Kent County Events Calendar - March 2014


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  • Chester Gras, a mini Mardi Gras Celebration
  • Saturday, March 1   |  3–6pm
  • Location: The Peoples Bank Main Branch, Spring St., Chestertown
  • Contact: Karen Willis
  • Phone: 410-778-3500
  • Email: kwillis@pbkc.com
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  • Family friendly event with parade, music, Gumbo from local restaurants, silent auction, kids activities, beer, wine (under a heated tent). Proceeds to benefit the school's backpack program.
  • Rock Hall Expo
  • Saturday, March 1   |  10am–3pm
  • Location: Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company, 21500 Rock Hall Ave, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Cindy Genther
  • Phone: 443-480-1953
  • Email: cindy@rockhallproperties.com
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  • The Rock Hall Expo showcases the businesses and services in Rock Hall and the surrounding area. Sample treats from local eateries and see the products and services available here.
  • Wine Dinner with Chef Robbie Jester
  • Saturday, March 1   |  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
  • RUNA
  • Saturday, March 1   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • A refreshing approach to traditional and more recently composed Celtic songs and instrumentals from the contemporary Irish and American band, RUNA. Their members draw on diverse musical backgrounds in world music, rock, and traditional and contemporary Irish and Celtic music and their repertoire combines spirited and graceful acoustic melodies, gorgeous vocals, and stirring instrumentals that fuse music from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the United States. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.
  • TedXChesterRiver
  • Saturday, March 1   |  1–6:30pm
  • Location: Gibson Arts Building–Washington Colege
  • Contact: Elise Kolaja
  • Phone:
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  • URL: www.tedxchesterriver.com
  • Can one person or a handful of people truly make a difference in the world? Join us for an inspiring afternoon with change makers, disruptors, and explorers who are causing us to re-examine the culture and the world we live in, at TEDxChesterRiver 2014. The event will be held at Washington College, but is open to the general public.
  • Geraldine McKeown Art Show
  • Saturday, March 1   |  10am-5pm daily
  • This event runs March 1st-March 31st
  • Location: Heron Point of Chestertown, 501 E Campus Ave, Chestertown
  • Contact: Barbara Finneson
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneon@verizon.net
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  • Geraldine McKeown, Eastern Shore Artist will have a retrospective show of her work in the Administration Gallery at Heron Point for one month. This show will consist mostly of her very beautiful intricate water colors done with many different techniques which she also teaches in her studio.
  • Live Playwrights' Society
  • Monday, March 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!
  • Literary House Series “Quest, Odyssey, or Pilgrimage: Being Good Company Al
  • Tuesday, March 4   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/3035-faculty-
  • Dr. Robert Siudzinski is Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Global Teaching Experience at Washington College. His research examines informal learning environments, place-based pedagogies, and innovative educational leadership. An educational consultant to independent schools, museums, environmental education centers, and the visitor education departments of the National Park Service and US Forestry Service, his academic work infuses place-based service learning into the action-research coursework of pre-service teachers.
  • A Talk with Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director, National Park Service
  • Tuesday, March 4   |  5:30pm
  • Location: Hynson Lounge, Washington College
  • Contact: Michael Buckley
  • Phone: 410-810-7156
  • Email: mbuckley3@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.starrcenter.washcoll.edu
  • Join us for a visit with Jonathan B. Jarvis, the 18th Director of the National Park Service (NPS). Jarvis helms an agency that preserves and manages some of the most treasured landscapes and valued cultural icons in this nation.
  • Guy Davis
  • Thursday, March 6   |  7:30pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org/
  • Like the best early bluesmen, Guy Davis is, at heart, a storyteller, setting his intimate, richly nuanced tales to stomping acoustic blues backing. A singer and guitarist in the rural mold of Robert Johnson or Mississippi John Hurt, he brings the traditions of acoustic blues to life through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces. Call for reservations. Admission is $15.
  • Speaker: Mike Dixon
  • Friday, March 7   |  4-6pm
  • Location: Bordley History Center, corner of High and Cross Streets, Chestertown
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  • Mike will talk about "Spreading the News During the War of 1812 on the Chesapeake."
  • Fiber Show
  • Friday, March 7   |  5-8pm
  • This event runs March 7-29
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Sue Wright
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: ChestertownRiverArts.org
  • Opening reception is on March 7 from 5-8pm.
