestertownhpfest.org
  • URL: www.chestertownhpfest.org
  • Wizards from all over will descend upon colonial Chestertown to celebrate the magic of Harry Potter. Local businesses will be converted to Hogmeade and Diagon Alley shops with family-friendly Harry Potter-themed events going on throughout town. There will be a Harry Potter themed scavenger hunt, Quidditch and Dueling in Fountain Park, special events at the Garfield Center for the Arts, Kent County Public Library and the Bookplate. For fans inside the Age-Line, there will be a Pub Event and for the younger crowd, a Kids' Night At Hogwarts

  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, September 27   |  10am–2pm
  • Location: 315 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Tambra Trevarrow
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/kidspot/
  • A dedicated children’s creativity center that will be open for free 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.

  • OCEAN Quartet
  • Saturday, September 27   |  8:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • OCEAN Quartet plays music inspired by traditions from across the British and Celtic world from composer Jennifer Cutting on accordions & keyboard; vocalist Lisa Moscatiello on vocals, whistles & guitar; Scottish fiddler Andrew Dodds, and folklorist Steve Winick on vocals and percussion. They put a glorious spin on traditional songs and Cutting’s fine original compositions, from soaring ballads and stirring sea chanteys to blazing fiddle and accordion tunes. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.

  • WC Concert Series - Grace Kim and Hanchien Lee, pianists
  • Sunday, September 28   |  3pm
  • Location: Gibson Center for the Arts–Washington College
  • Contact: Ken Schweitzer
  • Phone: 410-778-7836
  • Email: kschweitzer2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: concertseries.washcoll.edu
  • As part of its 2014-2015 Premier Artists lineup, the Concert Series presents Grace Kim and Hanchien Lee. Experience the thrilling sonorities of works for two pianos through Camille Saint-Saëns’s whimsical “Carnival of the Animals” and “Dance Macabre,” Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos, and Maurice Ravel’s exhilarating “La Valse.” This all-French program promises to delight the youth and the young at heart. Tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (seniors). Season tickets are also available.

  • Life Drawing
  • Monday, September 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.