Kent County Events Calendar - February 2014


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  • The Garden Puppet Theatre Mini-Museum
  • Saturday, February 1
  • This event runs February 1–28
  • Location: Kent County Visitor Center, 122 N Cross St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Patsy Hornaday
  • Phone: 410-778-5841
  • Email: tph203@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • Celebrating Presidents Month, puppets George & Martha Washington–First American President & First Lady as they appeared in the 1994 & 1995 Historic Society of Kent County puppet show THE PRESIDENT & PATSY. George Washington and the family of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington addressed her by the family name of “Patsy”. Two surviving letters (written to her by her husband) addressed her as “My Dearest Patsy” as he prepared to lead and eventually form the new nation by the 18th Century American Revolution. Kent County Visitor Center, 122 N. Cross St., Chestertown.
  • Live Playwrights' Society
  • Monday, February 3   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre 210 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Garfield Center for the Arts
  • 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!
  • National African American Read-In with Jacqueline Woodson
  • Wednesday, February 5   |  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/
  • Jacqueline Woodson is the author of several books for young adults and children, including Coming On Home Soon, Each Kindness, and Miracle's Boys. Woodson has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement in Writing for Young Adults and the 2012 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Reader's Literature.
  • Chestertown's 1st Fridays
  • Friday, February 7   |  5–8pm
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
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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.
  • New Work by Ken Schiano
  • Friday, February 7   |  5–8pm
  • Location: Massoniart, 203 High St., Chestertown
  • Contact: Carla Massoni
  • Phone: 410-778-7330
  • Email: info@massoniart.com
  • URL: www.massoniart.com
  • Join us for February First Friday and new work by Ken Schiano also featuring work by Pearson, Schroth, Karlik, Hubacher and others.
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Friday, February 7   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Legendary singer and songwriter Jonathan Edwards is awesome in a live performance. His 1971 million-seller "Sunshine" ("go away today...") brought him instant fame and his 40 plus year career includes theater, commercials, record production, 2 movie soundtracks and collaborations with artists like Emmylou Harris and Jimmy Buffett. His pure and powerful tenor, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. Call for reservations. Admission is $25.
  • Stories of Kent County African Americans
  • Friday, February 7   |  5-8pm
  • This event runs Feb. 7 - March 1.
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Lani Seikaly
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: ChestertownRiverArts.org
  • Opening reception is 5-8pm on February 7
  • Mardi Gras Dance Party
  • Saturday, February 8   |  7pm
  • 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
  • Mardi Gras Dance Party (Fais Do Do). Enjoy gumbo, King Cake, Music and dancing at the Garfield Center's 3rd Annual Community Dance Party for all ages. Costumes and accoutrements strongly encouraged!
  • Young Jun Lim, classical guitar
  • Sunday, February 9   |  4pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • An afternoon of classical guitar music with Young Jun Lim, a sophomore at Peabody Institute of Music studying under Julian Gray who has been awarded the Charlie Byrd Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Guitar. He received the grand prize in the Beatty Competition and also placed first for 4 consecutive years in the Aguado Guitar Competition. He has performed multiple times at the Kennedy Center. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.
  • Mark Castelli – A Year on the Water – ALL Learn at Lunch
  • Wednesday, February 12   |  12 noon–2pm
  • Location: Hodson Hall at Washington College
  • Contact: Washington College – ALL Office
  • Phone: 410-778-7221
  • Email: wc_all@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all/learn-at-lunch.php
  • Well known artist, Mark Castelli. will share photos taken over 12 months spent with local watermen of the Chesapeake Bay. His stories will be of traditional harvesting activities and the hard-working watermen’s lives, times, and unique culture. Reservations required. Members - $15, Non members - $20.
  • Word Girls
  • Thursday, February 13   |  5pm
  • Location: Bookplate, 112 S. Cross St., Chestertown
  • Contact: Tom Martin
  • Phone: 410-778-4167
  • Email: bookplate@verizon.net
  • URL: www.bookplate.biz
  • Poetry by Anne Colwell, Meredith Davies Hadaway and Erin Murphy. "Words to Love by."
  • Death By Chocolate Bake Sale
  • Thursday, February 13   |  10am-2pm
  • This event runs Feb. 13 and 14, 2014
  • Location: Bordley History Center 301 High Street, Chestertown
  • Contact: Karen Emerson
  • Phone: 410-778-3499
  • Email: director@kentcountyhistory.org
  • URL: kentcountyhistory.org
  • Now in it's 2nd year, this decadent bake sale has something to please every palate; brownies, cookies, chocolate covered cherries and many many more goodies packaged to give to your sweetheart.