  • Sally Clark's paintings
  • Friday, March 7
  • This event runs March 7-April 27, 2014
  • Location: The Artists’ Gallery, 239 High St., Chestertown
  • Contact: Sally Clark
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • Email:
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  • Woofstock
  • Saturday, March 8   |  6pm
  • This event runs March 8
  • Location: Kent County Community Center, 11041 Worton Road, Worton
  • Contact: Nancy Dolensek
  • Phone: 215-778-3648
  • Email: dolensek@aol.com
  • URL: kenthumane.org
  • A walk down memory lane of the 1969 event of a similar name. Music, music, music, food, dancing, libations and more, more, more. A benefit for Kent County Humane Society.
  • Family Fun Day
  • Saturday, March 8   |  1:30–3:30pm
  • Location: 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown
  • Contact: Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River
  • Phone: 410-778-3440
  • Email: uuofchesterriver@gmail.com
  • URL: www.uuchesterriver.org
  • UUCR will be hosting a Family Fun Day. This has been a long winter for kids and adults to be cooped up and we would love to see lots of families share in a day of snacks and games! March is National Goof Off Day! We will have games with prizes and fun for a wide range of kids and adults going from 1:30 to 3:30.
  • Soroptimist International 19th Auction
  • Saturday, March 8   |  Noon
  • Location: Chestertown Elks Lodge, 8631 Bell Rose Lane, off Rte. 20
  • Contact: Linda Waal or Cathy Quesenberry
  • Phone: 410-708-0224 or 443-480-2
  • Email: l.waal@dmv.com or lynx772@verizon.net
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  • Soroptimist International of Kent County, MD 19th Auction. Proceeds help fund programs that benefit women and girls locally and globally to improve their social and economic empowerment. Cake Wheel Noon. Auction 1pm. Lunch items for sale.
  • Vineyard Tea with Maryland Massey
  • Sunday, March 9   |  3pm
  • Location: Crow Farm, 12441 Vansants Corner Rd, Kennedyville MD
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 302-304-0551
  • Email: crowfarmmd@gmail.com
  • URL: www.crowfarmmd.com
  • A country tea that features 2 teas and food pairings followed by wine tasting of selected wines and local cheeses. Cost: $25. single or $20. wine club member. Limited to 18
  • Registration Open for Encore Summer Choral Institute June 15-19, 2014
  • Saturday, March 15
  • This event runs March 15 – May 15, 2014
  • Location: Washington College
  • Contact: Jeanne Kelly
  • Phone: 301-261-5747
  • Email: info@encorecreativity.org
  • URL: www.encorecreativity.org
  • Encore Chorale will hold their 7th Maryland Summer Chorale Institute for singers age 55+ from June 15-19 on the campus of Washington College in Chestertown. Encore is the largest choral program for older adults in the US and this institute will attract singers from around the country. All are welcome and singers may be seated for rehearsals and performance. After 5 days of rehearsal, the chorale will perform a free community concert on June 19 at 2pm in the Gibson Center on the Washington College campus.
  • Wine Auction & Raffle for Hospice
  • Sunday, March 16   |  3-6pm
  • Location: Worton, MD
  • Contact: Maryann Ruehrmund
  • Phone: 410-810-5660
  • Email: mruehrmund@chesterriverhealth.org
  • URL: www.chesterriverhealth.org
  • Spend a Sunday afternoon on a private estate in Kent County, enjoying fine wine, food, and music while participating in both a fine-wine raffle and auction of one or two very special bottles of wine, to benefit local, community hospice services. $100 per person to attend, only 100 tickets available. Wine raffle tickets are $50 each. More information will be available in the local newspapers.
  • Cooking with Chef Sabrina Sexton
  • Sunday, March 16   |  Noon
  • Location: Crow Farm, 12441 Vansants Corner Rd, Kennedyville MD
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 302-304-0551
  • Email: crowfarmmd@gmail.com
  • URL: www.crowfarmmd.com
  • Hands-on cooking with sampling of foods prepared & paired with Crow wines. Cost $50. single or $45. wine club member.
  • Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble - Band Concert
  • Sunday, March 16   |  4pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross St., Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2829 or 410-810-1
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  • This free-admission program, about one hour in duration, will appeal to listeners of all ages. The ESWE is an all-ages community concert band based in Chestertown and is directed by Dr. Keith Wharton. New members are welcome to join at any time, without audition or fee.
