Kent County Events Calendar - December 2014


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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!
  • Divergence
  • Monday, December 1
  • This event runs December 1-28
  • Location: The Artists' Gallery, 239 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Linda Hall
  • Phone: 410-778-2425/410-348-2343
  • Email: lindahall@atlanticbb.net
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  • Linda works in watercolor as well as oils and pastel. This show will be primarily watercolor using different papers, such as YUPO paper and watercolor canvas. They will diverge from realism to semiabstract.
  • Life Drawing
  • Wednesday, December 3   |  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 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/classes/life-drawing/
  • Cost: $10 per session (w/ purchase of ticket book); $15 at the door. Featuring professional models of both genders, the sessions are valuable to fine and commercial artists, both professional and amateur, who want to improve their sense of proportion, line quality, understanding of anatomy and overall drawing skill.
  • 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.
  • 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
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  • 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.
  • Pet Portraits with Santa Paws to Benefit The Humane Society
  • Friday, December 5   |  5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Coco's Pet Center Boutique; 335 High Street, B; Chestertown, MD
  • Contact: Carolyn Thompson
  • Phone: 410-778-3648
  • Email: cthompson@kenthumane.org
  • URL: www.kenthumane.com/upcoming-events/
  • As a part of Chestertown’s First Friday event, bring your pets out and about to enjoy the festivities in town while making a lasting memory of your pets and family with Santa. Photo portraits will be sent digitally. A suggested donation of $10 per pet portrait will benefit the homeless animals of The Humane Society of Kent County.
    comments: For some reason, the description of the event did not show up in the submission "print" page, so I'm adding here to make sure it goes through this time: As a part of Chestertown’s First Friday event, bring your pets out and about to enjoy the festivities in town while making a lasting memory of your pets and family with Santa. Photo portraits will be sent digitally. A suggested donation of $10 per pet portrait will benefit the homeless animals of The Humane Society of Kent County.
  • 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.
  • Holiday Show & Sale
  • Friday, December 5   |  Mon-Sat 10-5pm; Sun 12-4pm
  • This event runs January 3, 2015
  • Location: RiverArts, 315 High St., Suite 106, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownriverarts.org/
  • Want to shop local this year and support the artists and craftsmen in our community at the same time? Be sure to visit RiverArts Annual Holiday Show and Sale. Opening in the Studio Gallery on (Black) Friday, Nov. 28 and opening Gallery-wide on Dec. 5, this year's sale promises to be better than ever.
  • 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.
  • Santa's Workshop
  • Saturday, December 6   |  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Community Center, 11041 Worton Rd, Worton
  • Contact: Antoninette Campbell
  • Phone: 410-778-1948
  • Email: info@KentParksAndRec.org
  • URL: www.kentparksandrec.org
  • Children and families will love to participate in this seasonal gathering featuring Santa! Come enjoy crafts, refreshment and don't forget your list! All crafts, refreshments, and pictures with Santa are included in the cost. $7 ($9 if registered late) Registration November 1st - each year.
  • 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.
  • 3rd Annual RHES Reindeer Stampede 5K
  • Saturday, December 6   |  10:00 a.m.
  • Location: Main Street, Rock Hall, MD
  • Contact: Krista Batchelor & Eugenia Auchincloss
  • Phone: 410-810-2622
  • Email: rhespta@gmail.com
  • URL: www.trisportsevents.com/
  • Come Run/Walk with us though the Winter Wonderland of Rock Hall on December 6th ! For our 3rd Annual 5K Walk/Run that will lead in to the festivities planned for the town that day. There will be a RHES Reindeer Dash that will be Free for all children 10 yrs and under. All finishers will receive a medal. All registered Runners/Walkers will receive a long sleeve RHES Reindeer Stampede 5K Run/Walk T-Shirt.
  • 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.
  • "A Home for the Holidays" Open House at The Humane Society
  • Sunday, December 7   |  12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: HSKC; 10720 Augustine Herman Hwy; Chestertown, MD
  • Contact: Carolyn Thompson
  • Phone: 410-778-3648
  • Email: cthompson@kenthumane.org
  • URL: www.kenthumane.com/upcoming-events/
  • Enjoy complimentary, festive snacks and drinks at the shelter and meet animals awaiting forever homes. Consider giving a pet the forever home it deserves. If you submit an adoption application the day of the event and it is later approved, HSKC will waive the adoption fee!
  • 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
  • 7th Annual Seasonal Sensations Dinner and Show and Silent Auction
  • Tuesday, December 9   |  TBD
  • Location: Kent County High School
  • Contact: Betsy Skinner
  • Phone: 410-810-0602
  • Email: Betsyskinner@hughes.net
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  • Dinner prepared by culinary arts students and a holiday show performed by high school musicians and singers. Proceeds benefit the KCHS Music Boosters and KCHS culinary programs.
  • Creative Lives Lecture
  • Tuesday, December 9   |  5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: RiverArts, 315 High St., Suite 106, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: RiverArts
  • 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” (newsroom gophers). 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.
  • Life Drawing
  • Wednesday, December 10   |  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 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/classes/life-drawing/
  • Cost: $10 per session (w/ purchase of ticket book); $15 at the door. Featuring professional models of both genders, the sessions are valuable to fine and commercial artists, both professional and amateur, who want to improve their sense of proportion, line quality, understanding of anatomy and overall drawing skill.
  • Egg Tempera Workshop w/Terry Wolf
  • Thursday, December 11   |  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • This event runs December 12, 2014
  • Location: KidSPOT at RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Stephanie Somers
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.chestertownRiverArts.org/classes/egg-tempera-w
  • Open to all levels of painters, from beginners to advanced. A demonstration on essentials of working in egg tempera will be provided for all students. In this workshop students will learn aspects of the medium, characteristics of powered pigments, how to make fresh paint, many ways of applying the paint, including glazing and scumbling. Materials will be provided in the cost of the class including a book on painting Egg Tempera. A small list of additional materials students should bring (brushes ect.) will be provided. Members: $270; Non-members: $335
  • 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.
  • Life Drawing
  • Wednesday, December 17   |  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 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/classes/life-drawing/
  • Cost: $10 per session (w/ purchase of ticket book); $15 at the door. Featuring professional models of both genders, the sessions are valuable to fine and commercial artists, both professional and amateur, who want to improve their sense of proportion, line quality, understanding of anatomy and overall drawing skill.
  • 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.