Kent County Events Calendar - May 2013


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  • Linda Walls New Collection of Photographs
  • Wednesday, May 1   |  10am-5pm daily
  • This event runs May 1st - 31th
  • Location: Administration Hallway Gallery, Heron Point 501 E.
  • Contact: Barbara
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneson@verizon.net
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  • This show will include the artist’s most recent photos of landscape, people, and wildlife.
  • Featured Artist: Shirley Hunt
  • Wednesday, May 1   |  5-8pm 1st Fri. Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 12:30-4:30pm.
  • This event runs May 1 to 31
  • Location: The Artists’ Gallery, 239 High St. Chestertown.
  • Contact: The Artists’ Gallery
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • Email: lindahall@atlanticbb.net
  • URL:
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  • Friends of the Kent County Public Library Used Book Sale
  • Friday, May 3   |  10am-3pm
  • This event runs Fri. May 3 through Mon. May 6
  • Location: Kent County Public Library, 408 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: The Friends
  • Phone: 410-778-4881
  • Email: whicherd@gmail.com
  • URL: kentfriends.wordpress.com
  • The Kent County Public Library has a very dedicated Friends of the Library group that hosts a popular used book sale every spring. Thousands of book titles are available. DVDs, puzzles, journals and books on CD are also for sale. The Friends generously use the sales proceeds to benefit the library's collections and programs. Only cash and checks will be accepted.
  • Second Look Art Show
  • Friday, May 3   |  5-8pm First Friday.
  • This event runs May 3 to June 1
  • Location: Chestertown RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106, Chestertown.
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: email riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: chestertownriverarts.org
  • Show features a second look at works created by Paint the
    Town Plein Air artists.
  • Galena Dogwood Festival, Georgetown Re-enactment & Dance!
  • Friday, May 3
  • This event runs May 3 - 5
  • Location: Georgetown/Galena
  • Contact:
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  • Dance, dinner, lecture, and Fireworks on Friday night at The Kitty Knight House, enjoy Saturday’s Galena Dogwood Festival (War of 1812 theme, 10am parade, games, food, music, vendors and more) and finish your weekend on Sunday with the re-enactment of the British’s Burning of Georgetown, featuring the Legendary of Kitty Knight.
  • Abstractions Art Show
  • Friday, May 3   |  5-8pm First Friday
  • This event runs May 3-June 1, 2013
  • Location: Chestertown RiverArts, 315 High Street, Suite 106
  • Contact: Chestertown RiverArts
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: RiverArts@verizon.net
  • URL: www.ChestertownRiverArts.org
  • An art show featuring "abstracted, deconstructed and unleashed" creative works of art.
  • "Grand Opening" Owl Pen Fine Art Gallery
  • Friday, May 3   |  5pm–8pm
  • Location: Owl Pen Fine Art Gallery
  • Contact: Laura Drons
  • Phone: 443-480-4055
  • Email: ljdrons@gmail.com
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  • After five years of planning and managing Hogans Gallery in Chestertown, Laura Drons is opening Owl Pen Fine Art Gallery at 200 High Street, Chestertown. Guest Artist is Sharon Hardin. The Gallery will extend and enlarge the owner's previous concept that one-man art shows allow artists more freedom to explore their concepts and viewers more opportunity to comprehend the artist's goal. Owl Pen welcomes you to their Opening.
  • breathe...NOW PLAY – Artist: Sharon Hardin
  • Friday, May 3   |  5pm–8pm
  • Location: Owl Pen Fine Art Gallery
  • Contact: Laura Drons
  • Phone: 443-480-4055
  • Email: ljdrons@gmail.com
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  • Hardin's recent works employ abstract and semi-abstract landscapes and still life. The artist works to elicit a visceral response from the viewer...You will enjoy her work.
  • Closing Reception - WORKZONE
  • Friday, May 3   |  5 -8pm
  • Location: Carla Massoni Gallery, 203 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: Carla Massoni
  • Phone: 410-778-7330
  • Email: info@massoniart.com
  • URL: www.massoniart.com
  • Closing Reception of Spring Gallery Artist Exhibition - WORKZONE. There will be a special drawing for a Marcy Dunn Ramsey gouache. Winner will be announced on Saturday, May 4th.