  • Literary House Series: What's Found in Translation — An Evening with Benjam
  • Monday, March 17   |  4:30pm
  • Location: Rose O'Neill Literary House – Washington College
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse/details/events_c
  • Benjamin Paloff is the author of two collections of poems, And His Orchestra (forthcoming 2015) and The Politics (Carnegie Mellon, 2011). His poems have appeared in A Public Space, The Paris Review, The New Republic, and elsewhere. A former poetry editor at Boston Review and a regular contributor to The Nation, he has translated several books from Polish and Czech. He has received grants and fellowships from the US Fulbright Programs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Susan Chase – The World of Lacrosse – ALL Learn at Lunch
  • Wednesday, March 19   |  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
  • Susie Chase, a Washington College alumna and Managing Director of the US Lacrosse Foundation,will talk about lacrosse, one of Maryland's favorite sports. Reservations required. Members - $15, Non members - $20.
  • US Sailing Basic Race Official Course
  • Saturday, March 22   |  8am
  • Location: Rock Hall Yacht Club, 22759 McKinleyville Rd, Rock Hall
  • Contact: YC Manager
  • Phone: 410-639-2182
  • Email: manager@rockhallyachtclub.org
  • URL: www.rockhallyachtclub.org
  • Classroom seminar on the Racing Rules of Sailing and O/D one water Regatta management. Voluntary PRO certification test at the conclusion of the day.
  • Babe & Myrtle’s Bday Party
  • Saturday, March 22   |  1-3pm
  • Location: Crow Farm, 12441 Vansants Corner Rd, Kennedyville
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 302-304-0551
  • Email: crowfarmmd@gmail.com
  • URL: www.crowfarmmd.com
  • Small plates and appetizers prepared and paired with Crow Wines. Chef & Winemaker will discuss food presentation and how food compliments and or changes the wines paired. Cost $45. single or $40. wine club member.
  • Michael Chapdelaine
  • Saturday, March 22   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-7145
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org/
  • Guitarist Michael Chapdelaine dazzles and surprises audiences with breathtaking technique, brilliant unexpected arrangements of familiar tunes and the poetic magic of his original compositions. His performances include blues to Bach to country to rhythm n' blues on classical and steel string guitar. As a classical guitarist he studied under Segovia He’s the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world's top competitions in both Classical and Fingerstyle. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Book Signing by Heather Davidson
  • Saturday, March 22   |  1–3pm
  • Location: Visitor Center–Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
  • Contact: Leann Miller
  • Phone: 410-778-8157
  • Email: wkrl@verizon.net
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  • Photographers Heather Davidson and her collaborator Joe Lupsha will sign copies of their new book Ospreys: Images of their Fascinating World. For more information about the signing or for directions to the Refuge, call the Refuge office at 410-639-7056.
  • Park, Trail, Roundabout and Other Plans for Chestertown's Future
  • Saturday, March 22   |  11am
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, Chestertown
  • Contact: Karin Cowperthwait
  • Phone: 11am
  • Email: kcowperthwait@kent.lib.md.us
  • URL: www.kentcountylibrary.org
  • From the Public Arts Master Plan to the Chestertown Marina, Gateway Park to Phase III of the Rail Trail, come learn more about what's in the plans for Chestertown. Free. Light refreshments.
  • RiverArts Annual Gala - Arts Alive in Italy!
  • Saturday, March 22   |  6-9pm
  • Location: 11041 Worton Road, Worton, MD
  • Contact: Lolli Sherry
  • Phone: 410-778-1177
  • Email: sherrywine@wildblue.net
  • URL: ChestertownRiverArts.org
  • Art's Alive at the RiverArts Gala where this year's theme takes you to Italy. Artful decor awaits you along with delectable food, drink, music and an exciting silent auction. Increase your fun and become part of the mood…you are invited (but not required) to come in an art themed costume. This year's event will be held at the Kent County Community Center.
  • Kent Chamber Music Concert
  • Saturday, March 22   |  7pm
  • Location: Hotchkiss Recital Hall - Washington College
  • Contact: Faith Souders
  • Phone: 410-810-2805
  • Email: fsouders@atlanticbb.net
  • URL: www.kentchambermusic.com
  • 'Peabody Consort'- an ensemble of early music students, alumni and guest artists from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University performing Renaissance music on period instruments
  • An Evening of Fiction with Emily Danforth
  • Tuesday, March 25   |  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 Adults.
    Emily M. Danforth is author of the novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post, winner of the 2012 Montana Book Award and finalist for the American Library Associationís 2013 William C. Morris Award for a YA Debut, and the 2013 Lambda Award in YA. spring 2013.
  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, March 26   |  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
  • 'Open Mic Night' is free and open to all ages! Hosted by Ford Schumann - To request a time slot, Email Ford at fordo1@aol.com
  • Locavore Lit Fest
  • Thursday, March 27   |  various
  • This event runs March 27 - 30th
  • Location: Washington College, Bookplate, Turner's Creek
  • Contact: Tara Holste
  • Phone: 443-690-8098
  • Email: tholste20@aol.com
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  • The Center for Environment & Society sponsors the 4th annual Locavore Lit Fest! This series features several visiting authors and lecturers on how local foods can be the catalyst for healing our environment, healing our health, and building community.
