Kent County Events Calendar - May 2014


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  • Garden Puppet Theatre Mini-Museum Exhibit
  • Thursday, May 1   |  Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm
  • This event runs May 1 - 31
  • Location: Kent County Visitor Center, 122 N. Cross St. Chestertown
  • Contact: Patsy Hornaday
  • Phone: 410-778-5841
  • Email: tph203@verizon.net
  • URL:
  • Ongoing exhibit throughout the year. Promoting the arts of puppetry and gardening in Kent County, and the Martha Washington garden at the Visitor Center located in Chestertown, at Cross & Maple Streets.
  • Linda Walls Photography Show
  • Thursday, May 1   |  10am-5pm daily
  • This event runs May 1-31st
  • Location: Administration Gallery, Heron Point, 501 E. Campus Ave, Chestertown
  • Contact: Barbara Finneson
  • Phone: 410-778-3224
  • Email: finneon@verizon.net
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  • This very popular and talented photographer will show her latest work created from local eastern shore landscapes, wildlife, and people. Not to be missed.
  • Chestertown's 1st Fridays
  • Friday, May 2   |  5-8pm
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone:
  • Email:
  • 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.
  • Grill Night at the Vineyard
  • Friday, May 2   |  5–8pm
  • Location: Crow Vineyard & Winery
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 302-304-0551
  • Email: crowfarmmd@gmail.com
  • URL: www.crowvineyard.com/wine-events
  • Come out to our grill night and enjoy fresh grilled items cooked to perfection by the Grill Meister, Gunner Roe. Crow Vineyard Wines can be bought by the glass or bottle.
  • History Happy Hour
  • Friday, May 2   |  4pm
  • Location: Bordley History Center
  • Contact: Karen Emerson
  • Phone: 410-778-3499
  • Email: director@kentcountyhistory.org
  • URL:
  • Richard Hayes Phillips speaks about his recently published book "Without Indentures:Index to White Slave Children in Colonial Court Records".
  • Abstractions Show
  • Friday, May 2   |  5-8pm
  • This event runs May 2-31
  • Location: RiverArts Gallery, 315 High Street Suite 106, Chestertown
  • Contact: Beverly Sheppard
  • Phone: 410-778-6300
  • Email: riverarts@verizon.net
  • URL: ChestertownRiverArts.org
  • The opening reception is on May 2 from 5-8pm
  • Shirley Hampton Hunt
  • Friday, May 2   |  Reception 5-8pm
  • This event runs 1st Friday, May 2-June 29
  • Location: The Artists’ Gallery, 239 High St. Chestertown.
  • Contact: Shirley Hampton Hunt
  • Phone: 410-778-2425
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • Shirley is a noted photographer, especially her recording of the old houses that are vanishing from the Eastern shore Her book by that name, 'The Vanishing Landscape' is for sale at the gallery. She is also a painter in oil and watercolor. Her show will be a combination of mediums.
  • Timeless Rhythms : Sensing Change
  • Friday, May 2   |  5–7:30pm
  • Location: 203 High St, Chestertown
  • Contact: Carla Massoni
  • Phone: 410-778-7330
  • Email: info@massoniart.com
  • URL: www.massoniart.com
  • Join us for the final days of our "climate change" exhibition.
  • American Power-Hydroplane test session KNRA
  • Saturday, May 3   |  All day
  • This event runs May 3 and May 4, 2014
  • Location: Rock Hall Yacht Club, 22759 McKinleyville Rd, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Joe Skinner Vice Commodore
  • Phone: 410-639-2182
  • Email: vicecommodore@RockHallYachtClub.org
  • URL: www.rockhallyachtclub.org
  • Blue Heron Paddle
  • Saturday, May 3   |  10am–12:30pm
  • Location: Sassafras River
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL: www.sultanaeducation.org
  • Venture to the headwaters of the Sassafras and some of the best Blue Heron habitats of the Bay. $30/person no one under 12 Reserve online or by calling 410-778-5954 M-F
  • Galena's Dogwood Festival
  • Saturday, May 3   |  9am-3pm
  • Location: Main Street, Galena, Maryland
  • Contact: Steve Atkinson
  • Phone: 410-708-3653
  • Email: srbc@shoretobefun.com
  • URL: www.SRBCinc.org
  • Hours 9AM~3PM. Fun for all ages. Car Show in the Plaza ~ Contact The Conners at 410 648 9974. Parade at 10AM on Main St. Crafts, Kids Corner games, Amusements, Face Painting, Baby Contest, Kids Talent Contest, Eastern Shore food in the Park. Live bands, food vendors and crafters also located at Main St. & Virginia Ave. Parking Lot. SRBC's 3rd Annual Beer Garden opens at 12 Noon behind 108 Main St.
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 3   |  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.
  • Live Playwrights' Society
  • Monday, May 5   |  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!
  • Mothers Day Wine & Food Pairing
  • Saturday, May 10   |  5pm
  • Location: Crow Vineyard & Winery
  • Contact: Judy Crow
  • Phone: 302-304-0551
  • Email: crowfarmmd@gmail.com
  • URL: www.crowvineyard.com/wine-events
  • Mother’s Day Wine & Food Pairings with Chef Sabrina Sexton 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. Call 302-304-0551 or email us at crowfarmmd@gmail.com to reserve your seat.
  • Mother’s Day Wine & Food Pairings with Chef Sabrina Sexton
  • Saturday, May 10   |  5pm
  • 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.
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 10   |  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.
  • Savage Race Mid-Atlantic
  • Saturday, May 17   |  9am
  • Location: 13003 Turners Creek Road Kennedyville, MD 21645
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 407-902-9648
  • Email: info@savagerace.com
  • URL: www.savagerace.com
  • Savage Race is an intense 5-7 mile obstacle run with 25 world class obstacles, mud, fire, and barbed wire. Completion requires teamwork, courage, and the will to push your limits farther than you ever have before. Run individually or create a team!
  • Farm and Wine Paddle
  • Saturday, May 17   |  10am–2pm
  • Location: Turner's Creek
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL: www.sultanaeducation.org
  • Paddle through the relative wilderness of Turner's Creek on the Sassafras River in the morning, then follow Sultana's instructors to Crow Farm for a winery tour in the afternoon. $40 per person/no children under 12 Reserve online or by calling 410-778-5954 (M-F)
  • 231st Commencement
  • Saturday, May 17   |  10:30am
  • Location: Washington College, Campus Green
  • Contact: Shirley Loller
  • Phone: 410-778-7888
  • Email: sloller2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/calendar/commencement.php
  • The 231st Washington College Commencement exercises begin at 10:30 am on the Campus Lawn. The rain location will be the Johnson Fitness Center.
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 17   |  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.
  • Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble - Band Concert
  • Sunday, May 18   |  4pm
  • Location: Emmanuel Church, 101 N. Cross St. Chestertown.
  • Contact:
  • Phone: 410-778-2829
  • Email:
  • URL:
  • 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.
  • The Chestertown Tea Party Fetival
  • Friday, May 23   |  5:30-10pm on May 23rd
  • This event runs May 23, 24, 25, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Chestertown
  • Contact:
  • Phone:
  • Email: info@chestertownteaparty.org
  • URL: www.chestertownteaparty.org
  • 8am-6pm, May 24; 9:30am-6pm, May 25
    A parade down Main Street USA, demonstrations of colonial life, historic reenactments, 5K & 10K distance runs, arts & crafts vendors, local musicians & food, and a wild & creative raft race are among the reasons this event is one of the great traditions on the Eastern Shore. No admission for the festival; some events require tickets.
  • Rock Hall Cruise Night by Smilin' Jake's
  • Friday, May 23   |  5:30-8:30pm
  • This event runs May 23rd, Rain date May 30th
  • Location: Main Street, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Jack or Linda
  • Phone: 410-639-7280
  • Email: smilinjakes@gmail.com
  • URL: www.rockhallcruisenightsbysmilinjakes.blogspot.com
  • Display of hot rods, classics, street rods and custom cars. Oldies music til' 8:30. No charge to enter or to view. So, dust off that old ride and come on down.