  • Roy Book Binder
  • Friday, May 3   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Roy Book Binder plays guitar and sings on an eclectic mix of blues, country tunes, bluegrass, folk, and popular songs that originated on Tin Pan Alley. He has with a great bluesy voice, a polished fingerpicking style and his vivid, humorous stories about his mentor, the Rev. Gary Davis and other blues masters are just as good as his songs. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Grand Opening of "The RoK"
  • Friday, May 3   |  5 -8pm
  • Location: 327 High Street, Chestertown, MD, 21620
  • Contact: Dawn Jacobs
  • Phone: 410-924-4442
  • Email: dawniebird@verizon.net
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  • 1st Friday Open House Grand Opening of the Republican Headquarters for Kent County - joint partnership of the Republicans of Kent (RoK) and the Kent County Republican Central Committee. Special guests will include all members of Maryland's 36th District Delegation. Ribbon Cutting at 6pm.
  • Galena Dogwood Festival
  • Saturday, May 4   |  9am-5pm
  • Location: Galena
  • Contact: Doug Camp
  • Phone: 410-648-6866
  • Email:
  • URL: www.galenamd.com/dogwoodfestival/index.html
  • War of 1812 theme. Crafts, demonstrations, music, baby contest, storytelling, an amusement park, vendors, and more. Song and dance, juggling and ‘Monkey Business’. Plenty of Eastern Shore Food for to eat. From the North County Branch of the Library, storybook characters will jump out of books to walk in the parade. Uncle Pete’s “Got To Be Kidding” is back to rock the crowd at the library with music, song and dance. 9am-5pm. 10am parade.
  • RHYC Opening Day Regatta
  • Saturday, May 4
  • Location: Rock Hall Yacht Club
  • Contact: Connie Ranney
  • Phone: 410-639-2182
  • Email: web@RockHallYachtClub.org
  • URL: www.rockhallyachtclub.org
  • The annual RHYC Opening Day Regatta hosts Lasers, Windmills, and any other one-design class that would like to compete. Enjoy Kentucky Derby festivities at the Rock Hall Yacht Club after the regatta!
  • Kent County Community Marching Band Cocktail
  • Saturday, May 4   |  6pm–8pm
  • Location: Chesapeake Bank & Trust, High Street
  • Contact: Patsy Whiteley
  • Phone: 410-708-1198
  • Email: whiteley@championrealty.com
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  • Annual Cocktail Party fundraiser. Proceeds to benefit Community Band Operating Fund.
  • Bojangle Jazz Concert
  • Saturday, May 4   |  8-10:30pm
  • Location: The Garfield Center for the Arts at The Prince Theatre
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: 410-810-2060
  • Email: boxoffice@garfieldcenter.org
  • URL: www.garfieldcenter.org/
  • Bojangle Jazz featuring Karen Somerville and The Blue Night Quintet.
  • Spring Bike Fest
  • Sunday, May 5   |  1-5pm
  • Location: Bayside Landing Park
  • Contact: Shirley Crater
  • Phone: 410-639-7636
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • Rock Hall's Annual Spring Bike Fest!
  • Spring Brunch Buffet
  • Sunday, May 5   |  11am-1pm
  • Location: Crow Vineyard & Winery
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 410-648-5687
  • Email: crowfarmmd@gmail.com
  • URL: www.crowfarmmd.com
  • Homestyle buffet brunch made with Crow Farm or other local products & featuring Chef Robbie Jester. Ticket cost includes wine tasting, tour of winery, music & additional wine can be purchase by glass or bottle.
  • Kick Off of Meet & Greet Prospective Candidate Series
  • Wednesday, May 8   |  6:30pm
  • Location: 327 High Street, Chestertown, MD, 21620
  • Contact: Dawn Jacobs
  • Phone: 410-924-4442
  • Email: dawniebird@verizon.net
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  • Larry Hogan, Founder and Chairman of "Change Maryland" will be Kick Off Speaker for the Meet & Greet Prospective Candidate Series being offered by the Republicans of Kent every other Wednesday evening at their headquarters. A current Republican prospective candidate for Governor will be featured each evening. Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Rock Hall Cruise Night
  • Friday, May 10   |  5:30–8pm
  • Location: Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Smilin' Jake's
  • Phone: 410-639-7280
  • Email: smilinjakes@gmail.com
  • URL:
  • 2nd Cruise Night for 2013. So...clean up that rod and cruise on down. Don't have one, then just come and join in the fun and check out the cars, music, and relive the 60's.