  • Thirty-One & Longaberger Bingo
  • Friday, March 28   |  6pm
  • Location: American Legion, Sharp St, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Krista Batchelor
  • Phone: 410-639-2696
  • Email: rockhallelementarypta@gmail.com
  • URL: www.facebook.com/events/1492745607618427/
  • Please join us for our Spring Thirty-One & Longaberger Bingo Event. • Adult Admission: $20 in advance or $25 at the door • Student Ticket: $10 (up to grade 5) • 20 Games of Bingo • Adult Admission gets 9 cards per Game • Student admission 3 cards per Game • Raffle Items for adults & kids • 50/50 Raffle • Daubers will be on sale as well.
  • Is He Dead? A comedy by Mark Twain adapted by David Ives
  • Friday, March 28   |   Fri. & Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 2pm
  • This event runs March 28-April 13th
  • Location: Church Hill Theatre, 103 Walnut St, Church Hill
  • Contact: Church Hill Office
  • Phone: 410-758-1331
  • Email: office@churchhilltheatre.org
  • URL: churchhilltheatre.org
  • Deeply in debt, the French artist Jean-Francois Millet fakes his death and returns as his twin sister to sell the now valuable paintings. With cross-dressing, mistaken identities and romantic complications, this zany farce also takes on ever timely issues of greed and celebrity.
  • Recipes for Change: Our Food, Our Future - Amy Kalafa
  • Saturday, March 29   |  1pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church, Chestertown
  • Contact: Michael Buckley
  • Phone: 410-810-7156
  • Email: mbuckley3@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.starrcenter.washcoll.edu
  • In association with the 4th annual Locavore Lit Festival celebrating Washington College’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the Starr Center, the Center for Environment & Society, and the Department of Anthropology present nutritionist and filmmaker Amy Kalafa. For over 25 years, Amy Kalafa has produced award-winning films, television programs and magazine articles in the field of health education. Amy is also a holistic health and nutrition counselor and a Lyme disease consultant. Her advocacy work extends to her personal life as well. She is a founding board member of the AIDS Treatment Data Network, a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and an organic farmer. She and her husband Alex have two daughters who have always brought their lunch to school. Amy will talk about her film and book about the nutritional approach to school lunches - Lunch Wars. Cosponsored with the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Environment & Society.
  • Archie Fisher & Garnet Rogers
  • Saturday, March 29   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-7145
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org/
  • Legendary Scottish singer and songwriter Archie Fisher and Garnet Rogers, the charismatic Canadian singer and songwriter, are great fans of each other’s work but joint tours are rare and wonderful. Archie’s melodic songs seem to come from deep within the lives of others and the Scottish landscape. Garnet’s songs are optimistic, extraordinary stories of less than obvious heroes and the small victories of the everyday. Both are stellar guitarists. Admission is $20. Call for reservations.
  • Country Crafts Guild Spring Arts & Crafts Show
  • Saturday, March 29   |  10am-4pm
  • Location: Rock Hall Fire Hall, 21500 Rock Hall Ave, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Kathy Redman
  • Phone: 410-778-1432
  • Email: predman@atlanticbb.net
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  • Features sale of unique handmade crafts including pottery, photography, jewelry, knitting, embroidery, soaps, lotions, herbs, pvc sculptures, wreaths, flowers, candy, quilts, paper crafts, woodwork, painting, teddy bears, shell crafts, honey and many more. Lunch available. Handicap accessable. $2.00 admission benefits the Fire Dept. Children under 10 free.
  • Thomas Jerfferson, other notables to visit Chestertown
  • Sunday, March 30   |  3pm
  • Location: Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River – 912 Gateway Drive
  • Contact: Jane Hardy
  • Phone: 410-639-7811
  • Email: janewhardy@gmail.com
  • URL: www.uuchesterriver.org
  • The Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River will welcome inventor Alexander Graham Bell and Founding Father Thomas Jefferson to a “Celebrity Coffee House,” where they will reflect upon on their life achievements and religious beliefs. The public is invited to meet these distinguished Unitarian Universalist notables. Also visiting will be Henry Bergh, founder of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Lydia Maria Child, abolitionist; Margaret Fuller, journalist and early feminist, Viola Luizzo, civil rights martyr; and Mary Oliver, poet. This event is free of charge; all are invited to join these luminaries for coffee, conversation, and dessert.