  • Remembrance of PFC Nick Spry
  • Saturday, February 15   |  4-8pm
  • Location: Chestertown Fire House, 211 Maple Ave, Chestertown
  • Contact: Beverly Fabri
  • Phone: 410-708-6391
  • Email: bfabri@gmail.com
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  • February 15, 2014 PFC B. Nicholas Spry 12/13/84-2/14/04 Please join Nick’s friends and family as we mark the 10th anniversary of his death in Baghdad Iraq while serving with the U S Army 82nd Airborne Division. This event will be held at the Chestertown Fire House 4-8pm. The cost is $10 per person and will benefit the Nick Spry Memorial Fund. This is a tax deductible donation. We are in need of silent auction donations. Please contact Mandy Voshell (410/708-8269) to donate to our cause. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated.
  • Kent Chamber Music Concert
  • Saturday, February 15   |  7pm
  • This event runs February 15
  • Location: Hotchkiss Recital Hall - Washington College
  • Contact: Faith Souders
  • Phone: 410-810-2805
  • Email: fsouders@atlanticbb.net
  • URL: www.kentchambermusic.com
  • PYXIS PIANO QUARTET featuring Hiroko Yamazaki, piano; Any Lenoard, viola; Meredith Amado, violin; Jie Jin, cello; presenting a program of works by Lutoslawski, Beethoven and Chausson. Admission is $15.
  • Valentine Dinner with Chef Sabrina Sexton
  • Saturday, February 15   |  6pm
  • Location: Crow Farm, 12441 Vansants Corner Rd, Kennedyville MD
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 302-304-0551
  • Email: crowfarmmd@gmail.com
  • URL: www.crowfarmmd.com
  • Five-course dinner featuring Crow Angus beef and other local products paired with Crow wines. Cost: $120 couple or $110 wine club couples. Limited to 20
  • "If Music Be the Food of Love" Songs for Soprano and Classical Guitar
  • Saturday, February 15   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • “If Music Be the Food of Love” - an evening of love songs for classical guitar and voice for the day after Valentine’s Day featuring selections from the Renaissance to the Romantic to modern standards and Sarah Kate Walston’s shimmering silvery soprano and the brilliant, fluid classical guitar of Ben Beirs. Both Peabody grads, Sarah Kate lives in Richmond and Ben divides his time between the US and Paris. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.
  • Traditional Jewish Music at the Robert Ortiz Studio
  • Sunday, February 16   |  3pm
  • Location: 207 S. Cross St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Bob Ortiz
  • Phone: 410-810-1400
  • Email: ortizstudios@verizon.net
  • URL: www.ortizstudios.com
  • Robert Ortiz Studios and the Chestertown Havurah have partnered to present Baltimore folk musicians Rabbi Shuviel Ma’aravi, Josh Polak and a few friends who will fill the air with Ladino, Chasidic, Yiddish and Hebrew tunes. Admission is open to all and is $10.00 at the door. Reservations can be made in advance at 410-810-1400. Please leave your name and the number of seats you would like to reserve.
  • An Evening of Fiction with Cynthia Hand
  • Tuesday, February 18   |  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/
  • Literary House Series Writing for (and about) Young Adult. Cynthia Hand is the New York Times bestselling author of the UNEARTHLY series with HarperTeen. She has graduate degrees in creative writing from Boise State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Women Helping Women
  • Wednesday, February 19   |  7pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre 210 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Leslie Raimond
  • Phone: 410-778-1149
  • Email: kentcountyartscouncil@verizon.ne
  • URL: kentcountyartscouncil.org
  • The Ninth annual Women Helping Women Concert supports the vital work of Dr. Maria Boria and the MaryDel Clinic. The all star cast of singers and actors includes Sue Matthews, Jen Friedman, Lucia Foster, Beth McDonald, Kate Bennett, Meredith Davies Hadaway, Karen Somerville, Mary Simmons, Pam Ortiz and more.