  • Annapolis Yacht Sales' Grand Opening
  • Friday, May 10   |  4–8pm
  • Location: Rock Hall Village
  • Contact: Belinda Magruder
  • Phone: 410-639-4082
  • Email: belinda@annapolisyachtsales.com
  • URL: www.annapolisyachtsales.com
  • Join us as we welcome Belinda Magruder, our full time yacht broker, to our office located in Rock Hall Village. She is the newest addition to the Annapolis Yacht Sales team. Stop in to say hello, grab a bite and beverage (or two), and check out the latest Beneteau models that we will have on display.
  • Wine Tourism Day
  • Saturday, May 11   |  12-6pm
  • Location: Crow Vineyard & Winery
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 410-648-5687
  • Email: crowfarmmd@gmail.com
  • URL: www.crowfarmmd.com
  • Celebrate local Crow Vineyard wines one sample per wine offered and other samples of crow farm products offered. Tour the farm, learn about our grass fed Angus Beef and tour our Winery.
  • Public Paddle-Blue Heron Tour
  • Saturday, May 11   |  10am-12:30pm
  • Location: Foxhole Rd./Sassafras River
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaprojects.org
  • URL: www.sultanaprojects.org
  • Join Sultana Projects' staff naturalists for a unique kayak paddle on Maryland's Upper Eastern Shore. Kayaks for these trips are provided so all you need to bring is water, a snack, and your binoculars! Venture to the headwaters of the Sassafras and some of the best Blue Heron habitat on the Bay.
  • Martin Taylor
  • Saturday, May 11   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • From the UK, Martin Taylor is one of the world's foremost exponents of jazz fingerstyle guitar. Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation. His solo shows combine dazzling virtuosity, emotion and humor. Pat Metheny called him 'one of the most awesome solo guitar players in the history of the instrument.' and from Jeff Beck: 'He out-shreds all of us. I've never seen anything like it.' Admission is $20. Call for reservations.
  • Organ Recital
  • Friday, May 17   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross St., Chestertown, MD
  • Contact: Laura Kaufmann
  • Phone: 410 778 3477
  • Email: emmanuel778@verizon.net
  • URL: www.emmanuelchesterparish.org
  • World reknown Ken Cowan will perform an organ concert at Emmanuel Church. A "favorite son" of Emmanuel Concert Series devotees, Ken will appear for the eighteenth time at Emmanuel. Acclaimed by organists throughout the United States as the leading concert organist, we are fortunate to have him. Tickets are available at the door: $20 for adults, $5 for students. Meet Ken after the performance.
  • 20th Anniversary Exhibition - Marc Castelli
  • Friday, May 17   |  5:30-7:30pm, Wed.-Fri.11-3, Sat. 10-4pm and by appointment
  • This event runs May 17-July 6, 2013
  • Location: Carla Massoni Gallery, 203 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620
  • Contact: Carla Massoni
  • Phone: 410-778-7330
  • Email: info@massoniart.com
  • URL: www.massoniart.com
  • Opening Reception - CLIMBING THE STARS - 20th Anniversary - MARC CASTELLI. Join friends and collectors to celebrate the twenty year working relationship with the Massoniart Gallery.
    Castelli will revisit themes including J- Class Yachts, international travels, Chesapeake Bay log canoes and workboats - and the watermen of the region.
  • Shore I'm Irish Festival
  • Saturday, May 18   |  11am-8pm
  • Location: Kennedyville, MD
  • Contact: Jim McDermott
  • Phone: 410-205-5488
  • Email: irishontheshore@gmail.com
  • URL: www.facebook.com/pages/Shore-Im-Irish-Festival/566
  • Irish festival on the Eastern Shore!!! Kennedyville, MD will play host to the first Irish Festival of it's kind! Blackthorn, Nua, The Rogues, Celtic Crossing, Maggie Leap and many more!
  • Bill Mays & Tommy Cecil
  • Saturday, May 18   |  8pm
  • Location: The Mainstay, 5753 Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Jazz pianist Bill Mays joins up with bassist Tommy Cecil to continue a great tradition of piano/bass duos with their new recording 'Side By Side Sondheim Duos.' Sondheim's wonderful tunes are rarely heard in an instrumental jazz setting. Mays and Cecil present them in a new light with creative and appealing arrangements, excellent jazz improvisations that reveal fresh nuances in these masterful compositions. Admission is $15. Call for reservations.