    Future 2014 dates: June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17
  • schooner SULTANA Public Sail
  • Saturday, May 24   |  10am–4:30pm
  • Location: The foot of Cannon Street
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL: www.sultanaeducation.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 on board 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.
  • Tea Party Weekend Public Sails
  • Saturday, May 24
  • This event runs May 24 – May 25, 2014
  • Location: The foot of Cannon Street
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL: www.sultanaeducation.org
  • Two-Hour Sails on the Schooner SULTANA $30 adult/$15 under 12 no children under 5 Dates and times for sails at above address
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 24   |  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.
  • schooner SULTANA Public Sail
  • Sunday, May 25   |  11am–2pm
  • Location: The foot of Cannon Street
  • Contact: Liza Brocker
  • Phone: 410-778-5954
  • Email: lbrocker@sultanaeducation.org
  • URL: www.sultanaeducation.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 on board 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.
  • Literary House Series: Summer Poetry Salons
  • Tuesday, May 27   |  4:30pm
  • Location: The Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College
  • Contact: Owen Bailey
  • Phone: 410-810-5768
  • Email: obailey2@washcoll.edu
  • URL: www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse
  • Join us for an afternoon of poetry, local music, tasty food and drink, and good conversation about the literary life. This Salon will feature poets Carrie Jerrell and Will Schutt. Musical guests will be announced.
  • Open Mic Night
  • Wednesday, May 28   |  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.
  • Annual Rock Hall Triathlon
  • Saturday, May 31   |  May 31 at 8am / June 1 at 9am
  • This event runs May 31 - June 1, 2014
  • Location: Rock Hall Landing Marina, 5657 S Hawthorne Ave, Rock Hall
  • Contact: Greg Hawkins
  • Phone:
  • Email: greg@setupevents.com
  • URL: www.setupevents.com/mts
  • Join us for our 4th annual Rock Hall Triathlon, part of the Maryland Triathlon Series. Experience a flat, fast race course and a very tri-friendly town at this early season event.
  • Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage
  • Saturday, May 31   |  10am-5pm
  • Location: Chestertown, Maryland
  • Contact: The Maryland Pilgrimage Office
  • Phone: 443-282-0530
  • Email: MHGP@aol.com
  • URL: www.mhgp.org
  • The Pilgrimage is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of architecturally significant sites in Maryland and has remained constant with this mission since its inception in 1937. It is the only statewide house and garden tour organization and the oldest tour in the state of Maryland. The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage has raised and distributed well over $1 million in its 76-year history to support designated preservation projects in each host community. One of the beneficiaries of the 2014 will be the restoration, preservation, and enhancement of Fountain Park, the historic village green located in Chestertown, the County Seat.

    Advance tickets may be purchased online beginning February 1, 2014. Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 at the event. Ticket information will be available at that time at the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage website: www.mhgp.org. This is a Rain or Shine event.
  • KidSPOT Creativity Center
  • Saturday, May 31   |  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.