  • Soroptimist Quarter Auction
  • Friday, February 21   |  Doors open at 6pm / Auction starts at 7pm
  • Location: Elks Lodge, Route 20, Chestertown
  • Contact: Debbie Conner and Chris Walters
  • Phone:
  • Email: debconner@verizon.net / dewalt7@verizon.net
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  • Soroptimist International of Kent County, MD, 2nd Quarter Auction
    For more information contact Debbie Conner or Chris Walters debconner@verizon.net / dewalt7@verizon.net . Proceeds help fund programs locally and globally to improve women and girls social and economic empowerment.
  • Winter Film Festival- "Babette's Feast"
  • Friday, February 21   |  2pm
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, Chestertown
  • Contact: Karin Cowperthwait
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email: kcowperthwait@kent.lib.md.us
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • 102 min. Drama/Music 1987 In 19th century Denmark, two adult sisters live in an isolated village with their father, who is the honored pastor of a small Protestant church that is almost a sect unto itself. Although ... Director: Gabriel Axel Writers: Karen Blixen (novel) Stars: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel Free. Popcorn included.
  • George Washington's Birthday Convocation
  • Friday, February 21   |  3:30pm
  • Location: Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Performing Arts, Washington College
  • Contact: Shirley Loller
  • Phone: 410-778-7888
  • Email: sloller2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: washcoll.edu/live/news/1142-february-22-convocatio
  • Washington College traditionally remembers the visionary leadership and civic service of its founding patron by bringing to campus exemplary figures from the public arena.
  • Oyster Feast to Benefit the
  • Saturday, February 22   |  2–6pm
  • Location: Rock Hall Yacht Club, 22759 McKinleyville Rd, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Yacht Club Manager
  • Phone: 410-639-2182
  • Email: manager@rockhallyachtclub.org
  • URL: www.rockhallyachtclub.org
  • Oyster Feast to benefit the not-for-profit Classic Yacht Restoration Guild, Inc. Caretakers of America's oldest active racing yacht :"Elf", built in 1888. Tickets $40.00 each.(only 100 available) Oysters a la Curtis 2 to 6pm..Cash bar. Andrew Carnegie said "The first man gets the oyster, the second man gets the shell" So don't miss out, reserve now. This event is open to the public. We will also be celebrating her 125th with the presentation of a resolution from Maryland's House of Delegates, presented by Delegate Jay Jacobs
  • Early 20th Century African American Success
  • Saturday, February 22   |  11am
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, Chestertown
  • Contact: Annie Woodall
  • Phone: 410-778-3636
  • Email: awoodall@kent.lib.md.us
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • In honor of Black History Month and in partnership with the Kent County League of Women Voters, the Library is pleased to announce an author talk by Washington College Professor Alisha Knight. Dr. Knight will discuss the work of Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, a pioneering black female writer, dramatist,and magazine editor. Her remarks will focus on the various ways that Hopkins used her writing and editorial position to challenge authority figures and critique racism and sexism at the turn of the 20th century. A limited number of copies of Dr. Knight's book, "Pauline Hopkins and the American Dream", will be for sale the day of the program. Free. reception following talk.
  • George Washington's Birthday Ball
  • Saturday, February 22   |  8:30pm
  • Location: Washington College, Johnson Lifetime Fitness Center
  • Contact: Heather Morris
  • Phone: 410-810-7146
  • Email: hmorris2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/offices/student-activities/birthd
  • Break out your dancing shoes. Washington College celebrates the birthday of its founding patron with the biggest party of the year. George Washingtonís Birthday Ball is an elaborate affair with over-the-top decorations and a big dance band. Black-tie or themed costumes are encouraged. Everybody is there: faculty, board members, parents, and alumni turn out for the fun.
  • Anne Kramer, of WBAL, Speaks On Human Trafficking
  • Wednesday, February 26   |  6:30pm
  • Location: Litrenta Lecture Hall – Washington College
  • Contact: Gloria Wilson
  • Phone: 410-348-2690
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • Soroptimist International of Kent County, MD, and Washington College Students Against Human Trafficking Club invites you to be enlightened about Human Trafficking-Learn about this horrific crime-it is in your back yard. This is a rescheduling of the original January 27, 2014 date.
  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, February 26   |  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.
  • Spaghetti Dinner at RHUMC
  • Friday, February 28   |  4:30–7pm
  • Location: Rock Hall United Methodist Church
  • Contact: Jennifer Willis
  • Phone: 443-480-2501
  • Email: rhjenwillis@gmail.com
  • URL:
  • Spaghetti Dinner - eat in or carry out. Benefits sending kids to Camp Pecometh.