  • Washington College Commencement
  • Sunday, May 19   |  10:30am
  • Location: Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu
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  • War of 1812 Garden Presentation
  • Sunday, May 19   |  2-4pm
  • Location: Crow Vineyard Tasting Room
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 410-648-5687
  • Email: crowfarmmd@gmail.com
  • URL: www.crowfarmmd.com
  • Herb gardens of 1812 presentation including handouts and demonstration of creating your own herb garden. Plants and 1812 gear for sale. Entrance fee: donation to Friends of Kent County Maryland War of 1812
  • Public Paddle-Osprey
  • Sunday, May 19   |  10am-12:30pm
  • Location: Crumpton/Chester
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaprojects.org
  • URL: www.sultanaprojects.org
  • Join Sultana Projects staff naturalists for a unique kayak paddle on Maryland's Upper Eastern Shore. Kayaks for these trips are provided so all you need to bring is water, a snack, and your binoculars! See Osprey and their chicks up close as you paddle an undisturbed tributary of the Chester River.
  • Public Paddle-Mt. Harmon House Tour
  • Sunday, May 19   |  10am-12:30pm
  • Location: Mt. Harmon/Sassafras
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaprojects.org
  • URL: www.sultanaprojects.org
  • Join Sultana Projects.staff naturalists for a unique kayak paddle on Maryland's Upper Eastern Shore. Kayaks for these trips are provided so all you need to bring is water, a snack, and your binoculars! We'll launch from the grounds of one of Maryland's most beautiful historic sites to explore the upper Sassafras. After paddling we'll tour the restored 18th century manor house.
  • Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble
  • Sunday, May 19   |  4pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Episcopal Church Hall, 101 Cross St., Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2829; 410-810-183
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • Free Band Concert by the local community concert band, directed by Dr. Keith Wharton, will present a program with a theme of "A Night at the Opera." Familiar and favorite parts of numerous operas (such as "Die Meistersinger," "The Magic Flute," "The Impresario," "Il Trovatore," "Aida" and more) will be included.
  • Pre-Festival Talk with Artistic Director Richard Rosenberg
  • Sunday, May 19   |  3pm
  • Location: Robert Ortiz Studios, 207C S. Cross Street, Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2064
  • Email: info@nationalmusic.us
  • URL: www.nationalmusic.us
  • Maestro Rosenberg will talk about, and play excerpts, from some of his favorite music being performed at the upcoming National Music Festival. There might even be a short Dadaist silent film, so bring your own popcorn.
  • Parents Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
  • Tuesday, May 21   |  7pm
  • Location: UUCR 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, MD
  • Contact: Linda Dutton
  • Phone: 443-480-3138, 410-778-344
  • Email: pflagchestertown@gmail.com
  • URL:
  • Monthly Chapter meeting offering programming related to LGBT Education, Support and Advocacy. Walk in's are welcome.
  • Meet & Greet Prospective Candidate Series
  • Wednesday, May 22   |  6:30pm
  • Location: 327 High Street, Chestertown, MD, 21620
  • Contact: Dawn Jacobs
  • Phone: 410-924-4442
  • Email: dawniebird@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • The Republicans of Kent will be hosting Blaine Young, current President of the Board of County Commissioners of Frederick County. Great opportunity to get to know a prospective Republican Candidate for Governor in 2014. Real dialogue - not just sound bites! Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Chestertown Tea Party Festival
  • Friday, May 24   |  10am–7pm
  • This event runs May 24–26, 2013
  • Location: Chestertown, Md.
  • Contact: Bill Arrowood
  • Phone: 215-431-6671
  • Email: info@chestertownteaparty.org
  • URL: www.chestertownteaparty.org
  • A parade down Main Street USA, demonstrations of colonial life, historic reenactments, 5K & 10K distance runs, a wild & creative raft race, over 100 arts & crafts vendors, local musicians & food galore are all among the reasons this Memorial Day Weekend event is one of the great traditions on the Eastern Shore. (There is no admission charge for the festival, but some events require tickets).
  • 25rd Annual Sneaker Creeper Foot Race for Kids
  • Friday, May 24   |  5:30 pm Start
  • Location: Washington College's Roy Kirby Stadium
  • Contact: Kiki Jones
  • Phone: 410-778-4179
  • Email: loverslane5@verizon.net
  • URL: www.sneakercreeper.org
  • This foot race is for children ages 2-11 years old. Each age group has their own race from a 75yd dash to a 1 mile run. The race registration fee includes a t-shirt, participant ribbon and kids meal for all pre-registered runners. The cost is $12.00 before May 24th and $18.00 on race day. All proceeds will benefit the H.H. Garnett Elementary School.
  • Kent County Spring Fling
  • Friday, May 24   |  opens 2pm
  • Location: Washington College, Chestertown, MD
  • Contact: Robert Carson
  • Phone: 410-828-8604
  • Email: bikebob@comcast.net
  • URL: www.Baltobikeclub.org
  • Four days of bicycling and social activities with lodging and meals at Washington College. Opportunities to participate in the Chestertown Tea Party. Registration is required and will open January 1, 2013 and will close May 2, 2013.
  • Camp Tockwogh Memorial Day Family Camp
  • Friday, May 24   |  Friday evening through Monday lunch
  • This event runs May 24-27, 2012
  • Location: 24370 Still Pond Neck Rd. Worton, MD
  • Contact: Courtney Izett, Assistant Director
  • Phone: 410-348-6000
  • Email: cizett@ymcade.org
  • URL:
  • Family camp is fun for all ages! Bring your family and stay in a cabin and go sailing, waterskiing, horseback riding,and much more. Pricing is per person and includes housing, activites and meals. Kid's zone is available for ages 3 and up!
  • Two Hour Public Sail-Schooner Sultana
  • Saturday, May 25   |  Sat.10am and 4:30pm/Sun.11am, 2pm and 5pm
  • This event runs Sat. 25, Sun. 26th
  • Location: Cannon Street Pier, Chestertown
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaprojects.org
  • URL: www.sultanaprojects.org
  • Departing and returning from Sultana's home port of historic Chestertown (and occasionally other ports around the Chesapeake), Sultana's two-hour public sails are a great way to sail the Chester River onboard a traditional schooner. Passengers are encouraged to help raise the sails, steer using Sultana's seven-foot long tiller and explore the authentically reproduced crew's quarters below-decks.
  • Free Outdoor Concert: The Blake Thompson Band
  • Saturday, May 25   |  7pm
  • Location: Rock Hall Village Gazebo, Rt. 20 & Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: The Mainstay
  • Phone: 410-639-9133
  • Email:
  • URL: www.mainstayrockhall.org
  • Known for his blistering rock leads and powerful blues chops and influenced equally by The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Alvin Lee, Brian May and Billy Gibbons, guitarist Blake Thompson also performs crowd pleasing Pop/Soul/RnB and Country. Bring a comfortable chair.
  • Chester River Chorale Presents "Independence Forever!"
  • Sunday, May 26   |  8pm
  • Location: Presbyterian Church of Chestertown
  • Contact: Bentley Orrick
  • Phone: 410-928-5566
  • Email: benorr@verizon.net
  • URL: chesterriverchorale.org
  • With fife and drum and patriotic songs galore, the 90-voice, community-based Chester River Chorale will proclaim 'Independence Forever!' The program includes songs of freedom from the Revolutionary War through the civil rights movement. No tickets are sold, so come early. Donations to benefit the Chorale gratefully accepted.
  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, May 29   |  7:30pm
  • Location: Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre
  • 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
  • Beneteau Rendezvous
  • Friday, May 31   |  2pm
  • This event runs May 31 – June 2, 2013
  • Location: Osprey Point Marina and Yacht Club
  • Contact: Vera Sohovich or Susan Parrish
  • Phone: 410-267-8181
  • Email: vera@annapolisyachtsales.com
  • URL: www.annapolisyachtsales.com/events/benetea-rendezv
  • We are pleased to host our 2013 Beneteau Rendezvous at the Osprey Point Marina and Yacht Club, May 31 – June 2, 2013. This amazing venue is located in the charming bayside village of Rock Hall and is a unique, high class yachting resort situated on 30 acres of lush solitude on Swan Creek. Rock Hall is an easy sail across the bay from Annapolis.